Guerrera Posts Season-High 53 Saves in Rage Win Over Amarillo
Broomfield, Colo. - Backed by special teams and a season-high 53 saves by goaltender David Guerrera, the Rocky Mountain Rage hockey team defeated the Amarillo Gorillas 3-1 tonight at the Broomfield Event Center. Likewise, the Gorillas posted a season-high 54 shots on goal. Rocky Mountain went 11 for 12 on the penalty kill.
Rage goaltender David Guerrera proved that he was in the zone tonight from the very start. Guerrera stopped 16 shots in the first half of the first period alone, while Amarillo held the Rage to just one shot. By the end of the first, Amarillo led the Rage 19-7 in shots, but it was the Rage who had scored. Defenseman Craig Olynick capitalized on a short-handed opportunity wristing the shot in net from the glove side of Amarillo goaltender Shawn Conschafter at 16:41.
In the second period, Trevor Weisgerber added a goal for the Rage at 9:14 giving the Rage a 2-0 lead. Nathan Rosychuk and Dan Vandermeer were credited with assists. Meanwhile, Guerrera continued to lead Rocky Mountain's defensive effort as Amarillo outshot 34-12. Guerrera received a standing ovation from the fans while skating off the ice at the end of the second period.
Amarillo drew their first goal of the game at 1:14 of the third period on the powerplay. The shot from Amarillo's Bill Vandermeer went just high hitting the post, but bounced behind Guerrera before trickling in net.
Rocky Mountain answered back just over one minute later on an even-strength goal by right winger Dorian Anneck to close out scoring on the night. Dominic Noel and Clay Plume were credited with assists.
Brotherly love: Hockey comes first in the Vandermeer family even if that means playing for opposing teams. Gorillas' right winger Bill Vandermeer and Rage defenseman Dan Vandermeer were called for coincidental cross-checking and slashing penalties against each other at 17:50 of the first period.
The Rage improves to 16-35-6 (38 points) for fourth place in the northwest division and the Gorillas fall to 28-26-4 (60 points) tied for second place in the southwest division.
The Rage returns to action Friday (March 16) when they host the Wichita Thunder. Fans can listen online at www.RockyMountainRage.com or over the radio live on AM Z560 with pre-game starting at 6:50 p.m. MT.
Single game tickets for the next home game and every other Rage home game are on sale now with prices ranging from $15-$40 per seat. Tickets may be purchased online at www.BroomfieldEventCenter.com, by calling 303-410-TIXS, or at the Broomfield Event Center box office (11450 Broomfield Ln., Broomfield, 80021). Group plans are also available for the 2006-07 season by calling 303-439-RAGE. For more information, visit www.RockyMountainRage.com.
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