Glens Falls, NY - The Adirondack Thunder dropped a 2-1 decision in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series to the Manchester Monarchs, staving off elimination for Manchester and forcing a Game 5 on Wednesday.
After a scoreless first period, highlighted by 20 saves from Adirondack netminder Ken Appleby, Manchester finally broke through with a power-play goal just 3:24 from the end of the middle stanza. The Monarchs moved the puck in the offensive zone, leading to a rebound that fell directly into the path of Matt Leitner, who slid it home for the goal, his first career ECHL playoff tally. Leitner’s goal was assisted on by Joe Diamond and Matt Fornataro, the fourth point of the postseason for Fornataro.
Adirondack knotted the score at one with a late second period equalizer, also coming on the man advantage. With Anthoine in the box for the Monarchs, Greg Wolfe hit Ryan Lomberg with a pinpoint cross-ice feed that the Thunder winger collected and fired past Manchester netminder Doug Carr and underneath the crossbar for the goal. The assists on the play went to Wolfe and defenseman Ryan Constant, the ECHL leading seventh point of the playoffs for Wolfe.
The visitors took their second lead of the night as Darik Angeli finished his first of the series to give the Monarchs a 2-1 advantage with 9:00 left in the third period. After a Manchester forecheck, Zac Larazza won the puck below the goal line and hit Angeli in front, where the forward put his shot underneath the crossbar for the goal. Larazza had the lone assist on the play, his third point in four games during this series.
Despite a late push from the Thunder, the Monarchs would hold on to stave off elimination. The Manchester victory forces a Game 5 on Wednesday evening in New Hampshire, with puck drop set for 7:00 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH.
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