Defenceman Eric Smith prepares for game two against the Terrace River Kings on Saturday.

Steelheads make early exit from playoffs

The Smithers Steelheads won’t be going for the four-peat this year.

The Smithers Steelheads won’t be going for the four-peat this year after the team lost 4-3 to the Terrace River Kings in a do-or-die game on the road over the weekend.

It was a problem that plagued the team the entire season and eventually did them in: a short bench.

“We had a pretty limited lineup again,” said assistant coach Darryl Devries. “It’s a working man’s league and I’d say our top four to five players had to go out and work in the last week. That was a big loss for us.”

On Saturday, the team suited up and made the trek to Terrace with just 12 players for game two of the best-of-three series —  a far cry from the full bench they had during last week’s home game.

Penalties got the team into trouble early with Devon Hayhurst taking a penalty in the first.

The River Kings wasted no time capitalizing on the powerplay with a shot from forward Jordan Peddle past netminder David Little to open the scoring.

Seven minutes later, forward Brendan Devries drew a tripping penalty and rookie Jayden Janzen  beat goalie Patrick Leal to even it up.

In the second, the River Kings doubled their lead to make it 4-2, one of which was a short-handed goal.

“A lot of players from our third and fourth lines really stepped up for us and they did a great job,” said Devries.

In the end, the River Kings staved off elimination, winning 5-3 to force game three the following day.

For Sunday’s game, the return of defenceman Ian Smith helped the team out on the back end.

Coach Devries had to rely on Randall Groot on both defence and offence, starting him on the blueline, before moving him back to forward in one last push to get them on the board in the final frame.

“Playing [defence] I was just keeping it simple, and then I got to go up front the last 10 minutes and  the puck bounced my way and I was able to bury my chances,” said Groot. “We almost came back.”

Their early exit from the playoffs marks the end of yet another season.

“We really develop year in and year out,” said Devries.

“The new players that come in, they develop that same energy and ways to win.”


Just Posted

Tyler Dozzi breaks national record, ‘running like a madman’

Terrace runner sets new time in Boston in his last U20 race

Most intervenor requests in crucial natural gas pipeline case rejected

At stake is whether gas pipeline to LNG Canada plant should fall under federal jurisdiction

VIDEO: RCMP stop traffic with candy canes to remind drivers not to drink and drive

Police want to prevent any bad choices from being made this holiday season

Smithers council reverses CT scan vote

Council unanimously waives all off-site works for hospital renovation.

To get to the other side

Access Smithers, Seniors’ Advocate, and Smithers mayor say crosswalk lights to short.

Man caught on camera allegedly trying to defraud ICBC

Auto-insurer warns B.C. drivers to record info after crashes

Warning issued as forecast calls for 20-foot waves in Tofino

Dangerous waves, strong currents and upper-shoreline flooding expected for Tofino-Ucluelet area

An 800-pound pig named Theodore needs a forever home, B.C. society says

‘Theodore is not destined to be somebody’s bacon’

2,000 Canadians died of an overdose in first 6 months of the year

New data from the Public Health Agency of Canada shows the crisis is not subsiding

Teenager Alphonso Davies wins Canadian Men’s Soccer Player for the Year Award

Derek Cornelius and Chilliwack native, Jordyn Huitema were named Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

B.C. teen MMA fighter shows heart

Young Unity MMA competitors bring home Ws

Another B.C. city votes to ban single-use plastic bags

First six months of proposed ban would focus on education, not enforcement

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wins party no-confidence vote, but troubles remain

May won the vote of 317 Conservative legislators with a 200-117 tally

B.C. trustee’s anti-LGBTQ comments got him barred from schools

Barry Neufeld calls vote to leave him off liaison list ‘workplace discrimination’

Most Read