Rush Win OT Thriller in Rapid
RAPID CITY, SD - Jamie VanderVeeken's powerplay goal in overtime lifted the Rapid City Rush to a 4-3 victory over the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs Friday night at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The Mudbugs earned one point in the overtime loss after going to the extra session for the fifth time in their past six games.
Shawn Limpright's third-period goal gave the Bugs a 3-2 lead, but Brendan Cook tied the game at three with just over a minute remaining to force overtime. Clay Plume and Jeff Kyrzakos scored the other Mudbugs goals and Ken Carroll made 34 saves in the game, which featured four fights.
Rapid City opened the scoring when Derek LeBlanc fed a great pass across the slot to Brendon Hodge, who finished off the play to make it 1-0 at 15:02. Later in the period Travis Clayton came out from behind the net and slid a pass across to Clay Plume, who buried his first goal as a Mudbug against his old team to tie the game at one. Despite being outshot 17-5 in the opening frame, the Bugs found themselves in a tie after 20 minutes.
The Rush went back on top in the second period when Brendan Cook scored off another LeBlanc pass at 5:32 to give the home team a 2-1 edge. Bossier-Shreveport then seized the momentum and generated a number of quality scoring chances against goaltender Danny Battochio, who made a few great saves before the Bugs finally tied the game on the powerplay. Jeff Kyrzakos redirected Chris St. Croix's slapshot from the point past Battochio at 17:12, making it 2-2 after two periods.
Limpright's go-ahead goal came at 5:19 when he teed up a shot from along the boards that beat Battochio to put the Mudbugs up 3-2. They protected the lead until Cook's second of the night, which tied the game at three with only 1:39 remaining in the third period to force OT.
With Limpright in the box for goaltender interference in the extra session, VanderVeeken scored the winner at 1:51 on a long slapshot from the point to get Rapid City its 22nd win of the year.
Bossier-Shreveport falls to 17-12-3 after being outshot 38-28 in the loss. Battochio stopped 25 shots in goal for the Rush. Both teams finished 1 for 2 on the powerplay.
The teams will meet again tomorrow night for the second game of this weekend's back-to-back set in Rapid City, which also ends their three-game regular season series. Opening faceoff is once again set for 8:05 pm Central time, with pregame coverage beginning at 7:45 pm on News Radio 710 AM KEEL. The game will also be shown live online on CHL TV.
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