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 Matt Caito scored on his team’s only power play of the night, and Kenton Miller provided the eventual game-winner with 10.5 seconds left in the first to give the Rapid City Rush a 2-1 win over the Kansas City Mavericks on Tuesday night in Independence, Mo.

The Rush provided the only offense of the first period, starting off with a power play goal from Caito. At the 11:19 mark, Caito took a pass and fired a wrist shot by Mavericks goalie Mavric Parks to give the Rush a 1-0 lead (Jack Walker and Daniel Leavens assisted).

Kenton Miller doubled the Rush advantage within the final seconds of the frame, and it would serve as the eventual game-winner for the Rush. With 10.5 seconds left in the first, Shaquille Merasty, making his Rush debut after being acquired in a trade with the Wichita Thunder earlier in the morning,  fired a shot into Parks, who stopped the shot, but surrendered a rebound in the slot that came to Miller, who scored to give the Rush a 2-0 lead (Merasty and Miller assisted).

Kansas City got within striking distance just shy of the midway point of the second. With 7:36 gone, Tyler Elbrecht of the Mavericks  rifled a shot on Rush net-minder, Adam Vay. The shot only slowed down by Vay: it managed to trickle in, cutting the Rush lead to 2-1 (Troy Donnay was credited with the lone assist).

Both teams exchanged chances in a fast-paced third period, despite only totaling nine shots between each other in the final 20 minutes. With less than a minute to go, Parks went to the Mavericks bench for an extra-skater, yet the move didn’t yield a game-tying goal for Kansas City.

Vay stopped 27-of-28 shots in the victory (12-13-1).

The Rush now continue their three-game road trip with a pair of games against the Allen Americans, Friday and Saturday night at the Allen Event Center.

Rush acquire Merasty, Walker returns

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The Rush acquired rookie forward Shaquille Merasty in a trade for future considerations with the Wichita Thunder, while the AHL’s Iowa Wild have re-assigned rookie forward Jack Walker to Rapid City. Both players were in the lineup against the Kansas City Mavericks.

Merasty, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound forward, appeared in 20 games with the Thunder, earning three goals, two assists and five points along with 27 PIM. 

Walker comes back to the Rush after his second call-up with the Wild this season. The 5-10, 180-pound forward played in his first two career AHL games and did not register any statistics, but maintained an even rating. With the Rush, he has 20 points in 24 games, split right down the middle at 10 goals and assists each.

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