By Shaun Thomas - The Northern View
Published: December 07, 2010 11:00 PM
It was a meeting of the top two teams in the west heading into the weekend as the Prince Rupert Rampage travelled to Terrace to face the River Kings on Saturday night, but it would be the Kings who walked away with two points when the final buzzer sounded to move ahead of Rupert in the standings.
River Kings captain Steve Cullis opened the scoring early in the period, getting one by netminder Keith Movold just 3:21 into the period to give the River Kings the one goal lead. That would prove to be all the scoring in the period, as Terrace took a 1-0 lead into the second period.
Like the first period, it was Terrace who opened the scoring with an early goal by Coby Johnson just 1:41 into the period. But Rupert would respond shortly thereafter as JT Ward would get one by Terrace goalie Craig Walsh with 12:06 to play to pull Rupert to within one. Cameron Kerr regained the two goal lead for Terrace, scoring at 8:17, but with Terrace a man down and Rupert on the powerplay, the Rampage’s Stephen Lawrence would find the back of the net with just over two minutes to go to pull Rupert back to within one and ensure an interesting finish to the game.
But, true to form for the game, the River Kings would strike very early in the third period, as Josh Murray put one by Movold just nine seconds after the opening face-off to put Terrace up 4-2. After a lengthy time of back and forth play and with time winding down, the Rampage pulled Movold to gain the extra attacker. Unfortunately, that strategy didn’t work this time around and Kyle Holtom added the empty netter to give Terrace the 5-2 victory.
Combined with two decisive wins by the Kitimat Ice Demons over the Hazelton Wolverines - with scores of 13-2 on Saturday and 16-2 on Sunday - the Rampage now find themselves in third place in the west, two points back of both Kitimat and Terrace in the CIHL standings.
The team will travel to Hazelton this weekend for a pair of games against the struggling Wolverines, and the next home game will be a rare Friday showdown against the River Kings on December 17. The puck drops at eight p.m. for that game.
Look for results from this weekend’s road trip in next week’s issue.