The Williams Lake Stampeders picked up four points over the weekend to recapture first place in the Central Interior Hockey League East Division.
On Friday in Williams Lake the Stampeders battled back from a rocky start to beat the Quesnel Kangaroos, 8-5.
Saturday Williams Lake travelled south to face the Lac La Lache Tomahawks, winning 9-5 at the Rolf Zeis Memorial Arena.
Friday, Williams Lake fell behind early as Quesnel’s Tyrell Turgeon (1-2-3), Joel Boyetchko (1-0-1), Matt Stang (2-1-3) and Rigby Burgart (1-1-2) propelled the Kangaroos to a 4-2 lead by the midway point of the second period.
Williams Lake’s Tyrel Lucas had other plans for the Kangaroos, however, scoring three of his five consecutive goals on the night in the second period to give the Stampeders the 8-5 win. Lucas added an assist in the second period to cap off the six-point performance.
Also scoring for Williams Lake were Matt Lees (1-0-1), Jassi Sangha (1-4-5) and Francis Johnson (1-3-4).
Stampeders’ netminder Justin Foote stopped 26 of 31 shots in the winning effort.
Saturday, Williams Lake continued to light the lamp at a feverish pace.
Nathan Zurak (4-1-5) opened the scoring for the Stampeders just over three minutes into the contest, potting the first of his four goals.
Lac La Hache’s Gilbert Robbins (1-1-2) found the twine to even up the score at one, before Sangha (2-1-3), with two, and Zurak helped Williams Lake to a 3-1 lead by the end of the first frame.
The Tomahawks weren’t about to go down without a fight, however, as Donovan Nicholas (2-0-2) added a power play marker, and Roy Nichol (1-1-2) beat Foote to cut the deficit to one by the end of the second period.
In the third period both Derek Walters (2-1-3) and Zurak scored twice, with Lees adding a power play marker, to help Williams Lake out-duel the Tomahawks in the 9-5 outing.
Scoring for the Tomahawks in the final frame were Drew Rose (1-4-5) and Nicholas, with his second of the game.
Shots on goal were 39 to 35 in Williams Lake’s favour with Foote, again, picking up the win for the Stamps. Willie Sellars suited up between the pipes for the Tomahawks.
Following the perfect weekend Williams Lake improved its record to 5-2-1 on the campaign and are three points ahead of the Quesnel Kangaroos (4-4-0). The Tomahawks, meanwhile, sit third in the division with a 2-4-0 record.
The Stampeders next hit the ice at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex this Saturday, Nov. 9, against the West Division’s Prince Rupert Rampage. Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.