It took sudden death overtime for the Colorado Rampage to defeat the Colorado Thunderbirds, and advance to the first round of the RMJHL playoffs. Aleksey Sukhomlin scored 1:05 into the extra period lifting the Rampage to victory. In a back and forth contest, the Thunderbirds took a 2-1 lead heading into the second period thanks to goals from Rafe White and Joe Lassasso. Just 20 seconds into the second period, Rampage forward Jack Rousseau tied the game 2-2. The the next 40 minutes was a show a goaltending. Rampage goalie Jeremy Hamerquist finished with 46 saves while Gage Overby stopped 51 shots.
Both teams needed a win to advance into the post-season. With the win, the Rampage finished above the Thunderbirds in the standings based on an extra point from an overtime loss, and will move on as the number 4 seed. They will make the short trip to Colorado Springs to face the top seeded Pikes Peak Miners next weekend in a best of three series. The winner will advance to the RMJHL finals (also a best of three series). The Miners finished with a 32-8 regular season record, and swept the Rampage this past Friday and Saturday night 9-2 and 8-3. On the other side of the Continental Divide, #2 Aspen is hosting #3 Steamboat at the Aspen Ice Garden. After the first round, the top seeded team remaining will host a best of three series to determine the RMJHL champion. Last season the Aspen Leafs claimed the title in the final game by defeating the Miners in overtime 4-3.