Kings split away games

Terrace team marked CIHL weekend with a scoring explosion

It was a fascinating weekend in CIHL action.

Your Terrace River Kings managed a very respectable split in their two games in the distant Eastern Conference. On Saturday they managed to outscore the Lac La Hache Tomahawks 9-7. On Sunday they swallowed their pride (and apparently some teeth) in Quesnel, losing 7-4 to the hopping mad Kangaroos. 

Box score information was not readily available to determine what led to Terrace’s scoring explosion. But any time any team can travel all that way, in the frigid cold with winter roads and with less than a full team, and come away with at least two points is very commendable in this league.

Elsewhere in CIHL Eastern Conference action Quesnel beat Williams Lake 8-6.

Prince Rupert was the place to be for all the headline action in the CIHL this weekend. The lowly Rampage pulled off the biggest upset of the year by defeating a seriously undermanned Smithers Steelheads on Saturday by a score of 3-2. Smithers only had 11 skaters, but still peppered Rupert throughout with quality scoring chances. Rupert goaltender Keano Wilson was spectacular in net and was key to the upset victory.

Rupert badly needed those two points to set up a “winner takes all” match up against visiting Houston on Sunday. The winner of the Rampage-Luckies match would claim the final CIHL playoff berth. Houston, who lost 6-2 the night before in Kitimat, only had 14 skaters themselves, but Rupert could not recreate their magic from the night before. The Luckies defeated the Rampage 5-3 and claimed the final playoff spot.

Smithers meanwhile travelled to Kitimat in what at one time promised to be the game of the year and possible showdown for first place overall.

Smithers already captured the league regular season title a little while back, but the hometown Ice Demons were licking their chops when they saw Smithers skate on to the ice with only 11 skaters. The Ice Demons handled the exhausted Steelheads for much of the game, and became downright cocky by the third period. The final score was only 5-4, with Smithers hitting the goal post in the final minute of action. 

There is one more weekend of action in the CIHL, though most teams are now done and waiting for the playoffs. Next weekend Vanderhoof, under the name Omenica Ice, travel to Prince Rupert on Saturday before closing out the season in Terrace on Sunday.

The CIHL playoffs will begin on January 26th, with Smithers and Williams Lake as the favourites to meet in the final again.

The Terrace River Kings will host the arch rival Kitimat Ice Demons for game one that day, with game 2 in Kitimat on February 2nd. If needed, the decisive game 3 will be in Kitimat at a date and time yet to be announced.

Terrace hockey writer Joe Pelletier keeps hockey history alive at http://www.greatesthockeylegends.com. Twitter@HockeyLegends.

 

Just Posted

Terrace residents upset with Canada Post service following truck fire carrying mail, parcels

Customers were not informed of the losses, no public notice was given

Terrace RCMP start off December with 200 calls

November ended with almost 1,100 calls to RCMP

Terrace SAR headquarters in last stretch of fundraising

$400,000 dollars needed to finish $1.4 million project

COLUMN: Marching to the same tune

Andre Carrel writes on SD82’s release of the consultant’s report

B.C. woman charged in connection to stolen vehicle smash-up in Kamloops

Kersten Ina Peters was arrested in the Fraser Valley on Friday, Dec. 6

UPDATED: No survivors in Gabriola Island plane crash: RCMP

The Island is located about five kilometres east of Vancouver Island

VIDEO: Harbour Air makes history with first electric aircraft test flight

Successful flight marks first of its kind in the world

The Grinch who Stole a Hedge: Security camera captures Chilliwack tree theft

RCMP arrives as person calmly walks away with tree in downtown area

Salmonella outbreak in Canada linked to rodents and snakes

92 cases of salmonella across six provinces, including B.C.

Meng Wanzhou wins right to more documents involving arrest at Vancouver airport

Defence lawyers allege the Huawei executive was unlawfully detained, searched and interrogated

Truck with body inside found at bottom of lake near Kootenay ferry

Investigators believe no foul play is expected but are unsure how the vehicle ended up in the Arrow Lakes

VIDEO: Calgary man narrowly escapes from avalanche while running at Lake Louise

Bryon Howard caught the entire wild experience on camera

Most Read