AAA Playoff Recap: Bantam 2, Bantam 1, City Midget
by: AAA Winnipeg
Monday, March 14, 2016
Bantam 2 Final:
The top seed Monarchs showed why they held
that first place position all year, coming out in game one with dominant play
as well as depth in scoring. In a 4-0 win, all goals came from four different
players and the Hawks didn't have much to work with offensively against a solid
Monarch defense core backed by net minder Brett Murphy with the perfect save
Bantam 1 Championship Final:
In the first two games of the series, the
Monarchs and Warriors traded games. The first game going to the Warriors 5-3,
and the Monarchs answered back with a 6-3 victory less than 24 hours later.
The series turning point took place in
games 3 and 4. In both games the Warriors came from behind after a 4-2 deficit
in the third period, only to have the outcome decided in overtime by Matt
Shatsky in game 3 and Alex Cattani in game 4.
A key contributor in the entire series was
Monarch forward Alex Cattani. In the last 3 games he managed 2 helpers along
with a whopping 5 goals for seven points, one being a series altering overtime
In the 5th game the Monarchs had
their killer instinct with a solid 6-2 win, again showing depth in scoring from
a plethora of forwards with scoring capabilities. Mitchell Joss lead the
scoring with two goals, while Hooker, Fawkes, Lewis, and Cattani each had one
of their own.
The Monarchs executed their game plan, with
the usual speed and fore-checking, effectively pushing the Warriors back on
their heels resulting in a 2-0 lead going into the second period.
The Warriors came out in the second with
their own push back. Jayson Szun and Brayden Clark were instrumental in tying
the game 2-2 with a goal and assist each. From that point the Monarchs scored 3
unanswered goals, all generated on the rush within the last 5 minutes of the
period to take the wind out of the Warriors sails.
In the third the Monarchs played effective
shut down hockey. The Warriors did everything they could to open up the game,
however the Monarchs team defense shut down any hopes of another late come
back. Jonny Hooker sealed the deal with an empty netter and the Championship
The Monarchs now head to provincials to
battle it out with the Brandon Wheat Kings for the pride of the province in a
best of three series. The winner will go on to represent Manitoba in the
Western Canadian Bantam Championships in Okotoks Alberta.
Provincial Match up at Seven Oaks Sportplex:
March 18th: 7:45pm
March 19th: 3:00pm
March 20th: 1:15pm
City Migdet Semi-Finals:
In City Midget action, both Semi-Final
match ups concluded last week with the Monarchs and Selects needing the 4th
game to decide who moves on to face the Hawks. The first two frames of the game
were played tightly on both sides. The Eastman came out on a positive note when
Matthew Hill scored just two minutes into the first. However after a scoreless
second period, the Monarchs took the game into their own hands, tallying three
in the third. Matthew Major potted two out of the total three goals, one of
which was on the power-play. The Monarchs now look to the Hawks for an exciting
City Midget finals match up.