The Quesnel Kangaroos got the jump on the Rupert Rampage winning 5-2, on Jan. 30, on the second day of a doubleheader.
For day two of the games played at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre, the Rampage was unable to find a way to win at home.
“It just seemed like the whole weekend we were just playing behind the eight ball. We just never got a lead. So, it’s tougher when you’re playing catch up,” Roger Atchison, Rampage coach, said.
The Rampage fell behind only 70 seconds into the first period. From there, the Roos were firmly in control of the game.
“We got up a couple of goals and we could see their heads hanging low. So, we tried to take advantage of that and do what we can to just keep working hard,” Harley Gilks, the Kangaroos coach, said.
Due to injuries, the Rampage had fewer players on their roster than is typical for a home game. The extra ice time per player took its tool throughout the game.
Though it was their second loss in a row there were positives to take out of the weekend.
Good energy and not giving up were strong traits the team showed throughout the double-header weekend and will prove to be the team’s strength when they are in a tight spot in a later game, Atchison said.
The Rampage will play their final game of the season at home against the Terrace River Kings on Feb. 5.
Next game will be tough, but they will just need to put their heads down and go to work for one more game then rest up before the playoffs, Atchison said.
Norman Galimski | Journalist
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