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Overtime Needed to End the Regular Season, Playoff Picture Complete

By Staff, 03/12/17, 7:00PM MDT


Rampage Defeat T-Birds to Clinch the Final Playoff Spot

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.