CONTRIBUTION · 4th October 2010
The Kitimat Ice Demons hosted the Prince Rupert Rampage for the opening game of the 2010-2011 CIHL regular season. The Demon's goaltender, Jamie Moran, had a great night between the pipes and frustrated the Rampage all night. The visiting Rampage found the normally smooth-skating Ice Demons skating in quicksand in the first period and outshot them 14-4 in the opening period, but were only able to come away with a one goal lead, on a shot by assistant captain, Rob Miller, that eluded Moran, with defenseman Rob Lafferty in the penalty box.
The Ice Demons served 12 minutes in penalties in the first period alone, but Moran's strong performance in net, allowed them to reach the first intermission only a goal behind.
Whatever was said in the dressing room between periods, the Demons came out strong, killed the remainder of a two-man disadvantage and then picked up their skating, scoring four goals in just over seven minutes to put the Rampage in a big hole they could not play their way out of.
Keith Movald who was almost idle in the first period, was caught looking on Derek Wakita's tying goal at the 3.29 mark of the second period, (Terry Whelan, David Venman). The Kitimat team was lifted by the goal and showed a lot of energy in the next 10 minutes, scoring at 8.08, Terry Whelan (Wade Masch, Chris Vilness), 9.20, Ian Coleman (unassisted) and at 10.32 a tip by Kory Finn off a Terry Whelan cross gave the startled Rampage, a 4-1 deficit.
The Demons returned to defensive play in the third period, dumping out a lot of pucks before Rampage forward Dylan Lawrence backhanded a rebound over Moran to make the score 4-2, but a two -on-one breakaway by Terry Whelan and Kory Finn saw Finn slide a perfect pass behind the Rampage goalie Movald, with only 3.22 left in the third period, for his second goal. Whelan had a goal and three assists in the game and provided a lot of the Kitimat energy and penetration into the Rampage zone.
Head coach Danny Baker said, "With so many new young players on the roster, the Ice Demons may have to win a few games this way, this season, but we do have some of our regulars coming back and I expect we will play a lot better as the season progresses."