RAPID CITY, SD — The Idaho Steelheads rallied from a 3-1 deficit to top the Rapid City Rush 4-3 in OT and take 4-of-6 points in the series to close out 2016.
The Rush got on the board first when Ryan Misiak scored his sixth goal of the season. Newly acquired Alex Mikulovich fired a shot from the blue line that was stopped by Steelheads netminder Philippe Desrosiers before Misiak was able to sneak the rebound in at 4:13 for the early lead.
Rapid City extended their lead early in the 2nd period when Josh MacDonald deflected a shot by Desrosiers at 5:13, his 15th goal of the season.
Idaho erased their gooseegg moments later when Charlie Dodero found himself on an odd-man rush and fired the puck by Rush netminder Adin Hill at 5:54.
Rapid City answered at 9:53 when Anthony Collins took the feed from Misiak and banked the puck off Desrosiers to put the Rush back up 3-1.
Down by two goals the Steelheads knew they needed to keep up the intensity if they wanted a chance rally.
Outshooting the home team 10-4 in the final 20 minutes helped keep that opportunity alive.
Jefferson Dahl pulled Idaho within a goal when he was able to sneak the loose puck by Hill at 4:05 of the 3rd period. Joe Faust tied the game up 3-3 at 12:40 when he sent a frozen rope through traffic into the back of the net.
Rapid City had to kill off a later penalty to Ryan Walters for hooking, but a penalty to Misiak at at 19:26 would spill into overtime.
Will Merchant secured the game winner at 1:25 of overtime, with just three seconds left on the powerplay, and Hill pressed the oncoming attack only to have the punk sent over his shoulder when he sprawled out to block the shot.
Philippe Desrosiers gets the win stopping 21-of-24 shots on the night while Adil Hill takes the loss stopping 35-of-39 shots he faced.
Rapid City earned 3-of-6 points in the three game series to close out 2016. They will next face the Utah Grizzlies to kick off 2017. The first two games will be on January 6th and 7th in West Valley City then both teams return to Rapid City for a three-game stretch.