Game #47 vs Toledo
2/15/23 | The Monument Ice Arena | 7:05 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: Matt Marcinew had two goals and an assist and Calder Brooks scored the game-winning goal as the Rush beat the Utah Grizzlies in overtime 4-3 on Saturday night at The Monument Ice Arena. Adam Carlson made 35 saves on 38 shots to earn the win in net.
HOME COOKIN’: Rapid City is two games into a stretch of five consecutive games on home ice. The Rush have won both of the games so far and have won four of their last five games at home. This season, Rapid City is 14-7-0-0 at home as opposed to 8-16-1-0 on the road.
THEY’RE NEW IN TOWN: Toledo arrives in Rapid City for the first time in franchise history. Rapid City is 1-2-1-0 all-time against the Walleye and all four games have been played in Toledo. The Rush traveled to Toledo in January of 2019 for two games and in January of 2017 for two games. This season, the Rush will play 66 of their 72 games against division opponents. The Walleye are the only out-of-division opponent that will visit the Black Hills.
AN EARLY START: Wednesday’s game is scheduled to start at10:35 a.m. for the team’s annual School Day Game. The crowd will be made up almost entirely of third, fourth and fifth-grade students from surrounding schools. This is the second morning puck drop for the Rush this season. They lost at Tulsa on the morning of November 17, 3-2, in their first of the year.
MILESTONES APPROACHING: Calder Brooks has tied his ECHL career-high of 19 goals...Matt Marcinew is two goals away from matching his ECHL career-high of 23 and has tied his career-high with 48 points...Logan Nelson is five points away from 300 for his ECHL career...Max Coatta is four points away from 100 for his ECHL career.
SCOUTING THE WALLEYE: Toledo enters Wednesday’s game with four consecutive wins, points in six in a row and 12 of its past 13 games. Brandon Hawkins leads the Walleye with 47 points and he and Gordie Green are tied for the team lead with 20 goals each.
ODDS AND ENDS: Saturday was Rapid City’s fifth win in overtime this season. The game-winning goal has been scored by a different player every time...Adam Carlson has won his last four starts at home…the Rush have outshot their opponent in five consecutive games...Daniil Chechelev earned his first career AHL win on Saturday night. He made 29 saves on 33 shots in a 5-4 shootout win over the San Jose Barracuda for the Calgary Wranglers.
UP NEXT: The Rush and Walleye will take Thursday off before continuing their week on Friday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at The Monument Ice Arena.