Monarchs Game Day Capsule
Monarchs (34-21-7-4) at Elmira Jackals (16-42-7-1)
Sunday - 4:05 P.M. - First Arena MONARCHS POINTS LEADERS
Joey Diamond: 44 points (22g, 22a)
Daniel Doremus: 44 points (9g, 35a)
Cory Ward: 34 points (15g, 19a)
Peter Leblanc: 34 points (12g, 22a)
MONARCHS GOALTENDING LEADERS
Jack Flinn: 3-3-1, 3.90 GAA, 0.889 save %
Colin Stevens: 10-18-3, 3.21 GAA, 0.893 save %
Charles Williams: 1-0-0, 4.01 GAA, 0.871 save %
JACKALS POINTS LEADERS
Sebastien Sylvestre: 51 points (23g, 28a)
Kenton Miller: 44 points (29g, 15a)
Sam Povorozniouk: 41 points (18g, 23a)
JACKALS GOALTENDING LEADERS
Andy Iles: 10-21-4, 3.46 GAA, 0.898 save %
Jason Kasdorf: 4-17-1, 4.12 GAA, 0.876 save %
The Monarchs (79 pts.) gained a point in the North Division standings with their 7-4 win last night, and now trail the first place Adirondack Thunder by two points. The Brampton Beast sit in second with 80 points, with the Reading Royals (79 pts.) sitting in a third-place tie.
With the Wheeling Nailers losing last night, the Monarchs magic number for clinching a playoff bid now sits at two, meaning any combination of Wheeling losses or Monarchs wins that add to two for the remainder of the season will send the Monarchs to post-season play for the 15th time in franchise history. If the playoffs were to begin today, the Monarchs and Thunder would face-off in the North Division Semifinals.
FINDING A GROOVE
The Monarchs will look to build off their victory last night over the Jackals and make it two wins in a row this afternoon at First Arena. Surprisingly, the Monarchs have not won back-to-back games since Feb. 4 & 11, when they beat the South Carolina Stingrays and Adirondack Thunder in consecutive games. Back-to-back road wins have been even harder to find for the Monarchs, as you have to date back to Jan. 13 & 16 when the Monarchs beat the Thunder in consecutive games away from SNHU Arena.
FINDING THEIR FOOTING
Last night's victory not only marked the professional debut of goaltender Charles Williams, but the game featured personal milestones all night. Rookie defenseman, Eric Schurhamer, netted his 1st professional goal in his seventh career game that ended up being the game-winning-goal, while Rob Hamilton recorded the 1st point of his career in his fourth professional game since leaving the University of Vermont. Fellow rookies, Rihards Bukarts and Colton Saucerman, also hit personal milestones, as both skaters recorded the 30th point of their respective careers.
SECOND IS STILL THE BEST
The Monarchs used another productive second period to propel them to a win last night, as the team netted four-consecutive middle frame goals to put the game away. On the season, the Monarch continue to lead the ECHL in second period tallies with 107, and have scored 43.5 percent of their total goals in the second stanza of games. The next closest team to the Monarchs in second period scoring, the Toledo Walleye, have scored 105 second period goals, 38 percent of their total goals.
GET OUT EARLY
Manchester has found great success when taking a lead into the first intermission, and has posted a 19-2-2-2 record when leading after the first 20 minutes. Leading after one has been a good barometer of who will ultimately win the game, as the Monarchs are 4-15-3-2 when chasing the score after the first.
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