Terrace at Prince Rupert (October 15, 2011)

Terrace at Prince Rupert (October 15, 2011)

Joined: December 14th, 2008, 11:12 pm

October 16th, 2011, 2:51 am #1

Another season (of home games at least) starts shortly. Unlike last weekend, the Rupert has a team to take the ice, albeit short a dman by the looks of it. Here we go.
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Joined: December 14th, 2008, 11:12 pm

October 16th, 2011, 3:44 am #2

Terrace 4, Rupert 1

Goal Summary:
3:26 TRK Derek Jurista (unassisted) SH
6:29 TRK Derek Jurista  (Calen Findlay) although should have been Cullis
7:16 TRK Tristan murray (Rajan Sangha)
17:13 TRK Tristan Murray (Josh Murray)
19:24 PRR Jeremy Boot (Jared Davis) PP

Not a lot went right for a very young Rupert team in the first. At the times they looked overwhelmed and nervous. Terrace dominated possession, but didn't create a lot of quality chances. The problem was three of the chances they did create found the back of the net. The first came early, on Rupert turnover that sent Derek Jurista in alone. The goal in the building was incorrectly announced as #41 Corbin Legros. The second goal was a lucky bounce, as Steve Cullis shop Ed a luck to the front of the net, Jurista tipped it and the puck suprised starter Dan Lorrete and went pad and in. The third goal chased the Rupert goalie.

A late powerplay marker put some energy back into the crowd.
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October 16th, 2011, 4:35 am #3

Terrace 5, Rupert 1

Goal Summary:
4:02 TRK Steve Cullis (unassisted)

Much better period for the homeside. Still lots of work today, but the middle frame saw the Rampage outdone shifts together. The only goal saw Cullis left alone in front, after a point shot was partially blocked. Showing some patience, he out waited young Rupert keeper Tremaine Kurka.

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October 16th, 2011, 5:25 am #4

Terrace 6, Rupert 1
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October 16th, 2011, 6:24 am #5

The third period was another better period for the Rupert side. Sure there were still mistakes, and sure it was another period that they lost on the scoresheet, but again they were able to string some shifts together. They even generated some scoring chances that lead to powerplay opportunities.

Late in the frame, with Rupert pressing Jared "Herb" Andreesen layed the body on Terrace's #8 (Mark Dhami?). The Terrace player took the worst of the collision and struggled to get back to his feet. No one wants to see a player get hurt, but from my vantage point this looked a lot like a the after effects a very a big body hitting a little body. The ref howerver, didn't see it that way, or like in IIHF hockey made a call based on the outcome. Either way, Andreesen was assessed five for checking to the head and. The only goal of the period came at the 17:48 mark, as Terrace's Tristan Murray scored on the that powerplay (Rajan Sangha and Josh Murray with the assists).

When a team loses a scoring champion and it's captain, along with a handful of other players, it's obvious to see that there are going to be some rough patches ahead. For the Rupert Rampage, fresh off a weekend that saw them forfeit two road games, this was definitely one of those rough patches, as tonight a very new look franchise took to the ice. At times it was ugly, but at times there was glimpses of what can be. For most of the first period though, it was ugly. The new faces looked nervous, overwhelmed and at times like deer in the headlights. For the vetrans, several of them were guilty of just trying to do too much. Skating the puck when they shouldn't, poor passes and turnover at both bluelines made for a very loopsided period. In someways, they were lucky the score wasn't worse after twenty minutes.

As the game unfolded howerver, the Rupert team seemed to settle down. Sure there were still some mistakes. But, every now and then the final forty showed glimpse of what may come. Youngster Tremain Kurka made a spectacular save on a River Kings 2-on-1 in the third. Devin Palmer, who played sparingly, took a hit to make a pass setting up a Rupert 2-on-1. Joseph Repole, while small, dished out a couple big time hits to seperate the puck from Terrace skaters. Sure, the score wasn't great, and it may still be a long season, but there were positives to take out of this game.
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