The North Shore Winterhawks clinched a spot in the Western Canadian Bantam Championship final with a 3-1 win vs. Winnipeg Monarchs Friday night.
The win was the Hawk’s third in a row, having opened the tourney with a 5-2 win vs host Kelowna Thursday, and then backing it up with a 4-3 win over Lloydminster Heat, the Alberta Champion Friday morning.
On Sunday, the Winterhawks will face the winners of Saturday’s Lloydminster vs Winnipeg matchup. The Hawks will finish their round robin vs Saskatchewan Saturday afternoon, but have already secured a spot in the final by virtue of their first three wins.
On Friday night, the Hawks took advantage of an undisciplined Monarch’s third period – seven penalties – to close out the Winnipeg team with two power play goals on 15 shots.
The NSWC first line scored all three goals, with Almeida notching the first two, and Jordy Bellerive adding the third. Almeida and Bellerve also added an assist to their point totals, while line mate Brett Stapley put up two assists.
Marco Mazzo scored the Monarch’s lone goal, on a set up from Brendan Ostir.
The Monarchs were playing without star captain Stelio Mattheos, projected to be drafted first overall in the upcoming WHL bantam draft. Mattheos suffered a shoulder separation in the morning game vs Kelowna.
Winnipeg’s starting goaltender, Bennet Gerber faced 34 shots; while NSWC’s David Tendeck faced 13 shots.
2014 Western Bantam Championship Schedule
Thursday, April 3rd
Game #1 1:00pm Kelowna Rockets (2) vs NSWC Winterhawks (5)
Game #2 4:00pm Lloydminister (12) vs Yorkton Terriers (1)
7:00pm OPENING CEREMONIES
Game #3 8:00pm Winnipeg Monarchs (7) vs Kelowna Rockets (5)
Friday, April 4th
Game #4 9:00am NSWC Winterhawks (4) vs Lloydminster Heat (3)
Game #5 12:00pm Yorkton Terriers (1) vs Winnipeg Monarchs (4)
Game #6 4:00pm Kelowna Rockets (0) vs Lloydminster Heat (8)
Game #7 7:30pm Winnipeg Monarchs (1) vs NSWC Winterhawks (3)
Saturday, April 5th
Game #8 9:00am Yorkton Terriers vs Kelowna Rockets
Game #9 12:00pm Lloydminster vs Winnipeg Monarchs
Game #10 3:00pm NSWC Winterhawks vs Yorkton Terriers
Sunday, April 6th
Game #11 Bronze Medal Game 10:00am 3rd Qualifier 4th Qualifier
Game #12 Gold Medal Game 1:00pm 1st Qualifier 2nd Qualifier
3:00pm CLOSING CEREMONIES