TOP goaltender gone. Top scoring line scattered. A key playmaker traded away. The standard ration of injuries.

All of those things (and more) have been endured by the Manchester Monarchs this season. Yet despite all of those hurdles, the team finds itself leading the AHL in points with 63 and a record of 28-12-7.

Has head coach Mark Morris’ seventh year in Manchester been the toughest? “It might be, but I feel more comfortable than ever in regard to the fact that I know the drill,” Morris said. “There’s a level of uncertainty that goes hand-in-hand with the job, but I’m more understanding and accepting of the challenges now than when I first got here. I didn’t quite understand the whole concept of trying to balance things.”


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