Saturday, April 15, 2017

Manchester, New Hampshire – Cory Ward of Las Vegas and the ECHL Manchester Monarchs won their second straight playoff game, this one 4-2 over the Adirondack Thunder. The game was tied 2-2 going into the third period and then Manchester scored twice to win it. Manchester leads the Best of Seven series, two games to none. The crowd was 4549 at the SNHU Center.

It was a tough physical game in all three periods. Manchester is a #4 seed in this division. “We asked our best players to be the best players and so far they have been,” Manchester coach Rick Seeley told the hometown Manchester Union Leader newspaper.

Game Three will be played on Tuesday on Adirondack’s home ice in Glen Falls, N.Y. The remainder of the games in this Best of Seven will be played there.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana – Captain Chris Francis of Las Vegas and the ECHL Quad City Mallards had an assist – a pass to Jack Nevins who scored on a powerplay – in a 3-1 road loss to the Fort Wayne Komets. The Komets now lead the Best of Seven two games to none. There was a massive crowd – 6065 – at the Memorial Coliseum.

After the game Quad City head coach Phil Axtell told the Quad City Times “we had our chances. We need to be more determined.”

Game Three will be on home ice at the iWireless Center in Moline on Wednesday.