Game Recap: Big first period propels the Rampage to a 5-2 win

A four-point night by Owen Sobchak and some outstanding work in the crease by Nicholas Novysedlak propelled the Brisbane Rampage to a 5-2 win over the Ducks moving to within one point of them on the ladder.

Brisbane came out firing right away in the first period with captain Harley Anderson scoring a deflected goal from the point just minutes into the game to go up 1-0.

The Ducks were still resetting themselves following the goal when less than two minutes later, Jack Connor sent a stretch pass to Owen Sobchak streaking up the middle on a two-on-one with Sobchak burying the shot past Ducks goalie Dayne Davis to go up 2-0.

Later on in the period, Brisbane took a tripping penalty and were on the kill. The resulting face-off led to a chip up the boards with Sobchak and McTaggart creating another two-on-one opportunity up the middle with Sobchak feeding McTaggart to went top right corner for the shorthanded goal to break the game wide open with a 3-0 score.

Brisbane were in the box serving a tripping penalty when the Ducks finally got on the scoreboard with a power play goal to Hayden Dawes for his tenth of the season.

The second period was a lesser scoring affair compared to the first.

A skirmish in the Rampage’s defensive zone lead to a five-on-four man advantage for Rampage with Sobchak dangling through all four Ducks defenders to feed Josh Anderson for his third goal of the season and put Brisbane up 4-1.

Ducks scraped back later in the period with Hayden Dawes’ second of the game on a deflected shot from the point to move them to within two goals of Brisbane at 4-2 to close out the scoring in the second period for both teams.

The third period had lots of action from end to end but without the scoring of the first and second periods.

With 2:40 left in the game, the Ducks pulled their goalie Dayne Davis to give them a six-on-four advantage with captain Harley Anderson serving a two minute high sticking penalty.

McTaggart won the draw but an attempted clear by the Rampage kept the puck in the zone for the Ducks. An errant chip from the winger up to the point lead to Sobchak collecting the puck and skating down to score his second goal of the game (and the second shorthanded goal) to put Brisbane up 5-2 with just a few minutes left in the game. The score would not change again before the final horn sounded.

Rampage goalie Nick Novysedlak stood on his head by making 55 saves in Brisbane’s 5-2 win.

Both teams back in action this afternoon at 3.30PM at IceHQ.

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