Like Saturday's game in West Texas, the opening game of the Northern Conference Final saw OT and just like the Southern Conference Final as well, it's a great back and fourth where the teams All-Stars took over the game.
The third period saw a wild affair which started with Clay Plume scored just 2 minutes into the 3rd period to tie the game at 2-2. However, Rapid City's Scott Wray scored his 4th of the post-season to put the Rush up 3-2. He would later force OT with a goal with just 3 and a half minutes left in the third period to make it a 4-4 game.
Then Wray played the role of set up man to help Brendan Cook set up Les Reaney's game winner 5 minutes into the extra period to help the Rush take the opening game of the series against the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs.
Game 2 will be taking place tonight in Rapid City, S.D. as the Rush will look to go up 2-0 and have a huge advantage in looking to make the team's first ever Presidents Cup Final.
From the Central Hockey League Website: www.centralhockeyleague.com
From Rapid City, South Dakota: In Game one of the Northern Conference Final, the Rapid City Rush came-from-behind to tie the game and eventually triumph in OT taking a 1-0 series lead over the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. Les Reaney scored three points in the game including the game winner in overtime lifting his team to the 5-4 win.
Scott Wray scored a pair of goals and had an assist and it was his second goal with three and a half minutes left in regulation that sent the game to overtime. Derek Campbell had a goal and an assist for the Rush aiding the offense.
Former Rapid City Defensemen Clay Plume lead the offense for the Bugs with a pair of goals, both in the third period.
The Mudbugs scored three times in the third period holding a 4-3 lead before Wray's heroics.
Danny Battochio had 20 saves in the game improving to 5-0 in the playoffs. Ken Carroll took his first loss of the playoffs despite making 39 saves. Game two is scheduled for Sunday Night in Rapid City.
Rapid City Rush Lead Series 1-0
Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs 4 Rapid City Rush 5 (OT) (1-1, 0-1, 3-2, 0-1)
0-1 RPC: Derek Leblanc (Pelle, VanderVeeken) 0:28 1st
1-1 BOS: Joe Ori (PP) (St. Croix, Carroll) 8:35 1st
1-2 RPC: Derek Campbell (Flamminio) 6:57 2nd
2-2 BOS: Clay Plume (Kyrzakos, Clayton) 2:50 3rd
2-3 RPC: Scott Wray (Campbell, Reaney) 3:08 3rd
3-3 BOS: Simon Mangos (PP) (Smith, Blaznek) 8:44 3rd
4-3 BOS: Clay Plume (Rutherford, Lucas) 13:14 3rd
4-4 RPC: Scott Wray (Reaney) 16:23 3rd
4-5 RPC: Les Reaney (Cook, Wray) 5:06 OT
SOG: BOS 24 RPC 44
PP: BOS 2/4 RPC 0/5
PIM: BOS 10 Minutes on 5 Penalties RPC 8 Minutes on 4 Penalties
Goalies: BOS Ken Carroll 39 SVS on 44 Shots RPC Danny Battochio 20 SVS on 24 Shots
3rd Star: Clay Plume (BOS)
2nd Star: Scott Wray (RPC)
1st Star: Les Reaney (RPC)
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