Game of the Week: Monarchs 3, Hawks 2 - City Midget
by: Brendan Macgranachan
Monday, November 18, 2013
Goaltender Ryan Hall was fantastic between the pipes for the Winnipeg Monarchs as they hung on to defeat the Winnipeg Hawks 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at the MTS IcePlex - ReMax Arena.
Hall, who made 40-plus saves in the game, was great late in the third as he stopped several scoring chances by the Hawks (4-7-1-1) to keep the lead. The Monarchs (6-4-0-1) also got a pair of goals from Josh Curtis, including the game winner.
The Monarchs opened the scoring 7:54 into the hockey game when Zack Odwak jumped on a loose puck out front and beat Riley Bannerman to make it 1-0. The Hawks cranked up the pressure in the late stages of the first and had a power play opportunity in the closing minutes, but they couldn't beat Hall, who made 17 saves in the period.
Nicholas Doerksen tied it up seven minutes into the second period. He was stopped initially by Hall but worked himself back into the slot and buried the second chance for his first tally of the season. But the Monarchs would go back in front by one when Curtis beat a screened Bannerman at 10:14.
The Hawks found themselves in penalty trouble shortly after. Already shorthanded, Skyler Thorsteinson went off for tripping, giving the Monarchs a 5-on-3 advantage for a full 90 seconds. They came close to killing off both penalties but with seven seconds left in the Thorsteinson minor, Curtis dug out a puck in Bannerman's pad and scored to give the Monarchs a 3-1 lead.
23 seconds later, the Hawks cut into the lead when Chase Brackel jumped on long rebound to make it 3-2 after 40 minutes.
In the third, the Hawks had a pair of great chances late to tie the game up. With six to play, Brackel slid it Blaze Bezecki on a 2-on-1 but Bezecki chipped it just wide of the net.
Then with three minutes to play, Brackel came in on a breakaway but his backhand deke attempt was stuffed by the stretched right pad of Hall. The Hawks moved the rebound back out front with Hall out of position but Sean Loutit's attempt from the slot was stopped short of the goal line by a Monarchs defender, who slid it under his netminder for a whistle.
The Hawks would pull their goalie but couldn't come that close to tying it again as time would run out.
The Monarchs return to action on Thursday when they take on the Interlake Lightning at 7:15 p.m. at the MTS IcePlex - ReMax Arena. Meanwhile, the Hawks next game will also be against Interlake on Saturday. That game is set for 8 p.m. in Stonewall.