Enthusiastic fans tossed dozens of stuffed animals, toques and mittens at the West Fraser Centre on Saturday, Dec. 18, after Darby Madill scored the first goal for the Quesnel Kangaroos.
It was a strong game for the Kangaroos, who took an 11-1 victory over the Williams Lake Stampeders.
Madill scored the quick goal less than two minutes into the first period against the Stampeders, with assists by Adam Chapman and Chad Kimmie.
Eleven seconds later, Marshall Brown would score the second goal for the Kangaroos. Chapman, assisted by Kimmie, scored a third before the end of the first period.
The Kangaroos showed no signs of slowing down in the second period, with a total of five goals scored.
Stampeders goalie Willie Sellars was visibly disappointed after not stopping the final second-period goal with less than six seconds remaining by Brady Godso, assisted by Ian Jarvis and Cam Graham.
In the third period, the Kangaroos scored another three goals.
Dayton Long retaliated, scoring the one and only goal for the Stampeders.
“You’ve got to put together sixty minutes not five,” said Stampeders general manager Cody Tent of the 11-1 final.
Stuffies, toques and mittens tossed at Saturday’s game will be donated to local organizations.
Tent called it great to see a lot of donations put out on the ice and said a teddy bear toss would be excellent to see back home in Williams Lake.
Both teams won’t be back in regular-season CIHL action until the New Year.
As numerous sports leagues put their play on hold over the latest COVID-19 variant of concern named Omicron, Tent and Kangaroos head coach Harley Gilks said they will be taking things day by day.
“The way the year has been going and everything else with Covid, it’s always definitely worrisome about us getting shut down,” Gilks said.
“I’m sure if we had games later on closer or a little after Christmas, I imagine they would get cancelled just the way things are getting shut down again, but I guess you got to take it one day at a time and keep going.”