The Prince Rupert Rampage were host to two teams for the first home doubleheader of the season, and came away with one point through the two games.
On Saturday night the team faced the 3-2 Houston Luckies in a game that was as close as could be. It was Houston who that came out firing, with Skyler Hassell putting one past netminder Keith Movold with 8:50 to play and Derek Dinelle finding the back of the net just 1:45 later to give the Luckies a 2-0 lead, which they would take into the second.
In the second though, Prince Rupert fought back while Movold shut the door on Houston’s offense. Jared Andreesen pulled the team to within one just four and a half minutes into the period, and Greg Sheppard tied things up with 12:41 to play. While the Rampage were able to make it a new game, the period would end with a 2-2 tie.
The third period was a goaltender showdown, and neither team was able to take the lead – which meant a shootout would decide which team took the two points.
Chris Brlecic, Bryon Tates and Jared Meers were all denied on their attempts, as were Houston’s Davey Jellet and Glen Kelly, before Blair Dinelle put one past Movold on the sixth shot of the shootout to give Houston the 3-2 victory.
The next afternoon the Rampage hosted the undefeated Smithers Steelheads, who were coming off a 3-2 victory over the Kitimat Ice Demons the night before, and this time the game was certainly close when the final buzzer sounded.
Adam Devries opened the scoring on Rampage netminder Dan Lorette less than 30 seconds into the period, and Ryan Green added another goal five minutes later that put the Rampage down by two less than six minutes into the game. Devries netted his second of the period with 9:20 to play, and Kristopher Ouellette put the Rampage on the board with 8:05 to go. That was all the scoring in the period, with the Rampage trailing 3-1.
The second was all Steelheads though. Devries completed the hat trick less than three and a half minutes into the period, Stu Barnes put Smithers up 5-1 less than halfway through the period and Randal Groot further opened the lead with 8:09 to go, leaving the Rampage on the wrong end of a 6-1 score heading into the third.
After two three-goal periods, the Steelheads showed no signs of letting up in the third, adding four more goals in the period to take away the 10-1 win. Ryan Devries scored with just over nine minutes to play, Darryl Young found the back of the net with five and a half left on the clock, Stu Barnes made it 9-1 a minute later and the final Steelheads goal was scored by Ryan Devries with 3:12 to go.