Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Third period surge sends Rampage to 6-4 victory in penalty filled Saturday night contest with Kitimat

A slow start for the home side, ended in a furious finish as the Prince Rupert Rampage battled back (and if one looks at the penalty sheet, battled is an apt description) to come back with a flurry of third period goals to secure their fifth victory on the year.

Things didn't look so positive for the Rhinos in the early going as Kitimat jumped out to a 2-0 lead by the midway point of the first period, a gap that Cody Cringen had managed to narrow to one by periods end with an unassisted marker in the final minutes.

The first period was marked by a number of fighting majors and Game Misconducts that set the tone for much of the night, accounting for 45 minutes in penalty box time and two Game Misconducts.

The Ice Demons reground however in the intermission and once again took the offence to the Rampage, scoring two goals within the first five minutes of the second frame, holding a 4-1 lead until the eighteen minute mark, when Mark Arnold closed the gap to two goals, his shot finding the range with assists going to Jacob Santurbano and Allan Kelm.

The two teams renewed their hostilities through the second period, with another 34 minutes in penalties, included in that were two Game Misconducts and an penalty shot.

Period three was all Rampage, the Prince Rupert squad picking up the first of their four goals of the final frame in the first two minutes, when Jared Meers took advantage of a power play opportunity assisted by Kory Movold and Tyler Ostrom.

Three and  half minutes later, Meers had another marker for then night, assisted by Mark Arnold.

Arnold would play part of the next Rampage goal at the twelve minute point, as Alan Kelm's goal put the Rampage ahead 5-4.

The final goal of the night came in the final minute of play, as Prince Rupert's Cody Cringen scored on the empty Kitimat net, an assist going to Tyler Matalone on the play.

The Third period was a relatively calm affair until the final whistle, with only one penalty called to that point at the midway point, the game ended with the Ice Demons Ryan Green assessed a ten minute misconduct as play came to an end.

When the tally of minutes was complete, the Ice Demons had been assessed 60 minutes on 17 infractions, while the Ramapge served 31 minutes on 9 penalty calls.

Dave Wood and Brett Roth split the goaltending duties for the Rhinos, with Roth getting the win after facing ten shots turning aside all but two, Wood was in the nets for six shots making four saves on the night.

The Rampage kept Tommy Mildenberger busy in the Kitimat net, firing 35 shots his way, finding the range on five, plus the insurance empty net marker.

You can review the full summary from Saturday night here.

The Rampage have one game left on the schedule before the CIHL goes on its holiday hiatus, that one comes up this Saturday night when the Terrace River Kings are in town for 7 PM start at the Jim.

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For a look at the Rampage results to this point of the season see our results page here.

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