River Kings gelling and building experience

A young team and missing several veterans, the Terrace River Kings took a 4-7 loss to Prince Rupert Rampage in Terrace October 10.

River King Austin Turner controls the puck and fires it into the back of the Rampage net in the home game October 10. To the right is Cory Dekelver.

Terrace River Kings took a 4-7 loss to Prince Rupert Rampage in Terrace October 10.

The kings started off well with a 3-1 finish in the first period, but a four-goal streak from the Rampages in the second period turned the game around.

“We got three goals right away and I think we got a little over confident,” said Coach Rob Findlay. “And Prince Rupert didn’t quit.”

“We had lots of opportunity, they took a lot of penalties compared to us… they almost doubled the penalties we had… we just couldn’t score.”

Findlay says the loss is largely due to inexperience.

“A lot of our veterans were gone [on Oct. 10]. We had a really young team, a couple of brand new players. Their effort was there… but it’s tough to play in this league and Prince Rupert has a good team, their goaltender played really well.”

The Terrace goals October 10 were scored by Reid Turner, Colby Ames, and Austin Turner in the first period, with Nick Homeniuk finding the net in the second.

Looking ahead, Findlay says the season is going to get better.

“We’ve got a few more veterans coming back out. We are working hard, two practices a week with the young guys and working on some systems to get them playing together better and skating [lots].”

He says with the new players, the team has yet to organize their line ups.

“We are just filling holes right now… by the time we get down to Rupert [October 24], we should have a pretty good squad mixed with veterans and rookies,” he said.