Friday, November 15, 2013

Ice Demons win appeal, regain two lost points in the standings

It would appear that when it comes to CIHL rulings, the Supreme Court is the BC Hockey head office and that body for provincial hockey has apparently ruled in favour of the Kitimat Ice Demons.

The case if you will involves the Ice Demons recent visit to the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre on November  2nd.

Following that Saturday night game the Ice Demons were advised that the CIHL was taking away the two points gained from their 3-2 victory over the Rampage.  The issue that raised the red flag for the league, the use of a player that the CIHL said had been suspended from play for that night.

At that time, the Ice Demons submitted an appeal of that punishment and it now appears that they have found success in that appeal.

Word out of Kitimat is that the higher body of hockey in the province has clarified the rule that the CIHL was using and with that, the CIHL reversed it's ruling, returning the two points back to the Ice Demons.

Those two valuable points will be a key part of the drive towards the playoffs for Kitimat and the loss of them, even if gained by forfeiture, makes the task ahead for the Rampage that much harder.

With the reversal, Prince Rupert now sports a 1 and 7 record in the standings so far in the 2013-14 season.

As we outlined earlier today, the Rampage will take to the road on Saturday for a return engagement with the Ice Demons in Kitimat .

The urgency of a road victory perhaps even more important to the Rupert squad now, than it was a few days ago.

You can review our preview of Saturday nights game here, our full archive of CIHL and Rampage items can be found here.


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