Scorpions Top Rush 5-1
(Rio Rancho, NM) - The Rapid City Rush came into the Santa Ana Star Center having swept the Amarillo Gorillas, and looking for their first win in New Mexico. After two periods, it was anyone's contest, but three third period goals lifted the Scorpions to the 5-1 win.
The first period was evenly matched in the shot column, but dominated by the Scorpions on the scoreboard as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Scoring the first goal of the contest was Torren Delforte as the rookie netted his 21st of the season past Miguel Beaudry. Assisting on the goal were Neil Trimm and Scorpions leading scorer Christopher Robertson. New Mexico would double the lead as Craig Macdonald would score his team-leading 32nd of the year at the 11:35 mark.
The second period was a different story as the Rush jumped right back into the game with a goal by Jamie VanderVeeken who fired snapshot in behind Scorpions goaltender Kyle McNulty. The goal was scored just 1:03 into the frame and assisted by Gio Flamminio and Jon Pelle.
VanderVeeken's goal would be the lone tally of the period as the Rush held the edge in shots 14- 9. To that point, the Rush had gone scoreless on three powerplay chances while the Scorpions were 0-for-4. After the end of the period, the Rapid City Rush left the bench early and would be assessed an additional penalty for delay of game. Coupled with a penalty with just 24 seconds left, this would give the Scorpions a two-man advantage to start off the third.
The Scorpions would score even quicker in the third period as Robertson would fire a slapshot in on a 5-on-3 powerplay just 26 seconds in. Trimm and Aaron MacInnis assisted on the goal.
Trimm would then add a goal of his own at the 3:59 mark to make it a 4-1 game. After the Trimm goal, Beaudry was pulled in favor of Lanny Ramage who would complete the game. The Scorpions would add another special teams goal as Ross McCain scored shorthanded as Delforte assisted on the marker at 14:30.
The Rush were able to outshoot the Scorpions 46-31, including 22-13 in the third. The Rush were scoreless on six powerplay chances while the Scorpions were 1-for-8. The Rush will now travel to Loveland, CO to take on the Colorado Eagles tomorrow at 7:05 pm.
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The Rapid City Rush would like to invite fans to "The Rush Hour with Coach Joe Ferras" live at Boston's every Tuesday at 7pm. Weekly giveaways include signed, game-used sticks, signed pucks and Miller Light gear.
For more information on Rapid City Rush Hockey, log onto www.RapidCityRush.com or contact the Rush office at 605.716.PUCK (7825).
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