Timberwolves reach semis

The midget tier two Williams Lake Timberwolves made their second semifinal appearance of the season recently.

In their final tournament of the season in Kamloops, the midget tier two Williams Lake Timberwolves made their second semifinal appearance of the season.

Donning flashy new third jerseys, generously subsidized by Tom Wong and Caribou Ski Source for Sports, the Wolves hammered a Kamloops team that had beaten them 5-3 just seven days before.

Conceding the first goal the Wolves battled back with a backdoor pass from Zach Herrick converted by Josh Novakowski on the power play to even the score.

Ezra Oosting scored, and Jacob Chamberlin banged home two rebounds to give the Wolves a 4-1 lead after two periods of hockey.

The third was all Williams Lake with Justin Hansen potting a goal while killing off a five-on-three penalty to close out the scoring and to give Williams Lake a convincing 7-1 triumph.

The second game against Port Coquitlam, another team Williams Lake had fallen to earlier in the season, seemed to be heading to another blowout result with the Wolves jumping out to a 3-0 lead on the back of goals by Owen Powers, Oosting and Justin Bond. Williams Lake grew complacent, however, allowing PoCo to tie the score moments after the start of the third.

Oosting restored the lead and Bond added insurance, but PoCo drew within a goal with three minutes to go. A long-shot rush from Powers, also known as ‘OP Nation,’ reestablished the two-goal cushion to give the Wolves a 6-4 win.

Facing Campbell River next, Williams Lake did something they rarely do: struggle to score goals. The game was a low-scoring affair, with a second-period Campbell River goal opening the scoring. In the third, however, Bond was hauled down but still managed to sneak his shot five-hole, evening the score.

Moments later, Campbell River restored their lead and withstood an onslaught from Williams Lake, eking out a 2-1 result.

A match with a familiar Abbotsford squad restored Williams Lake to their goal-scoring ways. Darien Grace opened with a breakaway goal, and Bond and Chamberlin also added to the tally. Abbotsford drew within two, but a precision snipe by Wendell Williams that caused the opposition goaltenders’ water bottle to fly off the net into the corner of the rink dispelled all hope of a comeback.

Cory Sterritt  added to the score and Grace closed out the scoring. The 6-1 win came with a significant price, as Oosting left the game midway through the final frame with a dislocated kneecap.

The semifinal date with St. Albert started well, with the Wolves falling behind early and Benn Taylor scoring on the rush to even the score.

The wheels began to fall off, however, as the Alberta squad capitalized on two defensive zone errors in the last minute of the first period.

Williams Lake battled hard, but the damage had been done. As the Wolves grew more and more desperate, the Raiders patient play allowed them to fend off Williams Lake’s attack, as well as capitalize when the opportunity presented itself.

“We had success, not just in this game, but in this tournament, when we stuck to our systems,” Herrick said. “When we forechecked and backchecked hard we were the better team and created opportunities for ourselves.

“Unfortunately, when you play teams like St. Albert, if you take a shift off, they will make you pay and that is exactly what happened.”

St. Albert advanced with a 7-1 win and Williams Lake returned home empty handed.

The Wolves tournament play may be over, but their season is far from done. A home-and-away series with 100 Mile House is slated for this coming weekend with a matinee matchup at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

A break follows before a pair of games with both the tier two and tier three Prince George Cougars. The tier two games on Feb. 1 will decide who gets the all-important home-ice advantage in the playoffs.

Darien Grace is a team member with the Williams Lake Midget Timberwolves

Just Posted

The first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine dose in Canada is prepared at The Michener Institute in Toronto on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
One death, 39 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

There are 484 active cases of the virus in the region currently

Central Mountain Air confirmed it does not plan to resume service to Williams Lake at this time. (Betsy Kline photo)
Central Mountain Air not resuming route to Williams Lake at this time

Scheduled CMA flights will return to Quesnel at the end of June

Gibraltar Mine has started calling back 34 workers laid off on April 27 because it has received its permit to reactive the Gibraltar East Pit. (Taseko Mines Ltd. photo)
Gibraltar Mine receives permit, calling back laid off employees

Mining has begun in the Gibraltar East pit

(RCMP logo)
RCMP investigating early morning assault in Williams Lake

An insecure firearm was located in a residence

Williams Lake City Council rejected a proposal Tuesday at its regular meeting for the city to host a junior A hockey team for the upcoming 2021/22 season. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Council rejects junior A hockey bid in Williams Lake

The proposal has been up for debate the past several months

B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains in the B.C. legislature, May 13, 2019. (Hansard TV)
VIDEO: B.C. to provide 3 days of sick pay for COVID-19 absences

Province will support employers on cost, labour minister says

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

BC Housing minister David Eby. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Eby jabs back against Penticton mayor’s ad urging BC Premier to intervene in shelter dispute

Eby writes that Penticton’s ‘serious’ social issues won’t improve under leadership of the mayor

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, April 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 rate creeps up again, 600 new cases Wednesday

One more death, 423 people in hospital with virus

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham takes questions in the B.C. legislature in 2017. (Hansard TV)
UPDATE: B.C. will fund another year of fresh fruit, vegetables, milk in schools

John Horgan government working on school meal program

Surrey RCMP is releasing sketches of a suspect in an “indecent act” at the Coyote Creek Elementary playground on April 30, 2021. Police said the suspect was clean-shaven “during some interactions” and on “other occasions had stubble outlining a goatee and mustache.” (Images: Surrey RCMP handout)
Vancouver mayor-elect Kennedy Stewart addresses supporters in Vancouver on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver mayor says there’s no time to redo details of drug decriminalization plan

Kennedy Stewart says a federal election could see the small window of opportunity close on the city’s bid for an exemption from criminal provisions on simple possession of small amounts of drugs

Premier Mike Horgan received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Facebook/John Horgan)
More than 50% of people eligible in B.C. have received 1st vaccine dose

‘We’ve made extraordinary progress together over the past few weeks,’ says Premier Horgan

Most Read