Photo Credit: Charlotte Rush
For the Columbia Infantry, both teams had firsts this past weekend. Both for the first time got to see the standard of tier three hockey, the Charlotte Rush, show them what it takes to win night in and night out at the USPHL. The Infantry are owned by the same group that owns the Rush and built by people with RuSh connections. The first weekend showed their battle in the fight.
We got introduced to what each team will look like. Standout defender Carlo Tigaronita served as the seventh defender for the elite group, while the Premier group had Parker Dietz, Cade Corbin, and Ben Norton all get a look in net.
While the Premier group lead for 40 minutes Friday, neither they nor the Elite group could get a point off the weekend. With that said, both groups showed a willingness to battle, and showed that they will compete to represent their division at each level at USPHL Nationals where they could face their burgeoning rivals, the Rush.
Hear from Head Coach Jacob Smulevitch on the weekend and what to take away from it heading into week two and beyond.
“Obviously a tough way to end the weekend but I’m proud of the guys. They never gave up and continued to support and battle all over the ice and on the bench. We have a long way to go but we are committed and are going to get where we want to be.
For elite I think Devin DeCarlo really stood out despite getting pulled today. I think for premier Thomas Filaramo really stood out with 4 points in 2 games as did defenseman Zach Brady who played really smooth hockey.
We believe in the process from the last guy to the first.
I thought that there were good and bad moments for every goalie this weekend. I’m incredibly proud of how Parker Dietz played this weekend and think that he’s a huge part of our team moving forward.”
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