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Monarchs fall to Stingrays, head home leading ECHL series, 2-1

Staff report
May 15. 2017 10:17PM
Monarch goalie Sam Brittain stopped the Stingrays' Joe Devin's attempt in the 1st period in Game 3 of the ECHL's Kelly Cup Eastern Conference finals at the North Charleston Coliseum on Monday. (Wade Spees/The Post and Courier/Staff)
Kelly Cup Playoffs
Eastern Conference Finals
(Best-of-seven; x-if necessary)
Manchester 2, South Carolina 1

Manchester 2, South Carolina 1
Saturday: Manchester 4, S.C. 3
Monday: S.C. 5, Manchester 3
Fri., May 19: S.C. at Manchester, 7 p.m.
Sat., May 20: S.C. at Manchester, 6 p.m.
x-Mon., May 22: S.C. at Manchester, 7 p.m.
x-Wed., May 24: S.C. at Manchester, 7 p.m.

South Carolina escaped a huge problem Monday.

Third-period goals from Olivier Archambault, Steven McParland and Rob Flick lifted the Stingrays to a come-from-behind 5-3 Game 3 win over the Manchester Monarchs in the best-of-seven ECHL Eastern Conference Finals at the North Charleston (S.C.) Coliseum before 2,895 fans.

The series resumes at SNHU Arena on Friday (7 p.m.) for Game 4, with Manchester holding a 2-1 series lead.

Game 5 will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. If needed, Manchester will host Game 6 on Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m. and Game 7 on Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m.

The Monarchs nearly swept the Stingrays on their home ice, holding a 3-2 lead with 18:31 to play when Daniel Ciampini scored his seventh postseason goal, on the power play.

But South Carolina rallied, getting a shorthanded goal at 4:11 from Archambault and the go-ahead goal at 5:52 from former Providence College star McParland. Ex-Providence Bruin Rob Flick added an empty-net tally for the Stingrays, his ninth goal of the postseason, at 14:02. South Carolina held a 32-26 shot advantage.

Manchester was 2-for-5 on the power play, getting its first one from Zac Lynch at 10:23 of the first period. It was Lynch’s seventh postseason goal.

Cody Corbett of South Carolina tied the game 44 seconds into the middle frame, but Manchester regained the lead on Ashton Rome’s seventh goal, at 5:21.

Joey Leach of South Carolina scored at the eight minute mark, creating a 2-2 game with one period to play.

South Carolina goalie Parker Milner, a Boston College product, registered 23 saves.

Manchester netminder Sam Brittain turned back 27 shots.

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