MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs put together their highest scoring period so far in the Kelly Cup Playoffs and Sam Brittain made 25 saves as the Monarchs took a take a 2-1 series lead over Brampton in the North Division Finals.
The Monarchs scored their first goal of the game a little over halfway through the first period when Kevin Morris fired a shot on Beast goaltender Zach Fucale, but Quentin Shore capitalized on the rebound to put Manchester up 1-0.
Three minutes later, the Monarchs doubled their lead when Daniel Doremus scored his second goal of the playoffs. He carried the puck out of the defensive end and skated in on a 2-on-1 with Shore. Doremus held the puck until he drifted below the dot where he sniped a shot over the glove of Fucale to give the Monarchs a 2-0 lead.
Matt Leitner gave the Monarchs a three-goal lead 14 seconds later with his fourth goal of the playoffs. Leitner scored on the power play as he took a shot that went through traffic and by Fucale and it was 3-0.
Ciampini would net his second goal of the night with 2:14 left in the second period. Craig Wyszomirski cleared the puck out of the zone. Ciampini skated all alone and took a wrist shot that went past Fucale to go up 4-0.
While the third period was scoreless, tempers started to flare where roughing penalties were given out to Colton Saucerman of the Monarchs and Brandon Marino of the Beast. Seven seconds later there was a line brawl. Everybody on the ice but Zach Fucale got involved in further altercations. When the dust settled, Mike Folkes and Mathieu Gagnon both earned fighting majors and game misconducts, with Gagnon earning the extra two minutes for instigating. Connor Crisp also earned a roughing minor on the play.
Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain made 25 saves in the shutout win. It was the first shutout of the year for the Monarchs, but more importantly, it was Brittain’s first playoff shutout as a professional. Beast goaltender Zach Fucale made 26 saves in the loss.
These two teams will meet again tonight for game four at SNHU Arena. The puck will drop at 7 P.M.