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Rage's Season Comes to an End

March 26, 2009 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Rocky Mountain Rage News Release

Bossier City, La. - The Rocky Mountain Rage's 2008-09 season came to an end tonight in a decisive Game Three as the club was defeated by the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs 5-3 at the CenturyTel Center. Bossier-Shreveport won the teams' Opening Round series of the Ray Miron President's Cup Playoffs by a two games to one margin.

The Mudbugs controlled the opening period by out-shooting the Rage, 15-4, and for the first time in the series carried a lead to an intermission. Kevin Cooper scored the period's lone goal at 13:19 after chasing down a loose puck in the Rage end and slotting it five-hole.

Bossier-Shreveport took a 2-0 lead on the power play early in the second period when Travis Clayton notched his fourth of the series at 1:51. The teams then traded blows for the next 10 minutes, alternating goals a combined six times. The Rage pulled within one on three occasions on the strength of tallies from Clay Plume, Daymen Rycroft, and Domenic Maiani. But the ‘Bugs answered each time to re-establish their two-goal margin, none of the tallies occurring more than a 1:40 after Rocky Mountain lit the lamp. The torrent of goals chased both starting goaltenders, Ken Carroll and Scott Reid, who were replaced by Jon Horrell and Marty Magers, respectively. The net result of the combined seven goals during the frame - Bossier-Shreveport led 5-3.

In the third, the Rage tried to rally from two goals down as the Mudbugs did during Game Two before eventually winning in overtime to force Game Three. Rocky Mountain out-shot Bossier-Shreveport 14-7 but were unable to draw any closer.

The Mudbugs now advance to face the Governors' Cup-winning Colorado Eagles in the Game One of the Northern Conference Semifinals at the Budweiser Events Center on Sunday, March 29, at 7:05 p.m. MDT.

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