Rush to kick off 2018-19 season with clean slate

Rush will play at Utah on Friday.

RAPID CITY, S.D. – It certainly has been a long summer for the Rapid City Rush.

Despite ending the regular season by winning four of their last five games, the Rush once again headed into the off-season on a somber note, missing the playoffs for the third year in a row.

But the team is ready to put last season behind them and start the new year off with a clean slate.

The Rush welcome back several familiar faces this year such as Riley Weselowski, Josh Elmes and Andrew Radjenovic.

But there are several new faces including three new goalies; Adam Carlson, Michael Bitzer and Tyler Parks.

This year, the Rush will be independent meaning they will not be affiliated with an NHL team.

“I’m not going to have to change my lineup,” Rush head coach Daniel Tetrault said. “There’s not going to be any egos or guys being sent down from triple a with attitudes. This is our team. For the most part, there won’t be many changes. It’s also beneficial to our fans so they can relate with these players all season and not having so many changes. Kind of like the old Central Hockey League days where you just keep your team.”

The Rush are busy finishing up their final week of training camp before kicking off the season on Friday on the road against Utah.

The players are ready to start the season on a winning note.

“Our focus right now is on us and the way that we’re going to play and the systems that we’re going to have in place,” Rush defenseman Riley Weselowski said. “If we’re going to be successful, it’s going to be more on whether we can execute things on our end as opposed to worrying about what they’re going to do. So that’s our focus this week.”

Rush forward Quintin Lisoway said “the coaches have been preaching fast-paced. So far, I think that’s what everybody is trying to bring every day at practice is just trying to get quicker and make plays faster. That’s the game is moving towards is playing faster and I believe so far we’ve done a good job of that.”

The home opener for the Rush is Saturday, Oct. 20 against the Kansas City Mavericks.

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