MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Manchester Monarchs live to see another day after scoring three third-period goals to stave off elimination and force a game seven. The Monarchs defeated the South Carolina Stingrays in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals by the final score of 5-1.
Tyler Sikura got the Monarchs on the board with 4:09 remaining in the first period on the power play. Sikura won a face-off from Daniel Doremus. Sikura took a wrist shot that went by Stingrays goaltender Parker Milner for his fourth of the playoffs to go up 1-0.
The Monarchs extended their lead by two with 3:32 remaining in the second period. Zac Lynch was in the left corner and made a pass in the slot to Matt Leitner and Leitner sent in a one-timer past the glove of Milner to go up 2-0.
The Monarchs added to their lead in the middle stages of the third period. Connor Hardowa fired a shot from the left point and Milner kicked the rebound into the right circle and Ashton Rome was able to put it home to go up 3-0.
The Monarchs kept pouring it on with two goals in the final four minutes of the contest. Daniel Ciampini‘s goal with 3:04 remaining in regulation would be the end of the night for Milner, who gave up five goals on 32 shots. Stingrays backup goaltender Adam Carlson finished out the game and only stopped two shots on net.
The Stingrays would get on the board with 1:21 remaining in regulation and end the shutout bid by Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain. Joey Leach made the pass to Oliver Archambault, who fired a wrist shot by Brittain to make it 5-1.
Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain had another stellar performance, making 38 saves on 39 shots faced.
The Eastern Conference title will be decided in a winner-take-all Game 7 that will be played Wednesday at SNHU Arena. The puck will drop at 7 PM. The winner of game seven will face against the Colorado Eagles for the ECHL Kelly Cup.
The winner of game seven will play the Colorado Eagles for the Kelly Cup, that series gets underway Friday night in Loveland, CO.