(Fort Wayne, IN) – With their backs against the wall, the Rapid City Rush received key contributions from their big names to earn a 4-1 win over the Fort Wayne Komets on Sunday night. A four-goal third period lifted the Rush to their first playoff win at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and forces a game #6 in Rapid City. Tickets for Tuesday’s game #6 are available by calling the Rush office at 716-7825 or online at www.gotmine.com.
For the third consecutive game, the Komets got on the board first, potting the only goal of the opening 40 minutes. After a pair of turnovers in the neutral zone, Colin Chaulk stepped into the Rapid City end and slid a pass to Mike Vaskivuo at the right circle who buried for his third goal of the series.
The game remained 1-0 until the third period, when the Rush offense exploded for three goals in a 6:07 span. The first tally came at 3:23 when Jesse Schultz’s shot was rebounded home by Konrad Reeder for a powerplay marker that served as his first of the postseason. Minutes later, Reeder’s nifty play on an offensive zone faceoff set up Scott Wray on the back door for the go-ahead goal. Less than two minutes later, the Rush received an insurance goal from Jeff Kyrzakos who poured in his third of the series that was set up by a beautiful pass to the far post by Jake Morissette. Schultz would add an emptynet goal in the closing minute to lift Rapid City to the 4-1 win and extend the series.
Rush goaltender Tim Boron turned aside 26 of the 27 shots faced for his second win of the playoffs.
Rapid City’s powerplay ended the night 1-for-2 while the penalty kill denied all three Komets attempts.