BRAMPTON, ONT – Connor Crisp played the role of hero Thursday night, scoring his second goal of the night that was the game-winner as the Brampton Beast defeated the Manchester Monarchs 3-2 in overtime.
The Beast now have a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-seven North Division Finals series.
Zac Lynch got the Monarchs on the board with 2:03 remaining in the first period. Lynch accepted a pass from Daniel Ciampini and put it over the glove of Beast goaltender Zach Fucale to go up 1-0. The goal was part of a 19-shot onslaught on Fucale in the first period.
The Monarchs extended their lead a little over two minutes into the second period when Lynch scored his second goal of the night. Matt Leitner fired a pass to Lynch, who found an open net to go up 2-0.
Cue the comeback for the Beast. Luke Pither was in on a breakaway took the shot on Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain, and Brandon MacLean put rebound past Brittain to make it 2-1.
Connor Crisp scored the first of his two goals on the night early in the third period, when he went on an odd-man rush and took a pass from David Vallorani and put it past Brittain.
All it would take for this game to settle was 1:27 of overtime. Crisp scored his second goal with a wrap-around as it went off a Monarchs defenseman in the crease and the puck past through Brittain to give the Beast the win and the lead in the series.
Beast goaltender Zach Fucale made 45 saves in the win as Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain made 31 saves in the loss.
The Monarchs have now killed 22 consecutive penalties.
Game two will be played at the Powerade Centre on Saturday night when the puck will drop at 7:15 P.M. The series shifts to SNHU arena for games three, four and five (if necessary) beginning Monday night. and Tuesday.