MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs staved-off elimination and beat the South Carolina Stingrays, 5-1, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night at SNHU Arena.
The Monarchs (11-7) forced Game 7 against the Stingrays (11-6) that will be held Wednesday night at SNHU Arena.
Manchester opened the scoring when Tyler Sikura scored his 4th goal of the playoffs at 15:51 while on the power play. Sikura took a direct face-off win from Daniel Doremus in the high slot, and sent a wrister through traffic and past the glove of Stingrays goaltender, Parker Milner, to put the Monarchs up, 1-0.
The Monarchs added to their lead at 16:28 of the second period when Matt Leitner scored his 8th goal of the playoffs. Zac Lynch circled in the left corner before sending a pass into the slot where Leitner one-timed a shot past the glove of Milner, to give the Monarchs a 2-0 lead.
Manchester extended their lead at 8:51 of the third period on a goal by Ashton Rome, his 8th tally of the playoffs. After Gasper Kopitar won an offensive-zone face-off, Connor Hardowa took a shot from the left point that was stopped by the pad of Milner. The rebound bounced to the bottom of the right circle and onto the stick of Rome who buried the shot to put the Monarchs up, 3-0.
The Monarchs pushed their lead to 4-0 at 15:53 of the third period on Sikura’s second score of the night. Cory Ward entered the zone on a 2-on-1 before he took a shot that deflected off Milner’s right pad and into the slot, where Sikura fired the puck past the sprawling Stingrays netminder, to give the Monarchs a four-goal advantage.
Manchester added to their lead when Daniel Ciampini netted his 4th goal of the playoffs. Ciampini and Leitner played catch on the right wing before Ciampini fired a one-timer past the glove of Milner to make it a 5-0 lead.
South Carolina ended Sam Brittain’s shutout bid when Olivier Archambault scored his 5th goal of the post-season at 18:39 of the final frame on the power play. Joey Leach sent a diagonal pass from the left point to the stick of Archambault just below the right circle, who snuck a wrister through Brittain to put the Stingrays on the board, 5-1.
The Monarchs return to the ice Wednesday, May 24 (7 p.m.) when they host the South Carolina Stingrays for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals at SNHU Arena.
- Matt Leitner has scored goals in consecutive games
- Gasper Kopitar made his 2017 Kelly Cup Playoff debut
- Zac Lynch put seven shots on goal
- Colton Saucerman and Craig Wyszomirski both contributed a +3 rating