Monday, January 17, 2022

With 3-3 Double OT tie, Rampage send message to River Kings, run for the CIHL championship is on

Saturday night provided for another masterpiece in the long running rivalry between the Prince Rupert Rampage and the Terrace River Kings, as the two teams combined for a showcase of Senior Men's hockey in the Northwest.

The 200 fans in attendance at the Terrace Ice Arena took in a hard fought battle through the night, with sixty minutes and two Overtime periods providing no winner, as both teams took home the tie on 3-3 result for the night.

And while still undefeated, the River Kings no longer have a perfect record of wins, that as the Rhinos' served notice that while they may not catch the Terrace team in the standings, the playoff race could be another showcase event for the CIHL.

The fast paced action saw no scoring in the first period, with things picking up on the offensive side in the second when Terrace took the lead three minutes into play.

At the six minute mark the Rampage got on the board with Judd Repole continuing his recent surge in scoring picking up an unassisted goal, that was followed three minutes later by an assist on Joel Gale's goal for the Rhinos, a second assist going to Hunter Johnson.

That result serving to take the teams into the dressing room at the end of period two the Rampage ahead by a score of 2-1.

Terrace evened things up at the seven minute mark of period three, the Rampage answering five minutes later with Joel Gage once again picking up the marker and unassisted goal on a breakaway.

Terrace battled back, spurred on by an energetic crowd in the rink making things even at the 14:37 mark of period three. despite many opportunities regular time ended in the 3-3 draw.

Two more periods of OT provided for a flurry of chances but both Kieran Sharpe in the Rampage net and Tyran Hunter at the River King end of the rink held off the furious push by both teams to take home a win.

The familiarity of the two teams also brought out some physical play with the Rampage serving sixteen minutes of penally time on 4 infractions, the River Kings twenty two minutes on 7 penalty calls.

The offensive output of both Johnson and Repole push them a little closer to the top and the chase of Colin Bell of the River Kings for the scoring title for 2021-22

The full review of the game sheet can be reviewed here.

One other CIHL game this past weekend didn't make it to puck drop, with the Nechako/Quesnel contest postponed due to COVID issues, that game is to be rescheduled for January 23rd in Vanderhoof

The Rampage are back on the road this coming weekend with a match up with the Kitimat Ice Demons,  Prince Rupert fans will finally get a chance to welcome the team into 2022 with a twin bill coming up at the end of the month when Quesnel and Williams Lake come to town on the weekend of January 29/30.

Saturday night's game was featured on a new video streaming project out of Terrace, which you can take a look at here. Saturday's streamcast featured a few video glitches and had morphed into a radio broadcast by the time the second period was finished, but the excitement of the third period and OT sessions is there to experience.

Keep up with the Rampage room from their Facebook page here.

More notes on the CIHL can be explored through our archive page here.

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