Monarchs' second season begins
Monarchs vs. AdmiralsEastern Conference quarterfinals (best-of-five)
Game 1, tonight: at Verizon Wireless Arena, 7 p.m.
Game 2, Saturday: at Verizon Wireless Arena, 7 p.m.
Game 3, Wednesday, April 30: at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m.
*Game 4, Friday, May 2: at Norfolk, 7:30 p.m.
*Game 5, Saturday, May 3: at Norfolk, 7:15 p.m.
* if necessary
It's no different for the top-ranked Manchester Monarchs, who begin a best-of-five series with No. 8 Norfolk tonight at 7 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Arena. Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. at VWA before the series shifts to Norfolk next week.
"It's been a long regular season and toward the last month we weren't playing many games so guys were getting kind of anxious for the playoffs," said veteran defenseman Jeff Schultz. "I think everyone is excited to get the second season started."
"They're big and physical. You look at their back end with (Garnet) Exelby (and Nolan) Yonkman are big bodied, thick guys that have been around the league for a long time. (Steve) Eminger is a crafty player. So their back end is experienced, but it's also older," said Monarchs coach Mark Morris. "Our identity has been to play a fast game and hopefully that can work to our advantage."
As for the Monarchs, they have to endure without one of their top scoring threats as Brian O'Neill (leg injury) is lost for six to eight weeks. With him out of commission, Morris made it clear which player he will be looking to for scoring punch.
"Myself, (Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli), everyone has been going up and down and the thing about the whole year is that everybody has had a chance to step up and fill holes and done such a great job that it's not just one guy or one line or two lines," Vey said. "It's everybody working together and that's the reason we're so successful this year."