With the stands packed, the Bantam 1 Winnipeg Monarchs took to the ice against the Bantam 1 Central Plains Capitals in the opening weekend of play for the 2018-2019 season. This is the featured game of the week for week 1 of the season.
It didn’t take the Monarchs long to open up the scoring. Keefe Gruener found the back of the net courtesy of a Nicholas Guberman pass, one minute and sixteen seconds into the first. Both teams continued to battle hard with the Monarchs notching another goal minutes later when Elliot Lewis hammered one home on a set-up from Dylan Moon. This put the Monarchs up 2-0 before the midway point of the opening frame. Still grinding away, the Capitals caught a break with the Monarchs getting a penalty late in the period. The Capitals were able to capitalize on the power play with a beauty of a goal from Carson Dubois and the set up coming from Asher Moorhouse and Carson Buydens. The period came to a close with the Monarchs leading by a score of 2-1.
The second period got under way and the Monarchs quickly demonstrated that the goal the Capitals scored wasn’t going to happen again. Much of the pace and play was dictated by the Monarchs spending most of the second period in the Capitals end. This hard work and hustle finally paid off late in the period. Aiden Corbett’s shot was able to find the twine off a Sam Court and Jason Ruff passing play. The end of the second period ended with the Monarchs up 3-1 setting up for an entertaining third period.
Early into the final period, the Monarchs got into some penalty trouble with Keefe Gruener being sent to the box for a holding penalty. Unfortunately, this didn’t quite go as planned for the Capitals as they were not able to score. The penalty trouble continued for the Monarchs with two more penalties coming before the half way mark of the period. The Monarchs penalty killing and goaltending stood tall not allowing the Capitals on to the score sheet. With the Monarchs finally out of the box, Michael Cicek was able to put in his first of the season with a little help from his teammates Ezra Kashin and Nicholas Guberman. The game ended with both teams having fought a hard battle but the Monarchs came out victorious with a score of 4-1.