Monarchs Fight Continues
It would not be the 2012-13 Manchester Monarchs if they did not take the hard route to advance to the second round of the 2013 Calder Cup Playoffs. After streaking to make the playoffs by winning six of their last seven games, the Monarchs opened their best-of-five series in Springfield against the Falcons with two overtime losses.
The series now heads to Manchester as the Monarchs and Falcons will square-off on Thursday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena. If the Monarchs win on Thursday, Manchester will stay alive and host Game Four on Saturday night.
“We are back home now and we will have the advantage in the face-off circle so hopefully we can possess the puck a little more and take advantage of those opportunities,” said Monarchs center Jordan Weal.
The Monarchs should be confident in their ability to come back in the series as both games were decided by one play. A bounce the other way and the Monarchs could easily be up 2-0 in the series rather than trailing.
In Game One, the Falcons grabbed the lead on a penalty shot by defenseman Blake Parlett. Monarchs right wing Brian O’Neill tied the game but that would be the only scoring for the Monarchs in the game as the Falcons picked up the overtime tally for the 2-1 victory. The Monarchs outplayed the Falcons for most of Game Two, especially in the overtime period, but could not find the back of the net before the Falcons took the second game with an overtime goal by right wing Cody Bass.
“We could have come back to Manchester up 2-0 and that shows you that we can play with them and we are as good as them if not better,” explained veteran Monarchs left wing David Meckler. “Obviously, we have some work to do to climb out of this hole but we have our home ice advantage here for the next two and then we will see what we can do in Game Five.”
Each team would like to score more goals in Game Three but it has proved to be a difficult task with each team receiving exceptional goaltending. Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones and Falcons netminder Curtis McElhinney have both been stellar in net in each of the first two games as they have surrendered just five and three goals, respectively.
“Both goalies have been great this series; I think we just have to score more goals,” said Monarchs defenseman Nick Deslauriers, who has a goal and an assist for two points in the first two games this post-season. “We were unlucky and failed to capitalize on a two-on-one chance and also hit the post on another. We just need those little bounces to go our way.”
Manchester is ready for the challenge this Thursday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
“We are looking forward to playing in front of our fans,” stated Deslauriers. “I think we have been doing well this season in front of our fans and it is going to be a challenge but we are ready to win two and go back there.”