“I’ll take full responsibility,” said general manager and head coach Patrick Merrill. “In order to win games in this league, you have to be mentally prepared and you have to be motivated to play with a lot of heart. If you don’t, games like this happen. Whatever we have to learn, we’re going to have to learn it quick because we have a huge opportunity next week at home to kick off the playoffs. Obviously, what we did tonight wasn’t enough, so we have to figure out a different way to win next week.”
The Seals offense couldn’t get going after being held to a season-low one goal in the first quarter. Forwards Dan Dawson and Joe Walters each netted a pair of goals, while forward Garrett Billings added three assists.
“We were bad at every facet of the game tonight,” said Dawson. “I thought defensively we were trying to do a little too much. On offense, we were short and weren’t giving them the rest they deserve. We needed to be better.”