Disaster Strikes the Monarchs

As London began to build momentum and string together wins they lose three key pieces to injury in one game.
by Michael Oram | December 14, 2023, 10:33 AM ET

After a lackluster start to the season the Monarchs were rolling having won 7 of their last 8 games including 4 consecutive wins and going 8-2-0 over their last ten.

But the latest victory, a 2-1 win over the Barons, came at a steep cost.

Disaster struck not once, not twice, but three times during the game. Coming out of the victory the team had lost two of its top three scorers on the season and a depth defenceman.

While the injury to Trevor van Riemsdyk is the easiest to overcome his loss will be felt as his insertion into the lineup correlates directly with the team turning around its fortunes this season. TVR is considered day-to-day and will be replaced by OEL (Oliver Ekman-Larsson) in the lineup.

Patrick Kane (third in team scoring with 15 points in 14 games) has a more significant injury and while considered week-to-week the team expects to have him back in the lineup in about 2 weeks. Alongside Kane, breakout star Valeri Nichushkin who is off to the best start of his career (second in team scoring with 16 points in 14 games – a 93-point pace) is also considered week-to-week and will be out up to 8 weeks. These two injuries will be harder for the team to overcome but they provide a unique opportunity to players like Mason Marchment and Blake Wheeler to gain more ice time and contribute more offensively.

It is expected that recent GHA third star of the week Christopher Wagner and Curtis Mckenzie will receive call ups to fill the void left by the two wingers.

When providing injury updates to the media team President and GM Michael Oram quipped, “this is why we spent the money in free agency and made the trades we did. It provides us some insurance when these situations inevitably arise.” Adding to this Head Coach Theo Fleury noted that “in years past we were decimated by injury and didn’t really have the depth to overcome those setbacks. This year as a group we feel like we can remain strong contender and use this adversity to prove our strength as a team. We can and will still win games. A championship remains our goal.”

The Monarchs next game and first opportunity to demonstrate their depth comes on Thursday when they complete a home-and-home against the Barons, this time in Brno.

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