Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A Rough weekend on the Road for the Rampage

The journey to the eastern reaches of the CIHL proved to be a rough one for the Prince Rupert Rampage, with the visiting squad giving up 18 goals in two games as the Williams Lake Mustangs and Quesnel Kangaroos padded the statistics sheets in weekend action.

The twin losses began in Williams Lake on Saturday night where the Mustangs surrendered an early goal to the Rampage, on a Jordan Weir marker, but then answered back with a 4 goal burst that set the tone for their night, taking the lead and never looking back.

Despite the setback of the first, the between periods rest the Rampage proved helpful as the team found some skating legs and made it a closer contest through two periods, holding the the Mustangs offence in check for the majority of the second twenty minutes.

The two teams traded off goals in period number two, with the Rampage narrowing the lead on the strength of a Craig Munro goal, which brought Prince Rupert to within three of Williams Lake heading into the third.

The final frame however was all Mustangs, a fast paced twenty minutes where Williams Lake would  pick up the remainder of their 10 goals by the time the horn would sound, while the Rampage found the net only once on a Jeff Stromhdahl shot that found it's mark.

When the official scorer was finished with the paperwork, the Mustangs had racked up a 10-3 decision over the Rampage, bringing the Williams Lake current winning streak to three games.

Despite the rather lopsided score, the Rampage however impressed Williams Lake coach Cliff Philpot who, found much to admire about the energy that Prince Rupert brought to the second period.

The Williams Lake Tribune had this review of the Saturday night match up.

With the game's end the Rampage packed up the gear, hit the bus and made the trek back north for their  second game of the weekend.

A Sunday afternoon in Quesnel where the weary Rampage found themselves on their heels early on, with the Kangaroos taking the play to the Rupert end of the rink frequently, claiming a 6 to 0 lead by the time the second period came to an end.

The Rampage offered up a bit of push back to start the third, with Jeff Stromdhal converting a power play opportunity with an assist from Brad Deshane at the 1 minute mark of period number three.

That was followed six minutes later by another power play marker, this one from Marcus Atchison, who assisted by Kory Movald and Brad Deshane pulled the Rampage to within four at 7:27.

That would be it for the Rampage goal scoring however, the Kangaroos shutting it down defensively, while adding to more markers on the day, making the final score 8-2 in favour of the Roos, in front of 600 fans at the Quesnel rink.

The goaltending duties were split between Colby Hagman who faced 16 shots, making 11 saves, before turning the net over to Keano Wilson who faced 25 shots on the day, with 22 saves marked on the score sheet by games end.

The Rampage had their chances on the offensive side of the game, firing 39 shots at Quesnel's Mike Moody, who was on his game on Sunday, turning aside all but two of them over the sixty minutes of play.

The Kangaroos dominated the penalty sheet, with 20 minutes on 10 infracitons, while the Rampage seemingly worn out from their 48 hours of Cariboo hockey only had three penalties totalling six minutes on the day.

You can review the full Boxscore on the game here.

With the twin losses, the Rampage record now falls to 2 and 5. Leaving them in last place in the CIHL West, but still within striking distance of both the Terrace River Kings and the Kitimat Ice Demons.

The Rampage next see action in Kitimat on Saturday night, with another match up with the Ice Demons. One which may provide for more than the usual rivalry aspect, last week it was announced that the CIHL had awarded the Rampage with a forfeit win over the Ice Demons based on a player issue.

Since that announcement, the Ice Demons have taken that suspension to the BC Hockey governing body, they may be inclined to provide the punctuation mark to that appeal on Saturday at the Tamitik arena.

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