WEST ORANGE, NJ — It was a hard-fought contest all game long, but in the end, Millburn would fall just short of getting a chance to play for its third straight Kelly Cup.
The Millers battled Verona/Glen Ridge all game long, but Noah Martinez would score the eventual game winner with 2:15 left in regulation, with the Hillbillies adding a pair of empty net goals to win 3-0.
After the game, Millburn Head Coach Brandon Doria spoke with assembled reporters. While he was disappointed in the result, he said his team's effort left nothing on the table, and insured a tight, even game.
"I think at the end of the day, the team played well and that's really all you could ask for," Doria said. "We got a really unfortunate bounce, but that game was back and forth. Anyone could have won that game. i think we played very well, they have a very good team over there, so to be able almost win, but to be able to compete as well as we did, I was pretty happy with our team."
He also talked about what he was telling his team to get the ready fro the state tournament.
"At the end of the day, we still have more hockey to play," Doria said. "So it's not like they're never going to take the ice again, we have practice in three days and that's what I told them. I said it stings, but at the end of the day, it's not over. We still have some chance to make noise, and our team is playing very well.
"We have our full team for the first time in a while, and I think we kind fo surprised Verona tonight, I don't think they were ready for us and we'll see how we do in the states. It'll be interesting to see where we land, but overall [I'm] proud of the boys, and hopefully they'll come ready to work on Thursday."
Millburn will find out its seeding in the state tournament later today.