TOLEDO, OH — The first ever contest between the Rapid City Rush and Toledo Walleye was back-and-forth during the first 40 minutes until Toledo’s special teams unit helped them pull away with a 6-2 victory on Saturday.
Toledo would light the goal lamp first of a combo from their twin-powerhouse Tyson and Tylor Spink. Tyson secured the puck on a turnover and found Taylor who blasted a shot past Rush netminder Marek Langhamer at 5:30 for the 1-0 lead.
Rapid City would respond less than four minutes later. Rapid City sent a flurry of shots at Walleye netminder Jake Paterson when Nick Miglio was finally able to sneak the puck by at 9:03 to knot the game at 1-1.
The Rush took their first lead of the game in the middle frame. Just as their second power play opportunity of the night expired Michael Young was able to blast a frozen rope at 15:03 for his ninth goal of the season and put the visitors up 2-1.
Toledo responded in the closing 90 seconds of the frame when a shot from Chris Leone was deflected off teammate Alden Hirschfeld and behind Langhamer to tie the contest 2-2 at 18:35.
Toledo took control of the final 20 minutes and pulled away on the strength of four goals and limiting the Rush in the offensive zone.
The Spink powerhouse was responsible for the eventual game winner when Tylor setup his brother Tyson who went top shelf on Langhamer at 3:13 of the 3rd period to put Toledo up 3-2. Special teams then chipped in to help the cause when J.P. LaFontaine fired a wrister by Langhamer at 10:48 for the power play goal on a hooking penalty from Ryan Misiak. Toledo’s Evan Rankin put the Walleye up 5-2 at 14:57 when he deflected a shot from Tyson Spink. Simon Denis capped off the offensive onslaught at 17:44 with a power play goal to cap the game at the final of 6-2.
Jake Paterson takes the win stopping 39-of-41 shots faced while Marek Langhamer suffers his second straight loss after stopping 27-of-33 shots faced.
Rapid City will have an opportunity to split the weekend series when both teams square off again today at 3:15pm MT from the Huntington Center.