The Rampage came out strong in the second game of the series against the Boulder Bison and they didn’t look back. To the excitement of the hometown crowd, Tulsa posted a dominant 6-2 victory.
Rampage defenseman Matt “Tree-Tall” Grassa scored a power play goal just a minute and a half into the game to attempt to set the pace but Tulsa seemed to falter as goaltender Hayden Capuozzo stopped one point blank shot after another. Boulder’s Jeremy Rolfe was able to get one past Capuozzo later in the period but after the break, it was all Rampage. Much of that was the result of Capuozzo’s efforts combined with those of his fellow Texas native Sean Heidrick’s efforts.
Heidrick scored an even strength goal just 15 seconds into the 2nd period on an assist from Alex Betts and Ty Smith. While Capuozzo faced nearly double the amount of shots in the 2nd as the opposing goalie, he kept the net clean and allowed Heidricks intensity to spark the team. Heidrick scored a second even strength goal past the midway point of the second which was quickly followed by another from James “Bearcat” Ryerse. In a fitting end to the period, Heidrick capitalized on a breakaway opportunity, earning the hat trick with a short-handed goal.
The Bison came out absolutely determined in the third but Tulsa stepped up the defensive play, giving Capuozzo the easiest of the three periods he faced. While Boulder battled, it was assistant captain Shane Khalaf who knocked the wind from their sails with the final Tulsa goal of the game. The even strength goal came midway through the period. While Capuozzo maintained a 94.9% save rate and with just under a minute left, Boulder was able to produce a feeble response to bring their loss to a 6-2 score.
The Rampage play game three against Boulder on Sunday at 3:45 pm.