Manchester update

The blog server appears to be working today, so I’ll give this whole posting thing a go. Don Fulton tracked down coach Mark Morris, whose Manchester Monarchs are in dire straits, down 3-0 to Providence and facing elimination tonight. Don also has an interview with Jeff Zatkoff ready to go. Here’s what Morris had to say about the Monarchs’ situation:

On being down 3-0 in the series.

“We’ve gotten great goaltending from both Bernier and Quick, and I don’t think we have to hang our heads at all. We had those two goals disallowed (in Game 3), that in our opinion, were both good goals, and we didn’t have a whole lot of things go our way. I really believe that we are really on the verge of winning any one of those games. These are the types of battles that are going to make these guys better hockey players.”

On the absence of Brian Boyle:

“That was a huge blow. Brian is such a physical presence, guy who played half the season as a defenseman and still lead the league in rookie scoring. I can’t say enough for what he has meant to our hockey club. There aren’t too many 6-7, 250-pound people that can replace him. He’s been a huge presence in front of the net on the power play, and a good face-off man. He knows how to distribute the puck and he is a hard guy to hold. My guess is that his recovery time is going to be too lengthy unless we are able to turn this thing around.”

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  • Gary

    Boyle didn’t lead rookies in scoring. Purcell did.

  • Don Fulton

    That’s my bad.

    I went back and listened to the tape again and Morris says; “…he was a league leader in rookie scoring.”

    Sorry about that.

  • Anonymous

    maybe he meant among defensemen?

  • Anonymous

    Boyle was only at defense for maybe half of the season, and even then, the vast majority of his points while starting the game at defense were while playing center on the powerplay and late in games where he was shifted back to forward.

  • Anonymous

    in goal scoring yes in overall points no.

  • Bob Kudelski

    Boyle led the AHL in rookie goal scoring.

  • Marc

    Boyle did lead the league in goals scored by a rookie I believe…

  • Moondoggie

    Too bad about Boyle, he played really well while at LA. Tough loss for Manchester, obviously they miss him, his physical presence and his scoring touch…..

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