Williams Lake Purple Predators forward Owen Kritz looks to go around a pair of Williams Lake Blue Ice Dawgs players during the bronze-medal match at the Williams Lake Atom House Tournament on the weekend.

Williams Lake Purple Predators forward Owen Kritz looks to go around a pair of Williams Lake Blue Ice Dawgs players during the bronze-medal match at the Williams Lake Atom House Tournament on the weekend.

Young players battle at Williams Lake Atom House Tournament

Ten teams converged at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex over the weekend for the Williams Lake Atom House Tournament.

Ten teams converged at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex over the weekend for the Williams Lake Atom House Tournament.

Joining local teams the Williams Lake Purple Predators, the WL Red Warriors, the WL Green Mystic Dragons, the WL Blue Ice Dawgs and the WL Orange Ankle Biters were out-of-town teams from Vanderhoof, Prince George, Quesnel, Mackenzie and 100 Mile House.

All of the teams played three round-robin games each, before being seeded heading into Sunday’s playoff matchups.

The top two Williams Lake teams — the Purple Predators and the Ice Dawgs — were pitted against one another in the bronze-medal match Sunday after both teams went a perfect three wins and no losses during the round robin.

After a scoreless first period the Purple Predators’ Kyle Wiggins lit the lamp first to put his team up 1-0, before teammate Owen Kritz extended the lead to 2-0 near the midway point of the second period. Wiggins added his second of the game shortly after, before the Ice Dawgs began to find their stride.

Back-to-back markers from Shamus McGuire cut the Ice Dawgs deficit to one goal heading into the third period, where Marissa Ramsay tied it up at 3-3 with 13 minutes remaining. Just three minutes later McGuire potted his hat trick goal to give the Ice Dawgs a 4-3 lead, before Ryan Bauer, with just under eight minutes to play, put his team up 5-3.

Wiggins collected his hat trick goal late in the period to close out the scoring in the 5-4 decision.

The final saw the Vanderhoof Grizzlies take out the Quesnel Atomic CEP Local to claim the championship.

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