RAPID CITY, SD — The visiting Idaho Steelheads took full advantage of officiating miscues to rally for a 3-2 victory over the Rapid City Rush Saturday night and securing the weekend sweep.
Rapid City used any pent-up aggression from last night’s contest and turned it into tallies on the scoresheet against their divisional foes.
The Rush were able to net a special teams tally from Dante Salituro at 13:34 of the opening frame. Salituro was able to secure a rebound on a shot from Gustav Bouramman and slammed the puck by Steelheads netminder Philippe Desrosiers for the early 1-0 advantage.
Rapid City doubled their lead with 6:17 left in the 2nd period. Peter Sivak secured the puck behind the visitor’s net and positioned himself for a well placed, sharp angle shot and tallied his first goal in a Rush uniform.
Then the third period happened.
Similar to the wonderful officiating from Friday night’s contest things went downhill rather quickly for the boys from the Black Hills. With the Rush being called for three penalties in the first three minutes of the final frame the stage was set for a Steelheads rally. Justin Parizek took advantage of the opportunity and got the Steelheads on the board at 3:28, cutting the Rush lead in half when he deflected the puck by Rush netminder Adam Vay during a 5-on-3 situation. Idaho squared the game up at 2-2 when Mitch Moroz got the puck by Vay at 9:11 of the frame. Idaho then flipped the script and scored a shorthanded goal at 13:01 when A.J. White and Connor Chatham found themselves in a 2-on-1 situation and White fired the sharp-angle score for the eventual game-winner. Rapid City had a chance late in the game to tie the contest up, but their powerplay was quickly negated when Kenny Anderson hit Dylan Labbe with an unsportsmanlike penalty with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. Pulling the goalie late could only put the Rush and Steelheads at even-strength and wasn’t enough to force overtime.
With the loss, the Rush were swept in the three-game series by the visiting Steelheads.
Adam Vay takes the loss stopping 34-of-37 shots on the night while Desrosiers is credited with the win stopping 22-of-24 shots on the night.
Rapid City finishes out their homestand with another three-game series against the visiting Tulsa Oilers for a Wednesday/Friday/Saturday series. Puck drop for all three games will be at 7:05 pm MT at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.