Friday, October 28, 2016

Rampage return to the rink with road trek to Smithers

A one week break to rest and retool sees the Prince Rupert Rampage looking to get back on the winning track this weekend as they  head to Smithers for a 7:30 Saturday night match up with the Steelheads.

Prince Rupert suffered their first loss of the season two weeks ago, dropping a  6-3 home ice decision to the Terrace River Kings, in a rough night on the scoreboard and on the ice for the home side at the Jim.

The loss combined with the week off found the Rampage dropping one spot in the CIHL standings since they last saw action, currently holding down third two points behind the Steelheads heading into Saturday's match up.

As they prepare to head down Highway 16 to the Bulkley Valley Pond the Rampage will be looking for Jacob Santurbano and Josh Cook to keep their hot hands alive when it comes to scoring, both have one goal and two assists heading into Game Number four on the Rampage schedule.

The task ahead will be a challenging one though, the Steelhead snipers are making their mark on the scoring sheets so far in 2016-17, with three Smithers players in the top ten so far.

Among the hot hands on the Smithers squad ar Brendan DeVries with 8 points, Randal Groot with 6 and Adam Devries with 6 as well.

However, the good news for the 2 -1 Rampage heading into the weekend might be the fact that Smithers really seem to need those goals.

Early on in this season the Steelheads are leading the league in Goals Against at 22, which might suggest a high scoring  game is in the works for hockey on Saturday night.

The two other games in the CIHL this weekend find the Kitimat Ice Demons, who are still looking for their first win of the year in for what should be rough road trip into the Cariboo with games in Williams Lake and Quesnel.

You can review our latest notes on the CIHL from our archive page here.

Results and box scores from Rampage games can be found on our Results page.

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