Game #57 vs Wichita
3/11/23 | The Monument Ice Arena | 7:05 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT: Carter Robertson and Matt Marcinew both had a goal and an assist, Adam Carlson made 29 saves on 31 shots and the Rush beat the Wichita Thunder 4-2 on Friday night at The Monument Ice Arena.
PUTTING UP POINTS: Matt Marcinew had a goal and an assist on Friday night and in doing so extended his point streak to seven games. He has recorded five goals and four assists over those seven games and has goals in five of his past six games. He leads the Rush with 26 goals and 31 assists on the season and is two points away from hitting 200 for his ECHL career.
COATTA HEATING UP: Max Coatta scored in the second period on Friday night and now has goals in three consecutive games. Prior to the last three games, he had just one goal in his previous nine outings. He has 14 goals on the season, tied for the sixth-most on the team.
NEW FACES: Rapid City made a trade on Tuesday as it acquired defenseman Jason Horvath from the Trois-Rivieres Lions in exchange for defenseman Ryan Zuhlsdorf. Horvath had appeared in 16 games for Trois-Rivieres and registered a goal and four assists. The Rush also signed forward Blake Bennett on Tuesday. Bennett recently completed his college career at American International College. During his senior season in 2022-23, he recorded 22 goals and 13 assists over 38 games and let AIC in both goals and points. It was his second consecutive season with at least 20 goals and his second straight year leading the Yellow Jackets in both goals and points. Horvath made his Rush debut on Friday night and Bennett has played two games and has one assist.
BETWEEN THE PIPES: Adam Carlson faced 31 shots and made 29 saves in Rapid City’s win on Friday night. He appeared in relief on Thursday and stopped 11 of the 12 shots that he faced. In his last six appearances, Carlson is 3-2-0-0 with a 2.57 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. Since the calendar flipped to 2023, Carlson is 8-6-0-0 with a 2.94 GAA and a .910 save percentage.
ODDS AND ENDS: The Calgary Wranglers, Rapid City’s AHL affiliate, became the first team to clinch a spot in the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs on Friday night. Calgary leads the AHL with 85 points...the Idaho Steelheads clinched the Mountain Division on Friday night. Idaho and the Toledo Walleye both clinched playoff spots on Friday, the first two teams to clinch a spot in the Kelly Cup Playoffs...Carter Robertson had a goal and an assist on Friday and now has back-to-back multi-point games for the first time this season.
UP NEXT: The Rush will continue their two-week homestand with the first of three games against the Tulsa Oilers. The first is on Friday night and puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at The Monument Ice Arena.