INDEPENDENCE, MO — A pair of goals in the opening frame coupled with impressive defense and netminding propelled the Rapid City Rush to a 2-1 road win over the Kansas City Mavericks Tuesday night.
Rapid City would get the night’s first tally, scoring on the lone power play of the opening period. Matt Caito took the feed in the Mavs zone and fired a wrister by a screened Mavric Parks at 11:19 to give the Rush a 1-0 edge. Rapid City doubled their lead late in the opening frame with just under 11 seconds remaining. Fresh off his trade from the Wichita Thunder, Shaquille Merasty fired the initial shot on the Mavs net only to be denied. Kenton Miller was right there to drive home the rebound into the net and put the Rush up 2-0 heading into the first intermission. Rapid City outshot the Mavs 11-to-8 in the opening 20 minutes of regulation and went 1-for-1 on the lone powerplay opportunity by either team.
Kansas City picked up the tempo in the middle frame and was finally able to cash-in on their scoring chances just before the midway point. At 7:36, Tyler Elbrecht fired a missile from just inside the red-line that appeared to be stopped by Rush netminder Adam Vay, but he wasn’t able to fully handle the shot as the puck made its way into the goal to bring the Mavs within striking distance at 2-1. Heading into the second intermission, the Rush held a slight edge in shots-on-goal at 22-to-21, and the Mavs were unable to capitalize on either of the powerplay chances in the frame.
The final 20 minutes of regulation saw several scoring opportunities, but neither netminder was going to let the puck slip through. Kansas City pulled Parks with under a minute remaining but was unable to tally the equalizing goal and would fall to the visiting Rush 2-1 in their final match-up of the season.
The Mavs outshot the Rush 7-to-2 in the final frame and 28-to-24 overall in the 60 minutes of regulation. Rapid City went 1-for-1 in their lone powerplay chance while the Mavs went 0-for-2.
Adam Vay is credited with the win stopping 27-of-28 shots on the night while Mavric Parks takes the loss stopping 22-of-24 shots.
Rapid City Rush: The Rush continue their road trip with a pair of games against the Allen Americans. Puck drop for the first contest will be Friday night at 6:05 pm MT at the Allen Event Center.
Kansas City Mavericks: The Mavs host the Ft Wayne Komets for a pair of games this weekend. The first will be Friday with the puck drop scheduled for 7:05 pm CT at the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.