Game 2 is Sunday evening back at the Giant Center.
Steckel’s two goals, including his third shorthanded marker of the postseason, sandwiched a goal by another former Monarch, Scott Barney, to help the Bears take a 3-0 lead by the 9:12 mark of the first period.
Kyle Wilson also scored a pair of goals, Tomas Fleischmann had three assists and Mike Green added a goal and an assist for Hershey, which improved to 25-7 in 32 playoff games over the last two postseasons.
Chris Bourque and Tyler Sloan each had two assists in the win, and Frederic Cassivi made 26 saves. Hershey was 3-for-6 on the power play, and is now 8-for-22 with the man advantage over its last three games.
The seven goals were the most allowed in any game by Manchester since a 7-0 loss to Hartford in a first-round playoff contest on Apr. 23, 2006.
Attendance for Game 1 was 9,001.
Eastern Conference Final – Series "M" (best-of-7)
E1-Hershey Bears vs. A1-Manchester Monarchs
Game 1 – Sat., May 19 –
Game 2 – Sun., May 20 –
Game 3 – Wed., May 23 – Hershey at
Game 4 – Sat., May 26 – Hershey at
*Game 5 – Sun., May 27 – Hershey at
*Game 6 – Wed., May 30 –
*Game 7 – Thu., May 31 –