Saturday, December 27, 2014

Rampage return from Holiday break with playoff push on their mind

With the CIHL's Christmas Break ending tonight, the Prince Rupert Rampage will approach the final three weeks of the regular season with a focus on knocking the Kitimat Ice Demons out of playoff contention.

The Rampage and Ice Demons head into the playoff push tied with five points each in the CIHL West,  and one of them will be on the outside looking in, by the time the last puck drops in the regular season on January 18th.

For Prince Rupert, that push starts tonight, with the Ice Demons the competition as the Rampage head  for Kitimat for an 8 PM start at the Tamitik arena.
The winner of tonight's match up, the last between the two teams of the regular season, will gain the upper hand in the race for the final spot in the West, with each team counting three more games between Sunday and the mid January close to the regular schedule.

From Sunday on, it will be scoreboard watching and rooting for the competition that will decide the fate of the playoff line up for the 2015 CIHL post season.

For the Rampage that will feature three consecutive games against the division leading Terrace River Kings  the first match up on the road on January 2nd, followed by a home date on January 3rd and one final  home game on January 16th.

Kitimat finishes off the year with three against the Smithers Steehleads, two at home January 10th and 11th and then a trip into Smithers on January 17th to put a wrap on the year.

How both the Rampage and Ice Demons fare against the upper tier of the CIHL West, will set the table for the playoffs later next month.

You can follow the season so far from our Results page here, as well as through the items of note on the CIHL season so far from our archive page here.

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