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For the Rush, the goal this weekend was to start the climb back to where this organization wants to be every year, The USPHL National Championship for the Premier and Elite teams. They put up a perfect weeekend and began to build towards that goal. On the weekend the two stand out performances were both on the Premier team. Friday night goaltender Nick Anderson saved 18 of 20 shots faced and kept his team in the game to come back and win. Saturday night the team scored 13 seconds in and were lead by a Hunter Berry hat trick en route to the win. Here are some thoughts from Head Coach Trevor Schwab on the weekend.
I am extremely proud of the way the Elite team responded tonight. I felt we got off to a really slow start tonight, maybe weren’t as focused and engaged as we should of been. I challenged them in the first intermission to ultimately be better in all aspects and they responded very well over the next two periods.
We have a very young and inexperienced team right now which may not be a bad thing over the course of the season.
Contributions from multiple people again tonight is something I hope continues over the course of the season Perry Jacobs played very well in net for his first junior game.
The players were excited to play our first game in our new locker room and new rink at the Pineville Ice House. We had a really good crowd and the energy was going right from the start. Being able to score that early in the game allowed us to get momentum early.
I feel we have a very deep roster of players and it showed tonight with contributions from everyone. When your top players play the way they did, everyone gets on board and follow which makes for fun nights.
Hunter had himself a weekend. Whatever he did for preparation leading up to the weekend I hope he continues to do. We expected him to be one of our top players and so far that’s what he’s been.”
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