Friday, January 31, 2014

Rampage look to bring River Kings season to an end this weekend

In a short three game series, having the first win in your pocket is about as good as it can get heading into the opposition rink.

And that's the scenario that the Prince Rupert Rampage secured for themselves last weekend with their thrilling 3-2 last minute victory over the Terrace River Kings.

The two teams finish off their best of three series this weekend, when the Rampage travel to Terrace for Game Two on Saturday night, where they will be looking to bring the River Kings season to an end.

Should Terrace recover from last weeks setback, then the stage will be set for a one game showdown on Sunday afternoon to advance in the CIHL playoffs.

The Rampage will be heading into Saturday night's game with no shortage of confidence, having answered the River King challenge last weekend, first jumping out to an early lead and then battling back to claim the victory in the last minute of play.

Beyond the victory, the Rampage also held their composure in a physical final two periods, a level headed approach to the game that paid dividends with the power play opportunity that delivered them a victory.

No doubt Saturday will once again be a physical affair as the hometown River Kings look to bounce
back and salvage what had been a pretty impressive late season run.

This weekend the Rampage will once again be looking for continued offence from Devin Palmer, who had a three point night last Saturday.

His work in game one placed Palmer in the top three rankings of the playoff scoring race for this playoff season.

As well, the top Rampage scorers of the regular season of Kory Movold, Jared Meers and Craig Munro will be looking to find their range as the team takes to the Terrace ice.

Saturday nights puck drop is 8 PM at the Terrace Arena, should the series go the distance to a game three, the two teams will return to the ice on a short rest, with Sunday's face off, if required scheduled for 1:30 PM.

Other CIHL playoff match ups this weekend feature Lac La Hache at Williams Lake, Houston at Quesnel and Kitimat taking on the Smithers Steelheads.

You can find more on the CIHL Playoff Brackets here.

You can review the Rampage results and stats from 2013-14 here, our past review of game action and items of note from around the CIHL can be found here.

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