Marcus Atchison blocks a puck in front of goalie Devin Gerrits during last Saturday’s 6-2 win over the Quesnel Kangaroos at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre in Prince Rupert.

VIDEO and Story: Rampage back in the win column

After a slow start, the Prince Rupert Rampage exploded with four goals in the third period to beat the Quesnel Kangaroos 6-2 last Saturday




After a slow start, the Prince Rupert Rampage exploded with four goals in the third period to beat the Quesnel Kangaroos 6-2 last Saturday at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre.

The Rampage trailed 2-0 after the first period but came out with more life in the following periods to snag its first win since Oct. 8. Forward Ben Towner said the team played fantastic after a tough stretch the past little while.

“It was nice to have a full squad in front of a full crowd and we really pulled it together,” said Towner, who scored his first goal of the season in the second period.

It wouldn’t be a Rampage home game without players being thrown out. Jordan Aubee got tossed late in the game for fighting and several of the Kangaroos players were also thrown out to the delight of the crowd.

It’s becoming a theme that home games get aggressive late in the third period. Towner said that could be due to the home environment.

“I don’t know if it’s the fans, that we like to put on a show or maybe the other team doesn’t like to play in front of our fans because they like to heckle and give them a hard time,” he said.

There was a lot to like about the game, particularly the come-from-behind aspect that the Rampage haven’t done this year.

“We played really well as a team, making a lot of smart passes, breaking the puck out of our zone really well and we finished some chances which we really haven’t done all season,” Towner said.

The Kangaroos struck first on a goal less than five minutes into the game. The Rampage struggled throughout the period, particularly in getting the puck out of their own zone. Quesnel added a goal late in the frame to lead 2-0.

But a different Rampage team came out for the second period, and with more confidence.

Towner scored on the powerplay to cut the lead in half and Hayden Long tied it up halfway through the period with the teams playing 4-on-4.

The Rampage looked more alive, winning more battles behind the net and creating opportunities. But that was nothing compared to what was in store for the third period.

The final frame was filled with goals and excitement, with several players being thrown out. Tyler Halliday tapped in a rebound to score his second of the season and give Rupert its first lead of the game and the team never looked back.

Skating towards the net in an offensive rush, Long hit Braydon Horcoff with a pretty pass, setting him up perfectly to fire it past the Kangaroos tender and giving Rupert a 4-2 lead.

Also in the period, Josh Cook and Jean-Luc Fournier scored, the latter which chased the goalie from the game.

Along with Aubee being given a misconduct, several Quesnel players were also thrown out, showing little restraint in the 6-2 shellacking.

Devin Gerrits started for Rupert, posting another strong start.

It’s nice to get the win, but starting games strong is really important and something the team needs to work on, said Towner.

“It’s tough to come back in this league, so I think we need to come out real hard in our next game.”

The Rampage will have the chance to do just that in Kitimat this weekend against an Ice Demons team that has lost all six of its games this season.

 

 

 

Just Posted

Pedestrian hit by cab in crosswalk on Second Avenue

A woman was in the crosswalk in Prince Rupert when she was struck by a taxi on Jan. 17

Subsea internet cable to link up Prince Rupert

Cable to connect Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert, Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast with mainland network

13 per cent increase in Indigenous high school completion

School District 52 saw a steady increase in high school graduates for the 2016/2017 school year

Fees levied for superyachts calling on Cow Bay

The Port of Prince Rupert looks to make pedestrian access easier with the city to charge superyachts

Suspected cocaine seized at traffic stop

Prince Rupert police briefs for Jan. 11 to 14 include drugs, drunk driving and mischief

Kaien Anti-Poverty Society robbed of donated food

Their holiday stockpiles of food for those in need were stolen overnight Jan. 2

Carriers wanted for the Northern View

We have open routes for carriers all over Prince Rupert

Best B.C. cities to live in: millennial edition

Other local municipalities score at bottom of list from real estate blog

LIVE: Solitary confinement in Canadian prisons unconstitutional: B.C. Supreme Court

Associations argued that solitary confinement was inhuman

1 in 4 B.C. consumers unable to pay bills, debt repayment: poll

Since interest rates first rose in July, poll suggests households across B.C. have had to tighten budget

SOGI rally disrupts school board meeting, but business carries on

Chilliwack school board makes statement in support of B.C.-wide gender identity teaching resource

154 remote B.C. communities to get high-speed internet

Government funding to bring subsea fiber optic cable to connect people on the coast

Kelowna West byelection called for Feb. 14

Four candidate race to replace departed former B.C. premier Christy Clark

Northwest husband and wife honoured for saving each other’s lives

BC Ambulance presented each a Vital Link Award for administering CPR

Most Read