PHN’s Best Shots of the Game: Mavericks fall to the Rush at home

phn-bsog INDEPENDENCE, Missouri – The Missouri Mavericks were unable to overcome the rush of goals Rapid City brought upon the Missouri net on Friday night, falling 3-7 at the Independence Events Center.

The Mavericks brought their A-game to the ice at the start of the first period, working as a strong unit, blocking shots, communicating, connecting on passes, keeping pace with the speed of their opponents, and edging the Rush out in shots on goal.  But the in-sync start was short-lived, and the Rush were first to strike to end the first period 1-0 Rapid City.

Second period underway, the league-leading Rush drove home a second goal only 31 seconds into play, followed by another definitive strike at the 3:15 mark to take a 3-0 lead over the Mavs.  Missouri finally found its way onto the board just over the halfway point of the period, and Colt King brought the arena to their feet, assisted by Andrew Courtney and Colten Hayes.   The Rush answered back with their fourth goal of the night to make it 4-1 heading into the third period.

Mavericks fans were sure that Missouri had found their stride back into the game with two big goals early in the third period, bringing the match within just one goal, but before the excitement from Obi Aduba’s goal had a chance to die down, mayhem in front of the Mavericks goal brought out a penalty shot for the Rush.  Jesse Schultz was able to capitalize on this unfortunate opportunity, and  shortly after he had locked away the fifth point of the game for Rapid City, Sean Erickson deflated the arena with another goal to make it 6-3 Rush.  The finally tally of the night belonged to Justin Faryna, sealing a 7-3 victory for Rapid City, ending the team’s three-game slide at the Mavericks expense.

The loss at the top of this back-to-back series ensures that if the Mavericks are going to take over the number one spot in the league, it is not happening this weekend.

The Mavericks get their chance at redemption tomorrow night against the Rush at the Independence Events Center.  Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.com and the Silverstein Eye Centers Box Office.  Puck drops at 7:05PM.

Independence, MO - Jan 10th, 2014 Missouri Mavericks forward Mike Ramsay is steered away from the goal as Rush netminder Keaton Hartigan covers the puck.

Independence, MO – Jan 10th, 2014 Missouri Mavericks forward Mike Ramsay is steered away from the goal as Rush netminder Keaton Hartigan covers the puck.

Independence, MO - Jan 10th, 2014 Rapid City Rush netminder Keaton Hartigan flips around to deflect the puck as it goes behind the net.

Independence, MO – Jan 10th, 2014 Rapid City Rush netminder Keaton Hartigan flips around to deflect the puck as it goes behind the net.

Independence, MO - Jan 10th, 2014 Missouri Mavericks forward Colt King is slowed down by Rush defenseman Ryan Palmer

Independence, MO – Jan 10th, 2014 Missouri Mavericks forward Colt King is slowed down by Rush defenseman Ryan Palmer

Independence, MO - Jan 10th, 2014 Missouri Mavericks forward Trevor Kell is taken down by two Rush players as he rushes up the boards.

Independence, MO – Jan 10th, 2014 Missouri Mavericks forward Trevor Kell is taken down by two Rush players as he rushes up the boards.

Independence, MO - Jan 10th, 2014 Missouri Mavericks forward Obi Aduba celebrates a hard fought for goal in the third period.

Independence, MO – Jan 10th, 2014 Missouri Mavericks forward Obi Aduba celebrates a hard fought for goal in the third period.

Independence, MO - Jan 10th, 2014 Rapid City Rush defenseman Brett Kostolansky reaches to deflect the puck before it reaches netminder Keaton Hartigan.

Independence, MO – Jan 10th, 2014 Rapid City Rush defenseman Brett Kostolansky reaches to deflect the puck before it reaches netminder Keaton Hartigan.

Independence, MO - Jan 10th, 2014 Missouri Mavericks forward Colt King slides into the net colliding with netminder Keaton Hartigan.

Independence, MO – Jan 10th, 2014 Missouri Mavericks forward Colt King slides into the net colliding with netminder Keaton Hartigan.

Independence, MO - Jan 10th, 2014 Missouri Mavericks forward Colt King rockets the puck across the ice.

Independence, MO – Jan 10th, 2014 Missouri Mavericks forward Colt King rockets the puck across the ice.

Independence, MO - Jan 10th, 2014 Missouri Mavericks netminder Shane Owen slides across the crease to deflect the puck.

Independence, MO – Jan 10th, 2014 Missouri Mavericks netminder Shane Owen slides across the crease to deflect the puck.

Independence, MO - Jan 10th, 2014 Rapid City Rush netminder Keaton Hartigan stands ready to stop the puck.

Independence, MO – Jan 10th, 2014 Rapid City Rush netminder Keaton Hartigan stands ready to stop the puck.

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