Williams Lake Midget Timberwolves player Sam Powers fires a shot on net Sunday during semifinal action against the Fort St. John Flyers at Williams Lake’s home tournament. (Greg Sabatino photos)

T-wolves fall just shy of final at home tournament

The Williams Lake Midget Timberwolves continue to get better

The Williams Lake Midget Timberwolves continue to get better.

That’s the sentiments of the team’s coaches following a semifinal loss elimination in their eight-team home tournament at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex Sunday.

“I think we had a fantastic weekend, the boys showed hard work and that paid off, but unfortunately we weren’t able to get to the final, but we were right there,” Timberwolves head coach Jason Flett said.

Williams Lake ran into a hot Fort St. John Flyers team Sunday morning in semifinal action after the Timberwolves finished first place in their pool with two wins and a tie.

Prior to the semi, Williams Lake beat Smithers 5-1, Vernon 7-3 and tied Kitimat 3-3.

Taking on the Flyers, the Timberwolves got behind early in the first period and weren’t able to recover, falling 8-5.

Nolan Nicol put Williams Lake within one with five minutes remaining in the first period — his first goal since being sidelined for two months due to injury.

Jace Myers, Finley Enns, Ethan Garland and Dylan Telford also lit the lamp for the T-wolves in the loss.

Despite, coaches said they were pleased with the effort their players gave throughout the weekend.

“We’ve got a lot of young players, and only three third year guys,” T-wolves assistant coach Gino D’Appolonia said.

“From the start of the season — we finished second last in our first tournament — we’re getting better every game, and the boys are doing really well.”

Sunday afternoon’s final will pit Penticton versus the Flyers, and Williams Lake coaches said it couldn’t have been a more competitive tournament.

“All the games were close,” said Williams Lake assistant coach Ryan Bailey. “We’re all taking about how close they’ve been.”

Williams Lake’s next action is a tournament in Vernon on Dec. 14-15.

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Williams Lake’s Finley Enns looks to make a pass in the offensive zone Sunday.

Raeyden Beauchamp looks to get around a pair of Fort St. John Flyers Sunday during the team’s semifinal matchup.

The Williams Lake Midget Timberwolves celebrate after Nolan Nicol potted his first in two months after returning from injury.

Williams Lake Midget Timberwolves assistant captain Sam Powers battles with a pair of Fort St. John Flyers players.

Williams Lake Midget Timberwolves forward Dylan Telford skates into the slot for a shot on goal.

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