After CC came out flat and fell behind Saturday, the coaches loaded up the top line, moving Eric Walsky up to skate with Bill Sweatt and Chad Rau. That was the top line early in the season, but CC worried it needed scoring on other lines. CC needs consistent offense and the trio played well in the third period of Saturday’s loss, so the Tigers might continue with the Walsky-Rau-Sweatt combination on the top line going forward.
“It’s something we’ll consider,” CC coach Scott Owens said.
The main problems with loading up the top line with the team’s top three scorers is the other lines won’t be as strong, and opponents can concentrate on using their best defensive lineup against that line. That’s especially true in road games, when home teams get the last change.