Oilers shut out the Rush
RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Rush clinched a spot in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Wednesday with a 5-2 win over the Tulsa Oilers.
The victory sent the Rush to the postseason for the first time since 2015.
Plus, Rapid City also clinched home ice in the first round of the playoffs.
The two teams squared off again on Friday and the Oilers defeated the Rush, 1-0.
Jack Doremus scored the only goal in the third period.
Tulsa’s goaltender, Daniel Mannella, finished the game with 26 saves on 26 shots earning the shutout.
Lucas Parik set aside 22 out of 23 shots for the Rush.
Rapid City fell to 35-25-6-5 in the loss while Tulsa improved to 36-29-3-3.
The Oilers clinched a playoff berth with the win.
Plus, Utah defeated Idaho. So the Grizzlies clinch the Mountain Division title.
Rapid City will be the number two seed in the upcoming playoffs and could face Tulsa in the opening round.
The Rush will host the first two games in the first round of the playoffs set for April 22-23.
Tickets go on sale on April 18 at 10 a.m.
The Rush will wrap up the regular season on Saturday against the Oilers.
There is a pre-game car show starting at 3 p.m. in the Rushmore Hall.
The puck is scheduled to drop at 7:05 p.m. at the Monument Ice Arena.