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Rage Sweep Home-and-Home from Eagles

March 6, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Rocky Mountain Rage News Release

Loveland, Colo. - Following on the heels of a 4-3 victory last night at Broomfield Event Center, the Rocky Mountain Rage completed a home-and-home sweep of the Colorado Eagles tonight with a 5-1 win at the Budweiser Events Center.

The Rage have now taken three of the last four against their Front Range rivals after going winless through the first five games of the season series.

Colorado jumped to an early 1-0 lead when Riley Nelson scored his second short-handed goal in as many nights at 2:46 of the opening frame. The goal marked the only time the Eagles would beat Rocky Mountain netminder Marty Magers, who went on to make a team season-high 45 saves.

Still trailing 1-0 into the second, Nathan O'Nabigon squared the contest at 4:08 of the middle frame off some good work down low from Domenic Maiani and Colt King. Ryan McLeod then put the Rage ahead to stay at 18:05. Colorado goaltender Morgan Cey made a terrific diving stop to thwart a bid from David Morelli, but McLeod swept the rebound home for his third goal in four games since joining the team on Feb. 27.

For the second consecutive game Rocky Mountain took a 2-1 lead to the third, and for the second consecutive game the team extended its margin to 4-1. Mark Smith scored at 7:33 off a feed from Daymen Rycroft, which was followed at 15:43 by Aaron Davis' 13th of the year. Unlike last night, though, when the Eagles fought back to within 4-3 on the strength of two power play goals, tonight the Rage locked down their hosts to secure the win with relative ease. Colorado's Clay Thoring scored an own goal which was credited to Scott Wray at 19:59 for the final margin.

The victory lifts Rocky Mountain to a season-high eight games above .500 at 31-23-4. The Rage remain the fifth-seeded team in the Northern Conference with 66 points, nine points back of the fourth-seeded Oklahoma City Blazers.

Rocky Mountain remains on the road tomorrow night when the club travels to face the Amarillo Gorillas. Fans can catch all the live play-by-play action on the CHL Network at www.rockymountainrage.com. Coverage begins at 6 p.m.

Following tomorrow's tilt, the Rage return to Broomfield Event Center for a four-game homestand that begins with another clash against the Eagles on Friday, March 13, at 7:05 p.m.

Individual tickets for the Rage's remaining regular season games at Broomfield Event Center are available for as low as $5 for kids 12 and under (with the purchase of at least one adult ticket) and cost just $10 for students with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased at the BEC Box Office, www.Ticketmaster.com, (303) 830-TIXS, and all Ticketmaster retail outlets.

For more ticket information, visit www.rockymountainrage.com, or contact the Rage Ticket Sales Staff at (303) 439-RAGE or tickets@broomfieldsports.com.

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