Williams Lake Peewee Timberwolves’ forward Eli Schwaller looks to sneak a backhander past Quesnel Thunder netminder Seb Arscot Sunday morning at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. The T-wolves pulled off a come-from-behind 9-4 victory to win both games of the two-game series during the weekend. (Greg Sabatino photo)

Williams Lake Peewee Timberwolves’ forward Eli Schwaller looks to sneak a backhander past Quesnel Thunder netminder Seb Arscot Sunday morning at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. The T-wolves pulled off a come-from-behind 9-4 victory to win both games of the two-game series during the weekend. (Greg Sabatino photo)

T-wolves win two at home; eye a berth at provincials in March

“We didn’t give up and kept battling … we just told them to keep working hard and it paid off.”

Coming off back-to-back home-ice wins during the weekend, the Williams Lake Peewee Timberwolves have their sights dialed in on earning a berth at the upcoming March provincial championships.

The Timberwolves shutout their northern rivals, the Quesnel Thunder, 7-0 Saturday, then showed adversity in a come-from-behind 9-4 win Sunday morning at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Williams Lake held a 3-1 lead midway through the second period Sunday before the Thunder notched three unanswered goals to take a 4-3 lead early in the third period.

“We held it together,” said T-wolves head coach Todd Isnardy. “We didn’t give up and kept battling. The boys didn’t melt down, and we just told them to keep working hard and it paid off.”

The Timberwolves tied it up at 4-4 when captain Declan Pocock roofed a backhand on Quesnel goaltender Seb Arscot with 7:40 left in the frame.

Shortly after, Carter Boomer notched his third of four in the contest to complete the hat trick and put his team up 5-4. From there, the flood gates opened and Williams Lake scored another four goals in the 9-4 win.

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Lighting the lamp for the Timberwolves in the game were Tristan Reid (2G), Boomer (4G, 1A), Pocock (1G, 1A), Ben Fofonoff (1G) and Aiden Fulton (1G).

Isnardy said to date the team has been a joy to coach, and to watch improve throughout the season.

“We’ve got four more league games left against Quesnel, then two against Prince George before playoffs,” he said.

Four of those six games will be played at home at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, while two are in Quesnel.

“As a team we’ve grown immensely,” he said. “We’ve gained an identity as a team, and I like to think we kind of live by it. It’s just been a great year.”

Isnardy said the team will now travel this coming weekend to Salmon Arm for a tournament, where they’ll likely face some stiff competition.

“There will be lots of really good teams there, so it should be a good test,” he said.

Zone playoffs take place at the end of February, where Williams Lake will face Prince George in what Isnardy expects should be a tightly-contested series.

“Then [if we win] we go down to the Coast for provincials in March,” he said.

“That’s been our main goal all year from day one: we want to be in the provincial championships.”



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Williams Lake Peewee Timberwolves player Tristan Reid cuts to the net at full speed Sunday, narrowly missing the net before being sent sailing. (Greg Sabatino photo)

Williams Lake Peewee Timberwolves player Tristan Reid cuts to the net at full speed Sunday, narrowly missing the net before being sent sailing. (Greg Sabatino photo)

Eli Schwaller fires a shot on net. (Greg Sabatino photo)

Eli Schwaller fires a shot on net. (Greg Sabatino photo)

Ben Fofonoff puts a shot on goal through traffic Sunday versus the Quesnel Thunder in a 9-4 Williams Lake Peewee Timberwolves win. (Greg Sabatino photo)

Ben Fofonoff puts a shot on goal through traffic Sunday versus the Quesnel Thunder in a 9-4 Williams Lake Peewee Timberwolves win. (Greg Sabatino photo)

Williams Lake Peewee Timberwolves captain Declan Pocock roofs a backhand on Quesnel netminder Seb Arscot Sunday en route to a 9-4 win. Pocock’s goal tied the contest at 4-4, after Quesnel had just scored three unanswered goals. (Greg Sabatino photo)

Williams Lake Peewee Timberwolves captain Declan Pocock roofs a backhand on Quesnel netminder Seb Arscot Sunday en route to a 9-4 win. Pocock’s goal tied the contest at 4-4, after Quesnel had just scored three unanswered goals. (Greg Sabatino photo)

The Williams Lake Peewee Timberwolves celebrate after evening the score at 4-4 in the third period of Sunday’s contest versus the Quesnel Thunder.

The Williams Lake Peewee Timberwolves celebrate after evening the score at 4-4 in the third period of Sunday’s contest versus the Quesnel Thunder.

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