After defeating the Junior Brahmas the night before, the Tulsa Rampage came out sluggish in Saturday’s loss to the Texas team. That let down in performance resulted in goaltender Eric Messer facing 45 shots on the night, from which he allowed 4 goals. In the end, the Brahmas capped off the 5-3 win with an empty net goal.
Brahmas Forwards, Jordan Gnatowski and Curtis Cort set the tempo by scoring even strength goals in the first period, leaving the Rampage with a 2 goal deficit at the end of the frame. The momentum seemed to remain in their favor at the beginning of the 2nd as Oscar Plechawski broke away from the pack, scoring a short-handed goal for the Texas team. After a stern discussion from a frustrated Coach Chad MacLeod, the Rampage finally turned up the heat as Bobby Watson opened the Rampage scoring with an even strength goal assisted by Jeff Lundberg. Watson and Lundberg added linemate Mitch Suchomel to the point tallies less than a minute later as they combined on an even strength goal (scored by Lundberg) that brought the deficit to only one at the end of the second.
Brahma’s Kevin O’Donnell scored on the power play in what would eventually be the game winner but Assistant Captain Shane Khalaf was determined to bring the team back. He scored the final Rampage goal of the night. In an effort to even up the score, Coach MacLeod pulled goaltender Eric Messer in favor of the extra attacker but Brahmas forward Jordan Gnatowski ended the game as he had started it – by putting the puck in the net.
Rampage Statistical Recap:
Jeff Lundberg – 1 goal, 2 assists
Bobby Watson – 1 goal, 1 assist
Shane Khalaf – 1 goal
Mitch Suchomel – 1 assist
Keegan Kelly – 1 assist
Eric Messer - 44 shots, 4 goals, 90.9%