RAPID CITY, SD — The Rapid City Rush responded to Friday night’s rout by the Allen Americans with a stellar performance but the back-and-forth contest went to the defending Kelly Cup champs with a 6-5 win and a weekend sweep Saturday night.
For the third consecutive game, the visiting Americans lit the lamp first when Chad Costello fired a wrister past Rush netminder Adam Morrison at 6:32 for the early lead.
The Rush didn’t wait long before dropping their counter punch when their special teams unit cashed in and Ryan Misiak blasted a shot by Americans netminder Riley Gill at 8:45 for the power play goal. The Boys from the Black Hills took the lead in the closing minute when Michael Young rifled the puck by Gil at 19:15 to put Rapid City up 2-1 heading into the first intermission.
Both teams would trade off a pair of goals in the second frame to keep the intensity up to the final horn.
Allen would square the contest up at 3:30 when former Rush player Kale Kerbashian fired a wrister by Morrison. Midway through the period Costello would pick up his second goal of the night firing a one-timer at 10:56 to give the Americans a 3-2 advantage. This was their only powerplay goal of the night.
It wouldn’t take the Rush long to respond, however, as they tied the game back up at 13:25 off a goal from Terrence Wallin. Shortly after that Austin McKay would put Rapid City back on top when he slammed a rebound by Gill at 13:59 giving the Rush a 4-3 advantage heading into the 2nd intermission.
The Americans had another big 3rd period to regain the lead with a pair of goals less than 60 seconds apart. The tying goal came at 5:04 when Josh Brittain worked the puck through a screen and by Morrison. Eric Roy would put the Americans back on top at 5:59 sniping the puck into the back of the net for the 5-4 advantage. Miles Liberati would get the eventual game winner in the closing minutes, scoring on the empty net at 18:50 after Morrison was pulled for the extra attacker.
Rapid City continued to battle back, pulling within the 6-5 final when Hunter Fejes scored off a late faceoff with 6.7 seconds remaining in the game.
Adam Morrison, wearing his Golden Goalie jersey that was lucky for Danny Battochio, suffers the loss stopping 15 of 20 shots faced on the night.
The Rush next travel to face Wichita on Wednesday at INTRUST Bank Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:05pm MT.