SLAPSHOT POSTGAME COVERAGE PRESENTED BY ASSURANT SOLUTIONS
QUICK GOALS GIVE RUSH THEIR EIGHTH STRAIGHT DEFEAT
(RAPID CITY, SD) – The Brampton Beast and the Rapid City Rush met for a final time in the early parts of this season, closing out a three-game in four night series. The Beast looked for a sweep for the first time ever in Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, and with two second period goals 17 seconds apart, followed by a 55 save performance from Grant Rollheiser, the Canadian visitors would hand the Rush their eight straight loss by a 2-1 score.
Back-to-back nights, the Rush and Beast saw a scoreless first period, but for the first time in 80:22 of playing time, the Rush would ignite the goal lamp and the home crowd. On a give-and-go with Sean Erickson, playing forward for the second consecutive night, Jesse Schultz buried the puck for his sixth of the season 22 seconds into the middle frame, giving the Rush their first lead of the series at 1-0. Just over five minutes later though, lightning would strike twice for the vistors. Taking a bounce off of the kickplate similar to Jason Pitton’s goal last night, Mike MacIsaac sent a rebound past a sprawling Danny Battochio to tie the game at 1-1. Exactly 17 seconds later, Jason Dale sent a loose puck past Battochio to give the Beast a 2-1 advantage at the end of 40 minutes of play. The Rush threw everything they had at the net, but Rollheiser stood tall and gave the Beast their third consecutive win over the Rush, 2-1, extending the Rush losing streak to eight games.
Danny Battochio falls in his seventh straight appearance, stopping 17 of 19 shots thrown his way (4-8-1). The Rush set a new franchise record for shots in a single period with 25 of their 56 shots coming in the middle frame. Jesse Schultz is now tied for the team lead with 6 goals this season, with his strike 22 seconds into the second period. The Rush also allowed both goals 17 seconds apart, the fastest exchange of opposing goals this season. Eight losses in a row befall the Rush, the longest streak in their seven year existence, and they look to right the ship next week against the Quad City Mallards on Friday and Saturday night to close out their five-game homestand.
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