Monarchs Captain on What Team Has Done, Plans to Do

Loverde Manchester AHL playoffsManchester captain Vincent LoVerde spoke exclusively with MayorsManor following the Monarchs four-game sweep in the AHL’s Eastern Conference Final…

On the overall game:

“It was a hard fought game. They came at us for 60 minutes. We knew they were going to come out hard and we had to weather their storm at the beginning. It’s great to get the win and advance to the next round.”

After struggling closing out Portland, did you think it was possible to sweep the Conference Finals?

“Yeah. I wouldn’t say we manhandled them. I think as a team we’ve gotten more consistent, we’ve gained confidence in the playoffs and are playing the right way. In the first round, a little more nerves kicked in; obviously it’s a lot of guys’ first time in the playoffs. I think we’ve kind of settled down and continued to be consistent and play our game on a nightly basis.”

On if the guys who were Black Aces with the Kings have helped during the playoff run:

“I think a little bit. Anytime you’re around a winning organization and you see the players up top do it, it kind of lights a fire in you and you kind of want the same thing for you. Whether it’s up top or down here. We added a bunch of new guys and we want to win. I think being around a winning culture definitely helps us down here.”

On if there is a preference to face either Utica or Grand Rapids:

“No, we only play the teams out east, so I don’t know either team well enough. I’m sure we’ll be following the games now, trying to feel out each team. But no at this point I have no idea.”

On earning a few days rest:

” Yeah we’ve got a few days off. It’s good for guys with some bumps and bruises and lots of guys to heal. It allows us to kind of regroup and focus on the next round.”

On who has the best playoff beard and if Bodnarchuk choosing him is a result of a bromance:

“Bods has a good playoff beard, but he has a beard year round. You get used to seeing it so it’s really not anything new, you see it all year round. I think Rubes actually has a decent beard. We have a lot of guys with bad beards, that’s for sure. More guys with bad beards than good beards. Rubes has a good one, Shultz has a good one. Off the top of my head that’s all I can really think of.”

On if he saw rookie Adrian Kempe wearing flip-flops with his suit yesterday:

“No I did not. I would have loved to see it; he would have gotten a hard time. Obviously he’s young and we need to teach him a few things. He’s fortunate he escaped, he would have heard from a few guys.”

MORE GAME 4 COVERAGE:

Adrian Kempe Post-Sweep Quotes

Coach Mike Stothers After Monarchs Sweep

JF Berube with Funny Interview on Kempe after Monarchs Sweep

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