MANCHESTER, NH – The Brampton Beast made sure their North Division Finals series returned to southeast Canada with a huge 2-1 win over the Manchester Monarchs Wednesday night at SNHU Arena. Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain made 40 saves in the loss as the Beast fired 42 shots on goal, the most the Monarchs have allowed during the playoffs.
David Ling scored the first goal of the game for the Beast close to halfway through the first period. Brandon Marino took a shot along the right wall that deflected to the bottom of the left circle off Brittain, and Ling was waiting for the rebound. In one motion, Ling corralled the puck and wristed a one-timer past a diving Brittain to give the Beast a 1-0 lead. It was Ling’s first goal of the playoffs.
The Beast outshot the Monarchs 11-8 in the first period.
The second period was a busy one for the Monarchs and goaltender Brittain. Brittain made 20 saves in the second period. The Monarchs were outshot 20-10 in the period, but Brampton was not able to do any further damage on the scoreboard.
Daniel Doremus extended his point streak to four games with the game-tying goal that came with 4:39 remaining in the second period on the power play. David Kolomatis took a shot as Doremus tipped it past Beast goaltender Zach Fucale for his fourth goal of the playoffs to tie it at 1-1.
Reggie Traccitto scored the game-winning goal almost halfway through the third period on the power play. Jordan Henry made a pass to Traccitto. Traccitto scored with a one-timer off the blocker of Brittain to make it 2-1. Both Traccitto and Henry had seven shots on goal in the contest for the Beast.
The Monarchs had a chance in regulation to get the game-tying goal on the power play but it was not enough for a comeback as the Beast were able to hold on.
Beast goaltender Fucale made 26 saves in the win.
A crucial game six will be played tomorrow night at Powerade Centre. The puck will drop at 7:15 PM.