BOISE, ID — Special teams were again the difference last night but this time they helped the Idaho Steelheads even the series against the Rapid City Rushing, topping their divisional foes 6-2.
Each team would light the lamp midway through the opening period with Idaho again striking first. Anthony Luciani fired a wrister on the man-advantage that sailed under the blocker of Rush netminder Adin Hill at 11:31. Rapid City would answer back with a power play goal of their own at 15:05 when Terrance Wallin deflected a shot from Brenden Walker by Steelheads netminder Brandon Komm. This was Wallin’s first goal in a Rush jersey during just his second game with the club.
Idaho would jump back on top in the 2nd period with their second power play goal on the night, this time just 1:11 into the frame. Travis Ewanyk was able to deflect a shot from Will Merchent‘s shot from the blue line for the 2-1 advantage. Rapid City would counter with the game’s first even-strength goal at 5:59 when Ryan Misiak sent the puck through Komm’s five-hole to tie the game at 2-2.
The offensive floodgates for the home team burst at this point.
Idaho would regain the lead for good at 7:52 of the middle frame when Ewanyk found himself on a breakaway and sent the puck over Hill to score his second goal of the night and give Idaho the 3-2 advantage. The Steelheads would add to their tally at 11:11 when Travis Walsh ripped a shot from the blue line for the home team’s 3rd and final power play goal of the night.
Just six seconds after a Rush power play ended Rob Linsmayer was able to take the feed from Jefferson Dahl and inch the puck by Hill for the 5-2 advantage at 9:13. Merchent would cap off the offensive clinic when he blasted a one-timer by Hill at 18:26.
Branden Komm gets the win stopping 29-of-31 shots on the night while Adin Hill suffers the loss stopping 23-of-29 shots on the night.
The 6-2 win by the Steelheads ties this three-game series with the rubber match coming tonight. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:10pm MT at CenturyLink Arena.