Rapid City Rush battling for fourth and final playoff spot
RAPID CITY, S.D. – We’re down to the final five weeks of the regular season in the ECHL and that means it crunch time for teams looking to make the playoffs.
The Rapid City Rush hope to be one of those teams joining the postseason party.
After sweeping the Tulsa Oilers last weekend, the Rush are sitting in fifth place in the Western Conference.
Rapid City currently trails Utah, 0.548 to 0.547, for the fourth and final playoff spot.
Also, the Grizzlies have one game in hand over the Rush.
That’s why the Rush are treating every series from here on out like a playoffs series.
“Our hockey team has been playing very good over the last couple of months and every game has been huge for us in that time period,” Rush assistant coach Jeremy Gates said. “But it’s been no different. Every game that we go in is a big game. It has big implications. Our fellows have done a great job sticking to the structured game plan. But they also playing with a lot of confidence and realizing that we are a good hockey team in this league. We really want to make the playoff push and make some noise in the ECHL.”
The Rush return home this weekend to take on the Kansas City Mavericks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Apr. 30 – May 2.
Although Rapid City has won 7 out of its last 10 games and Kansas City has been struggling as of late, the Rush are taking nothing for granted.
“Kansas City is a team that has a lot more guys that are healthier than the last time we played them,” Gates said. “They have some dangerous scorers with a lot of experience and we have to make sure that we key in on their best players. They have a really good special teams, as far as, their rankings in the standings. We have to make sure we take care of business in that aspect. These three games are huge. They’re fighting for their playoff lives like us and it’s going to be a playoff mentality around the arena.”