Mckay Stands Up For His Side After Loss To ‘Different Level’ Devils

Head Coach of the Smith Recycling Milton Keynes Lightning, Doug McKay, backed his team last night after a 9-1 defeat at the hands of reigning Elite League champions, Cardiff Devils.

A short-benched Lightning travelled to Ice Arena Wales the day after a morale-boosting 4-2 home win over local rivals Coventry Blaze.  The team were once again without two defensemen in Martin Mazanec, sitting out a suspension, and Nelson Armstrong, awaiting a visa to travel to the UK.  Owen Griffiths was also unable to play due to injury.

Once again the team was backed away from home by a sizeable travelling contingent of fans – but were unable to give them much to cheer about as a 6-1 scoreline after the first period widened to 9-1 after the second stanza.  Lightning dug deep in the final session though, to prevent the South Wales team’s score going to double figures.

Doug McKay said his team were ‘wiped out’ after Saturday night’s hard-worked win and had simply come up against a team on another level – and refused to criticise them.  “Cardiff are just on a different level and that’s what we have to work towards.  Don’t forget we are the same team who beat Sheffield away last weekend.  I am with them – and I believe in them.

“We were wiped out after the win last night, but they’re giving everything they have.  They’re good guys – they’re playing hard but we are up against a team that’s just on another level right now.”

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