After the all night bus trip, the Rampage got off to a sluggish start against the New Mexico Renegades on Friday. Yet while it was clear that the boys needed to get rid of "bus legs" during the scoreless first period, they dominated much of the rest, posting a 4-2 victory in game one of the series.
Shane Khalaf set the tone in the first shift of the second period by adding an even strength goal on an assist from James Ryerse. While Tulsa dramatically out shot the Renegades in that period Rett Vossler held strong in the New Mexico net until Ryerse added a power play goal to Tulsa's side of the board. However that 2 goal deficit at the end of the second wasn't enough to deter the Renegades.
The Renegades put pressure on in the third but Rampage goaltender Chris Dylewski held up to the task. After a mental breakdown by the shorthanded Rampage team, the Renegades were finally able to get one past Dylewski. Still determined, the netminder stopped breakaways and other prime time scoring chances as Tulsa struggled to regain their composure. A second power play goal brought the New Mexico fans to their feet in celebration of the tie game. But less than a minute later, Khalaf stepped scored an even strength
goal assisted by Tulsa's newest defenseman, Brandon Roseboro. Khalaf followed his game winning goal by assisting on a beautiful breakaway goal scored by James Ryerse.
By games end, Ryerse and Khalaf each added three points to their personal tallies while Dylewski posted an impressive 28 saves on 30 shots.