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ECHL Playoffs: Monarchs' backs to wall after Game 5 loss

Staff report
May 06. 2018 9:48PM
Manchester Monarchs goalie Evan Cowly makes a stick save in front of Adirondack Thunder's James Henry in the first period of their ECHL Kelly Cup playoff game at the SNHU Arena in Manchester Sunday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)



The Manchester Monarchs on Sunday proved that shots on goal don’t win games.

The Adirondack Thunder, despite being outshot 37-22, blanked the Monarchs 6-0 in a pivotal Game 5 of ECHL North Division finals at SNHU Arena. It was the first home game of the series for the Monarchs.

The Thunder now lead the series 3-2 and can advance in the playoffs with a victory in Game 6 at SNHU Arena tonight (7 p.m.).

Adirondack goalie Drew Fielding, an ECHL veteran, stopped all 37 shots for his first shutout of the series. Manchester’s Evan Cowley started and made 12 saves, and Charles Williams, on in relief, stopped four shots.

The Thunder’s Mike Szmatula scored twice and assisted on another goal. Colton White, Ryan Schmelzer, Blake Thompson and Kenton Miller also scored. Neither team scored on the power play. Adirondack was 0-for-3 while the Monarchs were 0-for-2.

Manchester Monarchs Tony Cameranesi, right, and Adirondack Thunder's Brian Ward collide along the boards in the first period of their ECHL Kelly Cup play off game at the SNHU Arena in Manchester Sunday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)


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