The Rapid City Rush matched defending Kelly Cup champion Colorado for nearly 44 minutes, but just came up short, falling to the Eagles 2-1 in overtime Wednesday night at the Budweiser Events center in Loveland, Colo.

The Rush, who were unbeaten in 2018 heading into the match, nearly made it 3-0 in the new year, leading 1-0 heading into the final 10 minutes of regulation, before the Eagles sent the game into overtime.

The game also nearly went into a shootout, before the Eagles' Brady Shaw scored 3 minutes, 55 seconds into overtime to end the defensive thriller.

The game featured outstanding goal-tending between Rapid City's Christian Frey and Colorado's Joe Cannata, who has lost just once this season.

The game was scoreless through two periods before Rapid City broke through when Jack Walker scored with assists from Dante Salituro and Gustuv Bouramman (12)

Michael Joly tied the game at the 12:22 mark for the Eagles, with assists from Jake Marto and Shawn St-Amant.

Frey, who earned two wins last weekend at Utah, was outstanding again, stopping 36 of 38 shots, while Cannata, who is 13-1-1 on the season, stopped 32 of 33 shots.

The overtime loss dropped Rapid City to 10-21-2-0, while first-place Colorado moved to 26-5-4-0.

The two teams will meet again Friday and Saturday in Colorado, with both matches beginning at 7:05 p.m.

BHSU named finalist for NCAA Division II Award of Excellence

Black Hills State University is a finalist for the 2018 NCAA Division II Award of Excellence, announced on Tuesday by the NCAA.

Nineteen schools and two conferences were chosen as finalists by a committee of athletic administrators. The award annually honors Division II (DII) members for leading events that exemplify any of the six DII attributes: learning, balance, resourcefulness, sportsmanship, passion and service.

All finalists receive $500 and the winner receives $1,500 and a nationally televised football or basketball game during the 2018-19 season. The first runner-up receives $1,250 and the second runner-up receive $1,000, with the intention that the money will fund future community engagement efforts.

In 2017, Black Hills State’s athletic department and Title IX program, along with High Country Coca Cola and the Northern Hills Sexual 5431Response Team, developed the “Not Here, Not Anywhere” campaign to promote sexual violence awareness and prevention. The campaign concentrates on elimination of sexual violence through awareness building and bystander intervention.

The campaign kicked off on Sept. 23, 2017, when staff and student leaders from the Title IX program passed out teal ribbon stickers to over 2,000 fans at the day’s football and volleyball games.

During the football game against South Dakota Mines, players from both teams wore the stickers on their helmets to promote awareness to the campaign. In between the third and fourth quarters, both university’s presidents and a High Country Coca Cola executive conducted a presentation on the campaign.

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Volleyball players from both Black Hills State and New Mexico Highlands wore teal ribbons in their hair and coaches and game day staff wore “Not Here” stickers during the game.

Student-Athletes from both sports made videos discussing bystander intervention to play during halftime. These videos have been shown at other athletic events throughout the 2017-18 season.

USD women roll past Mount Marty

Eleven Coyotes scored as South Dakota topped Mount Marty 87-25 on Wednesday night inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

South Dakota (12-5, 3-0 Summit) captured its 12th-straight game against Mount Marty (10-9, 1-9 GPAC) and leads the all-time series 33-9. The game served as an exhibition for the Lancers.

Junior guard Jaycee Bradley scored 13 points on a perfect night of 5-for-5 from the field to pace the Coyotes. Sophomore forward Taylor Frederick and freshman guard Chloe Lamb added 13 and 12 points, respectively, off the bench. Sophomore guard Ciara Duffy was the fourth Coyote in double figures with 10 points.

Mount Marty was led by freshman forward Sarah Castaneda’s 15 points of 7-of-13 shooting.

South Dakota returns to league action with Fort Wayne at noon (MST) Saturday inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

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