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Rus­sell added the Caps are a skilled hockey team with a good coach­ing staff that came at the ‘Bous with tough and tena­cious play and they ex­pect more of the same in game three on Fri­day.

Coach Bray: ‘Dirty hit’ leads to in­juries for Caps

While Caps head coach Wally Bray told The Packet his team bat­tled with the Cari­bous over the first two games of the se­ries, two ma­jor in­juries will hurt them and their chances.

Two strength­en­ing pick­ups Jeremy Nicholas and Bran­don Pye were in­jured on two sep­a­rate hits in the game. Bray says Pye has a sep­a­rated shoul­der and Nicholas has a con­cus­sion and in­jured ro­ta­tor cuff — putting them out of the lineup in­def­i­nitely.

Bray was quick to add the hit that in­jured Nicholas was a “dirty hit from be­hind” by Ryan Des­rosiers — who re­ceived a game mis­con­duct on the play.

“They were two strong pick­ups for us, it’s go­ing to af­fect the team,” said Bray.

He says, in game three, they’re hop­ing to “come back, bat­tle ev­ery shift, play 60 min­utes hard and fight as hard as you can.”

When asked what he thinks their chances are in the re­main­der of the se­ries, Bray said, “we’re go­ing to try our best.”

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