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Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m. – Greenville Swamp Rabbits – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Friday, February 17, 7:05 p.m. – South Carolina Stingrays – North Charleston Coliseum
Saturday, February 18, 7:05 p.m. – South Carolina Stingrays – North Charleston Coliseum
WEEK IN REVIEW
The Monarchs played a home-and-home series with the Adirondack Thunder, and split the two games with their North Division rivals.
Saturday night, the Monarchs extended their point streak at home with a 3-2 win, setting a franchise record previously held by the ’04-‘05 and ’06-‘07 teams. Goals by Zac Lynch, Gasper Kopitar and Daniel Doremus we just enough, and Sam Brittain made 33 saves to earn his 19th victory of the season. Yann Sauvé made his return to the lineup after beginning the season playing in the KHL.
Sunday afternoon, the Monarchs suffered their worst loss of the season, and fell to the Thunder, 10-4, at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Goals by Ashton Rome, Kevin Morris, Lynch and Derek Arnold were not near enough, as four Thunder skaters scored two goals each, including two by Stepan Falkovsky in the span of 15 seconds. Jonah Imoo made the start in net for Manchester, but was pulled in the second period after allowing seven goals.
WHERE WE STAND
The Monarchs (66 pts.) continue to lead the North Division, but there is a logjam for second place. The Reading Royals, Adirondack Thunder and Brampton Beast are all tied with 59 points, with the Wheeling Nailers (55 pts.) lurking in the weeds, looking to grab the last playoff spot out of the North.
If the season were to end today, the Monarchs would hold the #1 seed in the North and would play the Adirondack Thunder in a best-of-seven series for the second-consecutive postseason. The Monarchs are chasing only the Florida Everblades for the top seed in the Eastern Conference and home-ice advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
LEADING THE WAY
Matt Leitner (9g, 31a) and Daniel Doremus (8g, 32a) are tied for the team lead in points to begin the week. Joey Diamond continues to lead the Monarchs with 17 goals. Sam Brittain has been a rock in net, and his 19 wins are tied for fourth in the ECHL.
Despite Manchester’s league best 15-game home-point streak, playing on the road has been a different story as of late. In their last 10 games away from SNHU Arena, Manchester has two wins, taking only eight points of a possible 20.
SHOOTING FOR THE WIN
Greenville is a staggering 12-1-1-0 when outshooting opponents this season. The one regulation loss is the best in the league, with the next closest team being the Monarchs with only four losses (14-4-2-2). The Swamp Rabbits come back to earth when they are outshot, having gone 11-17-3-1 when trailing in the shot department.
The Stingrays 2.83 goals against per game ranks best in the ECHL this season. South Carolina also ranks second in the league in shots allowed with 27.90 per game. The Monarchs offense, scoring 3.92 goals per game (3rd in the ECHL), unlocked the Stingrays defense and scored 13 goals in their three-game series with south Carolina at the beginning of the month, when Manchester took five points in the weekend three-game series.
The Monarchs return to SNHU Arena ice Friday, Feb. 24 (7 p.m.) when they host the Brampton Beast for the first time this season, before hosting the Alaska Aces for two games for the first time in franchise history to close the weekend.
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