By Jon Muldoon - Smithers Interior News
Published: December 22, 2010 8:00 AM
The Smithers Steelheads continue to hold on to their lead in the Central Interior Hockey League’s East Division, after another win against the Houston Luckies at the Claude Parish Memorial Arena in Houston last Saturday night.
The Luckies took an early lead in the game, drawing first blood with a goal halfway through the first period, scored by Anthoni Shepherd. After over 20 minutes with no scoring, Joe Karpinski scored unassisted for the Steelheads with just under five minutes left in the second period to tie the game.
Halfway through the third period, Randall Groot picked up a point for Smithers, giving the team the lead for the first time Saturday night. A minute and a half later, Darryl Young scored again for the Steelheads, and with ten seconds left in the game, Calvin Johnson added a fourth, for a 4-1 victory for Smithers.
At press time, the Steelheads were three points ahead of second place Williams Lake, and four points ahead of third place Burns Lake, but those two teams faced each other last weekend, with one team guaranteed to close the point gap. The Steelheads are in Vanderhoof on January 8 to play the Omenica Ice, who are currently in last place in the east division.