Rapid City took an early lead in their first game of the 2013 Playoff season, and continued their efforts through the third period, picking up another goal in the second and a final empty net goal in the third. Despite excellent play on both sides of the line, the true star of the game was Rapid City Rush netminder Tim Boron, making 31 saves on goal for a playoff shutout.
The game came to an end with a resounding 3-0 win for the Rapid City Rush, making it 1-0 in a best of seven series, the series continues tomorrow in Rapid City.
The first period of play clearly demonstrated that both teams intended to win this series, both teams were feeling each other out and pressuring each other back and forth.
The Rush and the Mavericks spent the majority of the first trading a variety of penalties, but it became obvious at the 12:41 mark that the Mavericks defensive line was wearing down as Winston Day Chief poked one in making it 1-0 for the Rush.
The remainder of the first period was scoreless despite several great attempts by both teams, as both netminders demonstrated their playoff determination.
The Mavericks came into the second period with an obvious intensity, however the Rush demonstrated that they were equal to the task and managed to knock down and suppress the every attempt by the Mavericks.
Nearing the end of the second period it appeared as though both teams would walk away scoreless, when out of nowhere Dan Gendur skilfully slipped the puck into the low slot making the score 2-0 in favor of the Rush. Through the second period the Mavericks made 22 shots on the net, compared to 21 shots made by the Rapid City Rush.
The third period began with a flurry of attempts on both sides of the rink. With just under five minutes into the third the Mavericks went on their fourth power play of the night as Jordan Behler was sent to the box for slashing, several good attempts were made by the Mavericks but netminder Tim Boron demonstrated time and time again why he was recently named the Warrior CHL Goaltender of the Month.
Just a few moments later the Rush went on the power play as Jesse Perrin was called for cross checking, the Rush were unable to convert on the power play. Just as the power play came to an end the Mavericks managed an amazing breakaway but netminder Tim Boron was equal to the task and stoned a wrister by CHL’s recently named Most Valuable Player and Joe Burton Award winner Sebastien Thinel.
The Mavericks and Rush continued the remainder of the third period trading minors, both teams continued to display an excellent penalty kill arsenal under the pressure. With 1:00 left on the clock, the Mavericks pulled netminder Michael Clemente in favor of a sixth skater, a few seconds later the Mavericks were forced out of the Rush end as the result of an out of play puck on the part of the Mavericks.
The Rush continued pressuring the Mavericks despite six skaters, and with just under 17 seconds left on the clock Scott Wray managed an impressive empty net shot making it 3-0 Rush. The Rapid City Rush made 32 shots on goal, compared to 31 shots by the Missouri Mavericks.
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