by: Brendan Macgranachan
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Another successful Winnipeg AAA All-Star Classic is in the books after three divisions of all-star games and skills competitions were completed at the MTS Iceplex on Saturday.
In the first of three games, a pair of third period goals helped Team South rally back to win the Winnipeg AAA Bantam II All-Star game 4-3 on Saturday at the MTS Iceplex.
Team South got on the board first with the first period's lone goal. Corbin Mariash whacked in a loose puck past Brendan Benoit and after 20 minutes, the score was 1-0. Benoit made a great save midway through the period on Riley Stotts alone in front to keep the margin at one.
17 seconds into the second frame, Team North would tie it up on the power play when Mike King beat Eric Johnson with a wrist shot. Less then a minute later, Kyle Oleksiuk shot the puck towards the net, which deflected off an opposition stick and into the net.
Team South would tie it back up at the 6:04 mark when Caiden Daley scored on Duncan McGovern but North would retake the lead two minutes later on a goal from Winnipeg Sharks forward Matt Myrowich.
That lead didn't last long in the third period, a frame that belonged to Team South. Two minutes in, Monarchs forward Cedric Chenier evened up the score for Team South then with five minutes left in the period, Ben Coppinger finished off a beautiful tic-tac-toe play with a goal. That one would stand up as the game winner as Team South would pick up the victory.
Team South members Jett Woo and Caiden Daley were named the game's top defenseman and forward respectively. Meanwhile, the game's top goaltender was Team North's Brendan Benoit.
Connor Gutenberg had a pair of goals and was named the forward of the game as he helped lead Team South to a 6-1 victory over Team North at the Winnipeg AAA Bantam I All-Star game.
Team South went to room after one period leading by a goal. Winnipeg Warriors forward James McIsaac scored the goal, beating North goaltender Logan Thiessen in close and it was 1-0 after 20 minutes.
In the second, the South squad opened things up early. Three minutes in, Tyler Campbell's point shot was saved but the rebound bounced out to Will Cruise, who buried it and made it 2-0. Now a three goal lead, Cole Kirkup sprung free on a breakaway and beat Thiessen and the margin was four after 40 minutes.
The line of Kirkup, Gutenberg, and Stelio Mattheos continued to provide offence in the third period. At the 17:16 mark, Gutenberg beat Dylan Myskiw and on the very next shift, the line set up Gutenberg for another goal to make it 6-0 for Team South.
Team North would get on the board in the latter stages of the third period. Winnipeg Hawks forward Dylan Burton fought his way through the defence and scored on an impressive effort to take away a potential split shutout from South's goaltenders Bennett Garber and Conor Gillis.
Garber (top goaltender) and Team South's Max Martin (top defenceman) joined Gutenberg with player of the game awards.
Josh Curtis of the Winnipeg Monarchs scored a hat trick for Team South as they completed a Saturday sweep with a 7-2 win over Team North in the City Midget All-Star game.
Team North had the first big opportunity of the game when Blaze Bezecki stripped the puck at the opposing blueline and came in with a breakaway, but he was turned aside by Nicholas Holben. A few minutes late, Team South would get on the board when Conner Bowey started the scoring to give his team a 1-0 lead.
The North side would tie it up five minutes into the second when Interlake's Jordan Kristjanon banged home a loose puck in a scramble in front of Holben. But Team South would open it up and score three unanswered before the next intermission. Matthieu Gomeric, Mikael Bedard, and Curtis were the goal scorers for Team South.
Now 5-1, Team North was awarded a penalty shot but new goaltender Jeremy Link stood tall to keep the margin at four. The two teams would trade late goals before Curtis would finish off his hat trick by firing the puck into an empty net with 76 seconds left to make it a 7-2 final for Team South.
Curtis was named the game's top forward while his teammates Bowey (defenceman) and Link (goaltender) joined him as top players of the game.