(ALLEN, TX) – The Rapid City Rush resumed their heated series with the defending CHL champion Allen Americans on Friday night, looking to extend their record road game winning streak. The Americans, with three straight wins, looked to avenge the sweep from the last meeting between these two CHL powerhouses. Despite almost 30 shots on net, the Rush fell to the Americans 2-1, behind a 2/3 Americans power play performance, ending their CHL record road winning streak at 12 games.
The series picked up where it left off, as the Rush took control of the opening moments, with the Americans countering with their physical play. The Americans would be the beneficiaries of the first power play of the game, and for that matter the first power play goal of the game to put them up early. Tyler Ludwig, shortly into his team’s man-advantage, would rifle a shot from the point past Rush goaltender Tim Boron to give the Americans a 1-0 lead almost fifteen minutes into the game. But the Rush, just as they always do, fought right back and evened the game up moments later. Brett Kostolansky would finish a great hustle play, burying a Jesse Schultz behind-the-back pass on the back door to tie the game up at 1-1 heading into the intermission.
The Americans received yet another opportunity to showcase their man-advantage in the second period, and would once again cash in on the odd-man chance. With 8:21 left in the middle frame, and just three seconds left on their man advantage, Danny Tetrault would get a shot from the point by Boron, giving the Americans a 2-1 lead. The Americans would protect the lead going into the third, and would do everything in their power to hold onto the lead in the final twenty minutes. Despite a solid effort on a five-on-three power play, and an offensive zone draw with the extra attacker in the final minute, the Rush would not be able to even the game up. The Americans would take a 2-1 win, and end the Rush’s CHL-record road winning streak at 12 games.
Tim Boron received his fifth loss of the season in his 24th appearance (19-5-0), stopping 24 shots on the evening. The Rush lost their first road game of the season, having won their first 12 in a row, a CHL record. The Rush power play unit failed to score a power play goal for the first time in 6 games, going 0/3, including a five-on-three advantage. While Winston Day Chief’s and Konrad Reeder’s point streaks were ended, Jesse Schultz’ assist and point streaks were prolonged to eight games each. The Rush will rematch the Americans tomorrow night to conclude the road portion of their series at 7:05 CST in the Allen Event Center.
Other Rush News:
Season tickets for the 2013-14 season are available now by calling the Rush office at 716-7825.
Don’t forget to join Mark Binetti, “Voice of the Rush”, and Head Coach/GM Joe Ferras for “The Rush Hour with Coach Ferras”, presented by Miller Lite. The show returns to the air next year on Monday, January13th, and will be held at 6 PM at Boston’s Restaurant and Sports Bar. The show is broadcast on 100.3 The FOX, the official radio home of your Rapid City Rush.
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