RAPID CITY, SD — The Rapid City Rush fought back in a gritty contest against the Alaska Aces to secure a 3-2 win, their first back-to-back win in over a month.
The visiting Aces got the scoring started Peter Sivak blasted a shot from the far face-off dot by Danny Battochio, who was donning the “golden goalie” jersey for the Rapid City Rush for the second-straight year.
Less than 90-seconds later the Rush tied the game when Spencer Pommells took the puck parallel to the goal mouth before taking a quick wrister with 12:58 left in the opening frame.
The contest would remain tied 1-1 heading into the 3rd period despite numerous scoring opportunities from both clubs.
A mere 35 seconds would go by in the final frame when Alaska regained the lead off a goal from Justin Breton. As the minutes wore on the Rush kept the intensity up looking to create scoring opportunities.
It finally cashed in after Rapid City killed off a 5-on-3 and a 5-on-4 man advantage. Danick Gauthier spied Michael Young exiting the penalty box and fed him the puck creating a 2-on-1 opportunity with Pommells who took Young’s pass by Redman at 12:08 for the tying goal.
The intensity didn’t stop there as Rapid City kept crashing the net and finally got the go-ahead goal with 13:38 remaining when Daniel O’Donoghue took a rebound off Daniel Barczuk’s initial shot for their first lead of the night.
Battochio made the lead hold, and the Rush would go on to win first back-to-back games for the first time since January 8th (won three straight). This was also Mark DeSantis’ second straight win as the newly named head coach of the Rush (he was the head coach in the win over Idaho on Wednesday before being officially named the following day).
The win coupled with Colorado’s loss pulls them within 9 pts of the final playoff spot currently occupied by the Quad City Mallards.
The Rush and Aces will square off again tomorrow night with the puck drop scheduled for 7:05pm MT. Make sure to tune into 100.3 The Fox if you’re not able to attend in person.