RAPID CITY, SD – One team had to walk away with their first win of the season. That team would be the Quad City Mallards who peppered the net relentlessly en route to a 3-2 win over the Rapid City Rush last night.
As has been the case for the Rush through the early part of the season, the opposition lit the lamp first. Though it took almost the entire length of the opening frame. Just 19 seconds into their second power play of the night, the Mallard’s Jace Coyle took a hard shot from the point and sent the puck past Rush netminder Austin Lotz for the 1-0 lead with 1:24 left in the period.
Rapid City would return the favor at 7:08 of the middle frame with a powerplay goal of their own. Lindsey Sparks fired a rebound shot past Mallard’s goalie Adam Vay for his second goal of the season, both on the man advantage.
The Mallards would regain the lead just over four minutes later as Sam Warning sent a one-timer by Lotz for the powerplay goal at 11:17 of the 2nd period.
The boys from the Black Hills would again tie the game up with a “Minute of Madness” goal just 32 seconds into the final period. Hunter Fejes would fend off his defender before taking a quick flip of the puck over Vay for the tying score.
The iron wouldn’t be kind to the Rush, however, as the Mallards would score the eventual game-winner with 8:19 left in the game when Pavel Jenys took a shot from the low slot that bounced off the far post and behind Lotz.
Adam Vay got the win for Quad City, stopping 26-of-28 shots, while Austin Lotz takes the loss but stops 44-of-47 saves on the night in his professional debut.
Both teams will square off again tomorrow night as the Rush hold their second annual “Affiliation Night”. The puck drop is slated for 7:05pm MT.
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