The Williams Lake Stampeders remain unbeaten in the Central Interior Hockey League.
The Stampeders improved to 4-0 on the campaign following a 5-3 home-ice victory over the Quesnel Kangaroos — the team’s third win over its northern rivals already this season.
Williams Lake jumped out to an early 2-1 lead in the first period with goals from Nathan Zurak and Stuart Sasges, while Karl Weiberg tallied for the Kangaroos.
The two teams traded goals in the second frame as Taylor Stuart and Brett DeFrais each lit the lamp for the Stampeders and the Kangaroos, respectively, sending the Stamps into the final period with a 3-2 lead.
There, Stuart notched his second of the night, before Evan Fuller put Williams Lake up 5-2. Quesnel’s Lane Vandewetering added an unassisted marker to close out the scoring in the 5-3 Stampeders victory.
Stampeders’ goaltender Justin Foote stopped 29 of 32 shots he faced on the night.
The win leaves the Stampeders soundly in first place in the CIHL, followed by the Smithers Steelheads (3-2-0) in second place and the Prince Rupert Rampage (2-1-0) in third.
Quesnel (1-2-1), the Terrace River Kinss (1-2-0) and the Kitimat Ice Demons (0-3-0) round out the league’s standings.
The Stampeders have one more home game this Saturday, Oct. 29 when they host the Kitimat Ice Demons for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.
The team will then be away for a three-game road trip when they travel to Terrace on Nov. 11, Smithers on Nov. 12 and Quesnel on Nov. 25, before returning home to host the Rampage on Nov. 26 in a 1:30 p.m. start time.