By Greg Sabatino - Williams Lake Tribune
Published: December 07, 2010 8:00 AM
The Williams Lake Stampeders took full advantage of short-benched Omineca Ice Club over the weekend.
Williams Lake floored the Ice Saturday, 11-4, before following it up Sunday with another lopsided 10-4 victory.
The Ice travelled with just 12 players to the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex for the two-game series.
With the wins and four points under their belts, the Stampeders propelled past the Burns Lake Braves in the standings, moving to second place in the Central Interior Hockey League’s East Division.
Burns Lake, also in action Saturday against the Houston Luckies, lost a close 5-3 decision, giving the Stamps the window of opportunity they were looking for to pass them in the standings. The Braves (7-2-0), however, have played just nine games to the Stampeders’ 12.
The Stampeders (8-3-1) still trail the division-leading Smithers Steelheads (10-2-0) by three points for the top spot in the East.
With the losses Omineca falls to 2-11-0 on the campaign and sits last place in the division.
Saturday, Williams Lake took a 6-0 lead with goals from Jeff Gagnon, Matt Lees, Jason Wright, Domenic Tomassetti and Glen Camille, with two, before Omenica’s Dustin Robbin and Ryan Kuzma scored just one minute apart early in the second period to put the Ice on the board.
Wright added his second of the game and sixth of the season late in the second to put the Stamps up 7-2 going into the third.
There, Alessio Tomassetti, Paul Girodat, Dino Lecomte and Francis Johnson each notched insurance markers before Rodney Funk and Kuzma scored for the Ice late in the frame.
Williams Lake netminder Justin Foote stopped 35 of 39 shots in the 11-4 win, while Kent Andrist turned aside 31 of 42 shots in the losing effort.
Sunday was more of the same for both teams, as Williams Lake leapt out to a 3-0 lead in the first period with goals from Stuart Sasges, Curtis Gassoff and Robin Gilbert.
The Ice, however, clawed their way back to a one-goal deficit by the time the buzzer sounded to end the second period. First, Omineca’s Phillip Simoes lit the lamp, before Williams Lake’s Gagnon restored the three-goal lead. Midway through the frame, Funk added two goals to put the contest at 4-3 heading into the third.
Williams Lake opened the floodgates in the third, however, with Wright, Christopher Bohlin, Gassoff, Johnson, Dervy Johnny and Gagnon — who notched his second of the game — all scoring to put the contest out of reach for the Ice.
Scoring the lone goal for the Luckies in the third was Simoes.
Foote stopped 18 of 22 in the Stampeders’ win, while Kyle Magnus turned aside 28 of 38 shots in the loss.
Next up for the Stampeders is a two-game set with the Burns Lake Braves in Williams Lake on Saturday, Dec. 18 and Sunday, Dec. 19.
Games times are 7:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively, at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.