MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Manchester Monarchs dropped Game 5 of the North Division Finals, 6-0, to the Adirondack Thunder Sunday night at SNHU Arena.
The Monarchs (6-3) lost their first home game of the playoffs to the Thunder (7-4), and trail the best-of-seven series, 3-2.
The Thunder opened the scoring at 9:53 of the first period on the 2nd goal of the playoffs by Colton White. Pierre-Luc Mercier hit White with a pass in the neutral zone, where he skated to the left-wing circle and took a wrist shot, past the glove of Monarchs goaltender, Evan Cowley, to make the game, 1-0.
The Thunder extended their lead at 4:18 of the second period on the 6th goal of the playoffs by Ryan Schmelzer. After a turnover in the left circle, James Henry threw the puck to the front of the net, where skating into the slot, Schmelzer picked it up for a wrister, over the stick of Cowley, to make the score, 2-0.
Adirondack took a three-goal lead at 12:29 of the second period on the 1st goal of the playoffs by Blake Thompson. After receiving a pass from Schmelzer, Thompson skated from the blue line to the top of the left-wing circle, where he fired a shot past the glove of Cowley, to give the Thunder a 3-0 lead.
The Thunder scored their third goal of the second period at 14:49 on the 3rd goal of the playoffs by Mike Szmatula. After receiving a pass from Terrence Wallin at the defensive blue line, Szmatula skated down the left boards and through left circle into the slot, bringing the puck to his backhand and taking a shot past the glove of Cowley, to make the score, 4-0.
The Thunder added to their lead at 1:40 of the third period on the 4th goal of the playoffs and 2nd of the night by Szmatula. Off the right boards, Wallin sent a pass to Szmatula, where he skated to the top of the crease and took a shot over the glove of Monarchs goaltender, Charles Williams, to give the Thunder a 5-0 lead.
Adirondack finished the scoring at 11:49 of the third period on the 1st goal of the playoffs by Kenton Miller. Henry sent the puck to the front of the net for Miller, where he lifted a shot top-shelf, past the stick of Williams, to make the score, 6-0.
The Monarchs and Thunder are back in action Monday, May 7 (7 p.m.) at SNHU Arena for Game 6 of the North Division Finals.
Drew Feilding stopped all 37 shots he faced.
Charles Williams relieved Evan Cowley in the Monarchs net at 14:49 of the second period.
Monarchs outshot the Thunder, 37-22.
Photo Credit: Andrew Camp
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