Terrace River Kings Defeated in First game of CIHL Finals
It was a close game, and although they lost, River Kings Captain Steve Cullis says the team played well.
The River Kings Corey Dekelver scored the first goal just 2 minutes in, assisted by Luke Gordon.
Prince Rupert suffered a game misconduct early in the 1st period, putting the team down to 12 skaters.
The Stampeders Stuart Sasges scored the next goal at 8:20.
A short scuffle followed and lead to a couple roughing minors. It was 1-1 after the 1st.
In the 2nd period, the Kings Luke Walker scores a power-play goal from Dekelver and Cullis at 1:12.
Williams Lake tied it up at 2:46, then scored again to make it 3-2 going into the 3rd.
There were no goals for most of the third but it was mostly spent in the Stampeders end, until Williams Lake ended the game with an empty-net goal, with 1:40 left in play.
The Final Score was 4-2 Williams Lake.
Captain Steven Cullis says the Stampeders are tough competition;
"I mean they're one of the top teams, those are always the fun games, it's good competition, I mean ...We don't like each other. So they make for fun games."
River Kings Coach Kevin Legros says that the next two games in the final will be tough;
"They're a good team, they play well at home, and they're missing a few key players. We're gonna definitely need to bring our A game. We do have a chance, we're not counting ourselves out, and the guys are still positive in the dressing room that we'll have the right outcome next weekend"
The River Kings will play the rest of the best of 3 tournament March 11th and 12th in Williams Lake.