TOLEDO, OH — The Rapid City Rush were able to cut into their deficit in the middle frame but in the end, Evan Rankin and the Walleye proved to be too strong and took take the weekend set with a 4-1 victory Sunday evening.
For the second night in a row, Toledo would light the lamp first contest. Rankin scored the first of his three goals when he secured the puck during a scramble in front of the net and knocked it by a sprawled Rush netminder Austin Lotz at 13:33 in the period.
The Walleye would double their lead just 1:14 into the 2nd period when Rankin deflected a Jordan Hill shot by Lotz’s blocker for the 2-0 advantage.
Rapid City was able to cut into the lead when Josh MacDonald took advantage of a 5-on-3 powerplay opportunity and blasted a one-timer by Walleye netminder Jake Paterson at 9:30 to make it a 2-1 contest.
Similar to Saturday night’s contest, the Walleye took a stranglehold on the game in the final 20 minutes to secure the win.
The cushion came from A.J. Jenks with 10:24 left in the game when he took a pass and beat Lotz glove side for the 3-1 advantage. Rapid City continued to keep the pressure on the home team and with under 90 seconds left in the game pulled Lotz for the extra attacker. It wasn’t long after that when Rankin secured his hat trick, firing the puck into the empty net with 59 seconds remaining in the game.
Austin Lotz would take the loss on the night, stopping 21-of-24 shots faced, and the Rush are now on a three-game skid to start their Stock Show Road Trip.
They next travel to Cincinnati to face the Cyclones for the first meeting between these two teams. Puck drop is scheduled for 5:35pm MT at US Bank Arena on Wednesday.