CIHL: Smithers, Prince Rupert Hold Division Leads
Tight races in East and West
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.