It was a different situation when the Rapid City Rush took the ice Sunday against the Utah Grizzlies, but they made it work in their favor.

After  poor ice conditions Friday suspended play until Sunday with Utah leading 3-1, the Rush dominated in two periods Sunday and came away with a 7-5 win.

Rapid City started with three goals in the second period to quickly erase a 3-1 deficit and go up 4-3.

Tyler Deresky scored an unassisted goal 7 minutes and 5 seconds into the period, Jack Walker followed with a goal 15:28 into the period on an assist from Daniel Leavens.

Chase Lang scored his first goal in a Rush uniform only a minute later, and was assisted by Anthony Collins to end the period.

Peter Sivak added to the Rush lead 4:49 into the third on assists from Dante Salituro and Pavel Jenys, and Leavens made it 6-3 with a goal 15 seconds later on assists from Lang and Josh Elmes.

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Utah wasn't going to lie down, however, as Michael Pelech scored on a power play with assists coming from Austin Ortega and Ryan Misiak.

Only 2:27 later it was a one-goal game, as Ortega found the back of the net on assists from Ryan Walters and Pelech.

Rapid City sealed the game, however, with an empty new goal from Sivak with 10 seconds remaining.

The Rush (10-21-1-0) now have 21 points going into a road series with the Colorado Eagles (25-5-4-0, 54 points) that begins Wednesday. Utah (12-14-5-3, 32 points) travels to face the Allen Americans (18-11-4-1, 41 points) Wednesday.

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Sports reporter for the Rapid City Journal.