game to Rush
PARK CITY — The Wichita Thunder dropped its 16th straight game, falling to the Rapid City Rush 4-2 Tuesday in Central Hockey League play at the Kansas Coliseum.
Rapid City scored a goal in each of the first two periods from Rich Hansen and Blaine Jarvis. Brandon Kaleniecki scored for Wichita early in the third period, but was answered with 5:27 remaining by a Rush goal by Jon Pelle.
Kaleniecki scored a short-handed goal with 25 seconds remaining in regulation to put Wichita back within a goal, but Pelle scored an empty-netter power play goal eight seconds later to put the game away.
Chris Kovalcik and Jim Jorgensen assisted on Wichita’s first goal. Jason Woll assisted on Wichita’s second goal.
Pelle added an assist for Rapid City. Scott Wray dished out two assists.
Miguel Beaudry stopped 30 of 32 shots in goal for Rapid City. Wichita’s Scott Campbell stopped 22 of 25 shots.
Rapid City improves to 19-8-1, two points behind the Colorado Eagles for first place in the CHL Northern Conference.
Wichita falls to 3-23-3 and hosts Allen at 5:05 p.m. Thursday.
Before the game, Wichita traded goaltender Tim Boron and defenseman Kevin Truelson to the Mississippi RiverKings for defenseman Steve Makway, left wing Kevin Cooper and goaltender Ian Kerseich.
Makway turned pro in 2004 with the Laredo Bucks of the CHL. The native of Trail, British Columbia, Canada, has played in 332 professional games, scoring 35 goals with 117 assists.
This season, Makway scored four goals with 20 assists in 27 games. His best season came in 2007-08 with Mississippi, where he scored 11 goals with 32 assists.
Cooper, a native of Toronto, played four years at NCAA Division III Middlebury College from 2000 to 2004, scoring 99 goals with 60 assists in 119 games. He led the team to the NCAA tournament in each of his four years, winning the title in 2004. The team was 100-16-4 in his four years.
Cooper turned pro in 2004 with the Class AAA Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, playing one game. He has played in 288 professional games, scoring 109 goals with 111 assists. He posted 56 points in 2005-06 with the Elmira Jackals of the United Hockey League and in 2007-08 with Bossier-Shreveport of the CHL.
He started this season with the Texas Brahmas, playing five games and recording an assist. In 11 games with Mississippi this season, he scored four goals with four assists.
Keserich, from Parma, Ohio, played two seasons at Ohio State, where he was 4-3-0 with a 2.53 goals-against-average. He turned pro in 2007-08 with the Colorado Eagles.
In 67 pro games, he is 31-24-6 with a 3.01 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage. His best season came in 2007-08 with Mississippi, where he was 13-7-1 with a 2.64 goals-against-average and a .916 save percentage.
This season, Keserich was 3-1-1 in seven games with a 2.55 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage.
GAME RESCHEDULED — The game scheduled for Christmas Day at Tulsa, but postponed because of blizzard conditions in Oklahoma, was rescheduled for Feb. 2.
No Chiefs named
to Pro Bowl roster
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — For the first time since 1978, the Kansas City Chiefs have failed to get anyone named to the Pro Bowl.
The Chiefs (3-12), who end their third straight miserable season in Denver on Sunday, were shut out entirely in voting by fans, coaches and NFL players. It is possible KC could still get someone named as an alternate.
First-year coach Todd Haley, perhaps expecting his team to be passed by, indicated on Monday he was not concerned.
Asked if anyone has performed at Pro Bowl level, Haley said the “Pro Bowl thing is for the players" and that he is “about trying to win games.”
He pointed out that the team had three wins and that he would really like would be a “chance to knock (Denver) out of the playoffs” — calling such a result “Pro Bowl material.”