Game of the Week: Sharks 7, Monarchs 4 - City Midget
by: Brendan Macgranachan
Monday, December 16, 2013
Make it eight straight for the surging Winnipeg Sharks.
The Sharks padded their first place lead in the City Midget standings with a 7-4 win over the Winnipeg Monarchs on Sunday afternoon.
For the Sharks (17-2-0-0), they now have a three point lead on the Winnipeg Warriors for first place in the league and hold two games in hand. They finished 5-for-6 with the man advantage on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Monarchs slip to 8-10-0-1 on the season and remain tied for third place with the Winnipeg Hawks.
Warriors defenseman Liam Loeb scored the first period's lone goal at 10:06. Loeb's first of the season would give the Warriors a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play.
Now 2-1 Warriors in the second, the Sharks took control with three consecutive power play goals. First, it was Tanner Aschenbrener with his second of the year to tie the game up. A few minutes later, the Sharks grabbed the lead on a goal from Mathew Bullard 25 seconds into a double minor.
The Sharks would cap off the period's scoring when Ryan Sokoloski beat Monarchs goalie Ryan Hall on a 5-on-3 advantage. After 40, the Sharks led by a score of 4-2.
Josh Curtis did what he could in the third period to keep the Monarchs in the game. Five minutes in, his 16th goal of the season cut the Sharks lead to one. After the Sharks answered on the power play, it was Curtis again with 10:51 remaining and the Monarchs trailed 5-4.
But that would be as close as the Monarchs would get. The Sharks tacked a pair on in the game's final minutes to seal the deal and stabilize their position atop the City Midget standings.
The Sharks will look to win their ninth consecutive game on Wednesday when they play the Hawks at Gateway Blue. Meanwhile, the Monarchs will try to get back on track the following night when they take on the Warriors at the MTS IcePlex.
The Sharks and Monarchs meet once more this month on Sunday at Gateway Blue to wrap up their first half schedules.