Stamps show fortitude in marathon road trip north

The Williams Lake Stampeders picked up three of a possible six points

The Williams Lake Stampeders picked up three of a possible six points during what head coach Al Navrot called a marathon road trip during the weekend.

After winning their season opener last weekend in Quesnel, Williams Lake embarked on a three-day whirlwind road trip north taking on the Terrace River Kings, the Prince Rupert Rampage and the Kitimat Ice Demons in a Central Interior Hockey League tour.

Friday, Williams Lake was edged 5-4 in double overtime in a tough contest against the River Kings, before the Rampage dealt the lakecity squad a 5-1 defeat Saturday night in Prince Rupert. Sunday, in Kitimat, Williams Lake answered back with a 7-5 triumph to move their regular season record to two wins, one loss and one overtime loss just two weeks into the season.

“It was a tough weekend, but it was a good weekend,” Navrot said, who liked the effort he saw on the ice from his players. “We’ve got a bunch of warriors, and I think we’ve got a good team. They found ways to have success, and it was a good team-building weekend.”

Navrot said opening the road trip with a double-overtime slug-fest wore on his players’ fatigue, however, the team kept it together to come out for two solid games to close out the weekend.

READ MORE: Al Navrot announced as 2019/20 Williams Lake Stampeders head coach

“Against Rupert, we kept it close. It was 2-1 for them about the five minute mark of the third period and we just didn’t have the legs to keep up. We had our chances, though. We were hitting cross bars and it showed me where we are at to keep it close. Rupert’s got a pretty good team this year.”

Sunday, Navrot said the team came out strong against the Ice Demons.

“Cody Hodges, we picked him up from Chase, he had four goals Sunday,” Navrot said. “He’s deadly.”

Following each game, Navrot and the Stamps select a game star.

Luke Johnny was awarded the game star Friday night, newcomer Cody Koskimaki garnered the honour Saturday and, with his four goals, Hodges picked up the nod Sunday.

“I’m really excited to see where this goes,” Navrot said. “We’ve just got to keep the pieces moving along. I’ve got a good co-coach with Dave Lauzon and Mike [Yonkman] has been an excellent general manager.”

Longtime Stamp and former junior player Kurtis Bond was also recently named captain of this year’s team.

READ MORE: Stamps take season opener on road versus ‘Roos

Navrot said Bond is a solid, steady and consistent leader on the ice and in the dressing room.

“I’m a new coach to the team this year, and it’s taken a bit of time to see things, but I just watched him on the bench and listened to him in Quesnel and he makes really good decisions when the stress, adversity comes,” Navrot said. “He keeps the boys together and they respect him, you can tell. We’ve got some good leadership, some good core players and it feels really good to be a part of this.”

The Williams Lake Stampeders will take a well-deserved break this weekend before they host their home opener this following Saturday, Oct. 19 when they welcome the Quesnel Kangaroos to the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Opponents collide during action between the Prince Rupert Rampage and Williams Lake Stampeders. (Alex Kurial / The Northern View)

Alex Kurial / The Northern View photos Williams Lake Stampeders forward Cody Koskimaki squares off in the face-off circle during a tilt with the Prince Rupert Rampage Saturday night.

Just Posted

Electric vehicle charging station under construction at City Hall

A new BC Hydro electric vehicle charging station is under construction at… Continue reading

Fun had by all at Community Living Month’s annual kickball game

Laughter, smiles and good cheer were carried on the winds

Mt. Timothy Recreation Resort preparing for 2019/20 reopening

“We’ll be opening for skiers and boarders as soon as there is enough base to operate.”

Jr. Rustlers close out season in golden fashion

The Williams Lake Jr. Rustlers under-19 girls club rugby team capped off… Continue reading

New Tsilhqot’in horse program reconnects youth with horses

“A long time ago, everyone on reserves grew up on horses. That is all everyone did was just ride.”

Fashion Fridays: 5 things to remove from your closet

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Greens and NDP go head to head on West Coast; Scheer takes fight to Bernier

Trudeau turns focus to key ridings outside Toronto after two days in Quebec

Canucks beat Stanley Cup champs 4-3 in a shootout

Leivo nets winner, Vancouver dumps St. Louis for fourth straight win

‘The more you test, the more you find’: Beef recalls a sign of success, experts say

Despite appearances, experts say a recent rise in major recalls is not a sign of food supply problems

Scholars say religious vaccine objections can’t be traced to Biblical sources

Vaccinations are a requirement to attend class in Ontario and New Brunswick, while B.C. launched a demand this fall

ELECTION 2019: How would the major parties address Canada’s housing crisis?

Promises include speculation taxes, more affordable housing, and declaring housing a human right

Japanese buyer expands wood pellet contract with B.C.’s Pinnacle

Mitsui and Co. increases contract with Interior energy producer

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

Most Read