BOISE, ID — The Idaho Steelheads exploded in the second period en route to a 5-2 victory to take Saturday’s rubber match and the three-game series against the Rapid City Rush at the CenturyLink Arena.
For the first time in the series, the Rush would light the lamp first when Brenden Walker snapped a quick wrister for the visitor’s first shot of the game, beating Steelhead’s netminder Branden Komm on the blocker side for the 1-0 lead at 1:28. Idaho would tie the contest at 12:57 when Rob Linsmayer banked a back-hander off Rush netminder Adam Morrison.
Rapid City was lucky to head into the first intermission tied 1-1 after Idaho outshot the visitors 23-10 in the opening frame.
Idaho would cash in during the second period, however.
The Steelheads would take a 2-1 lead at 3:32 of the second period when Travis Walsh fired a shot from outside the face-off circle that went over Morrison’s glove.
Idaho would tally two more quick goals in the middle frame to extend their lead to 4-1. The first came at 13:36 when Connor Chatham took a partial breakaway before firing a shot over Morrison’s left shoulder. Linsmayer finished off Idaho’s scoring in the period with his second goal of the night at 16:53 when he took a rebound off a shot by Anthony Collins, who accidentally shot the puck at the Rush net, and pocketed the puck by Morrison.
Rapid City would cut into the Idaho lead late in the period with a goal from Terrence Wallin at 18:49, his second goal in two nights, to make it 4-2.
Travis Ewanyk tallied the final goal of the contest at 9:55 of the third period when he finished a 2-on-1 attempt.
Branden Komm is credited with the win stopping 27 of 29 attempts on the night while Adam Morrison takes the loss stopping 40 of 45 attempts.
Rapid City comes home for a five-game home stand to close out 2016. They will host the Alaska Aces for a two-game series Wednesday and Friday. Puck drop for Wednesday’s contest is scheduled for 6:35pm MT at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena.
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