RAPID CITY, SD — Another hard fought sixty minutes of action went to the visiting team as the Allen Americans swept the Rapid City Rush after topping the home team 5-3 on Saturday night.
The script was flipped to start the night as the Rush were able to light the lamp first for a change. While on their first powerplay Gustav Bouramman sent a sharp feed to Alex Guptill who drove the puck home by Americans netminder Riley Gill for the 1-0 lead at 3:36 of the 1st period. The lead wouldn’t last 90 seconds as Zach Pochiro took a neutral ice turnover and raced down the ice to pocket the tying mark at 5:03. The Americans would then rattle off another pair of goals just barely two minutes apart to extend their lead. The first came at 9:45 when Dalton Thrower riled the puck by a screened Christian Frey. With 8:05 remaining in the opening frame Olivier Archambault pocketed his second goal of the season after another turnover at the blue line allowed a 2-on-1 scoring opportunity to put the Americans up 3-1.
Fast forward to the middle frame, and Kenton Miller picks up his second goal of the season after taking the feed from Guptil for a quick strike and pulled the Rush within a goal just thirty seconds into the period. A miscue by the Rush causing a pair of players to collide allowed the Americans to spring away with a 2-on-0 opportunity and ended with Bryan Moore firing the puck top shelf at 10:34 and give Allen a 4-2 advantage. Marcus Ortiz would bring Rapid City back within striking distance with six minutes left in the period, getting the goal off a Guptill rebound attempt and giving the Rush life heading into the final frame.
Archambault would make that a bit more difficult adding an insurance goal just 51 seconds into the 3rd period. A scrum for the puck ensued in front of the Rush net, and Archambault was credited with getting it by Frey to put Allen up 5-3. Rapid City had opportunities late in the game, including a two-man advantage, but couldn’t get any closer.
Riley Gill is credited with the win stopping 31-of-34 of shots faced while Christian Frey takes the loss stopping 32-of-37 shots on the night.
Allen outshot Rapid City 37-to-34, but went 0-for-4 on the powerplay while Rapid City was able to pocket one goal on the man-advantage going 1-for-4 on the night.
Rapid City will hit the road for looking for their first win of the season as they take on the undefeated Wichita Thunder. Puck drop for the first game is Saturday, October 21st, at 6:05 pm MT.
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