RAPID CITY, SD — Following the script from Friday night the Rapid City Rush were able to rally against the Colorado Eagles and secure the win in overtime on Saturday night against their Crystal Cup Rivals.
The first period ended with a scoreless draw but the Boys from the Black Hills owned the offensive zone on the ice as they outshot the Eagles 13-4 in the opening frame.
Colorado would break that drought and get the night’s first tally. Just over halfway through the period Joey Ratelle was able to secure the loose puck in front of the Rush net and bank the goal off Rush netminder Adam Vay‘s leg at 10:56 for the 1-0 Colorado advantage. Moments later Brady Shaw had to be carted off the ice and leave the arena for a medical emergency. We would like to send out our thoughts and prayers to Shaw for a full and quick recovery. The delay in the game didn’t diminish the energy on the Rush bench. Pavel Jenys tied the game with his second goal of the season at 11:47 to knot the game at 1-1 heading into the final frame.
Colorado was able to get what looked to be the game winning goal from Ben Storm with just 66 seconds left in regulation. But this is a new team in the Black Hills that keeps fighting until the final horn sounds. With an empty net and an extra attacker on the ice the Rush were poised to send this game into OT for the second night in a row. Kyle Dutra was able to fire the puck from the far faceoff circle through the five-hole of Eagles netminder Sam Brittain with just 21.6 seconds left on the game clock, tying the heated contest and sending it into overtime.
Jimmy DeVito was able to secure the game winner with 3:46 gone by in the extra frame to get the weekend sweep over the defending Kelly Cup Champion Colorado Eagles.
With the win the Rush have gone 5-1 since their 0-5 start for the 2017-18 season.
Adam Vay takes the win stopping 22-of-24 shots on the night while Sam Brittain takes the loss stopping 22-of-25 shots.
Rapid City will next host the Idaho Steelheads in a three game match-up. The first game will be on Wednesday, November 15th, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center with the puck drop scheduled for 7:05pm MT.