Adrian Kempe and Nick Shore scored first period goals and J.F. Berube stopped 28 of 29 shots as the Manchester Monarchs eliminated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in five games with a 2-1 win Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. The Monarchs, who will advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the third time in 14 seasons, will face the winner of the Hershey (WAS) – Hartford (NYR) playoff series, currently tied at two games apiece. In both of Manchester’s previous conference finals appearances, they were defeated by the Hershey Bears. BOX SCORE | VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
1 MANCHESTER 4 vs Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3 (3 OT)
2 MANCHESTER 5 vs Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2
3 MANCHESTER 1 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2
4 MANCHESTER 5 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2
5 MANCHESTER 2 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1
-Manchester wins series, 4-1
It appears as though Manchester will have to wait a full week before their next series starts:
— Darren Abbott (@DarrenAbbott1) May 13, 2015
In the Western Conference, Utica (VAN) leads Oklahoma City (EDM) two games to one and Grand Rapids (DET) leads Rockford (CHI) two to nothing.
Monarchs Playoff Scoring
J.F. Berube is 7-3 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .898 save percentage in 10 games.