Despite being out-shot by 30, the Rapid City Rush were able to win its second-to-last game of the season 3-2 over the Tulsa Oilers in a shootout on the road Friday.
Goaltender Christian Frey stopped 52-of-54 shots and the Oilers outshot the Rush 54-24.
Rapid City got the scoring started in the first period when Peter Sivak scored at the 17:54 mark off assists from Dante Salituro and Ian Brady. The period would end with the Rush leading 1-0.
It didn't take long for Tulsa to respond with a goal of its own, as Charlie Stampair scored 1:25 into the second period off assists Adam Pleskach and Ryan Tesinek.
Alex Kromm was able to put Rapid City back on top with his goal 11:30 into the second. He was helped by Garrett Klotz and Alec Baer, and the Rush led 2-1.
Sampair tied the game up again in the opening moments of the third period. With 2:20 played, Sampair hacked the puck towards the Rush net, and it was played by a Rush defender right past Frey inadvertently to tie the game back up at 2-2.
Pleskach and Garrett Ladd assisted.
Both teams couldn’t muster another goal in regulation, and went into overtime. The extra five minutes also didn’t yield a game-winning goal, so both teams squared off in a shootout.
Tulsa’s first two shooters, Roman Amriato and Sampair missed the net in the first two rounds, while Baer hit the post in the bottom of the first round of the shootout. Daniel Leavens provided the eventual game-winner in the bottom of the second round, and thanks to Christian Frey’s blocker save of Steve Kaunisto in the top of the third round, the Rush held on for the 3-2 win.
Rapid City is now 24-41-3-3 with 54 points. Tulsa is 31-28-3-9, and the two teams face-off again at 6:05 p.m. in the final game of the season for Rapid City.