Sitting in a familiar spot heading into the all-star break is the Rapid City Rush. The defending CHL Champs are in first place in the Turner Conference carrying an 18-12-4 record and 40 points, one better than both Bloomington and Missouri.
After a 5-2 loss in Laredo in early November, the Rush found themselves below .500 at 3-4-0. Goaltender Danny Battochio rebounded the next time out with a 26 save effort in a 4-1 win at Laredo pulling his team back to even and they used this as a vault to go 5-0-2 over their next seven games.
The Turner Conference has been incredibly tight seemingly allowing a hot weekend to push a team to the top. Amazingly, the top seven teams are just six points apart.
The Rush don’t get the benefit of a break like the other 17 teams as they get to host a team of CHL All-Stars on Wednesday night and then it is off to the second half where they will try to hold back the ranks. They begin with a three-game road trip heading to Quad City, Missouri and Bloomington.