Williams Lake Stampeders Tim Martens (from left), Cody Lockwood and Stu Sasges backcheck Sunday against the Kitimat Ice Demons.

Williams Lake Stampeders Tim Martens (from left), Cody Lockwood and Stu Sasges backcheck Sunday against the Kitimat Ice Demons.

Stampeders split season openers

The Williams Lake Stampeders split a pair of weekend games to open its 2015/16 Central Interior Hockey League campaign.

The Williams Lake Stampeders split a pair of weekend games to open its 2015/16 Central Interior Hockey League campaign.

On Saturday in its season opener Williams Lake’s Dylan Richardson played the hero, notching the winning goal in a 5-4 shootout victory over the Prince Rupert Rampage.

After goals from Matt Lees and Kaleb Boyle in a 2-2 first period, Williams Lake went up 4-2 in the second, with Boyle notching his second and Nathan Zurak potting his first of the season.

Rupert answered back with two of their own, before Richardson scored the winner in the shootout.

On Sunday in Kitimat versus the Ice Demons, the Stampeders fell 7-4.

Kurtis Bond, Andrew Fisher, Boyle and Stuart Sasges scored for Williams Lake, while Brandon Wakita (2), Ian Coleman (3) and Josh Slanina (2) found the twine for the Ice Demons.

Coming up this Saturday, Oct. 10, the Stampeders host their northern rivals, the Quesnel Kangaroos, in their home opener at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex.

Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.

Williams Lake Tribune