MANCHESTER, NH- The Manchester Monarchs took game one of the North Division Semifinals at SNHU Arena by the final score of 3-1 Friday night.
“I thought we were a little tentative to start the game, but we got things going towards the middle of the first period and found our stride,” Monarchs Head Coach, Rich Seeley, said in a news release.
“You have to give them credit. They battled hard the entire game, and we expect a battle tomorrow night.”
Matt Leitner made a feed to David Kolomatis. Kolomatis went to the left circle and fired it past Thunder goaltender J.P. Anderson to go up 1-0. It was Kolomatis’ first goal since March 17th. The Monarchs registered only four shots in the first period.
The Monarchs extended their lead almost five minutes into the second period when Daniel Ciampini set up a play behind the net and sent a backhand play to Daniel Doremus. Doremus slipped a one-timer past by Anderson to put Manchester up 2-0.
The Thunder got on the board late in the second period on the power play. Stepan Falkovsky made a pass to Brett Pollock on the left point. Pollock then found to Ryan Culkin on the blue line who fired a wrister that beat Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain to make it 2-1. That score would hold at the end of two.
The defensive battle would continue into the third period, eventually leading to Adirondack pulling Anderson in favor of a sixth attacker. Quentin Shore stole the puck at the Thunder blue line and added the empty net goal with seven seconds remaining in regulation to seal the game for Manchester. Shore’s tally would complete his multi-point night, adding to his two assists from earlier in the contest.
It was the first playoff win for Monarchs goaltender Brittain who made 24 saves in the win.
The Monarchs and Thunder will play in Game Two tonight with the North Division Semifinals at SNHU Arena. The puck will drop at 6:00 P.M.