Prince Rupert Rampage awarded win after Demons play suspended player

Central Interior Hockey League has reversed the results of Saturday's Rampage game, giving Prince Rupert the victory.

While the scoreboard in the Nov. 2 game between the Prince Rupert Rampage and Kitimat Ice Demons showed a 3-2 Demons victory, the records will show the Rampage gaining the two points.

According to Central Interior Hockey League president Ray Hallock, the reversal came as a result of the Demons playing a suspended player.

“Kitimat player Jordan Goncalves received a fighting penalty in the last 10 minutes of the Terrace game on Friday, Nov. 1. Under Hockey Canada Rule 4.6 this called for an automatic one game suspension,” he said, noting the infraction was quickly picked up on by the league.

“The score sheets for all games are reviewed by the league statistician after each game. This was the first notification of the ineligibility of the player in Saturdays game. The Prince Rupert Rampage also filed a protest with the league regarding this player.”

While the Demons will forfeit the two points, Kitimat’s bench boss avoided any disciplinary action.

“In these cases the coach is normally suspended as well, but due to the Kitimat coach’s claim of misunderstanding the new subsidiary guidelines from BC Hockey for this season the CIHL executive agreed to not assess the coach suspension,” explained Hallock, adding the league is taking steps to prevent this from happening again.

“The league executive is currently working with BC Hockey to get simplified easy to understand clarifications on these new rulings, which will be made available to all teams in the league as well as posted on the league website in the near future.”

The win gave the Rampage four points on the season.

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