Monarchs invade Irish territory

November 12, 2014

Tonight will mark the third meeting of the 2014-2015 Midwest Jr. Hockey League season between the Detroit Fighting Irish and the neighboring MC Monarchs.

The Fighting Irish will be looking for its first win of the season against the Monarchs when the two teams face off in an 8:10 p.m. start at the Ice Box Sports Centre.

In two matches between the teams thus far this season, MC has taken the measure of Detroit by 5-2 and 6-4 scores.

Standings-wise, the Monarchs are in second place in the eight-team MWJHL with 22 points from a record of 11-5. The Fighting Irish holds down third spot with 17 points from a record of 8-4-1 and has three games in hand on MC.


Adam Jonak leads the Monarchs (and the entire MWJHL) in scoring with 23 goals, 34 assists, 57 points. Next on the MC parade are Trevor Pode at 19-26-45, Jarrad Vroman at 3-22-25, Bryce Peplinski at 11-12-23 and Joe Gibbs at 7-14-21. Vroman and Gibbs are both defencemen.


Ken Winter leads the Fighting Irish with 10 goals, 10 assists, 20 points followed by fellow forwards James Smith at 6-13-19, Jacob Hernandez at 10-6-16, Robert Danyo at 4-9-13, Chuck Hicks at 6-6-12 and defenceman Shawn Mott at 5-7-12.


Monarchs starting goalie Tyler Skulley has a 7-4 record with a 3.53 goals against average and .904 save percentage. Fighting Irish no. 1 goalie Kory Dombrowski has a 5-2-1 mark with a 3.77 goals against average and .875 save percentage.


MC last week re-acquired 1994 birth-year forward Anthony Wojciechowski from the Berkley Bruins for cash and future considerations.

Wojciechowski made his MC debut in a pair of games and scored once and added two assists.

He was originally obtained by MC from Detroit during the summer and then flipped to Berkley in the trade that delivered Adam Jonak to the Monarchs.

Wojciechowski scored 19 goals for Detroit during the 2013-2014 season.


The MWJHL has announced its players of the week for the period ending Sunday, November 9.

The awards are voted on by league coaches, general managers and league staff.

Forward of the Week: Trevor Pode, MC Monarchs.

Defenceman of the Week: Stan Swiderek, Traverse City Hounds.

Goaltender of the Week: Matthew Hatcher, Decatur Blaze.

Rookie of the Week: Cam Givens, Traverse City Hounds.

PHOTO: Detroit Fighting Irish scoring leader Ken Winter.

What you think about “Monarchs invade Irish territory”

  1. Randy: great write up and Preview of tonites Game! Thanks for raising the profile of the Player’s and Team’s.!
    Wojo gives M.C. another scorer to go with Jonak , Pode , Peplinsky … … Irish need to get the goaltending tonite … … Team Save Pct is below .870!
    Gonna meet at “the Moose” for supper and a cold bev at about 6:30.

  2. This is the # Number 1 Site for Junior Hockey BY FAR. Keep up the great work Mr. Russon – as a “Hockey Dad” I cannot thank you enough for your coverage and promotion of so many of the players (and teams) of the MWJHL. If I could describe your hockey knowledge coupled with information and insight into one word that word would be: “OUTSTANDING”

  3. For The Record
    Adam Jonak has 5 Goals 3 Assists for 8 Pts in 2 games against the Irish so far he has figured in on 8 of the 11 goals that the Monarchs has scored in those 2 Games.
    Should be a good game again 2Nite.

  4. Hey there Irish American .. the only thing that needs to “shut down” is your big dum yap! You keep mouthing off about Adam and how DFI are going to beat the Monarchs. Well we are still waiting for that to happen arent we? I am sure DFI are going to win over the Monarchs one of these times but in the mean time do us a favor and shut the f— up! and let the kids play!

  5. Dear Irish American:

    Take your left or right hand (if you can’t remember which is which, any hand will do). Close your hand. Then, slowly release the following fingers – index, middle (the one on your hand that gets the most use), ring. Now count. If you came up with the number THREE, that would be the correct answer to the question: “How many of the THREE games the Monarchs and Irish have played this season have been won by the Monarchs?”

    Also, because it involves two hands, let me just help you out with the number SEVEN. That’s how many goals that “little s–t Jonak” has scored against the Irish in those same THREE games. Five of them have come since you predicted here they would “shut him down.” Hope this served as an education moment for you.

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