The Rapid City Rush came into Friday night’s matchup with Idaho looking to get back to their recent winning ways after dropping the first of a three game series with the Steelheads on Wednesday night.
In a game that didn’t see much scoring in the first two periods, Idaho was still able to grab an early 2-0 lead and hold on as it cruised to a 4-1 victory at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
Neither team was able to find the net in the early moments of the game, with each team only taking only one shot in the first five minutes.
Idaho turned on the pressure in the next couple of minutes as it took four shots, while the Rush weren’t able to muster up much offense.
After a slashing minor sent Alex Guptill to the penalty box at the 8:19 mark, the Steelheads took advantage as Will Merchant snuck the puck past Christian Frey on a pair of assists from Henrik Samuelsson and Joe Faust just 21 seconds later.
The Rush became the aggressor in the final 10 minutes of the period, but were unable to find the back of the net and trailed by a goal going into the second.
Much like the first period, the second was a defensive struggle until Connor Chatham gave Idaho the 2-0 lead on an assist from Eric Sweetman with a little under four minutes remaining.
The Steelheads finished the second period with seven shots on goal, while Rapid City finished with six.
Idaho would pad its lead on an unassisted goal from Brady Brassart in the 16th minute to give the Steelheads the 3-0 advantage.
Rapid City’s offense showed a bit of life in the 18th minute as Dante Salituro took a pass from Peter Sivak and beat Ryan Faragher to cut the deficit to 3-1.
With only six seconds remaining in the game, Idaho added one more goal as Brassart scored his second to close out the three-goal victory.
Although the total shots on goal was fairly even throughout, Idaho finished the game with a 25-21 advantage.
Salituro led the Rush offense with five shots, while Gustav Bouramman finished with three total shots.
Rapid City (5-7-0-0) will look to bounce back when it hosts the Steelheads again tonight at 7:05 p.m.