The Williams Lake Midget Tier 2 Timberwolves fell just short of reaching the final of their home tournament during the weekend.
The Wolves finished the tournament with three wins and one loss, losing only to the eventual tournament champions, Smithers.
In game one Williams Lake faced a strong Salmon Arm team and skated away with a 6-4 victory. Cory Loring (1-1-2) and Will Paynton (1-1-2) each had two points for the Wolves.
Josh Novakowski, Owen Powers, Trey Thomas and Zack Herrick added singles in the win, while Trevor Woodward picked up the victory between the pipes.
Next, facing the eventual champions, Smithers, Williams Lake lost a 3-1 decision. The game went scoreless through two periods and was tightly contested throughout. Smithers potted two late goals before Williams Lake cut the deficit to 2-1, however, Smithers sealed the deal late in the final frame.
Daine Dubois scored the lone marker for Williams Lake, while Hayden Lyons was in net for the loss.
Next, Williams Lake took on Kamloops, spreading the scoring in a 5-2 come-from-behind victory.
Kamloops stormed out to a 2-0 early lead, but Williams Lake clawed back with goals from Loring (1-1-2), Thomas (1-1-2), Paynton (1-1-2), Jaxon Nohr (1-0-1) and Jacob Benedet (1-0-1). Woodward was in goal for the winning effort.
In its final round robin game the Timberwolves, knowing they needed a win to have a chance of qualifying for the finals, came out flying in a 7-1 win over North Delta.
Up 4-0 after one period, Williams Lake never looked back.
Paynton (2-2-4), Thomas (1-2-3), Novakowski (2-1-3), Lane Wycotte (1-0-1) and Nohr (1-0-1) scored for the Wolves, while Dylan Sellars, Benedet and Mitchell Labossiere each contributed two assists. Woodward picked up the win in goal.
Based on points accumulated throughout the round robin the Timberwolves fell just shy of Prince George and Smithers in the standings, ending their hopes of a rematch with Smithers.
Next up for the Wolves are league games in Prince George Dec. 20-21.