Friday, January 15, 2016

Rampage to wrap up Regular Season on the road

The potential points to be taken won't really make much of a difference in the final standings for the year for the visitors, but the Prince Rupert Rampage will be wanting to take the energy and enthusiasm from last week's home season closer with them to the Bulkley Valley this weekend, as the Rhinos put a wrap on the regular season in Smithers.

The Rampage have two games left to play as they head for post season action, with two match ups with the high flying Steelheads at the Pond Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Prince Rupert currently holds down third place in the CIHL West with thirteen points, three ahead of Kitimat which has one game left in the regular season, a home ice contest against Terrace on Saturday night.

Smithers will be skating hard, with a lot riding on the weekend as the Steelheads look to take both results and to put a lock on first overall in the division, a shot to secure some vital home ice dates for the CIHL's playoff season.

With both Terrace and Smithers nine points ahead of Prince Rupert, keeping momentum for the playoff run may be of more importance to the Rampage than adding to the won/loss column for soon to close regular schedule. But a chance to play a spoiler of sorts, is something that the team might relish as a good way to put an exclamation mark on the final two games.

Not that points won't be of some interest in the scoring race with Kory Movold from the Rampage still in the discussion when it comes to a shot at second or third place in the scoring tables, his nineteen points on the year so far just five short of William Zurak of Williams Lake who holds down second place heading into the weekend.

Josh Cook who found last weekend quite productive is one point behind Movold in Rampage scoring with 18 points, part of a large group of CIHL scoring threats who are bubbling under the 20 point mark.

First place and the CIHL scoring title would seem to be destined to go to Brendan DeVries, the offensive dynamo for the Steelheads has 20 goals and 13 assists for 33 points heading into the weekend series with the Rampage, which offers the Prince Rupert defence a chance to try and slow down his rapid pace through the final 120 minutes of the season.

Playoff seedings and the post season schedule ahead will be known over the course of the next week, giving the Rampage a good idea as to what the path ahead will be as they look to keep the push on to make it all the way to the Coy Cup.

Saturday's puck drop is set for 7:30 at the Pond, the teams take to the ice for the back end of the double dip on Sunday at 1:30 PM.

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