|The road to the Coy Cup|
is going to mean going
through the Cariboo
The final weekend for the 2018-19 regular season of the CIHL found the Prince Rupert Rampage hosting both teams at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre, with the two Cariboo squads dashing any plans that the Rampage may have had for a final push to the top of the standings.
Saturday night the Stamps came into town and quickly made their statement with four straight goals in the first period before the nine minute mark, a streak that was finally answered by Judd Repole at 9:07 as he teamed up with Teal Burns for the first marker on the night for the Rhinos.
That was followed by a power play goal by Jared Meers five minutes later with the helper going to Tyler Ostrom, sending the teams to the dressing room with the Stamps holding a 4-2 lead after twenty minutes.
The second frame was for the most part all Williams Lake, which came out quick and scored three more goals in the first eight minutes of the period, the Rampage chipping away at that 7-2 lead by adding their third marker of the night at eighteen minutes as Cody Cringan found the range, assisted by Cole Atchison and Cole Morris.
Williams Lake added their final goal of the night at 5:32 of the third and then settled in to take on a late game push by the Rampage, a strong answer to the Stamps which amped up the crowd as the Rhinos rattled off three consecutive goals to send the message that the game wasn't quite over.
Coltin Chasse converted two power play opportunities with assists both times coming from Judd Repole, while Teal Burns picked up a power play marker as well at fifteen minutes, marking the final goal of the night for Prince Rupert with Coltin Chasse and Judd Repole providing the helpers.
Despite the late game scoring spree, the Stamps held off the charge to claim the 8-6 final.
The Saturday contest was a toughly contested battle on the ice, with the penalty box the destination of choice for the officials who assessed 26 minutes of penalty time for Williams Lake and 18 for the Rampage on the night.
Williams Lake/Prince Rupert Box score here.
Sunday brought the Quesnel Kangaroos to the Jim and with the Stamps having had success the night before, the Roos knew that the afternoon contest was a must win if they hoped to keep pace with their Cariboo cousins.
The Sunday afternoon match up was very much a back and forth affair, the Rampage taking the lead midway through the first with a Coltin Chasse goal assisted by Judd Repole.
Cole Morris tying the game up with assists from Jared Meers and Kory Movold.
The two teams exchanged goals in the second period, with Prince Rupert setting the pace at the five minute mark on the power play as Kory Movold teamed up with Cole Morris to take the short lived lead.
The final period saw the Kangaroos take a 5-3 lead by the midway point, with the Rampage making a final push in the last ten minutes of play.
The hopeful comeback started with a Coltin Chasse goal at the twelve minute mark, with Judd Repole and Tyler Ostrom lending a hand on the play for assists.
Thirty seconds later Mike Coolin pulled the teams even with the fifth goal on the night for Prince Rupert, with assists going to Cole Atchison and Cole Morris.
The Roos however had the last word on the afternoon, grabbing a go ahead goal at 17 minutes and then holding off the frantic Ramapge push over the final three minutes to secure the 6-5 win for the Quesnel side.
The Sunday match up was not quite as physical as Saturday nights affair, the Kangaroos had the most time in the box at 14 minutes on 7 infractions, while the Rampage served 6 minutes on 3 infractions.
Prince Rupert/Quesnel Box Score available here.
The Rampage now await word from the CIHL schedule maker as to when they launch their 2019 Playoff season.
Though any travel plans will clearly now be part of the blue print, with Highway 97 South to be a destination through February as Rhinos launch the hunt for the Coy Cup.
The Two Cariboo teams also had success in Terrace, winning their games of Saturday and Sunday at the Terrace Ice Arena, results which made for a tight race to the finish line in the CIHL standings.
While both teams ended up with 24 points on the year, the league championship will go to the Quesnel Kangaroos.
With the end of the regular season, there was something of note for the Rhinos to celebrate with the end of play on Sunday afternoon.
With the sound of the final buzzer on Sunday, Judd Repole from the Ramapge sat atop the CIHL Scoring lead, a strong weekend of play helping to secure his spot as Scoring Champion for 2018-19 with 12 goals and 26 assists for 38 points on the year.
That gave him a seven point spread that held off the charge of Quesnel's Alessio Tomassetti.
The Rampage can also count two other members as part of the Top Ten scoring rankings for 2018-19, Tyler Ostrom shares seventh spot in the top ten, while Jared Meers climbed into the top ten with a final weekend flourish that secured him a share of tenth spot on the year.
We will update our Rampage Results page with the Playoff information once the CIHL has published its 2018 Playoff schedule to the league website.
For notes from the Rampage room see their Facebook page here.
A wider overview of CIHL notes can be found from our archive page.
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