After being shut down for most of the game on Friday, the Rapid City Rush offense looked to bounce back in the second night of a back to back on Saturday in Colorado.
The Rush offense found a bit of a spark, but the Eagles had an answer at every turn as they scored a 7-4 victory in what was a back-and-forth affair most of the way.
The Eagles got on the board first, as Ryan Harrison scored on an assist from Gage Ausmus in the third minute of the first period.
Rapid City’s Pavel Jenys had an answer at the 11:13 mark, finding the back of the net on an assist from Andrew Miller.
A little over eight minutes later, the Rush took advantage of a power play opportunity as Alex Guptill lit the lamp on assists from Josh Elmes and Jimmy DeVito to take a 2-1 lead.
Colorado’s offense erupted in the second half of the second period and scored three goals in less than four minutes.
The first goal was scored by Collin Bowman in the 11th minute, Emil Romig added another 33 seconds later and Jake Marto gave the Eagles a 4-2 advantage at the 15:11 mark.
A minute and 22 seconds later, Rapid City cut the deficit to 4-3 on a Kenton Miller goal, assisted by Darian Dziurzynski and Elmes.
The Eagles wasted almost no time scoring in the third, as Michael Joly took an assist from Bowman and scored at the 42 second mark to extend the lead to 5-3.
The Rush wouldn’t go away, though, as Alex Guptill cut the Colorado lead to 5-4 with a goal on assists from DeVito and Dante Salituro two minutes and 34 seconds into the third.
Rapid City wasn’t able to close the distance any further and the Eagles added a pair of goals in the last five minutes to seal the win.
The Rush (7-15-0-0) will travel to Idaho to take on the Steelheads on Wednesday.
Yellow Jackets drop second straight
Despite a 19-point effort by Rachel Erickson, the Black Hills State University women's basketball team dropped its second game of the season to Colorado Christian University on Saturday night, 74-68.
Julia Seamans chipped in 14 points for the Yellow Jackets, while Keely Bertram had 11.
On defense, Katie Messler grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
Black Hills State (8-2 overall, 2-2 RMAC) returns to action Friday when it hosts Regis University.
Hardrocker women fall to Colorado Mines
The South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball team put up a good fight but couldn't keep pace with the Colorado School of Mines Saturday evening as the Hardrockers fell 77-59 to the Orediggers.
Individually, Mines freshman Michaela Shaklee led her team with 10 points, two rebounds and one block. Junior Taylor Molstad, sophomore Sami Steffeck and freshman Ryan Weiss all contributed with nine points each.
The Orediggers were paced by Anna Kollmorgen with 16 points, Cassidy Budge had 13 markers and Heidi Hammond tacked on 11 points.
The loss dropped the 'Rockers to 6-3 on the season and 2-2 in the RMAC. Mines is back home this weekend to take on Chadron State College on Friday and Regis University Saturday afternoon.
Yellow Jackets fall to Colorado Christian
Dez Stoudamire scored a career-high 19 points, but the Black Hills State University men's basketball team dropped its third straight contest, 85-80, to Colorado Christian on Saturday night.
The Yellow Jackets fall to 4-4 on the season and 1-3 in conference play, while the Cougars improve to 2-8 on the season and 1-3 in conference.
Fraser Malcolm added 15 points and Connor O'Hearn had a season-high 12 points. BHSU shot 44.6 percent from the field and 88.2 percent from the line.
Stefan Desnica grabbed a career- and team-high 11 rebounds. The Yellow Jackets grabbed 32 total rebounds.
Black Hills State returns home next weekend against with Regis University and Chadron State.
No. 6 Orediggers cruise past Hardrockers
The sixth-ranked Colorado School of Mines men’s basketball team had little trouble with South Dakota School of Mines on Saturday as it ran out to a 44-32 lead at the half and cruised to a 94-67 win.
Ben Clare paced the Orediggers with 20 points, while Luke Schroepfer, Adam Laine and Michael Glen added 13 points apiece.
Logan Elers led the way for the Hardrockers with 16 points and Troy Brady chipped in with 13. Jake Heath and Brian Orr finished with 10 points apiece for Mines.
The Hardrockers (4-4 overall, 2-2 RMAC) take on Chadron State on Friday, followed by a matchup with Regis University on Saturday.