Despite an early lead, the Rapid City Rush's four-game win streak came to end, as the Fort Wayne Komets used two second-period goals for a 2-1 win Wednesday night in ECHL action at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
Andrew Radjenovic’s team-leading goal gave the Rush an early advantage against Fort Wayne, but Phelix Martineau’s pair of shorthanded goals in the second period put the Komets up for good, and provided the visitors with a road win. The game marked the first of three to be played this week between the teams.
The Komets dominated early offensively, outshooting the Rush 15-6 in the first 20 minutes, but Rapid City found the back of the net first. With 1:58 remaining in the first, Dylan Quaile fired a shot on net, and recovered the rebound. Radjenovic rotated back to his spot on the blue line, and Quaile found him with time and space, which Radjenovic shot past Komets goalie Lukas Hafner to give the Rush a 1-0 lead. Quaile had the lone assist as Radjenovic scored his sixth goal of the season.
The Komets came back and found a pair of goals from Phelix Martineau as they killed off a five-minute major power play. After Ryan Lowney was ejected for kneeing Mason McCarty, the Rush went on the man-advantage, but 1:02 into the five minutes, Martineau and Marc-Olivier Roy caught a loose puck in neutral ice and carried into the Rush zone.
With 6:09 left, Roy found Martineau and Martineau squeaked one through the legs of Rush net-minder Adam Carlson to tie the game at 1-1 (Roy had the lone assist).
Martineau struck again 1:42 later, finishing on a Jason Binkley rebound, barely beating Carlson to give the Komets a 2-1 lead with 4:27 remaining in the second (Binkley had the lone assist).
That was it for the scoring with neither team getting anything going in the third period.
The loss also ended the Rush's point streak at seven games.
Carlson stopped 40 of 42 shots on goal in the contest, suffering his first regulation loss of the season (3-1-1-0).
Both teams rematch on Friday, November 9th, with puck drop slated for 7:05 p.m. at Premier Home Mortgage Ice in Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
Prior to Friday’s game, the Rush invite all fans to paint the names of loved ones that served, or are serving in our proud nation’s military on the ice. The end product will showcase all names in the pattern of the United States flag.