The Utah Grizzlies cut a 6-1 Rapid City lead to 6-5, but they couldn’t get the equalizer late as they fell 6-5 to the Rush on Friday night at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
Utah took a 1-0 lead 4:34 into the first period as Brendan Harms (seven) scored, crashing the net, from Ryan Walters (one goal, two assists) and Kyle Thomas.
The Rush scored on a delayed penalty at 8:44 to tie, took the lead at 13:48 on a shorthanded goal and made it 3-1 with 2:28 left in the second period.
In the second, Rapid City added three goals in 6:12 from 6:01 to 12:13 to make a 3-1 game 6-1.
Utah started a comeback with two goals in 37 seconds as Todd Skirving (six) and Brad Navin (seven) scored and then added a Walters (20) five-on-three goal to make it 6-4 with 1:43 left in the second period as they capped their three goals in a 3:18 stretch.
The Grizzlies made it 6-5 with 5:50 left in the second period as Austin Ortega (10) scored from a funny angle.
Utah pulled the goalie and had several late chances as it tried to cap its furious rally, but it ran out of time.
Anaheim Ducks prospect Angus Redmond made 20 saves for Utah in the start.
The Grizzlies return home for a Maverik Monday Matinee on Feb. 19, against Idaho at 1:30 p.m.