CIHL: Smithers, Prince Rupert Hold Division Leads

Tight races in East and West

12/20/2010

The Smithers Steelheads now have the Williams Lake Stampeders breathing down their necks, in the CIHL East Division standings.

The defending champion Stampeders swept a pair of weekend games from Burns Lake, hammering the Braves 12-4 on Saturday (Francis Johnson had 4 goals and 3 assists for the Stamps in that game), and winning yesterday's rematch 6-2, and are now just a point behind Smithers. The Steelheads stayed ahead by outscoring the Houston Luckies 4-1 Saturday.   Smithers erupted for three goals in the final eight minutes of the game to win it.

In the West, the Prince Rupert Rampage held onto the division lead, as they scored three goals late in the third period to beat the Terrace River Kings 5-3 Friday.

The River Kings then lost 5-2 in Kitimat Saturday, so the Ice Demons are second, two points behind Prince Rupert, with Terrace another two points back.

The Ice Demons also retired their first player number since joining the league eight seasons ago.   Former assistant captain Doug Wilson's number 25 was raised to the rafters.

CIHL STANDINGS

East Division
Team GP W L OTL PTS WPCT GF GA PIM HOME AWAY
Smithers Steelheads 13 11 2 0 22 .846 80 21 298 6-0-0 5-2-0
Williams Lake Stampeders 14 10 3 1 21 .750 101 66 271 6-2-0 4-1-1
Burns Lake Braves 13 9 4 0 18 .692 75 51 299 5-2-0 4-2-0
Houston Luckies 13 7 5 1 15 .577 60 57 226 3-4-1 4-1-0
Omenica Ice 15 2 13 0 4 .133 43 114 419 2-5-0 0-8-0
West Division
Team GP W L OTL PTS WPCT GF GA PIM HOME AWAY
Prince Rupert Rampage 13 8 5 0 16 .615 65 48 169 5-1-0 3-4-0
Kitimat Ice Demons 12 6 4 2 14 .583 63 44 228 5-0-0 1-4-2
Terrace River Kings 13 6 7 0 12 .462 40 42 266 4-2-0 2-5-0
Hazelton Wolverines 14 1 13 0 2 .071 33 117 164 1-6-0 0-7-0