Monarchs Game Day Capsule
HEAD-TO-HEAD - The Monarchs and Thunder will meet for the 15th and final time during the regular season. The teams have played each other closely all season, with the Monarchs holding a 7-6-1-0 record against their division rival. Maxim Kitsyn continues to lead the way against Adirondack with eight points (4g, 4a), whereas Michael Kirkpatrick has enjoyed playing the Monarchs this season, scoring 11 points (6g, 5a) in games against Manchester.
PLAYOFF PICTURE - The Monarchs clinched the East Division after last night's game with Adirondack ended, thanks in part to a comeback victory by Wheeling over the Reading Royals. By clinching the East, the Monarchs guaranteed themselves the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, and will hold home-ice advantage for at least the first round of the playoffs. The opponent for the Quarter Finals has not been determined, and will not be until after tonight's games end, as the Monarchs could host Adirondack, Reading, Wheeling or Kalamazoo. The full slate of ECHL games tonight will determine who comes to the Jungle in round one.
14-GAME SAMPLE - The Monarchs and Thunder have played each other very tough this season over the first 14 games. Although the Monarchs hold a 7-6-1-0 record against the Thunder, Adirondack has actually outscored the Monarchs, 43-36. In the series, four games have been decided in overtime or a shootout, and seven games have been decided by one goal, with the Monarchs holding a 5-1-1-0 record in those one-goal games. Adirondack shut out the Monarchs once this season, while Manchester kept the Thunder scoreless twice.
HOLDING THE CARR(DS) - Monarchs goaltender, Doug Carr, has had incredible success this season against the Thunder, posting a 3-1-0-0 record against his former team, as well as a 1.83 GAA and a 0.946 save percentage. Carr has also posted his lone shutout of the season against the Thunder, coming the last time he started against Adirondack on March 26.
HOLDING THE LEAD - Manchester has been able to hold late leads this season on the road, posting a 14-0-0-0 record away from the Jungle when leading after two periods. The Monarchs are one of five teams in the league who do not have a blemish on their records when taking a lead into the last period.
SCORE EARLY, SCORE LATE - Thunder have come out early in games, scoring the fifth-most opening period goals across the league this season (70). Conversely, the Monarchs have netted the seventh-most goals in the second period in the ECHL (72) and the fourth-most goals in the final frame (80).
HOME STRUGGLES - The Thunder enter tonight's game struggling to find the net at home this season, as they have scored the fourth-fewest home goals in the league (89), which averages to 2.54 goals per game on home ice. On the other hand, the Monarchs are tied for second in the ECHL with 117 road goals scored, equaling an average of 3.34 goals per road game.
STREAK - Matt Fornataro is riding a three-game road point streak, which is tied for the longest current such streak in the ECHL. In that span, the Monarchs captain has scored four points on three goals and one assist, adding 12 shots on goal and a power-play marker.
Monarchs (38-24-4-5) at Adirondack Thunder (38-27-2-4)
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 7 p.m. - Glens Falls Civic Center
MONARCHS POINTS LEADERS
Maxim Kitsyn: 53 points (26g, 27a)
Joey Diamond: 49 points (20g, 29a)
Michael Boivin: 32 points (9g, 23a)
MONARCHS GOALTENDING LEADERS
Colin Stevens: 15-9-2-0, 2.77 GAA, 0.908 save %
Doug Carr: 9-8-0-5, 2.72 GAA, 0.917 save %
THUNDER POINTS LEADERS
Michael Kirkpatrick: 58 points (29g, 29a)
Greg Wolfe: 39 points (15g, 24a)
Peter MacArthur: 36 points (8g, 28a)
THUNDER GOALTENDING LEADERS
Ken Appleby: 17-9-1-1, 2.24 GAA, 0.924 save %
Drew Fielding: 12-11-1-3, 2.68 GAA, 0.912 save %
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