Published: November 24, 2009 11:00 PM
The Terrace River Kings made their way to Prince Rupert on November 21 for a game against the Rampage, a game that was played in front of a crowd of more than 700 fans.
After killing a penalty of their own, the Rampage opened the scoring on the powerplay as Mino Verrde took a cross-ice pass from Chris Brlecic that beat netminder Patrick Leal with 14:50 to play. Rob Millar added to the Rampage lead as he went in alone and beat Leal glove-side with 3:27 to play, and that would be all of the scoring in the first frame as Rupert took a 2-0 lead into the locker room.
The Rampage struck first in the second as well, as Jonathan Hunt picked up a rebound and slid the puck past a downed Leal after some fancy stickwork to give Rupert a commanding 3-0 lead. But Terrace began to find its game midway through the period and, with a five-on-3 advantage, Calen Findlay’s blast from the circle beat netminder Keith Movold to open the scoring for the River Kings with 8:29 to play, and just over five minutes later Steve Cullis stuffed the puck into the net from the side of the crease to pull Terrace within one. The second period ended with a much closer 3-2 score, ensuring an exciting finish to the game.
But that would be as close as the River Kings would get. Travis Helland of the Rampage unleashed a blast from the blue line through traffic that found its way to the back of the net with 12:44 to play, and the rest of the game saw both goaltenders stand their ground as the teams continued the back and forth play.
The win, coupled with a loss by the Smithers Steelheads in Kitimat, puts the Rampage in second place in the western conference with a total of 13 points. Terrace, meanwhile, sits at the bottom of the conference with five points.
Next up for the River Kings is a visit from the Smithers Steelheads at the Terrace Ice Arena on November 28 and 29.