MANCHESTER, NH- Rob Flick‘s 10th goal of the playoffs 1:29 into the third period gave the South Carolina Stingrays the 2-1 victory over the Manchester Monarchs in game four to even the series 2-2 before a crowd of 2,517. The Stingrays force a game six which will be held on Monday night at SNHU Arena.
The first period had no score. The Monarchs did outshoot the Stingrays for the first time in the series 11-6.
The Stingrays got on the board first with 8:40 remaining in the second period. Max Nicastro had the puck on the right side where he went to the circle before taking a shot. Andrew Cherniwchan was at the crease. The puck would go off his skate and past Monarchs goaltender Sam Brittain to go up 1-0. Flick would also get the second assist on the goal.
The Stingrays would receive insurance from Flick 1:29 into the third period. Dominic Monardo carried the puck into the zone on the right hashmark. Monardo fed Flick who shot it over the blocker of Brittain for the 2-0 lead.
The Monarchs cut the deficit to one with 6:01 remaining in regulation. Daniel Doremus took a shot along the boards. The shot was blocked. Quentin Shore was able to found the rebound and take a wrist shot to go over the shoulder of Stingrays goaltender Parker Milner for his sixth of the playoffs to make it 2-1 but that’s as close as they would get.
The Monarchs got a power play with 44 seconds left in regulation giving them a six-on-four opportunity. They could not capitalize as the Stingrays took the victory.
Stingrays goaltender Milner made 33 saves in the win. Monarchs goaltender Brittain made 21 saves in the loss.
These two teams will meet for game five tonight at SNHU Areana. The puck will drop at 6 P.M.