BRAMPTON, ONT- The Manchester Monarchs evened the series of the North Division Finals last night with a 3-1 victory over the Brampton Beast. The series will now shift to Manchester for the next three games in the series.
The Beast got on the board 13:24 into the opening period on the power play. A Jordan Henry pass ricocheted off the Monarchs Tyler Sikura and landed on the stick of Brandon MacLean who beat Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain to go up 1-0. The power play goal from MacLean snapped a streak of 23 consecutive successful penalty kills for the Monarchs.
The Monarchs evened the score a little over six minutes into the second period. Daniel Ciampini went in on an odd-man rush. Beast goaltender Zach Fucale made the initial save but the rebound went to Matt Leitner. Leitner fed the puck back to Ciampini who buried a backhand to tie the game a 1-1.
The Monarchs took their first lead of the night about five minutes later. Daniel Doremus forced a turnover that sparked an odd-man rush with Quentin Shore. Shore beat Fucale with a quick wrister to give the Monarchs a 2-1 lead.
Craig Wyszomirski gave the Monarchs insurance with 30 seconds left, tallying his first career playoff goal with the empty-netter.
Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain made 23 saves in the win. Beast goaltender Zach Fucale made 31 saves in the loss.
Game three will be played Monday night at SNHU Arena. The puck will drop at 7 P.M.
NOTES: The Manchester Monarchs announced on Saturday that the Monarchs Care Foundation made a $10,000 donation to the Breast Care Center at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH. Monarchs CEO Brian Cheek presented the check to Catholic Medical Center Surgical Center Of Breast Health Dr. Connie Campbell along with Dr. Betsy Angelakis of the Breast Care Center.
The Monarchs held their Pink In The Rink Game back on February 11th at SNHU Arena. The proceeds were raised from ticket sales, jersey auctions, as well as a silent auction. A tribute was made to the Breast Cancer survivors along with their families during the pre-game ceremonies. Dr. Campbell dropped the ceremonial puck for the game. The Monarchs won the Pink In The Rink event against the Adirondack Thunder by the final score of 3-2.
Since starting The Pink In The Rink, the Monarchs Care Foundation has raised over $72,000.