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.
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.”