Photo Credit: Charlotte Rush
For the Charlotte Rush, they came into the week with a clear mission, prove to themselves and the league that they belong at the top of the Southeast Division. They did just that with a strong showing over the soon to be previously ranked number one ( by the Dan K show ) at the premier level, Richmond Generals. Both teams earned a combined seven of eight points and showed why they deserve top consideration against their biggest rivals. Both teams also have had stats, both old and new step up and get noticed by college hockey teams at all levels around the country. Head Coach Troy Schwab took the time to take us through an eventful and productive weekend for the Rush.
We go into every weekend with the expectation and standard that we are going to get 4 points. Being able to get 4 points at the Premier level and 3 points at the Elite level on the road in Richmond is a pretty good weekend. Richmond is a tough place to play. There is a quick turn around between Saturday and Sunday games that plays a factors and also the way Richmond plays. They play a tough and physical game that forces you to elevate your compete and forces you to keep your composure. You know your going to get hit, punched, whacked, and you just got to play through it and I felt at both levels we did that for the most part this weekend.
The Elite team was very resilient the whole weekend. They stayed on the job and kept battling all weekend long. We had some key players out of the lineup, battled through penalty trouble, and multiple lead changes, but they just kept going. That’s a huge step in our development process and will be lessons we can lean on into February and March.
Evan Crawford didn’t get the result he wanted on Saturday night but I thought he played very well. Getting Connor Humphrey back from Injury and adding a local Charlotte kid in Josh Mann helped bolster our lineup for the weekend.
The Premier team is a fun team to watch when they are playing well. For Stretches over the course of the weekend you can see how good this team can be. I thought this weekend we defended hard and started playing more of a 200 foot game.
Nick Anderson in net again was really good in the Net. If we had any break down or mistakes he was there to bail us out. A common theme this year has been contributions from our lineup and that continued again this weekend. The 1st to the 4th line all were able to find the back of the net this weekend.”
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