The Rapid City Rush won a thriller against the Utah Grizzlies last night ... showing off some of the late game fighting spirit that has been a hallmark of this squad so far this season.
The Rush rallied in the third period Wednesday night with goals from Tyler Poulsen and Brandon Mashinter to tie things up at 5 apiece before knocking off the No. 1 team in the Mountain Division when Poulsen potted the winner in a shootout.
Head coach Daniel Tetrault has credited the camaraderie of a team that has been able to bond without the specter of affiliated call-ups looming as a big key to its resilience.
Tetrault said, "Go down the list of guys who made it out of the tryout, like a Quaile or a Coyne on defense, they were just tryout kids and they were willing to pay the price and made the team. And the goaltending has been phenomeal with Carlson and Bitzer, they've been a great 1-2 punch, probably one of the best in the league and they're competitive and they're great kids off the ice.
"And all these guys are like family in there and they're just fun to work with and we're going to keep it going and it should be a fun year down the stretch here ... we've only played 20 percent of the season so there's a lot of hockey left."
The Rush and Grizzlies will finish off their three-game series with games Friday and Saturday at the civic center. Saturday's game will be the annual Teddy Bear Toss game.