The Rampage posted their worst loss of the season in Boulder on Friday. In summary, most of the team simply did not show up to play and found themselves on the wrong side of a 9-3 loss as a result.
While it was a disappointing performance, there was some good to be found for Tulsa. James Ryerse, Shane Khalaf, and Bobby Watson combined on Tulsa's three goals with Ryerse nabbing two goals and one assist, Khalaf gaining one goal and two assists, and Watson assisting on all three. Defenseman Andrew Lillard, who has struggled to crack the line-up regularly posted a performance that gained praise from Coach MacLeod and an opportunity to continue in the game line-up. Others had brief shining moments but none could seem to put together the sixty minutes necessary for success. "We have a group of kids with great character, they're all great kids, and I'm proud of them for that," MacLeod said "but they had no fight tonight, they didn't play with pride, they didn't show up game ready, they didn't play to win." It's not something that presents big concern for MacLeod when reflecting on his team's future. "When they play, my guys can beat any team," he said "we just have to work on consistency which is part of what I'm trying to develop in them. That and more mental toughness and they'll do alright."
The Rampage will take on Boulder in game two at 7:00 pm on Saturday at the Boulder Valley Ice Center in Superior Colorado.