The Rapid City Rush were busy at the ECHL trade deadline, shipping out some familiar faces in the hopes of bringing in some more youth, speed and scoring ... so far that strategy looks to have worked as the team is playing arguably its best hockey of the season.
The Rapid City Rush have gone on a nice win streak here recently, having taken five of six games from the second-place Utah Grizzlies ... now the Rush look to keep their playoff hopes alive with Idaho in town this weekend ... Tetrault said, ""We're playing really well, taking five out of six from Utah is a pretty big deal, they've got a great team. There's a good feeling, guys are playing well, the newly-acquired guys have been really playing well together and just bringing that energy, more scoring, more speed to the lineup helps a lot." Those newly-acquired guys include forward Alex Rauter, who recently endeared himself to his team and coaches with a two-goal performance in Utah that included the game-winner late in the third period. It's been great, you know, I can't say enough good things about the guys, it's been really fun, really inviting, really welcoming since I got here and we've got a really close team, everybody does the little things and it's really nice and it's easy to play for a team like this where everyone works so hard." While hard work and solid goaltending had been something that the Rush could rely on for much of the season, they knew they had to add some scoring punch and that's exactly what the team did. Another difference has been the naming of Justin Faryna as captain after Riley Weselowski was shipped out of town at the trade deadline. The new captain promises that nobody in the Rush locker room will be giving up down the stretch.
The Rush look to stay hot tomorrow night with the first-place Idaho Steelheads in town for a 7:05 game. The two teams will play again Saturday night at the civic center before heading back to Boise for three games next week. Join us at Nine tonight as we take a little deeper look at the Rush's recent run.
The Class A girls basketball all-state teams were announced today and West River was well-represented ... with St. Thomas More sophomore Haleigh Timmer and Todd County senior Raven Cournoyer earning first-team honors. Cournoyer, who averaged over 23 points per game this season, led Todd County to a State A consolation championship win over Timmer and the Cavaliers. State champion Winner put two players on the second team in freshman Bella Swedlund and junior Morgan Hammerbeck ... Cournoyer's backcourt mate Kelsie Herman was also named to the second team.
In something of an anomaly, Cournoyer was the lone senior on the first team this year. In fact, of the 18 total selections on the three Class A all-state teams, only four were seniors this season. Timmer and Cournoyer were joined on the first team by Lennox's Madysen Vlastuin, Flandreau's Hannah Parsley, Sioux Falls Christian's Lexi Unruh and Vermillion's Lexi Plitzuweit.