PHOTOS: Buzzer-beating empty net goal solidifies Rush win over Idaho


The Rapid City Rush battled for a 4-2 victory against the Idaho Steelheads on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. The win snapped a four-game losing streak; three of those games were against Idaho the week previous. (Darsha Nelson, NewsCenter1)

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Rush battled hard to pull out a 4-2 win over the Idaho Steelheads on Wednesday night, a much-needed victory for the Rush after losing three straight games to Idaho on the road.

The Rush were on the board first and early in the first period, with #42 Alex Aleardi scoring his first goal with the Rapid City Rush – and an unassisted goal at that.

It wasn’t until the second period that Idaho answered with a goal from #37 Zane Franklin. Later in the period, #19 Calder Brooks with a solid deke before landing the puck behind Steelheads goalie #1 Jake Kupsky. Before the end of the second, Rush forward #9 Max Coatta pulled off a slap shot, sending the Rush back into the lead.

GALLERY: Rush defeat Steelheads 4-2, snapping four-game losing streak

Idaho’s #15 Ryan Dmowski came out strong in the first minute of the third period, edging the Steelheads closer at 3-2.

With little time on the clock, the Steelheads made the decision to pull Kupsky from the goal in favor of adding another player. Rush goalie #1 Daniil Chechelev made repeated saves as Idaho battled for a goal.

As the seconds counted down, Rush forward #22 Matt Marcinew managed to slap the puck down the ice, scoring a empty net goal just seconds before the final buzzer.

The Rush now stand at a record of 3-5-0-0 and brought an end to their four-game losing streak.

The Steelheads and the Rush will meet again this Friday, November 11 at 7:05 p.m.

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