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Monarchs falter, but still lead playoff series 2-1

Staff report
April 18. 2017 11:30PM
Sam Brittain of the Manchester Monarchs saves a shot taken by Brock Montgomery of The Adirondack Thunder during their game at the Glens Falls Civic Center. (POST-STAR)

The Adirondack Thunder scored the game’s first three goals and killed off seven of their eight penalties en route to a 3-1 victory over the Manchester Monarchs in Game 3 of the ECHL North Division semifinals Tuesday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, N.Y.

Fourth-seeded Manchester leads the best-of-seven series, 2-1, heading into Game 4 Thursday night (7) in Glens Falls.

David Kolomatis capped the game’s scoring when he scored Manchester’s lone goal of the game on the power play with 22.2 seconds left. The Monarchs captain bested Thunder goaltender J.P. Anderson on a wrister from the right circle through traffic. Quentin Shore and Joey Diamond assisted on Kolomatis’ tally. Shore’s helper marked his sixth point of the series.

Top-seeded Adirondack received second-period goals from Alex Wall and Dennis Kravchenko to build a 2-0 lead entering the third period.

Wall opened the game’s scoring 3:11 into the second frame when he scored on a one-timer. Kravchenko doubled the Thunder’s lead 10:30 into the second period with a rebound goal.

Gunnar Hughes scored on a short-angled shot that sneaked by Monarchs netminder Sam Brittain with 7:24 remaining to give the Thunder a 3-0 advantage.

Manchester went 1-for-8 on the power play and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.

Brittain made 34 saves for the Monarchs. Anderson turned away 26 shots for Adirondack.