The Prince Rupert Rampage are still looking for their first win of the season following two weekends and three games in the 2012/2013 CIHL season.
The Rampage started off the season with a trip to Kitimat on Oct. 6 to face the Ice Demons, who have been rivals of the team since Prince Rupert entered the league. The Demons opened the scoring early – just 43 seconds into the first period on their first shot of the game – as a Kyle Madsen got one past Keano Wilson. The Demons didn’t let up though, netting two within 25 seconds around the 14 minute mark on goals by Jon Aiken and Brandon Wakita. Before the period ended the Rampage’s Greg Sheppard scored Prince Rupert’s first goal of the season, finding the back of the net through a crowd to narrow the gap to two goals.
From there though it was all Kitimat as Derek DeLisser and Josh Slanina scored in the second and Dave Venman found the back of the net with just over eight minutes to play to give Kitimat the 6-1 win.
On Oct. 13 the Rampage started their longest road trip of the season, facing the Lac La Hache Tomahawks in Lac La Hache. It was a high scoring affair, with the two teams combining for six goals in the first period alone. Again it was the home team opening the scoring, with Don Nicholas putting the Tomahawks up by one just 51 seconds in, with Rupert’s Jared Meers tying the game just under halfway through the period. Lac La Hache would extend their lead to two on goals by Grant Johnson and Robin Gilbert, but the Rampage would bounce back and tie things up at three before the period ended with goals by Josh Kierce and Kory Movold.
That lead would be short-lived though, with Lac La Hache scoring just 57 seconds into the second, and adding two more unanswered goals to lead 6-3 with just under nine minutes to play. Meers would net his second of the game just 32 seconds later to pull to within two. But before the period ended Lac La Hache scored again to extend the lead to three.
In the final frame, Movold added his second of the game, but it was too little too late as Lac La Hache would score again en route to a 9-5 victory.
On Sunday the team faced off against the Williams Lake Stampeders. In this case the Rampage opened the scoring, but the Stampeders shut them down for the rest of the game while amassing seven goals of their own for a 7-1 win. The Rampage’s next games are against Terrace on Oct. 26 and Kitimat on Oct. 27.