The Quesnel Kangaroos are the 2018-19 regular season and playoff champs. Ronan O’Doherty photo

Quesnel Kangaroos claim first CIHL playoff championship in eight seasons

Roos beat Terrace River Kings 9-3 after scoring seven unanswered goals in second period

The Quesnel Kangaroos are your 2018-19 Central Interior Hockey League (CIHL) playoff champions.

Playing at the West Fraser Centre in front of a packed house of roaring fans, the Roos scored seven unanswered goals in the second period to prevail 9-3 over the Terrace River Kings on Saturday (March 2).

This is the first playoff championship for the Roos since joining the CIHL eight season ago.

“It’s a big accomplishment,” says team captain Waylon L’Heureux, who, along with Curtis Gassoff, applied for the team to join the league in the first place. “It’s a proud moment to see what we could bring back to our community of Quesnel. We’re a big hockey town, so it’s super exciting.”

The Most Valuable Player award for the playoffs went to first-year goaltender Brandon Peacock.

His captain says he was a top-notch asset throughout the two series.

“Brandon is an unreal goaltender,” said L’Heureaux. “To be honest, we’re lucky to even have him.”

A modest Peacock turns the praise back to his teammates.

“It was a great season for everyone,” he said. ” It is especially special for the older guys who have been with the team from the start.”

Peacock also had plenty of kind words for the defensive core who made life a little easier for him.

“They did all the right things, just keeping all those shots to the outside, doing a great job clearing lanes for me and just talking to me when I’m out there clearing the puck,” he said.

Although the defence was rock-solid on the night, it was the offensive output in the second period that sealed the win for the hometown team.

Tommy Grant notched a pair of goals and two assists in the middle frame alone to put a cap on the scorching run he has had throughout the playoffs.

Justin Fulton also had a pair of goals and two assists, including a helper on a third-period goal that came after Terrace came to life and potted three quick ones.

Brady Godsoe scored the opener of the evening in a tense opening period where it appeared the Kangaroos had some nerves.

Ryan Reynolds, Karl Weberg, Nick Tomassetti and Alessio Tomassetti all scored singles, with Alessio assisting on three goals too.

Head coach Harley Gilks says it is tough to express how much this means to everyone involved with the organization.

“There are a lot of emotions right now,” he said.

The first-year head coach was a former Roos player who never imagined he would lead the club to success.

“I played earlier, and we were just playing the game for fun,” he said. “It was something to do. I never thought I’d be coaching these guys this year and taking them this far.”

This will be the end of the season for many of the players, who will not be participating in the 2019 Coy Cup.

While assistant captain Alessio Tomassetti says there is some regret among the players, the general consensus is there is no point in going if all the boys can’t make it.

“We went two times before, and we got smoked because everyone wasn’t there,” he says.

“It’s tough for everyone to get the same week off,” he points out.

The River Kings also opted out of the Coy Cup, which will be held March 26-30 in Fort St. John, leaving Williams Lake and Prince Rupert as the CIHL representatives this year.

READ MORE: Roos roll over River Kings in 6-2 romp

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