Stamps edge Tomahawks in divisional matchup

The Williams Lake Stampeders continued their dominance over the Central Interior Hockey League’s East Division Saturday.

The Williams Lake Stampeders continued their dominance over the Central Interior Hockey League’s East Division Saturday.

The Stamps, in front of roughly 750 fans at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, edged the Lac La Hache Tomahawks 8-7.

Williams Lake improves to 3-1-0 on the campaign, while the two other teams in the division — the Quesnel Kangaroos and the Tomahawks — both remain winless.

Saturday, Lac La Hache’s Kyle Crump opened the scoring just 17 seconds into the first frame, before both teams settled down in a 3-3 stalemate to end the period.

Matt Lees, Chad Wilde and Stuart Sasges scored for the Stamps. Robin Gilbert added two for the Tomahawks.

In period two Dylan Richardson and David Gore put Williams Lake up 5-3, before Lac La Hache answered back with three tallies from Ryan Conlin, Xavier Stump and Donovan Nicholas to enter the third up 6-5.

There, however, Williams Lake turned the tide once again in the seesaw battle in the 8-7 victory.

Nathan Zurak scored once, while Lees (3-1-4) completed the hat trick in the final frame for the Stampeders.

Conlin (2-1-3) added his second of the night for the Tomahawks.

Williams Lake outshot the Tomahawks 46-27. Matt Brenner and Justin Foote split the goaltending duties for the Stamps, while Willie Sellars held down the fort for the Tomahawks.

Williams Lake now has a weekend off before returning to the CMRC to host the Kitimat Ice Demons for a Halloween tilt on Oct. 31. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.

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