A back & fourth game that saw the Rapid City Rush & Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs saw a 2-2 game going into the OT saw another unlikely hero for the Rush as Corey Laurysen who barely saw any playing time in the CHL This season scores his first goal of the playoffs to give the Rush a 3-2 win and a 2-1 series lead in the Northern Conference Final last night in Shreveport, Louisiana.
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The Rapid City Rush outlasted the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs in Game 3 of their best of 7 Conference Final series prevailing in OT 3-2. All three games in the series have been decided by one goal and both Rush wins have come in overtime.
The Rush twice built one goal leads in regulation taking a 1-0 lead at the 6:20 mark of the 2nd period with defensemen Luke Fritshaw scoring his 2nd of the post-season. In the third period, Derek Leblanc scored his fifth playoff goal at the 9:20 mark regaining the lead 2-1 for Rapid City.
Both Mudbugs answers came on the power play with Jeff Kyrzakos scoring in the 2nd period evening the score at one and then in the 3rd period Chris St. Croix scored with the man advantage tying the game and ultimately sending the game to overtime.
The winning goal came from newcomer Corey Laurysen who joined the Rush for the post-season as he recorded his first playoff point in his fifth playoff game.
Danny Battochio improved to 6-1 in the playoff stopping 37 shots and his counterpart, Parker Van Buskirk had his second solid outing in place of Ken Carroll (injured) making 39 saves but it wasn't enough.
The Mudbugs went 2 for 6 on the power play and the Rush were stopped on all four chances they had. Game four is scheduled for Friday Night in Bossier-Shreveport.
Rapid City Rush Lead Series 2-1
Rapid City Rush 3 Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs 2 (OT) (0-0, 1-1, 1-1, 1-0)
1-0 RPC: Luke Fritshaw (Pelle) 6:20 2nd
1-1 BOS: Jeff Kyrzakos (PP) (Limpright, Clayton) 7:48 2nd
2-1 RPC: Derek Leblanc (Reaney, Hodge) 9:20 3rd
2-2 BOS: Chirs St. Croix (PP) (Lucas, Aikins) 13:01 3rd
3-2 RPC: Corey Laurysen (Unassisted) 15:35 OT
SOG: RPC 42 BOS 39
PP: RPC 0/4 BOS 2/6
PIM: RPC 14 Minutes on 7 Penalties BOS 10 Minutes on 5 Penalties
Goalies: RPC Danny Battochio 37 SVS on 39 Shots BOS Parker Van Buskirk 39 SVS on 42 Shots
3rd Star: Parker Van Buskirk (BOS)
2nd Star: Danny Battochio (RPC)
1st Star: Corey Laurysen (RPC)
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