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For the Charlotte Rush, everything every year builds to the playoffs. Today they got two wins one for premeir and one for elite that helped them along the way. Head Coach Troy Schwab talked about the stars for each team and the growth of each team to take 1-0 series leads over their opponents.
“Any time a young player moves away from home there is an adjustment period and that was the case for Jack. Early on you could see how he had a very good skill set, skated well, and had the ability to score. Once he adapted to being in Charlotte his game has continued to improve to that point that he can change a game with one shift and you saw that tonight.
Livio is a player who has been very consistent over the course of the year. He likes to shoot pucks and when he gets pucks on net good things tend to happen. The other goal tonight by Rhett Evjen was a very nice goal. Quick release, well placed, with not a lot of time.
The Elite team had spurts in the game where I thought we were really good. There was times we were on our heels and our goalie made some big saves to hold us in there. Hockey is about momentum and you saw when we got going, we fed off that momentum and we’re able to get a couple more quick goals.
You could see the premier team committed to the task at hand today more then you have saw all year. We had players selling out to block shots today that normally don’t do it. I felt we had opportunities, need to start capitalizing on those opportunities.
Overall for both teams, I felt we stuck to our system and adjustments that were made over the last two weeks. We will continue to make adjustments going into tomorrow that we feel will give us the best opportunity to win.
At both levels the message is very similar. We need to play a full 60 minutes of hockey. Commit to managing the puck, making smart plays, and play with a playoff mentality.”
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