MANCHESTER, NH- The South Carolina Stingrays scored three unanswered goals in the third period as they took the 3-1 victory over the Manchester Monarchs in game five to take a 3-2 lead in the Kelly Cup Eastern Conference Finals, forcing the Monarchs to the brink of elimination.
The Monarchs got on the board at 11:16 into the opening period and scoring on their third power play opportunity of the period. Matt Leitner was in the slot and tipped in a slot pass from Colton Saucerman to go up 1-0.
The Stingrays thought they tied the game at 4:06 into the second period but the goal was waived off.
The Stingrays scored three unanswered goals in the third period. The first one came at almost four minutes into the third period. Steven McParland took a shot as it hit a body in front and went by Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain to tie it at 1-1.
They Stingrays would take the lead a little over two and half minutes later. McParland made a cross-crease pass to Oliver Archambault and put the puck over Brittain’s glove to go up 2-1.
The Stingrays finished the night with their third goal of the period. Oliver Archambault was on an odd man rush with Kelly Zajac. Zajac used the forehand-to-backhand and put the puck past the left leg of Brittain to make it 3-1.
Stingrays goaltender Parker Milner finished the game with 19 saves in the win. Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain finished with 23 saves in the loss.
A crucial game six will be played on Monday at SNHU Arena. The puck will drop at 7 PM. If the Monarchs can pull off a game six victory, game seven will be held on Wednesday night.