Prince Rupert Rampage bites Wolverines in season opener – Smithers Interior News


The Rampage tore through the ice at home, winning the CIHL season opener 7-2 against the Hazelton Wolverines at the Jim Ciccone Center Arena in Prince Rupert on October 8.

Although both teams had players unable to travel to the coastal town for the game due to heavy fog covering the area and affecting flights, the evening puck drop at 7 p.m. led to hockey old fashioned, with a fight on ice. , penalties, injured players and a chorus of hometown cheers heard above the explosive horns of Rampage victory.

Rampage coach Roger Atchison praised the team’s efforts in Game 1 after being off the ice for the past few months.

“It was a little rusty at the start, but we got our legs going in third, and it wasn’t too bad,” he said.

“The score was reasonable. I thought they stayed with us for most of the game… We struggled to bury them until late,” the Rampage coach said of the opposition.

Wolverines manager Stu Barnes said the match was good, although several players from both teams were unable to participate.

“But, we’re really trying to build our local program to the point where we don’t have to fly guys in. For now, we need to bring these people in to help us with our local children until they are old enough. , big enough, fast enough and understands the league enough to take on these guys on their own.

Barnes said three Rampages and five Wolverines failed to land.

“…So, it’s unfortunate. We’re trying to get enough space so it doesn’t affect us, but we’re definitely understaffed tonight.

The coach said the Wolverines have between 25 and 30 players as many of the squad have camp jobs that require a bigger pool to plan from.

“Ideally we’d like to have four lines, so people don’t have to play tired and hurt themselves.”

“The final score]doesn’t really reflect the effort we put in there. But, understandably, our keeper got a bit tired with a lot of shots at the end, so the longs came in and got widened a bit of a gap,” the Wolverines coach said.

He said the Hazelton team’s home ice had just been laid in the past two weeks, so many players hadn’t had much time on the ice.

“I’m proud of my team… It’s a good start and we’ll only get better from here,” Barnes said.

The visiting team’s coach said the game’s turning point for him was near the end.

“We ran out of steam, gas… then we started taking penalties. So that’s basically where it fell apart. And we had a small gap in the score.

“I think for the most part we played our plan, which was to be defensive and look for opportunities because we were shorthanded from the start. But sometimes when you go into a match with a plan like that, it’s going to be wacky that it works, but hopefully for the best.

KJ Millar | Editor and Journalist
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