The Rapid City Rush came into Friday night’s matchup with the Idaho Steelheads looking to end a nine-game losing skid and pick up their first win in the month of December.
With the month just a week away from coming to a close, the Rush weren’t able to get over that hump as the Steelheads came back from an early two-goal deficit to score a 3-2 victory at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
The first nine minutes of the game saw limited shots from both sides, even though the Rush outshot the Steelheads 5-3 to kick things off.
The fifth shot attempt for the Rush found the net, as Peter Sivak took a pair of passes from Pavel Jenys and Kenton Miller and beat Idaho’s Philippe Desrosiers.
After nearly 20 minutes of scoreless hockey, Rapid City would find the net again at the 8:20 mark of the second period to take a 2-0 advantage on a goal from Jack Walker, assisted by Griffin Foulk and Daniel Leavens.
The Rush defense held the Steelheads’ offense quiet until the 17th minute of the period, when Henrik Samuelson took advantage of a power play opportunity and beat Christian Frey on assists from Will Merchant and Joe Faust to make it 2-1.
Idaho kept the momentum going in the third period and tied the game on a Corey Durocher goal in the ninth minute.
On their next power play opportunity, the Steelheads took their first lead of the game as Cole Ully lit the lamp on assists from Jefferson Dahl and Joe Faust.
Other than a Dante Salituro shot attempt in the 18th minute and despite a power play chance in the final two minutes, the Rush didn’t have many opportunities and dropped their 10th game in a row.
Rapid City was outshot 28-22 in the game, including a 12-6 advantage for Idaho in the second period.
On the offensive end of the ice for the Rush, Salituro, Michael Sdao and Sivak finished with three shots apiece.
While Foulk, Walker, Tyler Deresky and Evan Janssen finished with two shots each.
Rapid City (7-19-0-0) will close out the weekend series with a game against Idaho (17-8-3-1) tonight at 7:05 p.m.