GAME #41 at Tulsa
1/27/22 | BOK Center | 7:05 P.M. CST
LAST TIME OUT: Gabe Chabot had a goal and an assist, Dillon Kelley made 32 saves on 34 shots and the Rush beat the Allen Americans, 3-2, Wednesday night at the Credit Union of Texas Events Center. The win was Rapid City’s sixth in its past seven games.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The Rush are one game into a stretch of six straight and 12 of 15 games that will take place on the road. They have cleared out of The Monument with the building set to host the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo for the next two weeks. This season, Rapid City is 10-7-1-1 on the road and 10-8-2-1 at home. The Rush are on a four-game road winning streak.
DK DOMINANT: Dillon Kelley has gotten off to an extraordinarily hot start since joining the Rush on January 12. Over four appearances for Rapid City, Kelley is 4-0-0-0 with a 1.75 GAA and .947 save percentage. He has been in net for the Rush’s past three wins and has not allowed more than two goals in any of his appearances for Rapid City.
THE RUSH ARE ROLLIN’: Rapid City comes into Thursday’s game winners of six of its past seven. The Rush also have points in eight of their last ten and 11 of their past 14 games. Rapid City has the second-most points in the ECHL Mountain but is fourth in the division in points percentage.
CHABOT SAYS HELLO: Gabe Chabot had a goal and an assist in the win in Allen on Wednesday, his fourth multi-point game this season. Chabot now has ten goals and 16 assists on the year, and his 26 points are the third most on the Rush. He became the sixth player on the Rush to reach double digit goals, joining Logan Nelson (11), Alec Butcher (12), Max Coatta (12), Brett Gravelle (13) and Stephen Baylis (15).
ON THE OTHER SIDE: Tulsa enters Thursday ‘s game having won three consecutive games and five of its past six. The Oilers are led offensively by Dylan Sadowy, who has 18 goals and 14 assists and in four games against the Rush has four goals and one assist. Rapid City is 1-3-0-0 against Tulsa and 0-2-0-0 at the BOK Center.
ODDS AND ENDS: Wednesday’s win was Rapid City’s seventh in January, their most wins in a month thus far this season. The Rush are 7-3-1-0 in January to date...Wednesday was the first time this season the Rush did not have a power play...Rapid City has not allowed a power play goal in its last four games, going 13-for-13 in that stretch...Kenton Helgesen has scored in back-to-back games and has now matched a career-high with five goals. Helgesen has 19 points and is four shy of his career-high of 23 set in the 2016-17 season.
UP NEXT: The Rush finish out their week on Friday with another clash with the Oilers in Tulsa. Puck drop at the BOK Center is scheduled for 7:05 PM CST.