2010 Calder Cup Eastern Conference Final
Down two games in the best-of-seven series to the Hershey Bears, AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, the Manchester Monarchs put together a come from behind win with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Bears.
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Cruising comfortably with a 2-0 lead early in the third period, goalie Michal Neuvirth let in two goals in just over of a minute and a half. The first coming from John Zeiler, his third playoff goal, at 5:44 of the final period.
98 seconds later, the Monarchs Gabe Gauthier picked up his seventh goal of the postseason when he redirected an Andrei Loktionov slap shot from the right circle.
The Monarchs’ game winning goal came at the 2:43 mark in the overtime period when Justin Azedado took a pass from Dwight King at the top of the crease and put it past Neuvirth.
This was Neuvirth’s first loss of the playoffs (8-1). He stopped 37 of 40 shots on the night.
The Hershey Bears’ Alexander Giroux opened the scoring with a late first period goal when he took a pass in front of the net from Chris Bourque (son of former Boston Bruins great, Ray Bourque) to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
Bernier kept the Bears off the board in the second period stopping all 3 shots by Hershey.
The Bears final goal of the night came at the 3:55 mark in the third period when Mathieu Perreault took the a pass from Chris Bourque in the corner and fired the puck past Bernier. This was Perreault’s fifth postseason goal.
Bernier improved his playoff record to 9-4, stopping 23 of 25 shots on goal.