RAPID CITY, SD — The Rapid City Rush put together another impressive performance Monday to top the visiting South Carolina Stingrays 5-2 and take the weekend series in the first ever series match-up between these two franchises.
The Stingrays got on the board first tonight when Patrick Megannety hacked at the puck repeatedly before poking it by Rush netminder Adam Morrison.
The visitors 1-0 lead at 7:55 would not last long, though, as Rapid City countered just 53 seconds later. Michael Young took a shot from the blue line off a no-look pass to beat the Stingrays netminder Adam Carlson and square the game at 1-1 with 11:12 left in the period. A strong defensive effort by the Rush kept the game knotted at 1-1 despite the Stingrays having the edge in shots-on-goal at 19-to-3.
The Rush would find their offensive rhythm in the middle frame, putting up a pair of goals before the period even reached the halfway point. The first came from Hunter Fejes, scoring his 12th goal on the season, when he takes the breakaway pass from Christian Horn and is able to beat Carlson top shelf at 3:45 for the 2-1 advantage. Rapid City doubled their lead when special teams got in on the action. The Rush were in the midst of a tripping penalty to Ryan Misiak when Mark Cooper knocked in a rebound off a shot from Fejes. The shorthanded goal gave Rapid City a 3-1 lead at the 8:15 mark of the middle frame. South Carolina would close the gap at 15:11. A scrum for the puck ensued in front of the Rush net and Morrison was only able to deflect so many shots before Steven MacParland finally poked the puck through to make it a 3-2 contest heading into the final 20 minutes of play.
That would be as close as the visitors would get as Logan Nelson was able to deflect the puck into the net at 4:47 and Cooper sealed any rally cry with an empty netter at 19:01 to preserve a 5-2 victory and claim the weekend series.
Adam Morrison takes the win, stopping 42-of-44 shots on the night. The loss goes to Adam Carlson who stopped 16-of-20 shots on the night.
The lone powerplay goal goes to the Stingrays who went 1-for-5 on the night while the Rush went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.
A fun fact from Mark Binetti for the night, the Rush have gone 4-1 in five all-time Monday night games during their franchise history.
Rapid City next hosts the Idaho Steelheads in a three-game series. The first of which is on Wednesday with the puck drop scheduled for 6:35pm MT.