Monday, January 15, 2024

Eight goal surge gets Rampage back on winning track, with big test coming this weekend

The Prince Rupert Rampage found their offence this past Saturday, with the Rhino marksmen putting on a scoring clinic for the fans on hand at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre.

After dropping both games of their January return to Terrace one week ago, Saturday night saw the Rampage focused on the task at hand.

 Though not without a bit of push back from their guests from Kitimat, with the Ice Demons even jumping out to a lead by mid period of the first.

The Rampage answer would not come until a power play marker just before for the first frame ended, with Judd Repole putting the home side on the score board with an unassisted goal.

From the 1-1 tie after twenty minutes, a big second period removed any doubt as to how the evening would turn out for the crowd assembled at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre.

Jared Meers launched the scoring parade at the 5:38 mark of period two, assists going Judd Repole and Kory Movold.

Tyler Ostrom was on the score sheet at 8:54, assists for Jacob Santurbano and Tyler Matalone.

Brody Hemrich converted a Matalone assist at 9:11 for goal number four on the night for the Rhinos.

Three minutes mater Jared Meers scored once again, his second on the night with assisted for Kory Movold and Thomas Robinson. 

In less than sixty seconds Jean Luc Rendell-Fournier was celebrating a goal that helper coming from Tyler Ostrom.

Colten Waldhous wrapped up the scoring surge of the second period, his marker at 15:57 assisted by Tyler Ostrom and Jacob Santurbano.

The break between periods, gave Colten Waldhous opportunity to rest up for the final goal on the night,  he picked up his second and the eighth goal of the night for the Rampage, that coming at the 4:51 mark of period three, assisted by Rendell-Fournier.

That making for the final score of 8-1 by the final buzzer.

Kieran Sharpe had a fairly light work load in the Rampage nets, after surrendering the first goal of the game he shut the door on the Kitimat attack, turning aside the remaining ten of the eleven shots he faced.

Ty Cabral was tagged with the Kitimat loss, he saw 32 shots on the night, making 24 saves.

The frustration for the Kitimat side boiled over in the final period, with the Ice Demons assessed a range of penalties from about mid period on to the end of the game.

In total the Rampage served 8 minutes of penalty time on 4 infractions, Kitimat players saw 32 minutes of penalty box time on eight infractions.

The full boxscore for the Saturday night match up can be reviewed here.

The offensive push served two Rampage players well with both Judd Repole and Tyler Ostrom making headway in their chase in the scoring tables for the 2023-24 season.

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The win inched the Rampage closer to regaining first place in the CIHL, they now sit just one point ahead of Terrace and Hazelton who sit atop the standings, the Rhinos are one point ahead of Williams Lake.

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The Stampeders will be looking to improve on their placement this weekend as part of a North West swing, they meet up with the Rampage Saturday night at 7PM at the Jim

That contest  followed by a Sunday afternoon showdown in Terrace with the River Kings.

The Rhinos have their own Sunday matinee ahead as well, the Quesnel Kangaroos make for the second half of the weekend double header at the Jim, the Sunday matchup starts  a 1 PM.

Follow the Rampage Social media stream for more notes on the games ahead, as well as their ongoing success with the Rampage Fights Cancer campaign this month, with more community support arriving by the day for the team's program.

For a recap on some recent CIHL news, see the leagues' Social media stream here.

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

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