Monarchs vs. Wolf Pack Eastern Conference Finals Preview

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MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs will face the Hartford Wolf Pack in the Eastern Conference Finals of the Calder Cup Playoffs with Game 1 set for Thursday May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena.

The complete schedule is as follows:

EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS SCHEDULE

Game Date / Time Home Away Broadcast
1 May 21 / 7 p.m. Manchester Hartford AHL LiveWSMN 1590 AM
2 May 23 / 7 p.m. Manchester Hartford AHL LiveWSMN 1590 AM
3 May 26 / 7 p.m. Hartford Manchester TBD
4 May 27 / 7 p.m. Hartford Manchester TBD
5* May 30 / 7 p.m. Manchester Hartford TBD
6* May 31 / 7 p.m. Hartford Manchester TBD
7* June 2 / 7 p.m. Manchester Hartford TBD

 

Michael Mersch has 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) since the start of the playoffs, the most points ever by a Monarchs rookie in the playoffs. His two-point performance in Game 4 on Monday (goal, assist) moved him past Peter Harrold (11 points in 2007) for the franchise record for a rookie.
Michael Mersch has 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) since the start of the playoffs, the most points ever by a Monarchs rookie in the playoffs. His two-point performance in Game 4 on Monday (goal, assist) moved him past Peter Harrold (11 points in 2007) for the franchise record for a rookie.

How We Stack Against the Pack

Ø  This will be the third ever playoff series between Manchester and Hartford and the first since 2006. The Wolf Pack beat the Monarchs in five games in the 2002 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and in seven games in the 2006 Atlantic Division Semifinals.

Ø  The Monarchs posted a 3-0-0-1 record against the Wolf Pack during the regular season, which included going 2-0-0-0 against them at the Verizon Wireless Arena. Hartford has not beaten the Monarchs in regulation since Apr. 4, 2014.

Ø  Manchester outscored Hartford 15-11 in the regular season series and scored at least four goals against them in three of the four games.

Ø  Sean Backman led all Monarchs’ scorers with seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in four games against Hartford this season.

Weal Goes Round Record Book

Ø  Jordan Weal has a team-leading 15 points through 10 games in the postseason with 10 goals and five assists. He is the first player in Monarchs’ history to ever score double-digit goals in a single postseason and he is two points shy of Patrick O’Sullivan (17 points in 2007) for the most points ever by a Manchester player in a single playoff.

Ø  Weal led the Monarchs with eight points (5 goals, 3 assists) in their conference semifinals win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. His hat trick in Game 4 made him the third player in franchise history to record three goals in a single playoff game, joining Bud Holloway (Apr. 17, 2011) and Adam Mair (Apr. 17, 2002).

Ø  With 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 18 career postseason games, Weal ranks third on the all-time franchise list behind Bud Holloway (25 points) and Justin Azevedo (21 points).

 How’d We Get Here?

Ø  The Monarchs beat Portland in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, three games to two. Manchester’s win in Game 5 was the franchise’s first ever victory in a winner-take-all playoff game (1-3). It was the Monarchs’ first series win since the 2010 Division Finals against Worcester.

Ø  The Monarchs scored at least five goals in all three of their wins in the Portland series and outshot the Pirates 152-104.

Ø  Manchester won its best-of-seven series against the Penguins, four games to one. It was just the second time in team history the Monarchs won a seven-game playoff series in five games or less. The other was a four-game sweep of Portland in the 2010 Atlantic Division Semifinals. It marked the third time in franchise history they advanced to the conference finals.

Ø  The Monarchs are a perfect 5-0 at the Verizon Wireless Arena since the start of the playoffs and have a 7-0 record when scoring the first goal of the game.

 Monarchs’ All-Time Playoff Points Leaders

Player Games Goals Assists Points Seasons
Bud Holloway 23 11 14 25 2009-11
Justin Azevedo 27 7 14 21 2009-12
Jordan Weal 18 10 10 20 2013-15
Noah Clarke 35 9 8 17 2003-07
Patrick O’Sullivan 16 8 9 17 2006-07
Gabe Gauthier 35 8 8 16 2006-10
John Zeiler 41 8 8 16 2006-11
Dwight King 23 4 10 14 2009-11
Michael Mersch 14 6 8 14 2014-15
Marty Murray 16 6 8 14 2006-07

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