The Williams Lake Bantam Tier 2 Timberwolves’ season got underway this weekend at the Cariboo Memorial Complex, with the hometown squad hosting its annual icebreaker tournament.
Saturday, Williams Lake squared off with Prince George’s Tier 2 team for a double-header, winning both games (1-0 and 4-3).
Despite both wins, Timberwolves head coach Steve Carpenter said the Prince George club could be quite different when the two teams meet for their season openers on Oct. 8-9.
“They still have 10 cuts to make and will be getting some late cuts from the tier 1 team,” Carpenter said. “So they will be a very different team when we play them.”
On Sunday, the Timberwolves lost 7-2 to the Quesnel Thunder in a hard-fought contest.
“Both games [versus Prince George] were helpful in evaluating our players as well as highlighting some of our strengths and a few weaknesses that have given us a direction to head in as far as practices,” he said.
“I feel the score [in the Quesnel game] doesn’t reflect the two teams and how they match up. I thought with a couple of bounces we still would have lost but the score would have been much closer.”
The bantam Timberwolves are gearing up for a busy season and have committed to eight tournaments, including their home tournament Oct. 28-30.
Also this past weekend, the Williams Lake Tier 2 Midget Rep Team opened its season in Prince George with a 5-2 win over Quesnel and a 4-2 loss to Prince George in its icebreaker tournament.