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Stampeders vs Braves - Game 2

January 29 2011 at 11:00 PM
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Final score: Williams Lake 11 Burns Lake 3

Stamps on to East Final

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January 31 2011, 12:58 AM 

Was a very unexpected finish to the first round series saturday night between the Braves and Stampeders.

Expecting the Braves to come out with a strong start, knowing there backs were against the wall the Stamps were very prepared for this game. It started out quickly for Williams Lake as a shot on the games first shift went post and in by Wilf Robbins getting the 600 fans in attendance into the game early. Ten minutes and two goalie substitutions later the Stamps led 5-0 on goals by Paul Girodat, Francis Johnson, Gilbert Robbins and Wilf Robbins 2nd. It was a very unfortunate start for the Braves whom I'm sure talked about getting a quick start and did the right things to prepare for the game, but everything just seemed to go against them in the first ten minutes and when your seasons on the line and your down five-bagel off the bat, frustration has a definite way of creeping into your game. Shots in the first were 23-6 Stamps.

Starting the second on a power play the Stamps were able to quickly strike as Wilf Robbins extended the lead to 6 just 17 seconds into the period and completed his hat trick. From that point on the outcome was clearly a formality. Dan Konkin (BL), Wilf Robbins (WL), Josh Weber (BL), Gilbert Robbins (WL) amd Justin Weber (BL) would all find the twine before the period ended sending the teams to the rooms with the stamps maintaining their 5 goals lead.

After a pretty eventless 10 minutes to start the third tempers would start to heat up as Brent McIsaac and Kenneth Schmidt would drop the gloves in a pretty eventless scrap, and with the game winding down the Weber brothers would let the frustration of being eliminated get to them as they started seeking dance partners. Knowing nobody could fight back with under ten to go the Stamps were forced to grapple, hug and cover up as the two Webers jumped Matt Lees and Gilbert Robbins. This is where the game misconduct rule is a HUGE failure in senior hockey. Being forced to cover up and not defend yourself while being jumped and punched for no reason is not okay. Lees and Robbins did the right thing knowing their team needs them next weekend, but had they decided to just defend themselves they would have been suspended for a playoff game... complete b.s. This rule has to be changed for next season. After that the Stamps ended up on a 5 on 3 to finish the game and scored 3 times. Glen Camille, Francis Johnson and Paul Girodat finished the scoring for the Stamps in an 11-3 win.

Overall the series was hyped to be the best match-up of the first round, but in reality the Stampeders depth was just to substantial for the Braves to overcome. On the small rink in Burns the Braves crash and bang style was effective and kept them in the game with a chance to win, but on the bigger ice in the puddle they really had no answer for the higher skilled Stampeders, although a better start could have changed the way this game was played. Definitely a big congrats to the Braves on a really solid year that had some people on here talking Rio Tinto Cup around mid season, it was just an unfortunate ending to finish with a performance that they know is not indicative of the team they have.

As for the Stamps... They will start the second round in Williams Lake against the Smithers Steelheads before returning to the Pond the following weekend in which will certainly be an excellent series between two highly skilled clubs. These teams have only met once before in the playoffs and the heavy under dog Stampeders were able to sweep the Fish on their way to the clubs first and only Coy Cup in 2009. Should be a dandy this year.

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January 31 2011, 8:29 AM 

I totaly agree with you Rusty. CHANGE THAT STUPID RULE!!. It was rough having to watch two players cower in front of 600 fans who were probably wondering why the guys didn't fight back. Those of us in the know, knew what was at stake, but hardly a show for the fans who pay the bills.

I would like to acknowledge the Burns Lake coaching staff whom I was told called for the ref NOT to give out any fighting penalties to the Stampeder players. He knew he had a couple frustrated players that just wanted to win something, even if just a couple fights late in the game.

I have no idea what Hockey BC was thinking when they brought in this stupid late 3rd period fighting rule for Senior Hockey. This is not some extension of minor hockey where the idea is to protect young players. This is Senior Mens hockey where each player who drops the gloves knows what they are getting into. This rule doesn't exist in the Junior ranks does it?? I'm not sure.

As for the game, I felt real bad for the Braves. After getting down 5-0 with just over half the 1st period gone, you could really see the frustration building on their bench. Better luck next year guys.

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February 1 2011, 9:35 PM 

Stamps advance to East division final
Published: February 01, 2011 8:00 AM , Greg Sabatino, Williams Lake Tribune

The Williams Lake Stampeders exploded for five first-period goals Saturday against the Burns Lake Braves and never looked back to advance to the Central Interior Hockey League playoffs East Division final.

Williams Lake completed its best-of-three series sweep in front of some 600 fans at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, combining for an 11-3 blowout of the visiting Braves.

We played well, they played bad, said Stampeders head coach Kelly Kohlen, who noted his team expected the Braves to come out harder, especially while facing elimination and after a tightly contested 6-5 Williams Lake win in game one last weekend in Burns Lake.

But they have a small rink compared to ours and that changes the style they play compared to our rink. Its to our benefit to play on our big ice.

Williams Lake set the tone early when Wilfred Robbins found the twine for his first of a four-goal night on the games first shot just 24 seconds in.

The Braves poor fortune continued as both Paul Girodat and Francis Johnson lit the lamp prior to the three minute mark to give Williams Lake a comfortable early-game 3-0 cushion.

By the end of the first Gilbert Robbins added another and Wilfred potted his second of the game to put the Stampeders up 5-0.

Wilfred notched both his third and fourth goals before the midway point of the second period, capitalizing on two separate power play opportunities. Also scoring in the second for Williams Lake was Gilbert, with his second.

Burns Lake mounted some offence in the second when Daniel Konkin, Justin Weber (shorthanded) and Joshua Weber tallied markers to send it into the final frame behind five goals.

Rounding out the scoring for Williams Lake in the third period were Johnson and Girodat both scoring their seconds and Glen Camille.

Now, Williams Lake will meet the regular seasons Lightning Cup champion Smithers Steelheads in the East Division final.

The Steelheads completed its sweep of the Houston Luckies Saturday with a 1-0 overtime victory.

The Steelheads and the Stampeders traded a pair of victories on Jan. 15 and Jan. 16 in Smithers to close out the regular season.

It should be pretty even, Kohlen said of the upcoming series. Theyre pretty weak in the goaltending department, but as far as the teams go its fairly equal.

Theyre strong on defence, but if we play our game and use the open ice, use the big ice surface here, I think weve got a little more depth on our scoring lines.

The Steelheads will have home ice advantage in the series with game one going this Saturday, Feb. 5 in Williams Lake at the Cariboo Memorial Complex. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Kohlen said winning game one of the series on home ice will be key.

As far as Im concerned its huge, he said. If we get that first win we only need one there [in Smithers] and hopefully we can finish them on the Saturday up there.

Game two and, if necessary, game three go the following weekend in Smithers on Saturday and Sunday.

The West Division final will see the Kitimat Ice Demons take on the Prince Rupert Rampage.

Both teams swept their first-round series. Kitimat eliminated the Terrace River Kings and Prince Rupert knocked off the Hazelton Wolverines.

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