Published: October 28, 2009 6:00 AM
The Kitimat Ice Demons scored a handy 5-4 away win against the Smithers Steelheads, Saturday night, but ceded first place in the CIHL as the Burns Lake Braves took two wins in Hazelton over the Wolverines, taking the Saturday night game 4-3 and Sunday afternoon game by a score of 6-4.
The Demons were idle on Sunday, as were the Steelheads.
Kitimat started slowly and seemed to be suffering from a bad case of bus legs in the first period, and emerging down a goal, 2-1 at the first intermission, as Smithers scored twice on the power play.
Smithers first goal was scored by Russell Blanchard just before the five minute mark, with assists going to Brendan Hutchinson and Matt Arnold and with just seconds remaining in the period, Hutchinson pulled the trigger, assisted by Blanchard and Darryl Young.
In between Brandon Wakita had tied the game at the six minute mark of the game, assisted by Jeff Mildenberger.
Steelheads had a big edge in shots, 17-6.
But the Ice Demons roared back in the second period on goals by Terry Whelan, assisted by Blaine Markwart and Derek Wakita, to tie the game and a go-ahead shorthanded goal by Blaine Markwart, with assists to Kevin Finn, while out-shooting the Steelheads 15-13.
Demons built a 5-2 lead in the third on a fast power play goal, 55 seconds in scored by Derek Wakita (Jeff Mildenberger,) another by Daniel Mayer and the eventual winner by Terry Whelan from Jeff Mildenberger with just six minutes left in the game.
Smithers launched a late offensive as goals were scored a minute part, with under two minutes to go, by Eric Smith (Darryl Young) and finally Young, from Blanchard and Arnold, but the effort fell short as goaltender Jamie Moran made a total of 41 stops in the game to cement his top goalie status in the league at 2.25.
The Ice Demons, while winning, dropped into second place in the league as the Burns Lake Braves won both their games in Hazelton.
Braves now have 10 points from six games to lead the East Division in the early going of their first year back in the CIHL.
The Williams Lake Stampeders with two wins over the traveling Houston Luckies, 5-2 on Saturday and 5-3 on Sunday, pulled even with the Demons at nine points from six games.
Luckies slipped to third in the division with only one win from four games.
In another pair of games the Prince Rupert Rampage took four points on the road from the Omenica Ice, which has yet to register any points from four games this season.