RAPID CITY, SD – For the first time since March 29th, 2013, the Rapid City Rush earned a shutout on home ice as they topped the Alaska Aces 4-0.
That game back in 2013 was a playoff contest against the Missouri Mavericks with the great Tim Boron between the pipes who stopped 31 shots en route to a 3-0 win. Since then the Rush have had 10 shutouts but they have all come on the road.
Coming back to tonight’s contest, the Rush got on the stat sheet early in the opening period when captain Ryan Walters found himself all alone on a breakaway and beat Aces netminder, Kevin Carr at 5:41 to give Rapid City the 1-0 lead.
On to the middle frame the Rush would tack on a couple more. The first came from Dysin Mayo deflecting a shot from Mark Cooper at 11:10 to double Rapid City’s lead to 2-0. The goal was Mayo’s first of his professional career. Moments later Josh MacDonald would net his 13th goal of the season when he took a drop back shot that banked off the pipe and into the back of the net with 6:00 left in the period.
Nick Miglio would ice the game at 8:56 of the 3rd period off a rebound shot from Cooper to put the home team up 4-0 and send the 2,818 fans in attendance into a frenzy.
Rapid City goaltender, Adin Hill is credited with the win stopping all 30 shots faced while Kevin Carr takes the loss stopping 33-of-37 shots faced.
Hill is the first Rush netminder to get a home shutout since the team moved to the ECHL.
Rapid City will look to continue the momentum for their final game before the Christmas Break on Friday night against the same Alaska Aces. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm MT.