MANCHESTER, NH – Olivier Archambault‘s game-winning goal with 11:44 left in regulation helped the South Carolina Stingrays defeat the Manchester Monarchs by the final score of 4-3, in game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night.
Zac Lynch got the Monarchs on the board 4:18 into the first period. Matt Leitner made a pass to Lynch and skated where he did a backhand-to-forehand move and put the puck past Stingrays goaltender Parker Milner to go up 1-0.
Rob Flick tied the game for the Stingrays almost three minutes later. Marcus Perrier fired a shot from the left point and Flick collected the rebound and put it over the glove of Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain to tie the game at 1.
The Monarchs retook the lead with 5:40 remaining in the first period. Lynch made a pass to Colton Saucerman and fired a one-timer to past Milner to go up 2-1.
The Stingrays answered back late in the middle period when Dominic Monardo put the rebound of an Andrew Cherniwchan shot by Brittain to level the game at 2.
The Stingrays took the lead 1:10 later when Archambault scored his first of two goals. Kelly Zajac made a pass to Archambault, who made fired a backhand shot that put the Stingrays up 3-2.
Ashton Rome gave the Monarchs life 3:27 into the third period. Tyler Sikura made a pass to Rome, who fired a wrist shot that went past by Milner to tie it at 3.
The Stingrays went ahead for good when Archambault deflected a shot from Joey Leach with 11:44 remaining in the third period to go up 4-3. Manchester worked feverishly to tie the game, but was not able to.
Stingrays goaltender Parker Milner made 24 saves in the win, while Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain made 26 saves in the loss.
The Stingrays won the Bud Gingher trophy for the fifth time, most in ECHL history. They will take on the Colorado Eagles in the Kelly Cup Finals, beginning tomorrow night in Colorado.