RAPID CITY, SD — The Utah Grizzlies yet again pulled away to secure a road win over the Rapid City Rush, topping the boys from the Black Hills 4-2 to complete the weekend sweep on Saturday night.
Continuing the trend in this series, the visiting Grizzlies inked the first tally on the scoresheet. Utah sent a flurry of shots at the Rush net and C.J. Eick was finally able to poke the puck by Rush netminder Luke Siemens at 3:31 for the early 1-0 advantage. Rapid City was able to respond later in the frame to square the game up. With 7:02 remaining in the period Rush captain Ryan Walters fired a blast off Grizzlies’ netminder Kevin Boyle to secure his 29th goal of the season. Utah would get the last word in before the 1st intermission, however, as Erik Bradford secured the loose puck in the Rush zone and quickly fired it by Siemens to give his club a 2-1 advantage with 2:47 remaining in the period.
Both teams would trade off goals in the middle frame to keep the contest tight. Utah would double their lead at 4:31 of the second period when Zac Larraza scored the team’s lone powerplay goal of the night. Larraza took the feed from Colin Martin and crushed the puck by Siemens to give the Grizzlies a 3-1 advantage. Nearly ten minutes would go by before Rapid City was able to respond. Hunter Fejes was able to bury a a rebound shot by Boyle at 14:09 to make it a 3-2 contest which held through the second intermission.
While the Rush were able to keep the game close in the final 20 minutes of regulation, they were out shot 9-to-4 by the Grizzlies and their rally attempts were crushed at 19:08 when Colin Martin put the game virtually the game out of reach when he buried an empty netter to give the visitors a 5-2 win and eight wins in the ten game series against the Rush.
Kevin Boyle takes the win stopping 16-of-18 shots on the night while Luke Siemens suffers the loss stopping 21-of-24 shots faced on the night.
Rapid City will close out the 2016-17 season with a two-game home stand against their longtime rival the Colorado Eagles. Puck drop for Friday’s game is scheduled for 7:05 pm MT.