Rangers skate to three-game sweep over Rushmore


RAPID CITY – The Rangers took all three South Dakota Amateur Hockey Association games from Rushmore over the weekend as they posted a pair of shutouts before beating the Thunder by four goals in Sunday’s finale.

Brookings downed the Thunder, 6-2, on Sunday after opening with the series with a 7-0 win on Friday and bettering that game with an 8-0 shutout on Saturday.

The Rangers, 12-7 on the season, sit in third place in the league standings with 24 points. Brookings concludes regular-season play with a pair of league games on Feb. 24-25 against Oahe at Larson Ice Center.

Sunday

 Brookings 6, Rushmore 2

The Rangers scored three goals in each of the first two period while limiting Rushmore to one in each frame for the 6-2 win as neither team found the back of the net in the third.

Bethany Rennich lit the lamp a minute into the game with an unassisted tally before the Thunder scored midway through the period to tie the game at 1-1.

Brookings scored four straight goals to take control as Elli Hegdahl sandwiched a pair of goals around another Ranger first-period goal before Brooklyn Roberts found the back of the net to open the second-period scoring.

After the Thunder scored with 7 1/2 minutes to play in the second period, Montana Myer provided for the final margin with a short-handed goal as Emma Rice and Addie Ramlo picked up the assists.

Jadyn Runge earned the win in goal with 21 saves as Brookings held a 56-23 advantage in shots.

Saturday

 Brookings 8, Rushmore 0

Jadyn Peterson scored three goals; Myer lit the lamp twice; and Hegdahl, Roberts and Carlie Kruse each found the back of the net once for the Rangers, who led 2-0 after a period and 4-0 through two.

Hegdahl and Rennich both tallied two assists, while Rice, McKenna Geraets and Janaya Kuehl each added one.

Runge made 12 saves to earn the shutout win.

Friday

 Brookings 7, Rushmore 0

Peterson led a balanced scoring attack with a pair of goals, while Ramlo, Rennich, Roberts and Jenna Schulte added one apiece.

Rice notched three assists and Kruse two as Peterson, Myer and Geraets added one apiece.

Brookings scored three goals in the first and a pair in each of the final two periods as Runge stopped 18 shots in the shutout.


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