The Terrace River Kings’ winning streak continues.
After defeating the Kitimat Ice Demons this past weekend 8-6, they continue to rise up this season.
Steve Turner, one of the coaches, says that Kitimat came on strong right away scoring 2-0 but it quickly turned into “quite the scoring fest” as the teams went against each other back and forth with ties.
“We hit that point where they got that extra goal and they took a really bad penalty, so we got a powerpoint goal and that’s what got us ahead,” says Turner. “And all these guys, they feed on that… we’ll show them.”
But the win didn’t come without a few bruises along the way.
Turner says this was one of their most penalty-filled games and when the River Kings took the lead, things began to take a rougher turn on the ice.
“(Kitimat) hasn’t won a game yet this year and they thought they had us in the beginning, so there was a little bit more checking and life in the game.”
With 14 minutes of penalties for the Ice Demons and 16 for the River Kings, offences included hooking, roughing, cross-checking, boarding and elbowing.
In the last 10 minutes of the game, there was a five-minute major penalty when River Kings’ player Jarrett Harrison was injured by a whiplash given by Ice Demons’ Joel Findlay.
“No one likes to see a kid get hurt,” says Turner. “The game does get tense and we understand that, but when it’s a blatant hit from behind — there’s no excuse for that.”
Findlay will be barred from playing the next game and Turner says he might even miss more than just one, as he’s known to be a repeat offender. It was noted that Harrison said he had a bit of a headache and eventually had to see a doctor. It is unknown if he has a concussion.
For Turner, he says that he’s glad to finally have a full team which he believes has been a huge contributing factor in their success.
“At the beginning of the year, it was sort of questionable trying to see who we had and we didn’t quite have four lines but now we do. It makes it easier since we’re not burning out players all the time by putting them on.”
With a mix of young players and returning veterans, Turner says that the team “is getting used to each other” and that by bringing back the experienced players has made the season easier.
The Terrace River Kings will be on the road for their next games. Playing against Quesnel on Jan. 12 and then Williams Lake on Jan. 13.