The Rapid City Rush rallied late in regulation to send the game into overtime, but eventually fell to the Idaho Steelheads 2-1 in a shootout Wednesday night in Boise, Idaho.
Idaho scored a pair of goals in the shootout to just one for Rapid City. The lone Rush goal in the shootout came from Alec Baer, who made his professional debut on Wednesday.
Baer’s opened in the bottom of the first round after Idaho’s Steve McParland hit the post. Baer beat Idaho goaltender Tomas Sholl to give the Rush a 1-0 lead after round one, followed by Adam Vay’s block of Idaho’s Shane Hanna, and Sholl’s kick save of Andrew Radjenovic’s shot.
Justin Parizek tied the shootout up in the top of the third round, and was followed by Sholl’s stop of Peter Sivak’s attempt. Cole Ully’s attempt for Idaho was gloved away by Vay, but then Gustav Bouramman mishandled the puck in the bottom of the fourth round to set up the fateful fifth round. Charlie Dodero finished with his shot over Vay’s shoulder to put the game on the stick of Daniel Leavens. Leavens clanked the crossbar on his attempt and the Steelhead escaped with the win.
It was defense battle throughout and a scoreless duel through two periods of play and 55 minutes and 18 seconds of hockey.
Idaho finally got on the scoreboard at the 15:18 mark of the third on a goal from Dodero on four-on-four hockey, with assists coming from Connor Chatham and A.J. White.
About two minutes later, the rush tied the game on a power-play goal by Baer, with Jack Walker, Gustav Bouramman assisting.
No scoring in overtime set up the shootout.
Vay took the hard-luck loss, as he stopped 48 of 49 shots in regulation and overtime.
The two teams will meet again Friday night and Saturday night with both games beginning at 7:10 p.m.