Rush suffer letdown in third period, lose to Eagles 6-4

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

Heading into the third period with a lead has not been the Rapid City Rush's strong point this season.

But the Rush actually had a 4-3 advantage after two periods on Friday night. But Colorado scored three unanswered goals in the third and defeated the Rush, 6-4.

Rapid City jumped out to an early lead in the first period thanks to goals by Kenton Miller and Peter Sivak.

The Rush added two more goals in the second.  Jack Walker took a turnover on the blue line and scored a shorthanded goal.

Then with it tied at three, Daniel Leavens put the Rush back on top with his first goal in a Rapid City uniform.

However, the third period belonged to the Eagles. Michael Joly scored two goals including the game winner with 10:23 left in the game.

With 5:09 remaining, Evan Janssen was sent to the penalty box for hooking allowing Colorado to scores its second power play goal of the game.

Shane Owen stopped 19 of 24 shots for Rapid City.

The Rush have now lost 12 out of their last 14 games and remain in last place in the Mountain Division with 16 points.

Colorado improves to 22-5-4 on the season.

The Rush close out 2017 with a rematch against the Eagles on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.

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