Game of the Week: Monarchs 5, Rangers 4 - Bantam 1
by: Brendan Macgranachan
Sunday, October 27, 2013
It came down to the wire but the Winnipeg Bantam 1 Monarchs are still unbeaten.
Drayson Barta's marker with 4:33 left in the game pushed the Monarchs to a 5-4 win over the Parkland Rangers in Bantam 1 action on Sunday at the MTS Iceplex in a game that saw several lead changes.
The Monarchs (6-0-0) were the dominant team for the majority of the contest but they trailed at different points of the hockey game. The Rangers (2-3-1) were led by the stellar play of goaltender Quinn Munro and would go in front in the first and third periods by capitalizing on key opportunities.
Winnipeg's offence controlled the first period, outshooting the Rangers 18-4 but it would be Parkland who scored the period's only goal. Less than five minutes in, Dustin Mozdzen would find Riley McKay in slot and he would one-time it past Monarchs goalie Connor Gilles to make it 1-0. Winnipeg had a few great chances in the period but were turned away each time by Munro, whose saves included robbing Marco Mazza of an open net goal with the paddle of his stick.
The Monarchs would keep their foot on the pedal in the second period and eventually they saw results and took a lead. First, it was captain Stelio Matthoes busting through the crease and tucking it past the outstretched pad of Munro to tie the game. Then, four seconds into a power play, the Monarchs would take the lead on a point shot by Dylan Cassie.
Winnipeg would find themselves trailing early in the third period following a pair of critical mistakes. Parkland tied it back up when Connor Dewar picked off an errant pass in the Monarchs zone and scored top corner less than three minutes into the final period. A few minutes later following a Winnipeg penalty, Jaden Townsend put the Rangers back in front after he beat Gilles blocker side.
The Monarchs would even the game up at three on a shorthanded marker by Tyler Campbell who tipped in a Cassie point shot. Then with 6:40 left in the game, Brandon Marques would whack one past Munro in a scramble outside of his crease and the Monarchs were back in the driver's seat at 4-3.
Less than a minute after that, the entertaining afternoon continued to play out. 11 seconds into a Monarchs power play, Rangers forward Koby Morrisseau would break in and bank one off the post and in to once again tie the contest. However, the Monarchs would have the final response in the game when Barta battled for the puck near the Parkland goal and slipped it past Gilles for the game winner.
The Monarchs will look to make it seven in a row to open the season when they host the Central Plains Capitals on Thursday night. Game time is set for 7:15 p.m. at the RE/MAX Arena inside the MTS Iceplex.