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Cutthroats Edge Rush, 2-1, Behind Patterson's 33 Saves

March 5, 2013 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Denver Cutthroats News Release

DENVER - Kent Patterson turned in a 33-save performance to lead the Denver Cutthroats to a 2-1 win over the rival Rapid City Rush on Tuesday night at the Denver Coliseum.

Denver's rookie netminder stopped 28 of 29 shots through the final two periods to keep the Rapid City offense in check, while AJ Gale scored his 35th and Brad Smyth added his 24th of the season for the Cutthroats (28-22-7) to provide the offense.

Troy Schwab assisted on both goals and all three forwards finished with two points each on the night.

Gale's goal came at 10:24 of the first period to cap off a 2-on-1 rush from the left circle. A deflected puck in front bounced off Smyth and in the net at 8:52 of the second.

Jesse Schultz scored the lone goal for Rapid City (30-23-5) 17 seconds prior to Smyth's tally.

Both teams finished scoreless on the power play. Tim Boron stopped 30 of 32 shots for the Rush in the loss.

With the win, the Cutthroats stay tied with Missouri for fifth place in the Central Hockey League standings and have closed the gap on fourth place Rapid City to two points. The top eight teams qualify for postseason play. Denver and Rapid City will meet again on Sunday.

The Cutthroats hit the road on Friday when they visit the Wichita Thunder before returning home for their final home game of the regular season on Sunday against Rapid City. Friday's game begins at 6:05 PM MST.

Three Stars:

1. Brad Smyth (DEN)

2. Kent Patterson (DEN)

3. AJ Gale (DEN)

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