After picking up a tough overtime victory in Rapid City last weekend, the Rush traveled to Texas to take on the Allen Americans in the first game of a two-game series.
The Rush fell behind early and battled back before ultimately dropping a 5-3 decision to Allen Friday night at the Allen Event Center.
The Americans wasted little time finding the back of the net as Eric Roy took advantage of an early power play opportunity and scored a minute and 42 seconds into regulation on assists from Casey Pierro-Zabotel and David Makoswki.
With the remainder of the opening period being a defensive struggle, Allen extended its lead six minutes into the second period on assists from Connor Reilly and Colby McAuley.
Now up 2-0, the Americans padded their lead a bit less than a minute later when Pierro-Zabotel lit the lamp on assists from Mathieu Aubin and Bryan Moore.
With just 30 seconds remaining in the second period, the Rush began to battle back as Dante Salituro took assists from Evan Janssen and Peter Sivak and beat Allen’s Stephon Williams for the goal to make it a 3-1 game.
Rapid City continued to cut the deficit, trailing 3-2 in the first few minutes of the third period, as Darian Dziurzynski scored on assists from Marcus Ortiz and Gustav Bouramman.
The Americans would take back the momentum and a two-goal lead less than two minutes later on a McAuley goal.
The Rush weren’t done yet, though, as Janssen took advantage of a power play and scored on assists from Peter Sivak and Salituro at the 11:03 mark.
Trailing 4-3, Rapid City had a few shots at the net, but weren’t able to get over the hump before Allen added another insurance goal with less than a minute to go to seal the win.
Storm Phaneuf took the net for the Rush, stopping 34 of 39 shots, while Williams stopped 32 of Rapid City’s 35 attempts.
The Rush (7-11-0-0) and Americans will square off again tonight, starting at 6:05 p.m.
High School Wrestling
West River teams in contention at Mandan tourney
With the 2017-18 high school wresting season kicking off this weekend, Rapid City Central, Rapid City Stevens and Sturgis traveled to North Dakota for the Mandan Lions Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
With the first day in the books, the West River teams are in a good spot as all three squads took a spot in the top four.
Leading the way was Bismarck High School with a team score of 89, followed closely by the Cobblers with 83. The Raiders stand third with 69, the Scoopers were fourth with 60 and Mandan rounded out the top five with 58.
Four Central wrestlers went unbeaten on the opening day of the tournament, including Cael Larson at 106 pounds, Tj Morrison at 132, Kolby Kost at 170 and Bridger Kraye at 182.
Stevens had seven competitors close out the day with no losses, including Declan Malone (106 pounds), Landen Fischer (113), Cooper Voorhees (152), Nate Allen (160), Dante Colicheski (182), Caleb Brink (195) and Anthony Knodell (195).
Sturgis had three unbeaten wrestlers on the day, starting with Wren Jacobs at 145 pounds, who advanced to the fifth round with three wins and a bye. Bailey Brengle won all three of his matches at 152 pounds, while Joel Carpenter took all three of his matches at 220 pounds.
All three teams will look to jockey for position today, with the remainder of the tournament kicking off at 8 a.m.
Wildcats leading the way at home tournament
The Custer wrestling team took an early advantage over the rest of the field at the Custer Invitational on Friday.
The Wildcats closed out the first day of the tournament with a score of 83, while Douglas sits in second with 74.
Belle Fourche and Hot Springs shared third with 70 apiece and Lead-Deadwood closed out the top five with 66.
Hill City is in sixth place with 61, followed by Rapid City Stevens JV with 58, Rapid City Central JV with 47 and Crawford, Neb., with 44.
St. Thomas More heads into the second day tied for 10th place with Hemingford with 38.
Eight Custer wrestlers went unbeaten to open the tournament, including Jestyn Woodward at 106 pounds, Brennan Hanes at 132, Chance Grill at 138, Eli Mines at 145, Levi Mines (152), Micaiah Grace (160), Jarret Woodward at (170) and Blake Kainz (182).
For the Patriots, four competitors won all of their matches as Payton DeWitt (106 pounds), William George (113), Sherman Taber (120) and Colton Jackson (152) led the way.
The Bison stayed in contention with five wrestlers going 2-0 on the day, including Kody Hagen (145), TeeJay Atwood (170), Marcus Harkless (182), Chad Kelso (182) and Caleb Maciejewski (220).
The Broncs had four go unbeaten, including Oakley Blakeman (106), Joe Hanson (126) Cayden Wolfe (138) and Jaredon Dosch (160).
The tournament concludes today, with the first matches kicking off at 9 a.m.