by: Brendan Macgranachan
Sunday, October 20, 2013
WINNIPEG - After a slow start to the season, the Winnipeg Bantam 2 Monarchs have found their stride.
The Monarchs (3-2) extended their winning streak to three games with a 7-3 victory over the Winnipeg Hawks in Bantam 2 action on Thursday, October 17 at the Keith Bodley Arena. In the three game streak, the Monarchs have outscored their opponents by a margin of 22-8.
The Hawks (0-3) had a pair of great scoring chances in the first period. First, it was Kyle Oleksiuk winning a puck battle and going on a partial breakaway but he was turned aside by Monarchs goaltender Duncan McGovern. Later in the frame, Hawks defenseman Riley McKeigan's point shot rang off the post and the game remained scoreless.
With under a minute left and the Hawks on the power play, Monarchs forward Mitchell Wilson powered through a defender a scored a beautiful goal to put the Monarchs in front. With one hand fending off an opponent, Wilson slid the puck one-handed through Logan Angers' five hole and the Monarchs led after 20 minutes by a score of 1-0.
The Monarchs added a power play goal four minutes into the second period but 32 seconds later, the Hawks would respond on an odd angle shot that beat McGovern. Then, on a Hawks power play, Jacy Kennedy's point shot got through traffic to tie the game up at two a side.
That score would be short lived and the Monarchs would restore their two goal lead before the second period ended. First, it was Riley Stotts beating Angers from the hashmarks and then with less than two minutes to play, Hunter Cloutier went top shelf from the bottom of the circle to make it 4-2.
The Hawks looked to grab some momentum after killing off 1:44 of a 5-on-3 power play to start the third period. However, right after the penalties expired; the Monarchs would score again to make it a three goal lead. Now 6-2, the Hawks would stop the scoring run when Oleksiuk would bury the puck top corner on a two-on-one. It wouldn't be enough and the Monarchs would add one more on the power play on their way to a 7-3 victory.
The Hawks will look for their first win of the season on Sunday, October 20 when they travel to Brandon and take on the Wheat Kings. Game time is set for 2:15 p.m. at the Kinsmen Arena. Meanwhile, the Monarchs return to action a week later on Thursday, October 24 when they host the Sharks at the Keith Bodley Arena.