GLENS FALLS, NY – Zac Lynch‘s game-winning goal lifted the Manchester Monarchs past the Adirondack Thunder to a 2-1 victory last night. The Monarchs now have a 3-1 lead in the North Division Semifinals series and can knock out the division champs on their home ice tomorrow night.
Ashton Rome opened up the scoring in the first period for the Monarchs on the power play. Brian Ward received a hooking penalty for the Thunder at 4:14. The Monarchs converted on the power play 14 seconds later. Thomas Schemitsch fired a shot as Rome deflected it past Thunder goaltender J.P. Anderson to go up 1-0.
The Thunder tied the game with 4:14 remaining in the first period when Thunder defenseman Kevin Lough fired a shot from the slot as Cullen Bradshaw deflected it home past Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain to tie it at 1.
After a scoreless second period, the Monarchs got the answer they needed in the third period when Zac Lynch notched the first playoff point of his pro career. He fired a wrist shot over Anderson’s glove to give the Monarchs a 2-1 lead. The goal for Lynch was unassisted.
The Thunder pulled Anderson with 1:08 remaining in regulation but could not find a way to tie the game.
Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain had a stellar performance, making 29 stops on the night. J.P. Anderson stopped 14 of the Monarchs’ 16 shots.
The Thunder had five power play opportunities in this game and could not convert on any of them. Overall, the Monarchs have now killed 16 consecutive penalties in the series.
A crucial game five will be played tomorrow night at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The puck will drop at 7:00 P.M.