Friday, December 13, 2019

First place on the line as Rampage/River Kings prepare for Saturday showdown

Fresh from their debut on national television through last weeks Rogers Hometown Hockey weekend in the city, the Prince Rupert Rampage and Terrace River Kings will once again return to the ice to resume their rivalry, this time in the Skeena Valley city with a Saturday night showdown that could deliver undisputed First Place status for one of the two teams.

Last Saturday, the two teams put their best skate forward as the cameras focused on the long standing rivalry for a feature on the Sunday evening broadcast and to make sure that the home crowd was stoked for the weekend, the Rampage delivered on the scoreboard with an 8-5 victory, pulling the Rhinos even with the River Kings in the CIHL standings.

Tomorrow night, the River Kings will look to reverse their slide and return the favour for the visiting Rampage in front of what should be a motivated home crowd at the Terrace Ice Arena.

Prince Rupert will continue to call on the play making skills of Judd Repole who leads the CIHL in points heading into the weekend, with 19 points, 15 of them helpers for a range of Rampage team mates.

Also looking to keep a hot hand will be Jordan Weir, currently the top goal scorer for the Rhinos with 10 goals, along with 6 assists on the season so far.

Whichever goaltender Coach Roger Atchison decides to go with will be more than ready for the tap on the pads, with both Tomoki Yoshizawa and Kieran Sharpe listed 1-2 in the Goalie Leader listings.

Regardless of who gets the nod, the challenge will be strong, with the River Kings an offensive machine this season, with 69 goals scored so far in nine games.

For those heading to Terrace for game, puck drop is set for 7PM

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For the latest notes on the Rampage and the CIHL see our archive page here.

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