Scoring sensation Adam Jonak struck for five more points and goalie Tyler Skulley made 53 saves as the expansion MC Monarchs continued to confound the Midwest Jr. Hockey League pundits on Wednesday night.
Jonak netted three goals and assisted on two others as the visiting Monarchs shrugged off an early 2-0 deficit to upend the Detroit Fighting Irish 5-2 at the Ice Box Sports Centre in Brownstown.
Amazingly, Jonak now has 12 goals, 19 assists, 31 points in just 6 games for the 6-0 Monarchs.
Wednesday’s loss was the first of the season for the 4-1 Fighting Irish, which outshot the Monarchs 55-30 only to be stymied time and time again by Skulley, who was acquired by MC in an off-season MWJHL trade with Detroit.
In addition to Jonak’s hat trick, Trevor Pode and Bryce Peplinski also scored goals for MC.
James Smith and Eric Long scored first-period goals to give Detroit its 2-0 lead before Skulley locked the door for the remainder of the well-played contest.
MC owner-general manager Mark Gilman paid tribute to Detroit and told HockeyNewsNorth.com that he is looking forward to future games between the Monarchs and Fighting Irish.
“Last night was a battle. The Irish is a very good team and we’re going to have some epic games against one another this season,” said Gilman.
Despite its 6-0 record to date, the road does not get any easier for the Monarchs, who head north to Traverse City for three games with the 3-0 Hounds this weekend.
PHOTO: MC Monarchs high-scoring forward Adam Jonak in action against the Detroit Fighting Irish on Wednesday night at the Ice Box Sports Centre in Brownstown.