Bantam Timberwolves finish even at KIBHT

The bantam tier two Williams Lake Timberwolves finished with three wins and three losses at KIBIHT.

The bantam tier two Williams Lake Timberwolves finished with three wins and three losses at the prestigious Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament.

The T-wolves defeated the Vancouver T-Birds, 5-3, on Sunday to wrap up five days of competition at the tournament, which ran at the Interior Savings Centre, the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre and the Memorial Arena from Jan. 1-5.

Conley Pinette scored twice while Trey Thomas, William Paynton and Erik Bunce added singles for Williams Lake in the winning effort.

The Timberwolves opened their tournament with a game against the North Delta Sun Devils, picking up a 5-4 win.

The lakecity squad opened up an early two goal lead in the second period and were in control of the contest until running into a handful of penalty trouble taking six consecutive penalties and surrendering four goals with just three minutes left in the game.

Williams Lake, however, stormed back with three quick goals, potting the winning goal with one minute and 30 seconds left to play. Cody Swan was credited with the game winner, with Paynton, Jordan Bunce, Thomas and Pinette added lone markers. Hayden Lyons picked up the win for Williams Lake.

In their next game penalty trouble continued to plague the Timberwolves as their opponents, the Kelowna ‘AA’ Rockets, potted seven power play goals to put Williams Lake away, 9-4. In the following game against the Penticton Vees the Timberwolves, again, had trouble outscoring their opponents, falling 5-1.

Based on their round robin record Williams Lake was relegated to the consolation round where they met the Okanagan Hockey Academy (OHA). Williams Lake battled hard, however, came out on the wrong end of a 5-4 decision.

The loss then saw the T-wolves take on the Salmon Arm Silvertips, picking up a 5-4 win. Scoring for Williams Lake were Erik (2), Thomas (2) and Paynton.