The Rangers dropped to 2-3 in league play after a 5-4 loss to Sioux Falls 2 on Dec. 28 at Larson Ice Center.
Ashton Witte cashed in on a power-play opportunity off assists from Jamison Honkomp and Noah Drew to get on the scoreboard first but the Flyers answered to even the score at 1-1 after one.
Sioux Falls scored twice, which included a power-play tally, in the second period for a 3-1 edge heading into the final frame.
The Flyers sandwiched a pair of goals around Trevor Pederson’s unassisted goal to make it 5-2 before Carter Merritt notched an unassisted power-play goal and then, Pederson lit the lamp off a Jordan Svodbodny helper for the final margin.
The Rangers held a 29-18 advantage in shots as Kaden Gutormsen and Carter Schulz combined for 13 saves in the loss.
The Rangers went 3-0 over the weekend – including handing Rushmore its first two losses of the season – to move into a tie for second place in the SDAHA standings with a 6-0 mark. The Thunder have 15 points with a 7-2-0-1 mark while Sioux Falls 2 is also 6-0 with 12 points.
• Brookings 9, Huron 1
The All-Stars scored their only goal just 31 seconds into play, but after that, it was all Brookings as Breck Hirrschoff and Isaac Schulte both lit the lamp for a 2-1 lead after a period. Miles Merhib set up Hirrschoff while Zach Struck and Eli Johnson assisted Schulte.
Schulte pushed the lead to 3-1 off a Struck helper before Hirrschoff scored twice and Brody Powers netted the puck twice. Pederson helped on Hirrschoff’s first goal while Hirrschoff assisted on both of Powers’ goals.
Hirrschoff scored twice in the third as Powers earned the assist for the final margin.
Brookings outshot the All-Stars, 63-6, as Kade Brecher finished with five saves for the win.
• Brookings 6, Rushmore 5
The Rangers built a 4-1 lead after a period and then broke a 5-5 tie with a power-play goal in the final minute for the win.
Hirrschoff scored two first-period goals while Powers and Schulte each added one as Powers assisted Schulte; Schulte set up Powers; and Hirrschoff assisted Schulte.
Rushmore sandwiched a pair of goals around an unassisted Hirrschoff tally as Brookings led 5-3 through two.
The Thunder tied the game before Jack Merritt netted the game winner on a power play with 30 seconds left to play.
The Rangers held a 21-14 edge in shots as Brecher collected nine saves in the win.
• Brookings 5, Rushmore 1
Hirrschoff’s unassisted tally in the first was the only goal of the frame as Hirrschoff and Powers scored in the second for a 3-0 lead through two. Merritt and Powers set up Hirrschoff’s goal.
Brookings sandwiched two goals around a Thunder tally in the third for the final. Powers scored off a Merritt setup before Hirrschoff lit the lamp as Isaac Dobesh earned the assist.
Rushmore outshot the Rangers, 27-17, as Brecher totaled 26 saves for the win.
The Rangers split a pair of games on Saturday with Rushmore, but lost Sunday’s rubber game, for a 1-2 mark over the weekend to move to 1-3 in the SDAHA standings.
• Rushmore 5, Brookings 0
The Thunder held a 34-18 edge in shots to power to the win as Addison Ronning collected 29 saves in the loss.
After a scoreless first, Rushmore tallied two second-period goals before tacking on three in the third.
• Brookings 4, Rushmore 3
The Thunder sandwiched a pair of goals around a Garrett Bothe tally for a 2-1 lead after one as Connor Strand picked up the assist.
David Brink lit the lamp with an unassisted tally in the second to level the score at 2-2 through two.
After Rushmore scored 32 seconds into the final frame, Geoffrey Svobodny netted the puck midway through the period before Bothe scored the short-handed game winner.
Ronning finished with 40 saves for the win as the Thunder outshot Brookings, 43-14.
• Rushmore 2, Brookings 1
The Thunder led 1-0 after a period and through two before tacking on another goal less than 4 minutes into the third for a 2-0 lead.
Bothe scored less than 2 minutes later to cut the lead in half for the final margin as Rushmore held a 32-12 advantage in shots with Ronning netting 30 saves in the loss.
The Squirt Minor Rangers posted a 1-3 mark over the weekend at Larson Ice Center, salvaging a 7-1 win over Mitchell on Sunday morning.
• Sioux City 8, Brookings 0
The Rangers managed just three shots on goal as Isaac Andal finished with 13 saves in goal in the loss as Sioux City scored five goals in the first, two in the second and one in the third.
• Fargo 10, Brookings 5
The Rangers trailed 2-1 after one and 7-3 through two in the five-goal loss to the Freeze Orange.
Cade Zweber lit the lamp in the first period off a Max Jensen assist.
In the second, Mason Diers tallied an unassisted goal before Jensen netted the puck off an assist from Tori Deming.
Diers scored twice in the third as Mauer Bartley picked up the assist on the first tally.
Fargo outshot the Rangers, 25-9, as Neil Trygstad came up with 15 saves.
• Brookings 7, Mitchell 1
The Rangers led 2-0 after a period and 5-0 through two as they picked up their first win of the weekend.
In the first, Jensen tallied an unassisted goal before Zweber netted the puck off a helper from Deming.
Zweber and Diers scored unassisted goals to open the second, and then, Jeremiah Hovey scored off a setup from Eli Merhib for the five-goal lead.
Zweber and Jensen both tallied unassisted goals in the third as Trygstad earned the win in goal with 15 saves as the Marlins outshot Brookings, 16-15.
• Sioux Falls (2) 9, Brookings 1
The Flyers netted four goals in both the first and second periods before tacking on one in the third for the final margin.
Diers tallied an unassisted goal in the second for the Rangers as Sioux Falls held a 30-9 margin in shots with Trygstad garnering 21 saves.