1. Home
  2. News
  3. FIRST PERIOD POWERS RUSH TO WIN

FIRST PERIOD POWERS RUSH TO WIN

Tuesday, February 27th
FIRST PERIOD POWERS RUSH TO WIN

(INDEPENDENCE, MO) – Matt Caito scored on his team’s only power play of the night, and Kenton Miller provided the eventual game-winner with 10.5 seconds left in the first to give the Rapid City Rush a narrow 2-1 win over the Kansas City Mavericks on Tuesday night. The win gives the Rush the series win against the Mavericks, 2-1-0-0, and starts off their current three-game road trip with a victory.

The Rush provided the only offense of the first period between both squads, starting off with a power play goal from Matt Caito. With 11:19 gone by in the game, Caito took a pass on the point in the Mavericks zone and rifled a wrist shot by Mavericks goalie Mavric Parks, who was screened, to give the Rush a 1-0 lead (Jack Walker and Daniel Leavens assisted). Kenton Miller doubled the Rush advantage within the final seconds of the frame, and it would serve as the eventual game-winner for the Rush. With 10.5 ticks left in the first, Shaquille Merasty, making his Rush debut after being acquired in a trade with the Wichita Thunder this morning, gained entry of the Mavericks third of the ice and fired a shot into Parks. Parks stopped Merasty’s attempt, but surrendered a huge rebound in the slot that came to Miller, who fired a no-doubter by the reigning ECHL Goalie of the Week to give the Rush a 2-0 lead (Merasty and Miller assisted).

Kansas City got within striking distance just shy of the midway point of the second on a fluke sequence of events. With 7:36 gone by in the second, Captain Tyler Elbrecht of the Mavericks crossed the center red line and immediately rifled a shot on Rush net-minder, Adam Vay. The shot only slowed down by Vay: it managed to trickle through his paraphernalia and in, cutting the Rush lead to 2-1 (Troy Donnay was credited with the lone assist).

Both teams exchanged chances in a feverishly paced third period, despite only totaling 9 shots between each other in the final 20 minutes. With less than a minute to go, Parks was summoned to the Mavericks bench for an extra-skater, yet the move didn’t yield a game-tying goal for Kansas City. Vay and company stood tall in the last minute to hang on for a 2-1 win to start the team’s three-game road trip.

Adam Vay stopped all but one shot of 28 faced in the victory (12-13-1).

The Rush now continue their three-game road trip with a pair of games against the Allen Americans. Puck drop on Friday, March 2nd is slated for 6:05 p.m. MST at the Allen Event Center.

#####

Upcoming Home Games

Full Schedule
Savannah Ghost Pirates @ Rapid City Rush
Wednesday, February 28th
Savannah Ghost Pirates @ Rapid City Rush
Puck Drops:
7:05 PM MST
The Monument
Savannah Ghost Pirates
SAV Savannah Ghost Pirates
at
Rapid City Rush
RC Rapid City Rush
The Monument
WEATHER PERMITTING NIGHT
Friday, March 1st
WEATHER PERMITTING NIGHT
Puck Drops:
7:05 PM MST
The Monument
Savannah Ghost Pirates
SAV Savannah Ghost Pirates
at
Rapid City Rush
RC Rapid City Rush
The Monument
JURASSIC WORLD NIGHT
Saturday, March 2nd
JURASSIC WORLD NIGHT
Puck Drops:
7:05 PM MST
The Monument
Savannah Ghost Pirates
SAV Savannah Ghost Pirates
at
Rapid City Rush
RC Rapid City Rush
The Monument

Latest News

More News
RUSH SIGN PARKER BOWMAN
RUSH SIGN PARKER BOWMAN
2024-25 SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW
2024-25 SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW
RUSH PREVAIL IN THRILLER AGAINST GREENVILLE
RUSH PREVAIL IN THRILLER AGAINST GREENVILLE

Get Hockey Updates

Sign up for our email newsletter to be the first to know about news and upcoming games!