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Charlotte Rush Head Coach Troy Schwab was direct about the weekend for his team that saw only one regulation win. It was not the standard. Schwab talked about his role, and about some standouts on each team including points leader at the USPHL Premier Level, Livio Azevedo.
Schwab said “When looking at the weekend as a whole, I felt it was a very disappointing weekend. I didn’t think our Elite or Premier teams played at the level and standard that we need to be playing at. I take full ownership of not having our team prepared to play this weekend and will make sure it doesn’t happen in the future.
We didn’t compete at a high enough level when playing a team like the Jr. Canes. We need to find a way to elevate and compete for 60 minutes and this weekend we didn’t do that and you saw that with the end results. We gotta get back to work this week. Compete with each other and push each other to find a new level of Compete.
The Elite level can be tough because players are naturally looking to try and get to the premier level. We need to remind our players that if doing the right things all the time, that part will take care of itself and this weekend I thought we were a little too focused on outside distractions.
Lucas Cooper, to me, played his best weekend as a Charlotte Rush. The scoresheet may not have shown it, but I felt he took great strides in getting his game to a place it needs to be at.
We let a game slip away from us today. We made a few costly mistakes and the Canes took advantage of it. I hope it’s a lesson learned for our players that you need to play the right way for 60 minutes and any small lapses could come back to cost you in this division.
Livio Azevedo continues to be around the puck all the time. He is making plays, goes to the net, playing really hard every shift, and you can see how he’s been rewarded of late for it. Peter Keese is another player I felt played his best game as a Charlotte Rush and I hope this is a step in the right direction that he needs.”
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