RAPID CITY, S.D. – For the second straight night, the Rapid City Rush gave all they had to the Wichita Thunder. This time, however, it was Wichita who went home happy thanks to two goals from Mark MacMillan.
The Thunder got the scoring started at 7:40 in the first, when MacMillan skated all the way around the net and sent a shot into the top corner, over Michael Bitzer‘s shoulder.
Directly following coincidental minor roughing penalties for both teams, Alec Baer evened things up at one, testing and beating Stuart Skinner at 14:44 of the second.
As they have done multiple times this year, the Thunder struck back fast. Just over a minute later, at the 15:51 mark, MacMillan found the back of the net again, sneaking one through Bitzer’s legs.
Wichita would carry the 2-1 lead into the second intermission and, eventually, to the end of regulation. This wouldn’t come without some drama, courtesy of Rapid City.
For the second straight night, Wichita would have to face six attackers as the Rush emptied their net. After an icing on Wichita with 44 seconds remaining, the faceoff shifted to the Thunder’s defensive zone, but not until Rapid City took their timeout.
“We were prepared based on last night for what they were trying to set up and do.” Malcolm Cameron said REGARDING preparing for the extra Attacker in the final minutes. “
PC Labrie won the crucial face off and the Thunder worked on killing time until eventually, the horn sounded sending the Rush faithful home upset.
Steven Iacobellis’ 10-game point streak came to an end. MacMillan scored in his third straight game.
Wichita finishes the current road trip on Thursday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma and they look to grab a couple more points before the new year. As always, Matthew Harding will get you started with the Sin Bin pregame show at 6:40 p.m. on the Sin Bin app.