The West Kootenay Timberwolves kicked off the first of two back-to-back home weekends in Rossland on June 1. The visiting Cranbrook Outlaws were looking for their second win of the season against the Timberwolves. The players did not disappoint the fans, with both teams delivering a strong and entertaining performance. The game ended tied at 6, with neither team able to score in the 5‑minute sudden death overtime.
Offensive Technical Coach Kevin Floyd was thrilled with the fan support and the Timberwolves performance. “We had a great turnout for our first game of the season in Rossland. We were hoping for a win at home for the large crowd but were very happy with the come back effort. We hope that the fans who came out to cheer us on were satisfied and continue to support us down the regular season stretch as we try to earn home advantage for playoffs.”
Five Timberwolves players found the back of the Outlaws net, led by Castlegar’s Eric Reid who scored twice. Fruitvale’s Konrad Kohl, Rossland’s Alex Forshaw, Castlegar’s Dustin Perepolkin, and call-up player Reece Whitehead each contributed one goal.
Defensive Technical Coach Rob Van Beek commended the players’ effort. “The boys played hard. They hit the post five times in overtime but just could not get the winning goal.”
The Timberwolves have four regular season games left. They are hosting the Calgary Axemen on June 8 (2 pm) and the Olds Stingers on June 9 (11 am) at the Castlegar Complex. The Axemen and the Stingers will play each other on June 8 at 8 pm. West Kootenay and Cranbrook are tied at 3-3-1 in the Junior B Tier 3 Division standings.
Saturday June 1, Rossland Arena (Rossland)
Final score: 6-6
Timberwolves goals: Eric Reid (2), Alex Forshaw (1), Konrad Kohl (1), Dustin Perepolkin (1), Reece Whitehead (1).