The Idaho Steelheads maintained their dominance of the Rapid City Rush, rolling to a 6-1 win Wednesday night in ECHL action at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
The loss was the ninth straight for the Rush, who fell to 7-19-0-0 in the Mountain Division of the standings with just 14 points.
Idaho, in a strong second place in the division behind Colorado, won for the fifth time in five games against Rapid City.
The Steelheads peppered Rapid City defense and goaltender Shane Owen all night, with 17 shots on goal in the first period, 44 by halftime and 52 in the game. Idaho took a 2-0 lead after one period and led 5-0 before the Rush avoided the shutout with a third-period goal.
For Rapid City, Jack Walker broke Philippe Desrosiers's shutout with his first goal as a professional.
For a 10th straight game, the Rush gave up a power-play goal, and it gave the Steelheads a quick 1-0 lead. With 4:22 left in the first period, Joe Faust got the goal past Owen in close range. Henrik Samuelsson and Jefferson Dahl assisted). With 1:40 to go in the first period, Connor Chatham deflected a Charlie Dodero blue line shot past Owen to give Idaho a 2-0 lead (Dodero and Corey Durocher assisted).
The Steelheads amassed 27 shots on the Rush net in the second period and added another pair of goals to increase their lead to 4-0 after two periods of play.
Daniel Tedesco took a Steven McParland pass from the wing, and ripped a shot by Owen with 7:01 left in the second period (McParland earned the lone assist). Jefferson Dahl then deflected an Eric Sweetman shot past Owen to lift Idaho to a 4-0 advantage after two periods of play Sweetman and Joe Faust assisted.
Less than two minutes into the third, Samuelsson picked up the rebound from a Faust shot, to give the Steelheads a 5-0 lead at 1:27 of the third period. Faust earned the assist.
The lone bright spot in the game for the Rush came at 7:27 of the third period, when Walker slipped a shot from the left wing wall off of Desrosier to cut the deficit to 5-1 (the goal was unassisted). After that, the Steelheads went to their fifth and final power play, and scored the game’s final goal. Idaho captain Jefferson Dahl notched his second of the night with a shot from the left wing faceoff circle that went off the post.
Owen, in his home debut, stopped 46 of 52 shots on goal, suffering the defeat (0-4-0 total, 0-2-0 with Rush).
Desrosier earned the win by stopping 28-of-29 shots and moved to 12-2-1-1 on the season. The Steelheads, with 38 points, are 17-8-3-1 overall.
The two teams will meet again Friday and Saturday on the Premier Home Mortgage Ice. Both games will begin at 7:05 p.m.