Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Stampeders double up on Rampage in physical Saturday night showdown

The high flying Williams Lake Stampeders captured the North Coast on Saturday, with the CIHL's top squad showcasing their scoring abilities and answering any physical challenges offered up on the night at Prince Rupert's Jim Ciccone Civic Centre leaving town with two points on the strength of a 6-3 victory over their hosts.

The visitors from the Cariboo showed no ill effects of the lengthy trek to the North Coast, finding their skating legs early in period one as they jumped into a three goal lead before the first twenty minutes of play had been put into the scoring book.

After a rough first period, the Rampage showed some nice push back both on the score sheet and on the ice in period two as a flurry of Rupert goals put the game back on even terms before the first five minutes of the second frame had expired.

Kale Burns started the Rhino's rebuttal, picking up a power play goal at the fifty five second mark with Jacob Santurbano gaining the assist.

Two minutes later Tyler Halliday was on the score sheet, combining with Ben Towner and Craig Munro for the second Rampage goal of the night.

They barely had time to make the goal announcement when the Jim was celebrating again, as Jared Davis scored an unassisted short hand goal to even the game at three with just over thirty five minutes to go.

The crowd didn't realize at that point, but the Davis marker would be the last one on the night for the Rampage, with Williams Lake regrouping to launch into some shut down hockey for the remainder of the contest.

The visitors took advantage of a man advantage situation to pull ahead for good at the 4 minute mark of the second, adding two more goals in the third, one an empty net goal  by Wilf Robbins. The Stampeder forward completed his hat trick on the night at the 19 minute point of the final period, making for an impressive night for the Stampeder who scored or assisted on five of the six Stamps markers.

The second period also provided for the bulk of the physical play on the night with the Rampage who had stayed out of the penalty box for all of the first period began collecting the majority of the penalty infractions on the night.

By the time the Rhino parade to the penalty cage was complete they had served 22 minutes on 7 infractions, while the Stamps were assessed 14 minutes of penalty time on 7 penalty calls.

The showdown in nets went to Justin Foote for the Stampeders, who face 33 shots on the evening, allowing three to flash a red light. Devin Gerrits was tagged with the loss for the Rampage facing 29 shots, with five of them finding the range.

You can review the full score sheet from Saturday here.

The Stamps success in its travels to the coast on the weekend serves to secure home ice advantage in the CIHL playoffs for the Cariboo squad.

And while the 550 in attendance went home disappointed with the final score, they were treated to a fast paced match up which showed some Rampage resolve in that second period push back.

Making for something for the team to build on as they prepare to wind down the regular season with back to back games with the Smithers Steelheads.

With an eye on their own playoff placement on the horizon, the Rhinos host Smithers this Saturday at 7 PM at the Jim and then will head out on the road to the Bulkley Valley to bring the regular season to an end on January 28th.

You can track the developments from Rampage dressing room as they head towards the playoffs through their Facebook page here.

You can find more items related to Rampage and the CIHL from our archive page.

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