"The consensus among our staff is that our team wanted this game to be easy,” explained Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris following the loss. “In the end, Bridgeport played harder, made plays, and executed.”
“Today’s lineup was the most talented lineup we fielded this season, but there needs to be an understanding that winning isn’t about the prettiest pass and risky decisions,” said Morris. “Instead, it’s about grit, determination, and sacrifice for the sale of our hockey team. This team plays best when we execute with structure and avoid shortcuts.”
“We rallied in the third and then we broke down. Mentally and physically, we looked a step slow. Let’s hope we learn from this one. We are capable of much more than this showing. From this point, we have to be willing to pay the price. Nothing is going to be handed to us. You have to earn it,” concluded Morris.
Notables: Left wing Dwight King’s third period goal extends his goal-scoring streak to five games, as he has recorded six goals and an assist over that span for seven points (6-1=7)…King leads the Monarchs in points against Bridgeport this season with eight (5-3=8)…Right wing Brandon Kozun has eight points (5-3=8) over his last six games, dating back to February 11 against Portland…Center Justin Azevedo now has five assists (0-5=5) over his last three games