Ice Demons split weekend against Williams Lake

The Kitimat Ice Demons split two weekend games on the road, Oct. 13 and 14.

The Kitimat Ice Demons split two weekend games on the road, Oct. 13 and 14.

They had a smooth-skating and convincing win over win over old nemesis Williams Lake Stampeders 5-2, on the strength of three power play goals and a hat trick performance by Brandon Wakita on Saturday.

And, for two periods it looked like as if the Demons could take another game in Quesnel Sunday, but a couple of late defensive lapses allowed the Kangaroos to come back for their first win of the season, 4-2, with three unanswered goals in the third period.

With two wins in their first three games, the Ice Demons sit first in the western division as the Smithers Steelheads survived a late rally by the Terrace River Kings to win 5-4, while the Prince Rupert Rampage had a tough road trip losing 9-5 in Lac La Hache to the Tomahawks and then 7-1, Sunday, as the Stampeders came alive.

Although Kitimat were missing some key players on the weekend, they got off to a flying start with two power play goals in the first – one by Brandon Wakita (Derek Wakita, Jeff Mildenberger) just under nine minutes into the game and Ian Coleman (Jeff Baker, Derek Wakita) five minutes later.

The power play struck for the third time as Brandon Wakita scored the second of his three on the night on a nice set up by Derek DeLisser just 2.06 into the second period. The Stampeders seemed to wake up at that point, seeing the game slip away and retaliated quickly with Nathan Zurak scoring just 47 seconds later, assisted by Matt Lees and Brent McIsaac.

The Stampeders seemed to be clawing back into the game with a second goal by Stu Sasges (Lees and McIsaac) but Derek DeLisser got that one back very early in the third (Josh Slanina, Kyle Madsen) and Tommy Mildenberger, playing his first game in goal for the Ice Demons, held the fort the rest of the way, stopping all 11 of the Stampeders shots in the period, while Brandon Wakita’s unassisted hat-trick goal at the 10.10 mark of the period beat Justin Foote to restore the Ice Demons three goal lead and suck the fight out of the Stampeders.

On Sunday, with the Quesnel Kangaroos itching from a tight shoot out loss that involved eight shooters from both sides, before C. Kilbreath broke the tie for the 5-4 win, the Ice Demons had a solid start and led 1-0 at the end of the first as Brandon Wakita (Ian Coleman, Nick Markowski) kept up his torrid scoring pace.

This was a rough game, with lots going on behind the scenes, but few calls (only 16 minutes in penalties, four minors to each team, but the visitors still held the lead at the end of the second period with Curtis Gassoff (Justin Fulton, Braydon Penner) tying the game at 1-1, at the 3.34 mark of the second, before Derek Wakita responded (Jeff Mildenberger, Scott McGregor) three minutes later to restore the one goal advantage.

But the Demons wilted under pressure in the third period as goals by Levon Johnson (Justin Fulton) pulled the Kangaroos level, at 8.31 and the visitors had no answer for an eighth minute goal by Brolin McGowan (Joel Boyetchko, Dominic Tomassetti) and another at the 16.37 mark of the third by Devon Whalen, also assisted by Boyetchko and Tomasetti.

Ice Demons had Tyson Craven in net in Quesnel. Craven stopped 24 of 28 Kangaroos’ shots, while Ryan Manderson, held the fort in the third period, stopping all Demons shots in the third. Demons had a total 24 shots in the game.

For other Saturday-Sunday scores, see scoreboard entries on Pointstreak.

The Ice Demons are back in action in a Friday night fixture at Tamitik Arena, playing the Terrace River Kings, with warm-up at 7.30 p.m. And face-off at 8.00 p.m.

– Submitted

Just Posted

Outside the Kitimat RCMP police station, Diversity Morgan’s family and Kitimat RCMP come together for a pride flag-raising ceremony. (Jacob Lubberts photo)
Kitimat RCMP host pride flag ceremony in memory of Diversity Morgan

“We’re gathered here in solidarity for anyone who’s ever experienced prejudice or discrimination”

(Haisla First Nation logo)
Haisla Nation host walk for strength and series of virtual sessions for Indigenous History Month

The purpose of the walk is to bring Haisla Nation members together and show their collective support

The District of Kitimat will be awarding business owners with a store front up to $5,000 to cover up to 50 per cent of exterior renovations. (Norhtern Development logo)
The District of Kitimat is awarding $5,000 to storefront owners for exterior renovations

The district has set aside $20,000 this year and non-profits are also eligible

Ron getting loose and sipping a glass of the family’s favourite greek amber spirit, Metaxa. (Photo supplied)
In Our Valley: Ron Lechner

Retired part-time singer and Rio Tinto lifer: Ron Lechner

Map of the road work that will be completed this summer. The streets highlighted in red are what the district planned on completing before additional funding, and the streets highlighted in orange is the road works that will be done with the additional funding. (District of Kitimat photo)
$1.1 million allocated for road work this year in Kitimat

Kitimat council has added $470,000 for more work by deferring four other projects.

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

Most Read