The Quesnel Kangaroos took the third of five scheduled regular season meetings with the Williams Lake Stampeders at home Saturday to go up two games to one in the season series.
Quesnel’s Justin Fulton dominated the contest in the final frame to pot three of his five goals — the third coming on an empty net — and seven points (5-2-7) to propel the Kangaroos past the Stampeders, 7-5.
For Williams Lake defenseman Brent McIsaac led all scorers with two goals and two assists for four points (2-2-4).
The weekend setback allowed the Kangaroos to leapfrog Williams Lake to the top of the standings in the Central Interior Hockey League East Division.
In seven games so far the Kangaroos have four wins and three losses. The Stampeders, with one game less played, have three wins, two losses and one overtime loss, and are one point back of the ‘Roos in the division.
Saturday, Quesnel jumped out to an early 3-0 lead with goals from Tyrell Turgeon (1-2-3), Cory Grabovski (1-1-2) and Fulton before Nathan Zurak (1-1-2) and Matt Lees (1-1-2) cut the deficit back to one early in the second period.
Fulton added his second of the night — a shorthanded goal — near the midway mark of the second period before Jassi Sangha (1-1-2) and Brent McIsaac, with two, gave Williams Lake a 5-4 lead heading into the final frame.
There, Fulton scored three unanswered goals to seal the win for Quesnel.
Williams Lake’s Justin Foote faced 27 shots, while Quesnel’s Ryan Manderson turned aside 28 of 33 in the winning effort.
The Stampeders will have a chance for revenge this Friday, Nov. 1, when the ‘Roos visit the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex in Williams Lake for the fourth meeting between the two clubs this season. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.