The Rapid City Rush rounded out 2016 with a set of home games, as they faced Idaho for a three-game series. We'll break down the last week of action in this week's Sunday Slapshot.
We'll go out to Wednesday's game. The first of the series against the Steelheads, and man was it rough.
Literally, the end of the first period, Idaho's Anthony Luciani with a late check on Dysin Mayo, who takes exception. Hyjinks ensue. Off to the right, Ryan Walters mixes it up with Jefferson Dahl. Rob Linsmayer sticks his nose in where it doesn't belong and Terrence Wallin is having none of it. 88 minutes in penalty minutes handed out by refs to start the 2nd period.
The Rush draw first blood in the second period, follow the bouncing puck. Brett Perlini fires and the puck bounces off two Steelheads. and just like that the Rush take the early lead.
Fast forward to the third period, Rush down by one. Dysin Mayo lets it rip and Ryan Walters with the beautiful redirect and we're tied at two.
Later, Justin Hache lets it rip, Terrence Wallin on the doorstep gets the redirect to tie us at three.
40 seconds later, Michael Young dances into the zone and fires on Branden Komm and it trickles past the goaltender and in.
And the Rush would skate off with the huge win, 7-4 the final score.
Idaho fought back for the 3-nothing shutout on Friday to force the rubber match on New Year's Eve. The Rush scored early, but Idaho came back to send it to overtime where the Steelheads got the win, 4-3.
Let's take a look at the standings in the Mountain Division... The Allen Americans have moved up to 1st place this week with 42 points. Colorado also has 42 points coming in 2nd. Alaska is hanging out in 3rd this week, followed by Idaho and Missouri in 4th and 5th place. The Utah Grizzlies are in 6th, and the Rapid City Rush are 1-point behind, to round out the standings in 7th.
Here's a look at the upcoming schedule; The Rush kick off 2017 with a whole lot of Utah. The Rush head to Grizzly territory on Friday and Saturday.
And next week, the Rush come back home to face those same Grizzlies in a 3-game series.