Special Teams Dominate in Second Rampage Victory of the Series
Saturday's game was not only a game between the New Mexico Renegades and Tulsa Rampage but also a battle between two Tulsa area goaltenders.  Eric Messer of Catoosa took the net for the Rampage, while Colton Ishmael of Jenks was between the pipes for the Renegades.

Ishmael started off strong, stopping a virtual games worth of shots in the first period as the Rampage dominated the play.  With Tulsa's Bobby Watson in the penalty box, a patient Alex Betts managed to steal the puck and break away for the first goal of the game - an unassisted shorthanded goal. 

While Tulsa out shot the Renegades by more than double in the first, the scoring chances were virtually equal in the second and the tallies were gained by the special teams.  Sean Heidrick broke up the Renegades power play, dishing the puck to Bobby Watson who broke down ice to score the second shorthanded goal of the game.  Tulsa fans became more comfortable with the Renegades power play but late in the second there was no shorty to be scored.  Instead the Renegades responded with a power play goal to bring the game within one.

A power play for Tulsa early in the third allowed the other special teams unit to mark a tally for the Rampage.  Defenseman Matt Boente scored a power play goal that was assisted by Watson and Shane Khalaf.  The Renegades responded with a power play goal of their own but it would be their last.  Shorthanded again, Tulsa's Sean Heidrick broke from the pack and scored a beautiful goal which he followed later in the period with the only even strength goal of the game.  That final goal secured the Tulsa 5-2 victory.

In the end, while Colton Ishmael stopped an impressive 40 shots on the night, it was Eric Messer who was the winning goaltender, facing 31 shots on the night for a 93.5% save rate.
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