(MOLINE, IL) – Mallards forward Gergo Nagy nets two goals, former Rush forward Jeff Lee nets the go-ahead goal in the second, and the Rapid City Rush lose their fifth straight, this time to the Quad City Mallards, by a 4-2 score. The Rush were able to tie the game on two occasions but couldn’t net a go-ahead goal in the game.
Gergo Nagy scored his first goal 4:29 into the opening frame, deflecting a shot from Matt Boyd over Tim Boron’s shoulder to give the home team a 1-0 lead. 46 seconds later, however, the Rush would capitalize on a shot from a former Mallard, as defenseman Bobby Preece scored his second of the year to even the game at 1-1. Nagy would strike once more to end the first period, scoring over Boron’s glove to give the Flock a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
Another former Mallard, Jared Brown, would even things up early in the second period, shooting from the far wall and scoring with the help of a deflection from the Mallards defenseman in front of him that sent the puck over Thomas Heemskerk to knot the game up at 2-2. In what seemed to be a game determined by former club players, former Rush forward Jeff Lee would score the first power play goal by either side in this head to head series, giving his team a 3-2 lead after two periods of play in the iWireless Center.
The Rush would be unable to capitalize on their chances in the final frame, and would be shorthanded twice more, killing off both of the power plays when it was still a one-goal game. Unfortunately, just after they seemed to gain momentum off the most important penalty kill with 2:59 left, Justin Fox would score from the far wall through a screen, giving the Mallards an insurance goal and a 4-2 lead. The Rush, even with the help of an extra-attacker, would be unable to bridge the gap, and would lose their fifth straight.
Tim Boron stopped 24 shots in the loss, his tenth of the year (20-10-0). This is the fifth straight loss for the Rush, the longest of their season, with each loss coming by one or two goals. The Mallards were outshot 35-28, and were able to capitalize on the man-advantage, turning the tide in the second period. Both teams will square off in a rematch tomorrow night in the iWireless Center, with the Rush coming back home afterwards to take on the St. Charles Chill next Monday night.
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 Wednesday, February 19th, 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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