Jared VanWormer struck on the final power play of the game with 1:46 left on the clock to give the Kansas City Mavericks a 2-1 win over the Rapid City Rush in their series finale on Saturday night.
Both teams skated to a scoreless deadlock after one period, led by goalie Adam Vay, wose big save at the buzzer kept the game socreless.
The Rush rode that momentum to strike first in the second, as Peter Sivak and Dante Salituro went on a shorthanded break, with Salituro wscoring past Mavericks goalie Tyler Parsons to give the Rush a 1-0 lead 1:36 into the second period (Sivak and Josh Elmes notched the assists).
The Mavericks tied things up moments later when Eric Freschi broke into the Rush zone and rifled a shot off of a Rush defender and past Vay with 6:24 played in the second (Mark Cooper and Tyler Parsons assisted).
The final goal wouldn’t come until the final two minutes of the game, and it would be the Mavericks scoring the late dagger for the eventual win. With 1:46 left in regulation, on the final power play of the night, Shawn Pauly kicked the puck out of a scrum to a wide open VanWormer, who walked in close range to the Rush net and backhanded a shot top shelf by Vay to give the Mavs a 2-1 lead (Pauly had the only assist).
Vay fell for the first time in 6 starts, stopping 29 of 30 shots on net (9-9-1).
The Rush continue their aroad swing at opponent the Tulsa Oilers Tuesday at 6:05 p.m.