Williams Lake Stampeders

Stampeders take two wins to extend CIHL lead

The Williams Lake Stampeders extended its first-place lead over the Smithers Steelheads in the Central Interior Hockey League standings.

The Williams Lake Stampeders extended its first-place lead over the Smithers Steelheads in the Central Interior Hockey League standings during the weekend picking up two victories.

On Friday evening, the Stampeders were in Quesnel taking on the Kangaroos where Williams Lake skated to a 5-3 victory.

Darcy Flaherty, with a short-handed marker, and Kurtis Bond, on a power play, gave Williams Lake a 2-1 lead after one period of play before Nathan Zurak, with another shorthanded tally and his brother, Aaron Zurak, extended the lead to 4-3 after two.

Dylan Richardson sealed the deal for Williams Lake midway through the third to put the score to 5-3.

Stamps’ netminder Justin Foote made 45 saves in the win.

Saturday night in Williams Lake at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, roughly 450 Stampeders’ fans were treated to an offensive onslaught on the visiting Prince Rupert Rampage where Williams Lake knocked in nine goals on 49 shots to win 9-5.

Williams Lake’s Tyrel Lucas proved too much to handle for the Rampage defenders, lighting the lamp five times in the contest.

Jassi Sangha, Travis Sanderson, with two, and Brady Fuller provided the rest of the Stampeders’ offence.

Williams Lake goaltender Willie Sellars turned aside 30 of 35 shots to pickup the win between the pipes.

With the pair of victories Williams Lake improves to eight wins and a loss on the season and is now four points ahead of the second-place Smithers Steelheads (6-3-0) and Terrace River Kings (5-2-2) in the standings.

The Stampeders are in action for just one game this Saturday when they host the fifth-place Quesnel Kangaroos (3-5-1) at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.

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