The always boisterous home crowd packed the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre 800 plus strong and were treated to a shoot out thriller as Rob Miller secured the extra point with the final shot for the Rampage of the first three shooters in the extra session.
The Rampage had held the lead going into the third period with second period goals from both Brett and Colt Stava, however the Ice Demons came back in the third to tie the game at the 5 minute mark. Neither team could score the go ahead goal in the remaining time of the third, which led up to the drama of the shoot out victory for Prince Rupert.
While physical, the game wasn't a penalty filled affair by CIHL standards, the referees however did keep busy with 17 penalties called by the time the final whistle went.
The officials had their hands full twice during the game, once at the end of the second when a bit of mayhem broke out resulting in a fighting major and a game misconduct for Kitimat and again at the end of the third, when Prince Rupert's Greg Sheppard was tossed from the ice for fighting and assessed a game misconduct as well.
Both the Rampage and Ice Demons could not take advantage of their man advantage situations on Saturday, with Kitimat going 0 for 5 while the Rampage were kept off the score sheet on all four of their power play opportunities.
It was a busy night for Keith Movold in the Rampage nets who turned away 34 of 36 Kitimat shots on the night, while Rupert's offense capitalized twice on their 22 shots in regulation time as well as with the OT winner.
The Rampage head out this week to the far reaches of the east of the CIHL with a two game road trip to Williams Lake to take on the Mustangs on Saturday and Sunday. The Mustangs will make for a good measuring point for the Rampage as Williams Lake continues to be a CIHL powerhouse having had two convincing victories this weekend over the Omineca Ice.
The Rampage return to the friendly confines of the Jim Ciccone on November 20th when the Ice Demons make a return visit to the city.
There were three other games on Saturday and one on Sunday to round out week six of the CIHL season, the results of which can be found below.
Saturday: Smithers 7 Houston 2
Saturday: Williams Lake 9 Omineca 4
Saturday: Terrace 1 Hazelton 0
Sunday: Williams Lake 12 Omineca 6
You can find a full review of the Rampage season so far from our permanent link on the blog, which you can check out here.
Further reports on the action from the weekend can be found below.
The Northern View-- Rampage drop Demons in the shootout to get first points of the season
Interior News-- Wolverines played the best game all season
Houston Today-- Houston Luckies dropped the Battle of the Bulkley
Lakes District News-- 2011 arena budget under discussion
Williams Lake Tribune-- Stamps take 4 points in Omineca