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Rush Pushed to Brink with 5-3 Loss in Game #4

April 5, 2012 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Rapid City Rush News Release

(Fort Wayne, IN) - The Rapid City Rush were dealt their third straight loss of the Turner Conference Semifinals on Thursday night. The Fort Wayne Komets used a fast start to jump out to a 3-0 lead before holding on for the eventual 5-3 victory. The Rush are now down 3-1 in the best-of-7 series. Game #5 is set for Sunday, April 8th at 4pm MST and can be heard live on 100.3fm the FOX.

The Komets entered the contest looking to push the Rush to the brink, and the team did not fail in the opening period, pouring in three goals in a 4:16 span. The first tally was collected by Mike Vaskivuo who was stationed at the bottom of the right circle and sent a puck to the goal mouth that caromed off of a Rush skater and in at 8:08. At the midway point, a strong shift by the Komets eventually led to a shot from the left point that was stopped, but the rebound was swept in by Bobby Chaumont for his first of the playoffs. Less than two minutes later, another shot was fired from the left point, but this time, it was deflected home by Chris Auger, giving the Komets a 3-0 lead and ending goaltender Tim Boron's night. The Rush finally stopped the bleeding with just one minute left in the period on a rebound goal from Jeff Kyrzakos who was following Shawn Limpright on a breakaway chance.

It took until the third period, but the Rush eventually pulled to within one goal on a powerplay goal from the bottom of the left circle by Jesse Schultz at the 5:08 mark. At the 12:06 mark, Kaleigh Schrock sent a shot from a severe angle that eluded Kevin Beech for an unassisted goal and 4-2 lead. Yet again, the Rush pulled to within one, picking up a powerplay goal just over a minute later from Kyrzakos who deflected home his second of the night. However, with the goaltender pulled, the Rush allowed an empty-net goal by Stephon Thorne that brought the game to its 5-3 final.

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