ANCHORAGE, AK — The Alaska Aces would not go quietly into the night as they rebounded from a pair of losses to take the final game ever against the Rapid City Rush with a 4-2 victory on Sunday.
For the first time in the weekend series, the Aces would get the first tally on the night. Brad Navin was finally able to solve Rush netminder Luke Siemens at 14:18 when he took the feed from Daniel Moynihan and fired a shot from the hash marks to give Alaska a 1-0 lead. The Aces would double their lead less than three minutes later when Tyler Shattock fired a shot over Siemens’ shoulder at 17:09.
After 20 minutes of play, the Aces were dominating the shots-on-goal 18-3 so it could have been worse for the Rush only being down a pair of goals heading into the 1st intermission.
It wouldn’t take long for Alaska to add on to that lead, though. Chase Van Allen was able to take the feed and send the puck through Siemens’ five-hole just 0:19 seconds into the frame for his first professional goal and a 3-0 lead. Rapid City finally got on the board at 12:48 of the period when Anthony Mastrodicasa took a backdoor pass from Hunter Fejes and buried the puck behind Aces netminder Kevin Carr to cut the deficit to 3-1. The goal was Mastrodicasa’s first professional goal.
Fejes tacked on another point in the 3rd period with a goal of his own at 2:59 when he scored on a rebound and brought the Rush to within a 3-2 deficit to the Aces. The ray of hope for a rally was short-lived, however, as Shattuck fired a shot by Siemens 16 seconds later to put the Aces back up by two with 16:45 left in the game.
Even when Siemens was pulled late in the period it wasn’t enough to overcome the two-goal gap for a clean win in regulation.
Kevin Carr is credited with the win stopping 30-of-32 shots on the night, while Luke Siemens suffers the loss stopping 38-of-42 shots.
The Rush were outshot again, 42-to-32, but couldn’t muster the kind of bounces to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Alaska got the needed points to eliminate the Rush from playoff contention and can turn their attention to Missouri and Utah who are right on their heels.
Rapid City returns home to finish out the 2016-17 season with a five-game home stand. First up they will host the Utah Grizzlies in a three-game set. The puck is set to drop for the first game on Wednesday at 6:35 pm MT.
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