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CONTRIBUTION · 9th December 2010
Allen Hewitson

It wasn't pretty hockey to watch as a full strength Kitimat Ice Demons rolled over four lines against a very under-manned Hazelton Wolverines team, last weekend, December 4 & 5. The Demons piled up a total of 37 points, winning by a score of 13-2 Saturday night with more of the same Sunday. Hazelton, bolstered by the addition Sunday of last year's CIHL scoring champion, Curtis Cardinal, found themselves overwhelmed again, dropping the game 16-2.

On Saturday, the Wolverines were only able to ice 14 skaters and two goalies, but at least everybody got into the act. Starting Goalie, Keano Wilson, pulled himself four minutes into the game after he let in the first three shots; an unassisted goal by Jeff Mildenberger, only 1.10 into the period, followed by Brandon Wakita scoring one minute later (Jeff Baker, Dave Venman) and Ian Coleman's first of two (assisted by Blaine Markwart and Ben Rego) at 4.20. Hazelton Goalie Cody Smith came in to replace Wilson (who only three weeks ago, beat a shorthanded Demons team in a shootout for Hazelton's first two points of the season. But he didn't have his game Saturday and Smith was left to face the remainder of the Kitimat 56 shot barrage.

The game was kept clean throughout, with only five minor penalties called on each team, but it was an overwhelming display by the Ice Demons, who turned the game into a passing and shooting practice. That's not to say the Wolverines rolled over – they didn't – but they were unable to muster any sustained attack and their players, after a decent effort in the second period, simply had no legs left in the third.

The two weekend games and their points, were important to the Kitimat squad and there was no question of letting up. Demons scored five in the first period, three in the second and five more in the third. The Wolverines managed a goal in the second and one in a five on three power play in the third.
Throughout the game the Demons showed the great improvement in team makeup since the disastrous one win in five starts beginning to the season, which left the Demons in a deep hole in the Western Division.

The Ice Demons went to the dressing room with a five goal lead at the end of the first period with Jeremy Brady (Jonnie Aiken, Brandon Wakita) and Adam Buick potting one from the blue line, with assists to Blaine Markwart and Craig Hewitson. Cody Smith stopped 14 of the 16 shots he faced in the period, as Demons had a total of 19 shots, while the Wolverines only managed three.

In the second period Ian Coleman (Craig Hewitson, Jeff Baker), Craig Hewitson (Jeff Baker, Adam Buick) and Brandon Wakita, his second of the game (Jeremy Brady, Jonnie Aiken) added goals for the home team while Hazelton's Jordan Muldoe fooled Brett Vilness with a low hard shot at the midway point of the period, assisted by Mitch Marshall and Phil Morrison.

It took only 53 second in the third before Daniel Mayer finished off a passing play with Derek Wakita and Terry Whelan and exactly four minutes later Terry Whelan scored on a Kitimat power play (Adam Buick, Derek Wakita) to run the score to 10-1. Just 45 seconds later Blaine Markwart scored from Craig Hewitson and Ian Coleman, again on the power play to give the Demons an 11-1 lead.

At 9.38 of the period, on theWolverines own five on three power play, Ryan Muldoe drove a nice shot high into the top corner (Jordan Muldoe) to make the tiring Wolverines feel a little better, but the Demons came back to score twice in 18 seconds at 12.08 and 12.25 on goals by Dave Anthony, his first of the season (Jeff Baker, Steve Venman) and Daniel Mayer, his second, (Derek Wakita, Terry Whelan) to end the pain.

The Demons spent the rest of the period just passing the puck around, looking for tap-ins but Cody Smith did not oblige.

For the Demons it was a chance to move forward in the individual points races, with Jeff Baker accumulating four assists, Craig Hewitson, one goal, three assists for four points, and another five players with three point games, Blaine Markwart, goal, two assists, Ian Coleman, two goals, one assist, Terry Whelan, goal, two assists, Derek Wakita, three assists and Brandon Wakita, two goals, one assist.

Total shots in the game were 56 to 18 in favour of the Ice Demons, who continue to clamber out of that deep early season hole that saw most other teams write them off for the year.

On Sunday, the Demons gave Craig Hewitson the day off, as well as Ben Rego, Brandon Wakita, Adam Buick and Dave Anthony, and added Ryan and Craig Baker, Joel Power and Josh Slanina, but the result was the same for Hazelton.

Keano Wilson started again, but stayed for the game, giving up all 16 goals. Curtis Cardinal could not add enough impact for Hazelton, who tired late as the Demons built an 8-2 second period lead into an eight goal barrage, six in the last 110 minutes to bury Hazelton.

Scorers for the Ice Demons in the first were Terry Whelan (Daniel Mayer) and two by Ian Coleman, the first assisted by Blaine Markwart and Jeff Mildenberger and the second assisted by Jeremy Brady and Markwart. Demons also had a goal in the period by Markwart, sent in on a clean breakaway by Ryan Baker. Al Tolmie got one from Brandon Russell and Phil Morrison to make it 4-1 at the first intermission.

In the second the mayhem continued as Terry Whelan (Daniel Mayer, Derek Wakita) got his second of four, followed by Ryan Baker, (Jeff Mildenberger, David Venman), Ian Coleman with his hat-trick goal (Brady, Venman) and Whelan, with his hat-trick goal, (Mildenberger, Jeff Baker). Phil Morrison got a goal from Curtis Cardinal, for Hazelton.

Into the third, it was obvious the Wolverines were done and Demons' goals mounted in this order:
Coleman, his fourth (Brady), Derek Wakita (Brady), Steve Venman (Jonnie Aiken, Josh Slanina), Daniel Mayer (Whelan, Wakita), Jeff Mildenberger, an end to end rush (Dave Venman), Terry Whelan, his fourth), (Mayer, Wakita), Blaine Markwart, his second and third, assisted on the 15th goal by Coleman and Mildenberger and on the 16th by Coleman. Shots in the game were 53 by Demons and 32 by Hazelton.

In the other CIHL games a combination of a Terrace 5-1 win over the Prince Rupert Rampage, on Terrace ice, coupled with the two weekend wins over the Wolverines put Kitimat back in a tie for first place in the West Division on Monday. The River Kings however have two games in hand and the Rampage, two points behind, has one game in hand. The Kings and Demons meet for the third time, Dec. 18, at Tamitik. The competition is getting hot and challenging with a tight race now for top spot.

That will be a special promotion night, with an opportunity for two lucky game-goers to win a weekend from in Vancouver, including air fare, hotels and Canucks tickets.