(PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ) – The Rapid City Rush and the Arizona Sundogs were at it once again on Friday night, rekindling their rivalry with a rematch in the desert. On Wednesday night, a shootout was needed to determine a winner, but on Friday night the Rush finished the game in 60 minutes with a win over the Sundogs by a 4-1 score. The Rush unloaded three goals in the second period, and Rush Captain Scott Wray scored his 100th career goal in a Rush uniform.
Despite being shorthanded two players due to the suspensions of Sebastian Geffrion and Justin Pender, the Sundogs came out firing. The hosts from Prescott Valley, AZ would strike first 9:40 into the rematch, as Jordan Clendenning would score his 10th career goal, wrapping around Tim Boron’s net to put the Sundogs on top 1-0. The Rush would see some great scoring chances late in full strength play and on the power play, but would be unable to convert before the locker room intermission. A tripping penalty assessed to Arizona defenseman Garrett Clarke would allow the Rush to carry 1:04 of a man-advantage into the second frame.
The Rush would be unable to capitalize on their carried-over power play time, but that wouldn’t slow them down at all. Less than three minutes into the second frame, the Rush would score the first of a three goal outburst. Konrad Reeder started the festivities by scoring on a great give-and-go play initiated by Ryan Palmer to tie the game at 1. Exactly four minutes and two seconds later, Justin Faryna would bury a rebound from a shot taken by Kyle Stroh to give Rapid City their first lead of the game at 2-1, with just 13:26 left in the second period. Then, a milestone was broken. Rush Captain Scott Wray would take a centering pass from Winston Day Chief and score his 100th goal in a Rapid City Rush uniform, to extend the Rush lead to 3-1 going into the locker room session. Wray’s goal would also be the 300th of his CHL career, becoming the 5th person to join the CHL’s 300 Goal Club.
As the third period began, the physicality of the game began to escalate. Rapid City would go to the penalty box twice, but would kill off each opposing power play they faced. After the Rush weathered the storm, Justin Sawyer would add some extra insurance to the scoreboard and extended the lead to 4-1 with 7:02 left in the game, which would end up as the final score of the matchup, propelling the Rush to a sixth consecutive win and an undefeated 6-0 start.
Tim Boron finished the night with 35 saves, building upon his recent award as the Warrior/CHL Goaltender of the Month of October. Konrad Reeder scored his team leading fifth goal in six games. The Rush penalty kill is a perfect 10/10 against Arizona in the past two games, and overall is number one in the CHL. The Rush (6-0, 12 pts) have recorded a franchise record six consecutive wins to start the CHL season, and it is the best start through six games in team history, and are one of only two undefeated teams left in the CHL (the Missouri Mavericks are 5-0). The Rush are now all alone in second place in the CHL, one point behind defending President’s Cup Champions, the Allen Americans.
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Season tickets for the 2013-14 season are available now by calling the Rush office at 716-7825.
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