(RAPID CITY, SD) – Friday marked a much anticipated matchup between the Rapid City Rush and the Quad City Mallards. The Mallards, making their first appearance in Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, looked to improve their road record of 1-1-4 against the current CHL leaders in the standings column. After 60 minutes of play, the Rush would fall to the Mallards by a 2-0 score, their first shutout loss of the season, despite firing 48 shots on net.
After a scoreless first period, it was the Mallards who would strike first in this rematch. Matt Boyd would take advantage of traffic in front of Rush goaltender Tim Boron’s net, giving the Mallards a 1-0 lead five and a half minutes into the middle frame. Almost three minutes later, Gergo Nagy would lead a two-on-one break down the ice, finding Gabriel Levesque wide open for a one-timer in between the faceoff dots and score, giving Quad City a quick 2-0 lead almost halfway through the game. Although the Rush would get a power play, they would be unable to convert the chance. The Rush thought they had a goal scored by Eric Giosa with three minutes left in the period, but the referee waved off the goal. Despite that, the fans participated in the Teddy Bear Toss and threw their Teddy Bears and other stuffed animals on the ice. Those two goals would be all the Mallards needed, as the Rush, despite having an extra attacker towards the end, would suffer their first shutout loss of the season to Quad City by a 2-0 score.
Tim Boron stopped 23 shots in the loss, just his third of the season in now 17 appearances (14-3-0). The Rush lose for their third time this season in twenty games. Ty Rimmer, Mallard’s goaltender, would stop all 48 shots faced from the Rush, and the statistical streaks of Jesse Schultz (league-leading 15 game point streak), Matt Larke (6 game point streak), Eric Giosa (5 game point streak), and Sean Erickson (4 game point streak) would all end. The Rush are back in action tomorrow in a rematch against the Mallards tomorrow night at 7:05 MST in Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
Other Rush News:
Season tickets for the 2013-14 season are available now by calling the Rush office at 716-7825.
Join Mark Binetti, “Voice of the Rush”, and Head Coach/GM Joe Ferras for “The Rush Hour with Head Coach Joe Ferras”, sponsored by Miller Lite on Monday, December 16th. Show starts at 6 PM BACK AT BOSTON’S RESTAURANT AND SPORTS BAR, and will be broadcast on 100.3 The FOX, the official radio home for your Rapid City Rush.
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