Christian Frey turned aside all but one of 53 shots to power the Rapid city Rush to a 4-1 win over the Quad City Mallards Wednesday night in Moline, Illinois.
Quad City struck first at the 13-minute mark as Matt Pohlkamp took a Chris Izmirlian centering pass and tapped it by Frey to give the Mallards a 1-0 lead after one period (Izmirlian and Alex Globke had the assists). That was the only goal Frey gave up in the game, finishing with 52 saves on 53 shots.
Aaron Boyd notched his first goal as a professional in the second period to deadlock the game heading into the final period. With 8:57 gone by in the second, Dante Salituro, in his first game back from the AHL, found Boyd in front of the Mallards net and Boyd deflected the puck by Mallards goalie C.J. Motte to tiethe game at 1-1 heading into the final 20 minutes (Salituro and Josh Elmes assisted).
Alec Baer broke the deadlock in the opening minutes of the third, and the Rush wouldn’t look back. With 5:57 gone by in the final period, Ian Brady took a pass on the left wing wall to Baer, who fired a shot that got deflected by a Mallards defenseman and arced over Motte to give the Rush a 2-1 lead (Brady had the lone assist).
With about 50 seconds remaining the Rush received an empty-net goal from Peter Sivak to make it 3-1, and then a 180-foot goal from Brayden Sherbinin catching Motte attempting to come to the bench for the extra skater, closed the scoring to conclude their long-standing rivalry (Baer assisted Sivak’s tally) witht he Mallards, who are folding after the season ends.
The Rush play their final games of the season this weekend in Tulsa against the Oilers. Puck drop for the final showdowns between the Mountain Division rivals is slated for 6:05 p.m. MST Friday at the BOK Center.