Saturday Night’s Roundup – Rage Comeback to Top Eagles in Overtime
The Rocky Mountain Rage (26-5-3) came back from a 4-2 first intermission deficit to defeat the Colorado Eagles (21-9-5) in overtime by a score of 5-4. The win moves the Rage’s lead in the Northwest Division to eight points and ends the Eagles three-game win streak.
Rocky Mountain jumped out to a 2-1 lead behind goals from David Morelli and Scott Wray just two and a half minutes into the game (Morelli’s goal came just 15 seconds into the game). The Eagles would answer back with goals from Greg Pankewicz, Brad Williamson and Fraser Filipic to take the 4-2 lead after 20 minutes.
The Rage would battle back in the third period with goals from Brent Cullaton and Trevor Weisgerber to tie the game and send it to overtime.
A late penalty by Les Borsheim in the third period carried over into overtime where the scorching Daymen Rycroft scores his league-leading 29th goal of the season and extended his goal streak to six games. Rycroft and Cullaton each finished with a goal and two assists.
Scott Reid made 26 saves improving his season mark to 19-3-2.
Saturday’s Three Stars
1. Daymen Rycroft (RMR) – scored OT game winner (and had two assists) in 5-4 win over Colorado
2. Ryan Watson (OKC) – had a hat trick with an assist in an 8-1victory over Tulsa
3. Chad Woollard (MIS) – scored a pair of goals versus the Brahmas in 4-1 Mississippi win
Saturday’s Other Games
Laredo 1 @ Austin 2
Doug Groenestege made 32 saves winning for the third time in his last four starts as the Ice Bats improved to 5-1 in their last six games. Ted Vandermeer and Brendan Cook scored for the Bats. Cook has goals in each of his last four games.
Bossier-Shreveport 5 @ Youngstown 3
The Mudbugs won their league record tying 15th straight game with their road victory over the Hounds. Ken Carroll won his 11th straight decision and Joe Ori scored a pair of goals for the Bugs. Daniel Pegoraro had three assists.
Mississippi 4 @ Texas 1
Chad Woollard burned his old team with a pair of goals as the RiverKings won their fourth straight game. Ian Keserich made his first start of the season with the Kings and made 34 saves earning the victory. Ryan Campbell had a goal and an assist for Mississippi who will travel home to meet the Brahmas again tomorrow.
Tulsa 1 @ Oklahoma City 8
Ryan Watson and Garret Prosofsky each had four points as the Blazers offensive erupted versus the Oilers. The win moves the Blazers to within two points of a playoff spot. Other offensive heroes included Marty Standish with two goals, Erick Lizon with three assists and Peter Robertson with a pair of helpers.
Rio Grande Valley 3 @ Amarillo 5
The Gorillas ended their four-game losing streak with a home victory over the Killer Bees. Bill Vandermeer had a goal and two assists and Dan Bauer made 28 saves earning the victory. The loss keeps the Bees grounded with their seventh straight loss. David Lemanowicz made 59 saves, the most by any goaltender in a game this season.
Odessa 6 @ Arizona 8
The Sundogs offense came to life with Mark Kolanos and Tyler Redenbach scoring two goals apiece in the victory over Odessa. The win moves the Sundogs lead in the Southwest Division to three points. Alex Leavitt had a goal and two assists and Chris Bartolone had three helpers for Arizona. Dominic Leveille had two goals and two assists in the loss for the Jacks.
Wichita 2 @ New Mexico 3
The Scorpions squandered a two-goal lead but came back in the end to triumph in overtime with Aaron MacInnis scoring a power play goal just over three minutes into the final frame. Blair Stayzer and Craig Macdonald also scored for New Mexico and Konrad Reeder helped on all three Scorpions goals. The win was the eighth in a row New Mexico.
Corpus Christi @ Laredo
Bossier-Shreveport @ Youngstown
Amarillo @ Austin
Texas @ Mississippi