NORTH CHARLESTON, SC- Alexx Privitera had two points with his first career playoff goal and an assist in addition to a 21 save performance from goaltender Sam Brittain helped the Manchester Monarchs secure a 2-1 victory over the South Carolina Stingrays in game one of the 2017 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs.
The first period was scoreless. The Stingrays outshot the Monarchs 10-5 in the opening period.
Kevin Morris got the Monarchs on the board at 7:21 in the second period with his fourth goal of the playoffs. Privitera had a backhander and it deflected off of Morris as he was near the net and went past Stingrays goaltender Parker Milner to go up 1-0.
Privitera gave the Monarchs insurance less than two minutes later. He took a slap shot and beat Milner on the glove side to score his first career playoff goal to go up 2-0.
The Stingrays rallied to come back at 6:34 in the third period. Andrew Cherniwchan made a point pass to Max Nicastro. Nicastro fired a one-timer over the glove of Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain to make it 2-1.
The Stingrays pursued the comeback with five minutes left in regulation. The Stingrays pulled Milner with 58 seconds left in regulation but Brittain and the Monarchs were too much as the Monarchs were able to secure the victory.
Parker Milner made 25 saves in the loss for the Stingrays.
The Monarchs put an end to the Stingrays 29 consecutive penalties at on home ice as the Stingrays lost at home during the playoffs this year.
These two teams will meet again tonight at North Charleston Coliseum. The puck will drop at 7 PM.