Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Terrace River Kings bring Rampage winning streak to an end with an exclamation point.

The two hottest teams of recent weeks in the Western Division of the CIHL collided on Saturday night in Terrace and when the night was finished, the River Kings had put the exclamation point on the weekend with a 10-1 thrashing of the Rampage.

Bringing to an end the celebrated four game winning streak for the Rampage and confirming for the CIHL West that the River Kings are all business as the end of the CIHL season gets close.

The Terrace squad which clearly has found its game through the last two months had just the night before sent a message to the then division leading Kitimat Ice Demons with an 8-2 victory.

Saturday it was the Rampage which ran into the buzz saw, as the River Kings combined for an avalanche of scoring, with eight unanswered goals through two periods of play before the Rampage found the scoring sheet.

The only Rampage marker on the night coming from Kory Movald who scored at the 13.27 mark of the third period with assists going to Jordan Weir and Devin Palmer.

Warren Hansen was left to face the onslaught of Terrace scoring opportunities turning aside 55 of the 65 River King shots directed at the Prince Rupert net over sixty minutes of play.

Things looked promising for the Rampage after twenty minutes, trailing the River Kings by only one goal scored midway through the first frame.

However, the key to the Terrace victory was an explosive second period which saw the River Kings score six goals within a thirteen minute span.

Period three for the most part was a mopping up exercise for the River Kings, who added three more goals to the total for the night.

Saturday nights match up in Terrace it was basically a penalty free game, with the Rampage picking up the bulk of the time in the penalty box with four minor penalties for a total of 8 minutes served compared to the four minutes assessed to River King players.

The full box score of Saturday night's game can be found here.

The hot streak that the home town River Kings have been on seems to have slipped under the radar for hockey fans in Terrace.

On Saturday, only 271 were in attendance for the game against Prince Rupert, Friday night 475 took in the match up against the Ice Demons.

The weekend success for Terrace vaulted them into first place in the CIHL west, while the loss for the Rampage drops them to the bottom of the division, chasing the Houston Luckies who are two points ahead and the Ice Demons who hold third place at the moment with 15 points.

The Rampage now go on an extended Christmas break, they don't see action next until December 28th when they make the trip to Kitimat and a match up with the Ice Demons.

The next home game for the Rampage is not until January 3rd, when the River Kings return to the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre, the memories of this weekends 10-1 result no doubt will still be burned into the memories for the Rampage.

You can review previous results from the CIHL from our results page here, for a wider look at our items of note on the Rampage season so far, you can find more information on our Archive page.

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