Game #51 at Tulsa
2/25/23 | BOK Center | 7:05 p.m. CT
LAST TIME OUT: Seven different Rush scored, Calder Brooks, Logan Nelson, Alex Aleardi and Keanu Yamamoto each had a goal and an assist and Adam Carlson made 36 saves as Rapid City handled Tulsa 7-3 on Friday night at the BOK Center.
OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION: The Rush entered Friday’s game with one goal in their previous three outings and having gone 178:25 of game action without scoring. Rapid City snapped that streak with a Calder Brooks goal 1:16 into the first period. The Rush scored seven goals, the sixth time this season they have netted at least seven in a game. Three of those games have come against the Oilers; Rapid City scored a season-high nine goals in a 9-1 win at Tulsa on November 19 and beat the Oilers 7-4 at home on December 28.
A WELCOME SIGHT: Rapid City arrives in Tulsa for three games this weekend, its final three in Tulsa this season. The Rush are 6-2-1-0 against the Oilers this season and 4-1-1-0 at the BOK Center. Rapid City has a total of five games remaining against the Oilers, two in Tulsa and three at home at The Monument Ice Arena.
REMEMBER HIM?: On Friday night. Rush forward Jimmy Soper played his first game against Tulsa since being trade by the Oilers. He scored a goal, was +2 and got in a fight in Rapid City’s 7-3 win. Since joining the Rush, Soper has recorded three goals, one assist and two fighting majors. Over 105 games during parts of two seasons for Tulsa, Soper scored 29 goals and had 42 assists.
THE TULSA KING: Alex Aleardi had a goal and an assist in the Rush’s 7-3 win over the Oilers on Friday. Aleardi leads Rapid City with 14 points in nine games against the Oilers this season; he has five goals and nine assists.
POWER OUTAGE: The Rush went 0-for-5 on the power play on Saturday night and are now without a power play goal in their last five games. Rapid City is 0-for-19 with a man advantage in those five games, coming immediately after it had scored power play goals in five straight games.
ODDS AND ENDS: Logan Nelson had two points on Friday night and now has 298 for his ECHL career...Matt Marcinew has 49 points on the season and has surpassed his previous ECHL career-high of 48...Calder Brooks scored his 20th goal of the season in the first period on Friday and has now set a new ECHL career-high in goals. He is one behind Marcinew for the team lead.
UP NEXT: Rapid City and Tulsa will finish their stretch of three games in three days on Sunday afternoon. Puck drop is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. CT at the BOK Center.