The 2017-18 ECHL regular season is over and while it wasn't the year the Rapid City Rush and head coach Daniel Tetrault were looking for, the last week provided four wins in five games and plenty of good vibes heading into the offseason.
Rapid City won three road games to close things out as a number of young players seemed to get acclimated to the pro game as the season wore on. Dante Salituro had a four-goal game and set a new club record for rookie scoring, and he was hardly alone as numerous first-year players made an impact this season.
Rush head coach Daniel Tetrault said, "Real good finish to the season ... winning three in a row on the road was exciting ... four out of five and we could have won all five. The new kids I brought in played really well, played with grit and passion and I wish I would have had them at the beginning of the year to be honest. that's how good they were. It's exciting and it's something that we're going to build on in the off-season and for next year and most of these kids will be returning and it should make it interesting and exciting for next season."
The Rush finished the season with a 25-41-3-3 record but with 11 rookies on the roster, Tetrault feels that the future is definitely bright. He pointed to veteran leadership and goaltending help as the main areas of off-season focus for the front office.