RAPID CITY, SD — Peter Sivak continued his success against his former club with a hat trick and an assist to lead the Rapid City Rush to a 4-3 overtime win over the visiting Utah Grizzlies Friday night.
The Rush got on the board first during a 2-on-1 opportunity in the opening period. Daniel Leavens saw a trailing Peter Sivak who took the feed and rifled the puck over Grizzlies netminder Sean Maguire at 6:15 for the 1-0 advantage. Utah countered just over two minutes later taking full advantage of its first powerplay opportunity. Kyle Thomas was able to secure his own rebound and shoveled the puck by Rush netminder Adam Vay at 8:24 to square the game up. Special teams continued to cash in for the visiting divisional foes during a 4-on-3 powerplay. Austin Ortega secured a rebound attempt off a shot from Taylor Richart at the blue line and tallied the go-ahead powerplay goal at the 14:14 mark. Utah would take their 2-1 lead into the 1st intermission, also holding a commanding 15-to-6 lead in shots-on-goal.
Sivak secured the lone goal in the middle frame at 6:11 firing a shot from the right face-off circle to square the game up at two-all. Utah held a small advantage in a low-shooting period, 6-to-4, and 21-to-10 over the first 40 minutes of regulation.
It wasn’t long before former Rush forward Ryan Walters but the visiting Grizzlies back on top in the final period. Walters was able to deflect a shot over Vay’s shoulder after winning an offensive zone faceoff to give Utah a 3-2 lead just 1:12 into the frame. Rapid City tied the game back up with a deflection of their own at 8:49 when Jack Walker got the puck in net off a shot by Sivak, which was his 18th assist on the season and Walker’s 8th goal. Neither team could tally the go-ahead goal in regulation, which was surprising as Utah put up 26 shots in the final frame alone.
With time winding down in the extra frame Sivak took the feed from Riley Weselowski in neutral ice and entered a breakaway, finishing the play with a nifty backhander over an outstretched Maguire and scoring with 1:45 remaining. The tally sent a shower of hats down to the ice, Sivak’s second hat trick of the season, and finished off the 4-3 win for the Rush.
Adam Vay is credited with the win, stopping 46-of-49 shots on the night while Sean Maguire takes the loss stopping 18-of-22 shots faced.
Both teams will square off again Saturday night at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena for the team’s 10th Annual “Rush Fights Caner” night (formerly Pink at the Rink). Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm MT.