Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Weekend CIHL play brings split for Prince Rupert Rampage

The Prince Rupert Rampage are still on top in the CIHL West, but they now have to share the overall lead after weekend play.. 

Friday night saw the Prince Rupert Rampage put a rare X in the losses box, as they went into Hazleton to take on a tough Wolverine squad. 

A group that launched an impressive comeback to claim a 6-4 victory over their guests.

Despite a short bench for the team for the trip, things looked good for the Rampage early on with three goals in the first twenty minutes of play.

Kory Movold opening the game up at just past the 2 minute mark with the first marker for the Rhinos, assists going to Jacob Santurbano and Hunter Johnson.

Less than two minutes later Johnson had his own goal for the period, the helper going to Tyler Ostrom putting the Rampage ahead 2-0 before four minutes of play.

The Wolverines got one back before the midpoint of the period, but the Rampage were back to the attack with another Hunter Johnson goal at 18:35, Cole Atchison and Tyler Ostrom had the assists to bring the period to an end.

Hazelton regrouped early in the second, a goal immediately answered twelve seconds later as Hunter Johnson completed his hat trick on the night, an assist going to Kory Moved marking the moment at 3:16 of the middle frame.

And that was the last of the Rampage scoring on the night, with Hazelton clawing back from the 4-2 deficit with four consecutive goals spread out over the second and third periods to stake their claim to the 6-4 victory.

The final thirty minutes of play marked by penalties and misconducts with the visitors from Prince Rupert assessed 28 minutes on six penalty calls, the home town Wolverines 16 minutes on 4 penalty infractions.

The Full account of the game can be reviewed here.

24 hours later the Rampage were back on the ice in the friendly confines of the Jim, along with 975 of their loyal supporters an along with their corporate sponsors  all joined in the Rampage call to the Fight against Cancer.

On the ice,  the second half of the weekend scheduled went much more in favour of the Rupert side.

The Kitimat Ice Demons who have had some challenges in the scoring area this season were the guests and the Rampage dominated the scoring sheet for all three periods.

Goals in the first went to Kory Movold with a power play marker in the first minute of play, assisted by Justin Brandi and Tylor Ostrom

Hunter Johnson kept his scoring streak going through weekend with second Rampage goal at 4:20 of the first frame with Judd Repole and Tyler Ostrom with the helpers

Period Two saw Jacob Renaud find the back of the net, the assist going to Kory Movold.

The Third period provided Justin Brandi with his second goal of the night that on the power play, assisted by Tyler Matalone.

Cole Atchison wrapped up the Rampage scoring for the night at 7:40, with assists going to Tyler Ostrom and Hunter Johnson.

The Ice Demons finally found the range just before the fifteen minute mark, the marker their only goal on the night in the 5-1 loss to the Rhinos.

The sixty minutes were a rough affair, with a range of penalties in all three periods, Misconducts and unsportsmanlike conduct calls providing sone narrative towards the hostilities on the ice for the night.

By games end the Ice Demons had spent 33 minutes in the penalty box on 11 calls, the Rampage side had 37 minutes of detention on 13 infractions.

The full review of the Saturday night matchup is available here.

The road loss in Hazelton was costly in the standings, putting Prince Rupert into a tie with Qeusnel for First place overall in the CIHL standings. 

The Kangaroos have the edge with more Goals For on the season to date.

The Rampage get the next weekend off, then it's back to the road with home and home series with Terrace. 

The Road game comes Friday the 27th, the showdown at the Civic Centre set for Saturday the 28th with 7PM puck drop.

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More notes on the team and the CIHL can be reviewed through our archive page.

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