Before the weekend the Colorado Rampage were looking up from the bottom of the RMJHL standings, including their opponent – the Colorado Thunderbirds. That changed after a pair of victories by the Rampage, who improved their season record to 4-9-0-0.
In the series opener it looked like a dominant victory on paper, with the Rampage holding a 55-28 advantage in shots. But with 10:57 to play the game was still undecided when Kayan Farsad scored for the Thunderbirds to make the score 6-5.
Aleksey Sukhomlin opened scoring in the first when he scored his first of two goals on the night. The T-birds Diego Montoya would tie the game before the first intermission.
An unassisted goal from Logan Bowles saw the Rampage regain the lead early in the second – one of four team goals in the period. Kodie Ridgley also scored his first of two on the evening as the Rampage led 5-3 after 40 minutes on their way to a 7-5 victory.
The following night had a different look, but ended with a 6-3 win for the home team. Drew Martin scored just :23 into the game to give the Rampage the lead. Three more tallies in the second period, including two by Jack Rousseau, made it 4-0 after two periods. Rousseau finished his night with five points to lead all scorers.
The Thunderbirds would make a game of it by scoring three-straight goals in the the third to make it 4-3 with 8:44 remaining. It wasn’t enough though as Sukhomlin and Brevin Bennett scored in the final minutes for the Rampage.
With a two-game road trip against the undefeated Pikes Peak Miners ahead, it was a much-needed four points for the Rampage.
Colorado Thunderbirds (2-9-0-1) will return to Old Foothills Ice Rink next weekend for a pair of games against the Steamboat Wranglers.