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Monarchs' season ends in loss in triple-OT thriller

May 08. 2018 12:14AM
Manchester Monarchs Colton Saucerman pins Adirondack Thunder's James Henry along the boards in the first period of their ECHL Kelly Cup play off game at the SNHU Arena in Manchester on Sunday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER -- It took more than 108 minutes - including almost 2-[1/2] overtime periods - but the Manchester Monarchs could not deny the Adirondack Thunder on Monday night at the SNHU Arena.

Mathieu Brodeur scored just over eight minutes into the third overtime as the Thunder finally put away the stubborn Monarchs, 3-2, to win their North Division final series, 4 games to 2.

Adirondack moves on to play the Florida Everblades in the Eastern Conference Finals. The winner moves on to the Kelly Cup finals.

Monarchs captain David Kolomatis scored goals in both the first and second periods to briefly give his team the lead, but the Thunder were able to answer both times to even the score, first on a Dylan Olsen goal in the opening period, and on a Brian Ward tally in the second.

After Ward's goal 9:41 into the second period, Manchester goalie Charles Williams (29 saves) and Adirondack netminder Drew Fielding (53 saves) were both able to keep the other team off the board until Brodeur's game-winner.

It was the first overtime game of this series for Manchester, which played three games with extra time in its opening-round series win over Reading.

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