Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Weekend loss to Steelheads in Smithers, slides Rampage out of race for first in CIHL

A Smithers Steelhead goal celebration was a familiar sight on 
Saturday night as the Bulkley Valley home side topped the Rampage 6-1
(from Smithers Steelheads FB page)

As the final week of the CIHL Regular season gets ready to roll out this coming weekend, a result from Saturday night has taken the Prince Rupert Rampage out of the race for first place.

It was a path that  would have required some help along the way to begin with; none of which played out as the Rupert side would have hoped by the time Sunday's games wrapped

Scoring was hard to find for the Rhinos from their Saturday trek to the Bulkley Valley, that as they dropped a 6-1 decision to the Smithers Steelheads. 

A night where the Steelheads provided much for the Bulkley Valley crowd to cheer on,  hosting the bulk of the offensive play, the game marked by a power disruption for the visiting side from Rupert that came with a cost. 

With the loss, Prince Rupert will be watching and waiting to see who finishes atop the standings come the end of play on Sunday, a road map which will determine who they play in the playoff round to come.

The CIHL has yet to provide the scoresheet from Saturday's play, once they do, we'll include it as part of our account for the weekend play.

Saturday the Rampage can avenge their loss to the Smithers side, as the Steelheads come to town to bring the curtains down on the 2023-24 Regular Season.

From their play on the weekend, the Terrace River Kings hold the top spot in the league, the only thing that can keep them from their destiny would be a Home loss to Hazelton on Saturday along with a Williams Lake sweep in their twin games of the weekend ahead.

The final weekend of play for the rest of the teams is one where they look to secure their path towards the  post season and build up some momentum for the playoffs and hopefully a Coy Cup  run just ahead. 

You can follow the Rampage from their social media stream as they prepare for the season ending match up at 7 PM on Saturday night at the Jim.

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

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