Eagles Snakebit; Magers Steals Show, Win
LOVELAND, Colo. - The Colorado Eagles dropped their second game in as many nights to the Rocky Mountain Rage, this time to a misleading 5-1 margin. Both teams went 0-7 on the power play, and the Eagles' only goal of the night came shorthanded despite several incredible scoring chances that just missed. Marty Magers stopped 45 of 46 shots -- many of them with above-average saves -- in the win.
For the second night in a row the Eagles had several near-scores in the first period, but this time they were the team to lead 1-0 after the first 20 minutes of play. Riley Nelson scored his second shorthanded goal in as many nights at 2:46 after Greg Pankewicz dug the puck out along the low left wing boards and found Nelson in the slot.
Rocky Mountain's following power plays didn't go much better as they failed to convert on a four minute double-minor -- the latter part of which was played 5-on-3 -- on the way to going 0-4 on the man advantage in the period. When playing at full strength, the Eagles dominated play, ending the period with a 17-9 edge in shots.
The Eagles continued to carry the play in the second period, but Magers made several remarkable saves to keep all 14 of their shots out of the Rocky Mountain net. Morgan Cey matched his counterpart for much of the period, but two of the Rage's nine shots made their past the Eagles' netminder.
The first Rocky Mountain score came 4:08 into the second period when Nathan O'Nabigon's shot from below the left circle somehow made it by Cey who was tight against the goal post. Then at 18:05, the Eagles' netminder made a right toe save, followed by a diving glove save in the same direction, but Ryan McLeod swooped in to pick up the rebound to make it 2-1.
The bounces continued to not go Colorado's way in the third as Ed McGrane burst down the right wing and sent a backhander off the crossbar seven minutes in. Then, just moments later, Mark Smith made it 3-1 for Rocky Mountain off a feed from Daymen Rycroft at the other end of the ice. And at 15:43 a 2-on-1 rush eventually led to the Rage's fourth goal when Aaron Davis tallied from the left side of the net. Scott Wray was credited with Rocky Mountain's fifth goal as he was the last Rage player to touch the puck before Clay Thoring chipped it into his own net with one second left in the game.
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