Dowd lifts Monarchs to 2-1 OT win, take 2-0 lead over Utica in Calder Cup Finals

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Nic Dowd scores the winning goal as Monarchs now lead the series, 2-0.
Nic Dowd scores the winning goal as Monarchs now lead the series, 2-0.

MANCHESTER, NH – Nic Dowd scored the game-winning goal in overtime to send the Monarchs to a 2-1 victory in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals on Sunday. It marked Manchester’s second straight win in overtime and gave them a 2-0 advantage in the series.

“Well, we are up two, but again this game was decided in overtime,” Head Coach Mike Stothers said. “It is not going to be easy for either team and I thought they played much better than they did yesterday. I knew they were a good team. We’re going into Utica and we are going to have to stay together as a collective group.”

The goal was Dowd’s first game-winning goal in his playoff career and was his fifth tally of these playoffs.

Zach O’Brien opened the scoring with a power play goal at 19:05 of the first period. The goal for O’Brien was his third of the playoffs.

Nicklas Jensen scored his third of the playoffs at 1:12 of the second period to tie the game at one.

The third period was scoreless, with Manchester outshooting the Comets, 8-3 in the frame.

Nic Dowd ended the game at 5:36 of the overtime period when he scored on his own rebound right in front of the net.

These teams will meet again in Game 3 on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

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Notes:

  • J.F. Berube became the Monarchs all-time playoff leader in games played by a goaltender (20), surpassing Jonathan Bernier.
  • The first two games of the Calder Cup Finals have gone to overtime, making it the fifth consecutive game in the Finals that has gone to overtime dating back to last season.
  • Manchester improved to 13-0 when scoring first in the playoffs and 9-0 at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
  • The Monarchs have now won eight consecutive playoff games.

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