EVANSVILLE, IN — Two quick strikes to open the middle frame were not enough for Rapid City as the Evansville Icemen came roaring back for a 4-2 win Wednesday night.
After a scoreless opening period, the Rapid City Rush would get on the board first with a pair of goals in the first three minutes. The first came from Tyler Scofield, his first in a Rush uniform who was recently signed after a brief stint in Austria, at 1:25 of the second period. Less than 90-seconds later the Rush would double their lead when Daniel Barczuk got the puck past Icemen netminder Cody Reichard.
Evansville would eventually find its groove, though, when Nathan Moon deflected a shot by Rush netminder Danny Batthochio at the 4:40 mark. They would tie the game at 8:03 when Moon notched his second goal of the game on a wrap-around shot slipping the puck by the Batman. Evansville finished off the five-goal period with Alex Guptil firing up high on a breakaway to beat Battochio at 13:05 and give the home team a 3-2 advantage.
The Rush had an opportunity to tie the game in the third when Tyler Doherty found the back of the net at 11:56 but the goal was eventually waived off. Instead the Icemen doubled their lead at 16:16 when Alex Wideman’s shot was deflected off Daultan Leveille’s stick and past Battochio.
Reichard would stonewall the offensive fury from the visiting team, as the Rush tallied 19-shots in the final frame but would come no closer to closing the gap.
Danny Battochio takes the loss as he stopped 26-of-30 shots faced while Reichard takes the win stopping 35-of-37 shots faced.
The Rush now travel to Indianapolis to take on the Fuel Friday night before renewing an old CHL rivalry against Fort Wayne on Saturday and Sunday. Friday night’s puck drop against the Fuel will be at 5:35pm MT.
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