Manchester and Norfolk are tied 1-1 in their best-of-five series.
Due to scheduling issues in Norfolk, the top-ranked Admirals played Game 1 and 2 in Virginia. But Game 3 tonight, Game 4 Friday and Game 5 (if needed on Saturday) will all be played in Manchester.
The Monarchs’ 5-2 win at Norfolk on Saturday [...] means No. 8 Manchester has three home games in which to try and win twice and close out the series against a heavily favored opponent.[The] Monarchs’ win snapped a 29-game winning streak for Norfolk [...].
“It shows everyone, including us, that anything can happen in the playoffs,” Meckler said. “[...] Just because Norfolk is the one (seed) and we are eight doesn’t mean anything. [...]”
Monarchs head coach Mark Morris announced Tuesday he would start Martin Jones in goal, breaking the rotation with Jeff Zatkoff. Jones came on to relieve Zatkoff in Game 1, holding Norfolk scoreless and then started and won Game 2. “We have had recent success with his last two outings,” Morris said. “It is a fine line but if there is a call to be made, he appears to be the guy for us based on the recent success he has had.”