The Omineca Ice hockey players were reeling after one of their players took a bad spill into the boards on Sunday night. Reports are Kalen Bird was on the ice for a while as paramedics stablized him in case of any spinal injury. He was taken to hospital but was released later that evening.
Witnesses say it was not the result of any headshot or blindside check.
The Ice lost out to the Stampeders both Saturday and Sunday for a spot in the playoffs in the Central Interior Hockey League’s Coy Cup. Stamps beat Ice 8-4 Saturday and then the Sunday score was 8-5 for the Stampeders.
“(Williams Lake) can be really tough to beat at home,” Jim Reed said going into the game.
Coach Chris Reed said before the game that he figured the Ice could grab a playoff spot because they were playing with a full squad.
“The main thing is we cut out all fighting as much as possible so we aren’t missing players.”
He noted that they play in a challenging division with Prince Rupert, Terrace, and Kitimat.
Western division decisions saw Terrace beat Kitimat 8-2 Sunday.
Kitimat and Smithers were the point leaders going into the weekend with 32 and 24 points respectively.
Coy Cup playoffs start January 28.