ROSELLE, NJ — Sometimes you just have to burn the tape and move on to the next game. Monday night was one of those games for the Millers, who lost 5-0 to Cranford at Warinanco Ice Rink.
The Cougars received two goals apiece from Jack Templeton and Jake Icklan, plus one from Jack Desimone. Eli Nadell stopped 34 of 39 shots in the loss.
For Millburn Head Coach Brandon Doria, the loss showcased some mistakes the team had been committing over the course of the season in broad daylight.
"It was a bad game from top to bottom," Doria said. "We came out flat, spotted them a few, and we just never came back. This is the third game in a row I think I told the boys the penalties have got to stop. But we've gotta build on it.
"We've been playing good, we've been riding high, so you don't want to have one of these games, but I'd rather have it now than in playoffs or towards the end of the year so we can at least make some corrections or build off that."
Doria also said that there was one key fix besides staying out of the penalty box that he would look for his team to accomplish.
"We've just got to play better d zone," Doria said. "Our d zone was not very strong. We were talking about it all year. It was like the breakdowns, but we just had multiple breakdowns multiple times, and Eli bailed us out a couple times, but he can't bail us out every time. At a certain point those pucks are going to go in."
Millburn will look to get back in the win column when they take on Governor Livingston Saturday night at Codey Arena. Game time is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.