Monarchs’ playoff schedule was about being a ‘fair partner’ (Union Leader)
As it turns out, the Manchester Monarchs were not forced to play three games of the AHL playoffs in Virginia.
According to a representative from the AHL, as the higher seed, Manchester had the final say in the breakdown of the best-of-five first round Eastern Conference playoff series between the No. 1 Monarchs and No. 8 Norfolk.
The format was two games in one building and then three (if needed) in the other team’s rink. Norfolk’s Scope Arena was not available to open the series the weekend of April 25 and 26. The Monarchs could have chosen to force Norfolk to find another venue, but opted not to in the interest of being an accommodating league partner.
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