Photo Credit: Charlotte Rush
Against the Palm Beach Typhoon at home last last week the Columbia Infantry continued their growth as a first year team. Head Coach Jacob Smulevitch talked about the weekend that was and the development of some players like Eli White, and Thomas Filoramo. Thomas was named a forward of the month in Octobwr in his division last month. He is earning notice from many colleges with his nearlubgoal-per-game pace for the season.
Smulevitch said of the weekend and the aforementioned players “ I thought both teams showed a ton of fight this weekend. The premier group especially hasn’t shown a lot of this all year and finally this weekend it seemed like guys were battling for each other and standing up for each other. I think that this showed how well we can play, a super emotional game on Sunday that we were able to pull out a huge win in.
Thomas is a kid that I couldn’t be more proud to coach. I think that a lot of coaches have given up on him before for a variety of things but I fully believe he’s a great kid and I think he fully deserved his player of the month award.
Eli has grown as a player this year so much. He has truly blossomed into a top defenseman at the elite level, and somebody we want playing premier for us in the future. He plays in every situation and is very mature for his age.
I think one other player who continues to improve at the premier level is Cooper Hunt. He started slow but has quietly become one of our best forwards every game at the premier level. His hockey IQ is second to nobody in the league.
It felt good to win the first game at home and I think the kind of emotional game it was sets us up to win many more of them in the future.”
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