The Rapid City Rush closed out a three game home stand against Idaho at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena on Saturday night.
Unfortunately for the Rush, an early lead wasn’t enough for them to close out the weekend with a win as the Steelheads used an ultra-aggressive offensive attack and a trio of third period goals to earn a 3-2 victory on the road.
Rapid City looked to take control early in Saturday's matchup, jumping out to a 1-0 lead as Dante Salituro scored his second goal in as many nights on a pair of assists from Gustav Bouramman and Peter Sivak in the 13th minute.
The period would end with the Rush leading, although Idaho had an 11-10 advantage in shots on goal.
The second period was much like the first, with neither team being able to find the net in the first 13 minutes.
In similar fashion, Rapid City would score first as Sivak found the back of the net at the 13:43 mark on an assist from Dylan Labbe.
The Rush became the aggressor in the second, outshooting the Steelheads 11-8 in the period.
Trailing 2-0 heading into the third, Idaho's offense erupted, starting with a Justin Parizek goal three minutes and 28 seconds into the period.
A little under six minutes later, the Steelheads tied the game on a Mitch Maroz goal, assisted by Connor Chatham.
At one point during the final period, Idaho took 13 shots, while the Rush only attempted one.
That aggressiveness would eventually pay off again for the Steelheads, as A.J. White took a pass from Chatham and beat Adam Vay to give his team their first lead of the game with seven minutes remaining.
The Rush had trouble finding many opportunities on the offensive end, only attempting two total shots in the final 16:24 of regulation.
Idaho finished the game with 37 total shots on goal, while Rapid City attempted 24 in the contest.
Most of the Steelheads’ attempts came in the final 20 minutes of play, as they outshot the Rush 18-3.
Kenton Miller led Rapid City with six shots, while Sivak and Bourmman finished with three shots apiece.
Next up, Rapid City (5-8-0-0) kicks off a three game home stand against the Tulsa Oilers starting Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.