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The Terrace River Kings are now riding a two game high. And what a high it is. Last weekend against the Hazelton Wolverines they capitalized with a 9 to 1 win. Last night, Saturday, October 9th, they did it again against their arch rivals, the Kitimat Ice Demons. It was another solid convincing victory, a shut out for Goalie Craig Walsh; seven unanswered goals.
It didnít look like this would be the result when the game began, as only 15 seconds in, Calen Findlay took a two minute hooking penalty. The Ice Demons had control and the Terrace Arena got a little quiet. Less than a minute later Josh Murray was pulled for delivering a cross check. Walsh was picking the pucks out of the air and redirecting them to the boards keeping the Demons frustrated and then 4 minutes in they started taking penalties of their own. The play was hot and heavy for three quarters of the first period when, finally, the Kings made their first mark.
Captain Steve Cullis and Derek Jurista were in the corner just to the left of Walsh fighting over puck control with Kitimats John Aiken. Cullis broke free and was ready for a sharp angle shot when Jurista made the perfect tap pass direct to his stick. Just one face off later Findlay (assisted by both Cullis and Jurista) made up for his early penalty by driving one past Kitimats Goal tender, Brett Vilness in a concerted hard push straight down center ice, making it two nothing. Jurista had made a long pass up to Cullis and with Findlay to his right. Cullis got tripped right in front of the goal but was able to leave the puck for Findlay to put it in the left side. The strength of the River Kings was displayed once again, just as was done in Hazelton, with the skill and talent in all the lines.
The second period was broken at the 4 minute mark by a goal from Tristan Murray with assists from Josh Murray and Tyson Leblond. This was a sweet goal that truly demonstrated the new team work. Watch the video clip HERE
. The close up on the stick work and this team effort is quite remarkable. The forth goal was at 12:13 by Garret Kerr with Skyler Andrews. Andrews passed it up from behind the net. Kerr fanned on the puck first then spun around for a backhand shot which was first stopped by Kitimats Jeff Baker but Kerr hit it again and this time the puck rolled past Vilnessí left side with John Aiken trying to pull it out with his stick as if to stop the inevitable. It was almost looking like no player would score two; the entire team would take turns, when Captain Cullis scored again from the left side of Vilness deflecting a blue line drive from Ryan Watson who got the puck from Jurista who was also fighting for the puck in the corner, once again, with Cullis.
The third period was the ugly period. The River Kings and the Kitimat Ice Demons are not known for their friendly matches. Usually, history proves this out; when the Kings got frustrated they took to fists if things didnít go well. Last night the tables were turned. Four and a half minutes into the third a completely different King, Chris Brown, beat Vilness with a perfect cross ice pass from Tristen Murray. It was time for the Demons to lose their cool. The River Kings were coming on strong, never letting up and three minutes after the sixth unanswered goal, as the Kings were coming down on top of the net again the gloves and helmets went for a flight. The fists were flying; helmets thrown off and punched off, resulted in six 5 minute majors and six game misconducts. When the puck was finally dropped again, after all the paraphernalia was cleared from the ice, it only took eleven seconds for Kitimats Terry Whelan to get called for an elbow to the Kings and then it appeared he was going to take on the ref bringing on another game misconduct.
Almost as if to rub salt in the wound, Chris Brown put the puck away again less than half a minute later. It was a five on three rush and Vilness didnít have much of a chance as he was caught down on the ice. The Kings were all over him to make the final score, 7 to 0.
The first goal of the game came from Cullis who scored from the right side of this picture.
The backhand shot by Kerr found its mark even with the Kitimat defender trying to poke it back out
Chris Brown beats Vilness by putting one in the top shelf.