After winning two close games in their weekend series, and riding a three-game winning streak, the Rapid City Rush were looking to put the icing on the cake Wednesday night and take a six point lead in the Crystal Cup Series with their division rivals, the Colorado Eagles.
Eagles netminder Jacob DeSerres was a brick wall between the pipes last night, stopping all 19 shots from the visitors en route to a 4-0 win, their first of the season.
Colorado got things started off early when Darryl Bootland found the back of the net just 53 seconds into the contest off a pass from Trent Daavettila. The Eagles would double their lead midway through the opening period when Giffen Nyren deflected a shot past Danny Battochio at 9:47.
Special Teams got in on the action during the middle frame when Colorado D-man Collin Bowman sent the three-inch piece of rubber into the back of the net for a powerplay goal at 7:19 off Narbonne’s roughing penalty at 6:36.
Colorado continued to pour salt in the wound in the final frame going up 4-0 at 4:50 when Eagles forward Jesse Mychan scored from the far wall. Knowing the Rush possess the tenacity to rally, as they did against the Steelheads in their second game of the season, the Eagles kept the pressure on for the full 60-minutes of play to secure their first win.
Danny Battochio would take the loss, his first of the season, stopping 19-of-23 shots on the night. Rapid City still holds a 4-2 lead in the point standings for the Crystal Cup.
Rapid City returns to action Friday night as they host the Alaska Aces for the first time in franchise history. This will be a match-up of the top two teams in the West Division as Alaska holds a 3-2-0-1 record (7pts) and Rapid City holds a 3-2-0-0 record (6pts).
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm MT. Make sure to tune-in to the game on the Rush’s Mixlr feed, watch it live on ECHL TV, or come out to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena to support our hometown team in person.