Final Regular Season Records:
Brampton Beast: 40-24-3-5 (88 pts — 3rd in North Division, 4th in Eastern Conference)
Manchester Monarchs 37-24-7-4 (85 pts — 4th in North Division, 6th in Eastern Conference)
Division Semifinals Results:
Brampton Beast defeated Reading Royals 4-2
Manchester Monarchs defeated Adirondack Thunder 4-2
Series Schedule (Home Team in BOLD CAPS and all times local):
Game 1 – Thursday, April 27 – Manchester at BRAMPTON 7:15 pm ET
Game 2 – Saturday, April 29 – Manchester at BRAMPTON 7:15 pm ET
Game 3 – Monday, May 1 – Brampton at MANCHESTER 7 pm ET
Game 4 – Tuesday, May 2 – Brampton at MANCHESTER 7 pm ET
*Game 5 – Wednesday, May 3- Brampton at MANCHESTER 7 pm ET
*Game 6 – Friday, May 5 – Manchester at BRAMPTON 7 pm ET
*Game 7 – Sunday, May 7 – Manchester at BRAMPTON 2:15 pm ET
*=> If Necessary
Season Series Recap:
Brampton took two out of three meetings in the season series.
Matt Leitner has been on a hot streak for the Monarchs during the North Division Semifinals. Leitner registered seven points in six games with three goals and four assists.
Beast defenseman Jordan Henry leads the team in scoring has he registered seven points with two goals and five assists.
Goaltending could be key in this series. Brampton Beast goaltender Zachary Fucale leads the ECHL with a goals against average of 1.20, only giving up seven goals in five playoff starts. The 6-foot-2 187-pound goaltender out of Laval, QC has a save percentage of .959.
Don’t count out Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain. Brittain’s experience could be key in this series after playing with three different American Hockey League with the San Antonio Rampage, Portland Pirates and most recently the Springfield Thunderbirds. Brittain ranks seventh in the ECHL with a 2.34 goals against average, a save percentage of .921 and a record of 4-2.
Special teams could play a key role in this series. The Monarchs have had 26 opportunities and converted five goals. They rank third in the Eastern Conference with 19.2% power play efficiency. The Beast have struggled with their power play, only converting two out of 26 opportunities on the man-advantage during their series with the Reading Royals.
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