Bantam reps set to host playoffs

For the fourth time this season, the Williams Lake Bantam Tier 2 Timberwolves marched away from a tournament with a silver medal.

For the fourth time this season, the Williams Lake Bantam Tier 2 Timberwolves marched away from a tournament with a silver medal.

The T-wolves were in Prince George competing in a 10-team tournament from Jan. 25-27.

Williams Lake ploughed its way through the round robin undefeated, won the semifinal, but lost in the final game by one goal.

The team said it played very well but, due to being four players out with injury, weren’t able to claw back from an early 2-0 deficit against Smithers in the final.

In round robin play Williams Lake defeated Smithers 5-4, Kamloops 6-3 and Quesnel 5-2.

In the semifinal Williams Lake gutted out a 3-1 win over Dawson Creek, despite competing short players.

The final saw Smithers jump out to a quick 2-0 lead. Williams Lake charged back to tie the game at 2-2 in the second, only to go down 3-2 while shorthanded. Williams Lake answered back to tie it at 3-3 before giving up a late goal, giving Smithers the 4-3 win.

The team said it continues to be upbeat and focused on its goal of winning a provincial championship, despite having no luck whatsoever in tournament final games so far this season.

So far the T-wolves have amassed 31 wins and seven losses this season, outscoring their opponents 159-67 in the process.

The Williams Lake Bantam Tier 2 T-wolves will be in Williams Lake this weekend hosting Quesnel for a pair of league games, followed by their home tournament Feb. 15-17 in Williams Lake. Playoffs go the following weekend.

If Williams Lake qualifies provincials will be held in Kelowna during the first week of Spring Break, March 10-16. The team has also been invited to play in the Kamloops International Bantam Invitational Tournament during the second week of Spring Break.