Rampage Defeat Long Beach Bombers in Game Two of the Showcase
For the second consecutive day, the Rampage posted a victory in the Western States Hockey League Showcase.  The fast paced, physical competition resulted in a 5-3 win over the Long Beach Bombers of California. 

Long Beach came out strong, bringing a much more physical presence to the ice than the Rampage found in the Bakersfield game the previous night.  Those efforts lead to an even strength goal by the Bombers Eric Laporte early in the first half.  Goalies on both ends of the ice faced a relatively even number of shots as the teams battled back and forth.  Late in the first, Rampage defenseman Matt Boente busted out of the pack to score an unassisted even strength goal to tie the game.

The second half began with Tulsa dominating the Bombers from every angle.  A power play shortly in to the period allowed assistant captain Shane Khalaf to score an unassisted goal of his own, which he followed just minutes later with an unassisted even strength goal.  The Rampage's other assistant captain Nick DiRado utilized his linemates to nab a goal that gave the Rampage a 4-1 lead.  Just as in the night before, the 4-1 lead seemed to prompt the Tulsa boys to let off the gas and just as the night before, it was only minutes before they held only a 4-3 lead.   Khalaf, who had lead production for the night, started a play that was fed to Elliott Langford and finally to Texas native Grady Graham for the final Rampage goal of the night - sealing the Rampage 5-3 victory.

For the second night in a row, Hayden Capuozzo was stellar in net stopping 34 of 37 shots he faced during the game. 
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