The Colorado Eagles gave up the first goal, but scored the remaining six for a 6-1 win over Rapid City in the final meeting between the two long-time rivals Sunday at the Budweiser Events enter in Windsor, Colo.
Colorado is moving to the AHL next season.
For a third straight game, the Rush started off with the first score, but left the first period trailing by a pair of tallies. Daniel Leavens started things off 8:55 into the game when scored scored off of a rebound from Shaquille Merasty's shot that was stopped by Eagles goalie Lukas Hafner.
Colorado then began a run of three unanswered goals to end the period, and six overall. Ryan Harrison took a rebound and shot it past Rush goaltender Christian Frey at the 7:42 mark. Minutes later on the next power play, Ryan Olsen deflected a Jake Marto shot by Frey to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead with 5:59 left in the period (Marto and Matt Register assisted).
Register finished the scoring first-quarter scoring as his goal made it 3-1 with 4:21 left in the frame (Ben Storm and Nick Miglio assisted).
Colorado’s defense added two tallies in the second for a 5-1 lead. With 7:17 gone by, Marto fired a close range shot on Frey that rolled in to push the Eagles to a 4-1 lead (the goal was unassisted). Register added a second strike on the fourth Eagles power play of the game with another blue line shot to make it 5-1 with 3:08 left in the second (Ryan Olsen and Drayson Bowman assisted).
The final goal of the game came 47 seconds into the third period. Ryan Siiro fired a shot that deflected off of a Rush defender and in, giving the Eagles a five-goal advantage (Register and Miglio assisted). Following the goal, Frey was subbed out for Adam Vay in net.
Frey suffered the loss, stopping 16 of 22 shots in 40:47 of work (3-12-2-1). Vay stopped all 13 shots he saw in 19:13 of work.
The Rush head back home to host the Allen Americans on Wednesday night.