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CARLSON CALLED UP TO AHL MILWAUKEE, BATTOCHIO TO BACK UP TOMORROW

Wednesday, February 20th
CARLSON CALLED UP TO AHL MILWAUKEE, BATTOCHIO TO BACK UP TOMORROW

(RAPID CITY, SD) – The Rapid City Rush announced today that Rush net-minder Adam Carlson has been called up to the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals for a second time this season.  In lieu of this development, legendary Rush goaltender Danny Battochio has come out of retirement to back up Tyler Parks for tomorrow’s series-opener against the Atlanta Gladiators.

Carlson heads back up to the AHL for a second time this season with Milwaukee, with his first time coming just prior to the Christmas holiday in December.  The 6’3”, 195-pound goaltender dressed as backup for one game, but did not see any action.  Carlson is no stranger to the AHL, competing in all 6 of his games with the Hershey Bears, compiling a 2-3-0 record with a 2.85 GAA, and .903 SV%.

This season, Carlson sports a 14-13-3-2 record in 33 games with the Rush, along with a pair of shutouts, a 3.12 GAA, and .910 SV%.  All-time in the “Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League”, he holds a 29-27-7-4 record with 4 shutouts, a 2.95 GAA, and .904 SV% as a member of the South Carolina Stingrays, Indy Fuel, Kansas City Mavericks, and Rush.

Battochio has come out of retirement in each of the last three seasons to assist the team in goaltending situations as a backup, and has even received playing time in those instances.  Last season, Battochio came in relief of Christian Frey in the final home game of the year, and nearly sparked a comeback against the Quad City Mallards, but ultimately fell in a 5-4 final score.  In his Rapid City Rush career spanning 254 games over 8 seasons in the CHL and ECHL, “The Batman” boasts a record of 131-82-21, with 12 shutouts, a 2.60 GAA and .913 SV%.  Battochio holds 27 Rush franchise goaltending records, including games played, wins, and shutouts, and on March 30, 2018, became the second player in team history to have his number retired, with his #30 joining Scott Wray’s #17 in the rafters of Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

The Rush now head back home for their first-ever matchups against the Atlanta Gladiators, beginning a three-game series this week.  Game one is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20th, marking the second-ever “School Day Game” for the Rush, and an early 6:05 p.m. puck drop at Premier Home Mortgage Ice in Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

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