On the last night of a three-game weekend series with the Idaho Steelheads, the Rapid City Rush were looking for their first win in almost a month.
After Saturday night’s game with Idaho, the Rush got back into the win column with a strong offensive attack and a solid defensive performance to drop the Steelheads 3-1 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
Rapid City had lost 10 straight games heading into Saturday night.
Similar to Friday night’s game, the Rush jumped out to the first lead of the night as Pavel Jenys took a pass from Daniel Leavens and snuck the puck past Ryan Faragher for a 1-0 advantage eight minutes into the game.
A little over three minutes later, Rapid City added another goal when Leavens earned his second assist of the game after finding Jack Walker in front of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Before the end of the first period, the Steelheads found the net for the first time as Joe Faust lit the lamp on assists from Cole Ully and Eric Sweetman.
Although Idaho outshot the Rush 10-8 in the opening 20 minutes of regulation, Rapid City went into the second period with a 2-1 lead.
The first half of the second was quiet for both teams, until Rapid City’s Geoff Fortman scored on assists from Dante Salituro and Walker to make it 3-1 with a little over eight minutes remaining.
The Rush cut into the Steelheads’ shooting advantage in the second period, outshooting Idaho 12-10.
The scoring opportunities continued to subside in the third period and opportunities were limited with both goalies stepping up the rest of the way.
Shane Owen took the net for Rapid City and turned Idaho away on 28 of its 29 total shot attempts.
Offensively, the Rush were led by Salituro and Peter Sivak, who finished with five shots apiece. Kenton Miller, Fortman and Jenys chipped in with three shots apiece.
Rapid City (8-20-0-0) will look to keep the momentum going when it takes on rival Colorado in a weekend home series starting Friday at 7:05 p.m.