RAPID CITY, SD — A total of 13 penalties were killed off between both teams as the Rapid City Rush scored nearly halfway through the 3rd period to pull away from the Utah Grizzlies for the 3-1 victory Wednesday night.
Both netminders were on point during the first 20 minutes of play, stopping a combined 18 shots between the two clubs.
Utah scored the first goal of 2017 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center when Cam Reid blasted the puck by Rush netminder Marek Langhamer at 3:25 of the 2nd period.
Rapid City tied the game up later in the same frame when Michael Young sniped a shot through traffic at 15:47.
With the game knotted 1-1 heading into the final 20 minutes of action both teams knew that the next goal could potentially be the game winner.
And it was.
At 9:10 of the 3rd period Triston Grant buried a centering feed from Mark Cooper by Grizzlies netminder Troy Redmann to put the Rush up 2-1. Rush captain Ryan Walters would put the game away at 19:28 with an empty netter for the 3-1 final score.
The Rush outshot the visiting Grizzlies 36 to 23, and lead in shots-on-goal every period on the night.
Both teams penalty kill units were perfect with the Grizzlies stopping all eight power play opportunities for the Rush and Rapid City stopping all five opportunities for Utah.
Marek Langhamer is credited with the win, stopping 22-of-23 shots faced in his return to Rapid City. Troy Redmann takes the loss, stopping 33-of-36 shots faced on the night
Both teams will square off again for “Round 4” of this five round bout on Friday the 13th at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 pm MT.
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