ALLEN, TX — The Rapid City Rush were able to dig deep and top the defending Kelly Cup Champs behind a complete team effort Saturday night, topping the Allen Americans 4-3 in overtime.
The first period was owned by the Americans who had the advantage in shots-on-goal and powerplay opportunities which lead to a 2-0 advantage after 20 minutes of action.
David Makowski got Allen on the board first, scoring on Allen’s first powerplay opportunity of the night. Allen had Rush netminder Adam Morrison screened and Makowski powered the puck into the back of the net at 11:52 for the 1-0 lead. Gary Steffes would double that lead with 2:04 left in the frame scoring on a nifty backhand to put the home team up 2-0 heading into the 1st intermission.
Rapid City would respond early in the middle frame with Michael Young firing the puck by Americans netminder Riley Gill at 0:37 to make it a 2-1 contest. Allen would regain their two-goal advantage at 9:06 when Zach Hall pocketed his 9th goal of the season firing the puck off Morrison to give the Americans a 3-1 lead. Moments later Rapid City used a pair of quick strikes to square the contest. Ryan Walters picked up his 24th goal of the season at 11:45 with a quick one-timer that flew by Gill. Christian Horn then scored his first professional goal at the 12:00 mark when he fired a wrister off Gill’s glove that squared the tilt at 3-3.
Both netminders were on point during the final 20 minutes of action, including Gill denying a penalty shot opportunity from Hunter Fejes at 15:17 and standing tall during a late Rush powerplay opportunity.
Fejes would take advantage in overtime, though, to pocket the game winner when he was able to blast the puck by Gill at 1:31 to secure the 4-3 victory and the full two points for the Rush.
Adam Morrison gets credit for the win, stopping 24-of-27 shots on the night.
The game ended with some fireworks as both teams were assessed penalties after the game ended. Rapid City forward Hunter Fejes was given a five-minute major for spearing along with a game misconduct. Americans goalie Riley Gill was given two minutes for slashing. Both teams remained on the ice for several minutes engaged in rough play until the officials were able to get both teams off the ice.
Both teams will square off again Sunday afternoon as the Rush complete their “four games against three teams in five nights” road trip. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:05pm MT.