Rage Rallies Past Wichita, 4-3
Broomfield, Colo. - The Wichita Thunder may have thought they had the Rocky Mountain Rage beat by the third period, but as the old saying goes, it's not over til it's over. The Rage rallied back from as much as a two goal deficit tonight to beat the Thunder 4-3 at the Broomfield Event Center. Winger Adam Stefishen posted two goals and Clay Plume earned a goal and an assist to lead Rocky Mountain.
After a slow start by both teams, Wichita right winger Tim Earl drew the first goal of the game at 9:02 wristing the puck from just outside the crease. Ryan McLean and Steve Dix were credited with assists.
Rocky Mountain tied up the game when Chip Dunleavy and Kyle Kos peppered Wichita goaltender Andrew Martin. Stefishen got his stick on the puck fighting his way through Wichita defenders in front and chipped it in net at 16:28. It did not take long for the Thunder to answer back. Steve Dix gave Wichita the lead once again just 16 seconds later firing from just inside the blueline as he skated down the right wing.
In the second period, both teams tallied goals early. Wichita's Scott Rosendahl added a goal 38 seconds into the period for the Thunder's first two-goal lead of the game. Rocky Mountain's Stefishen cut the lead again at 4:58 for his second goal of the night and fourth of the season.
The third period remained scoreless until the Rage woke up the crowd with a game-tying goal at 13:50. Winger Trevor Weisgerber passed the puck to Clay Plume who was standing on Wichita's doorstep and fired it in net from the glove side of Martin.
Defenseman Craig Olynick gave Rocky Mountain their first lead of the game and eventual game-winning goal at 18:13 just two seconds following a Rage powerplay. Olynick fired the shot from just inside the blueline. Plume and Matic Kralj were credited with assists.
Both teams went 0-of-5 on the powerplay.
The Rage improves to 15-34-5 (35 points) for fourth place in the northwest division and the Thunder falls to 25-25-7 (57 points) for third place in the northwest division.
The Rage returns to action tomorrow for a two-game road series against the Tulsa Oilers (March 9-10). Fans can listen online at www.RockyMountainRage.com or over the radio live on AM Z560 with pre-game starting at 6:20 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). Season tickets, mini-packs, and 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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