MONARCHS TAKE GAME 1, BEAT HARTFORD 1-0
Manchester (43-30-3-4, 93 points) finished the regular season in third place in the Atlantic Division. Hartford (48-24-2-6, 104 points) ended the regular season in second place in the Atlantic Division.
Right wing Alexandre Daigle lit the lamp at the 11:46 mark of the second period to give the Monarchs the 1-0 lead. Defenseman Marty Wilford broke up the Wolf Pack's play near the Monarchs blueline and the puck chipped up the ice to Daigle. Along with left wing Noah Clarke, Daigle skated down the right wing on a two-on-one. At the right face-off circle, Daigle opted to shoot rather than pass the puck, blasting a bomb past goaltender Al Montoya on the glove side.
Brust earned his first AHL playoff shutout and victory with 39 saves. Montoya took the loss in game one by stopping 25 shots.
Manchester went 0-for-5 on the power play. Hartford was 0-for-7 with the man advantage.
The Monarchs have reached the Calder Cup playoffs every season since entering the league in 2001-02 but have never won the first game of the series or surpassed the first round.
Game two of the best-of-seven series will take place on Wednesday, April 19 at the Hartford Civic Center. The Monarchs will attempt to bring a two-game lead over the Wolf Pack home when they drop the puck at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday.