GLENS FALLS, NY – With their backs against the wall in an elimination game, the Manchester Monarchs went back to Doug Carr in net and his 29 saves helped the Monarchs get past the Adirondack Thunder 2-1 on Monday night. Even with the win, the Monarchs still trail in the series three games to one.
Unlike previous games in the series, there was no quick scoring in the first, but it wasn’t without its action. The Monarchs threw 20 shots at Thunder goalie Ken Appleby, but were unable to get a puck past him. The Thunder countered back with 11 shots on goals, but Carr was sturdy in net, stopping each one.
The second period is when both offenses finally broke through the scoreless draw. First, the Monarchs took advantage of a double minor given to Ben Johnson for roughing by connecting within a minute of the call with Matt Leitner collecting the rebound of a Joe Diamond wraparound attempt to put the Monarchs up 1-0. The lead was short lived, as Mark Anthoine would get his own roughing call with two minutes left in the period. The Thunder capitalized as Greg Wolfe found Ryan Lomberg at the top of the circle and Lomberg fired a wrister over the shoulder of Carr to tie the game with only 15 seconds left in the second.
With the game tied going into the final frame, the Monarchs and Thunder played a tight checking third period, waiting for the other team to make the next mistake. That mistake took place just past halfway in the third, as Ryan Constant bobbled the puck in his own end, allowing Zac Larraza to take the puck away and feed a crisp backhanded pass to the tape of Darik Angeli who beat Appleby high glove side for the eventual game-winner.
The uphill battle to win the series continues for Manchester back in Manchester on Wednesday night at 7 PM.