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Andrew Miller of the Rapid City Rush (left) and Rob Mann of the Utah Grizzlies battle for a loose puck during their game Saturday night at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

Rapid City Rush coach Daniel Tetrault admitted he'll be sad to see the Utah Grizzlies leave town. 

The Rush seem to have the Grizzlies' number.

After a 2-1 win Saturday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Rapid City moved to 8-3 on the season against its Mountain Division rival.

"I want to play Utah all the time, we had their number this year," he said. "We play hard against them and there's a lot of hockey left. These kids are building momentum now."

The Rush used the power play Saturday night, going 2-for-4 and scoring its only two goals with a one-man advantage.

"We've been working on it a lot in practice," Tetrault said of his team's power play. "Going through video and working on it a lot at practice. We're shooting the puck in the middle, where there's traffic and the puck movement is real quick. If we keep moving the puck and shooting like that, we're going to be successful."

Just like Friday night, it was Utah that got things started with an early goal. 

Four minutes and 37 seconds into the game, Austin Ortega continued his hot streak with a goal off assists from Sam Windle and Alex Dostie.

With 11:16 gone by in the first, Brad Navin was sent to the penalty box for a holding call, and that is where Rapid City was able to strike first.

It was a familiar face scoring the goal. Kenton Miller, who had six goals in the three game series against Utah, lit the lamp off assists from Jack Walker and Gustav Bouramman.

The second period came and went with both teams not having many chances. Utah went on two power plays in the period, but Rapid City was able to kill both of them. A flurry of shots that were stopped by Utah goalie Joel Rumpel towards the end of the period was as close as the Rush got in the period.

Throughout the game, Christian Frey was spectacular in the net. He stopped 31 shots in what Tetrault admitted is a tough position for him to be, not playing everyday.

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"Christian Frey played great for not having played that long," he said. "That's just the kind of kid he is. He's battled hard, he hasn't complained, he's kept the right attitude and I'm really happy for Christian."

After 4:39 had gone by in the third period, Cliff Watson was sent to the penalty box for a hooking minor. It only took the Rush 21 seconds to put the game on ice.

Bouramman was the hero of the night, scoring off assists from Daniel Leavens and Riley Weselowski.

Rapid City was able to keep Utah out of the net for the rest of the night, and was aided when it went on a power play for the rest of the game with 4:52 remaining after Travis Howe was sent to the showers for a illegal check to the head.

Although the Rush didn't score for the rest of the night, Utah was unable to generate much offense before time expired.

"It was a good 60 minutes overall," Tetrault said. "We played hard, never took a shift off. They scored first again and it never phased us, we just kept going at them. We were taking hits to make plays, we were hitting and we were playing a fast game."

Rapid City moves to 18-28-2-0 with 38 points. It takes on the Wichita Thunder in the beginning of a three-game series on the road Friday. Utah is now 17-23-6-4 with 44 points, it will try to stay ahead of Rapid City in the division standings next against the Allen Americans on the road Friday. 

Contact Geoff Preston at geoffrey.preston@rapidcityjournal.com

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Sports reporter for the Rapid City Journal.