Timberwolves narrowly miss tournament final after falling to tough Penticton squad

In what is becoming a familiar story of late, the Williams Lake Midget Timberwolves came just short of reaching the final.

In what is becoming a familiar story of late, the Williams Lake Midget Timberwolves came just short of reaching the final tournament game losing a close battle in the semifinal to Penticton.

In the first game of the tournament versus the host team, Kamloops, the Timberwolves fought off a slow start but ended up solidly beating Kamloops 7-1.

Scoring goals for Williams Lake were Corey Loring (2), Dayton Long, Owen Powers, Riley Haines, Lane Wycotte and Mitch Labossierre.

Dylan Derose was in net for the win.

In their next game Williams Lake met a very tough and fast Vernon team who ended up winning the tournament.

Williams Lake jumped out to a 2-0 lead but took their foot off the gas and Vernon scored four straight.

The Timberwolves, again, closed the gap and tied the game at 4-4 before Vernon scored a late goal and added another to skate away with a 6-4 win.  Scoring for Williams Lake was Brett Hare, Braeden Boyd, Loring and William Paynton.  Hayden Lyons was in net for the Wolves.

In their third game the T-wolves faced Abbotsford and skated away with a 7-3 win in what was a very one-sided game.

Wycotte and Loring each scored a pair for the Wolves with Jimmy Belleau, Labossierre and Boyd adding singles. Dylan Derose was in net for Williams Lake.

After the round robin performance Williams Lake advanced to the semifinal for finishing second in their pool and faced Penticton, who finished first in their pool.

The game was extremely fast and physical and the score was tied 2-2 late in the third period before Penticton got a great bounce and netted a late goal.  They added another a few seconds later to seal the game at 4-2.  Powers and Loring scored for the Timberwolves, while Lyons was in net for Williams Lake.

The Wolves are home this weekend for four league games, two versus Prince George on Saturday at 10:15 a.m. and at 4:45 p.m. and two versus Quesnel on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Williams Lake Tribune

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