INDEPENDENCE, Missouri – In a back-and-forth battle between the CHL’s two top clubs, the Missouri Mavericks outlasted the Rapid City Rush in a 5-4 shootout decision. Missouri now leads the Rush by for points for first place in the conference.
John-Scott Dickson helped on three goals, including the game-tying goal in the final minute of the third period and he scored the shootout game winner.
Missouri jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one period thanks to goals from Eric Castonguay and Mathieu Gagnon.
Dave Pszenyczny scored early in the second period giving Missouri a 3-0 lead making it look like the Rush were going to lay down in the final game of a so-far undefeated four-game road trip.
But the Rush would not lay down scoring four straight goals to take the lead. In the second period, Anthony Perdicaro and Sean Erickson scored goals five minutes apart making the count 3-2 after two frames and then in the third period, Riley Weselowski and Perdicaro struck 57 seconds apart stunning the near capacity crowd by giving the Rush the lead.
The Mavs would try and try again but it wasn’t until less than a minute to play in regulation when Dickson found Colt King for the game-tying goal with just 45 seconds remaining.
The game went to a shootout where Dickson and Andrew Courtney scored for Missouri and Shane Owen stopped all four Rapid City shooters handing the Rush just their second shootout loss in 10 tries (8-2). Missouri moves to 3-1 in shootouts.
Owen finished with 25 saves winning his league=leading 31st game of the season. It marked his fifth straight win.
The game was the 700th in the CHL coaching career of Rapid City’s Joe Ferras who becomes just the fourth coach to join the 700-game club.
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