Friday, February 5, 2016

Rampage season hinges on 24 hours in Terrace

Update: Terrace eliminates the Rampage from the CIHL playoffs, winning Saturday night's game two by a score of 7-2, taking the series in two games straight.

The task this weekend is a challenging one for the Prince Rupert Rampage, as the Rhinos head into Terrace needing to take not one, but two games from the River Kings should they hope to move on in the 2016 CIHL playoffs.

First things first though for the Prince Rupert squad, will be to get a quick jump on Terrace in game two, where a victory Saturday night is a must in order to even get to the point of needing an early wake up call for Sunday.

Down one game to none in the Best of Three playoff round, the Rampage will need to find an answer to shutting down the high scoring River Kings offence, Terrace found  its range in a fairly quick burst last weekend jumping out to a 4-2 second period lead that carried them through to a 5-2 final in a fast and physical game one at a packed Jim Ciccone Civic Centre.

The River Kings spent a fair bit of time in the Rupert end of the rink last Saturday and kept Rampage
goaltender Devin Gerrits busy for much of the match up, firing off 30 shots at the Prince Rupert goaltender through the full sixty minutes of play.

Kory Movald and Jared Meers paced the Rhinos to their two goals of game one, and Prince Rupert will need them to continue on with their scoring pace, while also calling on some of the top scorers of the regular season to dig deep to try and get pucks into the Terrace net.

Terrace with a series win within its grasp and  playing in front of what should be a loud home side crowd on hand Saturday, will be looking to take the came to the visitors early and let the home crowd set the atmosphere and push them on to securing the two points that will send the Rupert side to the sidelines.

All of which sets the scene for what should be a highly entertaining night of hockey for those that make their way down the highway to cheer on the Rupert side.

Game time Saturday is 8 PM, a Rampage victory sets the seven for a Sunday afternoon showdown at 1:00 at the Terrace Ice Arena.

You follow the latest developments from the Rampage camp heading into the weekend from their Facebook and twitter feed.

Some notes o the CIHL playoff stretch and past items from the regular season can be found on our archive page.

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