The Prince Rupert Rampage came to Kitimat for the opening game of the 2011/2012 season with a short bench – and could do very little to deter the Demons are they were overwhelmed 11-2 as the Ice Demons put on a show for over 550 fans.
The Rampage, a team which won the Western Division last season, were without many of their veteran players and it showed as the Ice Demons used the big arena to their advantage.
Dan Lorette, in the Rampage net did his best, but with a tiring defence, his team fell behind 4-0 lin the free-wheeling first period, that saw Kitimat goals from Wade Masch just three minutes in, Kory Finn 10 minutes later, Derek Wakita two minutes after that and Jonnie Aiken a minute after that.
Although for the most part the Demons had their way, Jamie Moran was at his best, kicking out a lot of long shots and then brilliant close in as the Rampage might easily have been on the board from defensive turnovers. Shots in the period were 14-8 for Kitimat.
The second period was much the same pattern, with the Ice Demons adding goals from Blaine Markwart and Jeff Mildenberger while the Rampage tried to find a means to stop the constant up-ice rushes.
Things fell apart a bit more for the Rampage in the third as Kitimat scored at 33 seconds in on a goal by Brandon Wakita, and to make matters worse the next three Kitimat shots also beat Dan Lorette as Kitimat made the score 10-0 within four minutes with the other goals coming from Jonnie Aiken at 1:51, Terry Whelan at 3:16 and Wade Masch again at 4:16.
The Rampage slid in two goals in the third, one shorthanded by Jared Meers at 9:28 and an unassisted goal by defenseman Jean-Luc Fournier on a Demons end turnover.
Dan Lorette turned the goal-tending over to Tremain Kurka who let in Demons last goal at 12:55 by Scott McGregor as the Demons, with the score already run up did not press in the late stages.