Steamboat Wranglers extended their win-streak to four after a two-game sweep of the visiting Colorado Rampage. Now at 14-9-1-4 the Wranglers have caught the second place Aspen Leafs (15-9-1-2) in the standings both with 33 points. The two will meet in a RMJHL showdown at Howelsen Arena this weekend.
Steamboat gave the Rampage a rude welcome in their first game played January 20 by putting up nine goals on the scoreboard in a 9-1 victory. Kameron Fink (three goals, one assist) and Jayden Dale (two goals, one assist) led the way on the offensive side with Cory Kohut and Donny Nordstrom each pocketing three assists.
With the Wranglers pounding the Colorado net with 46 shots, Trevor DiLauro had a relatively light night in net stopping 17 of 18 shots to even his season record at 7-7-1-0.
Game two of the weekend was a different story for the Rampage with goaltender Jeremy Hamerquist playing a huge role. Sam Gilmore scored the opening goal at 7:45 of the first to give Colorado a 1-0 advantage. That goal looked golden behind the play of Hamerquist, who finished the night with 40 saves.
While Steamboat dominating much of the play the score remained 1-0 until late in the third. That’s when Nordstrom, who had just taken a slashing penalty, finally solved the Rampage netminder tieing the game at 1-1 with 5:36 remaining in regulation.
The game would go to overtime, but it didn’t take long for the Wranglers to capture the win. It took one shot as Fink scored the game winner just :17 into overtime.
Shot totals had Steamboat outshooting the visitors 42-19. Cole Kohut earned the victory in net for Steamboat with Hamerquist taking the unlucky OT loss.