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REPORTING · 18th March 2013
Walter McFarlane
It was the Finale of the Coy Cup for 2013 in Kitimat on Saturday, March 16th. Going in were the Kitimat Ice Demons, who remained undefeated 3 and 0 in the Round Robin and the William’s Lake Stampeders who beat the Terrace Riverkings in Friday night’s semi-final.

The first period was fierce with the Stampeders Dylan Richardson scoring the first goal 8 minutes and 16 seconds into the period. The Demons fight back and got a goal by Jeff Mildenberger shortly after. However, the 1-1 score did not last long and the Stampeders fired two more goals past the Kitimat Goal Tender.

The Period ended with 2 minutes and 26 seconds left on the clock as David Venman from the Demons was taken out of the game after getting crunched into the boards. A stretcher was brought out for him but he was able to walk off the ice.

The first period concluded after an intermission and the teams switched sides. Kitimat continued to fight. The puck shot back and forth across the ice with both teams chasing after it. Richards landed another goal for the Stampeders and the period ended 1-4.

The final period began and the Demons continued to fight. However, they could not get the puck past the Stampeders goaltender. The Stampeders managed a fifth goal however before time ran out. The Stampeders took the Cup, Banner and gold medals back to Williams Lake. The Demon’s took Second and the Riverkings third.

“Some of the Players couldn’t be here for the beginning of it, some of them came late so we started off being a little short-handed on the bench, but in reality, the boys played one of their better games tonight of the whole tournament. They played the most effective they can play. They were very aggressive to the puck and that was the whole deal for winning the game tonight,” said Marko Zurak on behalf of the Stampeders.

He expressed this is the second time the Stampeders have won the Coy Cup. They have been a team since 1936. He thanked the Kitimat Demons for a clean, hard fought game.

“I think we did very well. The first three, we were undefeated, we won the round robin and the final was what it was. It didn’t end the way we’d like but Williams Lake Came prepared,” said Cliff Madison for the Ice Demons.

“[The Tournament] went very well, compared to last year I think it’s about on par. The games were good, there were a couple of games that were farfetched considering some of the close ones we had last year,” said Mike Fraiser of the BCAHA.

He stated the Friday night game was very well played and Williams Lake played well both Friday and Saturday and Kitimat, who placed second were worthy as well.

“Just getting into this Coy Cup and playing was a good experience for a lot of the young guys who finally got into one of these things and they understand in the future it will only get better for them,” said Fraiser.

He thanked Kitimat for stepping up and hosting the Coy Cup for the second year in a row. He expressed it is unusual but it could have gone to a two team playoff. He expressed there are a couple of teams Vying for the 2014 Coy Cup.

Zurak expressed Kitimat was a great community and a great host. Madison thanked the businesses in Kitimat and the community and fans for the supporting the local team and the volunteers which made the tournament a success.