Game #46 vs Utah
2/11/23 | The Monument Ice Arena | 7:05 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: The Rush exploded for six unanswered goals and hammered the Utah Grizzlies 7-1 on Friday night at The Monument Ice Arena. Jimmy Soper and Zach Court each had two goals and the Rush outshot the Grizzlies 42-17 in the win, which snapped a five-game losing streak.
WHAT A DEBUT: In his first game since being traded to the Rush, Jimmy Soper scored two goals during Friday night’s 7-1 win over Utah. Soper, who came to Rapid City from the Norfolk Admirals for future considerations, had appeared in 36 games this season for the Tulsa Oilers and had 16 goals and 12 assists. He had played eight games against Rapid City and registered two goals and four assists. It was Soper’s fourth two-goal game of the season.
HOME SWEET HOME: Rapid City returned to home ice on Friday after playing its last five games on the road, clearing out of town during the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo Rapid City. Rapid City’s win improved its home record to 13-7-0-0 at home. It has now won three of its last four and six of its last nine games on home ice. The Rush are one game into a stretch of five in a row at home.
NO BITE IN THE GRIZZLIES: Utah has now lost four consecutive games. The Grizzlies are 0-4-0-0 since the calendar flipped to February and have been outscored a combined 25-5 during their losing streak. For the season, Utah averages 2.66 goals per game, 25th in the 28-team ECHL.
COURT’S CAREER NIGHT: Zach Court set a new career-high with three points on two goals and an assist during Friday’s win. It was the third time in his career he had had a multi-point night and his first professional two-goal game. Court now has four goals on the season, equaling his total from the 2021-22 season.
POWERING UP: Rapid City went 3-for-6 on the power play on Friday and now has power play goals in five consecutive games. The Rush are 8-for-27 on the power play during that stretch and have raised their season-long power play percentage to 18.5%.
ODDS AND ENDS: Weiland Parrish scored in the third period on Friday night, giving him a goal in his first game back after missing the last five...the Rush had six layers record multi-point games on Friday...Friday was the fourth-time this season the Rush have scored at least seven goals...Rapid City allowed only 17 shots on goal on Friday, equaling the fewest shots they have allowed in a game this season. Utah had only two shots in the third period.
UP NEXT: Rapid City will stay at home for three games next week against the Toledo Walleye. The first is on Wednesday morning and puck drop is scheduled for 10:35 a.m.