Charlotte, NC- The Charlotte Rush Elite and Premier teams both went 4-0 at the Islanders Hockey Club Showcase this past weekend. The Elite team defeated the NH Junior Monarchs (5-2), Eugene Generals (4-0), Boston Bandits (2-1) and the Beijing Shougang Eagles (3-0). Julian Miranda paced the Elite Rush with (4g-4a-8pts), John Barrett and Mark Kishko each had 7 points in the showcase. In net Jack Riedell picked up two wins (1 shutout), making 41 saves on 42 shots during the showcase, while netminder Anthony Keating picked up the other two wins (1 shutout), making 40 saves on 42 shots.
The Rush Premier squad began the showcase defeating national power house NH Junior Monarchs (4-1), Junior Bruins (4-3), Syracuse Stars (3-1) and the Chicago Cougars (6-0). Rush Co – Captains and Utica College commits Nick Yzaguirre (2g-4a-6pts) and Tyler Dill (1g-4a-5pts) paved the way along with defenseman Joe Palermo (2g-3a-5pts) who is also committed to Utica College. Matt Headland (4g) and Tyler Barrow (4a) also had strong performances. In net Drew Benedict picked up two wins (1 shutout) making 35 saves on 38 shots, while Sam Best also got two wins making 50 saves on 52 shots.
General Manager Ryan Cruthers on the IHC Showcase: “This was a great showing for the Charlotte Rush as an organization. We played some very strong competition and I was very impressed with the overall strength of the league. The most impressive part of the showcase was the number of scouts in attendance at our games. Our players received a ton of attention and offers from many schools and that is what showcases are for. It was great to see our players getting the attention they deserve, and I am excited with the offers they have received so far.”