Bud Holloway scored in overtime to give the Manchester Monarchs a 3-2 win over the Worcester Sharks in Game 2 of their Atlantic Division Finals on Wednesday at the DCU Center.
Corey Elkins and Justin Azevedo also had goals for the Monarchs, as the series moves to Manchester on Friday for Game 3 with the teams tied at 1-1.
"(Holloway’s goal) was huge,” Manchester coach Mark Morris said. “Momentum wise, going back to our rink with a win under our belt, it feels pretty good. We leave here with a good thought in our head and so much of it is psychological and having the momentum.
"This was a huge win. Had we lost here, it would have been a hard climb. Right now, it gives us hope and those last couple of periods were real strong. I thought we carried the play.”
Holloway ended the game less than five minutes in as he beat Worcester goalie Alex Stalock on the short side. Azevedo and David Kolomatis assisted on the goal, which was Holloway's fifth game-winner of the playoffs.
Elkins gave Manchester the lead at 10:15 of the first period with a power play goal. Stalock made a save on a shot by Oscar Moller, but the rebound went to Elkins, who one-timed it into the net.
The Sharks tied the game at 11:22 of the second period on a goal by Brandon Mashinter, and Derek Joslin gave Worcester the lead less than four minutes later.
Azevedo tied the game at 2 with 7:37 gone in the third period, redirecting a wrist shot by Alec Martinez past Stalock on the glove side.
Manchester goalie Jonathan Bernier made 31 saves for his fifth playoff win of the year, while Stalock made 28 saves in the loss.
The teams return to the ice for Game 3 at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Verizon Wireless Arena.