MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs took a commanding 2-0 lead with a 4-2 victory last night in the North Division Semifinals at the SNHU Arena. The Monarchs will now travel to the Glen Falls Civic Center to take on the Thunder in the next five games of the series with the hopes of sweeping the series by winning the next two games.
“I liked the way we played tonight, especially in the third period,” Monarchs Head Coach, Rich Seeley, said in a news release. “Our special teams were the key to the game, and although we gave one up (on a 5-on-3), getting two on the power play was the turning point of the game.”
The Thunder got on the board with a two man advantage when Stepan Falkovsky set up Alex Wall on the right-circle. Wall took a slapshot past Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain.
Quentin Shore tied the game late in the first period where Matt Leitner setup Shore. Thunder goaltender J.P. Anderson made the save on Leitner but Shore was able to put in the rebound to tie the game at 1-1.
Alex Wall scored his second of the night for the Thunder 2:10 into the second period. Cullen Bradshaw went to the left-wing side and found Wall. Wall took a shot that went off Brittain’s skate and into the net to give the Thunder a 2-1 lead.
The Monarchs tied the game again late in the second period. David Kolomatis setup Quentin Shore and Shore fired a wrist shot past Anderson to tie the game at 2-2.
Ashton Rome gave the Monarchs their first lead of the night almost five minutes into the third period on the power play. Matt Leitner made a pass to Rome and Rome put the shot over Anderson’s glove to give them a 3-2 lead.
Leitner sealed the deal and gave the Monarchs insurance when Craig Wyszomirski made a pass to Leitner, who scored a short-handed goal for his second goal of the night to give the Monarchs the win with a 4-2 victory.
The next game in the North Division Semifinals will be Game Three this Tuesday at Glens Falls Civic Center. The puck will drop at 7:00 P.M.