CINCINNATI, OH — The Rapid City Rush, behind a phenomenal team effort, were able to end their road skid to top the Cincinnati Cyclones 3-1 in their first and only meeting of the season on Wednesday night.
The Rush got on the board first at 1:09 of the opening period when Dysin Mayo fired a shot at Cyclones netminder Mark Visentin that was deflected back into traffic. Ryan Walters slammed the rebound attempt home for the early 1-0 advantage.
Walters doubled the Rush lead in the frame when he was sprung on a breakaway pass from Josh MacDonald. Walters took the feed and sent the puck into the back of the net with a nifty backhand shot at 14:58 to put Rapid City up 2-0.
Cincinnati would make things interesting late in the game, however. MacDonald was called for hooking at 18:26 and the Cyclones took the opportunity to pull Visentin for the 6-on-4 advantage. Just seconds later Nick Huard was able to cash in with 90 seconds left in regulation to steal the shutout bid by Rush netminder Adam Morrison.
Walters sealed the road win for Rapid City with an empty net goal at 19:25 for the 3-1 final and his second hat trick on the season.
Adam Morrison takes the win stopping 18-of-19 shots on the night with Mark Visentin takes the loss stopping 16-of-18 shots on the night.
Rapid City continues their road trip with a contest against the Ft Wayne Komets. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:00pm MT.