by: Brendan Macgranachan
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The Winnipeg Hawks grabbed a 3-1 lead in their series against the Winnipeg Warriors with a 4-1 win in Bantam 1 playoff action on Wednesday at the Notre Dame Arena.
The Warriors had plenty of power play opportunities throughout the game to put themselves in a position to win the hockey game but finished 0-for-7 with the man advantage.
The Hawks got a two point night from Kyle Wiltshire and were backstopped to victory by Dylan Myskiw.
Kaden Kotowich scored the first period's lone goal to give the Hawks a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. The goal drew assists from James Barclay and Preston Phillips at the 10:04 mark.
The Hawks went up by two goals less than a minute into the second frame. Wiltshire won the battle for a puck in the corner and threw it out front for Carter Barley, who notched his first of the playoffs. Cody Glass got the second marker on the goal.
The Warriors had back-to-back power play opportunities midway through the period but were unable to convert. However, soon after the expiration of the second penalty, James McIssac jumped on a loose pick with Myskiw sprawled out and flipped it into the net to cut the Hawks lead in half.
But before the period ended, the Hawks re-upped their lead on another nice play from Wiltshire. On the shorthanded rush, he out-waited Warriors goaltender Niklas Anderson, wrapped it around the net and dished to Dawson McKenzie who put it in for his third of the playoffs.
The Warriors had a great chance to make it a one goal game late in the middle frame when Codey Beaulieu picked off a pass at the blueline and went in for a breakaway. His wrist shot beat Myskiw but rang off the iron, allowing the Hawks to take a 3-1 lead to the dressing room after two periods.
In the third, the Warriors had another power play chance but weren't able to score. With under a minute left, Riley Bruce iced it with an empty net goal from the opposing blueline and put the Hawks one win away from advancing in the playoffs.