Photo Courtesy: Jordan Tigges-Reyes
WINDSOR, CO. – Colorado scored four unanswered goals, including a pair from forward Michael Joly, as the Eagles won their seventh consecutive game with a 4-2 win over the Rapid City Rush on Friday. Goaltender Joe Cannata moved to 14-1-1 on the year, stopping 23 of Rapid City’s 25 shots on the night. Joly’s two-goal performance now gives the 22 year-old 29 goals in his first 31 games of the season.
Colorado would outshoot Rapid City 11-7 in the first period, but the Rush would kill off an early Eagles power play, while Cannata and Rapid City netminder Adam Vey would both stand tall to send the two teams to the first intermission in a scoreless deadlock.
Rush forward Peter Sivak broke open the scoring 5:30 into the second period when he tracked down a loose puck on top of the crease and banged it past Cannata to give the Rush the 1-0 edge.
Rapid City’s lead would grow to a pair when Sivak fielded a drop-pass in the high slot and snapped a wrist shot that would light the lamp and give the Rush a 2-0 advantage with 1:04 remaining in the middle frame.
Needing an answer, the Eagles would get find one when defenseman Jake Marto sliced down the left wing and fired a shot from the bottom of the circle past Vay to cut Rapid City’s lead to 2-1 with only 50 seconds left to play in the period.
Colorado would build on the momentum to start the third period, as Joly would weave his way through the right circle before beating Vay with a shot from the slot to tie the game at 2-2 at the 3:01 mark of the final frame.
Less than two minutes later, Joly would give Colorado its first lead of the night with a goal in transition from the right circle, making it 3-2 in favor of the home side.
The Eagles would earn a power play later in the third period and forward J.C. Beaudin would capitalize with a slapshot from the blueline that would light the lamp and give Colorado a 4-2 lead with 13:00 left to play in regulation.
The Rush would pull Vay in favor of the extra attacker in the waning minutes of the contest, but they would draw no closer, as the Eagles would hold on for the 4-2 win.
Colorado finished the evening going 1-for-4 on the power play, while holding Rapid City 0-for-2 on the man-advantage.
The Eagles conclude their three-game series with the Rapid City Rush on Saturday, January 13th at 7:05pm MT at the Budweiser Events Center.