Two nights, two double-OT games, two playoff wins for MonarchsBy PARKER WHEELER
Monarchs Public Relations Coordinator
April 14. 2018 10:14PM
MANCHESTER – The Manchester Monarchs beat the Reading Royals, 3-2, in double overtime on Saturday night at SNHU Arena to take a 2-0 series lead in the the North Division semifinals of the ECHL Playoffs.
It was the second straight double-OT game for the teams.
The Royals opened the scoring at 6:32 of the first period on the first goal of the playoffs by Adam Schmidt. Shorthanded, Schmidt capitalized on a turnover at the blue line and skated in on a breakaway, where he let a wrister fly, past the glove of Monarchs goaltender, Charles Williams, to make the score, 1-0.
The Monarchs tied the game at 11:13 of the second period on the first goal of the playoffs by Michael Doherty. From the top of the right circle, Colton Saucerman fired a slapshot, where Doherty found the rebound in the slot and put a backhander past the glove of Royals goaltender, John Muse, to tie the game, 1-1.
The Monarchs took the lead at 13:28 of the second period on the first goal of the playoffs by David Kolomatis. On the power play, Williams left the puck in the corner for Kolomatis who went end-to-end, where he let off a wrist shot from inside the right circle that went five-hole on Muse, to give the Monarchs a 2-1 lead.
The Royals tied the game at 17:38 of the second period on the first goal of the playoffs by Matt Willows, on the power play. Chris McCarthy skated from the point, down to the bottom of the left circle, where he filtered a pass into the slot, that Willows rang off the post behind Williams. The puck bounced off the back of Williams and across the goal line to tie the game, 2-2.
After a scoreless first overtime, Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman netted his first goal of the playoffs at 16:08 of the second overtime. The puck found the stick of LaVallee-Smotherman, during a scrum at the right post, where he took a shot into the crowd beside the net, and the puck snuck behind Muse, to give the Monarchs a 3-2 win.
The Monarchs travel to Reading, Pa., for Game 3 against the Royals on Monday at 7 p.m. at Santander Arena.