ANCHORAGE, AK — The monkey is finally off their backs as the Rapid City Rush secured their first win of the season, an impressive one at that, during this 3-game road stretch against the Alaska Aces by a final tally of 5-1.
It probably helped that the Rush also achieved another first as they lit the lamp before their opponents when Ryan Walters scored his first-of-two when he got the puck by Aces netminder Kevin Carr at 3:17 of the opening period.
The Rush would extend their lead in the middle frame with two additional goals. The first came on Walters second goal of the night just 1:56 into the period while the Rush were on their second powerplay opportunity of the night. They would go 1-for-4 with the man advantage on the evening.
Rapid City extended its lead to 3-0 when Brayden Low found the back of the net at 9:08 of the second period.
Through the first 40 minutes of action the Rush were outshooting the Aces 22-15 and the scoring opportunities were generating results on the stat sheet.
The shutout bid ended, however, when Tim Coffman scored the loan goal for the Aces 1:36 into the final period.
Josh MacDonald answered just moments later at 3:01 to give Rapid City a 4-1 advantage.
The game wouldn’t be complete without a goal from Lindsay Sparks, extending his scoring streak to six game when he lit the lamp with 6:03 left to play.
Rapid City also topped the Aces in shots-on-goal, leading the home team 33-to-29, while committing no penalties on the night.
Kent Patterson earned the win stopping 28-of-29 shots on the night while Kevin Carr took the loss stopping 28-of-33 shots.
The Rush look to make it two-in-a-row and win the weekend series when these two teams square off in a rubber match today. The puck is scheduled to drop at 5:05pm MT.