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CONTRIBUTION · 25th January 2010
Allan Hewitson
Ice Demons give 1400 fans a shutout treat, moving to CIHL semis, with nine-goal barrage over Wolverines

The Kitimat Ice Demons, had too much “legs” for the short-handed Hazelton Wolverines and rolled over four lines to skate to a convincing win the second game of the CIHL West Division semi-finals, by a score of 9-0.

The scoring started early – just 1.19 into the first period as Jeremy Brady, in close, finished off a play from Jonnie Aiken as the Demons started where they left off in Hazelton last week.

It looked like the Wolverines had a chance to get back into the game at the five-minute mark when Mitch Hobensheild, on a clean break, was pulled down by two Demons, and was awarded a penalty shot. But Jamie Moran stopped his shot easily and the Demons then jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first, on goals from Terry Whelan (Blaine Markwart, David Venman) and Josh Marsh, with his first of the playoffs, from Steven Venman and Doug Wilson.

Shots in the first period reflected the play, 17-10 for Kitimat, but Cody Smith was proving tough to beat, making some spectacular saves, while giving up the three goals.

Demons doubled the total in the second period, with goals scored by Daniel Mayer, his first of two, (Ian Coleman), and Mayer returned the favor, three minutes later, setting up Coleman. Blaine Markwart (Derek Wakita), put a nail in the Wolverines coffin with only 30 seconds left in the period when he bounced one in off Smith’s derriere, to make it 6-0.

In the third, the Wolverines seemed content to work on thwarting Moran’s shut-out effort, but the Ice Demons, playing their second game without defense stalwart, Jeff Mildenberger played a solid game in their own end and Moran, was able to handle anything that came his way, with a quick pad and catching hand.

Demons dispatched the Wolverines with goals in the third period from Nick Markowsky (Steven Venman, Jeff Baker), Terry Whelan (Derek Wakita, Geoff Morgan) and Daniel Mayer (Ian Coleman, Brandon Wakita).

The Demons travel to Smithers next weekend for the one-game start to the division finals against the Smithers Steelheads, whose 6-4 win on home ice, over the Prince Rupert Rampage, gave them the sweep in that series.

In Williams Lake, the Burns Lake Braves came back strongly, but couldn’t shut out the top shooters on that team. They did get to overtime, but Stu Sasges set up Paul Girodat for the winning goal in a 5-4 game. Burns Lake led 2-1 early in the second, after a tied first period where Wilfred Robbins and Dave Wilejto exchanged goals. Paul Girodat scored to negate the Burns Lake goal by Walsh and the two teams were still tied at the end of the second. The third was no different; with Burns Lake taking the lead on a goal by Ivany but Cadsand restored the tie. Francis Johnson gave Williams Lake their first lead but Anderson wiped that one out as the teams went end to end as the clock ran out in the third, leaving Girodat to provide the drama, with six minutes gone in overtime.

All in all a good first season back for the Braves, who were also tied for shots in the game at 43 apiece.

The big surprise of the night was a 4-2 win by the surprising Omineca Ice in Houston over the Luckies to extend the series after being embarrassed 13-1 in the opening round in Vanderhoof.