RAPID CITY, SD — The fans came out in droves (4,818 to be precise) to support the Rapid City Rush and our vets for Military Appreciation Night and the Boys from the Black Hills did not disappoint, putting together a complete effort in a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Eagles Saturday night.
The first goal of the night came off the sticks of the Rush when Ryan Misiak finished off a 2-on-1 opportunity that was setup by Mark Cooper. Cooper took the turnover and threaded the needle to Misiak who drove the puck home at 11:24 of the opening frame which was the lone goal of the period.
With no scoring, or penalties for that matter, in the middle frame, the Rush would take their 1-0 lead into the final 20 minutes of play.
Rapid City would strike early in the 3rd period when the Rush would take a 3-on-2 opportunity that Josh MacDonald finished off at 1:23 for a 2-0 advantage.
Colorado would make things interesting at 10:14 during 4-on-4 hockey when a scrum for the puck ensued in front of the Rush net before Luke Salazar poked it past Rush netminder Adam Morrison cutting the Rush lead to 2-1.
The intensity picked up during the final minute when Josh MacDonald got called for hooking at 18:55 and the Eagles pulled their netminder Clarke Saunders to give them a 6-on-4 advantage.
Morrison was up to the challenge, however, as he was solid between the pipes and the Rush defense kept the Eagles at bay.
Shots on goal did favor the visitors as the Eagles outshot the Rush 40 to 27. But Rush netminder Morrison comes away with the win in his first game with Rapid City stopping 39 of 40 attempts while Saunders takes the loss stopping 25 of 27 shots on the night.
The Rush will start a three games in four nights road trip taking on the Tulsa Oilers on Wednesday and Friday, and will finish up with a tilt against the Allen Americans on Saturday.
Rapid City will return to the Black Hills for a pre-Thanksgiving game against the Eagles on November 23rd.
We’d like to give our thanks to all the veterans and say how impressed we were with all the community members who came out to paint names of Vets that are family/friends on the ice to give thanks to their service to this great nation.
Here’s a small collection of images of those that came out to paint the ice on Thursday, November 10th.