The first road game of the season got off to a very slow start for the Rampage. After a relatively short bus ride to North Richland Hills Texas, the Tulsa team virtually stood back and watched the Texas Jr. Brahmas during the first period. Kevin Fithaut and Ryan Pittman took advantage of the situation allowing the Brahmas to leave the ice at the period break with a two goal lead.
Early in the second the Brahmas added another goal to the lopsided scoreboard digging what they thought was a hole the Rampage couldn’t crawl out of, but Coach MacLeod wasn’t about to let that happen. He rallied the troops who responded with vigor. Reese Miller started Tulsa’s return on an even strength goal assisted by Bobby Watson. It was the only goal for Tulsa in the period but the momentum had definitely changed.
While Tulsa dominated during the third, it was Illinois native Joseph Panariello who was able to capitalize. After beautiful feeds from linemate Antonio Baccari, “Pano” was able to score two even strength goals to even up the score. Overtime was also dominated by Tulsa. In a frustrating turn of events for the Rampage, Bobby Watson scored what appeared to be the sudden death game winner that was hailed by Tulsa fans, yet disregarded by the officials.
As the game went to a shootout, Brahmas goaltender Anton Olsson turned away every Tulsa shooter except for Panariello who netted his third goal of the night. Unfortunately, Eric Messer, who entered the game midway through the second was able to turn away all but two shots, leaving Tulsa with the one goal deficit at the end of the shootout.