Things started out on a positive vibe for the Rhinos, who brought a 1-0 lead into period two, with Kory Movald having picked up the game opening marker at the 2:42 point of the first, as Tyler Ostrom assisted on the Rampage power play opportunity.
However, as the game moved forward, the first twenty proved to be the best twenty of the game for Rampage, with Terrace regrouping and turning on the offence from that point on.
The second period delivered total domination from the home side, with five consecutive goals in the final twelve minutes of the middle frame, sending the River Kings into the intermission with a 5-1 lead, a margin that would prove to be far too wide to bridge for the visiting Rupertites.
The Third period found the River Kings picking up where they left off, with another two goals bringing the total to 7-1 before the Rampage would find the net one more time in 2016.
Midway through the third, Tyler Ostrom recorded the final entry in the Rampage scoring summary for the year, finding success on the power play with an assist from Kale Burns at 10:55.
The Prince Rupert marker making for the final goal of the game, a slight dent on the scoreboard that delivered the River Kings a 7-2 victory at the final horn of the game.
The two teams continued the physical theme of game one in Prince Rupert, with a particularly nasty first period of roughing and high sticking penalties to go along with the misconducts assessed through the opening 20 minutes.
It would be a theme which continued into both periods two and three, bringing the total amount of time served in the penalty box 40 minutes for the Rampage based on 12 infractions, while Terrace players sat out 48 minutes on their 12 penalty calls of the night.
The full summary from Saturday's elimination game can be found here.
|The Terrace River Kings are on to
Round Two of the CIHL Playoffs
after sweeping the Rampage on
The River Kings will be looking to add Western Division champions to their resume, as they make plans to host the Coy Cup later this Spring.
For Prince Rupert, another season has come to an end, a little bit short of a long run into the playoffs. But a season with a core group of young players who have now been tested and experienced the challenges of a league that covers almost one half the province.
From the long trek into the Cariboo of earlier this season, to the tough match ups with regional rivals in Terrace, Smithers and Kitimat, the 2016 season has put in place a foundation for the team to use heading into the off season and to help with the planning for 2017.
As it is at the end of every season, some of the names from this year will be removed from the jersey's over the off season, other commitments, departures from the city or just the passage of time bringing an end to the CIHL journey for some.
When training camp opens in September, new faces will join those returning members of the Rampage ready to make their mark in the year ahead.
A new sheet of ice set to put the disappointment of the end of the 2016 season behind them, with preparation and a renewed dedication for a 2017 run to the Coy Cup, to be the new focus when the team opens their season at the Jim in the fall.
You can review the Rampage season from our archive page here, as the CIHL playoffs continue, we'll continue to take note of the reviews from those teams still in the chase, providing updates as they become available in our News Archive.