|Posted: October 17th, 2017
EHLP: Premier See the Positives Despite 3 Game Skid
Walpole, MA - This weekend the Express Premier team took to Brewster, NY to partake in the EHL Premier Showcase Series. Despite falling 0-3 in their games, the team looks at the positives that came out of the weekend. “It’s tough playing 3 games in 3 day,” Coach Polino said. “It’s even tougher playing 3 games against three new programs and a shortened bench.” The Express played the majority of their showcase with a number of key players missing due to academic priorities and injuries.
“This weekend we played short handed so we had to adapt,” said Polino. “On Sunday morning I taught the boys a brand new system in a chalk talk session. We then had to execute only hours later, its not an easy task but I was extremely impressed with how quickly the team picked up on it.” The system Coach Polino is referring to was the “torpedo;” a system developed by the Swiss, utilizing four forwards on the ice at a single time with a lone defensemen. “It was different for sure, the first few shifts of Sunday nights game were rough but as soon as the adjustments were made and the boys started to trust the system it worked really well. The bright side in this is that I know I can throw different things at them and they can understand it fairly quickly. Not always easy with a young team.”
Another bright spot in the weekend was chemistry that began to develop amongst some of the Express' key players. Ryan Miller (Buffalo, NY) and captain Nick Terry (Taunton, MA) are a prime example. Throughout the weekend the pair worked off each other combining for 12 points in the 3 games. “Its nice to see things finally starting to click with this group. It’s always a process every year, but when it happens it makes a huge difference down the stretch.”