Newfoundland Growlers (7-4) at Manchester Monarchs (6-4) // Growlers Lead Series 3-2
The Monarchs kept their season alive after a 2-1 overtime victory over the Newfoundland Growlers at The Rinks at Exeter in New Hampshire Friday night.
The Monarchs started the game with some pace, outshooting the Growlers 13-7 in the first period. Both Michael Garteig and Charles Williams would have perfect first periods to keep the game at a scoreless tie after 20 minutes of play.
In the second period Manchester did manage to beat Gartieg, on the powerplay, 11:30 seconds into the period after DavidKolomatis smacked a rebound behind the Growlers goalie to give the Monarchs a 1-0 lead.
It took Zack O’Brien 3 minutes and 3 seconds to respond for the Growlers, making good on a partial breakaway to deke the puck into the cage behind Williams to tie the game at 1.
While the Growlers outshot the Monarchs 16-6 in the third period, nothing else would get past the Monarchs goalie as the game shifted to overtime where Pierre-Luc Mercier deflected the puck into the Growlers net, just 2:16 into the extra frame to force the series back to Mile One Centre for game six Monday night.
- Zach O’Brien scored his team-leading 7th goal of the postseason
- The game was played at the practice facility of the Manchester Monarchs, The Rinks at Exeter, as the SNHU Arena was unavailable.
- The three stars were 3 – D. Kolomatis (MAN), 2 – C. Williams(MAN) and 1 – P. Mercier (MAN)
The series shifts back to Mile One Centre for game six Monday night, puck drop is 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Mile One Centre Box Office, by phone at 576-7657 or online at mileonecentre.com.