RAPID CITY, SD — After last night’s game was postponed due to ice issues the Rapid City Rush and South Carolina Stingrays got to square off for the first time in franchise history, with the first meeting going to the visiting Stingrays with the 4-1 final on Saturday night.
The visiting Stingrays jumped out to an early 2-0 lead at the close of the first 20 minutes of regulation. Steven McParland was able to recover a turnover deep in the Rush zone and rifled the puck by Adam Morrison for the 1-0 lead at 12:53 of the opening frame. Colton Saucerman would double the visitor’s lead with just 46 seconds left, scoring a powerplay goal on a screen to Morrison.
Morrison stoned all 15 shots by the Stingrays during the middle frame while the Rush could only muster three shots on offense themselves, respectively.
Domenic Monardo would give South Carolina their three-goal advantage when he fired a rebound from Rob Flick by Morrison at 10:30 of the 3rd period for the 3-0 advantage. The Rush would make things interesting when Mike Monfredo pocketed his first goal in a Rush uniform at 18:27 for the home team’s lone powerplay goal of the night, going 1-for-5 during the contest. Monardo slammed the door on any further rally when he picked up his second goal of the evening, an empty netter with 1.3 seconds remaining in regulation to give the visitor’s a 4-1 victory.
South Carolina’s netminder Steven Summerhays gets the win stopping 22-of-23 shots on the night while Adam Morrison takes the loss, stopping 29-of-32 shots faced.
Rapid City went 1-for-5 with the man advantage while South Carolina was went 1-for-4 on the night. The Stingrays also outshot the Rush 33-to-23 in regulation.
Tonight’s game marked the first Zombie Night with fans and various staff members decked out in “undead garb” throughout the arena.
This game also marked the 500th professional game for hometown favorite Riley Weselowski who was honored just before tonight’s puck drop.
The same two teams will square off again on Sunday for Game 2 of this weekend series. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:05pm MT.