The Rapid City Rush were in the hunt to get things back on track in the second leg of a two-game series with Allen on Saturday night in Texas.
The Americans had different plans, as they jumped out to a four-goal lead and held off any possible rallies for a 6-2 victory at the Allen Event Center.
Similar to Friday night’s contest, the Americans took an early lead as David Makowski scored on assists from Colby McAuley and Casey Pierro-Zabotel at the 6:34 mark of the first period.
Less than two minutes later, Allen would add to that lead on a Bryan Moore goal, assisted by Daniel Leavens.
The Americans closed out the first period with a 2-0 lead after outshooting the Rush 17-11.
In the second period, Makowski added to the Allen lead, coincidentally on another goal at the 6:34 mark. Five minutes later, McAuley extended the lead again as he lit the lamp on an assist from Spencer Asuchak.
With less than two minutes remaining in the period, the Rush began to make some moves of their own, starting with a Dante Salituro goal on assists from Evan Janssen and Josh Elmes.
On its next possession, Rapid City’s Alex Guptill took a pair of passes from Kenton Miller and Pavel Jenys and snuck the puck past Allen’s Jeremy Brodeur to cut the deficit to 4-2 heading into the third period.
The Americans took back the momentum to start the third period, as Jonathan Lessard scored on an assist from Bryan Moore in the fourth minute to regain a three goal lead at 5-2.
Allen put the game away for good on a Bryan Moore goal in the 15th minute to complete the weekend series sweep.
Other than the two second period goals, Brodeur had a solid game in net for the Americans, stopping the Rush on 31 of their 33 shots.
Meanwhile, Christian Frey took the net for Rapid City, allowing six goals on 45 shots.
Offensively, Guptill paced the Rush with seven total shot attempts, while Jimmy DeVito chipped in with four.
Rapid City (7-12-0-0) will be back in action on Wednesday, when it hosts the Colorado Eagles at 7:05 p.m.
High School Wrestling
Bismarck holds on for Mandan title
The Bismarck, N.D., wrestling team went into the second day of the Mandan Lions Tournament with a narrow lead over the rest of the field.
At the end of the second day of the tournament, Bismarck held on for the win, finishing with 289.5 points.
The rest of the top five didn’t change either, with Rapid City Central taking second with 270, Rapid City Stevens earned third with 220.5. Sturgis was fourth with 199 and Mandan rounded out the top five with 189.
Central had two wrestlers earn first-place finishes in their respective weight classes as Cael Larson defeated Declan Malone of Stevens by decision (10-5) at 106 pounds, and Kolby Kost dropped Parker Wahl of Bismarck at 170 pounds.
The Scoopers had a pair of competitors take titles as Bailey Brengle (152) bested Isaac Merger of Mandan by decision (3-2) and Joel Carpenter (220) beat Chase Dockter of Bismarck by fall in two minutes and 59 seconds.
The lone first-place finisher for the Raiders was Dante Colicheski, who defeated Bridger Kraye of Central at 182 pounds by pin fall (3:59).
Next up, Central and Sturgis will take on Aberdeen Central and Huron in Sturgis on Thursday and Stevens will host a triangular.
High School Gymnastics
Mitchell tops field at Lolly Forseth Invite
The Mitchell gymnastics team took the top spot at the Lolly Forseth Invitational in Sioux Falls Lincoln on Saturday afternoon.
The Kernals earned the first place finish with a total score of 144.075; Watertown wasn’t far behind with 142.275 and Rapid City Stevens closed out the top three with 138.200.
Rapid City Central finished just outside the top 10, closing out the day in 11th place with a score of 108.100.
Shay Trimble led the way for the Raiders, taking first place in the bars competition with a score of 9.57, while also taking second in floor (9.35), vault (9.55) and all around (37.275).
“Today was out first meet of the season and we had some nerves going in,” Central/Stevens coach Pam Junek said. “We will continue building from lessons learned today, and starting Monday, we will be working on skills for our next meet in Aberdeen in a week.”
Myah Morris of Watertown won three events, including all around (37.375), floor (9.5) and vault (9.72).
Lizzie Miller of Sioux Falls O’Gorman earned first place in beam with a 9.4.