RAPID CITY, SD — Kenton Miller lead the way for Rapid City as the Rush took the rubber match and the series with a 3-1 win Saturday night over the Brampton Beast.
Rapid City has now scored the night’s first tally in four consecutive games which seems to go a long way in setting the tone for the night. Kenton Miller wasted no time scoring the fastest goal of the season, thus far, for the Rush. With just 1:45 gone by Miller sent the puck off the crossbar and behind Beast netminder Andrew D’Agostini for the early 1-0 advantage. Not even four minutes later and the visiting Beast were able to square it back up when Nathan Todd deflected a shot from the blue line by Rush netminder Steve Michalek at 5:31 of the opening frame.
The 1-1 tie would carry through the 1st intermission and deep into the middle frame. The Rush were outshooting the Beast during the 2nd period and Miller was finally able to cash in on the offensive opportunities at 14:43 when his wristshot went over D’Agostini’s shoulder to give Rapid City the 2-1 edge.
The offensive pressure continued into the final frame with Gustav Bouramman pocketing the insurance goal at 3:58 when he fired the puck off the crossbar to double-up the Beast 3-1.
Steve Michalek gets his second win in a row, and third overall this season, stopping 22-of-23 shots on the night. Andrew D’Agostini suffers the loss stopping 36-of-39 shots in the contest.
The Rush now prepare for another home-and-home series against their rivals the Colorado Eagles. Friday’s contest will be at the Budwesier Events Center with puck drop slated for 7:05pm MT. Saturday’s contest will return to the Black Hills with both teams squaring off at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center for the annual “Military Appreciation Night”. Puck drop is also slated for 7:05pm MT.