While Cail MacLean drew up his play on the Adirondack Thunder bench, Rich Seeley had one for the Manchester Monarchs: just tie the puck up.
The Thunder had an offensive zone faceoff and a man advantage, having pulled their goalie, with 59.4 seconds left, down one goal on Thursday. And they had been pressing for the last few minutes. Clearly, they were coming with everything.
“It’s sort of clever,” MacLean said. “They just put it against the wall and you hope the ref just blows the whistle at that point but it was it is.”
Manchester managed to kill time perfectly, by forcing the Thunder to battle on the boards. The Monarchs killed almost 20 seconds in one go.
“That’s frustrating,” Brock Montgomery said. “I probably need to do a better job. Someone has to just plow through there and I was out there. I don’t know, it’s tough. They did a good job there.”
The Thunder didn’t have a shot in that final minute. Manchester did exactly what it needed to.