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Rage Let Oilers Off the Hook, Lose in Shootout

March 10, 2007 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Rocky Mountain Rage News Release

Tulsa - The Tulsa Oilers scored twice in the final two minutes of regulation to force overtime and went on to defeat the Rocky Mountain Rage, 5-4 in a shootout, at the Tulsa Convention Center.

The Rage were forced to overcome a pair of one-goal deficits in the first period. After Tulsa's Mike Wiggins scored just 1:17 into the contest, Kyle Kos answered with a short-handed tally at 6:58. The Oilers' David Beauregard then gave his club their second lead at 9:23, but Dominic Noel responded with Rocky Mountain on the power play at 18:56 to tie the game at two heading to the second.

The Rage controlled play in the middle frame, out-shooting the Oilers, 14-6. But it took a lucky break for them to breakthrough and take their first lead of the game. Clay Plume centered a puck that was out of reach for Noel in front of the Tulsa net, but the play handcuffed Oilers goaltender Bill Ruggiero and the puck slowly slid past him for Plume's seventh of the season at 17:37.

Leading 3-2 at the outset of the third, Rocky Mountain looked in great shape when Dan Vandermeer one-timed home an insurance goal at 15:13 to up their advantage to 4-2. Soon thereafter the Rage were on the power play looking for more, but instead Tulsa began its comeback.

Wiggins partially fanned on a one-timer from the slot with the Oilers short-handed, but the puck somehow twisted its way past Rage netminder David Guerrera off the left post at 18:18. Just 39 seconds later with Ruggiero pulled in favor of an extra attacker, Bill Newson slammed in the game-tying tally off a rebound to square the contest at four with 1:03 remaining in regulation.

After neither team scored in overtime, Rocky Mountain took a 1-0 lead in the tie-breaker with the Oilers down to their fifth and final shooter. Josh Garbutt proceeded to score past Guerrera to extend the shootout to extra rounds, where Jamie Lovell netted the deciding tally in the seventh frame.

With the shootout loss, Rocky Mountain drops to 15-35-6 on the season and remains in fourth place in the Northwest Division with 36 points.

The Rage now return home and begin a three-game homestand at Broomfield Event Center on Wednesday, March 14, when they host the Amarillo Gorillas at 7:05 p.m.

Tickets for the clash against the Gorillas and all remaining home games are on sale with prices ranging from $9-$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 still available for the remainder of the 2006-07 season by calling 303-439-RAGE. For more information, visit www.RockyMountainRage.com.

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