Cheers erupted from the crowd at the West Fraser Centre as a fight broke out between the Quesnel Kangaroos and the Prince Rupert Rampage with under five minutes left in the game Sunday, Nov. 14.
With the Kangaroos leading 4-0, frustrations between the teams boiled over after a penalty-filled third period, leading to early exits for Kangaroos captain Alessio Tomassetti and Rampage assistant captain Tyler Ostrom.
Quesnel got off to a great start, with Eli Jarvis scoring for the Roos less than two minutes into the first period. Before the horn sounded, Jarvis responded again, extending the lead to 2-0.
Goals from Lane Vanderwettering and Jordan Draper in the second period pushed the Kangaroos lead to 4-0, a score which remained through the rest of the game.
The third period saw numerous penalties issued for both teams.
“The boys are happy,” Kangaroos head coach Harley Gilks said after the game. “It was nice to come back from a two-game losing streak and take this home.”
Quesnel has a record of 3-2 now in the CIHL season.
The Rampage were in Williams Lake the day before Sunday’s loss, defeating the Stampeders 7-1.
Prince Rupert coach Roger Atchison said they always have challenging games in Quesnel.
“When they got up two in the first, I wasn’t too worried at that time,” he said.
“I thought we had some really good chances, and we just couldn’t capitalize on our power play and our scoring opportunities. They just kept coming, and we just got too big of a hole to dig out of.”
The Kangaroos will be going away to Williams Lake on Saturday, Nov. 27, to face off against the Stampeders.
They won’t play the Rampage again until Jan. 30 in Prince Rupert.
“We’ll be ready when they come home,” Atchison said.
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