MANCHESTER — Kevin Dufour scored at the 6:17 mark of the first overtime period to give the Manchester Monarchs a 3-2 win over the Adirondack Thunder in Wednesday’s Game 3 of the ECHL North Division playoff series at the SNHU Arena.
The win gives the Monarchs a 3-0 edge in the best-of-7 series. Game 4 is Friday at the SNHU Arena at 7 p.m.
The Monarchs took the lead with almost five minutes left in the first period as Drake Rymsha scored, assisted by Pierre-Luc Mercier and Michael Doherty.
Adirondack took the lead in the second on a pair of power-play goals scored by Cullen Bradshaw nearly five minutes apart. Bradshaw’s first came at the 4:19 mark, then he added another at 9:07 to give the Thunder the lead.
Doherty beat Adirondack goalie Evan Cormier for his second goal of the playoffs at the 10:43 mark of the second to knot the game at 2-all, where it stayed until the overtime game-winner.
The teams were almost even in shots on goal in regulation, with the Monarchs holding a narrow 33-29 edge. Manchester goalie Charles Williams had 27 saves in regulation, while Cormier turned away 31 shots.