The Manchester Monarchs scored five straight goals against the Hartford Wolf Pack in route to a 7-4 victory in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. After the game Monarchs’ head coach Mike Stothers shared the following…
On the first two games. This game not so close versus yesterday.
Well I still think this one was close. I mean some people look at the score and think that it wasn’t. You know you got a 2-0 lead. You get a 3-2 lead. It’s crazy how in the playoffs, you’re playing a team that’s very opportunistic and can score and very similar backgrounds. They don’t get discouraged if they’re down. And they’re quite capable of being ahead and getting themselves back into it. I’m sure there were some lessons learned on both sides.
On how important was it to respond in the second after they took the lead.
It’s huge. I mean that’s a big part of it. They score goals and probably the most important shift is the one right after from both sides so it was good for us. It was good for us. We got a couple. We got a real late one before we went into the second intermission. I think it was a feel good for us to build off going into the third. But again it was what, a two goal lead again? Again, you know a two-goal deficit is nothing for them. Nothing is given and you know what again, I think that is why it was a close game despite. But who would have thought it was seven to four? But it’s just the way it is.
On the big night for Mersch/ ONeill/ Backman. What can you say about their contributions?
I thought Backman had a real good game. I think he really wanted to improve on his performance from the first game and it was nice to see him get rewarded. He improved to the areas he needed to. He’s a tenacious player. He does a lot for our hockey club. O’Neill, we know what we’re going to get every night from O’Neill. He’s the league MVP. Mersch, I think he had three goals tonight? I guess he’s going to learn how to pass, get some assists. What can you say. He’s a young kid. He’s playing huge and you know what I think it’s good we’re getting a chance to see him now because if he keeps playing like that he’s going to be playing in the show.
On four different goal scorers/contributors
I don’t know if confidence is the right word. He regrouped. We gave up four goals so we’ve got some work to do.
Postgame comments from LA Kings prospect Michael Mersch were posted here.
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