LOVELAND, CO — The offensive and special teams for the Rapid City Rush was on full display last night against the Colorado Eagles, but in the end the back-and-forth tilt went to Colorado as they topped Rapid City 6-4 and swept the weekend series.
Similar to Friday night’s contest the Eagles opened up the scoring with a wrister by Matt Garbowsky to beat Rush netminder Kent Patterson at 11:24 of the 1st period. Colorado would double their lead just as their second powerplay opportunity of the night expired when Michael Sdao deked the puck by Patterson into the back of the net at 14:50.
The boys from the Black Hills would even things up halfway through the middle frame, though.
Rapid City’s scoring started when Hunter Fejes knocked in a rebound from Riley Weselowski by Colorado netminder Nathan Lieuwen at 10:26. The Rush would even the game at 2-2 when Brett Perlini scored his first in a Rush sweater with a rebound off Ryan Misiak‘s shot at 11:50. The goal was also the first powerplay goal for the Rush this season.
But it wouldn’t be their last of the night.
Colorado would regain the advantage at 14:24 of the 2nd period when Johnny Lazo deflected a shot from Teigan Zahn past Patterson for the shorthanded goal.
The back-and-forth continued moments later when Rapid City knotted the game at 3-3 when the Rush scored their second powerplay goal of the night after Lindsay Sparks drove the puck home with 4:41 left in the frame.
The Rush would take their first lead of the weekend series at 11:55 in the 3rd when Brendan Walker sent a hard shot into the back of the Eagles net.
The lead would be short lived.
Colorado tied the contest back up at 4-4 when Matt Garbowsky scored his second of the night at 12:07. Darryl Bootland would put the Eagles back on top at 14:54 when he deflected a shot from Matt Register.
A late powerplay goal by the Eagles at 18:18 would seemingly put the game out of reach and give Colorado the sweep.
Nathan Lieuwen takes the win, stopping 25-of-29 shots for the night while Kent Patterson takes the loss, stopping 30-of-36 shots.
The Rush return home for a weekend series against Quad City. The puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 Mountain time on Friday, October 21st.