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The Rapid City Rush blew a third period lead and fell in a shootout to the Wichita Thunder Sunday afternoon in Kansas.

The Rush led 2-1 in the third, but allowed a goal and lost in the second round of the shootout. The loss completes a weekend sweep.

Ian Brady got the scoring started five minutes into the game, when he lit the lamp with the help of Dylan Labbe and Matt Caito.

Wichita wouldn't let the first end without tying the game up, as Nick Latta scored on assists from Guillaume Lepine and Jon Puskar.

Labbe scored his second goal of the season and continued a solid return to the Rush, with the goal coming 18:45 into the period off assists from Daniel Leavens and Dante Salituro.

The lead didn't last long, as Johnny Daniels for the Thunder scored with assists from Lepine and Mark MacMillan 3:44 into the period.

The two teams weren't able to grab another goal, and both went to overtime.

Neither team scored in the five minutes of overtime, and the two teams went to a shootout.

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Anthony Collins was first in the shootout but couldn't find the back of the net, with Ralph Cuddemi of Wichita following with another miss. In the second round, Kenton Miller didn't score while Latta did, putting all the pressure on Labbe.

He couldn't get it done, and the Thunder escaped with the win.

Rapid City earned a point in the loss, now standing at 18-30-2-1 with 39 points. Wichita improved to 29-19-4-0 with 62 points.

The Rush host a three game series with the Idaho Steelheads, beginning Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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Sports Reporter

Sports reporter for the Rapid City Journal.