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Denver rides Millan to victory over Rapid City, 4-1
The Denver Cutthroats relied on the sparkling performance of Kieran Millan in net to grab a 4-1 win against Rapid City.
Denver's penalty kill excelled, as the Cutthroats gave up zero goals despite allowing six power plays.
Denver was paced by Luke Fulghum, who tallied one goal and one assist. Fulghum scored 8:57 into the second period to make the score 2-0 Denver. Jamie MacQueen picked up the assist.
The Cutthroats were often in penalty trouble, totaling seven minors and four majors for 34 minutes in penalty time. Denver surpassed its season average of 14.0 penalty minutes per game. The Cutthroats stifled Rapid City's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man.
Denver additionally got points from MacQueen, who also finished with one goal and one assist and Brett Lutes, who also registered one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Jean-Philipp Chabot also scored for Denver. More assists for Denver came via Gabe Gauthier, Ben Wilson, and Joel Chouinard, who each chipped in one.
Rapid City forced its penalty killing units to work especially hard during the game, picking up seven minors and four majors for 44 minutes in penalty time. Rapid City had been averaging 18.0 minutes in penalties per game. With 32 shots on target during the contest, Rapid City exceeded the 27.3 shots it averages per game this year.
Rapid City was led by Kyle Peto, who scored the team's only goal. Peto scored 13:26 into the third period to make the score 3-1 Denver. Damian Surma assisted on the tally.
Millan rejected 31 shots on goal for Denver. The Cutthroats registered one goal on five power play opportunities. Rapid City's starting goalie, Tim Boron, made 20 saves and finished with the loss before he was taken out in favor of Neil Conway, who stopped five shots.