The Williams Lake Stampeders likely won’t be in the spirit of giving this Saturday when they travel north to take on the Quesnel Kangaroos.
The Kangaroos handed the Stampeders just its second loss of the season in Williams Lake Saturday in a 9-6 decision at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.
With the loss Williams Lake sits at nine wins and two losses on the campaign, however, is still two points ahead of the Smithers Steelheads atop the Central Interior Hockey League standings.
In Saturday evening’s game the Kangaroos jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead by the midway point of the first period with goals from Nick Tomassetti and two from Tommy Grant.
Williams Lake clawed back to within one when Andrew Fisher and Nathan Zurak both lit the lamp, before Grant added his third of the game to end the period with a 4-2 lead.
Zurak would notch his second of the night just nine seconds into the second period, however, Quesnel retaliated with two more of its own when Grant added his fourth and Justin Fulton found the twine to make it 6-3.
Fisher tallied his second of the game just a minute later, followed by another marker from Williams Lake’s Dan Cohen, before Alessio Tomassetti ended the second period scoring giving Quesnel a 7-5 lead.
In the third, Grant added his fifth goal and Zurak completed his hat trick, with Nolan Parr closing out the scoring for the Kangaroos in the 9-6 win.
The Stampeders, meanwhile, have been in the Christmas spirit for the past two week’s home games as they’ve hosted a food and toy drive and a teddy bear, toque and mitten toss.
In total, the Stamps donated 10 large boxes of food to the Women’s Contact Society and collected four large bags of teddy bears, mittens and toques to the Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District.
Also this Sunday, Dec. 18 the Stampeders players will be at Dairy Queen from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a meet the fans day, which includes a free meal for kids 11 and under.
Saturday night’s matchup against the Kangaroos gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at the Twin Ice Arena.