<![CDATA[Williams Lake TimberWolves Press Releases]> <![CDATA[Entertainment Feasibility Study Okayed]> Williams Lake city council unanimously agreed to pay $125,000 of gaming revenue money to Global Entertainment to do a feasibility study for a new arena/entertainment facility in Williams Lake. The total cost of the study is $250,000 with Global paying half the amount.

The city and its Central Cariboo counterparts on the joint committee with Cariboo Regional District met with Global Entertainment on January 26.

The city hopes to recoup the $125,000 from the Northern Development Initiative Trust fund. If the $30 million entertainment facility is actually constructed, the cost of the four-month feasibility study will be absorbed into the overall project budget.

Coun. Surinderpal Rathor reminded council that the $125,000 was only for a feasibility study.

"I don't want to get anybody's hopes up. A lot of questions will be answered by the study. The time frame of the study is four months." Rathor said the anticipated entertainment facility would not be another Cariboo Memorial Complex. He lauded its job-creation benefits and improvement to the quality of life for the city.

"It will help reinforce Williams Lake becoming a regional destination centre," Rathor said, adding that if the new facility is built, it could provide badly needed conference centre space for the city.

"I'm wholeheartedly in favour of the study. It will be useful whether or not it shows that building an entertainment facility is feasible." The rest of council spoke in favour of doing the study.

Coun. Judy O'Neill said she was impressed with the presentation by Global at the joint committee meeting.

"I saw a huge opportunity there." Coun. Ed Mead said council needs to remind itself that the feasibility study is just the first step.

Coun. Paul French agreed that the project looks good, but questioned whether the funding formula with the senior levels of government is still in place.

City administrator Alberto DeFeo confirmed that the federal/provincial infrastructure program is still in place and the 2010 Olympic funding program offers some potential.

"The feasibility study will establish funding sources," DeFeo said.

Coun. Jon Wolbers echoed how the Global proposal provides a tremendous opportunity.

"I found it encouraging when they said they were involved in a similar project in Dawson Creek." Coun. Tom Barr agreed that doing the feasibility study sounded like a great idea.

"It's very encouraging, I don't think we can turn it down. But will the study be our property or Global's?" DeFeo confirmed that the study will belong to the city.

Mayor Scott Nelson said Williams Lake is a sports-oriented community suffering from a lack of available ice for minor hockey and other users.

"The TimberWolves need a seating upgrade and for us the opportunities come and go. As a region we can't afford to build a $20 million facility ourselves. That's why we have to partnership with the private sector." Nelson says the Global feasibility proposal provides a gigantic opportunity for the region. He says part of the study will identify key funding sources, which will make it possible for Williams Lake to have a major entertainment centre. "It's the first step of many steps to come. I'm very excited about it."]>
<![CDATA[Steve Carpenter: New Head Coach and GM]> The Williams Lake Timberwolves would like to welcome new Head Coach and General Manager Steve Carpenter into the organization.  President Arnold Bremner says that the management is very excited to have Steve join the team and he was happy to be able to find a local person to fill the position.  Steve has high expectations for the team and his philosophy reflects that of the organization.  

Steve's hockey experience is vast.  As a player he finished 2nd in the Centennial Cup with the New West Royals in 1989-1990.  He made the sweet 16 finals three times while playing for Northern Michigan University (NMU) 1990-1994 and won the National Championship in 1990.  He then played for Richmond Renegades in the East Coast Hockey League in 1995-1996 where they set a record for the most points by a team in a single season.  At that point Steve moved to England and played from 1996-2005.  His team, the Sheffield Steelers won 9 different trophies including the Grand Slam (all 4 season trophies) in 2000.  Steve has also had experience as a coach.  He was the graduate assistant coach for NMU in 1994-1995 and then player assistant coach in 1996-1997 & 2001-2004 for the Coventry Blaze.

Steve had the following message for the Timberwolf organization:
"I believe that winning is one of the hardest things to accomplish on a regular basis and it is a characteristic that must be worked at every day.  I have been fortunate to win at every level of hockey I have played at and it is a trait I want to instill in the Timberwolf organization.  Winning isn't a destination it is a journey that encompasses all the small aspects of a season.  A team's attitude and character comes from the top and must be one of positive hardworking nature.  The success of the team must always come before personal needs and everyone involved must know that every guy on the team is willing to go through a wall to make the team successful.  Growing up in Williams Lake gives me extra incentive to build a team that the whole city can be proud of both on and off the ice.  To be a winning team it is imperative that we act like winners in every aspect of our daily lives.  I look forward to and take great pride in being given the opportunity to build a winning team here in the Lake City."

Steve's many contacts both on the East Coast and in Europe will be a big asset for the players moving on to college.  The Timberwolf organization feels that Steve's winning record will raise the team's standards and move the boys to a higher level.  We encourage everyone to come out and watch the remainder of the season.  You will see some exciting hockey and our players will show you their great talent and hunger for the game as they come together as a team under their new coach. 
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<![CDATA[Head Coach Mike Aikens Parts Ways]>
Bremner said' "Change is needed by both parties and at this point we feel that a change will benefit the team for this season and for the future."

Arnold and Imke and the rest of the TimberWolves Organization would like to thank Mike, Hope and their two young daughters and wish them the best in the future.

Bremner will release the name of Mike's replacement as soon as it is available.
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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Drop Two Games on Road Trip]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves had a two game road swing this past weekend that started out Friday night in Salmon Arm. The Wolves were down 4-2 by the SilverBacks after they sealed the deal with an empty net goal.

Salmon Arm started the scoring just over two minutes into the first period and they peppered TimberWolves net minder with 23 shots outshooting the Wolves by 21 and they only managed 2.

Early in the second period, the Wolves would manage to tie things up when Jared Collen walked around the Backs defense and fired it low on the ice to beat Billy Blaze. The SilverBacks would come right back at the wolves regaining the lead a minute later.

The SilverBacks would extend their lead early in the third period, bouncing on a loose puck fired off the end boards that caught a no doubt fatigued Aaron Harvey on the other side of the net. Stephen Balint would pull the Wolves within one on a Power Play midway through the frame, assisted by Tyler Mazzei and Matt Crowell. The TimberWolves would pull the goalie late in the game to press for the equalizer, but it was to no avail as the SilverBacks leading scorer Matt Dyck put the icing on the cake netting the empty net goal.

The following night in Merritt the TimberWolves were downed 5-3 by the Centennials. Jason Le Sage got his first BCHL start as Aaron Harvey opted out after warm up with a lower body injury. The Centennials opened the scoring shorthanded 14 minutes into the first but the TimberWolves would tie it up later on as Tyler Mazzei connected from a nice lead pass by Courtney Forsyth.

In the second period, the Centennials would go up by two on yet another shorthanded goal and on a powerplay as well.

The TimberWolves found themselves down by three early in the third but would not die. Kyle McMurphy scored a nice powerplay goal assisted by Anders Olson and Trevor Turner. Merritt would regain the 3 goal lead minutes later but the TimberWolves Mazzei would net his second of the night after deflecting a beautiful point shot by Tyler Fuller, also assisted by Balint. The effort was too little, too late, and the TimberWolves now have their work cut out for them as far as a playoff spot is concerned.

The Wolves sit eight points back of the Prince George Spruce Kings with a game in hand. These two teams hook up this Saturday in Prince George in what will no doubt be the TimberWolves most important game of the year at this point.]>
<![CDATA[Coach's Show Tuesday at Grey Fox]> The latest taping of the Shaw Cable Coach's Show will be held on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00 PM at the Grey Fox Tap & Grill in the Caesar's Inn with TimberWolves Head Coach Mike Aikens and Broadcaster Rocky Mix.

Aikens and Mix will discuss the TimberWolves season thus far and look ahead at upcoming games.

TimberWolves fans are invited to be in attendance for the taping of the show which will be aired at a later date on Shaw Cable.   

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[Breakfast with the Captain]>
Kids 12 and under can enter to win a complimentary breakfast with TimberWolves Captain Dustin Honing by submitting their names into a draw box that has been set up at Denny's. Deadline for entry is February 19 and the winner will be contacted on February 20.          

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[Fan's Choice Award Voting Underway]> Voting for the Williams Lake TimberWolves 2005-06 Fan's Choice/Most Popular Player Award is now underway and ballot boxes and ballots have been set up at McDonald's and Denny's Restaurants in Williams Lake. Voting will also be conducted on the Williams Lake TimberWolves website at www.wltimberwolves.com and at remaining TimberWolves regular season home games.

Voting for the Fan's Choice/Most Popular Player Award will be conducted through March 1 and the winner of the award will be announced at the upcoming TimberWolves year-end banquet.      

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[Coach's Show Wednesday at Joey's Grill]> The next airing of the Joey's Grill Internet Radio Coach's Show will be held Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 PM at Joey's Grill with TimberWolves Head Coach Mike Aikens and Broadcaster Rocky Mix. Fans can listen to the broadcast through the TimberWolves website at www.wltimberwolves.com

Aikens and Mix will discuss the TimberWolves season thus far and look ahead at upcoming games.   

TimberWolves fans are invited to be in attendance for the live broadcast of the show and are encouraged to direct questions at Coach Aikens and Rocky Mix. Fans can also call into the show with their questions at (250) 302-1013. All shows will be archived for listening at a later date in addition to the live broadcast.     

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[TimberWolves Win Double Overtime Thriller]> Building on a solid effort the night previous, the Williams Lake TimberWolves put in arguably their best performance of the season and skated past the Cowichan Valley Capitals 6-5 in double overtime before 856 fans at the Cariboo Memorial Complex Saturday night.

The goals came fast and furious in the first period and the pace kept up throughout the game.

Tyler Mazzei opened the scoring at just 16 seconds into the first period from Matt Crowell, staking the TimberWolves claim to a 1-0 lead. After Cowichan Valley tied the game and went ahead 2-1 at 5:05 of the first period, Brad Gorham got one past the Cowichan Valley netminder at 15:03 of the first from Mark Shefchyk. Kyle McMurphy connected on his goal at 18:48 of the first period to send the TimberWolves to the locker room with a 3-2 lead.  

Williams Lake took a 4-2 lead when Jason Wright scored at 7:26 of the second period from Kyle McMurphy, but Cowichan came right back with a goal at 8:43 to make the score 4-3 for the TimberWolves.

The TimberWolves once again opened up a two goal lead when Adam Knopp connected against his former mates at 13:45 of the second from Tyler Mazzei, making the score 5-3. Cowichan scored late in the second frame to pull within one with one period to go.

Cowichan scored early in the third period to tie the game at five and that score held throughout the third.

The first overtime period settled nothing and it took until the 3:35 mark of double overtime before the TimberWolves busted loose and Matt Crowell potted an unassisted winning goal on the Cowichan netminder, sending the hometown fans into a frenzy.

Both teams registered 38 shots on goal in the game, with Aaron Harvey earning the victory for the TimberWolves and stopping 33 of the 38 shots he faced. Torrie Jung suffered the loss for Cowichan Valley.

Kyle McMurphy was the Staples First Star, Cody Brookwell was the Staples Second Star and Tyler Mazzei was the Nature's Path Energy Player of the Game.         

The TimberWolves next see home action on Friday, February 10 at 7:00 PM when they host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Cariboo GM is the Game Sponsor.               

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Lose Despite Solid Effort]> Despite putting in a solid performance during the second and third periods, it was the first period that the Williams Lake TimberWolves couldn't recover from in dropping a 5-2 decision to the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks before 735 fans at the Cariboo Memorial Complex on Saturday.

Salmon Arm jumped on the TimberWolves early and carried a 3-0 lead into the dressing room during the first intermission.

Williams Lake came out with jump in the second period and put one away early when Matt Crowell connected at 1:20 from Tyler Mazzei and Brad Gorham. The TimberWolves scored again at 11:55 of the second when Drew Rose scored from Tyler Mazzei and Matt Crowell, making the score 3-2 and swinging momentum onto Williams Lake's side.

Fine play throughout the third period by the TimberWolves went wasted when Salmon Arm scored at 16:53 of the third to break the TimberWolves' back. With the Silverbacks up 4-2 late in the game and the Williams Lake goalie pulled, Salmon Arm put home an empty netter with 16 seconds left to ice the game.

Williams Lake outshot Salmon Arm on the night 41-34. Aaron Harvey stopped 30 of the 34 shots he faced in absorbing the loss.

Matt Crowell was named as the game's Staples Third Star.         

The TimberWolves next see home action this Saturday night at 7:00 PM when they host the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Petro-Canada Bob Graham Ltd. is the Game Sponsor.               

Advance tickets are available at the TimberWolves office and Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.             

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[TimberWolves Make Head Office Changes]> A significant change has occurred at the top of the Williams Lake TimberWolves Organization this week.

Kevin Nohr, who has been Assistant Coach and General Manager with the club since its inception five years ago, is no longer with the team.

According to owner, Arnold Bremner, Nohr and the TimberWolves Junior 'A' Hockey Club have agreed to go in seperate directions. He cited financial constraints as one reason behind the descision.

"We can't afford the extra cost of paying for seperate positions of GM and coach," Bremner said, adding that he will take over the GM duties until the end of the current season.

Though making personnel changes are never easy, both Arnold and Imke Bremner and the TimberWolves organization say they are greatful for the hard work and dedication Nohr has given tot he club for the last five years.
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<![CDATA[Coach's Show Tonight at The Grey Fox]> The latest taping of the Shaw Cable Coach's Show will be held tonight at 7:00 PM at the Grey Fox Tap & Grill in the Caesar's Inn with TimberWolves Head Coach Mike Aikens and Broadcaster Rocky Mix.

Aikens and Mix will discuss the TimberWolves season thus far and look ahead at upcoming games.

TimberWolves fans are invited to be in attendance for the taping of the show which will be aired at a later date on Shaw Cable.   

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[TimberWolves Host Crucial Weekend Games]> With only six points separating the Williams Lake TimberWolves and the Prince George Spruce Kings for the Interior Division's final playoff spot, this weekend's home games in Williams Lake are shaping up to be one set of games that fans won't want to miss.

The TimberWolves host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Friday night and the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Saturday night. Capitalizing on those two games could go a long way in securing a playoff berth. The Prince George Spruce Kings are on the TimberWolves radar and sit only six points ahead and within striking distance. Prince George plays host to Cowichan Valley, Salmon Arm and Vernon this weekend.

After this weekend's home games, the TimberWolves will head off on the road for a two game set in Salmon Arm and Merritt next Friday and Saturday nights, before returning home February 10 for another tilt against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

Cariboo GM is the game sponsor for this Friday night's game, while Petro-Canada Bob Graham Ltd. is the sponsor of Saturday night's game. Chuck's Auto Supply Chuck a Puck Jackpot is at a record $2,000!

Advance tickets are on sale now at the TimberWolves office and at Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.   

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[Meet and Greet Tonight at Paradise Cinemas]> All members of the Williams Lake TimberWolves will be appearing at Paradise Cinemas for a Meet and Greet from 6:15-6:45 PM on Monday, January 23. Fans are encouraged to come down to Paradise Cinemas during this time and meet their favourite TimberWolves players and obtain autographs.

The Meet and Greet is the fifth in a series of appearances at Paradise Cinemas this season. The next Meet and Greet after January 23 is scheduled for Monday, February 27.   

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[Penticton Tames Wolves]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves couldn’t get on track all night long and dropped a 7-3 decision to the Penticton Vees before 701 fans at the Cariboo Memorial Complex on Sunday afternoon.

Penticton jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period and increased their lead to three before Matt Crowell got the TimberWolves on the board at 11:25 of the second period from Tyler Mazzei and Stephen Balint. Penticton scored two more to make the score 5-1 before Tyler Mazzei connected with under a minute left in the second period from Jamison Orr and Trevor Turner, making the score 5-2.

Penticton struck again two more times in the third period to make the score 7-2 before Stephen Balint connected with his goal at 16:06 of the third from Tyler Mazzei and Tyler Fuller, making the final 7-3 for Penticton.

Aaron Harvey absorbed the loss in goal for the TimberWolves, stopping 44 of the 51 shots he faced. Penticton outshot the TimberWolves 51-21 on the night.

Tyler Mazzei was named the Staples Third Star of the Game.

The TimberWolves next see home action on Friday, January 27 at 7:00 PM when they host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Cariboo GM is the Game Sponsor. Chuck’s Chuck a Puck Jackpot is now up to $2,000!              

Advance tickets are available at the TimberWolves office and Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.             

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves and Express Battle to a Draw]> Despite controlling the play for the first two periods, the Williams Lake TimberWolves let the Burnaby Express chip away at their lead and settled for a 4-4 draw before 801 fans Saturday night at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.    

Jamison Orr opened the scoring for the TimberWolves at 9:59 of the first period with help from Dustin Honing. Matt Crowell then increased the TimberWolves lead to 2-0 with his goal at 18:24 of the first from Tyler Mazzei and Mark Shefchyk. Burnaby scored a late goal with one second left to send both teams to the showers with Williams Lake leading 2-1.

Tyler Mazzei increased the TimberWolves lead to 3-1 with his marker at 3:42 of the second from Stephen Balint and Mazzei replied again at 14:02 with an unassisted goal, making the score 4-1.

Burnaby began to chip away at the Williams Lake lead and scored a late goal in the second period, making the score 4-2 and scored two goals in the third period to knot the score at four.

Overtime settled nothing for the two teams and both walked away with a point for the standings.

Tyler Mazzei was named the Staples First Star of the Game, Aaron Harvey was solid in goal for Williams Lake and garnered Third Star accolades and Stephen Balint was named the Nature’s Path Energy Player of the Game.

Aaron Harvey stopped 49 of 53 shots on the night in earning the tie.

Saturday’s game marked the first home games for newcomers Stephen Balint, Drew Rose and Jason Lesage.

The TimberWolves next see home action on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM when they host the Penticton Vees. Staples Business Depot is the Game Sponsor. Chuck’s Chuck a Puck Jackpot is now up to $1,900!              

Advance tickets are available at the TimberWolves office and Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.             

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[Langley Hornets to Relocate to Westside]> The BC Hockey League today approved a request by the Langley Hornets to relocate to the Westside and begin play next season in the new Westside Multiplex.

John Grisdale, Commissioner of the BCHL, notified the Westside Booster Club of the of the governors decision stating, "I am pleased to confirm that the BCHL board of governors have approved the application of the Langley Hornet Hockey Club for relocation to Westside commencing in the 2006-2007 season."  

While the BCHL is very excited about locating in Westside it also reaffirms its commitment to finding viable long term markets in the Lower Mainland.

After announcing the good news Grisdale also stated, "please understand that the final stamp of approval rests in the hands of the Executive of the BCAHA."

"We are extremely pleased that the BCHL Board of Governors has given our hockey club the green light to move to Westside," said Gary Berman on behalf of the team's ownership group. "We're excited about our future and we look forward to bringing Canada's best Junior A hockey league to hundreds of our new Westside fans."

"With over 40,000 residents - including Westbank and Peachland - Westside is a perfect new home for the BCHL."

The decision to move the franchise to the Westside was helped by the Westside BCHL Booster Club, a local group who held a community campaign to pre-sell season tickets and team advertising. In two months they were able to secure deposits on over 900 season tickets and pledges of over $170,000 in corporate advertising support.

"The support shown  to the BCHL by the community has been truly overwhelming," commented Gary Gelinas, the team's managing partner, president and general manager. "Westside has proven through construction of the new multiplex, the fan support and interest from local businesses that it really cares about the BCHL. That's what we really hoped to see and the response was phenomenal."

Members of the Westside BCHL Booster Club were on hand in Salmon Arm at the announcement by the league.

"This is great news for the Westside. It shows that as a community, we're growing up," said Westside BCHL Booster Club spokesperson, Steven Greenaway. "The BCHL is great, entertaining, affordable hockey, but it's more than that. It's great news for local business, for our youth, for our schools and for our minor hockey association."

The new Westside BCHL team will play in the new $ 8.9 million, 1520-seat Westside Multiplex, currently under construction.
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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Edge Closer to PG with OT Loss in PR]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves had a few new faces in the lineup coming into Powell River after the blockbuster deal sending All Star goalie Andrew Braithwaite to Chilliwack earlier this week. With all the new faces the TimberWolves pressed hard but would eventually lose in double overtime by a score of 4-3.

TimberWolves Drew Rose was able to draw a penalty on his first shift with the new club not even a minute into the contest. However, it was a powerplay the TimberWolves wished they never had. Former TimberWolf now wearing number 9 for the Powell River Kings, Mark Ehl, stole the puck at the blueline and went in all alone on a shorthanded breakaway to put his new club up early on. The Kings would score another one just over a minute later on the same TimberWolf powerplay giving Powell River the 2-0 lead that would hold until the second period.

The TimberWolves other newcomer Stephen Balint would help get the TimberWolves their first of the game as he moved the puck up to Tyler Mazzei who quickly fed it up to Jason Wright. Wright came over the line cut to the middle and a quick snapper found the top shelf to cut the lead in half for his 14th goal of the season. The Kings would respond just 30 seconds later to regain the two goal lead. The TimberWolves would once again close the gap when Matt Crowell fed Kyle McMurphy for a breakaway.

McMurphy would get his own rebound after his first attempt was stopped to net his seventh of the season and head into the third period down 3-2.

Around the midway mark of the third period, the TimberWolves went for a line change while Mark Shefchyk played it smart to stay out and apply pressure until the rest of the team was set up to pressure. Shefchyk played his angles to perfection and picked off a clearing attempt to go in all alone, and buried one fivehole for his seventh of the season to tie it at 3-3. With 5 minutes to go the TimberWolves found themselves down two men. With great defensive play and outstanding goaltending the Wolves escaped the pressure and sent this game to overtime.

In double overtime Andrew Ridell would send the TimberWolves to their dressing room with their heads down as his second effort paid off giving the Kings the 4-3 win and picking up the games first star. Aaron Harvey played great in his first game as the official starting goalie for the Wolves picking up the games second star, although a win would have no doubt felt better. Third star went to Kings Adam Presizniuk.

With the extra point for going into overtime, and the Trail Smoke Eaters and Prince George Spruce Kings both losing in regulation, the TimberWolves are now just 6 points and 4 points back respectively of those two clubs with 19 games remaining for all three clubs.]>
<![CDATA[Braithwaite Dealt to the Chiefs]> As the BCHL trading deadline came and went on Tuesday, the Williams Lake TimberWolves pulled off one major deal when they sent All-Star goaltender Andrew Braithwaite to the Chilliwack Chiefs for forward Stephen Balint, defenseman Drew Rose and a player to be named later.

Stephen Balint (86/5'11 175) recorded 9 goals and 19 assists for 28 points in 37 games this season for the Chiefs, while Drew Rose (85/6'2 222) recorded 5 goals and 12 assists for 17 points in 34 games this season with the La Ronge Ice Wolves of the SJHL and came to Chilliwack earlier in the day in a separate trade.    

Andrew Braithwaite leaves the TimberWolves after being named to the Interior Division Second All-Star Team and posted a 3.85 goals against average and a .906 save percentage over 37 games this season after handling much of the goaltending duties for the TimberWolves.

The Williams Lake TimberWolves wish to thank Andrew Braithwaite for his outstanding contribution to the team and to the community and wish Andrew luck in his future hockey endeavours.

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[Coach's Show Tonight at Joey's Grill]> The next airing of the Joey's Grill Internet Radio Coach's Show will be held Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00 PM at Joey's Grill with TimberWolves Head Coach Mike Aikens and Broadcaster Rocky Mix. Fans can listen to the broadcast through the TimberWolves website at www.wltimberwolves.com

Aikens and Mix will discuss the TimberWolves season thus far and look ahead at upcoming games. They will also discuss the recent BCHL trade deadline and one major deal involving the TimberWolves.

TimberWolves fans are invited to be in attendance for the live broadcast of the show and are encouraged to direct questions at Coach Aikens and Rocky Mix. Fans can also call into the show with their questions at (250) 302-1013. The Joey's Grill Internet Radio Coach's Show will run approximately forty-five minutes. All shows will be archived for listening at a later date in addition to the live broadcast.     

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[TimberWolves Win Comeback Thriller]> After falling behind 2-0 after two periods, the Williams Lake TimberWolves scored all of their goals in the third period en route to a 5-3 come from behind victory over the Quesnel Millionaires before 887 fans Friday night at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

Cody Brookwell started the comeback for the TimberWolves with his goal at the 57 second mark of the third from Tyler Mazzei. Adam Knopp recorded his first goal as a TimberWolf when he connected at 2:14 of the third from Mike Leidl and Jared Collen to tie the score.

Kyle McMurphy put the TimberWolves ahead when he scored at 7:23 of the third from Tyler Mazzei, while Anders Olson increased the lead to two when he scored at 8:18 from Geric Brodt and Tyler Fuller.

Quesnel made it interesting when they scored at 10:13 to climb to within one, but the TimberWolves put the game away with Jamison Orr’s goal at 18:47 from Tyler Mazzei and Jason Wright.

Andrew Braithwaite was solid in goal for the TimberWolves and notched the victory, stopping 38 of the 41 shots he faced.

Tyler Mazzei was the Staples First Star of the Game, Andrew Braithwaite collected Third Star honours and Jason Wright was named the Nature’s Path Energy Player of the Game.

The TimberWolves now pay a visit to Quesnel Saturday night for the back end of the home and home before embarking for three games on the Island. The TimberWolves next home games come on Saturday, January 21 in a 7:00 PM start against Burnaby, followed by a game against Penticton on Sunday, January 22 at 3:00 PM          
Advance tickets are available at the TimberWolves office and Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.             

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[TimberWolves Add Local Product: Adam Knopp]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves are pleased to announce that local product Adam Knopp has joined the team and will be in the lineup when the TimberWolves face off against the Quesnel Millionaires this Friday night in Williams Lake.

Knopp was recently with the Cowichan Valley Capitals and recorded three points in 24 games in his first season in the BCHL.

Adam Knopp is a 1987-born 6'2 200 forward and hails from 150 Mile House. Knopp played the 2004-05 season with Penticton-based Okanagan Hockey Academy Midget AAA.

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[BCHL Review Show Tommorrow Night at Boston Pizza]> The latest edition of the Shaw Cable BCHL Review Show will be taped tomorrow night (January 5) at Boston Pizza beginning at 8:00 PM and aired on later dates on Shaw Cable. Hosts Rocky Mix and Brett Mix will review the TimberWolves season thus far and take a look around the rest of the BCHL. TimberWolves fans are invited to Boston Pizza to watch the live taping of the show.

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[Big Home and Home Series This Weekend]> This weekend's series versus the Quesnel Millionaires could very well be the biggest of the season for the Williams Lake TimberWolves. A sweep of the Mills would vault the TimberWolves back to within striking distance of a playoff spot and if ever there was a time for the T-Wolves to roll up their sleeves and get down to business, now is it.

After heading into the Christmas break with a thrilling double overtime victory over the Trail Smoke Eaters, the TimberWolves have built some momentum and will look to come out strong against Quesnel. The action gets started in Williams Lake on Friday night when the TimberWolves host Quesnel at the Cariboo Memorial Complex in a 7:00 PM start. That game is followed by a Saturday game in Quesnel in a 7:30 start at Quesnel Twin Arenas. An already intense rivalry and downright dislike for each other should result in playoff level intensity in both venues.

Advance tickets for Friday's game in Williams Lake can be purchased at the TimberWolves office or at Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre. Cariboo GM is the game sponsor and will be offering up their usual assortment of fantastic giveaways during the intermission. Fans are also reminded that the Chuck's Auto Supply Chuck a Puck jackpot is currently at an astounding $1,700!     

In other TimberWolves news, the TimberWolves Booster Club New Year's Eve Gala at the Elks Hall was a great success and partygoers brought in the New Year in style. Thank you to the many volunteers who made the night possible and to Joey's Grill for providing a fine meal and The Music Factory for providing a great assortment of music.

Congratulations to Sherri Therrien who won the door prize on New Year's Eve of a trip for two to Vancouver to take in a World Junior Hockey Championships game on January 2 courtesy of Cariboo GM. Special thanks also goes out to Pacific Coastal Airlines for providing transportation to the event and the Sandman Inn Downtown Vancouver location for providing accommodation.

Congratulations to Rod Knopp who won a Dinner for Six at the TimberWolves December 17 game courtesy of Boston Pizza. Rod is the first TimberWolves fan this year to successfully land his frisbee on the Boston Pizza logo during the Boston Pizza Frisbee Toss.           

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[WJHC rates at Sandman Inn]>
Located at 180 West Georgia Street, just seconds from General Motors Place, the Sandman Inn Downtown Vancouver offers 302 rooms, indoor pool, whirlpool and a health club, with Moxie’s Classic Grill and the Shark Club Bar & Grill on-site. Hockey fans wishing to make a reservation can call the Sandman Inn directly at (604) 681-2211. The Sandman Inn is a proud corporate partner of the British Columbia Hockey League and the Williams Lake TimberWolves.    

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710
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<![CDATA[New Years Eve Gala Quickly Approaching]> The New Year's Eve Gala at the Elks Hall on Saturday night is fast approaching and tickets are going fast.

This semi-casual event will bring in the New Year in style in Williams Lake and is a party that is not to be missed.

Advance tickets can be purchased leading up to the event at Margetts Meats, Stampede Glass and the TimberWolves office. Tickets will also be available at the door and cost $50 each.

Joey"s Grill will be providing a fabulous meal for the evening and music will be provided by The Music Factory. Cocktails start at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM and Dancing and Drinks from 9:00 PM through 1:00 AM.    

Some drinks, party favours and a midnight snack will be provided. A cash bar will be in effect on the night.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to win a trip for two to Vancouver for the World Junior Hockey Championships. Thank you to Cariboo GM, Pacific Coastal Airlines and the Sandman Inn for providing game tickets, transportation and accommodation respectively.

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[T'Wolves Win Shootout in Williams Lake]>
After falling behind 1-0 in the first minute of the game, Williams Lake countered with a goal by Jason Wright at the 1:10 mark of the first period from Tyler Mazzei and Mark Shefchyk. Williams Lake increased their lead to 2-1 at 15:55 of the first when Tyler Mazzei knocked one home with help from Cody Brookwell and Brad Gorham.

Trail managed to score late in the first to tie the score at two, but Williams Lake came out with guns blazing in the second and took a 3-2 lead at 3:44 when Matt Crowell recorded an unassisted marker.

The Smoke Eaters tied it up at 7:06 of the second and then took a 4-3 lead minutes later before Dustin Honing fired the puck into the yawning cage to tie it at four, getting help from Tyler Fuller and Jamison Orr on the play. Trail scored late in the second to take a 5-4 lead and set the stage for the third period showdown.

Williams Lake came out of the gate hard in the third with the resulting equalizer coming at the 1:03 mark when Jason Wright scored his second of the game from Tyler Mazzei and Courtney Forsyth. Trail took the lead again early in the third, but Williams Lake came right back and notched the tying goal at 19:51 of the third when Jason Wright scored his hat trick goal from Matt Crowell and Tyler Mazzei, sending the home crowd into a frenzy.

After a scoreless first overtime period with penalties on the board and chances for both teams, the game was decided late in double overtime when Brad Gorham played the role of hero for the TimberWolves with his unassisted gamewinner.           

Andrew Braithwaite notched the victory in goal for Williams Lake, stopping 42 of the 48 shots he faced.

Jason Wright was named the game’s Staples First Star, while Tyler Mazzei was the Staples Second Star.

Next home action for TimberWolves comes Friday, January 6 when they face the Quesnel Millionaires in a 7:00 PM start.          

Advance tickets are available at the TimberWolves office and Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.             

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[Solid Performance For TimberWolves]> It was another solid performance for the Williams Lake TimberWolves Friday night, as they fought to a 4-4 tie with the Prince George Spruce Kings before 732 fans at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

After falling behind 2-0, Trevor Turner got the Wolves on the board at 12:23 of the first from Tyler Mazzei.

Prince George increased their lead to 3-1 before Matt Crowell scored at 13:03 of the first to get Williams Lake to within one.

Williams Lake tied the score at 4:14 of the second period when Dustin Honing scored from Trent Manchur and Mark Shefchyk, knotting the score at three. The TimberWolves took their first lead of the game when Brad Gorham scored at 3:34 of the third period, but Prince George scored a few minutes later to even the score.

Andrew Braithwaite had another solid performance in goal for the TimberWolves, stopping 29 of the 33 shots he faced.

Next home action for the TimberWolves comes tomorrow night when they play host to the Trail Smoke Eaters in a 7:00 PM start at the Cariboo Memorial Complex. It is Skate With The TimberWolves Night and all fans are encouraged to bring along their skates for a loop around the pond with the TimberWolves after the game.

Advance tickets are available at the TimberWolves office and Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710
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<![CDATA[Showtime For the TimberWolves Tonight]> It's showtime tonight for the Williams Lake TimberWolves at Boston Pizza and Joey's Grill.

The evening will kick off at Joey's Grill at 6:00 PM with the Joey's Grill Coach's Show with Mike Aikens and Rocky Mix. The coach talks about upcoming games and games already happened, answers questions from the audience and welcomes call-in questions at (250) 302-1013.

Later in the evening at Boston Pizza, Rocky Mix will be completing the doubleheader alongside brother Brett, as they host the BCHL Review Show at 8:00 PM. The show will feature Rocky and Brett's take on the TimberWolves season thus far, look ahead at upcoming games and take you for a spin around the BCHL.

Fans are reminded that the Teddy Bear Toss will take place during Friday's game against Prince George. If you forget to bring a Teddy, the TimberWolves will have some available for sale with proceeds going to the TimberWolves Booster Club and the Salvation Army.

Fans are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or touques/gloves to the game for donation to the Salvation Army for their opportunity to win World Junior Hockey Championships tickets courtesy of Cariboo GM.

Bring your skates to the game on Saturday, as it is Skate With The TimberWolves after the game.

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[Trio of TimberWolves to Make All-Star Trip]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves are pleased to announce that goaltender Andrew Braithwaite has been named to the Interior Conference 2nd All-Star Team and teammates Matt Crowell and Cody Brookwell have also been named Interior Conference All-Stars. All three will be playing for the Interior Conference in the BCHL All-Star Game to be held in Salmon Arm on January 18.

Voting for the 1st and 2nd All-Star Teams was conducted by tabulating vote totals from coaches and general managers from around the league. Andrew Braithwaite will be making his second all-star appearance, while Matt Crowell and Cody Brookwell will be making their first trip to the BCHL All-Star Game.  

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[Chance To Win WJHC Tickets]> Friday night is the night to win World Junior Hockey Championships tickets courtesy of Cariboo GM.

Cariboo GM will be giving away 8 pairs of tickets to the World Junior Hockey Championships later this month in Vancouver.

All you have to do to get a ballot for the draw is bring a non-perishable food item or touques/gloves to the game for donation to the Salvation Army. Ballots will be drawn during the first and second intermissions of Friday night's game against the Prince George Spruce Kings.

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Drop Nailbiter]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves put on a gritty display Tuesday night at the Cariboo Memorial Complex, but came away on the short end of a 4-3 double overtime score before 706 fans.

It was a close game throughout with the TimberWolves showing the intensity that brought about early season success.

Despite falling behind 2-0, the TimberWolves scored a late goal in the second period at 18:46 by Jason Wright to hit the dressing room trailing by one.

Momentum was in Williams Lake's favour, as they scored only eleven seconds into the third period when Trent Manchur notched the equalizer from Jamison Orr and Dustin Honing.

Williams Lake took the lead late in the third period on Brad Gorham's goal, but couldn't avoid Penticton's equalizer which came at the 19:34 mark.

An exciting first overtime period followed with a scoreless result before Penticton scored at the thirteen second mark of double overtime to skate away with two points.

Andrew Braithwaite was outstanding in goal for Williams Lake, stopping 46 of 50 shots and earning the game's first star.

Next home action for TimberWolves comes this Friday night when they face the Prince George Spruce Kings in a 7:00 PM start, followed by Saturday night's contest against the Trail Smoke Eaters in a 7:00 PM start. Friday is Teddy Bear Toss Night and if you forget to bring your Teddy Bears, the Salvation Army and the TimberWolves Booster Club will be selling Teddy Bears for a small fee in support of the organizations. Fans are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or touques/gloves for the Salvation Army for their chance to enter into the draw for tickets to the World Junior Hockey Championships in Vancouver courtesy of Cariboo GM.

Saturday night will feature a post game skate with the TimberWolves players. Fans are encouraged to bring their skates for their chance to skate alongside their favourite TimberWolves players.          

Advance tickets are available at the TimberWolves office and Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.             

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[TWolves Shut Out in Merritt]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves decided to bring a fan bus along with them to Merritt this past Saturday night to help them in coming out with a crucial two points. This night was not a night that most of those same fans who made the trip or players wearing the navy and silver sweaters will take too many positives out of. The home town crowd in Merritt were treated to an 8-0 blanking of the TimberWolves in what seemed to be a defensive disaster all night for Williams Lake.

The Centennials took it to the TimberWolves right from the get go, and dominated them in scoring chances early in the first period but Andrew Braithwaite had stood on his head to keep the game scoreless after the first period.

All of the scoring chances given up by the TimberWolves would catch up to them as the Cents scored five goals in the first ten minutes of the second period. They would notch one more later on to give the Cents a 6-0 lead after two.

Aaron Harvey came in for the third period, but even his countless efforts could not halt the Merritt scoring prowess as they would bury two more in the third to finish off the TimberWolves. Jesse Fratkin had four points while Brandon Wong and Casey Pierro-Zabotel had three points, as Corey Grant picked up the shutout in net.]>
<![CDATA[TimberWolves Fall to Offensive Juggernaut]>
After Salmon Arm opened the scoring, Trent Manchur equalized for the TimberWolves with his goal at 3:49 of the first from Bill McGinnis and Dustin Honing.

Salmon Arm took a 2-1 lead into the dressing room, but the TimberWolves came out quick and notched the tying goal at 1:01 of the second when Jason Wright connected from Trevor Turner and Tyler Fuller. Salmon Arm took the advantage again shortly afterward and built a 5-2 lead before Anders Olson scored at 5:12 of the second from Matt Crowell and Kyle McMurphy. Matt Crowell scored at 15:48 of the second from Trevor Turner to draw the TimberWolves to within one.

Williams Lake tied the score at five early in the third when Matt Crowell scored again from Brad Gorham and Anders Olson. Salmon Arm countered at 12:05 of the third, followed quickly by Anders Olson's tying goal at 12:19 from Matt Crowell and Kyle McMurphy.  Salmon Arm countered again at 12:26 and finally put away Williams Lake late in the third with Matt Dyck's hat-trick goal and fifth point of the game.

Aaron Harvey and Andrew Braithwaite shared time in goal for Williams Lake and faced 38 shots on the night.

In other news, the Williams Lake TimberWolves swung two separate deals recently, sending Brad Reaney to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs for future considerations and Bryce Martin to the Thunder Bay Bulldogs for future considerations. Martin joins former TimberWolf Duane Whitehead on the Thunder Bay roster     

Next home action for the TimberWolves comes on Tuesday night when they play host to the Penticton Vees in a 7:00 PM start at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

Advance tickets are available at the TimberWolves office and Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.             

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710
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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Cut Down Spruce Kings]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves turned the tables on Prince George Saturday at the Cariboo Memorial Complex, cutting down the Spruce Kings 7-2 before 769 fans.

Geric Brodt opened the scoring for the TimberWolves at 7:12 of the first period with helpers from Jared Collen and Bill McGinnis. Anders Olson made the score 2-0 at 10:51 with Matt Crowell and Mark Shefchyk picking up assists on the goal. Tyler Mazzei kept the buzzsaw going for the TimberWolves when he connected at 12:09 from Geric Brodt and Jason Wright. The TimberWolves showed their teeth once again at 15:14 with Matt Crowell connecting from Mark Shefchyk and Brad Gorham.

With the TimberWolves smelling blood, the goals kept coming in the second. Brad Gorham scored at 6:51 from Tyler Mazzei and Mark Shefchyk. Bill McGinnis followed up with his goal at 10:49 from Tyler Mazzei, while Dustin Honing rounded out the scoring in the second with a goal at 14:15 from Jamison Orr and Cody Brookwell.

The Prince George Spruce Kings managed to score two goals in the third, but they couldn’t recover from the buzzsaw of the TimberWolves.      

Andrew Braithwaite notched the win in goal for Williams Lake, stopping 22 of the 24 shots he faced.

The TimberWolves pitched a shutout in the three star department, with Tyler Mazzei picking up the First Star, Mark Shefchyk picking up the Second Star and Jared Collen notching the Third Star. Dustin Honing was named the Nature’s Path Energy Player of the Game.  

Next home action for the TimberWolves comes on Thursday night when they play host to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in a 7:00 PM start. Advance tickets can be purchased at the TimberWolves office and Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.  
        
For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Lose in Contraversial Game]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves were in Prince George this past Friday to take on the Spruce Kings. It was one of those games that no doubt left the Wolves wondering 'Why Us?'. Bad luck has been a trend near the end of games this season that has ended up costing the TimberWolves points in the standings on numerous occasions. After the TimberWolves battled back in a tight game the Spruce Kings scored the game winner to make it 4-3 with just over two minutes left while being on a 5 minute power play. That power play was the result of a Major penalty that everybody there from Williams Lake would tag as a phantom call resulting in the ejection of Jamison Orr for hitting from behind (to see the video clip online visit www.rockymix.com/twclips ).

The Spruce Kings got on the board early in the first period as their leading scorer Erick Ruud made no mistake burying a rebound making it 1-0 for The George. Five minutes later the TimberWolves responded when Captain Dustin Honing walked out of the corner fending off a few checks before being all alone in the slot to tie things at 1-1. The boys from PG would bounce back and regain the lead on a goal from Curt Morrison as he fired one past Andrew Braithwaite giving the Spruce Kings a 2-1 lead after the first period.

The Spruce Kings would extend their lead in the second as Rodney Lavoie was left unmarked at the back door to deflect the pass across giving them a 3-1 advantage. On a similar play just over ten minutes later, Jason Wright would cut the lead in half with assists going to Anders Olson and Jamison Orr. The score was 3-2 for The george heading into the third.

Tyler Fuller would rip his first of the year home to tie the game at three apiece with eight minutes to go in the third. With 3:28 to go in the third Jamison Orr cut across the red line and laid a hit on Curt Morrison who was digging the puck out of a scrum. Morrison turned to his left as Orr's left leg made contact with Morrison's left hip. The referee stood there to monitor the pushing and shoving that ensued afterwards. Orr was desperately trying to get off the ice for a change and was attacked by Brody Mott and Ryan deVries. Trent Manchur came in to help Orr out as he made his way to the bench after a long shift. The referee consulted with his linesmen and then handed Orr the gate along with a five minute major for Hitting from Behind. That would give the Spruce Kings the Power Play for the remainder of the third period whether they scored or not. The Spruce Kings would capitalize on the opportunity a minute later, as the 'Hit From Behind' victim Curt Morrison found the back of the net to seal the deal for the Spruce Kings for a final score of 4-3.

With the point difference between these two clubs, the two points lost out on in Prince George was a huge blow to the TimberWolves currently sitting six points out of a playoff spot.]>
<![CDATA[Timberwolves Bite Back in Vernon]> With only two wins in the past 20 games, the Williams Lake TimberWolves have found themselves a little bit further out of a playoff spot than most had expected at this time in the season. The TimberWolves went into Vernon Tuesday night to end an eight game losing streak, and that is exactly what they did. The TimberWolves were able to pull it out in the third period and defeat the Vipers 4-1 in Vernon.

The TimberWolves got on the board at 6:24 of the first, when Tyler Fuller made a nice play at the blue line to kick it ahead to Dustin Honing who spotted Jason Wright all alone in front. Wright made a quick move to his backhand before putting it in for his first goal as a TimberWolf and giving the visiting squad a 1-0 lead.

In the second period the Vernon Vipers pressed to tie it on numerous occasions including two unsuccessful breakaway attempts by Erik Felde that were both denied by Andrew Braithwaite. Braithwaite had stopped 28 shots after 40 minutes.

Early in the third on the Power Play, Trent Manchur carried the puck over the blue line and created space and time for Geric Brodt before feeding him the puck. Brodt's first shot was stopped by Jon Olthuis but the rebound came right back to Brodt who would get his first goal of the season and extend his teams lead to two. The Vipers would not go down easily and Travis Brisebois would come in untouched and score on his own rebound from the short side to cut the lead in half and get his team on the board. The TimberWolves Wright would get his second of the night when he and Jared Collen blew past the Vipers defence at the blue line and some confusion between the two Wolves was enough to confuse the Vipers as well and a bouncing puck managed to find its way into the back of the net restoring the two goal lead. Just a few minutes later,  Wright would complete the Hat Trick wiring one between the legs of Olthuis on the power play to finish the Vipers off with a score of 4-1.

Some Viper fans could contest that they were missing half there team as nine regular players were out of the line up. The Vipers had five affiliate players playing. The TimberWolves however were also without four of their regulars, as Mark Shefchyk, Cody Brookwell, Jamison Orr, and Bryce Martin were out of the line up. Two players that stepped in as affiliate players looked very comfortable and confident in a TimberWolves jersey. Sean Bianchini and Brendan Turnbull made the trip down from the Sicamous Eagles of the KIJHL to affiliate for the TWolves, and both showed signs of why their team is in first place in the KIJHL.

Jason Wright would capture the first star and Andrew Braithwaite would get the second star for the TimberWolves. The third star went to Kyle St Denis, and affiliated player on the Vipers who really was deserving of the star.

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<![CDATA[Coach's Show Wednesday at Joey's Grill]> The next airing of the Joey's Grill Internet Radio Coach's Show will be held Wednesday, November 30 at 7:00 PM at Joey's Grill with TimberWolves Head Coach Mike Aikens and Broadcaster Rocky Mix. Fans can listen to the broadcast through the TimberWolves website at www.wltimberwolves.com

Aikens and Mix will discuss the TimberWolves season thus far and look ahead at upcoming games. The show will also feature special guests throughout the course of the season.

TimberWolves fans are invited to be in attendance for the live broadcast of the show and are encouraged to direct questions at Coach Aikens and Rocky Mix. Fans can also call into the show with their questions at 302-1013. The Joey's Grill Internet Radio Coach's Show will run approximately forty-five minutes. All shows will be archived for listening at a later date in addition to the live broadcast.     

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[New Years Eve Gala Event Announced]> The Williams TimberWolves Booster Club will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Gala at the Elks Hall. Tickets are $50 for a single and $100 per couple. Cocktails start at 6:00 PM, with Dinner at 7:00 PM and Dancing from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Joey’s Grill will be catering for the event and music will be provided by the Music Factory.

Tickets can be ordered by contacting the TimberWolves office at 398-8710.
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<![CDATA[Twolves Fall to Merritt]> The struggles continued for the Williams Lake TimberWolves as they dropped a 5-3 decision to the Merritt Centennials before 801 fans at the Cariboo Memorial Complex Saturday night.

After a scoreless first period, Williams Lake opened the scoring at 1:11 of the second when Trent Manchur connected with helpers going to Benoit Quessandier and Dustin Honing.

Merritt equalized half way through the second frame and took a 2-1 lead at the 16:28 mark before the TimberWolves tied it up with Anders Olson's goal at 17:30 from Kyle McMurphy and Jamison Orr. Merritt scored shortly afterward to hit the locker room with a 3-2 lead.

Merritt opened the game up with two goals early in the third period to take a 5-2 lead and Williams Lake couldn"t climb back. A late goal was added by Tyler Mazzei from Kyle McMurphy and Jamison Orr and the final score read 5-3.

Andrew Braithwaite took the loss in goal for the TimberWolves, stopping 36 of the 41 shots he faced.

Next action for the TimberWolves comes this Tuesday in Vernon when they pay a visit to the Vipers in a 7:00 PM start. A home and home series follows with the Prince George Spruce Kings with an away game in Prince George on Friday night and back home at the Cariboo Memorial Complex Saturday night in a 7:00 PM start.

Advance tickets are on sale at the TimberWolves office and Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.  

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Snake-bitten by Vipers]> Despite a hard fought effort, the Williams Lake TimberWolves dropped a 5-0 decision to the Vernon Vipers Friday night before 861 fans at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

The TimberWolves kept the game close, as Vernon headed to the dressing room after two periods with only a 1-0 lead. It was in the third period that Vernon turned it on with four goals, including an empty net goal to seal the victory.

Vernon outshot the TimberWolves 46-34 on the night, with Andrew Braithwaite stopping 42 of 46 shots and earning the game’s third star.

Next home action for the TimberWolves comes on Saturday night when they play host to the Merritt Centennials in a 7:00 PM start.

Advance tickets are on sale now at the TimberWolves office and Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre     

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710
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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Aquire Wright from Chilliwack]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves are pleased to announce the acquisition of Jason Wright from the Chilliwack Chiefs in exchange for future considerations. The 19-year old Wright hails from 150 Mile House and registered four goals and nine assists for thirteen points in twenty-one games for the Chiefs this season. The 6'2, 193 pound Wright played for the Langley Hornets during the 2004-05 BCHL campaign and Penticton Panthers during the 2003-04 season.  
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<![CDATA[Coach's Show tonight at Joey's Grill]> The next airing of the Joey's Grill Internet Radio Coach's Show will be held Wednesday, November 23 at 7:00 PM at Joey's Grill with TimberWolves Head Coach Mike Aikens and Broadcaster Rocky Mix. Fans can listen to the broadcast through the TimberWolves website at www.wltimberwolves.com

Aikens and Mix will discuss the TimberWolves season thus far and look ahead at upcoming games. The show will also feature special guests throughout the course of the season.

TimberWolves fans are invited to be in attendance for the live broadcast of the show and are encouraged to direct questions at Coach Aikens and Rocky Mix. Fans can also call into the show with their questions at 302-1013. The Joey's Grill Internet Radio Coach's Show will run approximately forty-five minutes. All shows will be archived for listening at a later date in addition to the live broadcast.     

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710
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<![CDATA[Slide Continues Against Quesnel]> Despite two late goals, the Williams Lake TimberWolves couldn't snap out of their slide when they were defeated 4-3 by the Quesnel Millionaires Tuesday night before 716 fans at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.  

The Quesnel Millionaires were able to build a 3-0 lead through two periods before the TimberWolves got on the board at 4:30 of the third when Anders Olson connected with Jamison Orr getting the helper.

Matt Crowell scored at 18:28 to get the TimberWolves to within one, but Quesnel connected on an empty net goal seconds later to make the score 4-2.

Tyler Mazzei scored with twenty seconds left in the game, but Williams Lake couldn"t get the equalizer. Andrew Braithwaite took the loss in goal for the TimberWolves, stopping 31 of the 34 shots he faced.

Next action for the TimberWolves comes on Friday night when they host the Vernon Vipers in a 7:00 PM start at the Cariboo Memorial Complex. Advance tickets can be purchased at the TimberWolves office or at Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.                          
           
For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710
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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Meet and Greet at Paradise Cinemas]> All members of the Williams Lake TimberWolves will be appearing at Paradise Cinemas for a Meet and Greet from 6:15-6:45 PM on Monday, November 21. Fans are encouraged to come down to Paradise Cinemas during this time and meet their favourite TimberWolves players and obtain autographs.

The Meet and Greet is the third in a series of appearances at Paradise Cinemas this season. The next Meet and Greet after November 21 is scheduled for Monday, December 12.
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<![CDATA[Misprint on Friday's Game Tickets]> Please be advised that some game tickets for Friday, November 25 versus the Vernon Vipers were misprinted and stated that the opponent was the Merritt Centennials. The Williams Lake TimberWolves will host the Vernon Vipers on Friday, November 25 at 7:00 PM and the Merritt Centennials on Saturday, November 26 at 7:00 PM. The Williams Lake TimberWolves apologize for this misprint.]> <![CDATA[World Junior Championships Tickets Promotion]> Fans attending this Tuesday's home game versus the Quesnel Millionaires will have a chance to win tickets to the World Junior Hockey Championships in Vancouver courtesy of Cariboo GM.

All fans entering the building will have a chance to win the tickets for the World Junior Hockey Championships and a winner will be selected during the second intermission of the game on Tuesday, November 22.

The Williams Lake TimberWolves would like to acknowledge Cariboo GM for their continuing support of junior hockey in Williams Lake and their kind donation of World Junior Hockey Championships tickets.            

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[TimberWolves Stung in Langley]> Wednesday night was the beginning of a three game road trip for the Williams Lake TimberWolves and it started in Langley against the Hornets.

With the TimberWolves sitting just outside the playoff picture, every game is that much more important from here on out. Coming into Wednesdays game, the TimberWolves were sitting four points back of the final playoff spot which is held right now by the Merritt Centennials, who were in Vernon Wednesday to take on the Vipers. In the Mainland Division, the Hornets were looking for a win to put them into a tie for first with the Chilliwack Chiefs.

The TimberWolves got off to a good start. After they killed off a penalty early on they went right to the attack. A couple nice hits down low by Dustin Honing and Brad Reaney resulted in a Hornet turnover which eventually ended up in the back of the net. Reaney buried the rebound after Bill McGinnis took the initial shot and the TimberWolves had an early 1-0 lead. Not long after that, the Hornets would draw even as Gary Butler snuck in behind the TimberWolves defence and went in all alone to tie it up 1-1. The game stayed tied until late in the second.

With under two minutes to go in the second period, Langley's Graham Sheppard shot from the point deflected off of a TimberWolf and found the back on the net to give the Hornets a 2-1 lead. Just over a minute later, Gary Sheppard picked up the puck off of a face off deep in the TimberWolves zone and found the five hole for his second of the night and giving his squad a 3-1 lead after two.

The third period saw the TimberWolves attempt to battle back as Mark Shefchyk came over the blueline and dropped it off for Cody Brookwell to lean into it, wiring one just under the cross bar to cut the lead in half.

With the score 3-2 with under a minute to play and the extra attacker out for the TimberWolves, the play broke out the other way and Cody Schlamb was able to seal the deal with an empty net goal, giving the Hornets a tie for first in the Mainland Division with the Chilliwack Chiefs.

The TImberWolves now sit six points back of the final playoff spot as the Merritt Centennials knocked of the Vernon Vipers with a score of 6-4. The TimberWolves are back in action Friday night when they are in Burnaby to take on the Express.]>
<![CDATA[Christmas Ticket Pack Now Available]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves today have announced the release of their Christmas 2-Pack ticket pack.

Looking for the perfect gift for the TimberWolves fan in your family? The Christmas 2-Pack will be sure to satisfy their hockey cravings. For just twenty dollars, TimberWolves fans can enjoy savings on regular walk-up prices and the tickets can be used at any TimberWolves regular season home games.

The Christmas 2-Pack is on sale now and can be purchased through December 24 at the TimberWolves office and at the TimberWolves Christmas store in Boitanio Mall. The Christmas 2-Pack will also be featured in the Boitanio Mall Christmas Coupon Book.         

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[Coach's Show tonight at the Grey Fox]> The next taping of the Shaw Cable Coach's Show will be held tonight at 7:00 PM at the Grey Fox Tap & Grill in the Caesar's Inn with TimberWolves Head Coach Mike Aikens and Broadcaster Rocky Mix.

Aikens and Mix will discuss the TimberWolves season thus far and look ahead at upcoming games.

TimberWolves fans are invited to be in attendance for the taping of the show which will be aired at a later date on Shaw Cable.   

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[Coach's Show tonight at Joey's Grill]> The next airing of the Joey's Grill Internet Radio Coach's Show will be held tonight (Monday, November 14) at 7:00 PM at Joey's Grill with TimberWolves Head Coach Mike Aikens and Broadcaster Rocky Mix. Fans can listen to the broadcast through the TimberWolves website at www.wltimberwolves.com

Aikens and Mix will discuss the TimberWolves recent games and look ahead at their upcoming road trip. TimberWolves player Matt Crowell will also be featured on the show tonight.

TimberWolves fans are invited to be in attendance for the live broadcast of the show and are encouraged to direct questions at Coach Aikens, Rocky Mix and Matt Crowell. Fans can also call into the show with their questions at 302-1013. The Joey's Grill Internet Radio Coach's Show will run approximately for 45 minutes. All shows will be archived for listening at a later date in addition to the live broadcast.     

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[TimberWolves Get Snakebitten by Vipers]> The Vernon Vipers played host to the Williams Lake TimberWolves this past Saturday night at the Multiplex in Vernon. The TimberWolves were in desperate need of the two points after only securing them in two of the last 12 games. The Vipers were sitting in second right behind Salmon Arm also fighting for that two points

Tyler Mazzei got the ball rolling early on as he wired one from the high slot just over the glove of the Vipers goaltender Jon Olthuis to put the Wolves up one nothing on an early Power Play. The Vipers then responded five minutes later on a power play of their own to lock things up at one on a rebound that rolled onto the stick of Patrick Cey who found the back of the net. The TimberWolves then again went on the Power Play as Dustin Honing spotted Kyle McMurphy in the slot and he made no mistake by directing it into the far side of the net to put them back up on top 2-1 midway through the frame. A few minutes later Matt Crowell and Jamieson Orr came in over the blue line tow on two and Crowell held onto the puck until Orr was free and then saucered him the puck in front of the net. Orr deked out Olthuis for his third goal in as many games, and put the TimberWolves up by a score of 3-1 after one.

Early in the second, the TimberWolves struck again as McMurphy found Anders Olson streaking to the net, and Olson put it home giving the boys from Williams Lake a commanding 4-1 lead. Five minutes later the Vipers would pull within two on a two on one where Mike Ulrich found Hunter Bishop ho walked around TimberWolves Goaltender Andrew Braithwaite to finish off the second with a score of 4-2 favouring Williams Lake.

The shots heading into the third period were 21-9 in favour of the Vipers, and they continued to press with more in the third. Braithwaite played outstanding stopping most chances including a shorthanded effort by Chay Genoway to go end to end and Braithwaite was able to get a pad on it but could not stop the rebound from Ulrich who put the Vipers within one. It stayed that way until late in the third. The Vipers goalie on the bench and the extra skater on the ice gave the Vipers the juice they needed to tie the game up on a backdoor pass to Bishop, who fired home the equalizer and sent this game into overtime. The shots were 39-14 after regulation.

Once the extra frame began the TimberWolves seemed to find a jump they seemed to have lost in the last 30 minutes of playing time. They controlled the majority of the play and had a few incredible scoring chances that just failed to find the back of the net. One of them being Benoit Quessandier's shot from the point with Olthuis out of his net that dinged off the post. The other one came when Mark Shefchyk found Trevor Turner all alone in front. Turner had the goalie beat but ran out of room afterwards and the puck trickled in behind the net. No goals in Overtime led us to the three on three Double Overtime.

Early in that frame Genoway was taken down on a breakaway and the fans in Vernon went nuts in anticipation of the upcoming Penalty Shot. Andrew Braithwaite said not this time and robbed Genoway with the right pad to keep the game going. A few minutes later Hunter Bishop sprung forward on another breakaway looking for his hat trick and the two points for his club. He made it count this time and beat Braithwaite on a deke to the stick side.

The Vipers walked away with two points and the TimberWolves in the second straight game were left with only one after again being up by two goals to start the third period.

Tyler Mazzei received the second star of the night capturing a goal and two assists.

The TimberWolves are on the road again this week with a trip down to the lower mainland to face Langley, Burnaby and Chilliwack. The first of those three will be Wednesday night in Langley. Game time is at 7:30.]>
<![CDATA[Salsa Too Hot For TimberWolves]>

Justin Orr got the TimberWolves on the board with his goal at 7:54 of the second period with help from Benoit Quessandier and Mark Shefchyk. The TimberWolves increased their lead to 2-0 when Anders Olson connected at 13:25 of the second period from Kyle McMurphy and Tyler Fuller.

Despite controlling the play into the third period, the unraveling happened quickly, as Victoria scored two goals only 39 seconds apart and eventually put home the winner in the extra frame.

Andrew Braithwaite was solid in goal for the TimberWolves, stopping 42 of 45 shots directed his way and earning the second star of the game.

Next action for the TimberWolves comes this Saturday night in Vernon in a 7:00 PM start at the Vernon Multiplex.  

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[Win $10,000 With Investor's Group Promotions]> The ever popular Investors Group Rapid Fire and Risk It All promotions to win $10,000 will make their return to TimberWolves games starting on Friday, November 25.

Rapid Fire dates include November 25, December 3, January 6 and January 28, while Risk It All dates will include November 26, December 16, December 17, January 21, January 27, February 10, February 24 and February 25.

Contestants present at TimberWolves games will have the opportunity to pocket a cool $10,000 when competing in the two on-ice competitions.

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[Coach's Show Wednesday Night at Joey's Grill]> The next airing of the Joey's Grill Internet Radio Coach's Show will be held Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 PM at Joey's Grill with TimberWolves Head Coach Mike Aikens and Broadcaster Rocky Mix. Fans can listen to the broadcast through the TimberWolves website at www.wltimberwolves.com

Aikens and Mix will discuss the TimberWolves season thus far and look ahead at upcoming games. The show will also feature special guests throughout the course of the season.

TimberWolves fans are invited to be in attendance for the live broadcast of the show and are encouraged to direct questions at Coach Aikens and Rocky Mix. Fans can also call into the show with their questions at 302-1013. The Joey's Grill Internet Radio Coach's Show will run approximately for 45 minutes. All shows will be archived for listening at a later date in addition to the live broadcast.     

The Wolfpack Booster Club will be holding a meeting at Joey's Grill on Wednesday, November 9 at 5:00 PM and will be on hand for the Coach's Show which will follow at 7:00 PM.  

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710
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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Comeback Falls Short]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves almost came all the way back, but their comeback fell short in a 4-3 loss to the Prince George Spruce Kings before 980 fans at the Cariboo Memorial Complex Saturday night.

After Prince George opened up a 3-0 lead after the first period, the TimberWolves got on the board early in the second period when Matt Crowell scored from Mark Shefchyk and Tyler Fuller.

Prince George took a 4-1 lead into the dressing room after the second, but Williams Lake mounted their comeback in the third period.

Jamison Orr scored 45 seconds into the third period with helpers from Brad Gorham and Cody Brookwell to make the score 4-2 and the TimberWolves got even closer at 12:30 of the third when Matt Crowell recorded his second goal of the game from Tyler Fuller and Jamison Orr.

Despite frenzied attempts to even the score at the end of the game, the TimberWolves couldn't put the equalizer past Prince George"s Brad Thiessen.

Andrew Braithwaite absorbed the loss for the TimberWolves, stopping 22 of the 26 shots he faced.

Next action for the TimberWolves comes on Tuesday night when they play host to the Victoria Salsa in a 7:00 PM start at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

Advance tickets are available at the TimberWolves office and Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[Late Rally by SilverBacks Sink TimberWolves]> This past Friday night the TimberWolves once again made their way into Salmon Arm for the second time this season, in hopes they could pull out a better effort and come out with the win.

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks got on the board first at exactly nine minutes into the opening frame as Ben Winnett was left untouched at the side of the net squeaking one past Aaron Harvey who played a tremendous first period stopping 14 of 15 shots.

In the second period the TimberWolves goaltender saw 14 shots and stopped them all. The TimberWolves then got into some penalty trouble late in the second, but they were able to muster up a shorthanded goal and tie things at one. Anders Olson was the goal scorer after Tyler Mazzei took a hit to move the puck forward and Cody Brookwell tangled up the remaining defenseman giving Olson the clear lane. In the last minute of the second period, Jamieson Orr was given a Penalty Shot after being hauled down on a breakaway. The SilverBacks goalie Chris Rawlings came up big with the blocker save to keep it tied going into the third.

Once again, the third became the TimberWolves downfall in Salmon Arm as Winnett went to work finishing up with 2 goals and 2 assists as he helped the Backs to four unanswered goals to finish out the TimberWolves with a score of 5-1.

Aaron Harvey looked extremely well throughout the entire game, even though giving up four goals in the final period. He stopped 43 of 48 shots earning him the nights Third Star.]>
<![CDATA[BCHL Review Show Tonight at Boston Pizza]> The latest edition of the Shaw Cable BCHL Review Show will be taped tonight at Boston Pizza beginning at 8:00 PM and aired on later dates on Shaw Cable. Hosts Rocky Mix and Brett Mix will be joined by TimberWolves players Matt Crowell and Tyler Mazzei. TimberWolves fans are invited to Boston Pizza to watch the live taping of the show.

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[The Pack Returns to Winning Ways in PG]> The TimberWolves haven't had the results they had hoped for over the past couple of weeks. Tuesday night they headed up to Prince George to battle hard, knowing just hoping wasn't going to be enough to get them the two points.

The Prince George Spruce Kings were fresh off a victory over the Nanaimo Clippers from the past weekend and with a win could move up from fourth into a tie for second spot in the Interior Division. The TimberWolves were five points back on the kings and needed to gain some ground on the rest of the division.

The Spruce Kings Scott McNaughton opened up the scoring as he walked out of the corner untouched, and patiently waited out Braithwaite before finding the back of the net with about five minutes into the first.

Matt Crowell then responded on a beautiful give and go with Jamieson Orr then firing a quick one past Brad Thiessen at 11:19 of the first.

The battle of the goalies took over from there as Thiessen and Braithwaite started to shine. The most impressive saves had to be the saves not made as Braithwaite's poke check stymied the Spruce Kings on at least three prime scoring chances. The second period was scoreless.

With just over thirteen minutes on the clock, Tyler Mazzei and Brad Reaney came in two and with a few passes back and forth, Reaney was able to put the TimberWolves up for good sliding one over the sprawled out Thiessen.

Braithwaite then continued to shut the door, giving the Wolves the much needed two points, and picking up the honours of first star.

The TimberWolves head to Salmon Arm Friday night to fight for a little redemption after the blowout they were handed last time they were there, and will be back at home on Saturday for a rematch with the Spruce Kings at the Caribou Memorial Complex. Game time is 7 pm.]>
<![CDATA[TimberWolves Edged by Centennials]> In a close game on Sunday afternoon, the Williams Lake TimberWolves were edged 4-3 by rival Merritt Centennials before 721 fans at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

Anders Olson opened the scoring for the TimberWolves at 14:22 of the first period, but Merritt stormed right back with two unanswered goals near the end of the first period to take a 2-1 lead into the dressing room.

Williams Lake tied the score halfway through the second period when Brad Gorham scored with help from Tyler Mazzei.

Merritt regained the lead a few minutes later before newcomer Mark Shefchyk scored his first goal as a Timberwolf at the 17:54 mark from Matt Crowell and Courtney Forsyth.

In the end, the TimberWolves couldn't put Merritt away and with just under two minutes left in the game, Merritt scored what turned out to be the winner.

Another TimberWolves newcomer, Jamison Orr earned a third star in the game.

Andrew Braithwaite was tagged with the loss for the TimberWolves in goal, stopping 11 of the 15 shots he faced.

Next action for the TimberWolves comes this Tuesday in Prince George where the TimberWolves will face the Spruce Kings in a 7:30 PM start.
            
For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Fall to Top Ranked Clippers]> The Nanaimo Clippers showed the Williams Lake TimberWolves why they are perhaps the top Junior A hockey club in the nation Friday night, with a solid 6-3 victory over the Wolves before 841 fans at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

Nanaimo shooters peppered TimberWolves’ goalie Andrew Braithwaite all night long with 59 shots directed his way.

Matt Crowell opened the scoring for the TimberWolves with an unassisted goal at 4:28 of the first, before the Clippers reeled off three unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead.

Kyle McMurphy got the TimberWolves close at 12:16 of the second period with his marker from Brad Gorham and Tyler Fuller.

Nanaimo turned it on again with three more unanswered goals to extend their lead to 6-2, before Tyler Mazzei scored on a breakaway goal at 14:24 of the third from Kyle McMurphy.

Simon Leblanc picked up the win for Nanaimo with 16 saves on 19 shots, while Andrew Braithwaite was tagged with the loss, stopping 53 of the 59 shots he faced.

Next up for the TimberWolves is a home game on Sunday versus the Merritt Centennials in a 3:00 PM start at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

Advance tickets are on sale at the TimberWolves office and at Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.      
          
For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Make Two Player Trade]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves have traded defensemen Shaun Witschen and Jeff Orban to the Burnaby Express in exchange for forwards Jamison Orr and Mark Shefchyk.

Shaun Witchen had one goal, one assist and eighteen penalty minutes in twelve games this season. Jeff Orban was acquired by the TimberWolves earlier in the season in exchange for Alex Greenlay and never suited up for the TWolves.

Jamison Orr comes to the TimberWolves after three years in the WHL. Orr had four goals, ten assists and 72 penalty minutes in 15 games for the Miramichi Timberwolves of the MJAHL last season.

Mark Shefchyk had 11 goals and 32 assists in 43 games played for the Coquitlam Express last season, and 61 points in 83 games the previous season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL. Shefchyk has alos been named as Calgary Hitmen Scholastic Player of the Year.

The TimberWolves thank Shaun Witschen for his time with the club and wish him and Jeff Orban all the best in Burnaby.]>
<![CDATA[TimberWolves Set For Busy Weekend]> It has been a busy week for the Williams Lake TimberWolves, as the club has made a couple of deals with three players leaving Williams Lake and two players coming to town.

In the first move of the week, the TimberWolves dealt forward Mark Ehl to the Powell River Kings in return for future considerations.

The next move came last night when the TimberWolves and Burnaby Express agreed on a four player deal that saw defensemen Shaun Witschen and Jeff Orban leave for Burnaby in exchange for forwards Jamison Orr and Mark Shefchyk. The 6'3 210 pound Orr registered one point in seven games this season with the Express, while Mark Shefchyk had eleven points in fourteen games for Burnaby.

The top-ranked Nanaimo Clippers visit Williams Lake on Friday night in a 7:00 PM start and come in sporting a league best thirteen wins and only two losses. Lake City Ford will be the game sponsor on Friday night.

On Sunday afternoon in a 3:00 PM start at the Cariboo Memorial Complex, rival Merritt Centennials come to town tied with Williams Lake in points in the standings. Merritt also boasts the league's top scorer in Brandon Wong who has thirty-two points in sixteen games. Total Pet is the game sponsor on Sunday afternoon, and Williams Lake Minor Hockey players are reminded that they will receive half price tickets to the game if they wear their minor hockey jerseys.

Advance tickets are on sale now at the TimberWolves office and at Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.          

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[Mark Ehl Traded to Powell River]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves have announced today that 19 year-old forward Mark Ehl has been traded to the Powell River Kings of the BCHL for Future Considerations.

Mark Ehl has had two goals and four assists in thirteen games played this season, including an overtime goal and a game tying goal. Ehl accumulated 10 goals and 17 assists in fourty-seven games played during the 2004-05 season.

Mark Ehl is from North Vancouver and is returning a little closer to home and the Powell River Kings are looking forward to having him step into the lineup

The TimberWolves would like to thank Mark Ehl for his time spent with the team and wish him the best in Powell River.

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[Corporate Business Night Moved to Awards Banquet]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves Corporate Business Night originally scheduled for Saturday, October 29 has been postponed and now will be combined with the TimberWolves year-end Awards Banquet. Further details on the event will be available in the coming weeks.     

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[Wednesday Coach's Show at Joey's Grill]> The first airing of the Joey's Grill Internet Radio Coach's Show will be held Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 PM at Joey's Grill with TimberWolves Head Coach Mike Aikens and Broadcaster Rocky Mix. Fans can listen to the broadcast through the TimberWolves website at www.wltimberwolves.com

Aikens and Mix will discuss the TimberWolves season thus far and look ahead at upcoming games. The show will also feature special guests throughout the course of the season.

TimberWolves fans are invited to be in attendance for the live broadcast of the show and are encouraged to direct questions at Coach Aikens and Rocky Mix. Fans can also call into the show with their questions at 302-1013. The Joey's Grill Internet Radio Coach's Show will run approximately for one hour. All shows will be archived for listening at a later date in addition to the live broadcast.     

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[Fireworks on Sale at Boitanio Mall]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves and the Wolfpack Booster Club will be conducting their annual fireworks sale at Boitanio Mall (next to Monsters Pizza) starting on Tuesday, October 25 at 9:30 AM.

The fireworks store will be open Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30 AM-6:00 PM, Friday from 9:30 AM-9:00 PM, Saturday from 9:30 AM-6:00 PM, Sunday from Noon-5:00 PM and Halloween Monday from 9:30 AM up to 6:00 PM.    

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710
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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Split Weekend in Penticton]> The TWolves had a double header in Penticton this past weekend. Friday night the TimberWolves were looking for the 2 points after not being able to obtain it in the previous 4 attempts. This night would not be the night. The Vee's capitalized on the power play midway through the first as Brian Lebler slid one in and Cody Collins put them up by two late in the first with his marker.

The second period was scoreless as Andrew Braithwaite held the Vee's back on numerous occasions. The shots after two periods of play was 37-8 in favour of the Vee's.

The Vee's Lee Pagee extended their lead midway through the third and Cody Collins added another to put Penticton up 4-0. Late in the third, Trevor Turner broke Jordan White's shutout on the Powerplay. The final score at the end of the night was 4-1 in favour of the Vee's.

Saturday night, the TimberWolves finally decided to show up. Mike Aikens decided to shake up the line combinations and it paid dividends as every line seemed to have a spark under it. Forty seconds into the game, Trent Manchur decided to stop any momentum Penticton wanted to carry into the game as he pummelled Brian Lebler at the TimberWolves blue line. Lebler got in his fair share of shots, but by the noise in the crowd in Penticton after the fight. The decision was no doubt in favour of Manchur.
Tyler Mazzei scored the first of the night on the power play assisted by Geric Brodt and Kyle McMurphy to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead heading into the second period.

McMurphy had a lot of attention drawn to him from a hit he had laid the previous night that resulted in an injury to Ben Robinson. With the TimberWolves shorthanded McMurphy managed to tie up the puck deep in the Vee's zone. He had three Vee's paying attention to him leaving Bryce Martin all alone in front. Martin was able to net his first of the year to give the TimberWolves the 2-0 lead after 2.

Andrew Braithwaite's first shutout of the year looked to be his until with just under 2 minutes left in the third, Evan Trupp was sent in on a Breakaway and scored a beautiful backhand goal that snuck in just under the cross bar. The Vee's had the goalie pulled with around 20 seconds to go and the face off in the Twolves end. Anders Olson did a great job on the draw to win it back to Brad Gorham who sent the puck the length of the ice into the empty net. The goal sealed the deal giving the TimberWolves the hard fought 2 points they were looking for.]>
<![CDATA[TimberWolves Meet and Greet at Paradise Cinemas]> All members of the Williams Lake TimberWolves will be appearing at Paradise Cinemas for a Meet and Greet from 6:15-6:45 PM on Monday, October 24. Fans are encouraged to come down to Paradise Cinemas during this time and talk with their favourite TimberWolves player and obtain autographs.

The Meet and Greet is the second in a series of appearances at Paradise Cinemas this season. The next Meet and Greet after October 24 is scheduled for Monday, November 21.   

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710
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<![CDATA[A Night To Forget in Salmon Arm]>
The second period is when the SilverBacks scoring chances started finding the back of the net as they connected for 3 unanswered goals to head into the 3rd with a 4-2 lead.

Early in the third, Tyler Mazzei capitalized on the Power Play deflecting a Trevor Turner shot and bringing Williams Lake within one. That was as close as they could get. Salmon Arm responded then with five unanswered goals and blew the game out with a 9-3 win. The TimberWolves defensive play was not a pleasant thing to watch as they handed the SilverBacks over 20 odd man rushes including three 2 on 1's during the same two minute power play in the TimberWolves favour. Had it not been for the goaltending heroics of Andrew Braithwaite, the score could easily have been twice that.
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<![CDATA[McDonald's Team of the Week Program Underway]> Here's a chance for your team to go to a TimberWolves game free, courtesy of the Williams Lake McDonald's.

If you're part of a sports team that has members 16 years old and under all you have to do is write to CFFM The Max and tell them in 100 words or less why your team should be the "Team Of The Week".

Winning teams will be announced a couple of days before TimberWolves home games to give you enough time to get your 20 tickets from the Williams Lake McDonald's.

Write your letter today and fax it to CFFM The Max at 392-4142 or email them at teams@cffmthemax.com. It's a great chance for the youth of our community who might not otherwise be in a position to see a TimberWolves game live, with their coaches & teammates!

Here's who's won so far...
Oct 15 - Williams Lake Atom Development Hockey Team
Oct 16 - Williams Lake Horizon Climate Control Pee Wee Hockey Team

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710
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<![CDATA[Coach's Show tonight at the Grey Fox]> The first taping of the Shaw Cable Coach's Show will be held tonight at 7:00 PM at the Grey Fox Tap & Grill in the Caesar's Inn with TimberWolves Head Coach Mike Aikens and Broadcaster Rocky Mix.

Aikens and Mix will discuss the TimberWolves season thus far and look ahead at upcoming games.

TimberWolves fans are invited to be in attendance for the taping of the show which will be aired at a later date on Shaw Cable.   

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Release Duane Whitehead]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves have announced today that 20 year-old forward Duane Whitehead has been released from the team to the Fargo-Moorhead Jets of the North American Hockey League.

Duane Whitehead had a goal and three assists in nine games played this season, and recorded nine goals and eight assists in fifty-four games played during the 2004-05 campaign.

The TimberWolves would like to thank Duane Whitehead for his service with the organization and wish him the best in Fargo-Moorhead.   
 
For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710
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<![CDATA[Hornets Sting TimberWolves]> After a spirited affair against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Saturday night, the Williams Lake TimberWolves came out flat on Sunday and dropped a 3-0 decision to the Langley Hornets before 840 fans at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

After a scoreless first period, Langley recorded their first goal when Gord Edmondson scored at 15:19 of the second. That goal was followed shortly afterward by Justin Taylor's goal at 18:20 of the second. Langley rounded out the scoring at 3:11 of the third period when Colby Kulhanek registered his second goal of the season.   

Langley goaltender Ryan Riddle was outstanding in goal and stopped all 36 of the TimberWolves shots on the night in recording the shutout. Aaron Harvey stopped 32 of 35 shots and absorbed the loss for Williams Lake.

Next action for the Williams Lake TimberWolves comes this Wednesday in Salmon Arm when the TimberWolves take on the Silverbacks. The TimberWolves then play in Penticton on Friday and Saturday against the Penticton Vees. The TimberWolves next home game comes on Friday, October 28 when the Nanaimo Clippers take on the TimberWolves in a 7:00 PM start. Advance tickets are on sale now at the TimberWolves office and Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.   
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<![CDATA[TimberWolves lose Nailbiter to Bulldogs]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves played inspired hockey on Saturday night, but walked away on the short end of a 5-4 overtime loss to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs before 940 fans at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

Brad Reaney opened the scoring for the TimberWolves midway through the first frame with an unassisted goal.

After Alberni Valley pulled even, the TimberWolves regained the lead at 13:25 of the first on a goal by Tyler Mazzei with assists going to Matt Crowell and Mark Ehl.

Alberni Valley knotted the score at two early in the second before the TimberWolves once again took the lead at 9:31 of the second when Benoit Quessandier scored his first BCHL goal from Anders Olson and Kyle McMurphy.

The see-saw battle continued as Alberni Valley evened the score at three to end the second before the TimberWolves once again took the lead at 4:01 of the third when Matt Crowell scored with help from Benoit Quessandier and Trevor Turner.

Alberni Valley tied it up again with a goal late in the third period and eventually won the game in double overtime.

Andrew Braithwaite was solid in goal for the TimberWolves, stopping 35 of 40 shots in absorbing the loss.

Next action for Williams Lake comes Sunday at home against the Langley Hornets in a 3:00 PM start. Advance tickets are on sale at the TimberWolves office and at Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.
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<![CDATA[Les Reaney CHA Rookie of the Week]> Reaney showed why he was the leading scoring in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League last season, registering five points in his first collegiate weekend, including a four-assist effort in his debut for the Purple Eagles.

It took Reaney just over 23 minutes to register his first collegiate point but he would go on to set up Niagara's final four goals in a 6-3 home-opening win over Clarkson, Friday.

Saturday, he notched his first career goal, a power-play tally at 8:55 of the opening period which gave his team a 2-0 lead in a 5-2 loss to Clarkson.

Les Reaney, Niagara, Freshman, Forward, Ceylon, Saskatchewan

Other nominees: Josh Frider, Air Force; Chris Margott, Robert Morris; Tyler Scofield, Bemidji State.]>
<![CDATA[Hard Fought Battle Ends in Tie]>
Powell River scored the first two goals of the game early in the first period before the wake up call came for the TimberWolves.

Cody Brookwell scored late in the first period at the 19:31 mark to pull the TimberWolves to within one. Brad Gorham picked up an assist on the Brookwell goal.

Williams Lake knotted the score at 17:58 of the second period when Duane Whitehead put one home with help from Bill McGinnis.

Williams Lake and Powell River battled through a scoreless third period and couldn’t settle the score through two overtime periods.

Andrew Braithwaite stopped 35 of the 37 shots he faced in goal for the TimberWolves. Williams Lake outshot the Powell River Kings 52-37 on the night.

The next home action for the Williams Lake TimberWolves comes this Saturday, October 15 at 7:00 PM when they face the surging Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Advance tickets are on sale at the TimberWolves office and at Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.
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<![CDATA[Wolves Hand Vipers First Loss]>
In front of 935 fans at the Cariboo Memorial Complex, the Williams Lake TimberWolves defeated the Vernon Vipers 4-2 on Saturday night.

Vernon held a 2-0 lead going into the third period, but the wheels fell off the Viper bus quickly in the third. The TimberWolves kept chipping away at the snakes and finally their hard work paid off in the third period.

Anders Olson opened the scoring for the TimberWolves at the 52 second mark of the third with help from Tyler Fuller. Trevor Turner evened the score at 7:32 with assists going to Anders Olson and Trent Manchur.

Geric Brodt put the TimberWolves ahead at 16:26 with help from Trevor Turner, before Bill McGinnis salted away the TimberWolves victory with an empty net goal from Brad Gorham at 18:50.

Andrew Braithwaite was outstanding in goal for the TimberWolves, stopping 33 of the 35 shots he faced.

Next up for the TimberWolves are the Powell River Kings when they pay Williams Lake a visit on Sunday in a 3:00 PM start. Advance tickets can be purchased at the TimberWolves office or at Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.

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<![CDATA[CJAHL to Launch Inaugral Prospects Game]>
The City of Yorkton, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, and the Canadian Junior ‘A’ Hockey League are pleased to announce that Yorkton has been awarded the first ever CJAHL Prospects Game, which will take place at the Farrell Agencies Arena on December 7th, 2005 at 7:30pm.

The city is home to the Credential Cup (SJHL) champion Yorkton Terriers, is the SJHL’s largest market, and is the top drawing franchise in the league.

The CJAHL Prospects Game will feature the highest level players ages 19-and-under (1986 born and younger) under one roof competing in front of fans and scouts in a showcase of the best talent Canadian Junior ‘A’ hockey has to offer. All Junior ‘A’ hockey leagues across Canada will be represented with a minimum of one player and up to a maximum of seven.

Player selection will be a joint effort coming from administrators of each Junior ‘A’ loop in Canada as well as officials with NHL Central Scouting. This is the first time NHL Central Scouting has been involved in such a magnitude with Junior ‘A’ hockey in Canada.

CJAHL President Paul Lake states, “This event is long overdue and simply reflects increased effort on the part of the CJAHL to provide exposure to its participants. There are some great young hockey players in our Leagues across the Country and they merit whatever effort this takes. We are particularly grateful to the Yorkton Terriers for rising to the challenge and taking this on."

The game will feature the top players from the East: Maritime Junior Hockey League (MarJHL) , Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League(LHJAAAQ), Central Junior A Hockey League ( CJHL) , Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League (OPJHL),  and Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL) vs. the West: Superior International Junior Hockey League(SIJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL),  Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), and British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL).

Player selection will be made public in the final week of November.

SJHL President Laury Ryan says, “We were pleased to be given the privilege to step up and take on this challenge. It is the first in many ways, the first national event for the CJAHL as a governing body, the first time the CJAHL and NHL Central Scouting have partnered to highlight draft eligible Junior A players and the first National Junior A Prospects Game. It will be a great event and I am sure that Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League fans will enjoy being exposed to the best of the best Junior A Hockey talent in the nation.”]>
<![CDATA[Shaw Cable and Internet Radio Show Announced]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves are pleased to announce the launch of their new Shaw Cable and Internet Radio shows to be sponsored by Boston Pizza, Caesar's Inn/The Grey Fox Tap + Grill and Joey's Grill.

Boston Pizza will host a Shaw Cable BCHL Review Show with Rocky Mix. Tapings of the show will occur six times throughout the season starting on Thursday, October 13 at 8:00 PM.

Caesar's Inn/The Grey Fox Tap + Grill will be hosting a Shaw Cable Coach's Show with Mike Aikens and Rocky Mix. Tapings of the show will also occur six times throughout the season starting on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 PM.

Joey's Grill will host an Internet Radio Coach's Show with Mike Aikens and Rocky Mix. The first live show from Joey's Grill is Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00 PM.

All Shaw Cable shows will be repeated shortly after tapings, while Internet Radio Coach's Shows will be aired live at www.wltimberwolves.com.

Fans are encouraged to witness the shows in person and also submit questions for Mike Aikens or Rocky Mix on the TimberWolves website at www.wltimberwolves.com.    

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[T'Wolves Choke on Smokies in Weekend Games]> It was the second time the TimberWolves had set foot in Trail so far this season, and this time it was for back to back games. Saturday night seemed to start with the momentum the TimberWolves had wanted from the win in Penticton the night before.

The first period saw no scoring but both teams did manage to muster up a few chances. The shots after one were 12-8 in favor of the T-Wolves.

Tyler MazzeiEarly in the second period, the TimberWolves connected on the power play for the first goal of the game as Brad Gorham slid the back door pass to Matt Crowell and he made no mistake putting it upstairs. The TimberWolves made it 2-0 when Brad Reaney tucked in a pass from Gorham, again on the power play and it seemed as if they were starting to be in complete control. The Smoke Eaters would cut the lead in half with about three minutes to go in the second as Brett Corcoran managed to beat T-Wolves goalie Aaron Harvey.

Then, with just over a minute left on the clock in the second, the Trail Captain Jon Hanley held Gorhams face to the ice behind the TimberWolves goal line for upwards to about 20 seconds while the play came down to the Smoke Eaters zone. Harvey saw what was going on from his crease and went to try and help out Gorham when  Hanley started swinging at Harvey. A fight then ensued between those two and Smokie goalie Ryan McConnachie decided to skate the length of the ice to help out his teammate. Once he got to the zone, he grabbed Harvey and Hanley grabbed Gorham and two new fights had been started. The referees had obviously missed the whole scenario that had developed and once they had talked things over, somehow the TimberWolves were the team killing the penalty as Harvey was the man hit with the extra 2 minutes.

The Smoke Eaters would tie things up early in the third as Brett Corcoran put home his second of the night as the TimberWolf penalty had just expired. Six minutes into the period, Smokie Captain Hanley put a blatant hit to the head on Trevor Turner at center ice. Turner was forced to leave the game and Hanley received a 5 minute major as well as a game misconduct and is currently suspended indefinitely until the hit is further reviewed.

The TimberWolves Crowell scored on the power play for his second of the night and gave Williams Lake the 3-2 lead. But the smoke Eaters were not out yet, as they responded with 3 quick goals within the span of two minutes and thirteen seconds, including the game winner and insurance marker within seven seconds. The Smokies would hold on for the win.

Sunday afternoon, the same two teams did battle. The TimberWolves dressed three affiliate players from the Sicamous Eagles of the KIJHL for this game. Brendan Turnbull, Sean Bianchini, and Jordan Kerr all got to step up into a T-Wolf jersey. The Smoke Eaters controlled the play from the the opening face off and never let up. The TimberWolves missed Trevor Turner back on the point as they surrendered a 5-1 loss at the hands of the now Interior Division leaders. Trail currently sits in first with only one loss. The TimberWolves are now in fourth place of eight teams.  Their next game is this Saturday at home against the second place Vernon Vipers. The puck drops at 7 PM.]>
<![CDATA[TimberWolves Hold On To Beat Vees]> The three game and three day road trip for the Williams Lake TimberWolves started friday night in Penticton. The Penticton Vee's came into the game in first place in the Interior Division and were looking to continue their winning ways. The TimberWolves were just looking at the two points to start the weekend on a good note. The first period saw both teams feel each other out and strong defensive play was a main contributer to the shots totalling 6-3 in favour of the Vee's. The lone goal in the period came with a minute to go when T-Wolf Bill McGinnis picked off a clearing attempt in the high slot and deked out the Vee netminder to give the boys in Navy the lead heading into the second.

Anders Olsen parked himself in the slot on the power play and put the TimberWolves up by two after one timing Mark Ehl's pass from the corner.

That was the only flaw in the Penticton Vee's penalty kill all night. The Vee's seemed to generate more scoring chances while killing the penalties then the T-Wolves had on the power play, but Andrew Braithwaite was equal to the task whenever need be, to keep the Vee's scoreless after two.

A few minutes into the third period, the Vee's captain Cody Collins tried to spark a come back and got his team on the board as he pushed the puck into the seemingly uncovered net. Braithwaite was facing the other way due to the position he ended up in after one of his many highlight reel saves and didn't see the shot. The TimberWolves were not prepared to roll over and die by any means. Kyle McMurphy came in with speed and flattened the Vee defenseman for the "Chap's Autobody Collision of the Game" which set up captain Dustin Honing with a point blank scoring chance. Honing just missed the net, but him and McMurphy continued to battle down low. The Captain back handed a wrap around from behind the net and tucked it five hole to regain the two goal lead for his club. It eventually ended up being the game winner as the Vee's Lee Pagee was left untouched at the side of the net to add one more goal for the Vee's. The final score, 3-2 in favour of the boys from the Lake City to bring Williams Lake one point away from the first place Penticton Vee's in the Interior Division.]>
<![CDATA[$10,000 Corporate Night Fast Approaching]> The TimberWolves $10,000 Corporate Business Night is fast approaching and will be held on Saturday, October 29 at the Elks Hall starting at 6:00 PM.

In addition to the planned entertainment, steak dinner and refreshments, TimberWolves players will be on hand to meet with all of the corporate supporters of the club. Michael Bortolotto will be the featured guest speaker on the night and he is noted as one of the top speakers on the circuit.

Businesses will have the opportunity to showcase their business during the night and there will also be live and silent auctions taking place.

All businesses will have the opportunity to win a $10,000 prize during the night.

Tickets for the event are 2 for $150 and each additional ticket is $25 each. Tickets can be purchased through the Williams Lake TimberWolves office. Please RSVP to the TimberWolves office at 398-8710 (P) or 398-8712 (F) by October 10.
           
For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710]>
<![CDATA[TimberWolves Hold On To Defeat Millionaires]> The TimberWolves headed to Quesnel Tuesday night to start the first of six regular season meetings between the two teams.

The Quesnel Millionaires headed into the game currently sitting in last place in the Interior Division with four points. They were two points behind the TimberWolves who were tied for fifth in the division, and wanted to obtain even ground with the Wolves. The boys in blue and silver had another agenda, and that was to jump back up in the win column after coming off a disappointing weekend only picking up one of the possible four points that were up for grabs.

The TimberWolves didn't take long to show the Mills they were ready to go. Just 13 seconds into the opening frame, Matt Crowell stripped the puck from Mills defenseman Dan MacIntire at the side of the net and backhanded it in just as fast, beating Guillaume Miszczak between the pipes to give the T-Wolves the 1-0 lead. Crowell got his name on the score sheet again just a few minutes later as Trent Manchur connected on Crowell's rebound with a baseball swing hitting the puck out of mid air to put the TimberWolves up by two on a shorthanded marker. Bill McGinnis then finished off a beautiful pass from Geric Brodt to give the boys from Williams Lake the 3-0 lead after one.

The Quesnel Millionaires picked up their game in the second period and started to generate scoring chance after scoring chance but could not beat T-Wolves goalie Andrew Braithwaite. When it looked as if the TimberWolves had lost their jump, Crowell once again took over going end to end with his blazing speed right off of a face off in front of his own net and wired one just under the bar for his second of the night at 6:32 into the second. Crowell completed the Hat Trick as Mills forward Bubba Westwood's clearing pass was picked off at the blue line by Tyler Mazzei who thread the needle down to Crowell who one-timed it into the back of the net.

Once the scoreboard showed 5-0 in favour of the TimberWolves, an exciting finish seemed out of the question. The Millionaires finally beat Braithwaite with 56 seconds to go in the second as the Captain Shawn Overton rifled in a cross ice pass from Ian Lockman, breaking the goose egg on the Millionaires side.

The third period was all Quesnel as they cut into the TimberWolves lead a little bit more when Russell LaForest whacked away at a loose puck behind Braithwaite during a scramble. Two minutes later the Millionaires pulled within two as Lockman fired one in at the side of the net, again through a scramble. The game stayed 5-3 for the TimberWolves until late in the third. With the extra skater on the ice and the Mills goalie on the bench, they pressed for the equalizer and Michael Wilson stepped up and let one rip from the point. He was credited for the Mills 4th goal after it deflected off of a T-Wolf stick and over Braithwaite"s glove. The Millionaires pressed to tie it, and Braithwaite foiled their final attempt at the buzzer, giving the T-Wolves the win.

For the Quesnel Millionaires, it was too little, too late. It was not the outcome they'd wanted, but the effort and character was shown and they will no doubt build off of that for this upcoming weekend.

The Williams Lake TimberWolves jump back up in the standings, tied with the Vernon Vipers and the Prince George Spruce Kings, with eight points for third place in the Interior Division.

The Wolves play in Penticton Friday night, and are in Trail on Saturday and Sunday.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Aquire Orban from Bulldogs]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves have acquired defenseman Jeff Orban from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in exchange for defenseman Alex Greenlay and future considerations.

Orban joins the TimberWolves organization after recording 36 points in 59 games last season for the Bulldogs.

Alex Greenlay was later dealt to the Trail Smoke Eaters from Alberni Valley in exchange for defenseman Tyler Boice.

For further information on the Williams Lake TimberWolves, please contact the TimberWolves office at 398-8710

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<![CDATA[Fans Witness Thriller in Williams Lake]> Inspired play by the Williams Lake TimberWolves and Surrey Eagles entertained fans from start to finish at the Cariboo Memorial Complex Saturday night in front of 852 fans, finishing in a 4-4 draw.

After a lacklustre performance on Friday night against Chilliwack, the TimberWolves showed up on Saturday with their grit and hustle.

Trevor Turner opened the scoring for the TimberWolves at 1:18 of the first with help from Mark Ehl and Duane Whitehead. Surrey scored two goals shortly after to go ahead 2-1 and held the lead going into the dressing after one.

Surrey opened up a 3-1 lead before Trent Manchur buried one to pull the TimberWolves within one.

Surrey seemed to have the game in control when they went up 4-2 early in the third period, but pesky Williams Lake kept chipping away at Surrey’s armour and finally broke through. Bill McGinnis scored at 8:54 of the third to pull Williams Lake back within one and Mark Ehl tied it up half way through the third with his goal from Trevor Turner and Anders Olson.

Andrew Braithwaite stopped 37 of the 41 shots he faced for Williams Lake, while Pierre-Oliver Bousquet was peppered throughout the night, stopping 60 of the 64 shots he faced.

The TimberWolves now hit the road for four games, starting in Quesnel on Tuesday night, followed by games in Penticton and Trail this coming weekend. Next home action for the TimberWolves comes on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 PM when the Vernon Vipers pay a visit to the Cariboo Memorial Complex. Advance tickets are on sale now at the TimberWolves office and Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.   
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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Falter Against Chilliwack]> It was a highly anticipated match-up between the TimberWolves and Chilliwack Saturday night at the Cariboo Memorial Complex. Last year's match-up in Williams Lake resulted in numerous suspensions on both teams. This year"s meeting was a toned down affair that Chilliwack took control of early and kept the pressure on the TimberWolves the whole game.

Chilliwack opened the scoring early before Williams Lake countered at 3:56 of the first period on a goal by Brad Gorham from Duane Whitehead. Chilliwack scored two more times before Matt Crowell scored at 18:41 from Tyler Fuller and Trevor Turner to send the TimberWolves to the dressing room trailing 3-2.

Williams Lake quickly evened the score at the forty-four second mark of the second period when Matt Crowell connected for his second of the game from Trevor Turner, before Chilliwack scored two unanswered goals to go up 5-3. Trevor Turner helped the TimberWolves climb back into it at 15:39 of the second with help from Shaun Witschen and Anders Olson, but that would be all of the scoring the TimberWolves would do on the night. Chilliwack scored two more goals to salt away the victory and secure the 7-4 win.

Andrew Braithwaite went the distance for the TimberWolves, stopping 33 of 40 shots he faced.

Next action for the TimberWolves goes this Saturday night at 7:00 PM when the Surrey Eagles pay a visit to the Cariboo Memorial Complex. Advance tickets are available at the TimberWolves office and at Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Prepare for Another Big Weekend]>
Chilliwack’s return visit to Williams Lake has been a highly anticipated match-up that fans have had circled on their calendars for some time. This anticipation stems from an intense affair last year in Williams Lake in which several players were disciplined for their on-ice actions. The TimberWolves will need to contain BCHL Scoring Leader Matt Butcher in order to slow down the high powered Chiefs offense. The TimberWolves and Chiefs square off at the Cariboo Memorial Complex in a 7:00 PM start this Friday night.

The defending BCHL champion Surrey Eagles roll into town on Saturday night in what should be another test of the TimberWolves progress thus far. Although Surrey is off to a slow start, the Eagles always ice a competitive team and fans can expect to witness another classic match-up. TJ Mulock leads the Eagles offense and has recorded seven points in only three games. The TimberWolves and Eagles square off in a 7:00 PM start.

TimberWolves defenseman Cody Brookwell was recognized for his outstanding efforts over the weekend by being named the BCHL Star Player of the Week with his First Star of the Game on Saturday night and a Second Star of the Game on Friday night. Brookwell currently leads the TimberWolves in scoring with five points in four games played.

Advance tickets for both weekend games are on sale now and can be purchased at the TimberWolves office or at Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre. ]>
<![CDATA[TimberWolves Continue Winning Ways]>
The TimberWolves opened the scoring at 10:41 of the first period when Matt Crowell hit the twine with helpers from Bill McGinnis and Mike Leidl.

That 1-0 lead would last into the second period until Trail tied it up at thirty-six seconds into the second period. The TimberWolves regained control of the game at 11:53 of the second when Dustin Honing would counter, with assists going to Cody Brookwell and Matt Crowell.

Brad Reaney gave the TimberWolves the cushion they were looking for when he connected at 7:50 of the third period to salt away the win. Geric Brodt and Kyle McMurphy picked up assists on the Reaney goal.

The TimberWolves peppered the Smoke Eaters goalie with 51 shots in the contest, while TimberWolves goaltender Aaron Harvey recorded the win by stopping 29 of the 30 shots he faced.

Next up for the TimberWolves are the Chilliwack Chiefs when they pay a visit to the Cariboo Memorial Complex on Friday, September 23 in a 7:00 PM start. Lake City Ford will be the game sponsor.

Advance tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at the TimberWolves office or at Flavours/The Hot Spot Youth Centre.]>
<![CDATA[TimberWolves Win Home Opener in Overtime]>
Ehl ended a spirited home opener for the TimberWolves with his goal, with helpers from Brad Gorham and Cody Brookwell.

Penticton opened the scoring with a goal at the 1:41 mark of the first period, before Williams Lake tied it up on a goal by local product Bill McGinnis with assists to Jared Collen and Tyler Fuller, another player who learned his craft in the Williams Lake system.

Penticton held a 2-1 lead into the third period before Tyler Mazzei scored at 1:12 to knot the score at two. Cody Brookwell and Matt Crowell assisted on the Mazzei goal. The TimberWolves took the lead at 3:20 of the third period when Kyle McMurphy scored with help from Geric Brodt and Cody Brookwell. Penticton managed to tie the score at three late in the third to send the game into overtime.

Andrew Braithwaite earned the win in goal for the TimberWolves, stopping 41 of the 44 shots he faced.

Mark Ehl earned a Staples First Star for his efforts, while Cody Brookwell was named as the game’s Staples Second Star.

Kyle McMurphy was named as the Nature’s Path Energy Player of the Game.

The next home game for the TimberWolves is this Saturday night when the Trail Smoke Eaters visit the Cariboo Memorial Complex. Game time is at 7:00 PM. There will be a tailgate party in the arena parking lot starting at 3:00 Pm and going until 6:30 PM. Proceeds go to the Wolfpack Booster Club. ]>
<![CDATA[Nature’s Path and the BCHL Form New Partnership]>
Inspired by its #1 selling organic Optimum™ cereals*, Nature’s Path Foods have recently launched the first USDA certified organic energy bars. This new Optimum™ Energy Bar line is the perfect fuel for athletes and people with active lifestyles. They are a delicious whole food solution to post exercise muscle recovery and energy replenishment. Made from a unique blend of organic foods high in protein, complex carbohydrates and fiber, they provide essential minerals and micronutrients that aid in the repair and recovery of the body following an intense workout.

“We are very pleased and excited to commence our partnership with Nature’s Path Foods beginning with the 2005/06 season. Sponsorships such as this one are vital to the ongoing growth of the league” says John Grisdale, Commissioner of the BCHL. “As the BCHL player continues to develop and hone his educational and athletic skills he will be supported by Nature’s Path Foods terrific line of healthy products including energy bars, cereals, snacks and more. Thanks to our sponsors like Nature’s Path, BCHL players are given the opportunity to grow, remain healthy and develop in many areas.”

The flavor packed, two-ounce chewy energy bars are portable – perfect for anyone looking for energy during strenuous activity – as well as those with an ‘on-the-go’ lifestyle. The bar market is moving away from low-carbohydrate products to bars with managed carbohydrates and reduced sugar. The Optimum™ Energy bars fit this trend by containing complex carbohydrates derived from whole grains. As with the company’s other top-selling products, the bars are made with no artificial ingredients or preservatives.

“Our Optimum™ Energy bars are the perfect, convenient solution for young athletes looking for an alternative nutritious energy source,” said David Neuman, vice-president, sales and marketing at Nature’s Path. “Good nutrition can’t be optimized through fortification or supplementation. Wise food choices and a variety of food intake are essential to provide the necessary foundation of an optimal diet.”

Founded in 1985, Nature’s Path Foods operates its headquarters in Richmond, B.C., Canada, and employs over 250 people at its four facilities in Canada and the U.S. It produces breakfast foods and snacks that are sold in specialty food stores and national retailers in North America, and in 30 countries across the globe. The company’s brands include: Nature’s Path, EnviroKidz™ and LifeStreamÒ. For more information, visit www.naturespath.com.]>
<![CDATA[Rough Start to New Season]>
People like to make early judgements at the first sign of any strengths or weaknesses, and for those who might have been thinking the TimberWolves might not stack up so well this season against the Vipers, were silenced just as fast when the chemistry of the Mazzei-Crowell connection lit up as Tyler Mazzei spotted Matt Crowell half way up the ice sending him in on a breakaway to even things up at one. The Vipers then seemed to lose a big jump they seemed to have up until that point.

Shaun Witschen put the TimberWolves up 2-1 early in the second on a point shot that skipped off the Vipers goalie Jon Olthuis glove and then found the back of the net. A few minutes later the Vipes were able to tie it on a goal by Wade Davison as he walked out from the corner and slid one five hole on Braithwaite. Right after that, TimberWolves rookie forward Kyle McMurphy came in on a 1 on 3, made a smart choice to stop and wait for some help just over the Vipers blue line. Once a few more players entered the zone he softly threw it into traffic on its way to the net and managed to bounce by Olthuis giving the Wolves the lead once again. The Vipers managed to muster up a few more scoring chances and were able to tie things up with only 8 seconds to play in the second as Andrew Coburn scored, making it a 3-3 hockey game.

The Vipers took the lead around the half way mark of the second as Andy Zulyniak stepped into a shot making it 4-3. The TimberWolves Braithwaite was remarkable in keeping the Wolves in the game on numerous occasions, and the Wolves responded with plenty of chances to tie it of there own. They finally tied it when Anders Olson deflected a point shot from Cody Brookwell with around a minute left in regulation.

The TimberWolves were then hit with a Too Many Men penalty with only 35 seconds left. That penalty carried into overtime but the Vipers really had troubles generating any good scoring chances. Once the play was back to 4 on 4 hockey, the Wolves completely dominated the play. However, it was to no avail as they ended the first overtime still tied at 4 a piece.

The 3 on 3 section of overtime started where the last overtime left off, with the Wolves dominating play. Tyler Fuller picked off a pass and went in 2 on1 one with Crowell, he drew the defenseman towards him and drifted the pass to Crowell who was absolutely robbed by Olthuis. The play then went up and down the ice a couple more times until the Vipers broke out of there own end one last time. Mazzei was on his way back to help out when Vipers Dman Chay Genoway backed up and caught Mazzei with a hip check that was a very questionable non call, giving the Vipers a clear 2 on 1. Joel Leonard dished it across to Coburn who actually slightly lost control of the puck having to turn around with it. In the meantime, the Wolves dman sliding back into the play, pushed Braithwaite behind the goal line at the side of the net leaving a wide open target for Coburn to bury the game winner.

The 3 stars of the game went to Viper Andrew Coburn with 2 goals and 1 assist picking up the first star, the 2nd star was TWolf Andrew Braithwaite with 45 saves, and the 3rd star was Viper blue liner Andy Zulyniak with 1 goal and 1 assist. Head Coach Mike Aikens was asked about what his thoughts were on the non call in overtime that led to the game winner. “What can you do? It's disappointing when you battle that hard all night and see our guys put the effort in, you hate to see that happen. It hurts to see how he called the game so tight and then not making a call that one instance that everybody else in the arena would have called."

"They showed a lot of character coming back and tying things up to get into overtime. We defiantly took a step in the right direction as far as getting better, with that type of effort game in and game out we should develop into a good hockey team."

The following night, the Trail Smoke Eaters treated the Wolves to a taste of their home opener would be like. The taste was a little bitter for anybody on the visiting side as the Smoke Eaters controlled the majority of the game, including a goal 10 seconds into the first period. Smoke Eater Matt Turner picked off a clearing attempt and fluttered it on net to give his team the lead. The TimberWolves did respond midway through the first, as Cody Brookwell dumped the puck in from center and it took a bounce off the boards directly to TimberWolves forward Bill McGinnis who slid the puck into the empty net while the goalie was caught out of position.

Trail out shot Williams Lake 14-7 in the first period and continued on into the second. The score remain tied for the majority of the second period due in full to TimberWolves keeper Andrew Braithwaite. Within the span of 5 minutes, Braithwaite made 2 saves that could contend with each other as the save of the year in the BCHL along with about 3 or 4 more highlight reel saves. He was eventually beat when Smokie Dan Quilico busted in on a breakaway from hi own blue line and put it top corner to give Trail the 2-1 lead. Quilico again used his speed with under 40 seconds to go in the second period by blowing around the Wolves defenseman and sliding his second one in almost as many minutes.

The TimberWolves Aaron Harvey started between the pipes in the 3rd, but the team couldn’t get anything going for him up front. Trail got out to a 5-1 lead before Jared Collen sped by the Smokies dman and was able to bounce one in for his first career BCHL goal.

Trail ended up on top with a score of 5-2 picking up their first win of the 2005-06 season, while the TimberWolves dropped to 0-1-0-1]>
<![CDATA[BC Chev Dealers Put Weight Behind Season Openers]>
Chevrolet plans to kick off the season with a hands-on approach – literally. Local Chevrolet dealers will participate in each of the 17 home opener games by taking to the ice in Chevy trucks to open the season.

James Carter, President BC Chevrolet Dealers Marketing Association comments, “Chevrolet is proud and excited to be the premier sponsor of the BCHL and its teams once again. BC Chevrolet Dealers have been involved in all levels of hockey for many years and the tradition continues with this invaluable grassroots sponsorship. Chevrolet is proud to be able to support talented local athletes who may be representing our country on an international level some day.”

In addition to providing invaluable support to up-and-coming players, the BCHL sponsorship compliments the Chevrolet Safe & Fun Hockey Program which aims to develop the on-ice skills and safety habits of boys and girls involved in minor hockey at the 6-9 year levels.

John Grisdale, BCHL says, “Sponsorships such as that of the BC Chevrolet Dealers are crucial to the ongoing growth of the BCHL with additional funding for the 2005/06 season. In the past seven years we have grown from 12 to 17 teams and over 1000 league grads have gone on to NCAA scholarships, with many more moving to Canadian Universities and Colleges. Thanks to our sponsors, BC hockey players are being given the opportunity to grow and develop their skills in many areas.”

James Carter adds, “BC Chevrolet Dealers are committed to the continued growth of hockey in BC, to which these local community sponsorships are testament. On behalf of the BC Chevrolet Dealers, I would like to wish the league and its teams the best of luck for the coming season.”

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<![CDATA[Merritt Players to the Rescue (Dave Simoes)]>
MERRITT (BC Newspaper Group) - Five Merritt Centennials players assisted in the rescue of two persons involved in a plane crash into Shuswap Lake on Saturday of the holiday weekend.

Dave Simoes, Jared Tuton, Mike Ewanchuk, Dan Hill and Wayne Wittal were boating on the lake when a small private plane failed in its attempt to take off from the water. The plane flipped end over end, went nose first into the lake and rapidly began to sink.

"We were the second ones on the scene," said Simoes. "Mike and Jared jumped into the water to help the two that had managed to get out of the plane. We tied a rope to try and keep the plane afloat but no luck. It's probably at the bottom of the lake now."

The Cents' defenceman, who described the incident as a once-in-a-lifetime event, added, "(The plane's occupants) were pretty lucky. It could've been a lot worse."]>
<![CDATA[Fists Fly in Final Pre-Season Game]>
In what was a fight-filled contest, the Williams Lake TimberWolves wrapped up their exhibition season and now look to prepare for their regular season opener in Vernon this coming Friday.

Bryce Martin opened the scoring for the TimberWolves at the 13:57 of the first period with assists going to Brad Raeney and Mark Ehl. The TimberWolves increased their lead to 2-0 when Trent Manchur hit the twine on an unassisted marker.

Quesnel rushed back with three unanswered goals by Daryl Gagnon, Steve Cameron and Shawn Overton, sending the Millionaires to the locker room with a 3-2 lead.

Williams Lake tied the score at 18:43 of the second with Trent Manchur’s second goal of the game, and Mark Ehl gave the TimberWolves the lead at 15:13 of the second with help from Duane Whitehead and Trent Manchur. Michael Wilson scored a late second period goal to knot the score at four heading into the third period.

Quesnel took the lead early in the third period when Jeff Fedyk connected for a goal, but the TimberWolves had the final say in scoring with a goal half way through the third by Trent Manchur.

The game was marred by several fights and included Ian Lockman of Quesnel jumping over the boards and leaving his bench to join in a fight occurring on the ice. Despite his player leaving the bench, Quesnel coach Brian Kozak was able to stay in the game and avoid suspension.

The TimberWolves open their regular season on the road this weekend in Vernon and Trail before heading home to host Penticton in their regular season opener on Friday, September 16 at Cariboo Memorial Complex. ]>
<![CDATA[Prince George at Williams Lake Game Results]>
Williams Lake opened the scoring at the 17:27 mark of the second frame when Bill McGinnis connected on a goal with help from Bryce Martin.

Prince George evened the score when Dylan Exton scored at the 12:10 mark of the second period, and then took the lead into the dressing room with Curt Morrison’s marker with 6:33 left in the second.

The TimberWolves came back to tie the game at 4:54 of the third period when Shaun Witschen powered a shot by the Prince George netminder, but the hometown fans would have their hearts broken with only 45 seconds left to go in the contest when Luke Hewitt sealed the victory for the visitors. Prince George outshot Williams Lake 44-38 in the contest.

Next up for the TimberWolves in exhibition action comes tomorrow at 3:00 PM at the Cariboo Memorial Complex when the TimberWolves take on the Quesnel Millionaires. General Admission tickets are only $5.00 for this contest. ]>
<![CDATA[A whole new Mix added to the Pack]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves will have a fresh new face behind the microphone at this season's home and away games.

Rocky Mix, a 21 year-old originally from Prince George, will be taking the TimberWolves to a whole new level in the broadcasting world.

Mix started his hockey career with the Prince George Spruce Kings and after a month with the BCHL team, was sent to play for their affiliate team, the Columbia Valley Rockies where he was the leading scorer in his second year for the team. The Revelstoke Grizzlies of the KIJHL pursued a trade for the 2003-04 season for Mix and that's when his season was cut short, and his dream of a hockey career over after he received severe concussion problems.

That's when he decided to get into the broadcasting end of the hockey world and keep his dream alive.

He continued with the Grizzlies doing the play by play broadcasting, as well as a weekly television show, which he single handedly hosted, produced, and edited.

"I had to do something with my life," says Mix. "It started as a hobby, and now it's opening doors so I can set goals and achieve my dreams.

I've been involved in hockey since I was three or four years old so it seems like a good fit." Mix says the community of Revelstoke was very supportive in his venture, and he is very excited to start working with the community of Williams Lake, as he has heard very good things about the involvement of the fans.

Rocky has a lot of new and fresh ideas for the Pack including a weekly show on Shaw Cable 10, which he has started the ball rolling already.

He wants to feature the players and the club on and off the ice as well as their community involvement. He will also be working on video player profiles as well as getting footage and interacting with fans on a personal level at the games.

Mix will also be the equipment manager and will be operating the Hockey Shop.

"I will be around the TimberWolves wherever and whenever. Anything they need me for I'll be there to do it." Rocky will be moving to Williams Lake July 24 where he will take up residence with his dad in Lac La Hache until he finds a place in Williams Lake, hopefully by August 1. Fans will see another Mix around the Pack this year.

Rocky's younger brother Brett, 18, will also be moving to Williams Lake to volunteer his time with the T'Wolves while learning the ropes of hockey broadcasting from his older brother.

From everything Rocky has seen and heard of the club and the community, he can't wait to get here and get started.

"Williams Lake is very supportive of their team," says Mix. "Everyone in and around Williams Lake has a lot of respect for the club. I want to build off that." Rocky also has his own website www.rockymix.com, where he will have interviews, highlights, and player profile videos for people to view.

The website is currently up and running from his season with the Grizzlies, so log on and check it out!
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<![CDATA[Be a part of the TimberWolves Booster Club!]> The fans of the Williams Lake TimberWolves along with the team would like to announce the forming of the Official TimberWolves Booster Club this season.

For anyone interested in being a part in forming the new TimberWolves Booster Club there will be a meeting Monday, July 18th at 6:30 in the TimberWolves Dressing Room. Come on out and see how you can contribute!

Please use the door to the dressing room on the east side of the TimberWolves Office.

If you would like more information please contact:

Brad Morgan at brad@wltimberwolves.com
or
Brad Lawryk at webmaster@wltimberwolves.com

Its a great opportunity to be part of the 2005-06 TimberWolves!

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<![CDATA[Hockey School Filling Up Fast]> It is time for the youth of Williams Lake to lace up their skates at the Williams Lake Timber Wolves Hockey School from July 25 to August 21.

"We had close to 80 kids enrolled last year,” general manager and assistant coach of the Williams Lake TimberWolves Kevin Nohr said.

The Williams Lake TimberWolves camp will have two head coaches, Rob Sandrock, and new coach Mike Aikens will assist the students with their hockey skills.

Carey Price, the number one goalie pick of the NHL in 2005, will also be on hand to assist groups and young goalies.

“We see a tremendous improvement with a lot of kids,” Nohr said. “It is all about ice time, so any more ice time they can get in is going to improve their confidence, their skating and their puck handling.”

Close to 40 people have already enrolled in the hockey camps, Nohr said.

He is hoping to have around the same number of people enrolled in the camps as last year.

“Sign up early because we can't take everybody and we"re going to have to cap the groups off at a certain amount,” Nohr said.

The first week of camp, from Monday, July 25, to Friday, July 29, will include one hour ice sessions for the children six years old and younger meeting at 6 p.m.

Students will be taught the fundamentals of hockey, skating, shooting, puck handling and passing.

During the same week students between the ages of seven to 14 years old will have hockey camp throughout the day starting at 10 a.m.

Students will have three hours of ice session, an hour of classroom instruction and an hour of off ice hockey specific training.

From Monday, August 1, to Friday, August 5, a hockey and sports camp will be held for youth between the ages of nine to 14 years old.

Students will receive five days of on-ice hockey, two days of guided mountain biking, two days of golf instruction and a mini tournament, swimming, a sports day and a three on three hockey tournament.

For people 14 years and over who are feeling tough from Monday, August 15, to Friday, August 19, an Elite Conditioning Camp will be held.

This includes one and a half hours of ice time per day and one hour of dry land time.

Students will be put through the N.C.A.A., Junior A, and N.H.L. type practices.

A women’s hockey camp will be held from Friday, August 19, to Sunday, August 21, offering players six hours of ice time.

Students will be taught the fundamentals of hockey, individual tactics, as well as hockey concepts.

For more information, contact the Williams Lake TimberWolves Office at 398-8710 or download the brochure. ]>
<![CDATA[Mike Aikens announces new addition to family]>
The baby, mother and father are all doing fine.
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<![CDATA[Welcome to the new TimberWolves Website]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves would like to announce the opening of the newest version of the official team website. As we have done every season, we have just launched a new look to our team website and invite you to have a look around.

One of the newest and most anticipated features of the new website will be the use of video for game hilites and player interviews. So watch for that!

As the site as just been activated, we do expect a bug or two to pop up in the next couple days. Should you find something not working please let us know by filling out our feedback form. Your input is important to us!

Enjoy the new www.wltimberwolves.com!!!
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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Sign New Marketing Director]> Brad Morgan has signed on with the Williams Lake TimberWolves as the new Marketing Director.

 Morgan arrived in Williams Lake Monday afternoon to ink the two-year contract, and brings with him five years of experience in the industry.

Marketing Director: Brad MorganHe started with the Edmonton Drillers in 1999 with the Professional National Soccer League and after two years with the team took a job with the Central Hockey League in Amarillo, Texas where he handled the marketing and promotions with the Rattlers in 2001, who were then named the Gorillas in 2002. In 2003, Morgan took his career to the next level when he got on board with the North American Hockey League's Lonestar Calvary in Fort Worth, Texas.

This past year, he took a season off and he and his wife Leslie moved to Halifax where he dabbled a bit in investments as a career. He did a little scouting on the side, and with sports in his blood, got the itch to get back into sports."

He wanted to get back to B.C., as he was born and raised in Port Alberni, and jumped at the opportunity to get on board with the Pack where he will be in charge of sales marketing and promotions.

Another new name on this season's roster will be Rocky Mix, who will be arriving in Williams Lake the second week of July, to take on the broadcasting end of things. He will do all the internet broadcasting and play by play announcing and will also be in charge of public relations, assisting Brad on game night promotions, the Hockey Shop, and will also fill the shoes of the equipment manager.

Brad will also be working a bit with the store on the merchandising end of things.

It's all up in the air right now," says Morgan. I've only been here for two days, so I'm just getting a feel for things right now."

Brad says he has worked in both Junior and Pro., and wants to look at what the club has done in the past, and what other clubs have done in terms of promotions and marketing.

I'll go from there," he says of new ideas for the club. I don't have anything specific yet, but there's always something new."

Right now Brad is taking some time to get out in the community and meet some of the who's who."

This is the first time Brad and his wife have spent any time in Williams Lake and so far, they love it" and are looking at the real estate market to see what's out there.

It's nice to get back to a smaller community," says Morgan. Everyone seems very friendly, it's a great place with a small community feeling."

As of next week, it's full steam ahead for Morgan, who will be helping out with the Hockey School and the Jim McGonagle Memorial Golf Tournament.

I'm not a hockey player," says Morgan. But, I will be helping out at some capacity."

Morgan says he is very thankful to be on board with a club that has been very organized, taken seriously and run properly.

Williams Lake is fortunate to have people who want to do that," he says. Some teams don't do that."]>
<![CDATA[Former Grizzlies Player Turned Play by Play Announcer To Move Up To The Next Level]> Tuesday was a good day for Grizzlies play by play broadcaster Rocky Mix as he visited Williams Lake to check out his new digs.  The former Grizzlies player Mix will move to Williams Lake this summer.  He has accepted a media and marketing position with the Williams Lake TimberWolves, he will take on the task of becoming the new voice of the BCHL's Williams Lake TimberWolves.

Mix was introduced to the T-Wolves, now former Head Coach Rick Pitta, during this past season's first round in the playoffs.  "Rick and I talked between the second and third period of Game One against Sicamous" says Mix.  "Then for the third period their GM, Kevin Nohr, stood beneath the broadcast table and listened to the play by play."

"Rick told me he had heard about some of the stuff I had been doing during the season."  Mix stated when asked how Williams Lake had heard of him.  "Apparently people from as far as Texas and Alaska had heard what I had been doing for the Grizzlies and had told Rick they liked what they heard on our game broadcasts and what they saw when they visited rockymix.com."

When asked how hard it's going to be to move to Williams Lake Mix answered, "It's going to be hard leaving Revelstoke, but I'm excited for the opportunity that's in front of me."

With less than 60 games of broadcasting experience Mix should see some rapid improvement in his style and abilities from the broadcast booth.  When asked how he feels about going to the BCHL with limited experience Mix comments, "I'm a lot more comfortable today than I was a year ago, however there is still a lot left to learn."

So what can the fans in Williams Lake expect from Rocky Mix in the future?  "Well, the basics for sure.  But the real treat is Mix's enthusiasm and creativity" says Grizzlies coach Steve Miller.  "Because of his strong background with computers and some of the software programs he has used there isn't a lot he can't do.  I think the sky is the limit, combined with his energy and determination, I'm confident saying that the fans in Williams Lake will certainly enjoy what he will be bringing to the table for the TimberWolves organization."

As for Mix he says, "The T-Wolves will have a weekly TV show similar to last season's Grizzlies This Week.  The fans will get a more in depth look into their favorite players and the team.  The internet will still be a place where fans can check out the past week's highlights, interviews and weekly updates will still be found on rockymix.com."

The Grizzlies are going to lose their play by play announcer, but that doesn't concern the club at this point.  "We've got a few people in town who may be interested and could step up and do a good job in the booth I'm pretty sure." says Miller.  "I wouldn't expect what Rocky did for the Grizzlies to be done again any time soon.  But I won't be surprised if it does though either.  The fact remains, what he did for the team last season was a bonus and if we get that type of commitment from someone else, it will just show how much our fans and volunteers are committed to this team.

As for Rocky Mix and what he hopes to achieve in Williams Lake, both professionally and personally this is what he says, "Professionally I would like to give the city of Williams Lake and everybody involved with the T-Wolves the exposure that I was able to give Revelstoke and the Grizzlies last year." Mix concludes by saying, "Personally, it's the next step on a dated path that I am determined to follow." 
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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Announce New Head Coach]> Arnold and Imke Bremner, Kevin Nohr and the Williams Lake TimberWolves organization would like to announce the signing of Mike Aikens as the new Head Coach of the team. Mike has signed to a two year contract with the team after being head coach for the NAHL Billings Bulls for 4 years. He guided the Bulls to a 33-17-6 record this past season (150-59-15 career in Billings) and helped secure Division I college scholarships for 21 of his players.

Prior to his hiring in Billings, Mike served as an assistant coach with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League. He also served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator of the Fargo-Moorhead Ice Sharks and as head coach of the Rochester Mustangs, both former USHL franchises.

Mike played college hockey at the University of Denver before suffering a neck injury that ended his career. He played Junior A hockey with Rochester from 1988-90.

"I am excited to have the opportunity to coach in one of the best Junior Hockey Leagues in the World", Mike said, "I look forward to taking this club to the next level."

Rochester Minnesota is where Mike calls home and brings with him to Williams Lake his wife, Hope and daughter Maren. Mike and Hope are also expecting the birth of their second child in July. Mike's parents are from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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<![CDATA[Position of Marketing Director Available]> The Williams Lake Timberwolves Jr ‘A’ Hockey Team, is know accepting resumes for the marketing position for the upcoming 2005/2006 season. This person will also be responsible for game day production and public relations with the hockey team. This position is a 10-12 month position; the person is paid subcontract, with a base salary and commission bonuses.

Thank You
Kevin Nohr
General Manager, Williams Lake Timberwolves

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<![CDATA[TWolves Announce First Committment For Upcoming Season]> The TimberWolves have their first verbal committment for the next season. Kyle McMurphy (1987 birth year) from the Summerland Sting in the KIJHL as agreed to come to Williams Lake.

In 42 games with Summerland Kyle scored 22 goals and added 20 assists. McMurphy also had 91 minutes in Penalties.

Kyle is 6'1" and 175 lbs.

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<![CDATA[Peter Martin Moves on to Junior B Coaching Job]> Peter Martin, the TimberWolves Assistant Coach for the 2004/2005 season has come to a multi-year agreement with the Campbell river Storm Junior B Hockey team of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League to be their Head Coach starting with the 2005/2006 hockey season.

Peter says," It's a really exciting opportunity for me given that the Campbell River Storm are hosting the 2006 Western Canadian Junior B Championships."

TimberWolves General Manager Kevin Nohr would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the organization to thank Peter for his endless contribution and deication to the team.

I would like to wish Peter the best of luck in Campbell River, and also look forward to the opportunity in building a releationship between the two organizations.

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<![CDATA[Rick Pitta Announces Resignation]> The management and staff of the Williams Lake TimberWolves regretfully announce the resignation of Head Coach/Director of Player Personnel and 2003-04 Interior Division Coach of the Year Rick Pitta. Rick has declined the offer to renew his contract for the 2005-06 season due to unexpected personal obligatoins that require him to leave this position and return to the USA.

Rick has been instrumental in building a very solid ground for the TimberWolves future in his three years as head coach. We would like to thank Rick for his contributions to the team and the BCHL and wish Rick all the best in his future endeavors.

Kevin Nohr,
General Manager, Williams Lake TimberWolves

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<![CDATA[Les Reaney Jersey Auctions]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves are excited about two great collectible game worn jerseys that have been put up for uaction on Ebay by the team. These great jerseys are Les Reaney's Home White Jersey and Les' Game Worn All-Star Jersey!!!!!!

All Star Jersey: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=50122&item=5181485328&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW
Home White Jersey: http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5181488093

LES REANEY

271 Career B.C.H.L. Games Played
139 Goals
195 Assists
334 Points
615 Penalty Minutes

Williams Lake TimberWolves 2003/2004 “Corner Man” Award Winner
Williams Lake TimberWolves 2003/2004 Playoff M.V.P.

2004/2005 B.C.H.L. All-Star
2004/2005 B.C.H.L. Scoring Champion

Williams Lake TimberWolves 2004/2005 Regular Season M.V.P.
Williams Lake TimberWolves 2004/2005 Regular Season Top Scorer
Williams Lake TimberWolves 2004/2005 “Three Stars Selection” Champion
Williams Lake TimberWolves 2004/2005 “Collision of the Year” (Hardest Hitter) Award Recipient

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<![CDATA[Team Official Fan Site Temporarily Down]> Due to some security issues the Official Team Website is temporarily out of service. Unfortunately, most data on the site will not be able to be re-used and therefore all features have been shut down for now.

This includes the jersey auctions which we will have to move to Ebay. Please accept our apologies for any inconvienences.

More updates to follow.

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<![CDATA[Popular Marketing and Play by Play Man Moves On]> The management and staff of the Williams Lake TimberWolves regrettfully announce the departure of Randy Bedard, director of Marketing & Sales. Arnold and Imke Bremner would like to thank Randy for his many contributions to the team and to the BCHL. This team and this league will be sorry to see him leave. We wish Randy all the best in his future endeavors.

- Arnold and Imke Bremner

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Hand Out The Hardware]> Nearly 200 faithful attended the Williams Lake TimberWolves 2004/2005 Awards Dinner, Saturday night at the Williams Lake Elks Hall. The following is a list of the (19 Different) Individual Award Categories and Respective Winners for the 2004/2005 Season:

Regular Season Most Valuable Player
Sponsored by the Community Futures Development Bank
Josh Murray & Les Reaney

Regular Season Top Scorer
Sponsored by Heartland Toyota
Les Reaney

Top Forward
Sponsored by Panago Pizza
Dave Krisky

Top Defenceman
Sponsored by Denny?s Restaurants/Sandman Hotels, Inns & Suites
Steve VanOosten

Top Goaltender
Sponsored by Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers
Andrew Braithwaite

Rookie of the Year
Sponsored by Touchpoint Sports Masssage
Cody Brookwell & Tyler Mazzei

Most Sportsmanlike Player
Sponsored by MacKay Electric Limited
Mark Ehl

Most Improved Player
Sponsored by Out On A Limb Custom Woodworks
Duane Whitehead

Cornerman Award
(for Grit & Perserverence)
Trent Manchur

Unsung Hero/Character Player
(given to a Character Player Displaying Consistency Without Due Recognition)
Alex Greenlay

Kevin Matherly Memorial Award
Most Inspirational Player
Josh Murray

Jim McGonagle Memorial Award
(for Outstanding Team Leadership & Community Contribution)
Sponsored by Out On A Limb Custom Woodworks
Dustin Honing

Scholastic Achievement Award
Sponsored by Staples Business Depot
Mike Leidl

Three Stars Champion
Sponsored by Staples Business Depot
Les Reaney

Collision of the Year/Hardest Hitter Award
Sponsored by Chap?s Auto Body
Les Reaney

Fan?s Choice/Most Popular Player
Sponsored by MacKay Electric Limited
Tyler Mazzei

Volunteer of the Year
Tom Betsill & Dale Moon

Fan of the Year
Dylan Custaloe & Rolland Harry

Corporate Sponsor of the Year
Bob Graham Ltd. (Petro Canada) & Williams Lake Tribune

The Williams Lake TimberWolves would like to thank all the Fans, Corporate Partners & Volunteers who helped make their third season such a tremendous success!

For more information, please contact the Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Seaon Number Three Comes To An End Without The Playoffs]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves knew actually what they had to do on their season-ending three game weekend road trip in order to capture a last minute Interior Division playoff spot.  Following Friday night?s huge 4-3 victory over the Merritt Centennials, the TimberWolves were faced with a ?must win? situation in Penticton on Saturday night.  Unfortunately, it wasn?t meant to be as the Vees prevailed 5-3, thus nailing down the last available post season berth.  Obviously disheartened, the Pack wrapped up the Regular Season with Sunday afternoon?s 4-3 Overtime loss to the Vernon Vipers.

Friday night at Merritt, the T?Wolves gave up a goal in the final minute of the first period to trail 1-0 after one.

Less than seven minutes into the second, the Centennials struck again, making it 2-0.  However, Les Reaney got Williams Lake on the board at 11:51 of the middle period with his team leading 38th goal of the season, leaving the TimberWolves down 2-1 headed for the third.

Just past the midway point of the final period, Dave Krisky fired the puck past Merritt goaltender Cory Grant to tie proceedings at 2-2, but it took the Cents a mere 24-seconds to regain the lead at 3-2.  Mind you, the TimberWolves weren?t about to fold, picking up a Bryce Dale tally with 5:59 remain-ing, prior to Steve VanOosten?s game winner on the powerplay with only 2:07 left in regulation time.  VanOosten?s long wrist shot from just inside the blueline bounced off the glove of Cory Grant before fluttering into the net.  It was a break Williams Lake required to solidify the much needed 4-3 win.

Andrew Braithwaite was stellar in the TimberWolves? net, turning aside 29 of the 32 shots he faced in earning his first victory in over two months.

The Williams Lake TimberWolves? dramatic triumph in Merritt set up a ?winner in, loser out? scenario for the following night in Penticton.

On Saturday night, the Vees came out flying, peppering Andrew Braithwaite with 21 first period shots, but only managing to put one past him late in the period for a 1-0 advantage after one.  It could have been a lot worse had Braithwaite not been so sharp.

Playing in front of a season-high crowd of 2,300, not to mention the Stanley Cup, as well as surviving members of the 1955 World Champion Penticton Vees, the present day Vees continued their inspired hockey in the second period.  The reward was three straight goals within 5:24 for a commanding 4-0 lead.  That signaled the end of the night for Andrew Braithwaite, who gave way to back-up Fabio Luongo.  The T?Wolves did manage to pot a couple of goals on the powerplay at 7:54 and 15:07, thanks to Josh Murray and Trent Manchur respectively, however, Penticton scored with just 57-seconds to go in the second period for a 5-2 cushion after 40 minutes.

Despite an improved third period, the Pack was unable to overcome such a deficit, counting a Tyler Mazzei goal with the man advantage at 7:55, but nothing more.

The vintage Memorial Arena broke into pandemonium on the buzzer as the Vees had squeaked out a playoff spot, leaving the TimberWolves without.

It was no doubt difficult to get up for Sunday afternoon?s ?meaningless? Regular Season Finale? at Vernon.

Following a scoreless opening 20 minutes, the Vipers struck at 8:20 of period two.  However, a Kevin Galan powerplay marker drew Williams Lake even at 1-1.  That didn?t last long as Vernon went ahead 3-1 by notching two more goals before the period was out.

Again having to play catch up, the TimberWolves crept to within one at 3-2 when Dave Krisky buried his 37th only 34-seconds into the third.  Despite just five shots the entire third period, the Pack took advantage of a late Vipers? penalty, converting on the powerplay when Bryce Dale beat Vernon keeper Mark Sibbald with only 1:14 remaining in regulation time.

Unfortunately, the heroics were stalled when Vernon?s Mark Nelson slid the puck past Andrew Braithwaite early in Four-on-Four Sudden Death to give the Snakes a 4-3 decision and their ninth consecutive victory entering the post season.

As for the Williams Lake TimberWolves, they complete 2004/2005 having lost 10 of their last 12, earning just three wins over their final 16 games.  The T?Wolves? 24-28-5-3 record was good enough for 56 points and a Seventh Place Standing in the Interior Division.

On a positive note, Les Reaney assisted on Bryce Dale?s game-tying goal in Vernon on Sunday, giving him an even 100 points on the year, a new individual team record.  Les also captured the B.C.H.L. Scoring Title by three points over Surrey?s Andrew Kozek.

The TimberWolves are planning their Annual Year-End Awards Dinner & Banquet for later in the week, prior to saying goodbye to members of this season?s club.

FINAL SCORE: (Friday Night)       
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 4
MERRITT CENTENNIALS - 3

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Les Reaney - 1 (38), Dave Krisky - 1 (36), Bryce Dale - 1 (6), Steve VanOosten - 1 (10)

Williams Lake Assists:
Josh Murray - 2, Zach Gieszler - 1, Kevin Galan - 1, Les Reaney - 1, Andrew Braithwaite - 1

Merritt Goal Scorers:
Sean Weaver - 2 (33, 34), Bryan Leitch - 1 (40)

Merritt Assists:
Brandon Hill - 2, Bryan Leitch - 1, Rylan Burns - 1, Sean Weaver - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Steve VanOosten, Williams Lake (17:53 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 1
Merritt - 0

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 1 for 4
Merritt - 0 for 4

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake    0    1    3    =    4
Merritt                1    1    1    =    3

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake    9    20    10    =    39
Merritt                8    10    10    =    32

Goaltenders:
W - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, three goals against on 32 shots (13-16-4-1 ... 3.77 G.A.A.)
L - #1 Cory Grant, Merritt - 60:00, four goals against on 39 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #14 Josh Murray, Williams Lake
2 - #7 Sean Weaver, Merritt
3 - #7 Tyler Mazzei, Williams Lake

Attendance: 978

 

FINAL SCORE: (Saturday Night)    
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3
PENTICTON VEES - 5

Penticton Goal Scorers:
Kevin Borba - 2 (23, 24), Jordan Cheveldave - 1 (10), Cody Collins - 1 (16), Robert Skinner - 1 (8)

Penticton Assists:
Ryan Coghlan - 3, John Kopp - 2, Kevin Borba - 2, Brian Lebler - 1, Robert Skinner - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Josh Murray - 1 (26), Trent Manchur - 1 (20), Tyler Mazzei - 1 (10)

Williams Lake Assists:
Les Reaney - 2, Bryce Dale - 1, Trevor Turner - 1, Matt Crowell - 1, Cody Brookwell - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Robert Skinner, Penticton (5:24 of the 2nd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 3
Penticton - 3

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 3 for 5
Penticton - 3 for 7

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake    0    2    1    =    3
Penticton           1    4    0    =    5

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake     7      9    12    =    28
Penticton            21    17    6     =    44

Goaltenders:
W - #35 Corey Milan, Penticton - 60:00, three goals against on 28 shots
L - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 25:24, four goals against on 29 shots (13-17-4-1 ... 3.84 G.A.A.) & #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 34:36, one goal against on 15 shots (11-11-1--1 ... 3.56 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #18 Kevin Borba, Penticton
2 - #11 Ryan Coghlan, Penticton
3 - #14 Josh Murray, Williams Lake

Attendance: 2,300


FINAL SCORE: (Sunday Afternoon)
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3
VERNON VIPERS - 4 (OT)

Vernon Goal Scorers:
Dean Strong - 1 (35), Cody McMullin - 1 (7), Kurtis Colling - 1 (20), Mark Nelson - 1 (37)

Vernon Assists:
Cody Bostock - 2, Mark Nelson - 1, Aaron Schepers - 1, Dean Strong - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Kevin Galan - 1 (13), Dave Krisky - 1 (37), Bryce Dale - 1 (7)

Williams Lake Assists:
Cody Brookwell - 3, Les Reaney - 2, Trent Manchur - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Mark Nelson, Vernon (1:13 of Four-on-Four, Sudden Death Overtime)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 2
Vernon - 1

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 2 for 6
Vernon - 1 for 7

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake    0    1    2    0    =    3
Vernon               0    3    0    1    =    4

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake    13    15     5    1    =    34
Vernon               10    17    13    1    =    41

Goaltenders:
W - #1 Mark Sibbald, Vernon - 61:13, three goals against on 34 shots
L - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 61:13, four goals against on 41 shots (13-17-4-2 ... 3.84 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #14 Dean Strong, Vernon
2 - #55 Cody Brookwell, Williams Lake
3 - #18 Mark Nelson, Vernon

Attendance: 2,156

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Twolves Playoff Chances Slim After Weekend Split]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves basically needed to win both home games over the weekend to help make their last minute dash for the Post Season a little bit easier on themselves.  They started off well, coming from behind for a dramatic 5-4 victory over the Prince George Spruce Kings on Friday night.  However, on Saturday night, despite a 51 shot effort, the TimberWolves came up short, losing 5-3 to the Merritt Centennials.  Now with just three games left in the Regular Season, there?s a strong possibility that the Pack will miss the Playoffs for the second time in three years.

In Friday night?s game, Prince George scored less than two minutes in, counting the lone goal of the opening period.

Williams Lake tallied two quick markers just past the halfway point of the second to go in front 2-1, thanks to Josh Murray who netted both, only 34 seconds apart.  The Spruce Kings pulled even at 16:02, before the T?Wolves regained the lead on a Mark Ehl goal with just 17-seconds remaining in period two, giving them a 3-2 advantage headed for the third.

After Prince George tied the game at 10:15 of the third period and went ahead 4-3 two-minutes-and-35 seconds later, the outcome appeared in question for Williams Lake.  However, Kevin Galan tied things at 4-4 with just 5:43 left, setting the stage for Josh Murray to complete his ?Hat Trick? by scoring the game winner with only six-seconds remaining in regulation time.  The Cariboo Memorial faithful went into a frenzy as the TimberWolves had snapped their seven game losing streak virtue of the hard fought 5-4 decision.

The two teams displayed plenty of offence, with the final shot totals dead even at 46 apiece.  The Pack?s Fabio Luongo was outstanding when called upon in earning his 11th win of the season.

The victory was particularly crucial considering that both Penticton and Merritt also won their respective games, keeping the TimberWolves two points out of the Interior Division?s final Playoff spot.

Hopeful of riding the momentum of their last second triumph of the night before, the Williams Lake TimberWolves took to the ice against Merritt on Saturday night with an opportunity to tie the Centennials for the final Post Season berth.

And the game got off to a good start for the home team as the Pack opened the scoring at 9:51, with Dave Krisky notching his first of two while on the man advantage.  Unfortunately for Williams Lake, the Cents tied the game with just 42 seconds to go in the first period.

The second period all season long has often been a let down for the TimberWolves, which was also the case on this night. The Cents scored twice to take a comfortable 3-1 lead into the third.

Mind you, knowing what was at stake, Dave Krisky?s second of the contest and 35th of the year, followed by Josh Murray?s 25th, both on the powerplay, had pulled the T?Wolves even at 3-3 by the 10:56 mark of period three.  But it was also Dave Krisky who was assessed a late penalty for hook-ing, setting up Merritt?s powerplay winner with only 5:03 on the clock.  Despite pressing for the tie, the TimberWolves watched the Centennials ice the game with an empty net goal in the last few seconds making the final 5-3.

It?s not as if the push wasn?t there for the TimberWolves, who ended up outshooting Merritt 51-38 overall.

The loss, coupled with Penticton?s win over Quesnel, drops the Williams Lake TimberWolves four points out of a Playoff position with just three Regular Season games remaining, all on the road.

In order to stand any hope of a Post Season appearance, the Pack would have to beat the Centennials on Friday night in Merritt, as well as the Vees Saturday night at Penticton, the two teams they are chasing.  Then on Sunday afternoon, in the case of no help when it comes to scoreboard watching, the T?Wolves would also have to take care of the front-running Vernon Vipers at the Multiplex.

On a lighter and much happier note for some, Saturday?s "Fan Appreciation Night" saw Carol Ann Taphorn win a 42-inch, Grand Wega Television in the Sight & Sound/Sony "Grand Wega Giveaway."  Ninette Wolf won $500.00 worth of M & M Meat Shop Gift Certificates.  And it was Ben Taylor whose name was drawn for the John Mazzei ?game worn? jersey from last season.

The Williams Lake TimberWolves drew a total of 28,625 spectators over their 30 2004/2005 Regular Season Home Games, an average of better than 954 fans per-game.  That included nine Standing Room Only Sellouts.

FINAL SCORE: (Friday Night)      
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS - 4
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 5

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Josh Murray - 3 (22, 23, 24), Mark Ehl - 1 (11), Kevin Galan - 1 (12)

Williams Lake Assists:
Dave Krisky - 3, Les Reaney - 2, Josh Murray - 1, Bryce Dale - 1, Steve VanOosten - 1, Cody Brookwell - 1

Prince George Goal Scorers:
Robert Pritchard - 1 (32), Jesse Bernhardt - 1 (1), Geoff Irwin - 1 (28), Darcy Prince - 1 (8)

Prince George Assists:
Geoff Irwin - 3, Matt Shuya - 2, Jeff Herman - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Josh Murray (3rd), Williams Lake (19:54 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals: None

Powerplays:
Prince George - 0 for 2
Williams Lake - 0 for 1

Period Scoring:
Prince George    1    1    2    =    4
Williams Lake     0    3    2    =    5

Shots on Goal:
Prince George   11   18   17   =   46
Williams Lake    15   17   14   =   46

Goaltenders:
W - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 60:00, four goals against on 46 shots (11-10-1- 1) ... 3.59 G.A.A.)
L - #1 Brad Thiessen, Prince George - 60:00, five goals against on 46 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
 1 - #14 Josh Murray, Williams Lake
2 - #12 Geoff Irwin, Prince George
3 - #16 Dave Krisky, Williams Lake

Attendance: 980

 

FINAL SCORE: (Saturday Night)  
MERRITT CENTENNIALS - 5
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3

Merritt Goal Scorers:
Brett Short - 1 (2), Brandon Campos - 1 (8), Bryan Leitch - 1 (39) Mike Ewanchuk - 1 (12), Brandon Hill - 1 (17) ... e.n.g.

Merritt Assists:
Brandon Campos - 2, Brandon Hill - 1, Daryle Hurd - 1, Casey Pierro-Zabotel - 1, Bryan Leitch - 1, Sean Weaver -1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Dave Krisky - 2 (34, 35), Josh Murray - 1 (25)

Williams Lake Assists:
Josh Murray - 2, Les Reaney - 2, Bryce Dale - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Mike Ewanchuk, Merritt (14:57 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Merritt - 1
Williams Lake - 3

Powerplays:
Merritt - 1 for 5
Williams Lake - 3 for 6

Period Scoring:
Merritt                1    2    2    =    5
Williams Lake    1    0    2    =    3

Shots on Goal:
Merritt                  8     19    11    =    38
Williams Lake    18    15    18    =    51

Goaltenders:
W - #37 Brandon Cross, Merritt - 60:00, three goals against on 51 shots
L - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 60:00, four goals against on 37 shots (11-11-1-1 ... 3.61 G.A.A.) + one empty net goal on one shot

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #37 Brandon Cross, Merritt
2 - #16 Dave Krisky, Williams Lake
3 - #8 Brandon Campos, Merritt

Attendance: 1,076 (9th Standing Room Only Sellout of the Season)

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promo-tions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Squeak Out A Point Against Prince George]> It had been a while since the Williams Lake TimberWolves put forth the type of effort they displayed on Thursday night at the Prince George Coliseum.  The Pack took the powerful Spruce Kings to Overtime, before losing 3-2 late in Three-on-Three Sudden Death.  However, for all intensive purposes, the game ended in a 2-2 tie.  Only the statistics would show otherwise.

Following a scoreless first period in which the Spruce Kings outshot the Timber-Wolves 19-9, Prince George got on the board at 7:47 of the second period, thanks to a screen shot from the blueline that eluded goaltender Fabio Luongo.  Late in period two, Steve VanOosten returned the favour by connecting on a one-timer from the point during a Williams Lake powerplay.

Tied at 1-1 entering the third, the Spruce Kings regained the lead with the man advantage on a goal which bounced around like a pinball before eventually going in.  Again, Fabio Luongo stood little chance in stopping a puck whose whereabouts he wasn?t able to locate.  Mind you, the T?Wolves evened the score at 2-2 a mere 49-seconds later when Les Reaney slid home his 37th of the season at 6:48 after using Josh Murray as a decoy off a two-on-one break.  The clock wound down with nothing further to report, forcing Overtime.

Fabio Luongo was a large reason why the Williams Lake TimberWolves were able to get to Sudden Death in the first place.  He had turned aside 45 of 47 shots through Regulation Time.

During both the Four-on-Four and Three-on-Three sessions, each team had ample scoring opportunities to pick up the extra point.  However, in desperate need of wins, the Pack pulled netminder Fabio Luongo in the dying seconds.  Seemingly before Fabio even had a chance to reach the bench for an ?extra attacker,? Geoff Irwin found the empty net on a long shot from centre ice with only 12.9-seconds remaining.  Hence the 3-2 P.G. victory, which technically wasn?t.  The final shot tally read 55-34 in favour of the Spruce Kings, with Fabio Luongo earning Staples Business Depot First Star honours for his stellar performance.

Despite the single point, the Williams Lake TimberWolves have lost seven-in-a-row, registering just one win in their last 11 games.  Now at 51 points, the T?Wolves have moved out of last place in the Interior Division and to within two points of a playoff spot.  Penticton and Merritt each have 53 points, having both played one more game than Williams Lake.

The crucial stretch run for the TimberWolves continues on Friday night, when the same Prince George Spruce Kings visit the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex for a 7:30 start.

FINAL SCORE:
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 2
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS - 3 (2OT)

Prince George Goal Scorers:
Brett Butterwick - 1 (4), Amedee Marshall - 1 (11), Geoff Irwin - 1 (27) ... e.n.g.

Prince George Assists:
Steven Little - 1, Curt Morrison - 1, Matt Shuya - 1, Geoff Irwin - 1, Jeff Herman - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Steve VanOosten - 1 (9), Les Reaney - 1 (37)

Williams Lake Assists:
Josh Murray - 1, Bryce Dale - 1, Dave Krisky - 1, Cody Brookwell - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Geoff Irwin, Prince George ... e.n.g. (4:47 of the Three-on-Three Sudden Death Overtime)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 1
Prince George - 1

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 1 for 4
Prince George - 1 for 7

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake     0    1    1    0    0    =    2
Prince George    0    1    1    0    1    =    3

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake     9     10     9    3    3    =    34
Prince George    19    16    12    3    5    =    55

Goaltenders:
W - #35 Michael-Lee Teslak, Prince George - 69:47, two goals against on 34 shots
L - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 69:40, two goals against on 54 shots (10-10-1-1 ... 3.57) + one empty net goal on one shot

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake
2 - #35 Michael-Lee Teslak, Prince George
3 - #20 Trevor Turner, Williams Lake

Attendance: 1,682

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Time Is running Out On TimberWolves Playoff Hopes]> In the heat of a playoff race, the Williams Lake TimberWolves lost their sixth straight game, dropping a 7-3 decision to the Salmon Arm SilverBacks, Saturday night at the Sunwave Centre.

The B.C.H.L.?s highest scoring team showed what it does best, taking a mere 26-seconds to grab a 1-0 lead.  Two more goals before the intermission, including one on the powerplay with only eight seconds remaining in the first period, made it a rather comfortable 3-0 advantage for the SilverBacks after 20 minutes.

Bryn Gagnon completed his ?Hat Trick? at 3:25 of the middle period.  Following another Salmon Arm goal at 8:31, the game was turning into a blowout at 5-0.  Dave Krisky finally got the Timber-Wolves on the board with just over six minutes left in the second, notching his 33rd of the season.

When Josh Murray connected for his 21st goal on the powerplay at 11:11 of the third to pull Williams Lake to within three at 5-2, there was a glimmer of hope for perhaps a late rally.  However, such ambitions were quickly dashed by the Gorilla?s leading scoring, Ryan Duncan, who potted his 44th and 45th only 20-seconds apart to restore a lopsided five goal cushion at 7-2.  Alex Greenlay?s third of the year on a nifty play from in-close made the final a little more respectable, but there wasn?t much doubt that the SilverBacks were the dominant ones in earning the 7-3 victory.

Fabio Luongo started the game in goal for the Pack, but was pulled in favour of Andrew Braithwaite after one period.  Fabio let in three goals over 20 minutes in absorbing the loss, with Andrew giving up the other four in his two periods of work.

Salmon Arm ended up taking the Season-Series five wins to one.

About the only positive news to come out of the night was the ?licking? Tyler Mazzei of the T?Wolves laid on SilverBack Evan Barlow during their second period fight.

That and the fact that the three other clubs the Williams Lake TimberWolves are chasing for an Interior Division post season berth were also defeated,...Quesnel by Victoria, Merritt thanks to Trail and Penticton as a result of their meeting with Prince George, all by scores of 4-2 coincidentally enough.

The now 22-26-5-1 TimberWolves have just six Regular Season games remaining, and are still three points out of a playoff spot.  It?s not as if it gets any easier, with the Pack next having to face the Prince George Spruce Kings on Tuesday night at the Coliseum.

 

FINAL SCORE:
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3
SALMON ARM SILVERBACKS - 7

Salmon Arm Goal Scorers:
Bryn Gagnon - 3 (23, 24, 25), Ryan Duncan - 2 (44, 45), Scott Jow - 1 (7), Ben Street - 1 (25)

Salmon Arm Assists:
Ben Street - 3, Brodie Sheahan - 2, Evan Barlow - 1, Darcy Zajac - 1, Trevor Geiger - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Dave Krisky - 1 (33), Josh Murray - 1 (21), Alex Greenlay - 1 (3)

Williams Lake Assists:
Josh Murray - 1, Cody Brookwell - 1, Les Reaney - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Bryn Gagnon (3rd), Salmon Arm (3:25 of the 2nd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 1
Salmon Arm - 1

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 1 for 1
Salmon Arm - 1 for 6

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake    0    1    2    =    3
Salmon Arm       3    2    2    =    7

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake    10     7     16    =    33
Salmon Arm      16    16    10    =    42

Goaltenders:
W - #33 Brad Atkinson, Salmon Arm - 60:00, three goals against on 33 shots
L - #31 Fabio Luongo,  Williams Lake - 20:00, three goals against on 16 shots (10-10-1-0 ... 3.68) & #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 40:00, four goals against on 26 shots (12-16-4-1 ... 3.79 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #17 Bryn Gagnon, Salmon Arm
2 - #10 Ben Street, Salmon Arm
3 - #22 Ryan Duncan, Salmon Arm

Attendance: 1,372

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Continue Late Season Slide]> It's no longer merely a 'hiccup along the way' or 'bump in the road'.  With just seven games left in the Regular Season, the Williams Lake TimberWolves are in serious trouble when it comes to attaining one of the Interior Division's six playoff spots.  The latest setback was a 4-2 loss to the Merritt Centennials, Thursday night at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena, the Pack's fifth straight defeat.

Following a scoreless first period, it took Merritt only 53 seconds to get on the board in the second.  The Centennials went ahead 2-0 just a-minute-51 later.  However, the TimberWolves struck on the powerplay at 3:43 to make it 2-1 as Josh Murray netted his 20th goal of the season, 'bunting' the puck out of mid-air after the initial blueline shot from Steve VanOosten was stopped by Merritt netminder Cory Grant.  Solid forechecking resulted in the game tying goal at 15:35 of period two, with Matt Crowell converting his 13th.  Mind you, only a-minute-48 after Williams Lake had drawn even at 2-2, the Cents moved back in front during a man advantage to grab a 3-2 lead headed for the third.

The Pack did its best over the final 20 minutes, could couldn't get the equalizer.  Merritt ended-up putting the game away by scoring a powerplay tally with just 2:01 remaining, after Les Reaney was assessed a double minor for high sticking.

The shots were an identical 34 apiece, with Andrew Braithwaite's 2005 hard luck continuing in the TimberWolves' goal.  He hasn't won a game since January 1st, a stretch which comprises a record of 0-7-1-1.

For the first time all season, the Williams Lake TimberWolves have slipped three games below the .500 mark.  They've dropped five-in-a-row and only won one of their last nine starts.  A 22-25-5-1 record following 53 games technically has left the T'Wolves in last place of the Interior Division, a position they haven't seen since their Inaugural Season.

The Pack is tied with Quesnel at 50 points each, with the Millionaires holding a pair of games in hand.  Merritt and Penticton have 51 points apiece.

And it doesn't get any easier for the faltering TimberWolves, who visit Salmon Arm on Saturday night before venturing to Prince George next Tuesday evening.

FINAL SCORE:
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 2
MERRITT CENTENNIALS - 4

Merritt Goal Scorers:
Brandon Hill - 2 (15, 16), Sean Weaver - (27), Mike Ewanchuk - 1 (8)

Merritt Assists:
Rylan Burns - 3, Bryan Leitch - 1, Daryle Hurd - 1, Dave Simoes - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Josh Murray - 1 (20), Matt Crowell - 1 (13)

Williams Lake Assists:
Trevor Turner - 2, Steve VanOosten - 1, Tyler Mazzei - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Mike Ewanchuk, Merritt (17:23 of the 2nd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 1
Merritt - 2

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 1 for 3
Merritt - 2 for 5

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake    0    2    0    =    2
Merritt               0    3    1    =    4

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake     8     14    12    =    34
Merritt               13    11    10    =    34

Goaltenders:
W - #1 Cory Grant, Merritt - 60:00, two goals against on 34 shots
L - #29 Andrew Braithwaite,Williams Lake - 60:00, four goals against on 34 shots (12-16-4-1 ... 3.75 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #25 Brandon Hill, Merritt
2 - #24 Rylan Burns, Merritt
3 - #14 Josh Murray, Williams Lake

Attendance: 567

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Annual Fund Raising Draw Winners Announced]> 1ST PRIZE - SOLID PINE BEDROOM SUITE WINNER: RYAN BREMNER (WILLIAMS LAKE)  
2ND PRIZE - JOHN DEERE "GATOR" JEEP WINNER: DARLENE BELL (WILLIAMS LAKE)  
3RD PRIZE - PAIR OF 2005/2006 SEASON TICKETS WINNER: DENNY HONING (CALGARY)  
4TH PRIZE - CUSTOM JERSEY BAR FRIDGE WINNER: JESSICA ROWLEY (WILLIAMS LAKE)  
5TH PRIZE - TEAM BUS ROAD TRIP TO SALMON ARM WINNER: TIM HALPIN (WILLIAMS LAKE)     Thanks to all who supported the club in these fundraising draws!
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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Playoff Chances Up In The Air After Weekend Losses]> It was an opportunity to practically assure oneself of a post season berth, however, what resulted was a worst case scenario for the Williams Lake TimberWolves.

For the first time in franchise history, the TimberWolves played three consecutive home games, unfortunately losing all three, a result which at this point of the season, many may find simply inexcusable.

On Thursday night, the Trail Smokes Eaters scored late to pull out a 6-5 victory.  The Vernon Vipers topped the Pack 3-1 Friday night.  Then a return engagement with Trail on Saturday night saw the Smokies down Williams Lake 5-2.

Just over nine minutes into Thursday's game, the TimberWolves had actually built a 2-0 lead, thanks to goals from Matt Crowell and Josh Murray.  Trail scored late in the opening period trim the deficit to 2-1 after one.

For some reason, much of the season, the second period has proven to be the TimberWolves' 'Achilles heel,' and such was definitely the case on this night.  The Smoke Eaters potted four goals in the middle frame, with Kevin Galan the only one to respond for Williams Lake.  Outscored four to one and outshot 14-4 in the second, the T'Wolves trailed 5-3 headed for the third.

Undeterred by its second period collapse, the Pack's 'Special Teams' went to work, first getting a shorthanded goal from Duane Whitehead, followed by Kevin Galan's second of the game during a two-man advantage.  Less than five-and-a-half minutes into the third period, Williams Lake had drawn even at 5-5.  However, after Shaun Witschen was sent off late in the contest for Interference, Trail replied with a powerplay goal of its own at 17:32, which turned out to be the game winner.

The TimberWolves outshot the Smokes Eaters 36-32 overall, but failed in their bid to gain sole possession of Fourth Place in the Interior Division.  Fabio Luongo was tagged with the loss.  Mean-time, the win moved the Trail Smoke Eaters three points ahead of Williams Lake at 53 points compared to 50.

Friday night's game was more of a low scoring, tight checking affair.  Mind you, determined to overcome an upset defeat in Quesnel the night before, the Vernon Vipers were on the board by the 3:02 mark, increasing their lead to 2-0 by the time the period was out.  The Snakes also held the TimberWolves to just five shots, while registering 12 of their own.

The lone tally of the second period came off the stick of Duane Whitehead.  A much better effort from Williams Lake left it down only 2-1 after two periods of play.  Despite outshooting Vernon 14-4 over the final 20 minutes, the Vipers got the lone goal of the period, an insurance marker which helped propel them to a 3-1 victory.

The shots were pretty even at 30-27 in favour of the visitors. Andrew Braithwaite absorbed the loss in the T'Wolves' goal. It likely didn't help that the Pack went zero for six with the man advan-tage.

Having dropped three-in-a-row at home, the TimberWolves entered Saturday night's re-match against the Trail Smoke Eaters with the possibility of the unspeakable taking place, no points in three consecutive weekend games at the Cariboo Memorial, not to mention further woes in attempting to nail down one of the Interior Division's remaining playoff spots.

The Smoke Eaters scored first, however, Les Reaney did the same for the TimberWolves, leaving proceedings tied at 1-1 after one period of play.

An early second period lapse by Williams Lake allowed Trail to bury two goals within a-minute-14, but Dave Krisky on the powerplay managed to pull the T'Wolves back to within one at 3-2 following 40 minutes.  Again, it was another somewhat mediocre second period effort from the TimberWolves, which resulted in them being outshot 18-11.

A 'back-breaking' fourth goal by the Smokies at 6:29 of the third increased Trail's lead to 4-2.  An empty netter in the last couple of minutes ended up giving the Smoke Eaters a 5-2 decision and subsequent weekend road sweep.

On a personal note, Pack netminder Andrew Braithewaite suffered his sixth straight setback on Saturday night, not having registered a victory since New Year's Day in Trail.

The Williams Lake TimberWolves have now lost four-in-a-row and six of their last seven games, earning just one win in their past eight outings.  It's also only the second time all year that the TimberWolves have fallen two games below the .500 mark.

Certainly an inopportune time to be mired in one of their worst slumps of the season, six of the final eight Regular Season games are 'on the road,' including one in Merritt this coming Thursday night, prior to Saturday night's venture to Salmon Arm.

At this stage, the 22-24-5-1 T'Wolves are tied for Fifth with Quesnel at 50 points apiece.

FINAL SCORE: (Thursday Night)
TRAIL SMOKE EATERS - 6
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 5

Trail Goal Scorers:
Aaron Roberge - 2 (11, 12), Kevin Limbert - 1 (9), Brandon Cox - 1 (10), Justin St. Louis - 1 (26), Chris Shudo - 1 (10)

Trail Assists:
Jesse Newman - 3, Daniel Quilico - 1, Chris Shudo - 1, Jordan Funk - 1, Curtis Senkow - 1, Josh Bishop - 1, Ross Whitford - 1, Justin Ruggiero - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Kevin Galan - 2 (10, 11), Matt Crowell - 1 (12), Josh Murray - 1 (19), Duane Whitehead - 1 (8)

Williams Lake Assists:
Dave Krisky - 2, Les Reaney - 2, Mark Ehl - 1, Alex Greenlay - 1, Trent Manchur - 1, Josh Murray - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Aaron Roberge (2nd), Trail (17:32 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Trail - 1
Williams Lake - 1

Powerplays:
Trail - 1 for 2
Williams Lake - 1 for 4

Shorthanded Goals:
Williams Lake - 1

Period Scoring:
Trail                     1    4    1    =    6
Williams Lake    2    1    2    =    5

Shots on Goal:
Trail                      6    14    12    =    32
Williams Lake    10    4     22    =    36

Goaltenders:
W - #33 Zach Cardella, Trail - 60:00, five goals against on 36 shots
L - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 60:00, six goals against on 32 shots (10-9-1-0 ... 3.59 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #6 Aaron Roberge, Trail
2 - #24 Kevin Galan, Williams Lake
3 - #10 Jesse Newman, Trail

Attendance: 807


FINAL SCORE: (Friday Night)
VERNON VIPERS - 3
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 1

Vernon Goal Scorers:
Cody McMullin - 1 (5), Dallas Costanzo - 1 (11), Dean Strong - 1 (30)

Vernon Assists:
Kurtis Colling - 1, Mickey McCrimmon - 1, Matt Watkins - 1, Mark Nelson - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorer:
Duane Whitehead - 1 (9)

Williams Lake Assists:
Josh Murray - 1, Dustin Honing - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Dallas Costanzo, Vernon (15:15 of the 1st Period)

Powerplay Goals: None

Powerplays:
Vernon - 0 for 4
Williams Lake - 0 for 6

Period Scoring:
Vernon                2    0    1    =    3
Williams Lake    0    1    0    =    1

Shots on Goal:
Vernon               12    14     4     =    30
Williams Lake     5    10    12    =    27

Goaltenders:
W - #31 Jon Olthuis, Vernon - 60:00, one goal against on 27 shots
L - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, three goals against on 30 shots (12-14-4-1 ... 3.74 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #31 Jon Olthuis, Vernon
2 - #25 Duane Whitehead, Williams Lake
3 - #16 Dallas Costanzo, Vernon

Attendance: 962


FINAL SCORE: (Saturday Night)
TRAIL SMOKE EATERS - 5
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 2

Trail Goal Scorers:
Jason Shaffer - (9), Justin St. Louis - 1 (27), Mike Holmes - 1 (7), Brandon Cox - 1 (11), Ray Nicks - 1 (4) - e.n.g.

Trail Assists:
Daniel Quilico - 1, Kevin Limbert - 1, Kyle Jones - 1, David Eccles - 1, Mike Holmes - 1, Justin Ruggiero - 1, Jesse Newman - 1, Aaron Roberge - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Les Reaney - 1 (36), Dave Krisky - 1 (32)

Williams Lake Assists:
Josh Murray - 1, Trevor Turner - 1, Les Reaney - 1, Mark Ehl - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Mike Holmes, Trail (3:52 of the 2nd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Trail - 0
Williams Lake - 1

Powerplays:
Trail - 0 for 2
Williams Lake - 1 for 5

Period Scoring:
Trail                     1    2    2    =    5
Williams Lake    1    1    0    =    2

Shots on Goal:
Trail                      9     18    11    =    38
Williams Lake    15    11    11    =    37

Goaltenders:
W - #35 Ryan McConnachie, Trail - 60:00, two goals against on 37 shots
L - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, four goals against on 37 shots + one empty net goal on one shot (12-15-4-1 ... 3.74 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #19 Mike Holmes, Trail
2 - #24 Brandon Cox, Trail
3 - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake

Attendance: 952

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Dave Krisky Secures Scholarship]> TimberWolves forward Dave Krisky attended a fly-down to Western Michigan University on the weekend. Dave has signed his letter of intent with the University to start school at Western Michigan this fall.

We would like to congtatulate Dave and wish him the best in taking the next step.

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<![CDATA[Timberwolf Overtime Magic Comes To An End]> For the first time all season, the Williams Lake TimberWolves were beaten in Sudden Death, bowing 4-3 to the Nanaimo Clippers, Saturday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Com-plex.

The TimberWolves came out 'on fire,' with Les Reaney scoring just 1:18 in, followed by a Tyler Mazzei goal only 24-seconds later.  A short time after that, the Pack could have really shell-shocked the Defending Champs, however, Williams Lake was unable to capitalize on a rather lengthy two-man advantage.  As a result of such, the Clippers further quelled the momentum with a tally of their own at exactly the five minute mark.  Mind you, at 7:27 of the opening period, Duane Whitehead restored the TimberWolves' two goal cushion by converting a shorthanded breakaway.  The Pack scored on three of its first six shots, enjoying a 3-1 lead after one.

Nanaimo regrouped in the locker room, managing to tie the game 3-3 by counting second period goals at 5:06 and 9:35.

The rest of the middle period was scoreless as was the third. Mind you, that was solely the case thanks to the outstanding netminding of Andrew Braithwaite, who was named the Staples Busi-ness Depot "First Star."  The Clippers ended up outshooting the T'Wolves by an unbalanced margin of 44-18, including 15-4 in the second and 16-4 during the third period.

It took Nanaimo just one shot and 51-seconds of Four-on-Four, Sudden Death Overtime to earn the extra point and subsequent 4-3 victory.

Certainly not aiding the TimberWolves' cause was the absence of 31 goal scorer Dave Krisky, who's on a weekend 'Fly Down' to Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, where he's expected to soon agree to a 'Full Ride,' N.C.A.A. Division I Hockey Scholarship.

As mentioned, the loss was Williams Lake's first Overtime defeat all season, following Five Wins and Five Ties in Sudden Death.  And the Nanaimo Clippers remain the only B.C.H.L. Club the TimberWolves have yet to beat, now winless in six meetings over three seasons.  Then again, Saturday night's point was the first ever the Pack has managed to earn against its Island foe.

It's easy to see why the Clippers are the League's best and Ranked Number One in the country among Canadian Junior "A" Hockey League Teams.  The victory was their 40th of the year, helping to account for 83 points.

Meantime, the single point leaves the Williams Lake TimberWolves at 22-21-5-1, good for 50 points, only one back of Fourth Place Trail in the Interior Division Play-off Race.  And the Smoke Eaters provide the home ice opposition twice next week, Thursday & Saturday. Sandwiched in-between is Friday night's hosting of the Vernon Vipers.

FINAL SCORE:
NANAIMO CLIPPERS - 4  (OT)
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3

Nanaimo Goal Scorers:
Taylor Langford - 2 (8, 9), Bill Vandermeer - 1 (17), Craig Gaudet - 1 (5)

Nanaimo Assists:
A.J. Gale - 2, Jason Garrison - 1, Trevor MacKenzie - 1, Grey Tyshynski - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Les Reaney - 1 (35), Tyler Mazzei - 1 (9), Duane Whitehead - 1 (7)

Williams Lake Assists:
Zach Gieszler - 1, Steve VanOosten - 1, Josh Murray - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Craig Gaudet, Nanaimo (:51 of Four-on-Four, Sudden Death Overtime)

Powerplay Goals: None

Powerplays:
Nanaimo - 0 for 2
Williams Lake - 0 for 4

Shorthanded Goals:
Williams Lake - 1

Period Scoring:
Nanaimo            1    2    0    1    =    4
Williams Lake    3    0    0    0    =    3

Shots on Goal:
Nanaimo             12    15    16    1    =    44
Williams Lake    10      4      4     0    =    18

Goaltenders:
W - #29 Simon LeBlanc, Nanaimo - 60:51, three goals against on 18 shots
L - #29 Andrew  Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:51, four goals against on 44 shots (12-13-4-1 ... 3.76 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake
2 - #24 Taylor Langford, Nanaimo
3 - #25 Duane Whitehead, Williams Lake

Attendance:
1,064 (8th Standing Room Only, Sellout Crowd of the Season)

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[The TWolves Hang On To Edge Victoria]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves got a powerplay goal midway through the third period, lifting them to a 3-2 victory over the Victoria Salsa, Thursday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

The TimberWolves opened the scoring late in period one, with Les Reaney notch-ing his first of two goals on the evening.

However, the Salsa struck on the powerplay just over a minute into the second, adding an even-strength goal about five-and-a-half minutes later to go in front 2-1.  Mind you, a mere 1:04 after that, the T'Wolves got a Matt Crowell marker at 7:43 to even things at 2-2 headed for the third.

With struggling Victoria hanging tough, it took Les Reaney's second goal and 34th of the season with the man advantage at 10:29 of the third period to give the Timber-Wolves a narrow 3-2 decision.

Goaltenders Fabio Luongo of Williams Lake and the Salsa's Ryan Riddle were both strong throughout, with the TimberWolves outshooting Victoria by a rather decisive margin of 40-25, including 18-4 over the final 20 minutes.

The win improves the Williams Lake TimberWolves to 22-21-5-0, good for 49 points and a stronger hold of Fifth Place in the Interior Division.  The Pack is now just Two Points back of Fourth Place Trail and Three Points ahead of Sixth Place Quesnel.

Next up for the T'Wolves is Saturday night's hosting of the League-Leading Nanaimo Clippers, beginning at 7:30 at the Complex.

FINAL SCORE:
VICTORIA SALSA - 2
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Les Reaney - 2 (33, 34), Matt Crowell - 1 (11)

Williams Lake Assists:
Trent Manchur - 1, Tyler Mazzei - 1, Zach Gieszler - 1, Steve VanOosten - 1, Bryce Dale - 1

Victoria Goal Scorers:
Steve Cameron - 1 (23), Tyler Bozak - 1 (9)

Victoria Assists:
Mike Pawlak - 1, Jordan Baird - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Les Reaney (2nd), Williams Lake (10:49 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Victoria - 1
Williams Lake - 1

Powerplays:
Victoria - 1 for 7
Williams Lake - 1 for 5

Period Scoring:
Victoria               0    2    0    =    2
Williams Lake    1    1    1    =    3

Shots on Goal:
Victoria                5     16     4     =    25
Williams Lake    12    10    18    =    40

Goaltenders:
W - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 60:00, two goals against on 25 shots (10-8-1-0...3.45 G.A.A.)
L - #1 Ryan Riddle, Victoria - 60:00, three goals against on 40 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake
2 - #1 Ryan Riddle, Victoria
3 - #23 Les Reaney, Williams Lake

Attendance: 888

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Fall Back To .500 After Weekend Defeats]> In two games which could just have easily been victories, the Williams Lake TimberWolves were beaten twice 'on the road,' losing 2-1 to the Penticton Vees on Friday night, prior to a 5-3 setback against the Trail Smoke Eaters on Saturday night.

It took Penticton just over five minutes to pull into the early lead Friday, when a 'change of pace' long shot from outside the blueline eluded goaltender Fabio Luongo.  Luongo thought the puck was headed wide off a 'dump in,' when it actually deflected and found the centre of the net before he was able to recover.

The Vees made it 2-0 at the 12:00 mark of the first period on almost as strange a play as a 'no look' drive from the top of the right face off circle squeaked in under the crossbar.

Trailing by two goals after one, the TimberWolves finally got on the board at the 9:19 mark of the second period when Trent Manchur followed up a Matt Crowell breakaway by flipping the puck over Penticton netminder Corey Milan.

Unexpectedly at that stage of the game, the 2-1 score held up for the remainder of the contest. This despite numerous scoring chances for both sides, prevented only by outstanding goaltending from Luongo and Milan.

The Vees outshot Williams Lake 39-30 overall, with Fabio Luongo seeing his personal five game winning streak snapped.

Saturday night in Trail, things didn't start out much better for the Pack with the Smoke Eaters going in front on the powerplay just 2:23 into the match.  By 13:54, it was 2-0 Trail.  However, Les Reaney fired home his 32nd of the season before the period was out, leaving the TimberWolves down 2-1 following 20 minutes.

A Duane Whitehead 'bullet' shot from the right wing beat Smokies' netminder Zach Cardella cleanly at 6:32 of the second, tying things 2-2 headed for the third.

At 6:01 of the third period, Kevin Galan put the T'Wolves ahead for the first time all game by beating Cardella with a rebound shot off the lively Cominco Arena backboard.

Unfortunately for Williams Lake, it couldn't sustain the 3-2 advantage.  Trail tied the game 3-3 at 10:30 of the third, and went in front to stay by scoring what turned out to be the winner with only 4:09 left in regulation.  A last second empty netter made the final 5-3.

Andrew Braithwaite was practically the sole reason why the TimberWolves even had a chance as late as they did.  He stopped 40 of 44 shots, including many from 'point blank range' early in the third period.

With the back-to-back losses, the Williams Lake TimberWolves slip to 21-21-5-0 after 47 games, good for 47 points, still Fifth in the Interior Division.

Next up for the Pack is five straight Home Games, beginning on Thursday night when the struggling Victoria Salsa visit the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.


FINAL SCORE:  (Friday Night) 
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 1
PENTICTON VEES - 2

Penticton Goal Scorers:
Alex MacLeod - (8), Kevin Borba - (18)

Penticton Assists:
Robert Skinner - 1, Justin Coutu - 1, Cody Collins - 1, Ryan Coghlan - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorer:
Trent Manchur - 1 (19)

Williams Lake Assists:
Matt Crowell - 1, Mark Ehl - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Kevin Borba, Penticton (12:00 of the First Period)

Powerplay Goals: None

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 0 for 3
Penticton - 0 for 2

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake 0 1 0 = 1
Penticton 2 0 0 = 2

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake    8    14    8    =   30
Penticton           10   15   14   =   39

Goaltenders:
W - #35 Corey Milan, Penticton - 60:00, one goal against on 30 shots;
L - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 60:00, two goals against on 39 shots (9-8-1-0 ... 3.54 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #35 Corey Milan, Penticton
2 - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake
3 - #11 Ryan Coghlan, Penticton

Attendance: 1,543


FINAL SCORE: [Saturday Night)  
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3
TRAIL SMOKE EATERS - 5

Trail Goal Scorers:
Aaron Roberge - 1 (10), Ray Nicks - 1 (3), Jesse Newman - 1 (19), Jason Shaffer - 1 (8), Kevin Limbert - 1 (7) ... e.n.g.

Trail Assists:
Jordan Collins - 2, Ray Nicks - 2, Jeff Obrand - 1, Kevin Limbert - 1, Jesse Newman - 1, Aaron Roberge - 1,  Chris Shudo - 1, Jordan Funk - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Les Reaney - 1 (32), Duane Whitehead - 1 (6), Kevin Galan - 1 (9)

Williams Lake Assists:
 Josh Murray - 1, Dave Krisky - 1, Dustin Honing - 1, Brad Reaney - 1, Steve VanOosten - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Jason Shaffer, Trail (15:51 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 0
Trail - 1

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 0 for 2
Trail - 1 for 3

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   1   1   1   =   3
Trail                  2   0   3   =   5

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   17    9   10   =   36
Trail                  14   13   18   =   45

Goaltenders:
W - #33 Zach Cardella, Trail - 60:00, three goals against on 36 shots
L - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, four goals against on 44 shots + one empty net goal on one shot (12-13-4-0 ... 3.75 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #20 Ray Nicks, Trail
2 - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake ***
3 - #10 Jesse Newman, Trail

*** (denotes a change in the Staples Three Stars following the Internet Broadcast)

Attendance: 1,023

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Unblemished Overtime Record Remains In Tact]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves stretched their current unbeaten string to four games by tying the Penticton Vees 2-2, Friday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.  The outing wrapped-up a hectic six games in eight days for Williams Lake, who was an impressive 4-1-1-0 during that stretch.

     Rookie Matt Crowell actually tallied both goals for the TimberWolves, a worthy feat considering he sat out the night before as a result of a bad case of the flu.

     He put the Pack ahead 1-0 on the powerplay at 11:31 of the opening period, only to have the Vees even the score during a man advantage of their own, with just a-minute-14 left in the first.  Mind you, the T’Wolves were fortunate to escape the period with a 1-1 outcome, facing a 19-8 shot deficit.

     Matt Crowell’s unassisted breakaway 11:12 into the second made it 2-1 Williams Lake, an edge the TimberWolves took into the locker room after 40 minutes.

     However, Penticton tied things once more at 2-2 a little over a-minute into the third, thanks to a powerplay which spilled over from late in the previous period.

     And although each Five Minute, Sudden Death Overtime Session featured plenty of excitement and scoring chances for both sides, no one was able to put anymore pucks into the net.

     Each goaltender, Andrew Braithwaite of Williams Lake and the Vees’ Corey Milan, turned in stellar performances, particularly Braithwaite, who stopped 45 of 47 shots and was named the Staples Business Depot "First Star."

     The Williams Lake TimberWolves lead the league with Five Ties and remain the only B.C.H.L. team yet to be defeated in Overtime, now sporting Five Wins and Five Ties through 10 Sudden Death appearances.

     Officially at the Three-Quarter Mark of the Regular Season, the Pack sits at 21-19-5-0, good for 47 points and fifth place in the Interior Division.

     The TimberWolves will return Friday’s favour by visiting the Penticton Vees next Friday night, prior to a road date with the Trail Smoke Eaters on Saturday.
 

FINAL SCORE:
PENTICTON VEES - 2
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 2

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Matt Crowell - 1 (9, 10)

Williams Lake Assists:
Kevin Galan - 1, Tyler Mazzei - 1

Penticton Goal Scorers:
Brian Lebler - 1 (11), Justin Coutu - 1 (5)

Penticton Assists:
Jordan Cheveldave - 1, Alex MacLeod - 1, Cody Collins - 1, Kevin Borba - 1

Game Winning Goal: None

Powerplay Goals:
Penticton - 2
Williams Lake - 1

Powerplays:
Penticton - 2 for 6
Williams Lake - 1 for 7

Period Scoring:
Penticton          1   0   1   0   =   2
Williams Lake   1   1   0   0   =   2

Shots on Goal:
Penticton          19   10   10   8   =   47
Williams Lake    8    10    5    7   =   30


Goaltenders:
T - #35 Corey Milan, Penticton - 70:00, two goals against on 30 shots
T - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 70:00, two goals against on 47 shots (12-12-4-0...3.75 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake
2 - #21 Matt Crowell, Williams Lake
3 - #23 Justin Coutu, Penticton

Attendance: 961

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Pair of Gift Goals Help Vault TimberWolves Over Surrey]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves won their third straight game on Thursday night, edging the Surrey Eagles 3-2 at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

The keys to victory for the TimberWolves had to be the outstanding netminding of Fabio Luongo, plus, two goals which probably should never have happened.

Late in the first period, with Williams Lake shorthanded, Surrey goaltender Dustin Slade left his crease in an attempt to move the puck quickly forward.  However, he put his pass right on the stick of Josh Murray, who promptly buried it into an empty net.  That gave the T'Wolves a 1-0 advantage, which they took to the locker room after 20 minutes.

Zach Gieszler's tally just under seven minutes into the second period lifted the Pack into a 2-0 lead, but the Eagles quickly countered with two goals of their own only a-minute-14 apart to tie the game at 2-2.  That score held up until the 18:45 mark of the second, when in a bid to move the puck around the boards from deep inside his own zone, Surrey Defenceman Tyson Moulton inadvertent-ly shot it past his own goalie, a stunned Dustin Slade.  Affiliate Player, Williams Lake native Bill McGinnis, was actually given credit for the goal, being closest to the play at the time.  He was called up from the local Midget "AAA" ranks along with Lucas Gray to fill in for Matt Crowell and Tyler Mazzei, who were both sidelined with the flu.

The Moulton gaff turned out to be the game winner as the two teams played through a scoreless third period, signifying the first time in the three year history of the franchise that the TimberWolves managed to defeat Surrey on Home Ice.

Fabio Luongo picked up his fifth consecutive win between the pipes for Williams Lake, turning aside 38 of 40 shots, improving his overall record to 9-7-1-0, while being named the Staples Busi-ness Depot "First Star."

The 21-19-4-0 T'Wolves now sit just one point back of the idle Fourth Place Trail Smoke Eaters in the Interior Division at 46 points.

Tomorrow night brings about a crucial Interior match-up between the Pack and visiting Penticton Vees, beginning at 7:30 at the Cariboo Memorial.  Penticton enters the contest Six Points behind the Fifth Place TimberWolves.

FINAL SCORE:
 SURREY EAGLES - 2
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Josh Murray - 1 (18), Zach Gieszler - 1 (6), Bill McGinnis (A.P.) - 1 (2)

Williams Lake Assists:
Dave Krisky - 1, Les Reaney - 1, Josh Murray - 1

Surrey Goal Scorers:
T.J. Mulock - 1 (14), Korey Diehl - 1 (24)

Surrey Assists:
Blake Rielly - 1, Matt Girling - 1, David Moncur - 1, Kyle Nason - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Bill McGinnis, Williams Lake (18:45 of the 2nd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Surrey - 0
Williams Lake - 0

Powerplays:
Surrey - 0 for 5
Williams Lake - 0 for 6

Shorthanded Goals:
Williams Lake - 1

Period Scoring:
Surrey                0   2   0   =   2
Williams Lake   1   2   0   =   3

Shots on Goal:
Surrey               16   12   12   =   40
Williams Lake    9   16   11   =   36

Goaltenders:
W - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 60:00, two goals against on 40 shots (9-7-1-0 ... 3.63 G.A.A.)
L - #30 Dustin Slade, Surrey - 60:00, three goals against on 36 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake
2 - #14 Josh Murray, Williams Lake
3 - #16 Korey Diehl, Surrey

Attendance: 886

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Remain Unbeaten in OverTime]> Nine times this season, the Williams Lake TimberWolves have taken teams to Overtime and they have yet to be beaten in Sudden Death.  The latest 'last shot wins' effort was a 7-6 victory over the Quesnel Millionaires, Tuesday night at the Twin Ice Arena. As a result of such, the TimberWolves now have five wins and four ties in their nine Overtime appearances.

A rather uneventful first period saw the Millionaires go ahead 2-0, thanks to both a powerplay and shorthanded goal.

It wasn't until early in the second when Williams Lake got on track with Josh Murray and Les Reaney netting powerplay markers.  Just 36-seconds after Reaney's tying goal, the T'Wolves grabbed the lead for the first time at 3-2, with Kevin Galan depositing the puck past Quesnel netminder Jonathan Trout.  However, it took the Mills only another 15-seconds to even the score 3-3.  Three goals in a span of just 51-seconds seem to signify a lot more offence yet to come.  And such was exactly the case.  Quesnel went back in front 4-3, only this time to see Trent Manchur complete a four goal middle period for Williams Lake by burying one to deadlock things at 4-4 following 40 minutes of play.

Mark Ehl's powerplay tally at 8:14 of the third put the Pack ahead 5-4.  Mind you, it took Quesnel a little over three minutes to remedy that by tying the game once more.  When Dave Krisky fired home his 31st of the year with just 4:36 left in regulation, it was thought that perhaps this time the TimberWolves might possibly hang on for a 6-5 decision, but such was not the case.  With only 3:33 remaining, the Millionaires beat Fabio Luongo to tie the score 6-6, leaving Overtime to determine if someone may be able to pick up an extra point.

As 'golden' as the Williams Lake TimberWolves have been this season in Sudden Death, why would the trend stop on this night? Dave Krisky fed a perfect pass to Les Reaney on a two-on-one, who converted his second of the game and 31st overall off a text book deke for the winner, 2:57 into Four-on-Four Extra Time.

The victory gave the TimberWolves a Season-Series dominance of 4-1-1-0 over Quesnel.  The loss was the Millionaire's sixth straight as they remain winless in the new year.  Meantime, the T'Wolves have won two-in-a-row and three of their last four road outings.

Three more goals while sporting the man advantage helped keep the Pack's Road Powerplay the best in the entire B.C.H.L..

On a personal note, despite allowing six goals, Fabio Luongo won his fourth consecutive game, improving his record to 8-7-1-0.

Now 20-19-4-0, the TimberWolves are still Fifth in the Interior Division with 44 points, just three points back of Fourth Place Trail, while holding a game in hand.  The Smokies were dumped 4-1 on home ice by Vernon on Tuesday.

The Williams Lake TimberWolves conclude a busy stint of six games in eight days by hosting the Surrey Eagles on Thursday night and Penticton Vees Friday night, at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Centre.

FINAL SCORE:
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 7                          
QUESNEL MILLIONAIRES - 6  (OT)

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Les Reaney - 2 (30, 31), Josh Murray - 1 (17), Kevin Galan - 1 (8), Trent Manchur - 1 (18), Mark Ehl - 1 (10), Dave Krisky - 1 (31)

Williams Lake Assists:
Les Reaney - 2, Dave Krisky - 2, Josh Murray - 2, Trent Manchur - 2, Tyler Mazzei - 2, Cody Brookwell - 2, Steve VanOosten - 1

Quesnel Goal Scorers:
Michael O'Donnell - 2 (5, 6), Darryl Marchuk - 1 (8), Bryn Lindsay - 1 (3), Jeff  Gagnon - 1 (12), Joel Boyetchko - 1 (8)

Quesnel Assists:
Andrew Rebus - 3, Ryan Martens - 2, Ryan Kindret - 2, Joel Boyetchko - 1, Jeff Fedyk -  1, Jeff Gagnon - 1, Michael O'Donnell - 1, Shawn Overton - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Les Reaney (2nd), Williams Lake (2:57 of Four-on-Four, Sudden Death OT)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 3
Quesnel - 2

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 3 for 6
Quesnel - 2 for 7

Shorthanded Goals:
 Quesnel - 1

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   0   4   2   1   =   7
Quesnel            2   2   2   0   =   6

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   11   14   10   2   =   37
Quesnel            10   19   17   2   =   48

Goaltenders:
W - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 62:57, six goals against on 48 shots (8-7-1-0 ... 3.74 G.A.A.)
L - #1 Jonathan Trout, Quesnel - 62:57, seven goals against on 37 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #23 Les Reaney, Williams Lake
2 - #16 Dave Krisky, Williams Lake
3 - #4 Michael O'Donnell, Quesnel

Attendance: 550

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[The New Phone Cards Are Here!]> Hello Twolves fans!

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Players featured are Luongo, L. Reaney, VanOosten and Manchur!

Only $10 each for 60 minutes of long distance calling to or from anywhere in Canada or the United States! Collect all four!

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Take Twof Three On Busy Road Trip]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves began a stretch of six games in eight days with two on the Island and one on the Lower Mainland this past weekend.  The end result was four of a possible six points.

The TimberWolves pulled off a 'small miracle' in defeating the Cowichan Valley Capitals 5-4 in Overtime on Friday night, were dismal Saturday night in dropping a 5-3 decision to the Victoria Salsa, while scoring late to shade the Langley Hornets 3-2 on Sunday afternoon.

Outplayed badly for two periods, Williams Lake trailed Cowichan Valley 2-0 after one and 4-2 following 40 minutes.  Dave Krisky, with his first of two, and Bryce Dale scored for the T'Wolves.

The Pack finally awoke in the third period, narrowing the deficit to 4-3 at the 9:45 mark, when Dave Krisky potted his second of the game and 30th of the season.

Desperation was soon the operative word as with goaltender Fabio Luongo on the bench in favour of an 'extra attacker,' Steve VanOosten managed to slip the puck through a crowd, as well as newly acquired Capitals' netminder Brandon Highton, to tie the game 4-4 with just 1.4-seconds remaining in regulation time, forcing sudden death.

Shortly into the Four-on-Four, Five Minute Overtime Period, Cowichan's Chris Frank ran into Fabio Luongo, resulting in a gutsy goaltender interference call from the referee.  That led to the eventual game winner as Trent Manchur cut in on the left wing and muscled a shot past Highton at the 2:03 mark, completing the Williams Lake comeback.  Manchur's tally was the Pack's fourth man advantage goal of the night, keeping the club well on top when it comes to the B.C.H.L.'s Best Road Powerplay.

Fabio Luongo earned the victory in net, turning aside 34 of 38 shots.

Hoping to ride the momentum of Friday night's rally, the TimberWolves visited the Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria on Saturday night, where they went ahead 2-0 in the opening period thanks to goals from Les Reaney & Kevin Galan.

However, everything went downhill from there.  Perhaps overconfidence set in, what with the Salsa only managing nine wins in 39 games entering the contest.

Victoria scored a powerplay goal with just seven seconds left in the first period to trim the deficit to 2-1 following 20 minutes.

Williams Lake was never able to recover from allowing three straight second period markers, including two within a-minute-21.

Entering the third, the T'Wolves found themselves in the same position as the night before, down 4-2.

Mark Ehl made it 4-3 at 7:02 of the third period, but the second consecutive come-from-behind effort wasn't about to happen on this night.  The Salsa added some late game insurance by scoring in the final minute for the 5-3 victory.

Salsa goaltender Ryan Riddle was stellar, stopping 48 of 51 shots, although the TimberWolves were unable to turn many of those into legitimate scoring chances.  Andrew Braithwaite was tagged with the loss.

Now 1-1 on the trip, the Williams Lake TimberWolves were in jeopardy of falling two games below ..500 for only the second time all season.  And in the Langley Hornets, they were facing an injury-plagued and affiliate laden line-up.

Les Reaney notched a pair of first period goals wrapped around one by former TimberWolf Marcel Bruinsma to give the Pack a 2-1 cushion after one period of play.

The Hornets had the second period's lone marker, leaving proceedings tied 2-2 headed for the third.

Despite a considerable edge in shots for most of the game, it took another Trent Manchur burst of speed for the win as he beat Hornet goalie Luke Shier up high with just 3:43 left.  The goal was quite reminiscent of Manchur's overtime heroics only two days previous at Cowichan Valley.

Fabio Luongo earned his second victory of the weekend, squaring his personal record at 7-7-1-0.  Williams Lake outshot Langley 50-34 overall in climbing back to the .500 mark at 19-19-4-0, good for 42 points and Fifth Place in the cosy Interior Division Standings.

An active week continues for the T'Wolves, who'll play their infamous 'bus break-down make-up game' from mid-December tomorrow (Tuesday) night at Quesnel. Thursday night, the Surrey Eagles make their lone regular season appearance in the Cariboo, prior to a Friday night visit from the Penticton Vees.

(Friday Night)        FINAL SCORE:
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 5
COWICHAN VALLEY CAPITALS - 4  (OT)

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Dave Krisky - 2 (29, 30), Bryce Dale - 1 (5), Steve VanOosten - 1 (8), Trent  Manchur - 1 (16)

Williams Lake Assists:
Les Reaney - 3, Steve VanOosten - 2, Zach Gieszler - 1, Bryce Dale - 1, Josh Murray - 1

Cowichan Valley Goal Scorers:
Aaron Spotts - 1 (12), Kelly Reynolds - 1 (3), Alexandre Gagne - 1 (24), Ryan Botchar - 1 (5)

Cowichan Valley Assists:
Kelly Reynolds - 2, Joey Hughes - 2, Ryan Botchar - 1, Alexandre Gagne - 1,  Chris Frank - 1, Jeff Anderson - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Trent Manchur, Williams Lake (2:03 of Four-on-Four, Sudden OT)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 4
Cowichan Valley - 2

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 4 for ?
Cowichan Valley - 2 for ?

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake        0   2   2   1   =   5
Cowichan Valley   2   2   0   0   =   4

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake         5    10   11   3   =   29
Cowichan Valley   10   20    8    0   =   38

Goaltenders:
W - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 62:03, four goals against on 38 shots (6-7-1-0 ... 3.72 G.A.A.)
L - #31 Brandon Highton, Cowichan Valley - 62:03, five goals against on 29 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #23 Les Reaney, Williams Lake
2 - #16 Dave Krisky, Williams Lake
3 - #8 Kelly Reynolds, Cowichan Valley

Attendance: 1,122

 

(Saturday Night)    FINAL SCORE: 
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3
VICTORIA SALSA - 5

Victoria Goal Scorers:
Jordan Baird - 1 (10), Steve Cameron - 1 (22), Josh Jasek-Jepson - 1 (9), Tyler Bozak - 1 (7), Adam Naglich - 1 (12)

Victoria Assists:
Adam Naglich - 2, Josh Lund - 2, Mark Wilson - 2, Robert Forshner - 1, Duncan Vyner -  1, Josh Jasek-Jepson - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Les Reaney - 1 (27), Kevin Galan - 1 (7), Mark Ehl - 1 (9)

Williams Lake Assists:
Bryce Dale - 2, Trent Manchur - 2, Alex Greenlay - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Tyler Bozak, Victoria (13:51 of the 2nd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 0
Victoria - 1

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 0 for 2
Victoria - 1 for 2

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   2   0   1   =   3
Victoria              1   3   1   =   5

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   19   14   18   =   51
Victoria              12   10    8    =   30

Goaltenders:
W - #1 Ryan Riddle, Victoria - 60:00, three goals against on 51 shots
L - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, five goals against on 30 shots (12-12-3-0 ... 3.83 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #19 Adam Naglich, Victoria
2 - #10 Bryce Dale, Williams Lake
3 - #1 Ryan Riddle, Victoria

Attendance: 1,012


(Sunday Afternoon)   FINAL SCORE: 
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3
LANGLEY HORNETS - 2

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Les Reaney - 2 (28, 29), Treant Manchur - 1 (17)

Williams Lake Assists:
Steve VanOosten - 2, Josh Murray - 1, Dave Krisky - 1

Langley Goal Scorers:
Marcel Bruinsma - 1 (12), Matt Allen - 1 (15)

Langley Assists:
Aaron Berman - 2, Matt Allen - 1, Tyson Daniels - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Trent Manchur, Williams Lake (16:17 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 1
Langley - 1

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 1 for 6
Langley - 1 for 4

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   2   0   1   =   3
Langley              1   1   0   =   2

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   19   14   17   =   50
Langley              10   13   11   =   34

Goaltenders:
W - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 60:00, two goals against on 34 shots (7-7-1-0 ...  3.60 G.A.A.)
L - #1 Luke Shier, Langley - 60:00, three goals against on 50 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #23 Les Reaney, Williams Lake
2 - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake
3 - #1 Luke Shier, Langley

Attendance: 673

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Low-keyed As Trade Deadline Passes]>      With all British Columbia Hockey League teams needing to have their respective 21 player roster in place by Monday night at Midnight, the Williams Lake TimberWolves only made what would have to be considered a minor transaction, sending Defenceman Jonathon Ryan to the North Bay Skyhawks of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League in exchange for Future Considerations.  Ryan played 32 games for Williams Lake, recording one goal and one assist, along with 38 penalty minutes, after originally being acquired from the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Grand Prairie Storm.

     Incidentally, the North Bay Skyhawks are the same team where former T’Wolf Rearguard Alex Ward is now playing.  The Skyhawks are actually in First Place in their Division. 

     As well, TimberWolves’ Defencemen Mike Leidl & Trevor Turner have both been carded and will hopefully be in the line-up soon following their respective lengthy injuries.

     Pack Centre Les Reaney & Blueliner Steve VanOosten are both on their way to Victoria for the Annual B.C.H.L. Showcase All-Star Game, set for Wednesday night at the Bear Mountain Arena.  They’ll join their teammates in time for Friday night’s meeting with the Cowichan Valley Capitals in Duncan.

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Two Game Home Weekend Results In A Split For The TWolves]>      The Williams Lake TimberWolves began the weekend by coming from behind to defeat the Cowichan Valley Capitals 6-4 on Saturday night, prior to Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the Salmon Arm SilverBacks, with both games at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

     And it was a tale of two different beginnings for the TimberWolves, who overcame a 4-1 first period deficit against Cowichan Valley, while letting an early 2-0 lead slip away versus Salmon Arm.

     Williams Lake played a dismal opening period Saturday night, falling behind 2-0 just 4:35 into the contest. Mark Ehl scored to make it 2-1, however, the Capitals tallied twice more to go up 4-1 after one period of play.  The Pack was also outshot by a margin of 25-13 in displaying a very slow start in its first home appearance of the New Year.

     Mind you, a three goal second period outburst in less than five minutes pulled the T’Wolves even at 4-4 following 40 minutes, thanks to successive markers from Matt Crowell, Tyler Mazzei & Trent Manchur.

     In the third, Josh Murray netted what proved to be the game winner with only 5:16 remaining in regulation time.  Dave Krisky added some insurance to give the Timber-Wolves a 6-4 victory.

     It’s worth nothing that after the first period collapse, starting goaltender Andrew Braithwaite gave way to Fabio Luongo, who was flawless over the last two periods, picking up the win in turning aside 15 shots.

     The decision pulled the Williams Lake TimberWolves back to .500 at 17-17-4-0, good for 38 points and maintained possession of Fifth Place in the Interior Division.

     There was little time to savour Saturday’s effort as the surging Salmon Arm Silver-Backs provided the opposition late Sunday afternoon.

     And unlike Saturday night’s start, the TimberWolves looked solid from the get go, building a 2-0 lead after one as a result of goals from Mark Ehl and Les Reaney.

     However, the game was quickly even at 2-2 by the 6:56 mark of the second when the SilverBacks potted a pair just 20-seconds apart.  A short time later, Josh Murray put Williams Lake back in front 3-2, only to see Salmon Arm score the next two goals to move ahead 4-3.  Fortunately for T’Wolves, they managed to tie things at 4-4 before the end of the second period, with Zach Gieszler getting credit for a long shot deflection as the Pack held the powerplay.

     It was the exact same scenario as the night before, a 4-4 hockey game entering the third period, only this time the result was disappointing.  With Duane Whitehead in the penalty box, the SilverBacks beat Andrew Braithwaite to grab a 5-4 lead, one they wouldn’t relinquish.

     Salmon Arm outshot the TimberWolves 44-42 overall in completing a perfect three-for-three weekend.  As far as the Williams Lake TimberWolves are concerned, they fell one game back below the .500 mark at 17-18-4-0 entering the All-Star break.  Les Reaney & Steve VanOosten will be on their way to Victoria in helping to represent the Interior Conference at the Annual B.C.H.L. Showcase on Wednesday night.  Mean-time, a few players around the locker room may be on edge with the B.C.H.L. Trading Deadline set for Monday night at Midnight.

     The TimberWolves are back in action on Friday night in Duncan, facing the Cowichan Valley Capitals, kicking off a string of four consecutive ‘road’ games.

FINAL SCORE:  (Saturday Night)   
COWICHAN VALLEY CAPITALS - 4
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 6

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Mark Ehl - 1 (7), Matt Crowell - 1 (8), Tyler Mazzei - 1 (8), Trent Manchur - 1 (15), Josh Murray - 1 (15), Dave Krisky - 1 (28)

Williams Lake Assists:
Les Reaney - 3, Trent Manchur - 2, Matt Crowell - 1, Bryce Dale - 1, Cody Brookwell - 1, Steve VanOosten -1 , Dave Krisky - 1, Josh Murray - 1

Cowichan Valley Goal Scorers:
Cam MacIntyre - 1 (11), Jeff Anderson - 1 (10), Geoff Kinrade - 1 (6), Aaron Spotts - 1 (10)

Cowichan Valley Assists:
Craig Parkinson - 2, Matt Dyck - 1, Chris Frank - 1, Tom Phillips - 1, Sam Kuzyk - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Josh Murray, Williams Lake (14:44 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Cowichan Valley - 1
Williams Lake - 0

Powerplays:
Cowichan Valley - 1 for 2
Williams Lake - 0 for 3

Period Scoring:
Cowichan Valley   4   0   0   =   4
Williams Lake        1   3   2   =   6

Shots on Goal:
Cowichan Valley   25    6     9    =   40
Williams Lake        13   14   12   =   39

Goaltenders:
W - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 40:00, no goals against on 15 shots (5-7-1-0 .... 3.70 G.A.A.) & #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 20:00, four goals against on 25 shots (12-10-3-0 ... 3.74 G.A.A.)
L - #1 Patrick Conacher, Cowichan Valley - 60:00, six goals against on 39 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #6 Trent Manchur, Williams Lake
2 - #21 Matt Crowell, Williams Lake
3 - #14 Craig Parkinson, Cowichan Valley

Attendance: 1,000
 

FINAL SCORE:  (Sunday Afternoon)   
SALMON ARM SILVERBACKS - 5
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 4

Salmon Arm Goal Scorers:
Brodie Sheahan - 1 (18), Luke Cain - 1 (7), Tyrell Mason - 1 (6), Darcy Zajac - 1 (4), Ben Street - 1 (20)

Salmon Arm Assists:
Julian Marcuzzi - 2 Darcy Zajac - 2, Tyrell Mason - 2, Evan Barlow - 1, Luke Cain - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Mark Ehl - 1 (8), Les Reaney - 1 (26), Josh Murray - 1 (16), Zach Gieszler - 1 (5)

Williams Lake Assists:
Matt Crowell - 1, Trent Manchur - 1, Dave Krisky - 1, Josh Murray - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Ben Street, Salmon Arm (9:15 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Salmon Arm - 2
Williams Lake - 1

Powerplays:
Salmon Arm - 2 for 5
Williams Lake - 1 for 4

Period Scoring:
Salmon Arm     0   4   1   =   5
Williams Lake   2   2   0   =   4

Shots on Goal:
Salmon Arm      12   20   12   =   44
Williams Lake   13   15   14   =   42

Goaltenders:
W - #31 Jesse Deckert, Salmon Arm - 60:00, four goals against on 42 shots
L - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, five goals against on 44 shots (12-11-3-0 ... 3.79 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #14 Darcy Zajac, Salmon Arm
2 - #14 Josh Murray, Williams Lake
3 - #12 Tyrell Mason, Salmon Arm

Attendance: 940

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

 

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<![CDATA[New Year Begins With Split In The Kootenays]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves managed two of a possible four points during their New Year's Weekend Road Trip to Trail, outscoring the Smoke Eaters 10-6 on Saturday night, prior to a 5-3 setback Sunday afternoon.

The Pack opened with one of its best periods all season, Saturday night, jumping to a 4-0 lead, outshooting Trail 14-5 in the process.  Team Scoring Leader, Dave Krisky, got things rolling on a shorthanded breakaway by potting his 27th goal, followed by Zach Gieszler, Kevin Galan & Josh Murray tallies before the end of 20 minutes.

In the second period, every time the Smokies attempted to turn things around, the Timber-Wolves would rally to regain a comfortable cushion.  Two more goals from relative newcomer Kevin Galan gave him a 'Hat Trick' and Williams Lake a 6-2 advantage after two.  Mind you, Kevin would be hardly content with just three goals.

Trail began the third period by scoring twice within 23 seconds to narrow the deficit to 6-4.  However, any thoughts of a comeback were quickly dashed by a Dustin Honing marker, in addition to two more from Kevin Galan within a mere 22 seconds.  Alex Greenlay fired home his second of the season late in the contest to complete the 10-6 victory.

Kevin Galan ended up with six points on the evening, thanks to five goals and one assist.  Everything he shot just seemed to elude the Smoke Eater netminders.  By doing so, Galan tied franchise records for the Most Individual Goals in one game, as well as the Most Points by a one player over 60 minutes.  Zach Gieszler was also strong offensively, scoring once and contributing three assists.

The T'Wolves' double digit output was by far the greatest number of goals scored 'on the road' in a single outing.

And the 'Special Teams' were unstoppable for Williams Lake as the TimberWolves' League Leading Road Powerplay went six for nine, with a shorthanded effort added to the mix.

As wild as the game became, it was accompanied by some chippy third period play.  Dave Krisky was run from behind by Trail Defenceman and one time TimberWolf, Brandon Cox.  It was an obvious intent to injure for which Cox received no penalty.  The check left Krisky on the ice for more than five minutes.  He was eventually able to get to his feet and skate to the bench, but never saw another shift the remainder of the game.  In addition, Smoke Eaters' Forward Jon Hanley was assessed a Five Minute Major and Game Misconduct for the 'flying elbow' he landed on Les Reaney.  Add to that a David Eccles' Gross Misconduct following his fight with Alex Greenlay, and the Smoke Eaters were definitely showing little class in absorbing such an embar-rassing home ice defeat.

The Williams Lake TimberWolves outshot their hosts 39-37 overall on "Guaranteed Win Night," a promotion which obviously backfired.  All fans attending Saturday's game were issued a Free Ticket for Sunday's rematch as a result of the Trail loss.

Andrew Braithwaite earned the victory between the pipes, despite allowing six goals.

The win brought the Pack back to the ..500 mark at 16-16-4-0 entering Sunday's afternoon battle.

No one knew exactly what to expect in light of the late game events of the night before, but it was plain to see that the Trail Smoke Eaters meant business right off the start on Sunday.  Despite being dominated through the first seven or eight minutes, Williams Lake was able to retire to the locker room tied 1-1 after the first period, with Dustin Honing notching his second goal of the weekend on the power-play.

It remained 1-1 until the 15:48 point of the second, when Trent Manchur netted his 14th with the TimberWolves holding another man advantage.  Unfortunately, the Smokies responded just 28 seconds later to even things at 2-2, a score which held up after two.

With Williams Lake two men down to start the third, Trail struck only 32 seconds in for a 3-2 lead. Mind you, the T'Wolves weren't ready to surrender quite yet.  Bryce Dale followed up a Tyler Mazzei rush to tie the game at 10:27 of the third.

However, with only 6:04 left in regulation, right after Andrew Braithwaite stoned Jesse Newman on a breakaway, Newman stayed with the play, eventually flipping home the game winner.  A late insurance marker made the final 5-3.

The Trail Smoke Eaters were given credit for an embellished 54-32 edge in shots, helping to drop the TimberWolves back to one game below .500.  

Tyler Mazzei led the offence on Sunday with three assists.

The Williams Lake TimberWolves completed six consecutive games away from home by sporting a 2-4-0-0 record, with the next two slated for the friendly confines of the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.  Saturday night at 7:30, it's a visit from the Cowichan Valley Capitals, followed by a Sunday afternoon encounter against the Salmon Arm SilverBacks, beginning at 4:30.

FINAL SCORE: (Saturday Night)   
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 10
TRAIL SMOKE EATERS - 6

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Kevin Galan - 5 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6), Dave Krisky - 1 (27), Zach Gieszler - 1 (4), Josh  Murray - 1 (14), Dustin Honing - 1 (7), Alex Greenlay - 1 (2)

Williams Lake Assists:
Zach Gieszler - 3, Alex Greenlay - 2, Cody Brookwell - 2, Tyler Mazzei - 2, Bryce Dale - 2, Kevin Galan - 1, Les Reaney - 1, Dave Krisky - 1, Mark Ehl - 1, Matt Crowell - 1, Duane Whitehead - 1, Brad Reaney - 1, Steve VanOosten - 1

Trail Goal Scorers:
Kyle Jones - 2 (26, 27), Brandon Cox - 2 (7, 8), Jesse Newman - 1 (16), Justin St. Louis - 1 (19)

Trail Assists:
Justin St. Louis - 2, David Eccles - 2, Kyle Jones - 2, Kevin Limbert - 1, Jon Hanley - 1, Brandon Cox - 1, Mike Holmes - 1, Daniel Quilico - 1, Chris Shudo - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Dustin Honing, Williams Lake (5:45 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 6
Trail - 2

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 6 for 9
Trail - 2 for 8

Shorthanded Goals:
Williams Lake - 1

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   4   2   4   =   10
Trail                   0   2   4   =    6

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   14   15   10   =   39
Trail                    5    16   16   =   37

Goaltenders:
W - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, six goals against on 37 shots (12-9-3-0 ... 3.58 G.A.A.)
L - #35 Ryan McConnachie, Trail - 14:41, three goals against on 12 shots & #33 Zach Cardella, Trail - 45:19, seven goals against on 27 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #24 Kevin Galan, Williams Lake
2 - #37 Zach Gieszler, Williams Lake
3 - #91 Kyle Jones, Trail

Attendance: 1,063

FINAL SCORE: (Sunday Afternoon)
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3
TRAIL SMOKE EATERS - 5

Trail Goal Scorers:
Kyle Jones - 1 (28), Aaron Roberge - 1 (6), Brandon Cox - 1 (9), Jesse Newman - 1 (17), Kevin Limbert - 1 (6)

Trail Assists:
Justin St. Louis - 2, Ray Nicks - 2 Kyle Jones - 2, Josh Bishop - 1, Jesse Newman - 1, Jordan Collins - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Dustin Honing - 1 (8), Trent Manchur - 1 (14), Bryce Dale - 1 (4)

Williams Lake Assists:
Tyler Mazzei - 3, Duane Whitehead - 1, Bryce Dale - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Jesse Newman, Trail (13:56 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 2
Trail - 1

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 2 for 6
Trail - 1 for 8

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   1   1   1   =   3
Trail                   1   1   3   =   5

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   13   12    7    =   32
Trail                   17   26   16   =   54

Goaltenders:
W - #35 Ryan McConnachie, Trail - 60:00, three goals against on 32 shots
L - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, five goals against on 54 shots (12-10-3-0 ... 3.64 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #10 Jesse Newman, Trail
2 - #10 Bryce Dale, Williams Lake
3 - #91 Kyle Jones, Trail

Attendance: 871

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[TWolves Enter Christmas Break Dropping Two Out Of Three At The Coast]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves opened their three game stint on the Lower Mainland with a victory, only to lose the next two, before heading home for the holidays.

Friday night in Chilliwack, the Pack topped the Chiefs 6-4, prior to a 6-4 defeat by the Express on Saturday night at Coquitlam, as well as a 4-3 setback to the Eagles, Sunday night in Surrey.

Inside the new Prospera Centre, the TimberWolves continued their mastery of Chilliwack, which began two seasons ago, next door at the vintage Coliseum.

Les Reaney put the T'Wolves on the board before the game was even three minutes old, a 1-0 lead which held up for the rest of the opening period.

The Chiefs tied the score in the second, only to have Dave Krisky push Williams Lake back in front 2-1, just over a-minute-and-a-half later on the powerplay.  However, Chilliwack once more evened things with only 19 seconds remaining in the middle stanza, leaving wonder as to whether or not giving up something that late in the period would deflate the Pack's confidence.

Such was certainly not the case on this night as Dave Krisky notched his second of the contest, with Josh Murray counting on the man advantage 1:07 later, to put Williams Lake ahead by a seemingly comfortable 4-2 early in the third.  The once low scoring affair was no longer that as the Chiefs battled back, netting a pair of goals two minutes apart to tie the game at 4-4, with just under 10 minutes left in the third.  If the Williams Lake TimberWolves were ever to receive a 'fortunate bounce,' it happened with only a-minute-30 remaining in regulation time.  The Chilliwack defence was attempting to clear its own zone when the puck hit a partition between two panes of glass, landing right on the stick of Kevin Galan.  The newest TimberWolf wasted little time to firing a hard backhand from the high slot, which eluded a surprised Chiefs' netminder Derek Janzen, putting the Pack up 5-4.  A short time later, with Janzen on the bench in favour of an 'extra attacker, Dave Krisky cleared the puck down the ice from inside his own blueline, watching it find the mark to complete his 'Hat Trick,' giving the T'Wolves a 6-4 victory.

Andrew Braithwaite earned the win, turning aside 31 of 35 shots in the Williams Lake net.

The TimberWolves' mysterious dominance of Chilliwack continues.  The Pack swept the Season-Series for the second consecutive year and is now 5-1-0-0 against the Chiefs in six meetings over three seasons, earning 10 of a possible 12 points in the process, having now won four straight.

Unfortunately, Saturday night was a different story from the beginning.  The Coquitlam Express were handed three very quick powerplays to start the game, converting on two for a 2-0 advantage before even six minutes had been played.  Williams Lake didn't register its first shot on goal until after the 12 minute mark, but only trailed 2-0 after one, despite being outshot 17-8 in the period.

The 'red hot' Dave Krisky, with his first of two a mere nine seconds into the second, pulled the TimberWolves to within one at 2-1.  Krisky went to work once more at 6:41, converting a perfect pass from Zach Gieszler to tie the score 2-2.  However, the pesky Express regained the lead with the man advantage a-minute-37 later and added another powerplay tally at 18:05 to hold a 4-2 jump following two periods of play.

Things looked bleak for the T'Wolves after Coquitlam grabbed a 5-2 lead by the 2:57 point of the third.  Mind you, the 'never say die' Pack rallied for two goals 22 seconds apart, thanks to Tyler Mazzei & Dustin Honing, to climb back to within one at 5-4 with over 10 minutes on the clock.  The comeback was not to be complete as the Express found the empty net with Fabio Luongo on the bench, making the final 6-4.

The TimberWolves actually outshot Coquitlam 12-4 in the third, with the Express holding a 35-32 edge shotwise over 60 minutes.

Fabio Luongo was tagged with the defeat as the T'Wolves slipped back to the .500 mark at 15-15-4-0.  What hurt the most was the deficiency of the 'special teams.'  The Pack went 0 for 8 with the man advantage, while allowing four Express powerplay goals.

Sunday afternoon in Surrey, Williams Lake was hoping to bounce back in playing its final game prior to the end of the 2004 calendar year.

And the TimberWolves got off to a good start while holding a two man advantage when Les Reaney scored at 8:58 of the first.  However, before the period was out, the Eagles had tied the score at 1-1.

Dave Krisky, with his sixth of the weekend and 26th of the season on the P.P. just 29 seconds into the middle period, put Williams Lake back into the lead 2-1, but it was Surrey potting a pair prior to the end of the second for a 3-2 advantage after 40 minutes.

When Matt Crowell pulled the T'Wolves even at 3-3 again on the powerplay 5:56 into the third, it appeared as though the hard-hitting effort would go right down to the wire.

That was pretty much the case, until B.C.H.L. Goal Leader Andrew Kozek counted his third of the game and 32nd of the season, beating Andrew Braithwaite with only 4:08 remaining to put his Eagles ahead 4-3, a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

The TimberWolves were outshot by an exaggerated 49-28 in falling back below .500 at 15-16-4-0.

At the break, the Pack finds itself in Sixth Place in the Interior Division with 34 points, just five points out of Third, but at the same time, only three points away from being Last.

With the players returning home to spend Christmas with their families, the Williams Lake TimberWolves won't return to action until New Year's Day Night when they visit the Trail Smoke Eaters for the first of back-to-back games to kick off 2005.

*** On a different note, the game between the TimberWolves and Millionaires originally scheduled for Tuesday, December 14th in Quesnel, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 18th at the Twin Ice Arena.  The T'Wolves Team Bus had broken down while on the way to the December 14th meeting.

FINAL SCORE: (Friday Night)
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 6
CHILLIWACK CHIEFS - 4

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Dave Krisky - 3 (21, 22, 23 ... e.n.g.), Les Reaney - 1 (24), Josh Murray - 1 (13), Kevin Galan - 1 (1)

Williams Lake Assists:
Dave Krisky - 2, Josh Murray - 2, Les Reaney - 2, Steve VanOosten - 1

Chilliwack Goal Scorers:
Joel Rupprecht - 1 (7), Josh Lunden - 1 (14), Chris Blackmon - 1 (4), Mike DiStefano - 1 (14)

Chilliwack Assists:
Josh Lunden - 2, K.C. Stahlberg - 1, Jordan Ellams - 1, Sheldon Lee - 1, Mike DiStefano - 1, Matt Butcher - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Kevin Galan, Williams Lake (18:30 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 2
Chilliwack - 0

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 2 for 6
Chilliwack - 0 for 5

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   1   1   4   =   6
Chilliwack         0   2   2   =   4

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   9   11   8    =   28
Chilliwack         8   16   11   =   35

Goaltenders:
W - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, four goals against on 35 shots (11-8-3-0 ... 3.46 G.A.A.)
 L - #32 Derek Janzen, Chilliwack - 60:00, five goals against on 27 shots + one empty net goal on one shot

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #16 Dave Krisky, Williams Lake
2 - #14 Josh Murray, Williams Lake
3 - #7 Mike DiStefano, Chilliwack

Attendance: 2,683

FINAL SCORE: (Saturday Night)    
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 4
COQUITLAM EXPRESS - 6

Coquitlam Goal Scorers:
Darren Olson - 2 (9, 10), Alan Mazur - 1 (8), Brandon Yip - 1 (9), Keith Seabrook - 1 (4), Jovan Matic - 1 (3 ... e.n.g.)

Coquitlam Assists:
Brandon Yip - 4, Keith Seabrook - 2, Paul Crowder - 2, Mark Soares - 1, Alan Mazur - 1, Peter Merth -  1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Dave Krisky - 2 (24, 25), Tyler Mazzei - 1 (7), Dustin Honing - 1 (6)

Williams Lake Assists:
Steve VanOosten - 1, Les Reaney - 1, Zach Gieszler - 1, Josh Murray - 1, Matt Crowell - 1, Trent  Manchur - 1, Brad Reaney - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Darren Olson (2nd), Coquitlam (2:57 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 0
Coquitlam - 4

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 0 for 8
Coquitlam - 4 for 7

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   0   2   2   =   4
Coquitlam         2   2   2   =   6

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   8    12   12   =   32
Coquitlam         17   14    4    =   35

Goaltenders:
W - #1 Ryan Dutton, Coquitlam - 60:00, four goals against on 32 shots
L - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 60:00, five goals against on 34 shots + one empty net goal on one shot (4-7-1-0 ... 3.92 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #14 Brandon Yip, Coquitlam
2 - #19 Darren Olson, Coquitlam
3 - #16 Dave Krisky, Williams Lake

Attendance: 1,080

FINAL SCORE: (Sunday Night)      
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3
SURREY EAGLES - 4

Surrey Goal Scorers:
Andrew Kozek - 3 (30, 31, 32), Korey Diehl - 1 (16)

Surrey Assists:
Korey Diehl - 1, C.J. Jackson - 1, David Rutherford - 1, Matt Girling - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Les Reaney - 1 (25), Dave Krisky - 1 (26), Matt Crowell - 1 (7)

Williams Lake Assists:
Bryce Dale - 1, Dave Krisky - 1, Josh Murray - 1, Les Reaney - 1, Tyler Mazzei - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Andrew Kozek (3rd), Surrey (15:52 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 3
Surrey - 1

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 3 for 9
Surrey - 1 for 5

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   1   1   1   =   3
Surrey               1   2   1   =   4

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   11    7   10   =   28
Surrey               13   22   14   =   49

Goaltenders:
W - #1 Aaron McKenzie, Surrey - 60:00, three goals against on 28 shots
L - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, four goals against on 49 shots (11-9-3-0 ... 3.48 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #26 Andrew Kozek, Surrey
2 - #23 Les Reaney, Williams Lake
3 - #16 Korey Diehl, Surrey

Attendance: 882

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Tuesday's Game in Quesnel has been postponed]> Tonight's game (Dec 14) in Quesnel has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. Due to bus troubles between Williams Lake and Quesnel the TimberWolves were unable to make the trip to Quesnel.

Watch the website for make up game announcements.

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<![CDATA[Road Woes Continue For the TimberWolves]> Following a recent seven game 'home ice' unbeaten streak, the Williams Lake TimberWolves have now lost two-in-a-row and are winless in their last three starts.  The latest setback was a 6-3 defeat to the Prince George Spruce Kings, Saturday night at the Coliseum.

By the time the game was just over five minutes old, the Spruce Kings had potted a pair of goals within a-minute-five.  Another tally at the 18:57 mark made it 3-0 for Prince George after 20 minutes. Chalk it up as another slow beginning for the TimberWolves, who were outshot 19-9 in the period.

Less than five minutes into the second, Prince George struck again, making it a seemingly insurmountable 4-0 advantage.  However, at the 7:30 point of the period, a Dustin Honing/Darcy Prince fight, accompanied by a change in the guard, with Fabio Luongo replacing Andrew Braithwaite in the Williams Lake net, appeared to inject a little life into the T'Wolves.  Alex Greenlay's first goal of the season, followed closely by a Les Reaney marker on the powerplay, drew the Pack to within two at 4-2 headed for the third.

Just when it felt as though momentum would favour Williams Lake to begin the final period, the Spruce Kings quickly deflated the confidence by again scoring two goals within a-minute-and-five seconds, at 1:46 and 2:51, to gain a commanding 6-2 advantage.  A late powerplay effort from Tyler Mazzei made things a bit more respectable, but still spelled defeat for the Timber-Wolves.

The final shot totals were 44-36 in favour of Prince George, who recorded two wins and a tie in its three meetings with the Pack over the past 17 days.

Newcomer Kevin Galan, recently acquired from the Cowichan Valley Capitals, made his TimberWolves' debut on Saturday night.  It was also the second game for Williams Lake native Bryn Brucks, who joined the team in time for Friday night's loss to Merritt.

Falling back to .500 at 14-14-4-0, the Williams Lake TimberWolves face the Quesnel Million-aires for the sixth and final time in the regular season on Tuesday night at the Twin Ice Arena.

FINAL SCORE:
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS - 6

Prince George Goal Scorers:
Joel Leonard - 2 (3, 4), Chris Stevens - 1 (19), Kevin Petovello - 1 (8), Darcy Prince - 1 (4), Tyler Loney - 1 (19)

Prince George Assists:
Leath Gare - 2, Brad Herman - 2, Darcy Prince - 2, Tyler Loney - 1, Matt Shuya -  1, Amedee Marshall - 1, Joel Leonard - 1, Ryan DeVries - 1, Chris Stevens - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Alex Greenlay - 1 (1), Les Reaney - 1 (23), Tyler Mazzei - 1 (6)

Williams Lake Assists:
Dave Krisky - 2, Josh Murray - 1 , Bryce Dale - 1 , Zach Gieszler - 1, Matt Crowell - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Darcy Prince, Prince George (4:57 of the 2nd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 2
Prince George - 0

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 2 for 4
Prince George - 0 for 3

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   0   2   1   =   3
Prince George   3   1   2   =   6

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake     9   10   17   =   36
Prince George   19   16    9    =   44

Goaltenders:
W - #35 Michael-Lee Teslak, Prince George - 60:00, three goals against on 36 shots
L -   #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 27:30, four goals against on 26 shots (10-8-3-0 ... 3.44 G.A.A.) & #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 32:30, two goals against on 18 shots (4-6-1-0 ... 3.82 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #21 Joel Leonard, Prince George
2 - #7 Tyler Loney, Prince George
3 - #7 Tyler Mazzei, Williams Lake

Attendance: 1,086

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[T'Wolves Drop FInal Home Game Before The Christmas Break]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves may have thumped Merritt 8-1 two weeks ago, however, this time, the Centennials disappointed a festive season crowd by downing the Pack 4-1, Friday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Merritt made the most of its scoring chances in the opening period, taking a 2-0 lead into the dressing room after one.  Mind you, it's not as if falling behind early is anything new to the TimberWolves.  The only problem is that a comeback was obviously not in the cards on this occasion.

Two late second period goals less than two minutes apart gave the Centennials a rather commanding 4-0 advantage following 40 minutes of play.

Still clutching their 'Stuffed Toys' in anticipation of the Annual TimberWolves/Salvation Army "Christmas Toy Toss," it was Dave Krisky who finally allowed the crowd's barrage of donations to land on the ice surface.  His powerplay goal at 9:39 of the third was all the offence Williams Lake was able to put past Merritt goaltender Cory Grant.

Although the final shot tallies were even at 37 apiece, the Pack lacked the intensity and desire necessary to stretch its 'home ice' unbeaten streak to eight.  Not having lost 'at home' since October 30th, the string ended at seven, dropping the T'Wolves to 14-13-4-0 in the process, and leaving them tied with Trail for Fourth Place in the extremely congested Interior Division at 32 points apiece.

Next up for the Williams Lake TimberWolves is seven consecutive 'road' games, starting tomorrow night in Prince George against the front-running Kings.

FINAL SCORE:
MERRITT CENTENNIALS - 4
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 1

Merritt Goal Scorers:
Blair Riley - 2 (24, 25), Sean Weaver - 1 (13), Mike Ewanchuk - 1 (2)

Merritt Assists:
Bill Vandermeer - 2, Carver Dowhan - 1, Stephen Cavanagh - 1, Mike Ewanchuk - 1, Stuart Baird - 1, Dave Simoes - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorer:
Dave Krisky - 1 (20)

Williams Lake Assists:
Steve VanOosten - 1, Bryce Dale - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Sean Weaver, Merritt (15:46 of the 1st Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Merritt - 1
Williams Lake - 1

Powerplays:
Merritt - 1 for 4
Williams Lake - 1 for 5

Period Scoring:
Merritt               2   2   0   =   4
Williams Lake   0   0   1   =   1

Shots on Goal:
Merritt               15   11   11   =   37
Williams Lake   14   11   12   =   37

Goaltenders:
W - #1 Cory Grant, Merritt - 60:00, one goal against on 37 shots
L - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, four goals against on 37 shots (10-7-3-0 ... 3.33 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #1 Cory Grant, Merritt
2 - #25 Blair Riley, Merritt
3 - #7 Tyler Mazzei, Williams Lake

Attendance: 885

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Hard Fought Battle With Spruce Kings Ends In A Tie]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves stretched their 'Home Ice' unbeaten streak to seven games by holding the Interior Division leading Prince George Spruce Kings to a 2-2 draw, Tuesday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

From an entertainment point of view, this was arguably one of the best displays all season.  Practically from start to finish, it featured all the intensity of a playoff game.

Following a scoreless opening period, the TimberWolves got on the board first thanks to Trent Manchur, just over six minutes into the second.  Dave Krisky made it 2-0 Williams Lake at 12:25 of the middle period, with Andrew Braithwaite looking stellar in the T'Wolves' net.  The Spruce Kings' Tyler Loney was finally able to beat Braithwaite on the powerplay at 16:55, making the score 2-1 for the Pack after two periods of play.  An example of just how free-wheeling the game was, the shots were 37-25 in favour of Prince George, through 40 minutes.

With Williams Lake clinging to a one goal lead, the Spruce Kings capitalized once more with the man advantage, and it was again Tyler Loney putting the puck past Andrew Braithewaite, with only 7:56 remaining in regulation time.

Both Five Minute, Sudden Death, Overtime Periods consisted of odd-man rushes and end-to-end opportunities galore.  However, neither Braithwaite nor Prince George's Brandon Highton was about to surrender to any potential goal scoring hero.  Highton appeared to make the more difficult of the saves in extra time, including a couple of two-on-nothing breakaways.

The Spruce Kings outshot the TimberWolves 57-42 overall, through 70 minutes of hockey.  These two teams won't have long to wait before facing each other again, hooking up this coming Saturday night at the Coliseum in P.G..

The single point improves the Williams Lake TimberWolves to 14-12-0-4, good for 32 points and a share of Third Place in the Interior Division with idle Salmon Arm.  Meantime, the Prince George Spruce Kings have moved two points ahead of Vernon atop the Interior Standings at 45 points.

The Pack plays its final 'Home' Game prior to Christmas this coming Friday night against the Merritt Centennials, featuring the Annual TimberWolves/Salvation Army "Christmas Toy Toss."  Start time is the usual 7:30 at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

FINAL SCORE:
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS - 2
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 2

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Trent Manchur - 1 (13), Dave Krisky - 1 (19)

Williams Lake Assists:
Tyler Mazzei - 1, Dustin Honing - 1, Cody Brookwell - 1, Les Reaney - 1

Prince George Goal Scorer:
Tyler Loney - 2 (17, 18)

Prince George Assists:
Derek May - 2, Jeff Herman - 2

Game Winning Goal: None

Powerplay Goals:
Prince George - 2
Williams Lake - 0

Powerplays:
Prince George - 2 for 6
Williams Lake - 0 for 3

Period Scoring:
Prince George   0   1   1   0   =   2
Williams Lake    0   2   0   0   =   2

Shots on Goal:
Prince George   15   22   14   6   =   57
Williams Lake   10   15   10   7   =   42

Goaltenders:
T - #1 Brandon Highton, Prince George - 70:00, two goals against on 42 shots
T - #29  Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 70:00, two goals against on 57 shots (10-6-3-0 ... 3.29 GA.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake
2 - #1 Brandon Highton, Prince George
3 - #55 Cody Brookwell, Williams Lake

Attendance: 826

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[T'Wolves Remain on a Roll by Beating Their Rivals From Quesnel]> A three goal third period lifted the Williams Lake TimberWolves to a 5-3 victory over the Quesnel Millionaires, Saturday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Despite a vast edge in play, reflected in a 13-5 shot advantage, the TimberWolves could only manage one goal in the opening period, with Duane Whitehead doing the honours.

The Millionaires struck twice in less than two minutes, midway through the middle stanza, to grab a 2-1 lead.  However, before the period was out, Bryce Dale notched his first of two on the powerplay to even the score at 2-2 after 40 minutes.

Matt Crowell put the TimberWolves back in front at 11:32 of the third, only to have Quesnel tie proceedings at 3-3 just 45 seconds later.  Then with 5:35 remaining, Bryce Dale buried his second of the night to put Williams Lake ahead 4-3.  With Mills' goaltender Jonathan Hordo on the bench in favour of an 'extra attacker,' Zach Gieszler iced the game with a bank shot off the glass into an empty net in the final minute.

Pack netminder, Andrew Braithwaite, was credited with the decision against his former club, his 10th victory of the season.

The Williams Lake TimberWolves have now won four straight and six-in-a-row 'at home.'  Their 14-12-3-0 record gives them 31 points and pulls the T'Wolves to within a single point of Third Place Salmon Arm in the Interior Division.

The Pack will 'leap frog' over the SilverBacks by beating Prince George on Tuesday night.  It won't be an easy task versus the Interior Division pace setting Spruce Kings, but at least the outing will be inside the friendly confines of the Cariboo Memorial, getting underway at 7:30.

FINAL SCORE:
QUESNEL MILLIONAIRES - 3
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 5

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Bryce Dale - 2 (2, 3), Duane Whitehead - 1 (5), Matt Crowell - 1 (6), Zach Gieszler  - 1 (3) ... e.n.g.

Williams Lake Assists:
Les Reaney - 3, Josh Murray - 2, Steve VanOsoten - 2, Matt Crowell - 1, Cody Brookwell  - 1, Dave Krisky - 1

Quesnel Goal Scorers:
Ryan Kindret - 1 (17), Ryan Martens - 1 (11), Shawn Overton - 1 (4)

Quesnel Assists:
Andrew Rebus - 1, Jeff Fedyk - 1, Ryan Kindret - 1, Joel Boyetchko - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Bryce Dale (2nd), Williams Lake (14:25 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Quesnel - 0
Williams Lake - 1

Powerplays:
Quesnel - 0 for 2
Williams Lake - 1 for 5

Period Scoring:
Quesnel             0   2   1   =   3
Williams Lake   1   1   3   =   5

Shots on Goal:
Quesnel              5    19   14   =   38
Williams Lake   13   14   11   =   38

Goaltenders:
W - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, three goals against on 38 shots (10-6-2-0 ...  3.39 G.A.A.)
L - #35 Jonathan Hordo, Quesnel - 60:00, four goals against on 37 shots + one empty net goal

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #10 Bryce Dale, Williams Lake
2 - #22 Steve VanOosten, Williams Lake
3 - #14 Ryan Martens, Quesnel

Attendance: 937

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Come From Behind to Win Fifth Straight at Home]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves overcame an early deficit to knock off the Penticton Vees 4-3, Friday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.  It was the T'Wolves' first win of the season over Penticton after dropping two earlier meetings between the teams.

The Vees actually scored on their first two shots of the contest and held a 2-0 lead by the time the game was just over five minutes old.  However, the TimberWolves quickly regrouped, getting a powerplay marker from Les Reaney at 7:14, prior to a Trent Manchur tally with a little over four minutes left in the period, to even things after one.  It was a 2-2 tie despite Williams Lake holding a decided edge in shots at 15-6.

The Pack's 'Special Teams' took over in the second period as early in the frame, Zach Geiszler put the T'Wolves in front for the first time at 3-2 by scoring with the man advantage.  Less than four minutes later, Josh Murray struck with Williams Lake shorthanded to make it 4-2 Timber-Wolves headed for the third.

The Vees pulled to within one at 4-3 by scoring with 6:11 still remaining, but could get no closer.

The TimberWolves outshot Penticton 32-23 overall, with Andrew Braithwaite earning the victory in the Williams Lake net.

With the win, the Pack moves one game above the .500 mark at 13-12-3-0, good for 29 points and sole possession of Fourth Place in the Interior Division.

The victory was the T'Wolves' third-in-a-row and fifth straight on 'home' ice.

Next up for the Williams Lake TimberWolves is Saturday night's hosting of the Quesnel Millionaires, getting underway at 7:30 at the Complex.

FINAL SCORE:
PENTICTON VEES - 3
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 4

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Les Reaney - 1 (22), Trent Manchur - 1 (12), Zach Gieszler - 1 (2), Josh Murray - 1 (12)

Williams Lake Assists:
Tyler Mazzei - 2, Josh Murray - 1, Dave Krisky - 1, Matt Crowell - 1, Brad Reaney - 1,  Zach Gieszler - 1

Penticton Goal Scorers:
Ryan Coghlan - 1 (17), John Kopp - 1 (5), Alex MacLeod - 1 (5)

Penticton Assists:
Brad Thiessen - 1, Colin Williams - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Josh Murray, Williams Lake (5:28 of the 2nd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Penticton - 0
Williams Lake - 2

Powerplays:
Penticton - 0 for 5
Williams Lake - 2 for 4

Shorthanded Goals: Williams Lake - 1

Period Scoring:
Penticton           2   0   1   =   3
Williams Lake   2   2   0   =   4

Shots on Goal:
Penticton            6    11   6   =   23
Williams Lake   15   11   6   =   32

Goaltenders:
W - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, three goals against on 23 shots (9-6-2-0 ... 3.41 G.A.A.)
L - #30 Brad Thiessen, Penticton - 60:00, four goals against on 32 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #37 Zach Gieszler, Williams Lake
2 - #7 Tyler Mazzei, Williams Lake
3 - #11 Ryan Coghlan, Williams Lake

Attendance: 852

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Make Addition To Roster]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves have acquired Right Winger Bryn Brucks from the Maritime Junior "A" Hockey League's Yarmouth Mariners, in exchange for Future Considerations.  The 19-year old Right Winger is actually a native of Williams Lake.  Bryn has had pervious stints with the La Ronge Ice Wolves of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, as well as in the Western Hockey League, playing for the Swift Current Broncos, Portland Winter Hawks & Prince George Cougars.  The rugged 6' 1", 195 pound, Williams Lake Minor Hockey product went pointless in four games this season with Yarmouth, while recording 31 minutes in penalties.

The TimberWolves are back in action Friday night against Penticton and Saturday night versus Quesnel.  Both games get underway at 7:30 at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Two TimberWolves Attain All-Star Status]> Two members of the Williams Lake TimberWolves have been selected to the British Columbia Hockey League's Interior Conference All-Star Team.

They are Centre Les Reaney & Defenceman Steve VanOosten.

Les Reaney currently leads the overall B.C.H.L. Scoring Race with 21 goals and 29 assists for 50 points, in just 27 regular season games.

Meantime, Steve VanOosten is tops among TimberWolves' Rearguards in scoring with seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points, in 27 regular season games.  Steve also recently signed a letter of intent for an N.C.A.A. Division I Hockey Scholarship with the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, beginning in the Fall of 2005.

The Annual B.C.H.L. (Interior Conference versus Coastal Conference) All-Star Showcase takes place on Wednesday, January 12th, 2005 at the Bear Mountain Arena in Victoria.

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Back-to-Back routs make for a perfect 'home' weekend]> For the first time ever, the Williams Lake TimberWolves beat Vernon on 'home' ice, crushing the Vipers 7-3, Saturday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

In seven previous attempts at 'home' over close to two-and-a-half seasons, the TimberWolves were never able to defeat the Vernon Vipers.  And in this one, the Pack polished them off early.

The T'Wolves opened the scoring quickly at 2:02 of the first period, thanks to Josh Murray's shorthanded tally.  Just over four minutes later, Dave Krisky made it 2-0.  The onslaught continued at 8:52 on the powerplay, when Krisky scored his second-in-a-row.  A mere 22 seconds later, Trent Manchur increased the Williams Lake advantage to 4-0.  Only 13 seconds after that, the Vipers managed to slip the puck past Andrew Braithwaite.  However, a-minute-10 further into the game, Matt Crowell sent the TimberWolves back into a four goal cushion at 5-1, with another powerplay marker.  The Williams Lake TimberWolves actually potted three goals in just a-minute-45, scoring five times on their first seven shots.  Vernon starting netminder, Mark Sibbald, was pulled after the Pack's fourth goal of the period, definitely a blow to his Goals Against Average, among the B.C.H.L's best coming into the game.  The wild and wooly first period finally ended with Williams Lake up 5-2, tying a franchise record for the most goals in one period at five.

The teams traded second period goals, with Steve VanOosten scoring for the TimberWolves, another man advantage tally, Williams Lake's third of the contest.

Brad Reaney made it 7-3 for the T'Wolves in the final 20 minutes, which later became the way things wrapped-up.

Andrew Braithwaite was outstanding between the pipes for the TimberWolves as the Vipers outshot Williams Lake 44-26 overall.  Mind you, credit the T'Wolves' defence for holding many of such shots to the outside perimeter or from long distance and non-threatening scoring areas.


With the game well out of reach, it got quite ugly late in the third period, keying a number of fisticuffs. By the time all was said and done, the two clubs had combined for 244 minutes in penalties.

The TimberWolves only scored 13 goals during their recent six game 'road' winless streak.  Mind you, over the weekend, they notched a total of 15 goals in just two 'home' games.

With the victory, the Williams Lake TimberWolves have climbed back to the .500 mark at 12-12-3-0, good for 27 points.  It was the Pack's fourth straight 'home' ice win, keeping it heavily involved in the tight race of Places Three through Eight in the Interior Division.

The TimberWolves play two more within the friendly confines of the Cariboo Memorial next weekend,...Friday night against Penticton and Saturday night versus Quesnel.

FINAL SCORE:
VERNON VIPERS - 3
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 7

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Dave Krisky - 2 (17, 18), Josh Murray - 1 (11), Trent Manchur - 1 (11), Matt Crowell - 1 (5), Steve VanOosten - 1 (7), Brad Reaney - 1 (4)

Williams Lake Assists:
Les Reaney - 3, Dave Krisky - 2, Steve VanOosten - 1, Dustin Honing - 1, Brad Reaney - 1, Trent Manchur - 1, Tyler Mazzei - 1, Bryce Dale - 1

Vernon Goal Scorers:
Mark Nelson - 1 (18), Aaron Volpatti - 1 (3), Kurtis Colling - 1 (8)

Vernon Assists:
Wade Davison - 1, Dallas Costanzo - 1, Kurtis Colling - 1, Aaron Schepers - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Trent Manchur, Williams Lake (9:14 of the 1st Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Vernon - 0
Williams Lake - 3

Powerplays:
Vernon - 0 for 7
Williams Lake - 3 for 11

Shorthanded Goals:
Williams Lake - 1

Period Scoring:
Vernon               2   1   0   =   3
Williams Lake   5   1   1   =   7

Shots on Goal:
Vernon               20   11   13   =   44
Williams Lake   11     6     9   =   26

Goaltenders:
W - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, three goals against on 44 shots (8-6-2-0 ... 3.43 G.A.A.)
L - # 1 Mark Sibbald, Vernon - 9:14, four goals against on six shots & #31 Matt Boudreau, Vernon - 50:46, three goals against on 20 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #16 Dave Krisky, Williams Lake
2 - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake
3 - #25 Duane Whitehead, Williams Lake

Attendance: 954

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Snap a Six Game Winless Streak by Thumping Merritt]>      The Williams Lake TimberWolves used Merritt as an outlet for their recent ‘road’ frustration by crushing the Centennials 8-1, Friday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

     The TimberWolves led 2-0 after the first period and had themselves a 4-0 advantage by the 5:07 mark of the second, in chasing Merritt starting goaltender Brandon Cross.  Just past the halfway point of period two, the Centennials finally got on the board.  However, before the middle period was out, Williams Lake tallied twice more to go ahead by a comfortable 6-1 score headed for the third.

     Over the final 20 minutes the T’Wolves added another couple of markers, outshooting the visitors by an embarrassing 27-4 count in the process.  The 27 shot total establishes a new franchise record for the most shots ever by the Pack in one period of hockey.

     The final shot tally was actually 53-31 for Williams Lake, with Fabio Luongo picking up the win in net and the TimberWolves receiving two goals apiece from rookies Tyler Mazzei and Matt Crowell, as well as singles going to Josh Murray, Dustin Honing, Dave Krisky and newcomer Tully Labelle-Hamer, with his first as a T-Wolf, unassisted.

     As mentioned, the victory halts the TimberWolves’ six game winless string, improving the club to 11-12-3-0 on the season, good for 25 points.  With Friday night wins by Interior Division rivals Quesnel and Trail, in addition to a tie by Penticton, the Williams Lake TimberWolves remain tight in the standings with the likes of the aforementioned.  Meantime, the Pack has created a bit more breathing room between itself and the last place Centennials.

     It’s hoped that the high will continue into tomorrow night’s hosting of the Vernon Vipers, getting underway at 7:30 at the Complex.

FINAL SCORE:
MERRITT CENTENNIALS - 1
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 8

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Tyler Mazzei - 2 (4, 5), Matt Crowell - 2 (3, 4), Josh Murray - 1 (10), Dustin Honing - 1 (5), Dave Krisky - 1 (16), Tully Labelle-Hamer - 1 (1)

Williams Lake Assists:
Brad Reaney - 3, Zach Gieszler - 2, Jonathon Ryan - 1, Duane Whitehead - 1, Dave Krisky - 1, Alex Greenlay - 1, Bryce Dale - 1, Josh Murray - 1, Les Reaney - 1, Dustin Honing - 1

Merritt Scorers:
Bill Vandermeer - 1 (13)

Merritt Assists:
Bryan Leitch - 1, Carver Dowhan - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Josh Murray, Williams Lake (16:01 of the 1st Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Merritt - 0
Williams Lake - 2

Powerplays:
Merritt - 0 for 3
Williams Lake - 2 for 9

Period Scoring:
Merritt              0   1   0   =   1
Williams Lake   2   4   2   =   8

Shots on Goal:
Merritt              12   15    4    =   31
Williams Lake   11   15   27   =   53

Goaltenders:
W - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 60:00, one goal against on 31 shots (4-6-1-0 ... 3.82 G.A.A.)
L - # 37 Brandon Cross, Merritt - 25:07, four goals against on 15 shots & #1 Cory Grant, Merritt - 34:53, four goals against on 38 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake
2 - #16 Dave Krisky, Williams Lake
3 - #7 Tyler Mazzei, Williams Lake

Attendance: 912

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[The Winless Streak Now Stands at Six Games]> The Prince George Spruce Kings took over sole possession of First Place in the B.C.H.L's Interior Division, virtue of Tuesday night's 5-1 victory over the Williams Lake TimberWolves at the Coliseum.

For the TimberWolves, it was their fourth straight road defeat, leaving them winless in their last six games.  And for the first time all season, the Pack has slipped two games below .500 at 10-12-3-0.

The Spruce Kings employed the type of play which has spelled success for them all season long,...a stingy defence, supported by strong goaltending.

Prince George's first shot on goal found its way past Andrew Braithwaite, just 17 seconds into the contest.  However, Williams Lake didn't appear rattled by the slow start, playing a disciplined opening period and tying the score at 9:15 when Les Reaney fire a turnover into the top corner past Kings' netminder Mike Lee-Teslak.  For Reaney, it was his 21st goal of the season.

Only 1:22 into the second period, Prince George went back in front 2-1, adding another tally just over four-and-a-half minutes later on the powerplay.

The Spruce Kings scored twice more in the third, less than two minutes apart, leaving the outcome no longer in doubt.

Despite the defeat, the Williams Lake TimberWolves outshot their hosts 32-28 overall.  The score was by no means indicative of the play.  The difference was Prince George's ability to capitalize on its scoring chances.

It's not as if the TimberWolves played a bad game.  Lately, they just simply haven't had any type of finish whatsoever around the opposition net.  The T'Wolves have only managed one goal in each of their past three games.

The bad news is that with Merritt's 4-1 win over Coquitlam on Tuesday night, the last place Centennials have pulled to within two points of slumping Williams Lake.  Meantime, the TimberWolves remain tied for 6th with Quesnel at 23 points apiece.  The Millionaires were embarrassed at home 14-4 by Salmon on Tuesday.

In searching for a bit of good news,...every one of the Williams Lake TimberWolves' next six games are at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, beginning with a crucial meeting against Merritt, Friday night at 7:30.

FINAL SCORE:
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 1
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS - 5

Prince George Goal Scorers:
 Leath Gare - 2 (19, 20), Kevin Petovello - 1 (6), Amedee Marshall - 1 (3), Ryan DeVries - 1 (1)

Prince George Assists:
Matt Shuya - 2, Derek May - 2, Tyler Loney - 1, Chris Stevens - 1, Jeff Herman - 1,  Leath Gare - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorer:
Les Reaney - 1 (21)

Williams Lake Assists: None

Game Winning Goal:
Kevin Petovello, Prince George (1:22 of the 2nd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 0
Prince George - 2

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 0 for 4
Prince George - 2 for 3

Period Scoring:
 Williams Lake   1   0   0   =   1
Prince George   1   2   2   =   5

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   10   10   12   =   32
Prince George    7    11   10   =   28

Goaltenders:
W - #35 Mike Lee-Teslak, Prince George - 60:00, one goal against on 32 shots
L - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, five goals against on 28 shots (7-6-2-0 ... 3.46 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #14 Leath Gare, Prince George
2 - #17 Derek May, Prince George
3 - #35 Mike Lee-Teslak, Prince George

Attendance: 1,094

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[The TimberWolves Go Pointless In Longest Road Trip Of The Year]> Scoring a total of just five goals in three games certainly makes it difficult to put anything in the win column.  And the Williams Lake TimberWolves found that out first hand on their recent six day journey, losing 4-3 to Powell River, 2-1 at Nanaimo and 4-1 in Alberni Valley.

Wednesday night against the Kings, despite being outshot 15-3, the TimberWolves only trailed 1-0 after one. Credit the solid netminding of Andrew Braitwaite for the score not being any more one-sided.

Powell River made it 2-0 on the powerplay just 35 seconds into the middle period.  However, Dave Krisky got Williams Lake on the board a short time later, cutting the deficit to 2-1.  The Kings regained their two goal cushion, prior to Cody Brookwell's first as a member of the T'Wolves, pulling the Pack to within one at 3-2 following 40 minutes.

Another man advantage tally, this time 32 seconds into the third, put Powell River ahead 4-2.  That was before Les Reaney's marker at 7:08, making it 4-3, setting the table for an interesting finish.

Unfortunately for the TimberWolves, despite opportunities to even the score, the comeback fell a goal short.

Les Rainey was actually in on all three Williams Lake efforts, ending the game with a goal and two assists.  The T'Wolves deserved a better fate, playing a couple of solid periods on the heels of a disappointing first.

There appeared to be confidence and strong preparation for the game two nights later versus the Clippers in Nanaimo.

The TimberWolves did everything necessary to keep the powerful defending champions in-check.

Mind you, the Clippers did get the only goal of the opening period, which stood up all the way until late in the third.  It's not as if Williams Lake didn't have its fare share of chances to tie the game and even go in front.  Arguably, the turning point came with just under six minutes left in the second when the T'Wolves had a two man advantage for a full two minutes, but failed to capitalize.  Too much passing and shooting hesitancy was definitely noticeable.  The pressure and puck control was there, however, just three shots on goal were registered during the entire two minute five-on-three.

Nanaimo eventually managed to slide a rolling puck past Andrew Braithwaite, making it 2-0 with only 3:29 left in the third period.  And the insurance proved to be a requirement after Dave Krisky converted a great breakaway pass from Steve VanOosten on the powerplay, with Braithwaite on the bench in favour of an extra attacker.  Krisky broke the shutout bid of Clips' goalie Sebastian Nolet off a deke which made him look silly, with just 1:34 remaining.  Again the valiant effort came up one goal short at 2-1.

Perhaps that took the wind out of the sails of the hockey club as the TimberWolves looked tired and completely listless during the first period of Saturday night's game at Port Alberni.  The Bulldogs led 2-0 after one, outshooting Williams Lake by an embarrassing count of 24-1.  It could have been a lot worse if not for the stellar play of Pack goaltender Fabio Luongo.

Despite pulling to within one at 2-1 on Les Reaney's goal early in the second, the Timber-Wolves appeared to have never completely recovered from Alberni Valley's first period domina-tion.  The Bulldogs added one more in the second and another in the third, cruising to the 4-1 victory, outshooting Williams Lake by a resounding 48-23 in the process.

The three straight losses see the Williams Lake TimberWolves sporting a five game winless streak heading into Tuesday night's encounter at Prince George.

And for the first time since September 17th, after 24 games, the Pack has dipped below the .500 mark at 10-11-3-0, falling into a 6th Place Interior Division tie with Quesnel at 23 points apiece.

FINAL SCORE: (Wednesday Night)
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3
POWELL RIVER KINGS - 4

Powell River Goal Scorers:
Jonathon Lacasse - 1 (4, 5) Ethan Cox - 1 (4), Dustin Claffey - 1 (10)

Powell River Assists:
Adam Presizniuk - 3, Ethan Cox - 2, Brandon Cummings - 1, Brandon Wong - 1, Dan Faedo - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Dave Krisky - 1 (14), Cody Brookwell - 1 (1), Les Reaney - 1 (19)

Williams Lake Assists:
Les Reaney - 2, Josh Murray - 1, Matt Crowell - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Jonathon Lacasse (2nd), Powell River (:32 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 0
Powell River - 3

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 0 for 5
Powell River - 3 for 6

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   0   2   1   =   3
Powell River      1   2   1   =   4

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake    3   13   12   =   28
Powell River     15   7     7   =   29

Goaltenders:
 W - #1 Steve Bounds, Powell River - 60:00, three goals against on 28 shots
L #29  Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, four goals against on 29 shots (7-4-2-0 .... 3.50 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #22 Jonathon Lacasse, Powell River
2 - #23 Les Reaney, Williams Lake
3 - #7 Adam Presizniuk, Powell River

Attendance: 440

 

FINAL SCORE:  (Friday Night)
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 1
NANAIMO CLIPPERS - 2

Nanaimo Goal Scorers:
Trevor MacKenzie - 1 (7), Jaret Engele - 1 (6)

Nanaimo Assists:
Kevin Lessard - 1, Tyler Mugford - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorer:
Dave Krisky - 1 (15)

Williams Lake Assists:
Steve VanOosten - 1, Trent Manchur - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Jaret Engele, Nanaimo (16:31 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 1
Nanaimo - 0

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 1 for 5
Nanaimo - 0 for 1

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   0   0   1   =   1
Nanaimo           1   0   1   =   2

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake    8   12    6    =   26
Nanaimo           10   12   16   =   38

Goaltenders:
W - #27 Sebastian Nolet, Nanaimo - 60:00, one goal against on 26 shots
L - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, two goals against on 38 shots (7-5-2- 0 ... 3.41 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake
2 - #27 Sebastian Nolet, Nanaimo
3 - #21 Tyler Mugford, Nanaimo

Attendance: 2,534

 

FINAL SCORE:   (Saturday Night)
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 1
ALBERNI VALLEY BULLDOGS - 4

Alberni Valley Goal Scorers:
Bradyn Melrose - 1 (6), Croft Kurka - 1 (4), Jordan Kremyr - 1 (7),  Chris Brewer - 1 (3)

Alberni Valley Assists:
Joe Scali - 1, Jeff Orban - 1 , Devin Timberlake - 1, Alex Staudt - 1,  Jordan Kremyr - 1 , Croft Kurka - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorer:
Les Reaney - 1 (20)

Williams Lake Assists:
Trent Manchur - 1, Brad Reaney - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Croft Kurka, Alberni Valley (8:11 of the 1st Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 1
Alberni Valley - 1

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 1 for 3
Alberni Valley - 1 for 4

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   0   1   0   =   1
Alberni Valley   2   1   1   =   4

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   1    11   11   =   23
Alberni Valley   24   14   10   =   48

Goaltenders:
W - #1 Joel Quirion, Alberni Valley - 60:00, one goal against on 23 shots
L - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 30:26, three goals against on 31 shots (3- 6-1-0 ... 4.14 G.A.A.) & #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 29:34, one goal against on 17 shots (7-5-2-0 ... 3.36 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #12 Jordan Kremyr, Alberni Valley
2 - #23 Croft Kurka, Alberni Valley
3 - #11 Joe Scali, Alberni Valley

Attendance: 1,854

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[One scholarship and a trade in player news]> Forward Scott Klein has been traded to the Nipawan Hawks of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Timberwolves captain Steve VanOosten has signed a Letter Of Intent with the University of Alaska at Fairbanks for a full ride scholarship. The defenceman will begin play with the Nanooks starting in September of 2005.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Sign New Forward]> The Williams Lake Timberwolves have aquired Forward Tully Labelle-Hamer who is expected to be in the line up tonight in Powell River. The 6' 190 pound Labelle-Hamer last played for the Melfort Mustangs of the SJHL.

Tully was born January 14th, 1986 and is from Fairbanks, Alaska. Before playing with the Melfort Mustangs, Tully played Junior B Hockey with the Spokane Braves.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Manage Just One Point on Weekend Road trip]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves seem to enjoy the challenge of making things difficult on themselves.  After dropping a 6-3 decision to the Penticton Vees, Friday night at the Memorial Arena, the T'Wolves battled the Interior Division leading Vernon Vipers to a 4-4 tie on Saturday night at the Multiplex, hence salvaging something from the brief two game weekend journey.

Friday night in Penticton, the TimberWolves gave up the first goal just over six minutes in, but managed to tally twice and grab a 2-1 lead after the first period.

The Vees tied the game at 5:23 of the second, before scoring a backbreaking shorthanded goal 1:48 later.

Although Williams Lake only trailed by one at 3-2 headed for the third, the final 20 minutes certainly didn't shape up as planned.  Three more Penticton markers in a span of 4:32 salted the game away for the Vees.  The Pack tallied late to make the end result a tad more respectable at 6-3.

Steve VanOosten, Duane Whitehead and Brad Reaney scored for the T'Wolves, who were outshot 35-32 overall, while Fabio Luongo was tagged with the loss in goal.  It was quite obvious that really only playing one period of hockey was not about to get the job done on this night.

Following a quiet aftermath for the next 24 hours, Williams Lake appeared armed and ready to battle the first place Vernon Vipers on Saturday night.

So much so, that Dave Krisky took just 36 seconds to put the TimberWolves on the board.  And by the 2:53 mark it was 2-0, thanks to a conversion from Matt Crowell.

The first period was once again a strong suit for Williams Lake.  However, despite outshooting Vernon 14-5, the T'Wolves hit two goal posts and went zero for four on the powerplay.  Such a scenario should have spelled out much more than a mere 2-1 advantage they enjoyed after the opening period of play.

The TimberWolves were again solid in the middle stanza, getting the second goal in as many nights from Duane Whitehead to take a somewhat comfortable 3-1 lead after 40 minutes.

When Dave Krisky's second of the game on the powerplay at the :31 second point of the third made it 4-1, it looked as though the T'Wolves were poised to pull off the upset and hand the Vipers their first regulation time 'home' loss of the season.

However, believe it or not, Krisky's tally proved to be Williams Lake's lone shot on goal the entire period. On the other hand, Vernon peppered netminder Andrew Braithwaite with 17, scoring on three of them, including the game tying goal with just 3:31 left in regulation.

That prompted a 'wild and wooly' four-on-four, prior to three-on-three, sudden death overtime session, which despite going without a game winning goal, resulted in a flurry of action and opportunities.

The highlight had to be Andrew Braithwaite's save off the Vipers' Mike Ullrich, who in vying for a 'hat trick,' was awarded a penalty shot after the TimberWolves were caught with too many men on the ice during three-on-three sudden death.

With just seconds remaining in the second overtime, Les Reaney came within inches of beating Vernon goalkeeper Mark Sibbald to give Williams Lake its second overtime victory in the Multiplex in two outings this season.

The Pack was outshot 40-27 overall in improving its record to 10-8-3-0, good for 23 points and a current Fifth Place Standing in the Interior Division.

There are four more in-a-row 'on the road' for the Williams Lake TimberWolves prior to their next 'home' game.  That includes Wednesday night's outing in Powell River, a Friday night trip to Nanaimo, as well as a Saturday night meeting at Alberni Valley.

FINAL SCORE: (Friday Night)
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3
PENTICTON VEES - 6

Penticton Goal Scorers:
Jon Cara - 2 (2, 3), Jordan Cheveldave - 1 (1), John Kopp - 1 (2), Chris Rengert - 1 (2), Jason Harding - 1 (8)

Penticton Assists:
Jon Cara - 3, John Kopp - 2, Aaron Agnew - 2, Peter Farrell - 1, Colin Williams - 1 , Jason Harding - 1, Brian Lebler - 1, John Dewar - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Steve VanOosten - 1 (6), Duane Whitehead - 1 (3), Brad Reaney - 1 (3)

Williams Lake Assists:
Les Reaney - 1, Dave Krisky - 1, Scott Klein - 1, Brad Reaney - 1, Duane Whitehead - 1, Steve  VanOosten - 1

Game Winning Goal:
John Kopp, Penticton (9:12 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 2
Penticton - 1

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 2 for 6
Penticton - 1 for 6

Shorthanded Goals:
Penticton - 1

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   2   0   1   =   3
Penticton          1   2   3   =   6

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   13    7   12   =   32
Penticton            8   15   12   =   35

Goaltenders:
W - #30 Brad Thiessen, Penticton - 60:00, three goals against on 32 shots
L - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 60:00, six goals against on 35 shots (3-5-1 -0 ... 4.02 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #12 Jon Cara, Penticton
2 - #24 John Kopp, Penticton
3 - #25 Duane Whitehead, Williams Lake

Attendance: 1,757


FINAL SCORE: (Saturday Night)    
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 4
VERNON VIPERS - 4

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Dave Krisky - 2 (12, 13), Matt Crowell - 1 (2), Duane Whitehead - 1 (4)

Williams Lake Assists:
Duane Whitehead - 1, Tyler Mazzei - 1, Brad Reaney - 1, Les Reaney - 1 , Bryce Dale - 1

Vernon Goal Scorers:
Mike Ullrich - 2 (5, 6), Matt Watkins - 2 (14, 15)

Vernon Assists:
Dean Strong - 2, Rob Turville - 1, Andy Zulyniak - 1, Lyle Tassone - 1, Kurtis Colling - 1

Game Winning Goal: None

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 1
Vernon - 2

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 1 for 7
Vernon - 2 for 4

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   2   1   1   0   0   =   4
Vernon              1   0   3   0   0   =   4

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   14   8    1    0   4   =   27
Vernon               5   12   17   2   4   =   40

Goaltenders:
T - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 70:00, four goals against on 40 shots (7-3-2-0 ... 3.47 G.A.A.)
T - #1 Mark Sibbald, Vernon - 70:00, four goals against on 27 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #10 Mike Ullrich, Vernon
2 - #16 Dave Krisky, Williams Lake
3 - #9 Matt Watkins, Vernon

Attendance: 2,376

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[T'Wolves snap losing streak]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves built an early lead and hung on to defeat the Coquitlam Express 6-4, Saturday night at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.Josh Murray’s first of two goals of the night came just 2:55 in to the hockey game. His powerplay marker was the Pack’s first of four while holding the man advantage.

Amandah Hillton Photo - Fabio Luongo had two back-to-back victories this weekend on home ice. Les Reaney also notched a pair, including one at 5:48 of the opening period, giving Williams Lake a 2-0 lead. By the end of 20 minutes, Josh Murray had counted his second of the game, making it 3-0 for the Pack. A Les Reaney powerplay tally early i n the second made it 4-0.
 
However, Coquitlam fought back to trail 4-2. In the final minute of the second period, Mark Ehl’s man advantage score restored the T’Wolves three goal cushion at 5-2, but with only 15 seconds left in the middle stanza, the Express struck again, leaving their deficit at 5-3 after two periods. Dave Krisky potted Williams Lake’s fourth powerplay goal just past the midway point of the third period. Coquitlam managed one more, only to fall a couple short in dropping the 6-4 decision.

The TimberWolves were outshot 41-38 overall, with goaltender Fabio Luongo picking up his first win since opening night against Quesnel, back on September 10.  Josh Murray held the hottest hand, scoring twice and adding three assists. Les Reaney had a three point night on two goals and one assist while Steve VanOosten chipped in with three helpers of his own.Matt Allen had two goals and one assist in a losing cause for the Express.

It marked the first time in team history that the Pack was able to beat Coquitlam, after being swept by the Express the previous two seasons. With the victory, the Williams Lake TimberWolves snap a three game home losing streak and improve to 9-7-2-0 on the season. It continues to be a virtual ‘logjam’ with third place through eighth in the Interior Division as the Pack prepared to host the Langley Hornets on Sunday afternoon.
 
According to coach Rick Pitta, the team still “isn’t playing a full game.” “We’re riding on four or five players instead of 20,” says Pitta. “It’s really hurting us.”

The line comprised of Les Reaney, Josh Murray, and Dave Krisky put forth its second consecutive outstanding effort in helping the Williams Lake TimberWolves edge the Langley Hornets 4-3, Sunday at the Cariboo Memorial Complex. Les counted two goals and two assists, Josh a goal and two assists, and Dave one goal and a helper as the TimberWolves completed a two-for-two weekend against a pair of Mainland Division foes. Langley scored first, only to have the Pack’s Les Reaney tie the game on the powerplay before the first period was out.

It took the Hornets a mere 11 seconds of second period action to regain the lead at 2-1 and the visitors were looking for more with the man advantage when Les Reaney sent Dave Krisky in ‘home free’ from centre ice on a breakaway. The Westbank native made no mistake, beating Langley netminder Steve Christie with a shorthanded beauty to tie the score at 2-2, without a doubt a quality turning point in the game for Williams Lake.
 
Prior to the end of 40 minutes, Josh Murray converted from in close with the man advantage, putting the T’Wolves ahead for the first time, 3-2. Les Reaney’s second of the game with 4:32 remaining proved to be necessary insurance as the Hornets responded late, but with their goaltender on the bench in favour of an ‘extra attacker,’ was unable to complete the comeback.

The Pack couldn’t have asked for a better ‘special team’ weekend, counting six powerplay goals and a shorthanded tally in two games. Individually, Les Reaney moved back to the top of the BCHL scoring race by racking up four goals and three assists, Josh Murray had three goals and five assists, with Dave Krisky contributing two goals and two assists over the weekend. Fabio Luongo picked up is his second straight victory between the pipes, helping the TimberWolves improve to 10-7-2-0, good for 22 points and a share of third place in the Interior Division.

“We did better than last weekend but we’re still not playing a full game,” says coach Rick Pitta. “Some guys are playing better but it’s still not optimal.”

As for recapturing third place in the Interior Division, Pitta says it’s not good enough. “It’s 10 points out of first,” says Pitta. “Not third, that’s how I see us.”
 
The ‘road valour’ of the Williams Lake TimberWolves is about to be largely tested over the next couple of weeks with stops in Penticton, Vernon, Powell River, Nanaimo, Alberni Valley, and Prince George, all prior to their next home game against Merritt November 26.

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<![CDATA[Win Over Langley Concludes a Perfect Weekend]> The line comprised of Les Reaney, Josh Murray & Dave Krisky put forth its second consecutive outstanding effort in helping the Williams Lake TimberWolves edge the Langley Hornets 4-3, Sunday at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Les counted two goals and two assists, Josh a goal and two assists, and Dave one goal and a helper as the TimberWolves completed a two-for-two weekend against a pair of Mainland Division foes.

Langley scored first, only to have the Pack's Les Reaney tie the game on the powerplay before the first period was out.

It took the Hornets a mere 11 seconds of second period action to regain the lead at 2-1.  And the visitors were looking for more with the man advantage when Les Reaney sent Dave Krisky in 'home free' from centre ice on a breakaway.  The Westbank native made no mistake, beating Langley netminder Steve Christie with a shorthanded beauty to tie the score at 2-2, without a doubt a quality 'turning point' in the game for Williams Lake.  Prior to the end of 40 minutes, Josh Murray converted from in close with the man advantage, putting the T'Wolves ahead for the first time, 3-2.

Les Reaney's second of the game with 4:32 remaining proved to be necessary insurance as the Hornets responded late, but with their goaltender on the bench in favour of an 'extra attacker,' was unable to complete the comeback.

The Pack couldn't have asked for a better 'special teams' weekend, counting six powerplay goals and a shorthanded tally in the two games.

Individually, Les Reaney moved back to the top of the B.C.H.L. Scoring Race by racking up four goals and three assists, Josh Murray had three goals and five assists, with Dave Krisky contributing two goals and two assists over the weekend.

Fabio Luongo picked up his second straight victory between the pipes, helping the TimberWolves improve to 10-7-2-0, good for 22 points and a share of Third Place in the Interior Division.

The 'road valour' of the Williams Lake TimberWolves is about to be largely tested over the next couple of weeks with stops in Penticton, Vernon, Powell River, Nanaimo, Alberni Valley and Prince George, all prior to their next 'home' game, November 26th versus Merritt.

FINAL SCORE:
LANGLEY HORNETS - 3
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 4

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Les Reaney - 2 (17, 18), Dave Krisky - 1 (11), Josh Murray - 1 (9)

Williams Lake Assists:
Josh Murray - 2, Les Reaney - 2, Shaun Witschen - 2, Trent Manchur - 1, Dave Krisky - 1

Langley Goal Scorers:
Robert Pritchard - 2 (17, 18), Gord Edmondson - 1 (1)

Langley Assists:
Brian Harris - 2, Graham Sheppard - 1, Stevan Matic - 1, Nathan Westover - 1, Justin Binab - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Les Reaney, Williams Lake (15:28 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Langley - 0
Williams Lake - 2

Powerplays:
Langley - 0 for 5
Williams Lake - 2 for 4

Shorthanded Goals:
Williams Lake - 1

Period Scoring:
Langley             1   1   1   =   3
Williams Lake   1   2   1   =   4

Shots on Goal:
Langley            13    7    17   =   37
Williams Lake   15   14   10   =   39

Goaltenders:
W - #31 - Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 60:00, three goals against on 37 shots (3-4-1-0 ... 3.76 G.A.A.)
L - #35 Steve Christie, Langley - 60:00, four goals against on 38 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #23 Les Reaney, Williams Lake
2 - #16 Dave Krisky, Williams Lake
3 - #22 Robert Pritchard, Langley

Attendance: 872

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Parlay a Quick Start Into Victory Over Coquitlam]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves built an early lead and hung on to defeat the Coquitlam Express 6-4, Saturday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Josh Murray's first of two goals on the night came just 2:55 into the hockey game.  His powerplay marker was the TimberWolves' first of four while holding the man advantage.  Les Reaney also notched a pair, including one at 5:48 of the opening period, giving Williams Lake a 2-0 lead.  By end of 20 minutes, Josh Murray had counted his second of the game, making it 3-0 for the Pack.

A Les Reaney powerplay tally early in the second made it 4-0.  However, Coquitlam fought back to trail 4-2.  In the final minute of period two, Mark Ehl's man advantage score restored the T'Wolves' three goal cushion at 5-2, but with only 15 seconds left in the middle stanza, the Express struck again, leaving their deficit at 5-3 after two periods.

Dave Krisky potted Williams Lake's fourth powerplay goal just past the midway point of the third period.  Coquitlam managed one more, only to fall a couple short in dropping the 6-4 decision.

The TimberWolves were outshot 41-38 overall, with goaltender Fabio Luongo picking up his first win since opening night against Quesnel, back on September 10th.

Josh Murray held the hottest hand, scoring twice and adding three assists.  Les Reaney had a three point night on two goals and one assist;  while Steve VanOosten chipped in with three helpers of his own.  Matt Allen had two goals and one assist in a losing cause for the Express.

It marked the first time in team history that Williams Lake was able to beat Coquit-lam, after being swept by the Express the previous two seasons.

With the victory, the Williams Lake TimberWolves snap a three game 'Home' losing streak and improve to 9-7-2-0 on the season.  It continues to be a virtual 'logjam,' Third Place through Eighth in the Interior Division as the Pack prepares to host the Langley Hornets, tomorrow afternoon beginning at 4:30.

FINAL SCORE:
COQUITLAM EXPRESS - 4
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 6

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Josh Murray - 2 (7, 8), Les Reaney - 2 (15, 16), Mark Ehl - 1 (6), Dave Krisky - 1 (10)

Williams Lake Assists:
Steve VanOosten - 3, Josh Murray - 3, Bryce Dale - 1, Fabio Luongo - 1, Trent Manchur - 1, Dave Krisky - 1, Les Reaney - 1

Coquitlam Goal Scorers:
Matt Allen - 2 (8, 9), Mark Soares - 1 (14), Alan Mazur - 1 (6)

Coquitlam Assists:
Alan Mazur - 1, Chad Betts - 1, Justin Fuller - 1, Milan Lucic - 1, Lukas Giroday - 1, Matt Allen - 1,  Keith Seabrook - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Mark Ehl, Williams Lake (19:06 of the 2nd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Coquitlam - 2
Williams Lake - 4

Powerplays:
Coquitlam - 2 for 10
Williams Lake - 4 for 6

Period Scoring:
Coquitlam         0   3   1   =   4
Williams Lake   3   2   1   =   6

Shots on Goal:
Coquitlam          12   13   16   =   41
Williams Lake   11   20    7    =   38

Goaltenders:
W - #31 - Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 60:00, four goals against on 41 shots (2-4-1-0 ... 3.88 G.A.A.)
L - #29 Wyatt Russell, Coquitlam - 5:48, two goals against on four shots & #1 Ryan Dutton, Coquitlam - 54:12, four goals against on 34 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #14 Josh Murray, Williams Lake
2 - #23 Les Reaney, Williams Lake
3 - #19 Matt Allen, Coquitlam

Attendance: 1,027 (6th Standing Room Only Sellout of the Season)

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[T'Wolves share third place spot]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves showed good spark off the draw Saturday night against Penticton, outshooting their opponents from the South Okanagan and carrying the edge in play for half the first period. Dave Krisky got the Wolves on the board first, taking a centre ice feed from Brad Reaney at 2:31 and made no mistake as TimberWolves left wing Matt Crowell keeps the puck from Penticton Vees forward Jon Cara on October 30. Karen Longwell Photohe broke in alone on Vee’s goalie, Brad Thiessen, and beat him on the glove side. The TimberWolves had several good chances to build their lead but for some missed opportunities and Thiessen’s good goaltending.

A Penticton powerplay at 14:03 seemed to turn the tide for the Pack. Brian Lebler, left alone in front of the net, picked up a rebound from Shaun Macdonald with T’Wolves goaltender Andrew Braithwaite down and out of position, and had nothing but open net to even the score. Then with less than a minute to play in the first period Penticton’s Jason Harding broke down the right wing, cut around the Williams Lake defence and rammed the puck past Braithwaite.
 
Two quick goals early in the second period put the TimberWolves on their heals, with Alex MacLeod converting at the 22 second mark, then Kevin Borba drove a powerplay shot past a frustrated Braithwaite. Midway through the second period Les Reaney got one back for the pack, converting a goal mouth scramble from Josh Murray and Steve VanOosten at 9:39, but the Williams Lake momentum was short lived. Mike Towns put Penticton up 5-2 at 14:07, then the South Okanagan squad shut down the TimberWolves attack for the rest of the game.

Coach Rick Pitta didn’t have much good to say about his team’s weekend effort.

“Poor team play, poor discipline, poor effort, poor everything thing,” he said to the Tribune yesterday. “We’ve got to play a full 60 minutes, and we didn’t.” He says the TimberWolves ran into two teams who played 60 minutes and whenever the Pack let up the other team scored.
 
“It’s a team concept, not an individual concept,” notes the coach. “The forwards aren’t working with the defencemen and the D’s not working with the forwards.”

As a result, Pitta says his club didn’t exactly have a laid back Halloween.
 
“We put in a full day on Sunday. A workout, team meeting and a look at game videos.” He says the club can look forward to more of the same this week.
 
“When in doubt get a bigger hammer,” grimaces the coach.
 
With the two losses, Williams Lake now shares third spot in the Interior Division with three other teams, after coming into the weekend comfortably alone in third spot. Williams Lake, Penticton, Quesnel and Salmon Arm all have 18 points, trailing second place Prince George by nine points and Division leader Vernon who has 29 points. On a positive note, the TimberWolves have only played 17 games compared to 18 for Salmon Arm and Quesnel and 19 by Penticton.

Next up for the T’Wolves are two weekend home games against Coquitlam on Saturday, November 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon, November 7 at 4:30 p.m. against Langley. 

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<![CDATA[The Suddenly Struggling TimberWolves Fall Short Against Penticton]> On the heels of a disappointing 4-1 loss to Salmon Arm the night before, the Williams Lake TimberWolves were beaten 5-2 by the Penticton Vees, Saturday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

You would think following such a disconcerted effort just 24 hours previous that the Pack would be anxious to find redemption in its initial meeting of the season with the Vees.

And things looked promising early, thanks to Dave Krisky's tally only 2:31 into the hockey game.  However, Penticton evened the score at 1-1, prior to going ahead 2-1 with 56 seconds remaining in the first period.

Two quick goals to start the second, at :22 and 1:29 respectively, seemed to demoralize the TimberWolves, who were now facing a 4-1 deficit.

Les Reaney's marker just prior to the halfway point of the middle stanza gave the T'Wolves a glimmer of hope.  Mind you, that was quickly dashed after the Vees regained their three goal advantage at 5-2 before the period was out.

A scoreless final 20 minutes did nothing to aid Williams Lake, who for the third straight game was badly outshot in the stretch run.  This time by a margin of 12-4.

With their third consecutive home ice defeat, the Williams Lake TimberWolves fall to 8-7-2-0 on the season, making for an even tighter Interior Division, places three through eight.  The TimberWolves, along with Salmon Arm and Penticton, each have 18 points, followed by Merritt and Quesnel at 16 apiece.  Trail is also within striking distance, brandishing a total of 14 points.

The Pack plays twice more at home next weekend. Saturday night, the Coquitlam Express come to town, with the Langley Hornets providing the opposition on Sunday.  Those prior to six straight 'road' games.

FINAL SCORE:
PENTICTON VEES - 5
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 2

Penticton Goal Scorers:
Brian Lebler - 1 (4), Jason Harding - 1 (7), Alex MacLeod - 1 (4), Kevin Borba - 1 (7), Mike Towns - 1 (1)

Penticton Assists:
Ryan Coghlan - 2, Colin Williams - 2, Jon Cara - 2, Shaun Macdonald - 1, Jason Harding - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Dave Krisky - 1 (9), Les Reaney - 1 (14)

Williams Lake Assists:
Steve VanOosten - 2, Brad Reaney - 1, Josh Murray - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Alex MacLeod, Penticton (:22 of the 2nd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Penticton - 2
Williams Lake - 0

Powerplays:
Penticton - 2 for 2
Williams Lake - 0 for 4

Period Scoring:
Penticton          2   3   0   =   5
Williams Lake   1   1   0   =   2

Shots on Goal:
Penticton          12   11   12   =   35
Williams Lake   16   15    4   =   35

Goaltenders:
W - #30 - Brad Thiessen, Penticton - 60:00, two goals against on 35 shots
L - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, five goals against on 35 shots (7-3-1-0 ... 3.47 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #17 Jason Harding, Penticton
2 - #30 Brad Thiessen, Penticton
3 - #16 Dave Krisky, Williams Lake

Attendance: 904

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Well Rested TimberWolves Offer Little Against Salmon Arm]> A nine day layoff seemed to do the Williams Lake TimberWolves more harm than good as they bowed 4-1 to the Salmon Arm SilverBacks, Friday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

The SilverBacks struck first, only to have the TimberWolves' Mark Ehl tie the score at 1-1, with just over four minutes left in the opening period.  However, less than three minutes later, Salmon Arm regained the lead, one which it would never relinquish.

The Gorillas tallied once more in both the second and third period en route to the victory.

The final 20 minutes was especially sour for Williams Lake, dominated in shots by a count of 18-3.

If not for a stellar 45 save performance by Pack goaltender Andrew Braithwaite in a losing cause, the result would likely have been a lot worse than 4-1.

The setback leaves the Williams Lake TimberWolves with a record of 8-6-2-0 entering tomorrow night's 7:30 hosting of the Penticton Vees.  Much of the Interior Division is a literal 'logjam,' with third through eighth place now decided by a mere four points.

FINAL SCORE:
SALMON ARM SILVERBACKS - 4
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 1

Salmon Arm Goal Scorers:
Trevor Geiger - 1 (12), Brodie Sheahan - 1 (4), Bryn Gagnon - 1 (10), Ben Street - 1 (6)

Salmon Arm Assists:
Ben Street - 2, Dustin DeGagne - 1, Jordan Mowbray - 1, Luke Cain - 1, Tyrell Mason - 1, Trevor Geiger - 1, Bryn Gagnon - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Mark Ehl - 1 (5)

Williams Lake Assists:
Shaun Witschen - 1, Zach Gieszler - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Brodie Sheahan, Salmon Arm (18:36 of the 1st Period)

Powerplay Goals: None

Powerplays:
Salmon Arm - 0 for 3
Williams Lake - 0 for 2

Period Scoring:
Salmon Arm     2   1   1   =   4
Williams Lake   1   0   0   =   1

Shots on Goal:
Salmon Arm      15   16   18   =   49
Williams Lake   15   17     3   =   35

Goaltenders:
W - #33 - Brad Atkinson, Salmon Arm - 60:00, one goal against on 35 shots
L - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, four goals against on 49 shots (7-2-1-0 ... 3.33 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #33 Brad Atkinson, Salmon Arm
2 - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake
3 - #10 Ben Street, Salmon Arm

Attendance: 957

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Braithwaite Steals The Show From His Former Team]>       The Williams Lake TimberWolves can thank Andrew Braithwaite for their 3-2 victory over the Quesnel Millionaires, Wednesday night at the Twin Arenas.  The former Mills’ netminder turned in a phenomenal performance, stopping 57 of 59 shots en route to his seventh win of the season.

     Although the final shot tally appeared a bit embellished in favour of the home team, let’s face it, Andrew Braithwaite was the sole reason the TimberWolves were able to ‘escape’ with two points.

     Williams Lake actually played a decent enough first period, opening the scoring early at 1:06 as Trent Manchur converted his 10th of the year off a juicy rebound handed him by Quesnel goaltender Riley Whitlock.  Late in the period, Dave Krisky’s powerplay goal made it 2-0 T’Wolves after 20 minutes of play.

     The Millionaires finally got on the board at 10:02 of the second as Riley Dudar picked up a turnover just outside the Williams Lake blueline and beat Andrew Braithwaite on a breakaway deke.  That narrowed the Pack’s advantage to 2-1 headed for the third.

     The final period began inauspiciously for the TimberWolves as just 11 seconds in, Andrew Braithwaite misplayed Brayden Penner’s long shot from outside the blueline, his only ‘gaff’ of the night.  That tied the game at 2-2 and kept momentum strong on the side of Quesnel.  However, during one of their few scoring opportunities over the last two periods, Tyler Mazzei managed to bounce a shot off Millionaires’ goalie Riley Whitlock at the side of the net, after he and his defenceman failed to communicate on a rather routine Pack dump in.  Mazzei’s marker came with only 4:49 remaining in regulation time.  Andrew Braithwaite did the rest, shutting down Quesnel and allowing the T’Wolves their very much undeserved triumph.

     According to the in-house recorder of such in Quesnel, the Millionaires outshot Williams Lake by a resounding 47-8 count over the final 40 minutes.  It was a more than obvious choice in naming Andrew Braithwaite as the Staples Business Depot "First Star."

     The win improves the Williams Lake TimberWolves to 8-5-2-0, good for 18 points and sole possession of third place in the Interior Division.

     Oddly enough, the TimberWolves don’t play again until a Friday, October 29th hosting of the Salmon Arm SilverBacks.  The team will, however, be extremely busy in presenting the two-day Canadian Professional Bullriders Association "Bull-A-Rama" Finals, both Friday & Saturday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

FINAL SCORE:
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3
QUESNEL MILLIONAIRES - 2

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Trent Manchur - 1 (10), Dave Krisky - 1 (8), Tyler Mazzei - 1 (4)

Williams Lake Assists:
Bryce Dale - 2, Tyler Mazzei - 1, Les Reaney - 1

Quesnel Goal Scorers:
Riley Dudar - 1 (3), Brayden Penner - 1 (2)

Quesnel Assists:
Shawn Overton - 1, Dan MacIntyre - 1, Bryn Lindsay - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Tyler Mazzei, Williams Lake (15:11 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 1
Quesnel - 0

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 1 for 3
Quesnel - 0 for 6

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   2   0   1   =   3
Quesnel             0   1   1   =   2

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   10    5     3     =   18
Quesnel             12   20   27   =   59

Goaltenders:
W - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, two goals against on 59 shots (7-1-1-0 .... 3.27 G.A.A.)
L - #1 Riley Whitlock, Quesnel - 60:00, three goals against on 18 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake
2 - #19 Riley Dudar, Quesnel
3 - #24 Andrew Rebus, Quesnel

Attendance: 611

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<![CDATA[T'Wolves roster back together]> The Pack is back in tact, but it was a shaky looking third period for the Williams Lake TimberWolves.
 
The T’Wolves narrowly pulled things back together in the overtime, four on four, sudden death period of Saturday night’s game against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs for a 4-3 win.
 
The Bull Dogs outshot the Pack in the first period 13-12, however, the TimberWolves started off the scoring early in the first period with Tyler Mazzei slipping one through the posts off Alex Greenlay.

Dustin Honing followed suit with his fourth goal of the season off Matt Crowell for a 2-0 lead.

The Bull Dogs narrowed the deficit with a goal by Alex Staudt to head into the second with a score of 2-1.
 
Leading scorer. Les Reaney, netted another for the Pack nearly five minutes into the second for a comfortable 3-1 lead. The goal was assisted by Josh Murray.

#25 Duane Whitehead holds Alberni Valley player in check while #22 Steve Van Oosten goes for a breakaway during Saturday's game. The T-Wolves won the game 4-3.Thanks to outstanding netminding by Andrew Braithwaite, the Pack managed to hold onto their lead heading into the third where Alberni Valley decided it was time to get back into the game.

The Bulldogs managed to tie it up halfway through the third with back to back goals by Bonar and Watkins.
 
Not going out without a fight, the Pack played the five minute, four-on-four, sudden death period with a force that hadn’t been seen throughout the game.
 
With only one second left on the clock, Les Reaney hammered one between the pipes for the win as 1047 fans cheered for the local hero. 

Amandah Hilton Photo

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Open Online Web Store]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves have just made your Christmas shopping all that much easier with the opening of the new Timberwolves Store on the official team website. The Web Store currently has about 20 great TimberWolves items and will be adding more as new stock arrives.

This season we have utilized the secure Credit Card authentication provided by PayPal to ensure our customers Credit Card information is safe. PayPal is the Internet's most widely used form of Credit Card authentication and verification. A very secure way to purchase online.

Many of the requests that we get for ordering online come from the US there fore our new store gives you the options to view and/or purchase in Canadian or US funds!

If you have any questions or concerns about the Online Store feel free to contact Brad Lawryk at webmaster@wltimberwolves.com or the store e-mail at store@wltimberwolves.com. We appreciate your feedback!

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<![CDATA[TWolves Back On Track]> With just 17 players in the line-up as a result of ongoing suspensions, the Williams Lake TimberWolves rode the strong netminding of Andrew Braithwaite to a 6-3 victory over the Salmon Arm SilverBacks, Friday night at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

Salmon Arm opened the scoring, only to see the TimberWolves event things up 1-1 by the end of the first period.
 
Les Reaney is sitting at number one in the points standing followed by stellar performances this year. His stats to date are 12-11-15-26, putting him first in the league.Three unanswered goals in the second period gave the Pack a comfortable 4-1 advantage after two.

Williams Lake made it 5-1 early in the third, before the SilverBacks tallied twice in just 46 seconds to narrow the deficit to 5-3 with plenty of time remaining.

However, the T’Wolves third powerplay goal of the contest dashed any hopes of a Salmon Arm comeback, making the final 6-3.
 
Steve VanOosten with a pair, Les Reaney, Trent Manchur, Dave Krisky, and Mark Ehl scored for the Pack, who as mentioned, received stellar goaltending from Andrew Braithwaite.

Braithwaite remains unbeaten in regulation time this season, now sporting a record 4-0-1-0.
 
Les Reaney’s goal and two assists gives him 21 points on the year after only 10 games, tops in the league scoring.
 
With the win, the Williams Lake TimberWolves improve to 5-3-2-0, good for 12 points.

The loss drops the defending SilverBacks to a meager 3-7-0-0, setting up the Saturday night’s rematch at the Sunwave Centre in Salmon Arm.
 
Non-existent was the best way to describe the Williams Lake TimberWolves’ effort the following night as they were dominated 6-3 by the Salmon Arm SilverBacks.

The game was by far the Pack’s most disappointing performance of the season.

They had next to no offensive, registering only 18 shots the entire night.
 
“It was a very poor effort right across the board,” says Rick Pitta. “The team was mentally and physically fatigued.”

Add to that a zero for five powerplay, which entered the contest at a league leading 40% ‘away’ production.

The SilverBacks grabbed a 2-0 first period lead thanks to two blatant TimberWolves’ giveaways from deep inside their own blueline.
By the 1:22 mark of the second, it was 3-0 Salmon Arm.

A pair of Williams Lake goals from Dustin Honing and Josh Murray respectively, a mere 12 seconds apart, amazingly drew the badly outplayed Pack to within one at 3-2.
 
However, that lasted all of 22 seconds as the Gorillas potted another to restore a two goal advantage.
 
Two more Salmon Arm markers, only 22 seconds apart late in period two, put the game out of reach.
 
Mark Ehl’s third period tally was all the TimberWolves could muster in the final 20 minutes.
 
Williams Lake iced the exact same line-up from 24 hours previous, which led to a 6-3 victory over the SilverBacks.
 
This time the score was identical, only in favour of Salmon Arm.

The game also marked the return of Rick Pitta behind the TimberWolves’ bench following his four game suspension.

“It was very frustrating to be at every practice and then not be able to be on the bench,” says Pitta. “Pete and Kevin did an excellent job and we managed to hold onto six out of twelve points.”

With the loss, the Williams Lake TimberWolves fall to 5-4-2-0 heading into their first meeting with the Merritt Centennials on Tuesday night.

The TimberWolves redeemed themselves on Tuesday night as they played one of their best games of the season, whipping the Merritt Centennials 6-2, Tuesday night at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

“The team was very upset with themselves from their performance at the previous game,” says Pitta. “They played well to redeem themselves.”

“Braithwaite, VanOosten, Dale, Murray and Krisky played very well,” says Rick.
 
Dave Krisky scored his first of two goals just prior to the halfway point of the opening period to give the TimberWolves a 1-0 lead.

A little over three minutes later, the Centennials tied the score thanks to a short-handed tally, leaving the team even at 1-1 after the first period.

The second period is when the Pack made its presence felt, notching three unanswered goals, Bryce Dale with his first, followed by Josh Murray’s powerplay effort, and Dave Krisky, who counted his second of the contest.

A 4-1 advantage following 40 minutes appeared to be comfortable enough, considering that Andrew Braithwaite was giving the T’Wolves stellar goaltending, having turned aside 30 of 31 shots through two periods.

Merritt scored an early third period goal to make it 4-2, only to later watch Williams Lake put the game out of reach with markers from Trent Manchur and Duane Whitehead, the former on the powerplay and the latter shorthanded.

The cents out shot the Pack 44-40 overall, but as mentioned, Andrew Braithwaite was not to be denied his fifth win of the year between the pipes for the Pack.

The victory improves the Williams Lake TimberWolves to 6-4-2-0, good for 14 points and sole possession of third place in the BCHL’s Interior Division.
 
Next up for the T’Wolves is a pair of home games this coming weekend as the Alberni Valley Bulldogs come to town on Saturday night, prior to Sunday afternoon’s visit from the Powell River Kings.

Pitta is optimistic about having his roster back in tact and feels that the team and management did extremely well in the past three weeks.

“They battled and scratched to keep things together,” says Pitta. “It’s going to help a lot later in the year.”

Pitta is focusing on the next month to “slowly but surely” get things back on track and feels that the team is mentally calmer with everyone back on the bench.

Amandah Hillton Photo

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<![CDATA[A Solid 60 Minutes Results In a Road Win For The TimberWolves]> On the heels of their poorest effort of the season, the Williams Lake TimberWolves played one of their best games to date, whipping the Merritt Centennials 6-2, Tuesday night at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

Dave Krisky scored his first of two goals just prior to the halfway point of the opening period to give the TimberWolves a 1-0 lead.  However, a little over three minutes later, the Centennials tied the score thanks to a shorthanded tally, leaving   the teams even at 1-1 after one.

The second period is when the Pack made its presence felt, notching three unanswered goals,...Bryce Dale with his first, followed by Josh Murray's powerplay effort and Dave Krisky, who counted his second of the contest.  A 4-1 advantage following 40 minutes appeared to be comfortable enough, considering that Andrew Braithwaite was giving the T'Wolves stellar goaltending, having turned aside 30 of 31 shots through two periods.

Merritt scored an early third period goal to make it 4-2, only to later watch Williams Lake put the game out of reach with markers from Trent Manchur and Duane Whitehead, the former on the powerplay, the latter shorthanded.

The Cents outshot the TimberWolves 44-40 overall, but as mentioned, Andrew Braithwaite was not to be denied his fifth win of the year between the pipes for the Pack.

The victory improves the Williams Lake TimberWolves to 6-4-2-0, good for 14 points and sole possession of third place in the B.C.H.L.'s Interior Division.

Next up for the T'Wolves is a pair of home games this coming weekend as the Alberni Valley Bulldogs come to town on Saturday night, prior to Sunday afternoon's visit from the Powell River Kings.

FINAL SCORE:
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 6 MERRITT CENTENNIALS - 2

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Dave Krisky - 2 (5, 6), Bryce Dale - 1 (1), Josh Murray - 1 (5), Trent Manchur  - 1 (9), Duane Whitehead - 1 (2)

Williams Lake Assists:
Les Reaney - 3, Tyler Mazzei - 2, Josh Murray - 2, Dave Krisky - 1, Jonathon Ryan  - 1

Merritt Goal Scorers:
Bill Vandermeer - 1 (8), Tom Cossey - 1 (1)

Merritt Assists:
Brandon Campos - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Josh Murray, Williams Lake (10:18 of the 2nd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 2
Merritt - 0

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 2 for 5
Merritt - 0 for 7

Shorthanded Goals:
Williams Lake - 1
Merritt - 1

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   1   3   2   =   6
Merritt               1   0   1   =   2

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   14   13   13   =   40
Merritt               17   14   13   =   44

Goaltenders:
W - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, two goals against on 44 shots (5-1-1-0 .... 3.71 G.A.A.)
L - #37 Brandon Cross, Merritt - 40:00, four goals against on 27 shots &  #1 Justin Mulholland, Merritt - 20:00, two goals against on 13 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #16 Dave Krisky, Williams Lake
2 - #14 Josh Murray, Williams Lake
3 - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake

Attendance: 546

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Twolves Offer Very Little in Back end of home and home series]> Non-existent is the best way to describe the Williams Lake TimberWolves' effort Saturday night at the Sunwave Centre as they were dominated 6-3 by the Salmon Arm SilverBacks.

The game was by far the TimberWolves' most disappointing performance of the season.  They had next to no offensive, registering just 18 shots the entire night.  Add to that a zero for five poweplay, which entered the contest at a league-leading 40% 'away' production.

The SilverBacks grabbed a 2-0 first period lead thanks to two blatant TimberWolves' giveaways from deep inside their own blueline.

By the 1:22 mark of the second, it was 3-0 Salmon Arm.  Mind you, a pair of Williams Lake goals from Dustin Honing & Josh Murray respectively, a mere 12 seconds apart, amazingly drew the badly outplayed Pack to within one at 3-2.  However, that lasted all of 22 seconds as the Gorillas potted another to restore a two goal advantage.  Two more Salmon Arm markers, only 22 seconds apart late in period two, put the game out of reach.

Mark Ehl's third period tally was all the T'Wolves could muster in the final 20 minutes.

Williams Lake iced the exact same line-up from 24 hours previous, which led to a 6-3 victory over the SilverBacks.  This time, the score was identical, only in favour of Salmon Arm.

The game also marked the return of Rick Pitta behind the TimberWolves' bench following his four game suspension.  The Head Coach was visibly upset with his troops, who appeared uninterested throughout the match.

With the loss, the Williams Lake TimberWolves fall to 5-4-2-0 on the season.  They'll face another 'road' endeavour on Tuesday night, the first meeting of the season between themselves and Merritt Centennials.

FINAL SCORE:
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES- 3
SALMON ARM SILVERBACKS - 6

Salmon Arm Goal Scorers:
Ryan Duncan - 2 (8, 9), Kiel Sonne - 1 (1), Jordan Mowbray - 1 (2), Trevor Geiger - 1 (8), Ben Street - 1 (3)

Salmon Arm Assists:
Dustin DeGagne - 2, Brodie Sheahan - 1 , Julian Marcuzzi - 1, Ben Street - 1,  Courtney Forsyth - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Dustin Honing - 1 (3), Josh Murray - (4), Mark Ehl - 1 (3)

Williams Lake Assists:
Matt Crowell - 1, Tyler Mazzei - 1, Les Reaney - 1, Dave Krisky - 1, Duane  Whitehead - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Jordan Mowbray, Salmon Arm (5:39 of the 2nd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 0
Salmon Arm - 1

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 0 for 5
Salmon Arm - 1 for 5

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   0   2   1   =   3
Salmon Arm      2   4   0   =   6

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   5   10   3   =   18
Salmon Arm    14   12   9   =   35

Goaltenders:
W - #33 Brad Atkinson, Salmon Arm - 60:00, three goals against on 18 shots 
L - #29  Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, six goals against on 35 shots (4-1-1-0 ... 3.98 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #22 Ryan Duncan, Salmon Arm
2 - #10 Ben Street, Salmon Arm
3 - #27 Kiel Sonne, Salmon Arm

Attendance: 1,538

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves' Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[A Short-Staffed TimberWolves Double Up the Silverbacks]> With just 17 players in the line-up as a result of ongoing suspensions, the Williams Lake TimberWolves rode the strong netminding of Andrew Braithwaite to a 6-3 victory over the Salmon Arm SilverBacks, Friday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Salmon Arm opened the scoring, only to see the TimberWolves even things at 1-1 by the end of 20 minutes.

Three unanswered second period goals gave the Pack a comfortable 4-1 advantage after two.

Williams Lake made it 5-1 early in the third, before the SilverBacks tallied twice in just 46 seconds to narrow the deficit to 5-3 with plenty of time remaining.  However, the T'Wolves' third powerplay goal of the contest dashed any hopes of a Salmon Arm comeback, making the final 6-3.

Steve VanOosten with a pair, Les Reaney, Trent Manchur, Dave Krisky & Mark Ehl scored for the TimberWolves, who as mentioned, received stellar goaltending from Andrew Braithwaite.  He stopped 43 of 46 shots as the SilverBacks outshot the Pack 46-37 overall. Braithwaite remains unbeaten in regulation time this season, now sporting a record of 4-0-1-0.

Meantime, Les Reaney's goal and two assists gives him 21 points on the year after only 10 games, tops in league scoring.

With the win, the Williams Lake TimberWolves improve to 5-3-2-0, good for 12 points.  The loss drops the defending Interior Conference Champion SilverBacks to a meager 3-7-0-0, setting up tomorrow night's rematch at the Sunwave Centre in Salmon Arm.

FINAL SCORE:
SALMON ARM SILVERBACKS - 3
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 6

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Steve VanOosten - 2 (4, 5), Les Reaney - 1 (11), Trent Manchur - 1 (8), Dave Krisky - 1 (4), Mar Ehl - 1 (2)

Williams Lake Assists:
Bryce Dale - 3, Tyler Mazzei - 2, Les Reaney - 2, Josh Murray - 1, Dave Krisky - 1,  Trent Manchur - 1, Matt Crowell - 1, Duane Whitehead - 1

Salmon Arm Goal Scorers:
Bryn Gagnon - 1 (7), Trevor Geiger - (7), Ryan Duncan - 1 (7)

Salmon Arm Assists:
Tyrell Mason - 2, Julian Marcuzzi - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Mark Ehl, Williams Lake (16:48 of the 2nd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Salmon Arm - 1
Williams Lake - 3

Powerplays:
Salmon Arm - 1 for 3
Williams Lake - 3 for 5

Period Scoring:
Salmon Arm      1   0   2   =   3
Williams Lake   1   3   2   =   6

Shots on Goal:
Salmon Arm      10   17   19   =   46
Williams Lake   11   11   15   =   37

Goaltenders:
W - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:00, three goals against on 46 shots (4-0-1-0 ... 3.59 G.A.A.)
L - #33 - Brad Atkinson, Salmon Arm - 60:00, six goals against on 37 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #10 Bryce Dale, Williams Lake
2 - #22 Steve VanOosten, Williams Lake
3 - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake

Attendance: 1,040 (4th Standing Room Only Sellout of the Season)

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves' Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves lose winning streak to Mills]> It was an action packed third period during Friday night’s game on home ice as the Williams Lake TimberWolves scored three goals in just 3:24, to earn a 5-5 tie with their rivals, the Quesnel Millionaires.

It marked the second straight game the T’Wolves were forced to scramble as time was winding down, in order to avoid defeat.

#25 Affiliate Player Duane Whitehead showed what he was made of during Friday night's game against the Quesnel Millionaires when, late in the third period, he started a scoring flurry that tied up the game.Quesnel chased Williams Lake starting goaltender and ex-Millionaire, Andrew Braithwaite, with three goals on 11 shots, before the game was less than 11 minutes old.
 
Fabio Luongo took over the netminding duties, displaying an outstanding effort in allowing only two goals on 47 shots the rest of the way.
 
The T’Wolves trailed 3-1 after one and 4-2 following 40 minutes of play.
 
The Mills held a comfortable 5-2 advantage with fewer than four minutes remaining, at which point the pack went to work.

Duane Whitehead, Les Reaney, and newcomer Johathon Ryan provided the late game heroics, the latter two scoring with Fabio Luongo on the bench in favour of an ‘extra attacker.’

Ryan’s tally came with just 23 seconds left of regular play in the third period.
 
Reaney also potted another marker as did Mike Young for the Pack’s total.
 
The TimberWolves left the ice undefeated in five games, including three wins and two ties which is exceptional considering they are playing without the services of seven regular players due to injury or suspension.
 
The team is also playing with the loss of head coach Rick Pitta who sat out his second game of his four game suspension after the brawl between the T’Wolves and the Chilliwack Chiefs the week before.
 
It was a sad loss for the Mills as they outshot the Pack 58-43 overall but were looking for revenge on their own turf the following night.
 
The Quesnel Millionaires scored three unanswered third period goals to edge the Williams Lake TimberWolves 4-3, as well as shatter their winning streak.

Quesnel got the game winner from Andrew Fisher at 16:31 of the final period in taking three of a possible four points over the weekend, from the suspension injury-riddled TimberWolves.
 
The opening 20 minutes was scoreless. However, the T’Wolves wasted little time ‘drawing first blood’ in the middle period, when Dave Krisky buried the puck past Millionaires’ goaltender Riley Whitlock on a breakaway.
 
Quesnel tied the score just under five minutes later, only to watch the Pack go in front by two at 3-1 thanks to Josh Murray and Joe Graham powerplay goals, just 1:24 apart.
 
As was proven 24 hours previous, no lead is safe for either of these two clubs when facing one another.
 
The Millionaires struck with the man advantage at 3:05 of the third to narrow the deficit to 3-2, prior to tying the game at 8:04.
 
That set the stage for Fisher’s eventual game winner, a deflected ‘knuckleball’ which fluttered its way past Williams Lake netminder Fabio Luongo.
 
Quesnel outshot the T’Wolves 38-33 overall in improving 3-3-1-1.
 
The loss drops the Pack to 4-3-2-0, good for 10 points, snapping the club’s five game unbeaten streak.
 
An added bonus over the weekend was the acquisition of 18 year-old Defencemen Cody Brookwell from the Vernon Vipers.
The trade was made in exchange for a diverted Future Consideration (from the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League).
 
The Calgary native was held pointless in five games with the Vipers this season.
 
Still battling through suspensions and injuries, the Williams Lake TimberWolves play another ‘home and home’ next weekend, this time against the Salmon Arm SilverBacks.
 
The first of two takes place on Friday night, beginning at 7:30 p.m., at the Cariboo Memorial Complex.

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<![CDATA[Millionaires Find Quick Payback In Overcoming The TimberWolves]> The Quesnel Millionaires scored three unanswered third period goals to edge the Williams Lake TimberWolves 4-3, Saturday night at the Twin Ice Arenas.

Mind you, the Mills' comeback wasn't nearly as dramatic as the TimberWolves' of the night before.  Quesnel got the game winner from Andrew Fisher at 16:31 of the final period in taking three of a possible four points over the weekend, from the suspension and injury-riddled TimberWolves.

The opening 20 minutes was scoreless.  However, the T'Wolves wasted little time 'drawing first blood' in the middle period, when Dave Krisky buried the puck past Millionaires' goaltender Riley Whitlock on a breakaway.  Quesnel tied the score just under five minutes later, only to watch the Pack go in front by two at 3-1 thanks to Josh Murray and Joe Graham powerplay goals, just 1:24 part.

As was proven 24 hours previous, no lead is safe for either of these two clubs when facing one another.  The Millionaires struck with the man advantage at 3:05 of the third to narrow the deficit to 3-2, prior to tying the game at 8:04.  That set the stage for Fisher's eventual game winner, a deflected 'knuckleball' which fluttered its way past Williams Lake netminder Fabio Luongo.

Quesnel outshot the T'Wolves 38-33 overall in improving to 3-3-1-1.  The loss drops the Pack to 4-3-2-0, good for 10 points, snapping the club's five game unbeaten streak.

Meantime, the TimberWolves acquired 18-year old Defenceman Cody Brookwell from the Vernon Vipers over the weekend, in exchange for a diverted Future Con-sideration (from the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League). The Calgary native was held pointless in five games with the Vipers this season.

Still battling through suspensions and injuries, the Williams Lake TimberWolves play another 'home and home' next weekend, this time against the Salmon Arm SilverBacks.  The first of two takes place on Friday night, beginning at 7:30, at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

FINAL SCORE:
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3
QUESNEL MILLIONAIRES - 4

Quesnel Goal Scorers:
Ian Lockman - 2 (2, 3), Ryan Martens - 1 (3), Andrew Fisher - 1 (1)

Quesnel Assists:
Bubba Westwood - 1, Jeff Gagnon - 1, Sam Kuzyk - 1, Joel Boyetchko - 1, Ryan Botchar - 1, Andrew Rebus - 1, Trevor Greco - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Dave Krisky - 1 (3), Josh Murray - 1 (3), Joe Graham - 1 (1)

Williams Lake Assists:
Les Reaney - 2, Josh Murray - 2, Dave Krisky - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Andrew Fisher, Quesnel (16:31 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 2
Quesnel - 1

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 2 for 6
Quesnel - 1 for 6

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   0   3   0   =   3
Quesnel            0   1   3   =   4

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake    14    11     8    =    33
Quesnel              13    10    15   =    38

Goaltenders:
W - #1 Riley Whitlock, Quesnel - 60:00, three goals against on 33 shots
L - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 60:00, four goals against on 38 shots (1-3- 1-0 ... 3.47 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
 1 - #26 Ian Lockman, Quesnel
2 - #14 Josh Murray, Williams Lake
3 - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake

Attendance: 831

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves' Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Rally To Salvage A point Against Quesnel]> The Williams Lake TimberWoves scored three goals in just 3:24, late in the third period, to earn a 5-5 tie with the Quesnel Millionaires, Friday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.  It marked the second straight game the T'Wolves were forced to scramble as time was winding down, in order to avoid defeat.

Quesnel chased Williams Lake starting goaltender and ex-Millionaire, Andrew Braithwaite, with three goals on 11 shots, before the game was less than 11 minutes old.  Fabio Luongo took over the netminding duties, displaying an outstanding effort in allowing only two goals on 47 shots the rest of the way.

The TimberWolves trailed 3-1 after one and 4-2 following 40 minutes of play.  The Mills held a comfortable 5-2 advantage with fewer than four minutes remaining, at which point the Pack went to work.  Duane Whitehead, Les Reaney and newcomer Johathon Ryan provided the late game heroics, the latter two scoring with Fabio Luongo on the bench in favour of an 'extra attacker.'  Ryan's tally came with just 23 seconds left in the third period.  Meantime, Reaney also potted another marker as did Mike Young for Williams Lake.  The TimberWolves are now unbeaten in five games, including three wins and two ties.

The TimberWolves again had to play without the services of seven regulars as well as Head Coach Rick Pitta, who all continue to be lost to either suspension and/or injury.

The Quesnel Millionaires deserved a better fate in outshooting the T'Wolves 58-43 overall.  They'll get a quick chance for redemption on Saturday night at the Twin Ice Arenas when the two teams finish off their weekend 'home and home,' getting underway at 7:30.

FINAL SCORE:
QUESNEL MILLIONAIRES - 5
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 5

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Les Reaney - 2 (10), Mike Young - 1 (1), Duane Whitehead - 1 (1), Jonathon Ryan - 1 (1)

Williams Lake Assists:
Dave Krisky - 2, Bryce Dale - 2, Bill McGinnis - 1, Tyler Mazzei - 1, Dustin Honing - 1, Josh Murray                                      - 1

Quesnel Goal Scorers:
Sam Kuzyk - 2 (2, 3), Ryan Kindret - 1 (8), Ryan Martens - 1 (2), Shawn Overton - 1 (2)

Quesnel Assists:
Ryan Botchar - 2, Sam Kuzyk - 1, Ryan Martens - 1, Riley Dudar - 1, Bryn Lindsay - 1, Trevor Greco - 1, Andrew Rebus - 1

Game Winning Goal: None

Powerplay Goals:
Quesnel - 3
Williams Lake - 1

Powerplays:
Quesnel - 3 for 5
Williams Lake - 1 for 5

Period Scoring:
Quesnel             3   1   1   0   0   =   5
Williams Lake   1   1   3   0   0   =   5

Shots on Goal:
Quesnel             15    20    12    11    =    58
Williams Lake    16    14     9     4     =    43

Goaltenders:
T - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 59:06, two goals against on 47 shots (1-2-1-0 ... 3.34 G.A.A.) & #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 10:54, three goals against on 11 shots (3-0-1-0 ... 3.73 G.A.A.)
T - #35  Edouard Lessard, Quesnel - 70:00, five goals against on 43 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #23 Les Reaney, Williams Lake
2 - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake
3 - #9 Sam Kuzyk, Quesnel

Attendance: 1,070

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves' Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[T'Wolves trade their gear for boots and buckles]> During the third week of October the Williams Lake TimberWolves will be sporting a whole new look.
 
Yup, that’s right, on October 21 and 22 those boys with the longs sticks who breeze down the ice as fast as you please, will be parking their skates and pulling on cowboy boots.

That weekend the Junior ‘A’ club has no games scheduled so they’re going to help out their rodeo buddies in the brand new Canadian Professional Bullriders Association (CPBA) and help them host their bullriding finals at Cariboo Memorial Complex.

For Kevin Nohr and the TimberWolves brass the partnership is an exciting opportunity to bring together two organizations that have been a staple for entertainment in Williams Lake.

Canadian Professional Bullriders Association vice president Chris Sanderson, back left, president Bernie Rivet, and Sabra Larden, (front), line up with Williams Lake TimberWolves promoters of October 22 and 23 CPBA bullriding finals, Chris Pollock, Shaun Driver, Rick Pitta and Kevin Nohr.“The occasion is perfect for the TimberWolves to get involved in,” says Nohr. “The arena is available that weekend and the hockey team doesn’t have any games scheduled and so when we were asked to help out with the event it just seemed like a perfect fit.”

The T’Wolves players and staff will be providing much of the manpower required to host the event.
 
This involves putting wood chips and shavings on the ice then covering it with dirt, then setting up fencing to contain the bulls.

The event will pit the top 20 bullriders in the CPBA descending on Williams Lake to challenge some of the best bulls in the country.

The top prize is a guaranteed $10,000 and is expected to encourage some outstanding performances.
 
“Williams Lake is celebrating our 75th Anniversary and bullriding has been prominent in the city from the beginning,” says Nohr. “It just makes sense for the finals to be held in Williams Lake and for the TimberWolves to lend a hand in making sure the event is successful.”

Promoters of the event cite that bullriding “pits man against beast” and poses more “outright danger to the contestant” than any other sport.

“It’s breathtaking to witness, you might want to cover your eyes when it gets too much, but you have to watch anyway,” says Shaun “Stubble Jumper” Driver, who has taken on the job of promoting the event for the TimberWolves.
 
“It is dangerous and predictably exciting and each trip out of the chute could be the winning formula that nets the rider thousands of dollars in prize money. No wonder it is one of the most popular spectator sports in the city’s history.”

Also part of the weekend performance will be Calgary Stampede rodeo clown and bull fighter, Ash Cooper.

Stock will be provided locally by C-Plus, and from further afield by D&S and Schaan Perry.

On Saturday night following the competition a ‘Dance in the Dirt’ barn dance will give contestants, hockey players and rodeo fans the chance to kick up a little dust of their own.held.

The group Rob Rowan and the Savage West Band, who performed last summer at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival will take to the stage to provide the music.

Local bullrider Bernie Rivet is president of the CPBA.

He and club vice president Chris Sanderson are excited bringing this first ever CPBA Bullriding Finals to Williams Lake.

“People should come on out and have some fun,” says Rivet, who is also one of the top 20 riders competing for the prize money.

“Williams Lake is lucky to have the Bullriding Finals,” adds Kevin Nohr. “There’s lots of local talent. We’ve put together an impressive package of entertainment already.” 

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<![CDATA[Van Oosten for captain]> Two weeks into the 2004-2005 BCHL hockey season, TimberWolves Coach Rick Pitta has named Steve Van Oosten as the club’s captain.

Pitta announced his decision prior to the September 21 game against the Prince George Spruce Kings.

“I’ve given the ‘C’ to Van Oosten,” he said.
 
Asked what qualities he looks for in a captain, Pitta simply replied, “Leadership.”

Leadership during the game, in practice, in the dressing room and off the ice, he added.

“A guy’s got to be able to take it. The team comes first, you come second, there’s a lot of pressure. Steve’s one of those guys who puts the team first by playing well.”

Van Oosten said he was surprised and honoured to be named the captain. Asked what he sees as the role of wearing the ‘C’, he replies, “being a leader out there.”

“Lead by example, work hard every day, get the team motivated to play.”

He says one of the best captains he ever played with was Bobby Henderson of the Chilliwack Chiefs.
 
“When I got cut by Coquitlam and went back to Junior B two years ago, I got picked up by the Chiefs at the end of the season. Bobby was a really good captain, he really got his team motivated. He was the hardest worker on the ice every game.”

Van Oosten said it was a little difficult getting traded to the TimberWolves at the trading deadline last January 10, and making the adjustment to play with 20 new guys on a new team in a new town.

“But it’s worked out really well for me.” 

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<![CDATA[The Williams Lake TimberWolves Bring Pro Bull Riding To Williams Lake]>
The Williams Lake TimberWolves players and staff will be providing much of the manpower required to host the event. The top 20 bullriders in the CPBA will be descending on Williams Lake to challenge some of the best bulls in the country. The top prize is a guaranteed $10,000 and is expected to encourage some outstanding performances.

“Williams Lake is celebrating our 75th Anniversary and Bullriding has been prominent in the city from the beginning. It just makes sense for the finals to be held in Williams Lake and the TimberWolves are excited to lend a hand in making sure the event is successful,” commented Nohr.

Bull riding pits man against beast, and poses more outright danger to the contestant than any other sport. It is breathtaking to witness, you might cover your eyes when it gets too much, but you have to watch anyway. It is dangerous and predictably exciting and each trip out of the chute could be the winning formula that nets the rider thousands of dollars in prize money. No wonder it is one of the most popular spectator sports in city’s history.

The TimberWolves and the CPBA have also been able to land Robert Rowan and Savage West, recent performers at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival, to take the stage during the Saturday Evening “Party In the Dirt.” Also visiting the Bullriding Finals will be professional Bullfighter and Rodeo Clown Ash Cooper whose impressive resume includes numerous stops at the Calgary Stampede.

“We’ve put together an impressive package of entertainment already,” said Nohr. “The whole event is pretty exciting and now it is just time to put together the ticket packages and get them out for the community to enjoy themselves.” ]>
<![CDATA[Fists fly at Friday night's game]> It was an action packed game on Friday night as the Williams Lake TimberWolves defeated the Chilliwack Chiefs 9-3 after an ugly third period. It wasn’t looking good for the T’Wolves as they fell behind 2-0 less than four minutes into the first period. Matt Crowell answered this assault, netting his first as a TimberWolf with only four minutes left in the period on a powerplay opportunity.

Chilliwack secured a 3-1 lead heading into the second period. Only 34 seconds into the second, Trent Manchur netted the first of his ‘Hat Trick’ which was assisted by #28 Brad Reaney. Things were looking up for the Pack as Les Reaney tied up the game halfway through the second period followed by Trent Manchur’s second goal of the night for a 4-3 lead heading into the third period. Local hero, Trent Manchur, cinched his ‘Hat Trick’ only 34 seconds into the third to give the TimberWolves a 5-3 lead.

At this point, the Chilliwack Chiefs were feeling the pressure,and the atmosphere turned from tense to electrified.

Friday night's game between the Williams Lake TimberWolves and the Chilliwack Chiefs took a turn for the worse in the third period when an all out war broke loose on the ice. After 45 minutes of deliberation, play resumed with the T'Wolves winning the match 9-3. Amandah Hillton PhotoWith only 12 minutes and 13 seconds left of the game, ‘all hell broke loose.’  The incident started after #25 Garret Hunt of the Chilliwack Chiefs checked Les Reaney to the head unseen by the officials.

Reaney retaliated with a glove on punch which knocked Hunt to the ice again not seen by the officials. Reaney turned and headed for the bench, only to have Hunt chase after him and attack him in the bench.

At this point two or three Chiefs decided to jump their bench and join in the action. An equal number of TimberWolves players did the same and the ice became a maze of helmets, gloves, sticks and players with fists flying.

Number 37 Zach Gieszler took the hardest hit when he was hit seven times in the face by Chiefs player Trevor Hunt. Hunt saw Geiszler skate in and connected with a left elbow which sent him to the ice, either out or dazed. Hunt then proceeded to jump on top of Gieszler while he was unable to defend himself and threw seven left hooks to his face. Ward came off the bench to break it up after several minutes of the attack.

After about 45 minutes of sorting out, when all was said and done, a total of nine TimberWolves and six Chiefs were thrown from the game and 470 total penalty minutes were accumulated between the two teams, as well as numerous suspensions.

TimberWolves receiving suspensions included Zach Gieszler - six games, Bryce Martin - six games, Brad Reaney - six games, Shaun Witschen - six games, Trevor Turner - three games, Matt Crowell - two games, Dustin Honing - one game, and Rick Pitta - one game.

The Chilliwack Chiefs were apparently hit with more severe suspensions including an indefinite suspension for Head Coach Harvey Smyl.

Upon speaking to Dave Sales, Executive Director of the BCHL, he informed The Tribune he will be having “face-to-face” interviews with the four members of the Chilliwack Chiefs team who received indefinite suspensions. The four include Chiefs coach Harvey Smyl, Matt Gow, Garret Hunt, and Trevor Hunt.

“From the league’s point of view it’s totally unacceptable,” says Dave Sales. “When the players leave the bench it creates more odd man situations.” He also stated that “coaches are responsible for their players on the bench.”

After reviewing the tapes of the game the following day, Sales pointed out that contrary to rumours, Chiefs goalie Derek Janzen did not use his blocker to fight T’Wolves keeper Andrew Braithwaite, he left his gear at the red line.

Janzen did receive a one game suspension for crossing the red line and has been told that, if it ever happens again, his punishment will be substantially greater.

He also stated that the team members facing indefinite suspensions will be receiving substantial penalties.

Ironically, even though the TimberWolves started the play with less players than the Chiefs, they were still able to capitalize on their two man advantage with Les Reaney scoring the first of his four back to back goals (all in just over six minutes) only eight seconds after the play resumed.

He was definitely the night’s hero as he tied a club record for the most individual goals in one game with a game total of five goals. With seven regular players absent from the T’Wolves bench following Friday night’s game against the Chilliwack Chiefs, the TimberWolves called in six ‘Affiliate Players’ to complete the team’s roster to go head-to-head against the Trail Smoke Eaters on Sunday night.

It was an uneventful first period as the game went into the second period scoreless. The Smoke Eaters put themselves on the board at 8:46 of period two on a powerplay.

With just over five minutes left of the second, Trail secured a 2-0 lead which was answered by Mark Ehl finding the back of the net with his first goal as a TimberWolf to get the Pack back into the game.

Things weren’t looking good as Trail secured a 3-1 lead halfway through he third. The T’Wolves fought to get back in the game and managed to tie it up with only 5:25 left in regulation with back-to-back goals by Tyler Mazzei and Trent Manchur.

The game went into four-on-four, then three-on-three, sudden death overtime but neither team was able to gain the winning point. This was the TimberWolves first tie of the season and only the second in franchise history.

Williams Lake outshot the Smoke Eaters 41-36 overall as both the Pack’s Andrew Braithwaite and Ryan McConnachie of Trail played solid games in goal.

The single point leaves the Pack unbeaten in four, and pulls them to within one point of the second place Merritt in the Interior Division.

The T’Wolves will play two games against Quesnel this weekend.
The first will be Friday night on home ice, followed by Saturday night’s match-up in Quesnel.

Amandah Hillton Photo

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<![CDATA[A Short-Staffed TimberWolves Squad Battles Back To Tie Trail]> With seven regulars absent from the line-up as a result of suspension, thanks to Friday night's fiasco against Chilliwack, the Williams Lake TimberWolves scored a pair of late third period goals to salvage a 3-3 draw with the Trail Smoke Eaters, Sunday at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.  The roster depletion actually translated into the addition of Six 'Affiliate Players' for the T'Wolves.

The game was scoreless through 20 minutes, with the Smoke Eaters striking first at 8:46 of period two on the powerplay.  At 14:25 of the second, Trail went in front 2-0.  However, Mark Ehl's first goal as a TimberWolf only 3:12 shy of the break, helped bring the hockey club to life, down 2-1 headed for the third.

When Trail restored its two goal cushion at 3-1 just past the midway point of the third period, things looked somewhat dismal for Williams Lake.  Mind you, Tyler Mazzei's man advantage tally, plus Trent Manchur's marker a mere 18 seconds later, evened the score with only 5:25 left in regulation.

Despite a handful of scoring opportunities for both in four-on-four, then three-on-three, sudden death overtime, neither team was able to attain the extra point.

For the TimberWolves, it was their first tie of the season and only the second in franchise history.

Williams Lake outshot the Smokies 41-36 overall as both the Pack's Andrew Braithwaite and Ryan McConnachie of Trail played a solid game in goal.

The single point leaves the Williams Lake TimberWolves unbeaten in four, and pulls them to within one point of second place Merritt in the Interior Division.

The 4-2-0-1 T'Wolves now prepare for next weekend's two day 'home & home' versus the rival Millionaires, Friday night at the Complex, followed by Saturday night's match-up in Quesnel.

FINAL SCORE:
TRAIL SMOKE EATERS - 3
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBER WOLVES - 3

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Mark Ehl - 1 (1), Tyler Mazzei - 1 (2), Trent Manchur - 1 (7)

Williams Lake Assists:
Tyler Mazzei - 2, Joe Graham - 1, Trent Manchur - 1, Alexandre Ward - 1

Trail Goal Scorers:
Justin St. Louis - 1 (3), Kyle Jones - 1 (6), Jason Shaffer - 1 (2)

Trail Assists:
Curtis Senkow - 1, Ross Whitford - 1, Jesse Newman - 1, David Eccles - 1, Brandon Cox - 1

Game Winning Goal: None

Powerplay Goals:
Trail - 1
Williams Lake - 1

Powerplays:
Trail - 1 for 5
Williams Lake - 1 for 6

Period Scoring:
Trail                   0    2    1    0    0    =    3
Williams Lake    0    1    2    0    0    =    3

Shots on Goal:
Trail                    11    10     9    6    =    36
Williams Lake    11    10    12    8    =    41

Goaltenders:
T - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 70:00, three goals against on 36 shots (3-0-1-0 ... 3.17  G.A.A.)
T - #35 Ryan McConnachie, Trail - 70:00, three goals against on 41 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #7 Tyler Mazzei, Williams Lake
2 - #6 Trent Manchur, Williams Lake
3 - #7 Curtis Senkow, Trail

Attendance: 944

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves' Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[The T'Wolves Blitz Chilliwack as the Fisticuffs Fly]> The third period of Friday night's game at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex was ugly!,...not only on the scoreboard, but also on the ice.  The Williams Lake TimberWolves unleashed the offence in embarrassing the Chilliwack Chiefs by a score of 9-3.

Les Reaney powered the attack, tying a club record for the most individual goals in one game with five, including four-in-a-row during a third period span of a little over six minutes.  Trent Manchur chipped in with a 'Hat Trick,' while Matt Crowell added his first as a TimberWolf.

Andrew Braithwaite improved to a perfect 3-0-0-0 in earning the netminding victory.

The Pack actually fell behind 2-0 less than four minutes into the contest, and trailed 3-1 after one. A three goal second period vaulted Williams Lake into a 4-3 lead following 40 minutes.  Another goal at the :34 second mark of the third made it a more comfortable 5-3 for the T'Wolves.  Then, with the game seemingly well in hand, 'all hell broke loose' with 12:13 remaining.

It all began with a scrum at the TimberWolves' Player's Bench and quickly manifested into a 'line brawl.'  As if that wasn't enough, a handful of Chilliwack players decided to jump off their bench to join in the melee.  Not to be outnumbered, an equal compliment of TimberWolves did the same.  Before too long, players already serving time in the penalty box joined the fracus. It was an incident that took more than 45 minutes to sort out.  And when all was said and done, a total of nine TimberWolves and six Chiefs found themselves ejected.  The nasty scenario helped the two teams combine for 470 penalty minutes overall, with numerous suspensions becoming the end result of such.

Unfortunately, the incident overshadowed the Williams Lake TimberWolves' goal scoring outburst, consisting of eight consecutive after falling behind 3-1.

The following are Williams Lake players and coaching staff handed suspensions for their part in the altercation, as well as the accompanying penalized time frame:

Zach Gieszler - Six Games
Bryce Martin - Six Games
Brad Reaney - Six Games
Shaun Witschen - Six Games
Trevor Turner - Three Games
Matt Crowell - Two Games
Dustin Honing - One Game
Rick Pitta - One Game

The Chiiliwack Chiefs were apparently hit with even deeper suspensions, including some featuring indefinite or unspecified penalty terms.

The Williams Lake TimberWolves have now defeated Chilliwack in four of the five meetings between the two over two plus seasons, including four straight wins, dating back to December of 2002.

It's likely the TimberWolves will make the call for a number of 'Affiliate Players' to suit up for tomorrow afternoon's hosting of the Trail Smoke Eaters, getting underway at 4:30 at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

FINAL SCORE:
CHILLIWACK CHIEFS - 3
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBER WOLVES - 9

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Les Reaney - 5 (4, 5, 6, 7, 8), Trent Manchur - 3 (4, 5,6), Matt Crowell - (1)

Williams Lake Assists:
Bryce Dale - 2, Dustin Honing - 1, Trent Manchur - 1, Brad Reaney - 1, Steve VanOosten - 1, Zach Gieszler - 1, Scott Klein - 1, Josh Murray - 1, Mark Ehl - 1

Chilliwack Goal Scorers:
Peter Bogdanich - 2 (3, 4), Chris Eppich - 1 (1)

Chilliwack Assists:
Mike DiStefano - 2, Chris Eppich - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Trent Manchur (2nd), Williams Lake (13:50 of the 2nd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Chilliwack - 0
Williams Lake - 3

Powerplays:
Chilliwack - 0 for ?
Williams Lake - 3 for ?

Shorthanded Goals:
Chilliwack - 1

Period Scoring:
Chilliwack           3    0    0    =    3
Williams Lake    1    3    5    =    9

Shots on Goal:
Chilliwack         13     6     6     =    25
Williams Lake    9    12    13    =    34

Goaltenders:
W - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 47:47, three goals against on 20 shots (3-0-0-0 ... 3.41 G.A.A.) & #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 12:13, no goals against on five shots (1-2-0-0 ... 3.75 G.A.A.)
L - #32 Derek Janzen, Chilliwack - 47:47, five goals against on 29 shots & #33 Matt Cloutier, Chilliwack - 12:13, four goals against on five shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #23 Les Reaney, Williams Lake
2 - #6 Trent Manchur, Williams Lake
3 - #19 Mark Ehl, Williams Lake

Attendance: 1,150 (2nd Standing Room Only Sellout of the Season)

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves' Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Howler Goes 1 on 1 with Fabio Luongo]> One thing the Williams Lake TimberWolves have been consistent with since entering the BCHL in 2002, is their goaltending. Good goaltending.  Very good goaltending, actually. That¹s something TimberWovles fans have grown accustomed to.
 
It started with Jocelyn Guimond the first year and continued last season with Peter Vetri. Both were named all stars.

That said, when Vetri decided to play college hockey this year, the TimberWolves got busy in the off-season and made a trade with the Quesnel Millionaires  for all star goalie Andrew Braithwaite.

Then the TimberWolves management got a call from Quebec.

³Don¹t tell anyone,² GM Kevin Nohr told the Howler a week before the season started. ³We¹re about to sign a goaltender from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Fabio Luongo, little brother of Team Canada goalie Roberto Luongo. If any other team finds out before we sign him they¹ll try and scoop him.² Team secrets are safe with the HOWLER, Nohr was assured, but coming to the BCHL from the QMJHL, won¹t that wreck his college scholarship status?

³He¹s not coming here to try and get a scholarship, he wants to turn pro.

He¹s heard the BCHL is a good place to play hockey.² A conversation with Fabio began with a discussion about his brother.

HOWLER: What does it mean having your brother playing for Team Canada and doing so well in the NHL?
FABIO LUONGO: It¹s great because first of all I always realized how great of a goalie he was, because I watched every game in and out. To be recognized to be on Team Canada and doing so well, he worked so hard, he deserves everything that¹s happened to him so far. I¹m really happy for him.

HOWLER: How many years older is he than you?
FL: He¹s seven years older.

HOWLER: Where¹s your home town?
FL: Montreal, Quebec. It¹s a huge city. A great town to live in.

HOWLER: How¹d you start your hockey career?
FL: Actually I started as a player. Then one of the games we were missing a goalie and I volunteered to go in net and I really loved it and I just stuck to it. I was nine years old. My older brother Robert started as a player as well, then he went to goalie, so we both started off as players.

HOWLER: Has Roberto shown you a few tricks? Do you talk much goalie stuff with him?
FL: Yeah, mostly in the summer when we practice together, he gives me a lot of tips. But during the season when we talk on the phone, we keep hockey out of it and just talk about other stuff. But you know, when things are going bad for you, one of us will try and pump each other up a bit and just encourage ourselves.

HOWLER: Are there any particular tricks or techniques Roberto might have shown you?
FL: We mostly have the same style, butterfly. He helps me out on some techniques, but we¹re pretty much like the same. He helps me out mostly on the mental aspect of the game. Mostly concentration before a game; don¹t get down on yourself when things aren¹t going well; don¹t get too high when things are going too well; just stay with your feet on the ground, consistent; that¹s pretty much what he tells me.

HOWLER: Are there any goaltenders you particularly admire.
FL: I really like Khabibulin a lot. I try to copy his style a little bit. Always in front of the puck. Good butterfly style. Those two styles I pretty well base myself on.

HOWLER: When did you start playing Junior?
FL: I started last year when I was 17. That was my first year Junior in the ³Q². I like my experience but I didn¹t play many games because there was 20 year old there. I figured I¹d have more games up here. I really love the town of Williams Lake, so I¹m really happy I made the decision to come here.

HOWLER: How did you make the decision to come to Williams Lake?
FL: Things towards the end didn¹t go very well down in the Q last year, so this year I decided I wanted a fresh start. I heard this was a great city to play in, so my agent kind of helped me out too, so we decided to come here. I¹ve been really happy about my decision.

HOWLER: Is it a different kind of style in the BCHL?
FL: Awe for sure, for sure. Like guys shoot more over here. In the Q they wait more and they pass. And here they shoot a lot higher. In Quebec it¹s mostly low shots. Here they all go top shelf. So I got to get used to it a bit, and I¹m getting used to it now, and I¹m getting settled in there now.

HOWLER: Do you have aspirations to go to college like a lot of guys in this league?
FL: I don¹t know right now. I think because I played in the Q I¹m not allowed to go to college unless I sit out for a year. I¹ll see. Right now I¹m 18 so hopefully I¹ll have a good season and get a contract to go pro somewhere like the East Coast whatever, or if I get a college I¹ll think about it for sure. I¹m just concentrating on having a good season right now and see what happens, then I¹ll make a decision.

HOWLER: What¹s different about coming to BC?
FL: Here it¹s a little city but I love the atmosphere. The fans are great and it¹s a hockey city. Back in Montreal the Junior teams aren¹t really recognized because they have the Canadiens back there. But here I love the town. It¹s a small town but everybody¹s a hockey fan and it¹s awesome.

HOWLER: So the name Luongo, what nationality is that?
FL: We¹re Italian actually. I speak Italian, my dad speaks a lot of Italian. So we¹ve got three languages going, Italian, French and English. So it¹s pretty funny conversations at my house. A conversation starts in French and finishes in Italian.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Dethrone The Kings]> TimberWolves left wing player Dave Krisky, follows Brad Herman, Kings forward, down the ice. Karen Longwell Photo It was a penalty packed game on Tuesday night as the T’Wolves beat out the undefeated Prince George Spruce Kings 3-2, 56 seconds into four-on-four sudden death overtime.

Williams Lake’s Brad Reaney took the first penalty 43 seconds into the game but the Pack pulled together their strong defense line to kill it with no repercussions.

Tyler Loney of the Spruce Kings took the next penalty for slashing and the TimberWolves capitalized on the situation with a power play goal by Zach Gieszler off Alex Greelay for a 1-0 lead.

The Spruce Kings fought hard to get back in the game only to have Chris Stevens benched for two minutes for cross checking.

Even one man down, the Spruce Kings’ Curt Morrison netted their first fumbled goal with only 15 seconds left in the first period.

After a pile-up at the T’Wolves net, T’Wolves Les Rainey was slapped with two minutes in the box for roughing after the whistle.

The TimberWolves were dominating the 1-1 tied game heading into the second period with 14 shots to the visitors 10.

Both teams hit the ice with a vengeance and Prince George grabbed the lead five minutes into the second period with a goal by Darcy Prince, assisted by Amedee Marshall.

The T’Wolves weren’t going down without a fight and managed to tie the game 2-2 half was through the second period as Josh Murray slipped one between the pipes.

The goal was assisted by Les Rainey and Dave Krisky which was a turning point in the game as far as team playing went.

“We weren’t playing as a team” says Head Coach Rick Pitta. “There was a lot of individual play and giveaways.”

The tension on the ice grew as both teams fought for the lead and a hard hit from Spruce Kings Brody Mott to T’Wolves Brad Reaney from behind sent the fists flying.

Trent Manchur went toe-to-toe with Mott on Reaney’s behalf and the pair received five minutes each for fighting.

Mott also received five minutes for checking to the head and game misconduct and T’Wolves Steve VanOosten was awarded with a 10 minute misconduct penalty.

T’Wolves keeper Andrew Braithwaite was hot on his game heading into the third period, blocking 22 shots from the Spruce Kings heavy offensive line.

It was a fight for the winning shot in the third period but both teams were unsuccessful to secure the win and with 35 shots on goal for the TimberWolves compared to 30 for the Kings, it was a pretty close game.

With no goals in the third period, the game went into overtime with 919 fans (998 is a sellout) cheering for the Pack.

Les Rainey emerged the hero when, only 56 seconds into the five-minute overtime, he scored the winning goal as his T’Wolves teammates gathered for a victory cheer.

The TimberWolves now have 11 goals in 32 powerplay opportunities this season, which is among the league’s best with a greater than 34 percent powerplay efficiency.

“I’m pleased we won” says Pitta. “As a whole we’re solid and we’re getting better every game.”

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<![CDATA[More Overtime Magic Helps Lift the Timberwolves Past PG]> Les Reaney's goal just 56 seconds into four-on-four, sudden death overtime gave the Williams Lake TimberWolves a 3-2 victory over the Prince George Spruce Kings, Tuesday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.  The loss also dropped the Spruce Kings from the early season ranks of the undefeated.

The TimberWolves got on the board first thanks to Zach Gieszler's powerplay goal.  However, with only 15 seconds remaining in the opening period, Prince George tied the game on somewhat of a controversial goalmouth scramble.

The two teams also traded second period goals, this time the Spruce Kings scoring first, followed by Josh Murray's man advantage tally for Williams Lake.

Goaltenders Andrew Braithwaite of the T'Wolves and the Spruce Kings' Brandon Highton kept all would-be marksmen empty handed in the third, setting up the extra session.

The TimberWolves had to be particularly relieved with the outcome, considering they had two goals waved off by referee Kris Hartley earlier in the contest.

It's worth noting as well, that by counting two more powerplay goals on Tuesday night, Williams Lake now has 11 goals in 32 powerplay opportunities this season, among the league's best with a greater than 34% powerplay efficiency.

A strong weeknight crowd of 919 watched the Pack earn its second consecutive overtime decision in improving to 3-2-0-0.  The setback sees Prince George fall to 4-0-0-1, but maintain its Interior Division lead with nine points.

Next up for the Williams Lake TimberWolves is two more home ice encounters this coming weekend.  The Chilliwack Chiefs make their lone regular season visit on Friday night, getting underway at 7:30;  while on Sunday afternoon, the Trail Smoke Eaters invade the Cariboo Memorial for a 4:30 start.

FINAL SCORE:
PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS - 2
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBER WOLVES - 3 (OT)

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Zach Gieszler - 1 (1), Josh Murray - 1 (2), Les Reaney - 1 (3)

Williams Lake Assists:
Alex Greenlay - 1, Les Reaney - 1, Dave Krisky - 1, Steve VanOosten - 1

Prince George Goal Scorers:
Curt Morrison - 1 (1), Darcy Prince - 1 (1)

Prince George Assists:
Kevin Petovello - 1, Amedee Marshall - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Les Reaney, Williams Lake (:56 of the First Four-on-Four, Sudden Death Overtime Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Prince George - 0
Williams Lake - 2

Powrplays:
Prince George - 0 for 5
Williams Lake - 2 for 6

Period Scoring:
Prince George    1    1    0    0    =    2
Williams Lake    1    1    0    1    =    3

Shots on Goal:
Prince George    10    14    6    0    =    30
Williams Lake    14    15    6    1    =    36

Goaltenders:
W - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 60:56, two goals against on 30 shots (2-0-0-0 ... 3.27 G.A.A.)
L - #1 Brandon Highton, Prince George - 60:56, three goals against on 36 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #23 Les Reaney, Williams Lake
2 - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake
3 - #1 Brandon Highton, Prince George

Attendance: 919

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves' Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[The TimberWolves Split Their First Road Trip of the Season]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves knew it would be anything but easy as they ventured out for their first 'away' games of the new season.  Afterall, the TimberWolves were about to visit the two teams who finished ahead of them in the Interior Division Standings a year ago.

Friday night's start to the two game 'road swing' began in Salmon Arm, a place where Williams Lake has had little success over the course of its brief history.

It took the SilverBacks just 2:13 to grab the early lead on the powerplay.  And by the end of the opening period, it was 2-0 for the home team.

However, the T'Wolves regrouped, playing a solid second period, outshooting Salmon Arm 13-5, but managing only one goal to trail 2-1 following 40 minutes.

A shorthanded goal 2:10 into period three appeared to be the turning point. It put the Gorillas ahead 3-1.  Mind you, the TimberWolves roared back just a-minute-38 later to narrow the gap to 3-2.  Salmon Arm restored its two goal cushion at 4-2, with the Pack again not surrendering, making the score 4-3 with more than eight minutes remaining in regulation.  Unfortunately for the T'Wolves, a mere 32 seconds later, the SilverBacks went up 5-3 to which Williams Lake had no further response.

The defeat was particularly tough to swallow considering the TimberWolves out-shot Salmon Arm 35-24 overall.

Steve VanOosten, Tyler Mazzei & Trent Manchur scored for the Pack.

Fabio Luongo was tagged with the loss in goal, dropping his early season record to 1-2-0-0.

In light of Friday night's result, the Williams Lake TimberWolves could ill-afford to drop their third straight and head home with three losses in their first four starts.  That was the mentality enter Saturday's night encounter versus the Vernon Vipers.

Again, the TimberWolves gave up an early first period man advantage tally, only to rebounded with a pair of consecutive powerplay goals of their own.  The Vipers countered with yet another p.p. marker, leaving the score even at 2-2 after the first.

Outshot 19-7 and dominated in the second period, the Pack found itself facing a
4-2 deficit headed for the third.

A crucial major penalty for cross-checking and accompanying game misconduct to Vernon's Dallas Costanzo gave Williams Lake a five minute powerplay of which it took full advantage.  Two goals during the five minute 'man to the good' pulled the T'Wolves even at 4-4 just past the halfway point of period three.  However, poor control of a rebound by goaltender Andrew Braithwaite, making his TimberWolves' debut, allowed the Vipers to pounce on the puck and regain the lead at 5-4 with only 5:18 left.

Then with Braithwaite on the bench in favour of an 'extra attacker,' aided by yet another powerplay opportunity, Dave Krisky's long shot from just inside the blueline eluded Vernon netminder Matt Boudreau with only 18 seconds remaining in regulation time.

Late in the first five minute, four-on-four, sudden death overtime period, the Pack's Bryce Dale took a two minute minor for high sticking.  Things looked glum as the Vipers kept Williams Lake under siege, only to be turned away by a stingy, shot-blocking defence, as well as timely saves by Andrew Braithwaite.

That eventually opened the door for Josh Murray, who sped down his off-wing a little over two-and-a-half minutes into the five minute, three-on-three, sudden death session, beating Vernon netminder Matt Boudreau with a hard shot on the short side.  The comeback was complete with Murray mobbed by his teammates, who streamed off the bench in celebration. The final,...the T'Wolves 6, the Vipers
5.

Other TimberWolves' goals went to Steve VanOosten, Dustin Honing, Trent Manchur & Brad Reaney.

It's worth noting that the Williams Lake TimberWolves established a new club record in the game with five powerplay goals.  Add to that a pretty solid effort from goaltender Andrew Braithwaite, who stopped 43 of 48 shots for his first win in his initial start as a TimberWolf.

Next up for the 2-2-0-0 Williams Lake TimberWolves is Tuesday night's hosting of the undefeated Prince George Spruce Kings.  The weeknight contest gets underway at 7:30 at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

 

FINAL SCORE: WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 3
(Friday Night)        SALMON ARM SILVERBACKS - 5

Salmon Arm Goal Scorers:
Luke Cain - 2 (1, 2), Julian Marcuzzi - 1 (1), Evan Barlow - 1 (1), Bryn Gagnon - 1 (2)

Salmon Arm Assists:
Tyrell Mason - 2, Evan Barlow - 2, Jordan Mowbray - 1, Jason Miller - 1, Julian Marcuzzi - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Steve VanOosten - 1 (2), Tyler Mazzei - 1 (1), Trent Manchur -1 (2)

Williams Lake Assists:
Les Reaney - 2, Josh Murray - 1, Dave Krisky - 1, Alex Greenlay - 1, Trevor Turner - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Evan Barlow, Salmon Arm (8:41 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 1
Salmon Arm - 2

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 1 for 7
Salmon Arm - 2 for 6

Shorthanded Goals:
Salmon Arm - 1

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   0  1   2   =   3
Salmon Arm     2   0   3   =   5

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   11   13   11   =   35
Salmon Arm       7     5   12   =   24

Goaltenders:
W - #33 Brad Atkinson, Salmon Arm - 60:00, three goals against on 35 shots
L - #31 Fabio Luongo,  Williams Lake - 60:00, five goals against on 24 shots (1-2-0-0 ... 4.00 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
 1 - #20 Luke Cain, Salmon Arm
2 - #23 Les Reaney, Williams Lake
3 - #33 Brad Atkinson, Salmon Arm

Attendance: 1,302

 

FINAL SCORE: WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 6
(Saturday Night)     VERNON VIPERS - 5   (2 O.T.)

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Steve VanOosten - 1 (3), Dustin Honing - 1 (2), Trent Manchur - 1 (3), Brad Reaney - 1 (1), Dave Krisky - 1 (2), Josh Murray - 1 (1)

Williams Lake Assists:
Dave Krisky - 2, Zach Gieszler - 2, Steve VanOosten - 2, Les Reaney - 1, Trent Manchur - 1, Bryce Dale - 1

Vernon Goal Scorers:
Mark Nelson - 1 (4), Wade Davison - 1 (1), Scott Wallace - 1 (1), Troy Cherwinski - 1 (1), Dean Strong - 1 (1)

Vernon Assists:
Matt Watkins - 2, Andy Zulyniak - 2, Matt Swerhone - 2, Dean Strong - 1, Korey Gannon - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Josh Murray, Williams Lake (2:34 of Three-on-Three, Sudden Death Overtime)

Powerplay Goals:
Williams Lake - 5
Vernon - 2

Powerplays:
Williams Lake - 5 for 7
Vernon - 2 for 5

Period Scoring:
Williams Lake   2   0   3   0   1   =   6
Vernon              2   2   1   0   0   =   5

Shots on Goal:
Williams Lake   8     7   10   7   =   32
Vernon             14   19   11   4   =   48

Goaltenders:
W - #29 Andrew Braithwaite, Williams Lake - 67:34, five goals against on 48 shots (1-0-0-0 ... 4.46 G.A.A.)
L - #31 Matt Boudreau, Vernon - 60:00, six goals against on 32 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #16 Dave Krisky, Williams Lake
2 - #22 Steve VanOosten, Williams Lake
3 - #14 Dean Strong, Vernon

Attendance: 1,835

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves' Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Timberwolves open season with weekend split]> The Williams Lake TimberWolves kept one tradition alive last weekend by winning their opening game of the 2004-2005 season in convincing fashion against Quesnel. On Friday September 10 they knocked off their north Cariboo rivals 6-3 in front of a sell out, standing room only crowd of 1,033 at Cariboo Memorial Complex.

But the next night they ran smack headlong into a more formidable opponent in the guise of the Vernon Vipers. The Snakes from the North Okanagan were in no mind to be trifled with after losing 4-3 in overtime the night before to Prince George. The Vipers set the T’Wolves on their haunches, out-hustling and out hitting them 4-2.

TimberWolves Coach Rick Pitta sums up the opening two games briefly.

“Friday night we played about 50 minutes, and Saturday we played about 30 minutes. We had some letdowns and allowed the play to be taken to us at times. That was the biggest difference.”

Pitta says he’s generally pleased with the play of his returning players.

“On the first night (against Quesnel) Brad Reaney, Scott Klein and Trent Manchur were outstanding. Saturday we had guys waiting for another guy to do it on the team instead of leadership. Having just three practices before the season started didn’t help. We were a little bit slow (on our end) and weak on the puck. A lot of confusion.”

Timberwolves rookie Brad Reaney had a great first game for the Junior A club, as he chases the puck in front of Quesnel goalie Edouard Lessard Friday night.Pitta is looking forward to getting defenceman Zach Gieszler back into the lineup next weekend after completing his four game suspension for spearing which occurred during a preseason game against Prince George.

On Friday local product Trent Manchur had a big night, scoring one goal and two assists and was named the game’s first start.

Linemates Scott Klein, from Swift Current Saskatchewan, had one goal and one assist, and Brad Reaney, from Celyon, Saskatchewan and younger brother of Les Reaney, chipped in with three assists.

Rookie goaltender, Fabio Luongo, turned aside 30 of 33 shots for the victory while former Williams Lake goaltender, Edouard Lessard, put in a strong performance facing 45 shots in the losing cause.

Other TimberWolves scorers Friday were Dave Krisky, Steve VanOosten, Les Reaney and Bill McGinnis.

On Saturday, Vernon built up a 2-0 first period lead before the T’Wolves’ Dustin Honing got one back for the home team mid way through the second period. Les Reaney evened the score on the powerplay at the 39 second mark of the third period, only to have the Vipers strike for two unanswered goals a minute apart less than seven minutes later.

The game was delayed 20 minutes in the third period after a clean but bone-crushing check by TimberWolves defenceman Shaun Witschen on Vernon’s Aaron Schepers, who was knocked unconscious in the centre-ice collision. Schepers was taken by ambulance to Cariboo Memorial Hospital for observation then later released to travel back to Vernon with his team after sustaining a broken nose and concussion.

Despite the defeat the Pack outshot the Vipers 37-33 overall. Next weekend the club is on the road, facing the Salmon Arm Silverbacks on Friday, September 17 and the Vipers in Vernon on Saturday, September 18.

Photo: Karen Longwell

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<![CDATA[BCHL Sets Opening Weekend Attendance Record]> With the start of the 2004/05 NHL season in question the BCHL started its season in record fashion.  In just 15 games the BCHL saw 21,164 fans pass through team gates.  

On Saturday September 11th, the Chilliwack Chiefs opened the fabulous Prospera Center.  Not only did the Chiefs pull off an exciting 3 – 2 overtime victory over rival Surrey Eagles but they lead the league in fan support as 3,943 turned out to christen the new building.

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<![CDATA[Vernon doubles up on the timberWolves]>      As early history would seem to indicate, the Williams Lake TimberWolves continue to have their hands full with the Vernon Vipers. The Vipers scored two third period goals just 1:04 apart, snapping a 2-2 tie, en route to a 4-2 victory over the Timber-Wolves, Saturday night at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

     A pair of first period tallies, separated by less than three minutes, gave Vernon a 2-0 advantage after one period of play.

     Williams Lake played a bit more inspired hockey in the second, potting the period's lone marker, making it 2-1 after 40 minutes.

     Up until that point, the game was moving along nicely.  However, between the second and third period, there was a more than 20 minute delay when a sustained injury prevented one of the linesmen from continuing his duties.

     Once play had resumed, the T'Wolves took only 39 seconds to tie things, before the Vipers regained the lead at 6:28, prior to adding some insurance at 7:32 of period three.

     There was yet another delay in excess of 20 minutes in the third period following a bone-crushing check by TimberWolves' Defenceman Shaun Witschen on Vernon's Aaron Schepers.  Schepers was knocked unconscious, eventually taken off the ice on a stretcher and transported to hospital for observation.  The early diagnosis was a broken nose and concussion.  As for Witschen, it was a completely clean hit for which he received no penalty.

     Dustin Honing and Les Reaney were the Williams Lake goal scorers.  Rookie Fabio Luongo suffered the loss in the TimberWolves' net.  Despite the defeat, the Pack did managed to outshoot the Vipers 37-33 overall.

     The Williams Lake TimberWolves' first road trip of the year takes them to Salmon Arm on Friday night, prior to a visit of Vernon on Saturday night.

FINAL SCORE:
VERNON VIPERS - 4
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBERWOLVES - 2

Vernon Goal Scorers:
Matt Watkins - 2 (2), Aaron Volpatti - 1 (1), Mark Nelson - 1 (3)

Vernon Assists:
Mike Ullrich - 2, Kurtis Colling - 1, Mark Nelson - 1, Dean Strong - 1, Lyle Tassone - 1

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Dustin Honing - 1 (1), Les Reaney - 1 (2)

Williams Lake Assists:
Bryce Dale - 1, Josh Murray - 1, Steve VanOosten - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Aaron Volpatti, Vernon (6:28 of the 3rd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Vernon - 1
Williams Lake - 1

Powerplays:
Vernon - 1 for 4
Williams Lake - 1 for 6

Period Scoring:
Vernon              2   0   2   =   4
Williams Lake   0   1   1   =   2

Shots on Goal:
Vernon              12    9   12   =   33
Williams Lake   11   14   12   =   37

Goaltenders:
W - #1 Mark Sibbald, Vernon - 60:00, two goals against on 37 shots
L - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 60:00, four goals against on 33 shots (1-1-0-0 ... 3.50 G.A.A.)

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #9 Matt Watkins, Vernon
2 - #23 Les Reaney, Williams Lake
3 - #10 Mike Ullrich, Vernon

Attendance: 920

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves' Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves Continue their season opening dominance over Quesnel]>      For the third straight year, the Williams Lake TimberWolves opened the Regular Season by hosting the Quesnel Millionaires.  And for the third year in-a-row, the TimberWolves sent their rivals home pointless. The latest in the saga was Friday night's 6-3 doubling of the Mills at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

     Quesnel actually got on the board first, scoring just over two minutes into the contest.  However, the TimberWolves quickly settled down, grabbing a 2-1 lead, prior to Quesnel's second goal which left the teams tied 2-2 after 20 minutes. This despite a solid edge in play to Williams Lake, who peppered former T'Wolves' goaltender Edouard Lessard with 18 first period shots.

     The Pack went ahead 3-2 only 26 seconds into the second, and added a fluky talley with just 39 seconds remaining in the period to go in front 4-2 headed for the third.  Oddly enough, that weak fourth goal turned out to be the game winner.

     Williams Lake added two more goals in period three, followed by a late marker from the Millionaires, making things a little more respectable for Quesnel, and resulting in the 6-3 decision.

     The game got a bit chippy in the final stages as the two clubs combined for 112 minutes in penalties, including four fights, three of which occurred in the last two-and-a-half minutes.

     Scott Klein, Trent Manchur, Dave Krisky, Steve VanOosten, Les Reaney & Bill McGinnis scored for the TimberWolves, who outshot Quesnel 45-33 overall. New-comer Brad Reaney chipped in with three assists.

     Netminder Fabio Luongo earned the victory in his Williams Lake TimberWolves' debut.  Meantime, Edouard Lessard was often spectacular against his former club in light of his six goals against.

     There's little time to savour the win as the Pack is right back at it on Saturday night, hosting the Vernon Vipers, beginning at 7:30, at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

FINAL SCORE:
QUESNEL MILLIONAIRES - 3
WILLIAMS LAKE TIMBER WOLVES - 6

Williams Lake Goal Scorers:
Scott Klein - 1 (1), Trent Manchur - 1 (1), Dave Krisky- 1 (1), Steve VanOosten - 1 (1), Les Reaney - 1 (1), Bill McGinnis - 1 (1)

Williams Lake Assists:
Brad Reaney - 3, Trent Manchur - 2, Bryce Dale - 2, Scott Klein - 1, Steve VanOosten - 1 , Josh Murray - 1

Quesnel Goal Scorers:
Jeff Gagnon - 2 (2), Ryan Kindret - 1 (1)

Quesnel Assists:
Sam Kuzyk - 1

Game Winning Goal:
Steve VanOosten, Williams Lake (19:21 of the 2nd Period)

Powerplay Goals:
Quesnel - 0
Williams Lake - 2

Powerplays:
Quesnel - 0 for 5
Williams Lake - 2 for 6

Period Scoring:
Quesnel             2   0   1   =   3
Williams Lake   2   2   2   =   6

Shots on Goal:
Quesnel             7    15   11   =   33
Williams Lake   18   15   12   =   45

Goaltenders:
W - #31 Fabio Luongo, Williams Lake - 60:00, three goals against on 33 shots (1-0-0-0 ... 3.00 G.A.A.)
L - #35 Edouard Lessard, Quesnel - 60:00, six goals against on 45 shots

Staples Business Depot Three Stars:
1 - #6 Trent Manchur, Williams Lake
2 - #28 Brad Reaney, Williams Lake
3 - #20 Jeff Gagnon, Qusenel

Attendance: 1,033 (Sellout, Standing Room Only Crowd)

For more information, contact Williams Lake TimberWolves' Director of Sales, Marketing & Promotions, Randy Bedard, at 398-0468.

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<![CDATA[Changes Made To Official BCHL Site]> The BC Hockey League extends a warm welcome back to all our valued fans as we prepare to kick-off the 2004/05 season.

You may notice some changes to the look of our website (http://www.bchl.bc.ca/) as we have added some features and made some changes to the team statistics and roster pages.

The most significant change to the roster information has been in the team statistics pages, available from the menu on the left. We invite you visit the roster of your favourite team and check out some of the new features. You'll notice icons after some of the players names that indicate such designations as rookie and import status, as well as injured and players under suspension. Moving your cursor over icons will allow you to get more information and clicking the Suspended and Injury icons provide details.

The main roster page for the team provides you a complete "Active Roster" and you now have the option of viewing a team's reserve roster which would include affiliated players.

You'll notice as well a featured player on the front page as well as a scores and upcoming games ticker, along with an abreviated standings listing on the right hand side.

Box scores will now show 3 star selections in addition to the regular box score information - which as always, will be available usually within 1/2 hour of the game's completion. A number of new developments have been added to the box score machinery to provide a more accurate first accounting of team and player stats.

Enjoy the site and enjoy the season and remember to get out and cheer on your favourite BCHL team!

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<![CDATA[TimberWolves tourney sets record attendance]> Twenty teams with nearly 80 players hit the greens in ‘shotgun’ style this past weekend for the 4th Annual Williams Lake TimberWolves golf tournament in support of the Jim McGonagle Memorial Scholarship.

Jim McGonagle Senior and the rest of the McGonagle family travelled from Boston to take part in the 4th Annual Williams Lake TimberWolves Golf Tournament in support of the Jim McGonagle Memorial Scholarship. Approxiamately $5000 was raised for the fund. The McGonagle family travelled to the lakecity from Boston to participate in the event in their son’s name.

The tone was upbeat with everyone having a great time in a relaxed environment.

The results are in with first place going to Jeff Knox, Sharon Cleveland, Doug Spencer and Justin Brink with a final score of 56.95 in the 18-hole scramble event.

Under a point behind, Bill Dawydiuk, Matt Gertzen, Barry Wilson and Gary Johal took second place with 57.2.

Third place went to Ryan Bremner, Jessica Bremner, Troy Bremner and Rob Ramier with an overall score of 58.75.

Fourth place went to Matt Crowell, Kevin Crowell, Tyler Mazzei and Jim Mazzei with a 58.75 finish.

Kevin Nohr, Rob Hoyer, Michelle McGonagle and Des Webster took fifth with 59.4 points.

Sixth place went to Mark Law, Mike Chelsey, Marlene Anderson and JoAnne Vanderburgh with 59.5 overall.

Taking the seventh place finish was Arnold Bremner, Jim McGonagle, Imke Bremner and Kurt Niquidet.

An estimated $5,000 was raised directly for the Jim McGonagle Memorial Scholarship fund, which benefits the continuing Canadian University or College Education of a local TimberWolves player.

Jim McGonagle Senior was ecstatic to mention that an astounding 63 teams of four golfers, spread over two courses, took part in the second annual James M. McGonagle Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, August 23 in suburban Boston.

Special thanks to all the sponsors, as well as tournament organizers, for making the the event such a tremendous success.

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<![CDATA[Salsa Reel In Simoes]> Dave Simoes will be skating for the Victoria Salsa come opening night at the Bear Mountain Arena. The Victoria Salsa managed to wrestle the Interior Division 2nd team all-star from the Williams Lake Timberwolves and the rugged 19-year-old 5'9", 200 lb. defenceman should make an immediate impact both on and off the ice.

The Salsa moved Marc Fulton last summer to the Timberwolves for forward Matt Kerr and "Future Considerations." With with the addition of Simoes, the deal has been completed.

Simoes had 4 goals and 25 assists last season with the T'Wolves and also found time to put up 206 penatly minutes. He wore a letter for the club and it was his leadership qualities that the Salsa coveted so much.

"The deal with Williams Lake was made and at the time neither team knew that Dave Simoes would be involved," said Salsa General Manager Pete Zubersky. "Dave was loved by their club and the community and I know that this comes as a major disappointment to that organization. This deal was made with our club wanting Simoes in the worst way. This has nothing to do with Williams Lake wanting to move him along. I spoke with Dave and his father last night and at first there was shock but I think as the hours have rolled by he has warmed to the idea. David will be joining a lifelong friend down here in Derek Knowles. When I told Derek of the deal, he smiled from ear to ear."

The Salsa expect to see Simoes arrive in Victoria on Sunday and will most likely be in attendance for the exhibition game in Lake Cowichan against the Powell River Kings that day. He is scheduled to practice with the club on Monday and Tuesday and will see his first action with the club on Wednesday evening in Sooke against the Cowichan Valley Capitals.

"Dave Simoes has potential to be our captain," explained Coach Kent Lewis. We have tried to recruit and deal for quality people and Dave is at the top of the heap. We have not decided on who will wear the "C" and we do have several candidates but David is certainly going to garner a lot of attention in this area as we wind towards our opener on September 11th. David has potential to put some points up on the board and he will make our club just a bit bigger when we skate in a tough visitors barn. No doubt about it, we improved our hockey club today."

In other news the Salsa beat the Cowichan Capitals last night by a count of 7-2 in an affair played at the JDF. The club held the lead throughout the game and were paced by Tim Crowder with the hat-trick. Eddie Samuels, Mike Simpson, Greg Moore and Tyson Daniels added singles.

Tickets to the season opener will go on sale at the Salsa Office at the Bear Mountain Arena on Tuesday morning. The opener will feature the retirement of Jersey #39 worn by Salsa scoring phenom, Kyle Greentree.

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<![CDATA[Hot Spot Hot Tickets]> For the first time ever, the Williams Lake TimberWolves have an exclusive satellite ticket outlet.

That’s right, and if you have a hankering for ice cream or a craving for coffee you can satisfy those urges too as you duck into Flavours Ice Cream & Coffee House aka The Hot Spot to pick up your discount tickets.

Tickets for all 30 regular season home games can be purchased at the Hot Spot for $1 off the walk-up price at the arena box office.

The deal is good for adults, seniors and students tickets, but not for kids (six to 11 years old). And if you purchase two or more adult tickets, you get $1.50 off the walk-up cost of $11 for this season’s adult fare.

That means you will pay $9.50.

TimberWolves marketing director, Randy Bedard says the Hot Spot and Youth For Christ drop in centre purchased a block of 100 tickets.

“This is the best available seating for all TimberWolves regular season home games,” says Bedard.

Art Saari and Tim WadeTim Wade, director of the Youth For Christ program, and Art Saari, manager of the Hot Spot, are enthusiastic about being involved with the local Junior A hockey club.

“We’ve got great seats,” says Wade. “We hand-picked every one of them.”

He says there is a complete variety of seats from high up to low down, depending on a fan’s preference.

“They are quality seats at discounted rates,” repeats Wade.

Ticket prices at the door for seniors and students are $9 this year. “We’re selling them for $8,” Wade says.

“We’re also offering special discounts for items at Flavours throughout the season for people purchasing tickets,” adds Saari. “You have to buy a ticket to get the coupons, and after the game you can come back and enter your ticket for a free draw for tickets to the next game.”

“It’s a great way to support the team and at the same time raise some funds for our organization,” says Wade, who is also the TimberWolves’ official chaplain.

“We’re really hoping parents will come in and see what the youth centre is all about. We’re hoping they might like to plug their kids into our programs, which are free. So I hope they come on down and have a look.”

In September things will be even better for adult fans, with an additional 50 cent discount for adult tickets.

“They’ll cost $9 a piece just for September,” says Wade.

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<![CDATA[Seven players move to College as 2004-05 approaches]>
Their offence potted 244 goals, second only to Salmon Arm in the Interior Division, but their defence was only fifth best in the division despite all-star goaltending by Peter Vetri.

This year the club’s offensive and defensive roles are switching, says coach Rick Pitta.

“We’ve flip flopped from last year. At the start of last season we were strong on offence and weak on defence until after the trading deadline. Now our back end is pretty solid.”

Starting in goal, Pitta says the team made a key acquisition in the off season by trading for all-star goaltender Andrew Braithwaite.

This was made necessary after Vetri accepted a scholarship with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell last November.

On the blue line Dave Simoes, Zach Geiszler, Steve VanOosten and Alex Greenlay provide a solid, experienced core of defensive talent that will make opposing forwards think twice about crossing the blueline with their heads down. The 2004-2005 TimberWolves will be a bit bigger than last year, says Pitta. “Hopefully we’ll be just as fast.”

He says the core of nine or 10 returning players gives his team a solid nucleus to start from.

The key to this year’s offence is power-forward Les Reaney. If the Saskatchewan native continues where he left off last year, he will be a premier player in the league.

At 6’1” and 220 pounds, Reaney plays tough in the corners and is hard to move from the front of the opposing net. “Reaney’s an elite player,” Pitta says matter-of-factly. “He could be one of the top five players in the league this year. It’s his last year so he should be pretty motivated from that stand point to go for a scholarship.”

Dave Krisky is another forward Pitta is looking to for leadership. Solid on his feet and fast, Krisky improved as the playoffs progressed.

Perhaps the biggest surprise last season was the play of Terrace native, Josh Murray.

Set to be released by the club several times, Murray hung in there and was eventually promoted to the top line.

“In the last 25 games Josh was a point-a-game guy. We’ll give him every opportunity to do that again. He can do everything. He’s an exceptional young man.” Pitta is looking to Dustin Honing to step it up this year after being injured most of last season.

“Dustin’s pretty motivated. He could be an impact player for us.”

Williams Lake native Trent Manchur is another member of Pitta’s returning nucleus of proven talent.

“Trent played well in the playoffs, and we’re looking for that to continue.”

New on the horizon are three snipers signed in the off-season out of the Junior B ranks.

Tyler Mazzei and Matt Crowell, top two scorers with the Sicamous Storm in the KIJHL, should add some spark.

Mark Ehl, second in scoring with the Port Coquitlam Buckaroos, was tied for 13th in the PIJHL last season.

“We’ve got some real strong recruits coming up that could be a real pleasant surprise,” Pitta predicts. “I’m sure things will change in the next month. There will obviously be movement. I’m sure we’ll see some deals in the next couple of weeks.”

He says the first six games of the season will be a big test.

The TimberWolves play Chilliwack, Salmon Arm and Vernon, who Pitta describes as “three of the five big money clubs” in the league, and Quesnel and Prince George who both have 16 returning players on their rosters.

One thing up for grabs this season in Williams Lake is the job of captain.

With last year’s ‘C,’ John Mazzei, signing with Bowling Green University this summer, Pitta says he will wait and see before naming the team leader.

With Aaron Peace committing to Southern Alberta Tech, that brings to seven the number of last year’s squad moving on to college hockey.

“There could be more,” Pitta predicts. “I still haven’t heard from Bryan Gallagher or Jordan Starke yet.”

Besides Vetri going to Lowell and Mazzei to BGSU, Peter Cartwright has signed with the University of Anchorage, Mike Fournier with Merrimack College, Jake Morissette with RPI, and Marc Fulton with Colgate.

That’s an even six-pack moving through the TimberWolves’ organization to Division I schools, and it’s something Rick Pitta is proud of.

“We want to see that trend continue,” he says. ]>
<![CDATA[Vees Forward Involved in Car Accident]>
Jason was transported to Royal Columbian Hospital where he continues to recover. No brain damage was suffered and he is expected to make a full recovery. It is not known how long he will remain in hospital and when his rehabilitation process will begin. The thoughts and prayers of the Penticton Vees organization are with Jason and the Wright family.]>
<![CDATA[4th Annual Golf Tournament - Jim McGonagle Memorial Golf Tournament]>
Registration and Team Calcutta: Friday, August 27th - Fox's Den Restaurant
Dinner, Awards and Fund Raising Banquet: August 28th - Fox's Den Restuarant
(Extra Meal Tickets available for $20 per person)
Early Bird Draw Deadline: July 31st
Registration and Payment Cut Off: August 21st

Register in person at the TimberWolves Office or drop an Entry Form off at the Williams Lake Golf Club Pro Shop. If you have any questions or can't find a team call Kari at 305-9324.]>
<![CDATA[Twolves Tickets Now Easier To Purchase Than Ever!]>
Save $1.00 Off the 'Walk-Up' Price of each purchased ticket or $1.50 Off the 'Walk-Up' Price of each multiple Adult ticket purchase. This is the Best Available Seating for All TimberWolves' Regular Season Home Games. Regular Store/Office Hours are Monday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m. 'til 5:00 p.m., as well as Sunday Game Days between 2:00 & 4:00 p.m.. Visit Flavours/The Hot Spot at 289 North 3rd Ave. in Williams Lake or call 398-7765 for more information.

Be sure to enter the FREE TimberWolves' Ticket Draws! Watch for special discount coupons for tasty food items throughout the season at Flavours, including ice cream cakes. And check out The Hot Spot, calling all Pre-Teens, aged nine to 12 & Teens aged 13 to 17, the ideal place for your next Birthday Party.]>
<![CDATA[ITECH Signs Multi-Year Deal With BCHL]>
The deal will commence with the 2004/05 season. As part of the arrangement, ITECH will ensure that all BCHL teams receive preferential pricing on the purchase of ITECH products from their local retailers.

ITECH's VP of Marketing and New Business, Randy Burns, states "ITECH is excited to be partnering up with the BCHL, a league with a proud history and impressive alumni that includes household names like Brett Hull, Paul Kariya, Mark Recchi, Scott Gomez and Olaf Kolzig." John Grisdale, Commissioner of the BCHL, expresses "The BCHL is very proud to partner with ITECH Hockey beginning with an exclusive Helmet and Facial Protection contract. It is the first such deal made by the BCHL governors in league history with all 17 Governors unanimously in agreement. The BCHL looks forward to growing the relationship to include other Mission-ITECH product during future years of this agreement." The BCHL has been in existence for more than 42 years. The league was created when, during the early 1960s, there were plenty of British Columbia Junior "A" Hockey teams, yet not a single Junior "A" Hockey League within the province. The BCHL prides itself on its success in developing the student athlete. Some move to Major Junior, others head right off to U.S. or Canadian Universities and Colleges. Over the years, more than 950 former players have accepted U.S. or Canadian scholarships, and over 175 of them have played at least 1 game in the NHL. The 2004/05 season saw no fewer than 12 out of the 19 Jr. A players chosen in the NHL draft come from the BCHL. Out of the 12 players taken from the BCHL in this years NHL draft, two were chosen in the first round and one in the second.

ITECH carries a comprehensive line of head, facial, protective and goalie equipment that includes more CSA (Canadian Safety Association) certified products than any other hockey equipment supplier in the industry. ITECH facial shields, helmets and goalie masks have been recognized as the premier choice among NHL, minor pro and collegiate players worldwide.

Mission-ITECH Hockey was created in May of 2004 following the merger of Mission Hockey and I-TECH Sport Products Inc. Mission's strength in skates, sticks, gloves and pants evolves from its dominance of the roller hockey market, while ITECH's 20 years of experience in head and facial product innovation accounts for its leadership position in the ice hockey industry today.]>
<![CDATA[TimberWolves Welcome New Assistant Coach]>
Pete is excited to be returning to Williams Lake (after 21 years) as the assistant Coach for the Timberwolves. After 17 years of coaching from Cookies to Tykes to Atom AAA to the BCAHA Coaching and Under 17 Programs to Midget AAA to Junior B to Minor Pro in Germany, Pete is proudest of his commitment to kids, his persistence in continually trying to improve and his relentless desire to building winning teams and individuals. Pete has been incredibly fortunate to have worked with some great coaches and have learned a little something from coaches, parents, officials and players alike. Pete looks forward to building on the successes of the current Timberwolves management team and allowing the community to continue enjoy the Timberwolves!

Pete swears by his tag line below, 'building winners one shift at a time'. I can't wait to get started. Coach Peter Martin ]>
<![CDATA[Mills Trade All Star Goalie]>
But it’s probably not as far south as the All-Star goalie would have liked.

Mills GM and head coach, Jamie Leach, confirmed Thursday that the club has traded Braithwaite to the Williams Lake TimberWolves, saying the goaltender had approached him and said he would be open to the idea of a trade south.

Leach said the minute he hears that kind of talk, he knows the player may not be focussed on playing well for Quesnel.

“If guys don’t want to be here, I don’t want them here,” said Leach from the BCHL’s annual general meetings in Penticton. “It’s a good community. We want 21 guys who want to be here.”

Braithwaite was dealt in exchange for Edouard Lessard and future considerations.

Last year, Lessard was the backup to the Wolves’ outstanding netminder, Peter Vetri.

Lessard sported a 7-8 record in 22 appearances, with a goals against average of 3.98 and a .892 save percentage.

Braithwaite was 9-34 in 47 games last year, with a 4.35 GAA and a .894 save percentage.

Leach said he heard a lot of good things about Lessard when he was researching the deal.

“Every phone call I’ve made on him has been positive,” he said. “He pushed Vetri all year. He’s a goalie with some fire in his belly.”

The Millionaires also traded the BCHL rights to Tyrel Lucas of the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes to Williams Lake for future considerations.

Leach said several players from the Lower Mainland have approached him about the possibility of being dealt, adding that some of that talk may be coming from frustration with all the losses last season.

“But we made some waves,” said Leach. “We got people talking about us this year and people are going to come watch us.]>