The Williams Lake Stampeders picked up back-to-back road victories during the weekend in Central Interior Hockey League action over the Prince Rupert Rampage and the Kitimat Ice Demons.
Saturday, the Stampeders staved off a three-goal second period from the Rampage in the second period, to score three unanswered goals themselves in a 6-3 win.
Wilf Robbins notched a hat trick for Williams Lake, while David Gore, Nathan Zurak, Andrew Fisher added singles. Justin Foote, meanwhile, stopped 30 shots in the winning effort.
Sunday, Williams Lake hammered the Kitimat Ice Demons in a 14-3 shellacking.
Robbins continued his strong weekend with another hat trick, while Zach Sternberg (1G, 2A), Nathan Zurak (2G, 3A), Aaron Zurak (1G, 2A), Kurtis Bond (1G, 4A), Cody Lockwood (1G, 3A), Fisher (3G, 2A) and Gore (2G, 2A) also chipped in to the goal-scoring bonanza.
Stampeders’ goaltender Willie Sellars picked up the win between the pipes, stopping 21 shots in the process.
Sellars said the Stampeders, who are first in the Central Interior Hockey League with 12 wins and three losses — six points ahead of the second-place Smithers Steelheads and Terrace River Kings — are playing with confidence.
“Our team is good,” he said. “Even with 11 skaters we can compete with anyone in this league.
“Tack that with consistent goaltending and it usually has a positive result. It’s been a lot of fun playing this year.”
Kitimat, meanwhile, has yet to win a game this year in 15 attempts.
The Rampage slipped to third in the CIHL standings and have a seven-win, six-loss and one overtime-loss record.
The Stampeders, meanwhile, get this coming weekend off and will prepare to host the Terrace River Kings for its final regular season home game on Sunday, Jan. 29.
Puck drop goes at 1:30 p.m. at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.