Kieran Millan put in a 46-save performance, but a three-goal second period combined with Danny Battochio’s 34 saves for the Rapid City Rush was the difference on Friday night in a 4-1 loss for the Denver Cutthroats.
Brad Smyth was held scoreless on the night, bringing his league-high point streak of 16 games to an end for Denver (17-11-2). The loss also ended the Cutthroats five-game winning streak over Rapid City (14-11-5).
Scott Brannon scored a pair of goals for the Rush and finished with three points on the night. Chris Greene was Denver’s only goal-scorer for his second of the season at 1:03 of period two, just 30 seconds after Brannon opened up the scoring for Rapid City.
Jarrett Konkle also scored a power play goal for the Rush at 11:10 of the second and Brannon added another with 4:05 to play.
Jeff Lee padded Rapid City’s lead midway through the third period.
Rapid City finished 1-for-5 on the power play while the Cutthroats were scoreless in their five chances.
Denver’s AJ Gale and Troy Schwab each saw their five-game point streaks come to an end in the contest as well.
The four-game series between Denver and Rapid City now shifts to the Denver Coliseum on Saturday for a 7:05 PM MST puck drop. It will be the final home game for the Cutthroats until February 1 as the rodeo and stock show moves into the Denver Coliseum for the next month.
1. Scott Brannon (RPD)
2. Jeff Lee (RPD)
3. Danny Battochio (RPD)
Recap courtesy of the Denver Cutthraoats