After opening the regular season with a pair of losses at home, the Rapid City Rush traveled to Wichita hoping that a change of scenery could turn their fortunes around.
Rapid City’s struggles would continue on the road as the Thunder jumped out to an early lead and held on for the 3-1 victory at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan., on Saturday night.
Wichita got the scoring started a little under 10 minutes into the opening period when Kyle Platzer took a pair of passes from Samuel Labrecque and Zach O’Brien and snuck the puck past Rapid City’s Christian Frey.
With a 1-0 lead and a little over two minutes left in the first period, the Thunder added to their lead as O’Brien found the back of the net on assists from Guillaume Asselin and Matt DeBlouw.
After a scoreless 16 minutes to open the second period, the Rush cut Wichita’s lead as Darik Angeli beat Joel Rumpel of Wichita on an assist from Michael Young.
The Thunder answered back almost immediately when O’Brien scored his second goal of the game on assists from Lepine and Platzer.
Rapid City was outshot from the beginning, including 15-9 first period, a 12-10 second and a 7-6 third period (34-25).
Angeli led the Rush in shots with five, while Alex Guptill and Michael Sdao chipped in with four shots apiece.
Rapid City (0-3-0) will look for its first win of the season when it takes on Wichita today at 3:05 p.m.