After a weekend sweep of two road games, the Prince Rupert Rampage have vaulted back to the top of the standings in the CIHL.
Taking a perfect 6-0 record and a two point lead
over the Williams Lake Stampeders in the CIHL listings as of October 29.
, the Rampage faced a tough challenge from the Terrace River Kings, breaking the back and forth game wide open in the final five minutes of the third period, finally putting the persistent Terrace squad away by a score of 8-5.
On the night Kory Movold and Tyler Ostrom
led the pace with two goals each, with Cole Atchison, Judd Repole, Jordan Aubee and Cole Morris
all finding the range, the Morris goal a penalty shot marker that nailed the win down for the Rampage.
The full stats review of Friday's game can be found here
, the Rampage took to the Tamitik Ice with urgency, scoring two goals within the first two minutes, and five in total through the first period of play, though to their credit the Ice Demons bounced back in the middle frame to take the game right back to the Prince Rupert visitors.
The flurry of first period Rampage markers came from Cody Koskimaki who collected a hat trick in the first twenty minutes with , Rylan Burns, Jean Luc Fournier
rounding out the period for the Rhinos.
The scoreboard showed a 6 to 5 lead for the Rampage after forty minutes of play, as Cole Atchison snared the only Rupert goal of the middle frame
, a period which saw the Ice Demons mark four goals for the home side before the intermission.
More tight play would be the narrative for the final period, with tempers flaring through much the early stages with fighting majors and misconducts filling out the penalty stats, while Cole Morris
found some room to gain an entry on the scoring side, the only goal of the third making for the final score of 7-5.
The stats review for Saturday night can explored here
The offensive display from the Rampage has helped to propel four Prince Rupert players into the top ten of the CIHL Scoring ranks
led by Cole Atchison and Jared Meers
with 13 points and hold on fourth spot.
They are followed by Judd Repole
with 12 points is seventh overall, while Tyler Ostrom
rounds out the foursome with a ninth spot placement with 10 points so far this season.
The hard earned battles of the weekend have served the Rampage when it comes to the standings as well.
Heading into November, the listings show that it's a case that of a league that is very much split in two in the early going.
With the Rampage and Stamps at the top of the table, far ahead of the next nearest competition in Quesnel.
Though as the weekend has indicated, the remainder of the CIHL members are keeping it close on the ice, serving notice that there is a lot of play to come on the ice before the season comes to an end and the final standings are recorded.
The Rampage have the coming week off
, with the team next seeing action on Saturday November 10th, when the Terrace River Kings will be coming to town
, looking to hand the Rhinos their first loss of the season.
And while the Rampage won't be looking past the River Kings, for those doing a little long distance schedule watching
, the following week offers up a tempting CIHL match up, when the Rampage hit the road for the Cariboo.
The showcase matchup set for Saturday November 17th when they take on the Williams Lake Stampeders
, one day later they are in Quesnel for an afternoon game with the Kangaroos
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