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.
MC SCORING LEADERS
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.
DFI SCORING LEADERS
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.
NEW TO THE MONARCHS
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.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
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.