River Kings, Stampeders seem destined for deep playoff runs

Terrace and Williams Lake are running away with the CIHL's regular season.

If the regular season is any indication, and it isn’t always, the Terrace River Kings and Williams Lake Stampeders will be laughing their way to the Sullivan Motor Products Cup final come the playoffs.

The two teams have only two losses between them in 24 games as of Dec. 19 and are far and away the highest-scoring squads the Central Interior Hockey League (CIHL) has seen this year.

The River Kings have 77 goals to their credit, thanks in large part to Chapen Leblond, who has 12 goals in 11 games and Jordan Peddle, who’s scoring at a more than two-goals-per-game pace with an incredible 16 markers in just seven games.

Terrace’s supporting cast ain’t half bad either with eight other players already reaching double digits in points in a scoring-by-committee mandate.

If the River Kings are the cream of the West, the Stamps are the creme brulé of the league.

Owning a 12-1-0 record and scoring 92 goals in those 13 games — an astounding 7.08 goals-per-game pace — the Stamps are running away with the three-team East Division.

Matt Lees joins Peddle in averaging more than two goals per game with 23 in 11 contests and teammate Nathan Zurak leads the league in points with 37. Eight players on the Stamps have scored at least 11 goals and goaltender Justin Foote has been providing steady support with a league-leading 3.22 GAA and a .907 SV%.