Monday, January 7, 2013

Prince Rupert Rampage keep playoff hopes alive with win in Terrace

The Prince Rupert Rampage gained more than just two points on Friday night when they captured a 4-3 victory in Terrace against the River Kings, the Rampage with that win kept their playoff hopes alive and set up a showdown next week at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre.

Friday night the Rampage battled back from a 2 goal deficit scoring three times in the second frame to take a 3 all tie into the third. Scoring in the second period for the Rampage were Bryan Tates with assists to Fontaine and Fournier.  Jared Meers picked up goal number two with an assist from Mossini,  while Devin Palmer tied the game up with the third Rampage goal of the night assisted by  Meers.

The Rampage secured the win with a goal at sixteen seconds of the third period from Kory Movald, holding the River Kings off the scoreboard in a penalty filled third, where the home side took a number of fighting majors all in the midway portion of the third.

Overall there were 8 penalties called on the Rampage for a total of 17 minutes, while the River Kings sat in the box for 39 minutes on 12 infractions.

Keano Wilson recorded the win in the Rampage net facing 33 shots on the night, while Rampage shooters directed 34 shots at the River Kings Patrick Leal.

Prince Rupert returns home to the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre on Saturday night facing a near must win situation against the league leading Smithers Steelheads.  Smithers will arrive in town in a foul mood having lost for the first time in close to two seasons on Saturday night when they were defeated by Williams Lake.

The Rampage will need to leave it all on the ice against the top dog of the CIHL, while at the same time hope for some help Saturday night from the Kitimat Ice Demons who will be hosting Houston.

With one game in hand, Prince Rupert is chasing down the Houston Luckies for the final playoff spot in the CIHL, the Rampage trail the Luckies by 2 points heading into Saturday nights game, puck drop is 7:30.

After Saturday night the Rampage have two more games left in the regular schedule, both at home at the Jim Ciccone, Houston comes to town on January 13 while the Omenica Ice close out the regular season on January 19th.

You can review all of our Rampage coverage from our archive page.

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