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Warriors sweep Monarchs

By Kaelin Baydock 03/21/2019, 11:00pm CDT

Warriors take home the Bantam 2 title

The Bantam 2 finals this year came down to the Monarchs taking on a red-hot Warriors.  Coming into this series the Warriors were perfect through the first round, eliminating the Sharks in four games straight to advance to the finals.  The Monarchs had a longer and more taxing series against the Hawks which the Monarchs were able to win in a game 7 to move onto the finals.

 

Throughout the first two game of the series, the Warriors seemed to have it their way defeating the Monarchs handily 7-1 and 6-1 in game 1 and 2.  During game three the Monarchs came alive and fought back from being down and were narrowly defeated by a score of 4-3. This would setup for an exciting game four that was do or die for the Monarchs.

 

With a depleted roster the Monarchs looked to avenge their earlier defeats against the powerful Warriors and add another game to the series.  The game started out with the Warriors continuing their offensive dominance with Lukas Hansen getting the opening goal. Sensing the importance of the game the Monarchs pushed back against the Warriors scoring their own set of goals minutes apart. The first of the Monarchs goals came from Kai Elkie on the power play just before the midway point of the period. Still riding a wave of momentum, the Monarchs struck again not even a minute later.  Kai Elkie is able to find the back of the net for a second time and putting his team up by a score of 2-1 which stayed through the remainder of the first period.  

 

Not wanting to give up a goal to the Warriors, the Monarchs locked down play in their own zone.  The Warriors were able to sneak through the Monarchs tough defence and get some scoring chances during the second period, but none were good enough to get past the stellar play of Monarchs netminder Nate Grant, who faced 50 shots in the game and held the score at 2-1 through 40 minutes.

 

With only 20 minutes standing between victory and forcing a game 5, the Monarchs looked to maintain the same defensive play that had carried them through a scoreless second period. The Warriors, sensing that the Monarchs had been worn thin looked to pounce on the chance to score in the final period.  Seven minutes into the period, with the Warriors having hemmed the Monarchs into their zone, Blake Gortezki gets the puck on his stick at the top of the zone, walks down the wall to the face off dot and unleashes a rocket that flies right by the ear of the Monarchs goaltender and into the top corner, the game was now tied 2-2.  With the Warriors sensing a weakness in the Monarchs they look to attack again quickly and solidify their championship.  After some back and forth play by both teams, the Warriors’ Chase Simon gets the puck on his stick.  Simon, seeing the defenceman backing in, puts his shoulder down and drives to the net, he shoots the puck from the top of the crease and it somehow finds the back of the net through a screen of Monarchs defencemen. With this goal the Warriors find themselves leading the game for the first time since early in the first period by a score of 3-2. It was now the Monarchs turn to push for a goal to even things up, but with 7 minutes left on the clock time was not on their side. With sustained pressure in the Warriors zone the Monarchs elect to pull their goalie for an extra attacker. The Warriors are able to chip the puck out of their zone and get relief in the dying seconds.  As the final buzzer rang out, the gloves, sticks and helmets of the Warriors rained down on the ice.  They had won the game 3-2 and had now captured the Bantam 2 City Championship banner and trophy.

 

On behalf of AAA Hockey Winnipeg, we would like to congratulate the Warriors on winning the Championship as well as the Monarchs and all of the other teams in the league for their amazing seasons! We look forward to seeing all of you around the rink next season.

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.