Overtime winner puts Monarchs on brink of advancing

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(credit – Andy Camp)

MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Manchester Monarchs now stand just one win away from advancing into the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs thanks to a 3-2 overtime win against the Adirondack Thunder on Wednesday night.

Manchester struck first on Drake Rymsha’s first goal of the playoffs 14:52 into the first period, and that’s where the game would stay until after the first intermission.

Adirondack did strike back in the second period however, with Cullen Bradshaw collecting a pair of power play goals put the Thunder in the lead.

The Monarchs tied things up again before the conclusion of the second period thanks to Mike Doherty’s second goal of the playoffs, pouncing on a rebound from Sam Kurker’s backhand shot to place the puck under the leg of Thunder goaltender Evan Cormier.

Neither team could take the advantage in the third period, with Kevin Dufour providing the difference 6:17 into overtime.

Manchester seeks to close out the series on Friday with Game Four at SNHU Arena, with puck drop scheduled for 7 p.m. If they win, they would likely face the Newfoundland Growlers, who hold a 3-0 series lead against the Brampton Beast.