Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Rampage bested by Terrace on Saturday night

It was another rough night for the home side at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre on Saturday night, as the Prince Rupert Rampage goal scoring woes returned at the same time as their goals against tendencies increased.

The Rampage were on the wrong side of a 5-2 score, losing to West Division rival the Terrace River Kings in front of about 400 fans on Saturday.

The River King got off to a quick start with a game opening goal at the 3:32 mark of the first period, a lead that held until the early stages of the second, when Jared Meers gained the equalizer for the Rampage, scoring at the 2:59 point of period number two, assists on the Rampage first goal of the night wen to Josh Kierce and Kory Movold.

Terrace laid on the offence for the rest of the second period, scoring three goals in a row, two of them forty seconds apart, holding a 4-1 lead until the 13:51 mark of the second, when the Rampage picked up their final goal of the night with Josh Kierce assisting on Jared Meers second goal of the night.

Terrace grabbed one more goal on the night in the third period at 6:24, giving the River Kings their 5-2 lead which they held through a fight filled and nasty third period.

While the first two periods were relatively uneventful,  with but 14 minutes in penalties in forty minutes of play, frustration exploded in the third with a parade to the penalty box on a mix of penalties ranging from Cross checking, Interference, Roughing, Slashing, Tripping, Fighting and Unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

Most of that nastiness didn't take place until the final five minutes of the game, when the fighting and Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties were assessed.

By games end, Terrace had been assessed 25 minutes worth of penalties on 12 infractions, while the Rampage sat for 27 minutes of play on 13 infractions.

Over the course of the game, the Rampage failed to take advantage of their five power play opportunities going 0-5 on the night, Terrace punished the Rampage once for their penalty infractions, gaining one goal on seven opportunities on the night.

Shots on goal were fairly equal on the evening, Terrace fired thirty shots on Keano Wilson, while the Rampage had 27 shots directed at Terrace's Patrick Leal.

The loss drops the Rampage record to 2 wins, 9 losses and an OT loss on their twelve games so far, they next see action on Friday night, when they travel to Kitimat to play the Ice Demons, which will be their last game before the Christmas break.

Prince Rupert's next home game is Saturday December 29th, when the River Kings make a return visit to the Jim Ciccone.

You can review all of our Rampage items from this season from the Rampage Archives.

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