The Manchester Monarchs have an opportunity to create separation in the eastern conference of the ECHL this weekend as they begin a home-and-home series with the Adirondack Thunder.
Manchester has the second most amount of points in the eastern conference with 37 but the Thunder trail them by just three with 34 in a tight east division. The Thunder have played six fewer games than the Monarchs as well and are 3-1-0 in their four games against the Monarchs so far this season.
The Monarchs have seen road success, with a 10-5-1 record, good for the fourth most road wins of any team in the league. Before the loss to Toledo, the Monarchs had been 7-0-0-1 in their last eight road games to pick up 15 out of a possible 16 points. However, the Thunder are 6-2-0-1 at home in the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Manchester is coming off of a 2-0 shutout against Toledo where they had a season-low 15 shots. Interestingly, Adirondack is 10-1-1 when being outshot by its opponent.
Ryan Constant, tied for third in points for a defenseman, is a force the Monarchs will have to contain. The Thunder have the second least goals allowed in the entire ECHL with just 53. Rookie goaltender Ken Appleby has led Adirondack with a 2.37 goals against average in over 1,000 minutes played.The Monarchs have an opportunity to open up the east division and pull away. However, there is also the chance of losing their top spot in the division entirely if the Thunder pick up both wins. The first game of the series is tonight at
The Monarchs have an opportunity to open up the east division and pull away. However, there is also the chance of losing their top spot in the division entirely if the Thunder pick up both wins. The first game of the series is tonight at 7pm from Adirondack.