Game of the Week: Selects 6, Warriors 4 - Bantam I
by: Brendan Macgranachan
Sunday, November 24, 2013
In the first matchup of two in the week, The Eastman Bantam I Selects won the battle over the Winnipeg Warriors.
In a chippy, penalty-filled affair, the Selects blew open a lead with three unanswered goals and would withstand a Warriors comeback attempt late in the third for a 6-4 win on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Notre Dame Arena.
The Warriors took an early lead on a power play goal but penalty trouble would hand the Selects an opportunity to get back in the game. Jared Pelechaty went off for roughing after the whistle, giving Eastman a two man advantage for 1:18. With 20 seconds left in the first minor, Ryan Piwniuk scored to tie in on a three-on-two rush. Then in the final stages of Pelechaty's penalty, Vaughn Dupre put the Selects ahead 2-1.
The scoring wasn't done in the first period. With five minutes left, Ian Briscoe finished off a long, battling shift by picking up a goal on a wrister from the slot to knot it at two. The Warriors had a chance to give the period its third lead change but Brett Namaka rang it off the crossbar with a minute left.
Eastman would take back control in the second period and would be in the driver's seat entering the third period. Five minutes into the final frame, the Selects opened up their biggest lead of the game when Kolten Kanaski cut through the Warriors zone and scored short side to make it 5-2 Selects.
The Warriors would begin to mount a comeback with five and a half minutes left when they made it 5-3 on a mad scramble in front of the Eastman net. Then, with Kanaski in the box for hooking, Winnipeg would bring the game within one. Taz Mckay held a clearing attempt at the line and with time expiring in the penalty, Briscoe scored to make 5-4 with 2:15 left.
With the goaltender pulled, the Warriors continued to apply pressure late but 34 seconds, Dupre came up with a big play for Eastman. First, he blocked a point shot then got up and fired the puck down the ice from the top of his own circle into the empty Winnipeg net. That would be the final nail in the Warriors coffin and seal off a 6-4 Selects win.