October 29, 2017 - ECHL (ECHL) - Colorado Eagles
RAPID CITY, SD. - The Colorado Eagles found themselves stuck in a 3-1 hole just 4:46 into the first period, as Colorado succumbed to the Rapid City Rush by a final score of 4-3 on Saturday. The loss was the Eagles first of the season, as Colorado now sits at 6-1-0-0 through the first seven games of the regular season.
For the first time in the first seven games, Colorado did not scored the game's first goal. Rapid City would stake a 1-0 lead when forward Jimmy DeVito smacked a rebound on the side of the net past Eagles goaltender Lukas Hafner just 1:47 into the contest.
Colorado would draw even less than two minutes later, as forward Michael Joly roofed a backhander into the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1 at the 3:09 mark of the first period.
Rapid City would strike back less than a minute later when a cross slot pass hit the tape of forward Dante Salituro who would bash it into the net to put the Rush on top 2-1. The lead would grow to a pair as a two-on-one rush down the ice led to DeVito tapping home his second goal of the night to give Rapid City a 3-1 advantage with 15:14 still left to play in the opening frame. The goal would also signal the end of the night for Hafner, who surrendered three goals on the three shots he faced.
With Sam Brittain now manning the net, Colorado would scratch its way back within a goal when forward Drayson Bowman stuffed a loose puck in the low slot past Rush goalie Steve Michalek to trim the Rush lead to 3-2 with 7:18 left in the first period of action.
After a scoreless second period that saw Colorado outshoot the Rush 12-1, Rapid City would stretch its lead in the third period on a two-on-two rush that culminated with forward Alex Guptill slipping the puck between the legs of Brittain to put the Rush up 4-2 at the 4:01 mark of the final frame.
The Eagles would continue to stay resilient and the effort would pay off when forward Jesse Mychan shoved a rebound in the crease past Michalek to slice the deficit to 4-3 with 9:01 still to play in regulation.
Colorado would pull Brittain in favor of the extra attacker during the final 90 seconds of the contest, but they could not summon a game-tying goal, eventually falling by a final score of 4-3. The Eagles finished the night going 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Rush failed to convert on their two chances on the man advantage.
Colorado continues its four-game road trip when the Eagles travel to CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho on Wednesday, November 1st at 7:10pm MT.
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