by: Brendan Macgranachan
Saturday, November 09, 2013
It's been over a month into the season and the Winnipeg Bantam 2 Warriors are still without a regulation loss.
Ben Coppinger and Caiden Daley each scored twice as the Warriors defeated the Winnipeg Sharks 5-1 at the Ed Golding Memorial Arena.
The Warriors (8-0-0-1) were able to grab momentum in the first 30 minutes after the Sharks (1-8-0-0) began a parade to the penalty box. They were able to grab a lead in that time and withheld second period pressure from the Sharks on their way to victory.
Coppinger's shorthanded marker opened up the scoring at 17:30 and the Warriors led 1-0 early. Then on a 5-on-3 man advantage, Jett Woo scored on a wrister from the top of the circle to extend the lead to two. The goal was Woo's team-leading 10th of the season.
Three minutes into the second, right after the Sharks killed off their fourth penalty of the evening, Coppinger walked out from behind the net and scored for his second goal of the game. Soon after that, Daley made it 4-0 on his 6th goal of the season off an assist from Brayden Bazinet.
The Sharks began buzzing for their own. Halfway through the period they had their best chance to that point but Devon Matsumoto couldn't bury a rebound by the side of the net. But with two minutes left, Lewis Negrich busted through the Warriors defence and put the puck through the five hole of goaltender Brendan Benoit.
They had one more great chance before the period expired but despite being alone in the slot, Matthew Myrowich couldn't beat the left pad of Benoit. The Warriors took a three goal lead into the locker room and would tack on one more in the third from Daley for the 5-1 final.
Benoit made 29 saves for the Warriors while Jordan Hildebrand had 25 between the pipes for the Sharks.
The Warriors return to action Saturday afternoon against the Winnipeg Monarchs. Puck drop is set or 2:15 p.m. at the Keith Bodley Arena. Meanwhile, the Sharks are off until next Saturday when they take on the Brandon Wheat Kings back at the Ed Golding Memorial Arena.