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REPORTING · 20th March 2012
Walter McFarlane
On Saturday, March 17th, Skilled players took to the ice for the final game of the Coy Cup. The Kitimat Ice Demons took on the Smithers Steelheads. The Steelheads had dominated the tournament to this point, their only challenge was against William’s Lake who managed to tie against the Steelheads.

The pack of players went back and forth across the ice chasing the puck which seemed determined not to stay on a side of the arena for long. Finally, it landed on Kitimat’s side of the rink.

Smithers finally managed to keep the puck on the Kitimat side of the arena for several shots on goal. Kitimat managed to get it out but Smithers brought it right back in for the first goal of the game, 1 minute and 6 seconds before the buzzer. Smithers scored their second goal 1 minute and 6 seconds later, right on the buzzer.

The second period began. Kitimat worked hard to try and get on the board. However, Smithers managed to land their third goal of the game. Things looked grim for Kitimat going into the third period.

For the final period, Kitimat gave it there all and gave Smithers a run for their money. Kitimat got their first goal of the game within a few minutes and continued hammering the Smithers goaltender for the rest of the period.

With one minute to go and the score at 3-1, the game still could have gone either way. Kitimat pulled their goalie. Suddenly, Smithers had a penalty. The number of players was now in Kitimat’s favour, 6-4.

50 seconds to go and a second player from the Smithers team was headed for the penalty box. However, Kitimat took a penalty shot on the goal which was stopped. Kitimat continued their momentum but, after a hard fought period, the final score of the final game was 3-1 in favour of Smithers who accepted the cup.

“It was a fantastic game, both teams were unreal and Kitimat really came on at the end there and it’s a good thing they didn’t score,” said Tom Devries, Coach of the Smtihers team.

“The tournament was very well run, a lot of good games out there, the teams were very close in talent wise,” said BCAHA Senior Hockey representative, Mike Fraser.

Devries stated the tournament was great high level competition. He thanked the organizers of the tournament for putting on such a great tournament.