The Williams Lake Stampeders, currently two games into its Coy Cup provincial championship tournament Thursday afternoon, have one loss and one tie on its record.
The lakecity squad opened with a 2-0 loss to the host team and 2011’s defending champions, the Kitimat Ice Demons.
Kitimat scored on the power play early in the second period and hung on to the one goal lead right to the end. An empty net goal salted the game for the Ice Demons. Wednesday, facing another tough opponent — the 2012 Central Interior Hockey League Champions, the Smithers Steelheads — Williams Lake emerged with a 3-3 draw.
Smithers, with one win and no losses on its tournament record, tied the contest late in the third period, before overtime settled nothing.
Next up for Williams Lake were the Quesnel Kangaroos, scheduled for Thursday night after press deadlines.
Thursday’s other game was to see the Ice Demons (2-0) take on the Steelheads (1-0-1).
Semifinals are scheduled for Friday, with the championship game going down Saturday evening.
See www.wltribune.com for tournament updates this weekend.