SLAPSHOT POSTGAME COVERAGE PRESENTED BY ASSURANT SOLUTIONS
ALLEN ELIMINATES RUSH IN TIGHT GAME 6
(ALLEN, TX) – Cody Ferriero and Daniel Tetrault gave the Rapid City Rush two power play goals in the first, but Jamie Schaafsma led the Allen Americans with 3 points on the evening to a 4-2 win in Game 6 of the ECHL’s Central Division Finals. The win gives Allen the series by a count of 4 games to 2.
For the first time since Game 2 of the series, the Americans drew first blood. Just 2:43 into the first period, Jamie Schaafsma took advantage of a scramble in front of the Rush net and just barely beat Rush netminder Danny Battochio to put the Americans up 1-0. But once again in this building, special teams came up huge for the Rush. Their first power play of the game ultimately turned into a five-on-three advantage, and the Rush evened things up. Cody Ferriero notched his team-leading fifth goal of the playoffs, circling the Allen zone and firing a slap shot past Allen goaltender Riley Gill to equalize the game at 1-1 at just over the midway point of the first. Daniel Tetrault added his first of the postseason on the third Rush power play of the game, ripping a slap shot from the blue line past Gill, who was without a stick during the Rush man-advantage. Tetrault gave the Rush a 2-1 lead with 14:21 gone by in the first, and the lead held into the second period.
The Americans found life in the middle frame and tied things up at the 6:29 mark of the period. Greger Hanson found space in the low slot and beat Battochio right after an Americans power play expired, tying things up at 2-2 heading into the third.
After 9:01 of tied hockey in the third period, the Americans pulled ahead. Konrad Abeltshauser came in on Battochio and dished the puck to Chris Crane, who put the Americans up 3-2 with 10:59 left in regulation with his fourth goal of the postseason. Jamie Schaafsma added a second tally with 4:15 left in the game, throwing a puck off of the body of a Rush defender and into the net, lifting the Americans to a 4-2 advantage. Despite outshooting Allen 10-4 in the 3rd, the Rush couldn’t rally late, and fell to the Americans 4-2, eliminating the Rush from the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Danny Battochio stopped 26 of 30 shots thrown towards his net (6-7-0). The Rush power play had their best showing of the postseason, going 2/4 on the night.
On behalf of the Rapid City Rush organization, we would like to thank all of our fans for an outstanding first season in the ECHL! The Rush accomplished so much with all of your support, including earning a sixth consecutive playoff berth in team history, a sixth consecutive season of 35 + wins, finishing 2nd in the Central Division and earning home-ice advantage to begin the playoffs, being the runner-up in the Central Division Finals, and concluding the season as one of the final 6 teams remaining out of 28 in the entire ECHL! We’ll see you all next year, GO RUSH!
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