The Colorado Eagles, making their second to last appearance in Rapid City against the Rush, came away with a 4-3 shootout victory Friday night at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
The longtime rivals of the rush, the Eagles will be moving up to the AHL next season.
It proved to be a tight game, as both teams came out on fire offensively and scored two goals each in the first period. The Rush had a 3-2 lead heading into the third period, but Colorado scored late to send the game into overtime before it turned into a shootout.
Rapid City took a 1-0 lead just five minutes into the game when Peter Sivak scored his 19th goal of the season, with Gustav Bouramman and Shaquille Merasty earning assists.
Colorado tied it up 10 minutes later when Ryan Olsen scored on a power-play goal (Joey Ratelle and Matt Register got assists). The Rush then led 2-1 on Merasty's fourth goal of the season (Bouramman and Sivak assists) a few minutes later.
Late in the first, Colorado tied it up again when Drayson Bowman got the goal past Rapid City net minder Adam Vay (Matt Register assist).
The lone goal of the second came on an unassisted goal by Sivak at the 6:38 mark.
The Eagles once again tied the game with the final goal of regulation as Register scored with an assist from Ryan Olsen with a little over three minutes to play.
After no scoring in overtime, Colorado won the game on a goal by Drayson Bowman as Eagle goaltender Sam Brittain kept the Rush out of the net.
Vay took the loss for Rapid City, stopping 40-of-43 shots, while Brittain stopsed 23 of 26 shots,
The two teams will meet again tonight at 7:05 p.m. at the Civic Center.