Calder Cup Finals – Game 5: Monarchs exit AHL as Champions

MONARCHS EXIT AHL AS CHAMPIONS UTICA, NY – The Manchester Monarchs were the AHL’s best team all season long and finally reached the pinnacle of success tonight in winning the Calder Cup over the Utica Comets in five games. Too fast, too tough, too good. These could be words used to describe the Monarchs in the regular season and post season as divisional foes St. John’s, Portland, Worcester and Providence all learned in the regular season and Portland, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton, Hartford and Utica learned in the postseason. Manchester will soon come home to a celebration for their fans and when the confetti and noisemakers are cleaned up, the team will re-locate about 3,000 miles West and set up operations in Ontario, California with four … Continue reading

Calder Cup Finals – Game 4: Monarchs 1 Win away from Calder Cup after 6-3 win

MONARCHS 1 WIN AWAY FROM CALDER CUP AFTER 6-3 WIN UTICA, NY – Coming into Game 4, given the state of affairs that the Manchester Monarchs were in having lost Game 3 without the AHL MVP and losing their workhorse goaltender to injury, doubt started to creep in. Were the AHL’s regular season champions in trouble? Was Utica back in the series? The answer was a resounding no. Manchester takes Game 4 with an impressive 6-3 win and lead the best of seven series three games to one and can win the Calder Cup Saturday. Lineup notes…. Brian O’Neill was back from his injury from Game 1 that forced him out of Game 2. Steve Mastalerz backed up Partik Bartosak with J-F Berube still out … Continue reading

Calder Cup Finals – Game 3: Comets Edge Monarchs 3-2 to win game 3

COMETS EDGE MONARCHS 3-2 TO WIN GAME 3 UTICA, NY – The Manchester Monarchs had never played a game at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in their history. Prior to Game 3 tonight, all the Monarchs knew about the arena known as, “The Aud” was that it was a historical building that sat in downtown Utica, located in central New York. Once the puck dropped though, it was the equivalent of walking into a beehive full of angry bees. There will be no Manchester Monarchs sweep. The Utica Comets take Game 3 by a score of 3-2 and trail the best of seven series two games to one. In front of a sellout crowd of 3,835, most of which stood in line for hours for tickets … Continue reading

Calder Cup Finals – Game 2: No ‘Dowd’ about it, Monarchs win in OT, 2-1

No ‘Dowd’ about it, Monarchs win in OT, 2-1 MANCHESTER, NH – Heading into Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals, the Manchester Monarchs were 8-0 at home while the Utica Comets were 7-0 coming off of a playoff loss. Something had to give. Nic Dowd from the Manchester Monarchs continued the trend for the home team as the Manchester Monarchs take Game 2 by a 2-1 score and lead the best of seven series two games to none. There were lineup changes for both sides. Kevin Raine drew in for the injured Jeff Schultz on defense for the Monarchs and Nicklas Jensen drew in the lineup for Wacey Hamilton at forward. No change in goal for either side, as it was Jacob Markstrom for … Continue reading

Calder Cup Finals – Game 1: Monarchs need OT to take game 1, 3-2

Monarchs need OT to take game 1, 3-2 MANCHESTER, NH – The two best teams in the AHL all season long locked horns for the first time all season up in Manchester, NH for Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals in front of 8,155 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The home crowd went home happy, as they have every game they have witnessed this postseason. Michael Mersch’s game winning goal at 4:10 of the first overtime ensured that the Monarchs extend their record to 8-0 at home in the Calder Cup Playoffs. For the visiting Comets, who vanquished the Chicago Wolves in five, Oklahoma City in seven and Grand Rapids in six may have had a bit of tired legs coming into Game 1. They … Continue reading