Devin Williams stopped all 30 shots and the Tulsa Oilers shut out the Rapid City Rush 3-0 Tuesday night in Tulsa.
Ryan Tesink opened the scoring for Tulsa in the opening minutes of the contest. With 2:55 gone Tesink's shot just got past Rush net-minder Adam Vay (Eric Drapluk and Dan DeSalvo assisted).
Williams stopped all seven shots he saw in the first period from the Rush.
The Rush out-shot the Oilers 16-11 in the second, but Williams turned aside each try.
Tulsa got a pair of insurance goals at the midway point and beyond in the third period to seal the win. The first came from Joey Sides, who deflected a long Conner Bleackley pass past Vay to make it 2-0 Tulsa with 9:48 left in the game (Bleackley and Adam Pleskach assisted). Over four minutes later, Charlie Sampair received a pass from Pleskach to increase the Oilers advantage to 3-0 with 5:21 left in the game (Pleskach and Ryan Tesink assisted).
Despite the loss, Vay stopped 44 of 47 shots faced in his fourth consecutive start (9-10-1). The Rush ended the month of January with a 7-5-1 record.
The Rush continue their road swing with their first-ever matchup against the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Wings on Thursday. Puck drop at the Wings Event Center is slated for 5 p.m
Daum has 35 points, 18 boards a SDSU beats Omaha
Mike Daum scored 35 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for his 24th career double-double and South Dakota State beat Omaha 80-60 on Tuesday night at the Froster Cemter.
Daum went over 30 points for the 20th time in his career. He also became the first Jackrabbit at the Division I level to record four straight double-doubles.
Tevin King added 14 points and Skyler Flatten 12 for South Dakota State (19-6, 7-1 Summit). Flatten, a senior, was in double figures for the fourth straight game and 17th of his career.
Daum beat the halftime buzzer with a layup for his 20th point and South Dakota State led 44-28. Reed Tellinghuisen, averaging 13.2 points, put the Jacks up 49-30 with his 241st career 3-pointer. Those were his only points of the night.
Zach Jackson led Omaha (7-17, 2-6) with 20 points. KJ Robinson scored 12, Daniel Norl 11 and Mitchell Hahn had seven points and 11 rebounds.
Duffy, Portlock win Elks State Hoop Shoot
Rapid City’s Declan Duffy and Alexis Portlock each won their division to become state champions Saturday at the Elks’ State Hoop Shoot at Georgia Morse Middle School in Pierre.
Duffy and Portlock will represent South Dakota at the March 10 Elks Regional Hoop Shoot in Rapid City. They will shoot against the state champions from Montana and North Dakota for the right to advance to the National Hoop Shoot in Chicago in April.
Duffy hit 21 of 25 free throws to win the 10- and 11-year old boys division handily. The son of Daniel and Karrie Duffy is a student at St. Elizabeth Seton. He won the Rapid City Elks’ Lodge Hoop Shoot by making 15 of 25 free throws on Nov. 5, 2017.
Portlock won the 8- and 9-year old girls division by hitting 17 of 25 free throws. The 9-year old Portlock is the daughter of Lance and Becky Portlock and attends Black Hawk Elementary.
She hit 14 shots at the Rapid City Elks’ Lodge Contest to advance to the state competition.
The Hoop Shoot is an annual, signature kids program sponsored by the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, which is a 141-year old, national fraternal organization. For more information about the Hoop Shoot, visit elks.org.