GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – The Adirondack Thunder and Manchester Monarchs will meet once again in the postseason. Of the four seasons the two teams have been in the ECHL, they have now faced off in the playoffs in all four, three times in the first round and once in the North Division final. As always seems to be the case in the competitive North Division, the final seedings came down to the final game of the regular season.
Entering Adirondack’s final game Sunday, the two teams were tied in points, but Manchester had more wins, and therefore, held the #2 seeding. The Thunder managed to earn a point in an overtime loss to the Worcester Railers and clinched second place and home-ice advantage in the opening round of playoffs.
Final Regular Season Records:
Adirondack Thunder: 37-26-6-3 (2nd in North Division, 4th in Eastern Conference)
Manchester Monarchs: 39-29-2-2 (3rd in North Division, 5th in Eastern Conference)
Game 1 – Friday, April 12 – Manchester at ADIRONDACK 7:00 pm ET
Game 2 – Saturday, April 13 – Manchester at ADIRONDACK 7:00 pm ET
Game 3 – Wednesday, April 17 – Adirondack at MANCHESTER 7:00 pm ET
Game 4 – Friday, April 19 – Adirondack at MANCHESTER 7:00 pm ET
*Game 5 – Saturday, April 20 – Adirondack at MANCHESTER 6:00 pm ET
* Game 6 – Tuesday, April 23 – Manchester at ADIRONDACK 7:00 pm ET
* Game 7 – Wednesday, April 24 – Manchester at ADIRONDACK 7:00 pm ET
Season Series Recap:
The series was relatively even, with both teams picking up six victories. Two of Manchester’s wins were in overtime, giving Adirondack the slight edge (6-4-2-0). The Thunder outscored the Monarchs 42-35. Several players from both teams had two-goal performances throughout the series, with two recording hat-tricks. Monarchs forward Sam Kurker had a hat trick in Manchester’s 6-3 win on March 1. Thunder forward Jakob Reichert followed it up with his own hat-trick the next night in Adirondack’s 8-1 victory.
Adirondack’s Keys to Success:
Shut down Manchester’s Daniil Miromanov, Pavel Jenys, and Nic Pierog. They have a combined 11 goals and 24 points against Adirondack. Use goaltender Alex Sakellaropoulos as much as possible. He has a 3-0-1-0 record against the Monarchs, recording a shutout January 30, and allowing only two goals in each of his other three games played.
Manchester’s Keys to Success:
Shut down Adirondack’s small, speedy forwards. Matt Salhany (16 points), Mike Szmatula (11 points), and captain James Henry (12 points) have been the most potent players in the season series, for either team.