Stampeders open season with lossesOctober 7 2009 at 11:49 AM
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Williams Lake Tribune
Published: October 06, 2009 8:00 AM
It will likely be a weekend the Williams Lake Stampeders will want to forget in the near future, as the local hockey club opened its Central Interior Hockey League season against the Smithers Steelheads with two losses.
The first was a controversial and confusion-filled 6-5 overtime victory for the fish that started late — due to the Stamps’ bus breaking down in Prince George — on Saturday night.
“We didn’t get up there until about 8 p.m.,” said Stampeders general manager Don Hanson. “We put our stuff on and had about five minutes to warmup, and by that time it was about 8:30 p.m. We didn’t get off the ice until after 11 p.m.”
The next game, on Sunday afternoon, was a 5-4 decision in Smithers’ favour.
The controversy on Saturday surrounded the way the game was decided.
CIHL rules state that if a game is tied after 60 minutes of play, the two teams, instead of heading to overtime, go to a three-player shootout. Should that not decide the outcome, two shooters from each team will take turns on the shootout until a winner has been decided.
Instead, both Williams Lake and Smithers consented to a mistake made by the referee — the five on five overtime.
League president Allan Hewiston shed some light on the situation Monday on the CIHL’s message board, saying since each team consented to the overtime instead of a shootout, the game will stand.
Scoring for the Stamps on Saturday were Trent Manchur and Grant Johnson, who both tallied two goals.
On Sunday, Hanson said the Stamps were controlling the play until midway through the second, when several fighting majors gave the Steelheads a seven minute power play.
“Once they suckered us into fighting and it gave them that long penalty period we couldn’t hold them off any longer,” Hanson said.
Also of note, Stampeders sniper Francis Johnson has been suspended by the league for three games after an altercation with a Smithers player on Sunday.
“It was a long, hectic trip,” Hanson said, but added he thought the team played fairly well over the two games, despite missing several key players.
“Our young guys played really well. I was really happy with them.”
The Stamps are preparing for this coming weekend when they play their first two home games of the season versus last year’s league champions, the Kitimat Ice Demons.
Game one goes Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex. Game two goes Sunday at 4 p.m.
Woah -- wait a minute second game 4 p.m.No score for this post
|October 7 2009, 9:35 PM |
CIHL rules also state games on Sundays are 1 p.m. starts... somebody bettwer be in touch with Mike Whelan in Kitimat is that is what is planned...we can't be leaving Williams Lake at 7 p.m. for a 16 hour trip back to Kitimat that would not allow us in before work time,,,some guys start at 7 a.m. Monday, holiday or no!
C'mon, we need to hear from you...
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|October 7 2009, 9:44 PM |
misprint by the sports writer. games time are 7:30 and 1:30. timberwolves sunday games start at 4:00, that's why he got it confused.
Thanks Ozzie...No score for this post
|October 8 2009, 10:02 AM |
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