The Los Angeles Kings AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, welcomed the eighth-seeded Portland Pirates (Arizona Coyotes) to the Verizon Wireless Center on Thursday to open the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs. They won Game 1,5-2.
“It wasn’t a great game on either side,” said Monarchs coach Mike Stothers to the New Hampshire Union Leader. “I think you can expect both teams to play better. I think there was a little bit of a feeling out process. Playoffs are the start of a new season and we have played each other a lot…I think both teams will play better on Saturday, I really do.”
Jordan Weal and Brian O’Neill scored two goals each, and Vincent LoVerde scored the fifth goal for the Monarchs victory.
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Series “A” (best-of-5)
Manchester Monarchs vs. 8-Portland Pirates
Game 2 – Saturday, Apr. 25 – Portland at Manchester, 7:00 p.m.
Game 3 – Sunday, April 26 – Manchester at Portland, 5:00 p.m.
*Game 4 – Thursday, April 30 – Manchester at Portland, 7:00 p.m.
*Game 5 – Saturday, May 2 – Portland at Manchester, 7:00 p.m.