Published: October 21, 2009
The Kitimat Ice Demons ran up a four goal first period lead over the Prince Rupert Rampage in the first period en route to a convincing 7-3 win in Saturday nights game at the Jim Ciccione Arena in Prince Rupert. With Smithers Steelheads idle, the Ice Demons leapfrogged the Fish into first place in the Western Division of the CIHL, and the league overall.
It was a satisfying win for the Ice Demons; still short a few key players, after going very shorthanded to Williams Lake, to lose both ends of the doubleheader a week earlier.
Highlights of the game included a goal and two assists to winger Ian Coleman, to propel him to first place in the league scoring race with 14 points from five goals and eight assists. A goal credited to Kitimat goaltender, Jamie Moran, was another highlight of the night as it moved the Ice Demons into a 3-0 lead in the period, with four minutes remaining in the first.
Ice Demons took the lead early in the game as Ian Coleman scored unassisted and shorthanded to start breaking the hearts of the Rampage, who were looking to get back on the winning track. Seven minutes later Kitimat took a 2-0 lead on a Daniel Mayer power play goal, assisted by Coleman and Jeff Mildenberger, the first of two power play goals for the Demons on the night.
Morans goal was followed by a fourth straight unanswered goal for Kitimat, scored by Greg Sabey, assisted by Brandon Wakita and Daniel Mayer. Shots in the period were Demons 12, Rampage 9.
In the second period, the Rampage began to get their legs going and was rewarded with a goal inside two minutes, as Aaron Armstrong finished a passing play from Hunt. Rob Miller closed the game gap to 4-2 five minutes later, assisted by K. Stace-Smith, but Coleman and Mildenberger assisted on a nice goal by Brandon Wakita, to restore a three-goal lead for the Demons.
Rampage were determined not to let the game get out of hand and Aaron Armstrong scored his second of the night, this time assisted by R. Stace-Smith and it looked as if the game was on. But with just 10 second remaining in the period, the Ice Demons got a power-play goal from Geoff Morgan, assisted by Daniel Mayer and Brandon Wakita. Shots in the period were Ice Demons 10 and Rampage 17, as the home side won the period, but still remained trailing 6-3.
While everybody expected the Rampage to mount an all-out third period attack in the third, they found themselves stymied by the defense of the Ice Demons, who got the only remaining goal of the game just under four minutes into the period, scored by Brandon Wakita, his second goal and fourth point of the game, to stab the Rampage in the heart.
Demons had 10 shots in the final frame for a total of 32 while the Rampage had eight for 34. Demons had five minors and the Rampage 6, but Demons capitalized with one shorthanded and two power-play goals
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Can't really remember which poster (from Smithers or Houston) that said all you have to do to beat the Demons is get enough shots of their goaltenders. But with performances like this season from Jamie Moran -- what else can you ask for -- free beer? Player of the week, month, season so far in 2009.Check his save percentage and gaa on Pointstreak...
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