The Missouri Mavericks jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead Friday night against the visiting Rapid City Rush before a sold-out crowd of 5,728 at the Independence Events Center, only to see their offense turn as frigid as the weather outside.

The Missouri Mavericks jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead Friday night against the visiting Rapid City Rush before a sold-out crowd of 5,728 at the Independence Events Center, only to see their offense turn as frigid as the weather outside.

The end result was a 5-2 loss that saw the Rush sweep all five games of the season series from the Central Hockey League’s newest team.

Braden Walls and Jeff Christian scored the Mavericks’ two goals as the hometown team fell to 18-20-3 on the season.

The Mavericks will look to rebound at 7:05 p.m. Saturday when they play host to the other CHL expansion team, Allen Americans.

“We need to come back strong Saturday, because we didn’t give a very good performance tonight,” said Christian, who scored the Mavericks’ second goal.

“They are a very, very good team. But we got up 1-0 and then had a 2-on-1 scoring opportunity and didn’t take advantage of it. Then, it was just boom, boom, boom, and before you know it, we’re down 3-1 and just couldn’t get back in the game.

“There’s a reason they’re one of the best teams in the league. Our fans witnessed that tonight.”

Scott Wray, Brendan Cook and Les Reaney each had a goal and an assist for the Rush. Rapid City goaltender Danny Battochio stopped 33 of 35 shots for his 16th win of the season as the Rush improved to 27-10-3.

“They drove all night to get here and they played a great game,” Mavericks coach Scott Hillman said. “Their first two goals were crazy. Our guy makes a pass right to their guy on the first goal and our goaltender didn’t have a chance.

“They tie it up 1-all and we bounce the puck off the referee and they score. It was one of those nights.”

Missouri jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Walls scored his second goal of the season at the 8:19 mark of the first period.

There was a scrum in front of the Rush net and Battochio never covered up the puck. Walls then put it in the net. Brett Hammond and Bret Tyler earned the assists on the play.

Cook tied the game for the Rush just 36 seconds later when he took advantage of a Mavericks turnover and beat goaltender Alexandre Vincent.

“That goal really hurt because it gave the momentum back to the Rush,” Hillman said.

Rapid City took the lead at the 14:47 mark of the second period on Colt King’s 14th goal of the season.

The Mavericks tried to clear the puck out of their zone, but it bounced off the referee and Brendon Hodge quickly bounced on the loose puck.  He passed to King who lifted the puck over the shoulder of Vincent.  Less than two minutes later, Jon Pelle made it a 3-1 game to give the Rush a two-goal lead heading into the second intermission.

Wray made it 4-1 on his 19th goal of the season early in the third period. The goal came at the 4:55 mark on assists from Cook and Reaney.  At 9:55, Reaney scored to give the Rush a four-goal lead and all but end the Mavericks’ chances.

Christian made it 5-2 when he tipped the puck past Battochio late in the third period.