NEWS RELEASE · 2nd January 2014
Kitimat Ice Demons
Ice Demons back on winning track with sloppy, but fast-paced 7-4 victory over Prince Rupert Rampage
The recent run of losses to Western Division opponents came to an end as the Kitimat Ice Demons returned to the friendlier confines of Tamitik Arena on Saturday, Dec. 28 and executed a fast-skating aggressive 7-4 win over the Prince Rupert Rampage, winners of the last two meetings between the teams.
Ice Demons also announced a coaching change as Mike Steponavicius returned to take over the head coaching duties for the remainder of the topsy-turvy season.
This one kicked off with two fast early goals as Demons snatched a lead with a minute 29 second gone as Derek DeLisser netted behind Warren Hanson, deflecting a pass from Josh Slanina around the back of the goal. Brandon Wakita also assisted. But before the cheers died down, the game was all tied at 1-1, just 69-seconds later as Greg Sheppard beat Brett Vilness deflecting a Justin Fontaine shot into the Demons' net.
But that was the end of the scoring in the first period as both goalies settled in to make a few saves and the teams took some time to feel out the defences. The Ice Demons dominated in the shots department, with 15 stopped by Hanson and eight by Vilness. It was clear the Ice Demons were focused on reducing give-aways which have plagued them in recent games.
Again in the second period the teams swapped early goals, with Demons retaking the lead just 2.22 into the period as Brandon Wakita engineered a takeaway in the Rampage corner and drove around the net to beat Hanson with a wide wrap around (DeLisser and Matt Billingsley earned assists on the play). Just 66 seconds later, just as in the first period, the Rampage tied the game at 2- 2 as Justin Fontaine earned his second of three assists in the game, setting up Josh Kierce for the tying goal.
But that was it for Rupert as Kitimat rallied with two more goals in the period by Derek DeLisser from Terry Whelan and Josh Slanina and then less than two minutes after that Jeff Mildenberger hit Wade Masch in the crease for a goal that probably traveled less than a foot over the line. Jon Aiken also assisted.
Demons held the 4-3 lead into the third period. Jared Meers got Rupert closer with three minutes gone in the third ((Justin Fontaine) and Terry Whelan quickly got that one back from Jeff Mildenberger.
Then a roughing penalty to Derek DeLisser with 13.20 left in the third led to a fast
power play goal by Jared Andreesen (Greg Sheppard, Travis Helland) drew Rupert even closer at 5-4 but two goals, 30 seconds apart by Matthew Billingsley (Terry Whelan) and Josh Slanina (Terry Whelan, Jeff Mildenberger) put a big space between the teams as time wound down.
A low crowd of 580 watched the game as Ice Demons outshot the Rampage by 45-28.
Kitimat will finish its home season with the final two games at Tamitik on January 11 and 12 and wait for teams with games in hand to catch up to see the final west division standings.