River Kings put all on the line at Coy Cup game tonight

Terrace River Kings beat Whitehorse in a narrow 7-6 game last night, March 29, and face North Island in a determining match tonight.

Kenny Nordstrom and Luke Walker chase the puck in front of the Whitehorse net in the narrow 7-6 River Kings win last night.

Terrace River Kings beat Whitehorse 7-6 in an intense roller coaster game last night, giving them a 1-1 record as they head into a determining match against North Island Capitals.

The River Kings came out fast and hard and claimed the lead for most of the game, but things exploded in the third period, with a series of back-and-forth goals.

In the last two minutes of the game, Whitehorse buried two goals back to back to make it a one-goal game, but the River Kings held tightly to their narrow lead and clinched a 7-6 win.

“I thought we had the run of play for a lot of the game,” said forward Tristan Murray. “We did our best to squander it in the end, but managed to hold on.”

The River Kings controlled the play for most of the early part of the game, and Murray says he felt they deserved the 4-2 lead that they secured by the end of the second.

Third period hit and “then things kind of went crazy,” said Murray.

“A whole bunch of goals got scored pretty fast. I don’t think either team would be too happy with how they played defence in that period.”

Whitehorse buried a goal 30 seconds in, but the River Kings responded with a breakaway goal from Colten Braid, putting the score at 5-3.

The same back-to-back goals came at 14 minutes, with Whitehorse scoring and the River Kings responding with a goal of their own.

Eight minutes later, Reinbolt scored again to put the River Kings up 7-4, but the period ended tense for the team as Whitehorse managed a near-comeback.

They scored two back-to-back goals in the last two minutes, making the score 7-6 with the River Kings barely clinging to their lead.

“It was a bit of a fire drill,” Murray said, acknowledging they felt a bit of a panic as they battled down Whitehorse momentum.

In those situations, “you need to weather the storm,” he said.

“We didn’t play our best at the end, didn’t close very well, but luckily Patrick Leal was in net and did a great job, doing enough to get us to win the game.”

Next up, the River Kings take on the North Island Capitals, who are currently at the bottom of the rankings with a 0-2 record.

Kelowna is at the top having won both games, and Whitehorse and Terrace are tied with a 1-1 record.

The top team will take a bye into the finals, and the second two teams will face off in semi-final match tomorrow, March 31.

Murray said anything can happen tonight, March 30, in these last determining games. If Terrace wins and Kelowna loses, Terrace still has a shot at the bye, but there’s also a slight possibility the boys could be eliminated.

Murray says the key with the Capitals will be discipline.

“They play pretty physical, so if we can stay disciplined, we might be able to draw a few penalties.

I think that will be a point of emphasis tonight,” he said.

Just Posted

Terrace RCMP arrest Kitimat man for drug trafficking

A police investigation has led to the arrest of a Kitimat man… Continue reading

Terrace Fire Department announces new training program, increased calls in year-end report

All firefighters in Terrace are expected to complete training by the end of April 2018.

UPDATE: Prince Rupert woman killed in logging truck collision

Empty logging truck west of Terrace struck moose before colliding with the eastbound SUV

David Edwardsen sentenced to eight years in jail

Sentencing result of 14 drug and firearms convictions

Taking a virtual walk across Canada

The Kermode Friendship Society challenged their staff to participate in this year’s competition, which aims to promote physical activity, networking, and friendly competition.

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

B.C. VIEWS: Subsidy supercluster settles in B.C.

Ottawa, Victoria add to their overlapping ‘innovation’ budgets

OLYMPIC ROUNDUP: Canada’s first ever men’s ski slopestyle medal

Men’s hockey team beats South Korea and women’s curling reverses losing streak

Canada’s Beaulieu-Marchand wins bronze in Olympic slopestyle

The skier from Quebec City scored 92.40 on his second run

Russian athlete suspected of doping at PyeongChang Olympics

The case could be an obstacle to Russia’s efforts to have the Russian team formally reinstated

Canadians place second in first heat of two-man bobsleigh

Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz finish 0.02 seconds behind Latvian team in Winter Olympics

Canucks came out hot, beat Bruins 6-1

Loui Eriksson scores twice, catapulting Vancouver to a lopsided victory over Boston

Most Read