Calder Cup: Monarchs hold commanding lead over Wolf Pack

The Manchester Monarchs could advance to their first Calder Cup final as early as Wednesday. (Team Shred Photography via TheAHL.com)

The Manchester Monarchs could advance to their first Calder Cup final as early as Wednesday. (Team Shred Photography via TheAHL.com)

While the Rangers convincingly forced a Game 7 on Tuesday (not a bad problem to have when you have a goalie as automatic in seventh games as Henrik Lundqvist is), their American League counterparts aren’t enjoying as much success in their Eastern Conference final against Manchester.

Five different players — including Nick Shore and Zach O’Brien, who posted multi-point efforts — each scored for the Monarchs in Tuesday’s 5-3 Game 3 win. Jean-François Berube‘s work was cut out for him, as he stopped 17 of 20 pucks. Chad Nehring, Danny Kristo and Joey Crabb each scored for the Wolf Pack, while backup goalie Mackenzie Skapski made 29 saves on 34 shots.

The Monarchs have the opportunity to close the series out tonight at Hartford’s XL Center. A win would send them to the Calder Cup final for the first time in the 14-year history of the franchise.

In the Western Conference final, Utica and Grand Rapids will remain idle again tonight. The Griffins tied the series on Monday in Game 2, as Dylan Larkin scored two first-period goals. That series, which is tied at one game apiece, will resume Thursday and Friday in Grand Rapids.

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