Playoff Rewind

A dramatic, hard-fought playoff battle between the Monsters and Manitoba Moose featured hard-hitting action, stellar goaltending and highlight-reel goals from both sides. Momentum shifted back and forth throughout the series, resulting in a Game 7 in which Manitoba posted a 4-1 victory to advance in the the Calder Cup Playoffs.  Take a look back at the North Division Semi-Finals:

Game 1 – Lake Erie 6 Manitoba 4

The Monsters jumped out to a 1-0 lead in their first-ever playoff game, as Matt Ford scored just 3:27 into the first period. Manitoba scored twice to build a 2-1 lead before the opening stanza expired, but the Monsters scored in shorthanded, power play and even-strength situations in the middle frame to build a 4-2 advantage.

In the third period, Ford netted his second of the game in between a pair of Manitoba goals, before rookie Mark Olver scored an empty-net tally with 18 seconds remaining to seal a 6-4 victory.

Game 2 – Lake Erie 2 Manitoba 3, OT

Midway through the first period of Game 2, the Moose took a 1-0 lead off a goal by Aaron Volpatti. With just 26 seconds remaining in the frame, David van der Gulik tied matters with a power play goal off assists from Shawn Belle and Ben Walter.

After a scoreless second period, Julien Brouillette put the Monsters up 2-1 by scoring at 11:28 of the third period.

It looked as though Lake Erie would finish Game 2 with a 2-0 series lead, but with 50 seconds remaining in regulation, the Moose forced overtime with a goal by Marco Rosa.

Just 8:03 into the extra session, Manitoba’s Rick Rypien scored to lift the Moose to victory.

Game 3 – Lake Erie 2 Manitoba 1

Tied at one game apiece, the series moved to Winnipeg for Game 3.

In that contest, the Moose jumped out to a 1-0 lead with Sergei Shirokov’s goal just 1:09 into the game.

In the second period, the Monsters used goals from David van der Gulik and Ben Walter to make the score 2-1, the eventual final.

First Period Highlights

Second Period Highlights

Third Period Highlights

Game 4 – Lake Erie 6 Manitoba 3

Lake Erie netted two power play goals in the first period of Game 4 and had a 4-2 lead by the end of the middle frame.

Justin Mercier scored shorthanded and power play goals in the second period, while Ben Walter recorded a goal and an assist between the first two periods.

In the third, Manitoba climbed to within a goal of the Monsters when Kevin Clark scored at the 13:56 mark, but empty-net tallies from Matt Ford and Mark Olver solidified a 6-3 win for Lake Erie.

First Period Highlights

Second Period Highlights

Third Period Highlights

Game 5 – Lake Erie 0 Manitoba 2

With a three-games-to-one lead the Monsters had a chance to finish the series in Game 5.

Scoreless after two periods, the Moose took a 1-0 lead when Sergei Shirokov scored at 6:35 of the third period.

Lake Erie pulled goaltender Jason Bacashihua in favor of an extra attacker, but Jason Jaffray scored an empty-netter to finish a 2-0 victory for the Moose.

First Period Highlights

Second Period Highlights

Third Period Highlights

Game 6 – Lake Erie 1 Manitoba 3

After three games in Winnipeg, the series moved back to Cleveland for Game 6.

The Monsters took a 1-0 lead at 2:10 of the second period, as Julian Talbot scored a power play goal off assists from Matt Ford and Stefan Elliot.

Manitoba responded with a goal just 1:33 later, ending the middle frame in a 1-1 tie.

In a third period in which both teams recorded seven shots, the Moose scored twice, finishing a 3-1 victory that retied the series.


Game 7 – Lake Erie 1 Manitoba 4

With their season on the line in Game 7, the Monsters stormed out to a 1-0 lead in a first period in which they outshot the Moose 15-4.

Manitoba scored to tie the game 1-1 in the middle frame, setting a dramatic stage for the third period. At the midpoint of the frame, the Moose took a 2-1 lead off a goal by Alexandre Bolduc. Just 55 seconds later Keith Seabrook scored a power play tally to give the Moose a 3-1 advantage.

With goaltender John Grahame pulled in favor of an extra attacker, Marco Rosa scored an empty-net goal off a shot from the neutral zone, finalizing a 4-1 game.


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