Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Twin Road wins keep Rampage unbeaten streak alive at four!

A weekend on the road not only helped to build some team chemistry, but it added to the points totals as the Prince Rupert Rampage claimed two victories from their travels east bound on Saturday and Sunday.

The run of Highway 16 began on Saturday night with the Rhinos in Vanderhoof where they brought their offensive attack to the Nechako area. 

The High octane Rampage offence firing fast as the team bested the hometown North Stars by a score of 5 to 1.

The Rampage going forty three minutes before surrendering their only goal on the night.

The Prince Rupert side picked up the first goal of the game at the sixteen minute mark of the opening frame with Hunter Atchinson notching the marker, assisted by Ben Northcott and Judd Repole.

The Second period provided for two Rampage goals, with Hunter Johnson making the most of an assist from Marcus Atchison, at 3:12, the Rhinos scored again towards the end of the period, with Colten Waldhaus picking up a goal at 15:56 with assists going to Nolan Stava and Jared Carter.

Period Three gained the Rampage two more goals, wth Judd Repole  hitting the back twine at 6:29, assisted by Hunter Johnson and Reid Lindsay.

Drew Fudger capped the Rhino scoring on the night with an unassisted marker at 19:41

Kierean Sharpe recored yet another win, turning aside all but one of the 32 shots that he faced.

The penalties were divided evenly between the Rampage and the North Stars with each team assessed 12 minutes on six penalties on the night.

The full scoring summary can be reviewed here.


Saturday was a very different story for the Travelling herd of Rhinos, as a stopover in Smithers to take on the Steelheads provided for some high tempo, hard hitting hockey which went down to the last few minutes of play before a decision was reached.

And through it all, the Rampage came out on top of an entertaining 6-5 decision over the feisty Steelheads.

Prince Rupert jumped out to an early lead in the first five minutes on a Nolan Stava marker, with an assist going to Brody Hemrich, six minutes later, Jacob Santurbano was on the score sheet, with Tyler Matalone and Kory Movold with the markers.

The 2-0 Rampage lead a short lived one however, with Smithers returning the favours twice before the end of the first period.

The Second frame was all Rampage, with Judd Repole adding to the goals parade at 7:31 with assists for Hunter Atchinson and Tyler Ostrom.

Hunter Johnson increased the Rampage lead at 14:25, the helpers coming from Hunter Atchison and Judd Repole.

The Rhinos looked like they were about to runaway with the game in the early part of the third, Nolan Stava making for goal number five on the night for the Rampage, assisted by Reid Lindsay  and Colten Waldhaus at 8:05 of the final frame.

However, the Steelheads were up for a comeback, scoring three unanswered goals two of them on the power play in the span of seven minutes. Squaring the score up at 5-5 with five minutes to go.

With the unbeaten streak on the line, the Rampage found another gear, with Reid Lindsay putting the game away for good at 16.19, assisted by the two Hunters, Johnson and Atchinson.

Brayden Ferguson was in the Rampage nets for the back and forth battle, he had 31 saves on 36 shots on the night.

As noted the Rampage ran into some penalty trouble in the third, including a game misconduct for Judd Repole, when the timekeepers box was finished with the tabulations, the Rampage had seven 15 minutes on seven infractions, the hometown Steelheads 10 minutes on five infractions.

The full Scoring summary is available here.

With the win the Rampage remain atop the CIHL Standings overall with 4 wins and 0 losses, they have scored 23 goals and given up just 8 over those four games.

Three Prince Rupert players can claim a spot in the Top Ten of Scoring, with Hunter Johnson, Judd Repole and Hunter Atchinson all making their mark early in the CIHL season.

The team returns to the frantic home atmosphere of the Jim this weekend as the Nechako North Stars return the favour of the recent visit to Vandherhoof.

The Rampage and NorthStars dig into the ice at 7PM this Saturday evening at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre.

Follow the Rampage Facebook page for updates on this weekend's action.

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

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