RAPID CITY, SD — What more can be said about the electricity in the air Friday night as the Rapid City Rush beat the top team in the ECHL, the Missouri Mavericks, in overtime 2-1 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena.
Rapid City would get on the board first at 12:08 of the opening frame when Spence Pommells chipped in the puck from a scrum that broke out in front of the Missouri net.
The home team would hold steadfast to their 1-0 lead for the remainder of the contest as both netminders shutdown numerous shot attempts with lightning fast reflects and stellar acrobatics.
And it looked as though the Rush were on their way to their first home shutout since March 20th, 2012 (against the Bloomington Blaze with Tim Boron in net), but that dream was denied when Tyler Barnes deflected a Jesse Root shot by Danny Battochio to tie the game up with 4:41 left to play.
Both teams had their chances late to win it in regulation but each team’s respective netminder held firm.
Headed into overtime it took but a single shot on goal from Mikhail Stefanovich at the 2:46 mark to secure the win for the home team and give the Mavs their 5th loss of the season, and their first in overtime.
Battochio takes the win stopping 26-of-27 shots while Stephon Williams takes the overtime loss stopping 30-of-32 shots.
Both teams will square off again tomorrow night with puck drop slated for 7:05pm MT.
Side Note: We’d like to congratulate the Central High School Cobblers on winning the 2nd Annual Drumline Battle. It was an impressive performance by both schools.