CONTRIBUTION · 28th November 2010
Terrace River Kings lose edge with multiple penalties
Video clips of highlights from the First, Second and Third Periods are attached below. Be aware, downloading might take time, especially on dial up connections, as the files are quite large.
A good crowd of around 800 watched the Ice Demons explode for four power play goals, two in the first period and two in the second period, in what was a very spirited rematch of the two old rivals. A hat-trick performance by Daniel Mayer highlighted the game, as Kitimat head coach Danny Baker noted, “It looked like the pieces are coming back together nicely.”
Both the Ice Demons and Terrace River Kings were coming off two consecutive losses, the Kings being beaten 4-0 and 3-0 by the Smithers Steelheads in the past two weeks, while the Demons were smarting from a shoot-out loss in Hazelton and a close 3-2 defeat in Prince Rupert, as they wound down six games in a row on the road.
The game started off much as it was played throughout, with some ding-dong end to end rushes by both teams and Terrace took a one goal lead after Nathan Soucie found himself in the clear, bearing down on Jamie Moran in the Kitimat net, just over three minutes in. He put a quick shot through the legs, assisted by Skylar Andrews.
Kitimat got that one back within a couple of minutes as Jeff Mildenberger combined on the power play with David Venman and Terry Whelan, to put the puck behind Spencer Krupop in the Terrace net, with Rich Clair in the box for elbowing.
Terrace again went ahead just after the mid-way point of the period, when a Tristan Murray (Garrett Kerr) deflected past Moran and two minutes later, again on the power play Daniel Mayer had time to wait for Krupop to go down before he roofed a pass from Derek Wakita high into the twine. Kyle Boudreault also had an assist on the tic-tac-toe play.
Knotted at 2-2 after the first intermission Kitimat seemed to be getting their skating legs under them and doubled the score in the first two minutes on goals by Ian Coleman from Craig Hewitson, at 1.25 and another power play goal from Daniel Mayer who had half the net to choose from on a neat cross crease pass from Terry Whelan.
Demons made it 5-3, less than a minute later as Steven Venman scored his first of two on the night, deftly converting a rebound off a Josh Marsh shot.
About that time both teams began to run into penalty trouble and first the Ice Demons faced a five on three Kings power play with Jonnie Aiken and Robbie Lafferty both off for hooking and roughing. The Demons were almost out of the first penalty, with only three seconds left when a low hard shot by Toby Mitchell found its way through the mass of legs in the crease into the net. Assists went to Tristan Murray and Garrett Kerr.
But the tables were quickly turned as Terrace wound up with Coby Johnson and captain, Steve Cullis in the box and the Demons power play again made them pay with a goal by
Terry Whelan (Jeff Mildenberger, David Venman) as the Kitimat power play looked like it was getting back a lot of its good passing and control game.
Shortly after that, with tempers fraying a bit on the Terrace side, Chris Brown and Demons' Terry Whelan were engaged in a spirited fight in front of the Demons bench, but well behind the play. Both were ejected, but Whelan looked like the victor.
Terrace showed a lot of spirit in the third, down 6-3, but could not find the net as Kitimat controlled a lot of the play and looked more like the Demons of old. That led to some nastiness and Taylor Mallett earned a double roughing penalty for butt ending Jonnie Aiken and the two tangled. Aiken got a 10 minute misconduct and left the game with only 8.49 remaining.
Then Venman got into an altercation with Skylar Andrews on the bench and both went to their locker rooms with misconduct penalties.
With four minutes left in the game Ian Coleman made it 7-3 from Steve Venman and Jeff Mildenberger and then the highlight of the night was a passing play from Blaine Markwart to Craig Hewitson to Daniel Mayer for Mayer's hat trick goal that brought the crowd to its feet, with just 30 second left in the game. It was Hewitson's first game as an Ice Demon since the finals of the 2008-09 CIHL season, but he showed no rust.
There was an anxious moment when Kitimat goaltender Jamie Moran was left stunned on the ice after a crashing play through his crease. He left the game and Brett Vilness played the final three minutes making three saves.
Kitimat out-shot Terrace handily, 50 to 30 but Moran and Krupop made some critical saves throughout the game.
Terrace entertains Prince Rupert next Saturday and Kitimat faces Hazelton in a double header at home both days next weekend. Once again the TerraceDaily.ca and the KitimatDaily.ca will be live webcasting these games from both Terrace and Kitimat.
In other Saturday games Prince Rupert beat Hazelton 9-3 on home ice and Smithers is reported to have prevailed over Omineca Ice 9-1, while the Burns Lake Braves erased an early 3-1 Houston Luckies lead coming back to win 6-5.
The opening goal. A breakaway by Nathan Soucie from Terrace
For the last time Terrace would take the lead when Tristan Murray deflected one past the posts.
Kitimat held onto the lead to secure the points after this goal by Daniel Mayer on another powerplay
A typical scene at the game. A fight behind the scenes no where near the puck. Kitimats Jonnie Aiken and Terrace's Chris Brown win the award for penalty minutes and fighting.