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Monarchs Come out on Top

By Kaelin Baydock 03/17/2019, 12:45pm CDT

Bantam 1 Monarchs Take home the Championship Banner

This year's Bantam 1 Championship series featured the Sharks and the Monarchs in what turned out to be a series for the ages!  Early in the series, the Monarchs took control and made it look like they were going to make light work of the Sharks.  The Sharks had other thoughts about how easy they were going to go down.  Being down 2-0 in the series, the Sharks had to dig deep to find the drive within to battle back and make a statement.  They did just that by winning Game 3 and bringing the series to within 1 game.  In Game 4, it was a completely different story with the Monarchs dominating the Sharks in a commanding 9-0 win and putting themselves only 1 win away from taking home the Championship.  Just like before, being down 2 games in the series, the Sharks looked deep within and found the drive to step-up to the plate and defeat the Monarchs 2 games in a row by scores of 4-0 and 4-1.  These victories by the Sharks set the stage for an eventful game 7 that took place on March 13 at the BellMTS Iceplex.   

With the game being a winner takes all situation, both teams came out with guns-a-blazing.  Each team played to their strengths with the Monarchs showcasing their impressive offensive abilities and the Sharks bringing their physicality and speed trying to wear down the Monarchs.  The Monarchs bombarded the Sharks goalie Matthew Kieper, who stood on his head all series long, with over 40 shots in the game.  

 

Both teams played the first two periods without any goals being scored which laid the groundwork for an exciting third period.  With the Monarchs having sustained pressure in the Sharks zone, Zach Nicolas sent the puck up to the top to a waiting Jason Ruff who walked the blueline and unleashed a snap shot through a crowd of players in front of the Shark's goal.  Unable to see the shot through the mass traffic in front of him, Ruff’s shot flew untouched into the top corner and past the Sharks goaltender Matthew Kieper.  The Monarchs had a 1-0 lead with roughly 13 minutes still left in the third period.  The Sharks came out strong the next shift after the goal, creating chances of their own and almost tying the game up.  With 2 minutes left in the game, the Sharks elected to pull their goalie for the extra attacker.  The Sharks poured on the pressure and held possession in the Monarchs zone for the majority of the odd man situation and created many chances to tie the game up.  In the dying seconds of the period, the Monarchs got the puck out of their zone forcing the Sharks to regroup and come back in on the attack.  As the Sharks re-entered the zone, time expired and the Monarchs helmets, gloves and sticks rained down on the ice.  The Monarchs had fended off an attack from the Sharks and won the Bantam 1 AAA City League. 

 

Congratulations to both the Sharks and Monarchs on an amazing series as well as great seasons! 

Playoff Brackets

By Kaelin Baydock 03/04/2019, 12:45pm CST

Daily Up dated playoff brackts

Playoff Preview

By AAA Hockey 02/27/2019, 9:30pm CST

With the regular season now over, the playoffs are upon us and here is a quick over view with some early predictions.

Bantam 2

The Bantam 2 playoffs start with the 4th place Eastman Selects playing a mini-series against the 5th place Sharks.  The winner of this series will move on to a best of seven game series against the first place Warriors who have been a dominant force all season.  The other series taking place at the same time will be between the 2nd place Monarchs and the 3rd place Hawks which are separated by only 2 points in the standings.  My prediction is that we will see a final that will feature the Monarchs taking on the Warriors in the final best of seven series with the Warriors being victorious.

 

All games will be taking place at Maples arena.  See the schedule at the bottom for game times.

 

Bantam 1

In the Bantam 1 league, only the teams within city limits are a part of this draw.  The first series sees the Monarchs (2nd place) take on the Hawks (6th place).  The Monarchs will be favourites to win this series.  The second series will include the Hawks (3rd place) and the Sharks (4th place).  There is a 2-point gap between them which will make for a well fought and long series between the two teams.  I believe we will see the Sharks come out victorious and take on the Monarchs in the final best of seven playoff round.  The league champion out of that series, who are predicted to be the Monarchs, will be headed to the Provincial finals to take on the rural champion.

 

All games will be taking place at Maples arena.  See the schedule at the bottom for game times.

 

U17 Prep

The U17 prep playoff schedule sees the first place Monarchs get a bye into the second round with the remaining six teams facing off to see who advances.  The remaining series are set up with the Sharks (2nd place) taking on the Interlake Lighting (7th place), the Hawks (3rd place) against the Warriors (6th place), and the Eastman Selects (4th place) versus the Brandon Wheat Kings (5th place).  The second round of playoffs will most likely see the well-rested Monarchs playing the Wheat Kings, the Sharks taking on the Hawks which will both yield well fought and long battles between the teams.  The league final is expected to see the first place Monarchs take on the second place Sharks in a battle of the two top teams.  With more fire power over the Sharks, the Monarchs look to be the favourites to be the league champions.

 

All games will be taking place at Maples arena.  See the schedule at the bottom for game times.