Friday, November 8, 2013

Rampage embark on Interior road trip

With two bonus points in their pockets courtesy of the CIHL, the Prince Rupert Rampage head out on their longest road trip of the season, with a two game trek into the Central Interior over the weekend.

The Rampage take to the CIHL's version of the long march with a game Saturday night in Williams Lake, followed by a Sunday afternoon match in Quesnel.

Prince Rupert was awarded a victory on Wednesday by the league, after the league determined that Kitimat had used a suspended player, Jordan Goncalves, on their trip to Rupert of Saturday night. The game listed in the box score as an away forfeit.

The reversal of the result, gives the Rampage a valuable two point bump in the standings, as they head into the always challenging environment of the Highway 97 corridor arenas. As tough a road trip as the CIHL has to offer.

One aspect of their game for Prince Rupert to work on this weekend, will be to reverse some of their third period troubles of the early season. The final frame has been one which at times has featured a noticeable momentum shift, usually to the benefit of the opposing squad.

The Rampage will be looking for someone to take up the charge when it comes to scoring, so far in the 2013 season three players have accounted for more than half of all the eighteen goals scored by Prince Rupert.

Craig Munro and Kendal Stace-Smith each have scored three goals and added two assists to claim two of the top three scoring spots in the lineup, Jared Meers rounds out the trio at the top, with 2 goals and three assists.

Defensively the Rampage will have their hands full as well, they currently at 27 goals against, have given up the most in that category in the West division.

The weekend will clearly provide a challenge for the defensive units, so far in 2013 Williams Lake has scored a league leading 48 goals, while Quesnel is second with 35 Goals in their 8 games.

Below are a few reviews of recent games featuring both the Stampeders and Kangaroos,  providing us with an idea as to what the Rampage are up against over the next 48 hours.

Nov 3-- Stamps put together perfect weekend, recapture first in division
Oct 28-- Kangaroos edge Stamps to take over first in division

The Rampage return to the Northwest on Sunday to rest up for another trek on the road. Next weekend they take to the road again on October 16th when they travel to Kitimat.

The next home date for Prince Rupert is October 23rd, when the Smithers Steelheads will be in town.

You can review more of our Rampage items from our archive page.

Update: Late Friday it was announced that the Kitimat Ice Demons would be appealing the CIHL penalty, taking their case to BC Hockey.

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