Rapid City, South Dakota – The Rapid City Rush scored a third period power-play goal and spent the final 4:52 of the game on the power-play as they held on to defeat the Utah Grizzlies 2-1 Saturday night at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
Utah goaltender Joel Rumpel stopped 24 of 26 in his Utah debut not allowing a five-on-five goal.
The Grizzlies took a 1-0 lead 4:37 into the first period as Austin Ortega (11) redirected home a Sam Windle blast with Alex Dostie drawing an assist.
Rapid City tied the game 7:52 later 70 seconds into their first power-play and broke a 1-1 tie that lasted for 32:35 five minutes into the third period to take a 2-1 lead.
Utah was unable to score on their three power-plays as they drew three of the first four and Rapid City scored on their first two.
The Rush spent the final 4:52 of the contest on the power-play after Travis Howe was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct for head butting.
The Grizzlies continue their seven-game road trip Friday and Saturday in Dallas against the Allen Americans. Face-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. each night.
The Grizzlies return home for a Maverik Monday Matinee Monday, February 19 against Idaho at 1:30 p.m. Kids under 12 will be admitted for $6 and adults can Buy One Ticket and Get One Ticket Free with their Maverik Adventure Club Card.
Grizzlies Fight Cancer
Friday and Saturday, February 23 and 24 the Grizzlies team with Stadler to fight cancer. For $20, fans can get a lower bowl ticket to either game, a Grizzlies Fight Cancer T-Shirt, $5 donated to the local organization of their choice fighting cancer and a ticket will be donated to someone fighting cancer or a family member. This offer can purchased at utahgrizzlies.com/fightcancer. After Friday’s game, fans are invited onto the ice to paint the name of someone close to them who has battled or is fighting cancer; donations will be accepted. Saturday, the team will auction off the specialty jerseys that they will wear that weekend with all proceeds going to fight cancer.