Photo Credit: Charlotte Rush
To win the southeast division, you need to beat Richmond as the Charlotte Rush. They found a way to claw some points away from their rivals in their division and fight back over the course of the weekend, on the road no less. Head Coach Troy Schwab took us through the weekend.
“The Elite team got off to a slow start to the weekend. When you go into Richmond you can expect them to play hard and compete at a high level. Saturday night the Elite team was not ready to compete at that level and the end result showed.
Sunday Morning we were able to add a couple Defenseman back into our lineup, the team committed to competing at a higher level, and the end result indicated that. Our hope as a staff is that our Elite team starts competing at that level every single day. If we do that, this team could be special.
Conor Humphrey has been a very important piece to the Elite team since he returned from injury. He earned an opportunity to play at the Premier level on Sunday and played well.
The premier team was very good all weekend long. For 40 minutes on Saturday night they played very well. The final 20 minutes, we ran into penalty trouble and the Generals took advantage of their opportunities.
Sunday we were without 5 forwards due to injuries and suspensions. The players stepped up in a big way, played hard, smart, and got our goal of 2 points. I think it is a testament to the depth we have in the organization that we could be without that many forwards and still get the job done.
Rhett Evjen has been good all season long but he took his game to another level this weekend. He was a difference maker in a couple big time games.
Devin Stephens arrived in Charlotte last week, got comfortable quickly, and played very well for us. With Peiter being out with injury, we wanted a goalie who can compete and push Nick every day. Nick is a competitor, wants the net every day, and wants someone to compete with. It was only one start, but we feel we found that in Devin.”
Donate: To help us cover more games and tell more stories not found elsewhere about all of college sports, especially under represented athletes everywhere across the college sports landscape like unique untold stories across college hockey. Please click the below link and consider donating what you can. If you do, I will list you in every story we write as a supporter of crowd-funded journalism that can truly be free for all at this link.