Fans were treated to an exciting game between the Tulsa Rampage and the Texas Jr. Brahmas on Friday. After three periods of strong play by both teams, the Rampage came out victorious in the 3-2 sudden death overtime win.
Hometown favorite, Bobby Watson opened up the scoring for the Rampage on a beautiful backhand shot midway through the first. That goal, assisted by Shane Khalaf and James Ryerse would be the only one for two periods of play. While there were no other goals in the first and second, the non-stop action kept the fans cheering.
The third period started off rough for the Rampage as the puck stalled in a puddle of water left from the zam, resulting in a Rampage turnover and a Brahmas goal just 14 seconds into the frame. That goal seemed to rejuvenate the Brahmas who kept adding to the pressure. With Mario Dalesandro watching from the penalty box, the Texas team gained the lead midway through the period with their only power play goal on the night. The Rampage's newest players Grady Graham and Zach Harris set up a play for Assistant Captain Shane Khalaf that tied the game with only four minutes left. Although both teams battled for the regulation win, neither would tip the scales before the buzzer.
Rampage newcomer Grady Graham, who had been traded to Tulsa from the Phoenix Polar Bears just hours before the game, earned the respect of his new teammates by nabbing the game winning goal just one minute into the overtime.