The Adirondack Thunder defeated the Worcester Railers 3-1 on Monday in Game 6 of their North Division Semifinals series. With the win, the Thunder advance to meet the Manchester Monarchs in the North Division Finals.
Paul Rodrigues opened the scoring for the Thunder 8:27 into the opening period only to see the Railers pull even less than a minute on a Barry Almeida tally. Adirondack went ahead for good in the closing seconds of the first period on a Desmond Bergin goal. Mike Szmatula set the final with an empty-net goal with 44 seconds remaining in regulation.
Worcester was led by Nick Saracino, who had five points (3g-2a) in the six games.
This will be the third straight year that Adirondack and Manchester meet in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Thunder won 4 games to 1 in the 2016 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals while the Monarchs prevailed 4 games to 2 in the 2017 North Division Semifinals.
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