By Greg Sabatino - Williams Lake Tribune
Published: December 21, 2010 8:00 AM
The Williams Lake Stampeders took one step closer to their quest of finishing atop the Central Interior Hockey League’s East Division over the weekend.
The Stamps, hosting the Burns Lake Braves at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex for their final two-game homestand of the season, claimed all four points while blowing out the Braves 12-4, Saturday and 6-2, Sunday.
Leading the way for Williams Lake Saturday was Francis Johnson, who tallied four goals and three assists for a dominant seven-point performance.
Also scoring for Williams Lake Saturday were Chris Bohlin (1-0-1), Brent McIsaac (1-0-1), Glen Camille (1-0-1), Curtis Gassoff (1-0-1), Robin Gilbert (1-2-3), Aaron Zurak (1-1-2), Paul Girodat (1-1-2) and Wilfred Robbins (1-3-4).
Adding scoring for the Braves in the loss were Guillaume Pelletier (1-0-1), Steve Wilejto (2-1-3) and David Wilejto (1-1-2).
Justin Foote was solid between the pipes for the Stamps turning aside 31 shots, while Wes Hart — who allowed eight goals on 28 shots — was pulled late in the second period with Tyler Sondergaard playing the remainder of the contest in relief.
Sunday, Williams Lake goals came off the sticks of McIsaac (1-2-3), Bohlin (2-1-3), Stuart Sasges (1-1-2), Girodat (1-0-1) and Robbins (1-0-1).
For the Braves it was Steve Wilejto (1-1-2) and Williams Lake hockey product Tyler Fuller (1-0-1) — who played his first two games of the season with the Braves — adding the scoring in the loss.
Foote stopped 39 of 41 shots in the win for the Stamps, while Sondergaard was awarded the loss for the Braves.
Also of note, Johnson’s seven-point night Saturday catapulted him to second place in the CIHL scoring race. Johnson now has 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points in just 14 games. Currently leading the league in scoring is the Prince Rupert Rampage’s Rob Miller with 29 (10-19-29).
The four-point weekend also propelled the Stampeders past the Braves for second place in the East Division. Williams Lake has now recorded 10 wins, three losses and one overtime loss for 21 points in 14 games.
The Braves (9-4-0), with 18 points, occupy the third spot in the division while the Smithers Steelheads (11-2-0) are first with 22 points. Both the Steelheads and the Braves have a game in hand on the Stampeders.
The division title will likely be decided on Saturday, Jan. 15 and Sunday, Jan. 16 when Williams Lake travels to Smithers to take on the Steelheads for their final two games of the regular season.