Friday, November 29, 2013

Rampage look to make it three in a row this Saturday

The Prince Rupert Rampage are catching fire when it matters most, making a run at climbing the standings of the CIHL West after two consecutive wins in a row.

The Rampage look to add one more win to that streak this weekend, when they take on the Houston Luckies on Saturday night at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre.

Prince Rupert's offence has found it's groove in recent games with recent victories over Kitimat on November 16th and last weekend when the Smithers Steelheads came to town. The Rampage goal totals of 11 over two games, matching their efforts of the four games previous.

The parade to the net in recent weeks has been led by Craig Munro, Kory Movald and Jordan Weir, they are the top three scorers for the Rampage as they head into this weekends match up.

For entertainment value, the last two games have offered more than a hockey fan could hope for. Featuring end to end play, some physical work in both ends and on the boards, lots of scoring and for those that like the sudden death aspect of the game, two overtime thrillers that ended on the right note for the hometown squad.

The Rampage will be looking to continue on with that theme, though perhaps for a change, without
having to punch in for some overtime.

The odds for success on the weekend may be in their favour, as the Luckies arrive in town looking for their first road win of the year.

All of their 12 points in the standings have come on Houston's home ice, the Rampage will be looking to extending the Houston squads road woes when they take to the ice Saturday night.

With their recent winning streak, the Rampage have pulled themselves into the thick of a placement for the CIHL playoff run. While still hold down the bottom spot of the West division, Prince Rupert is only one point behind the Terrace River Kings, six off the pace against the third place Luckies.

The only thing working against the Rampage at the moment is that they have played more games than both the teams that they are chasing. Houston has played nine games so far in the CIHL schedule, while the River Kings have the most room for error, having only played seven through to this weekend.

That makes Saturday night another pivotal match up for Prince Rupert, who need to keep to their winning ways to keep pace in the division.

Puck drop at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre is 8 PM.

One other Rampage note for the weekend, Sunday is the team's Annual Skate with the Rampage day, where for a donation to the Salvation Army Food Bank, the teams fans can take to the Civic Centre ice with the team.

You can find a preview of that event here, the Skate with the Rampage starts at 3 PM on Sunday.

There is more information on the Rampage from our CIHL News archive, you can find out more on results and summaries of recent Rampage games from our Schedule/Results page.

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