Friday, January 27, 2023

Rampage Weekend features Home and Home series with Terrace River Kings

Rampage in Pink for the Fight against cancer 2023
(image from PR Rampage Facebook page)

With the CIHL playoffs looming in the month ahead, the push towards placement in the standings resumes  this weekend and for the Prince Rupert Rampage, the next two games make for a familiar foe and significant challenge over the course of just over 24 hours.

The Rampage are on the road tonight for a showdown with the River Kings at the Sportsplex a much anticipated event for Skeena Vally hockey fans.  

Tonight's match up making for the second last home game of the regular season for the River Kings, a point on the schedule which should bring a good crowd in for the contest between the long running Northwest rivals.

A quick scan of the Roster sheets for both squads shows a pair of evenly matched teams, though the River Kings have an edge when it comes to offence with a number of players in double digits in total points on the year.

The two teams last went head to head on January 7th when the Rampage won a hard earned victory in Overtime by a score of 7-6, so the River Kings will be looking to reverse that history come puck drop tonight.

The two teams will then reverse the roles tomorrow night as the Rampage play the host to the visiting River Kings the battle for first place in the West for the most part is one between Terrace and Prince Rupert. 

That will make the four points up for grabs pure gold for someone by the time midnight rolls around on Saturday.

The Saturday contest which starts at 7 PM is also the second last home game for the Rhinos before the playoffs. 

So the wrap to the regular season and matchup of perhaps the strongest rivalry in the CIHL should make for a large and boisterous crowd at the Jim tomorrow night.

As they have all season, the Rampage have once again dipped into the deep pool of talent in the PRMHA, naming Luke Esso to the roster for Saturday night.

Tomorrow also will mark the end of the month long focus on the Fight against Cancer, a project that the Rampage took on and excelled at sharing the message towards over the last 27 days.

Their success towards that can be found from their Social Media Feed and the overwhelming support the cause has received from the teams sponsors and others.

The Hometown team also gained a shoutout from Mayor Herb Pond at Monday's Council session, with Mr. Pond noting of their success with the awareness and fundraising campaign this month and his anticipation that Saturday night will bring even more impressive news from the campaign.

"I just want to give a shout out to the Rampage, I've had a chance to speak twice now and I'll be at their final game, not their final game of the season, but as they do this month of push around raising funds for cancer. 

When I spoke the last game they had me announce before the game started, that they were up to 18,000 dollars raised, I'm sure that they're many times over that.

I'll have the privilege of announcing, I believe I'll have the Privilege of announcing the total again at the upcoming game." -- Mayor Herb Pond at Monday's city council session

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