Monday, May 3, 2010 - - PLAYOFF EDITION
Distributed every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until the end of the Ray Miron Presidents’ Cup Playoffs
The Rapid City Rush and the Allen Americans meet Tuesday night at 6:35pm (MST) in Game 6 of the Ray Miron Presidents’ Cup Finals with the Rush leading the series three games to two. With road wins on Friday and Saturday, the Rush could hoist the Ray Miron Presidents’ Cup with a win on their home ice in just their second season. If necessary, Game 7 will be played Friday night in Rapid City.
Ray Miron Presidents’ Cup Finals Schedule: (Rush Lead Series 3-2)
Rapid City vs. Allen (best-of-7, all times local)
Game 1 – Friday, April 23 – Allen 4 @ Rapid City 1
Game 2 – Saturday, April 24 – Allen 4 @ Rapid City 5 (OT)
Game 3 – Wednesday, April 28 – Rapid City 2 @ Allen 5
Game 4 – Friday, April 30 – Rapid City 4 @ Allen 2
Game 5 – Saturday, May 1 – Rapid City 7 @ Allen 2
Game 6 – Tuesday, May 4 – Allen @ Rapid City, 6:35 PM
*Game 7 – Friday, May 7 – Allen @ Rapid City, 7:05 PM
* - if necessary
Game 1 – ALN 4 @ RPD 1
Allen goaltender Chris Whitley
made 48 saves and the Americans scored four times in the second period to earn the Game 1 win. Nino Musitelli
led the way offensively scoring a pair of goals.
Game 2 – ALN 4 @ RPD 5 (OT)
Rapid City defenseman Dave Grimson
scored a goal and assisted on the game-tying goal with less than a minute remaining and Blaine Jarvis
scored his first professional playoff OT game winner as the Rush evened the series. Allen’s Chris Whitley
made 52 saves in the losing effort. Brendon Hodge
and Les Reaney
each had three helpers for the Rush.
Game 3 – ALN 5 @ RPD 2
The Americans got a hat trick from Colton Yellow Horn
and a pair of goals from Justin Bowers
as they built a 4-0 lead and held on for the 5-2 win. Chris Whitley
made 35 saves in his CHL record-tying 17th appearance of the post-season.
Game 4 – ALN 2 @ RPD 4
Rapid City had nine different players on the score sheet and multi-point games from Dave Grimson
, Brendon Hodge
, and Les Reaney
. Rapid City scored three times in the second period and Danny Battochio
made 27 saves earning the win.
Game 5 – RPD 7 @ ALN 2
The Rush got a hat trick from Brendan Cook
and four points off a pair of goals and assists from Les Reaney
as they put a stop to the Americans scoring after the first period. Danny Battochio
made 24 saves in the victory to give the Rush an opportunity to end the series in Game 6.
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Home Ice=Not A Factor
In the final series thus far home ice hasn’t helped to predict the victor whatsoever. After five games played just two of them have resulted in a home team victory. Of the 36 goals scored so far in the series just 15 of those came from the home team. The series shifts back to Rapid City where Allen won Game 1 and then fell in overtime in Game 2
Rush Trying Not to Repeat Game 6 History
The Rapid City Rush were in a similar position last series against the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs leading 3-2 after five games and heading home for what could be two straight games to finish the series. In the series versus the Mudbugs, the Rush played arguably their worst game of the post-season falling 2-0 to Bossier-Shreveport forcing a Game 7.
CHL Playoff Bracket
Americans Looking at Familiar Territory
Being down 3-2 in a series, facing elimination, is something that the Allen Americans are not foreign to. In the Southern Conference Semifinals, the Americans trailed Laredo 3-2 and eventually came back to win the series (Game’s 6 and 7 were in Allen). In the conference finals, the Americans led 3-1 versus Odessa before the Jacks won back-to-back games forcing a Game 7 in Odessa where the Americans eventually won. The Americans are looking to become the first CHL team to play in three Game 7’s in a single playoff season.