Rush power past IceRays
The Rapid City Rush rode five power play goals and a penalty shot marker to their first ever franchise win in an 8-2 victory over the Corpus Christi IceRays at the American Bank Center. The Rush had 17 man-advantages Friday Night and Chris Lipsett led the way with a hat trick as the Rush power play unit was firing on all cylinders. Corpus Christi's defeat dropped their record to 1-1 on the young season. They will conclude their season-opening, three-game home stand on Saturday Night at 7pm versus the Laredo Bucks. It's Caller-Time Family Night, and fans can get a Family Four Pack of tickets for just $32. For more information, please call 361.814.PUCK.
Rapid City controlled the pace in the opening frame, taking advantage of six first period power plays and two separate two-man advantages. Rapid City took the game's first lead when Garrett Prosofsky scored a power play goal on a rebound at 7:47 of the period. The IceRays tied the score on a man-advantage of their own at 11:21 when Justin Quenneville scored on a wrist shot from the slot. Rapid City climbed back in front with a late period, two-man advantage goal at 18:21,when Chris Di Ubaldo drilled a one-timer from the high slot past Kris Tebbs. The Rush outshot the IceRays 16-2 in the opening frame and took a one goal lead into the second period.
Early in the second period, Rapid City exploded onto the scoresheet with three goals in just over four minutes. The Rush wasted no time when Les Reaney scored on a wrist shot from the inside edge of the right circle 11 seconds into the frame. Rapid City kept the pressure on and tallied their third power play goal at 1:35 when Chris Lipsett scored at 1:35. Lipsett scored his second straight at 4:17 to give the Rush a 5-1 lead, and the IceRays inserted netminder Dustin Traylen into the game. The IceRays got back on the board to cut the defecit to three, when Ryan Bennett scored from the top of the crease at 14:36. The Rush outshot the IceRays 13-11 in the second period.
In the third period, the Rush power plays continued to mount up, as did their goals. Rapid City scored three unanswered goals to close the scoring and claim an 8-2 victory for the first win in franchise history.
The IceRays return to action on Saturday Night when they host the rival Laredo Bucks on Corpus Christi Caller-Times Family Night. Fans can receive a family four pack of tickets in most sections for just $32. Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis, so act now and make your plans to be in attendance on Saturday Night. For ticket information, please call 361.814.PUCK or visit www.ccrayz.com.
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