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Sharks Defeat Monarchs in Third Period Heroics

By AAA Winnipeg, 02/07/20, 5:15PM CST


Sharks beat the Monarchs 5-4

On January 30th, 2020 the Sharks hosted the Monarchs at East End arena in what turned out to be a classic game that came down to the wire.  With a depleted line up due to injury, the Monarchs had 2 AP players in their line up to try and beat the Sharks.  In the first period, both teams came out strong and it resembled a track meet up and down the ice.  Just after the halfway point of the period, the Sharks were able to slow things down and get rewarded with a goal off of the stick of Jackson Kostiuk.  This seemed to ignite the Monarchs and not even 2 minutes later they respond with a goal of their own.  Zach Einarsson scores on a breakaway goal and tie the game up at 1 goal a piece.  The rest of the period had many other chances, but no more goals would be scored. 


In the opening minutes of a very exciting second period, the Sharks take a penalty which sends the Monarchs to the power play.  Cole Penner is able to make the Sharks pay and gives the Monarchs their first lead of the game at 2-1.  The Sharks, not to be outdone, battle back and Carson Kinoshita lights it up for 2 quick goals in just over 2 minutes giving the Sharks back the lead 3-2.  With just over 5 minutes left in the period, Monarchs defenceman Aaron Krestanowich scores by throwing the puck in on next for a dump in and fooling Sharks goalie Darian Pisker.  In a last-minute effort, the Sharks pin the Monarchs in their zone defensive zone and Nick Giasson is able to convert on a chance, making the score 4-3 heading into the third period in favour of the Sharks.


Being down a goal heading into the third period, the Monarchs catch a break by getting a short powerplay after 4 on 4 play.  They Monarchs make the most of the short powerplay with a goal from Evan Gradt and tie the game up at 4 goals apiece.  The tie game is short lived for the Monarchs as the Sharks come down on the next play and score seconds later thanks to a Braeden Smith go-ahead goal.  This lead by the Sharks would prove to be insurmountable as the Sharks defeat the Monarchs by a score of 5-4.