TULSA, OK – The Rapid City Rush seem to be finding their groove after a rocky start to the season as they knocked off the league-leading Tulsa Oilers by a final score of 2-0 on the road on Wednesday night.
After an impressive victory over their West Division rivals in the Colorado Eagles on Saturday, the Rush found a way to bring that momentum on the road against the top team in the league that has yet to fall on their home ice.
Rapid City found the back of the net first just 21 seconds into their first man-advantage opportunity. Lindsay Sparks took the face-off pass from Josh MacDonald and found Brendan Walker who snapped the puck quickly by Oilers netminder, Jamie Phillips at 16:03 of the 1st period.
The Rush would double their lead in the middle frame when Mark Cooper secured his first professional goal. Cooper took the pass down low from MacDonald with Ryan Walters also getting a credit for the assist. Time of the goal was 15:40 and the point by Walters was his first wearing the captain’s “C” on his jersey.
While the final period was scoreless on the stat sheet, the Oilers had numerous attempts clank off the iron to keep them off the scoreboard, along with various acrobat saves from Rush netminder, Adam Morrison.
Morrison gets his second win of the season and his first shutout as he stopped all 37 Tulsa shots he faced on the night. Jamie Phillips takes the loss, stopping 23 of the 25 Rapid City offerings on the night.
Both teams will square off again Friday night with puck dropped scheduled for 6:05pm MT from the BOK Center in Tulsa.