Stamps start Coy Cup push today

The Williams Lake Stampeders meet the Kitimat Ice Demons tonight for game one of its Coy Cup provincial hockey tournament.

The Williams Lake Stampeders are slated for a rematch against the defending-champion Kitimat Ice Demons in round one of the Coy Cup senior men’s ‘AA’ provincial hockey championship today in Kitimat.

The lakecity squad hits the ice at 8 p.m. for the clash, and will be seeking revenge after falling 8-5 in the 2011 Coy Cup final to the Ice Demons — this year’s tournament host.

The Coy Cup tournament runs from today until Saturday, March 17, and features a four-team round robin, prior to playoff games and finals.

The Williams Lake Stampeders, the Quesnel Kangaroos, the CIHL champion Smithers Steelheads and the host Kitimat Ice Demons will each play each other once prior to the playoff games on Friday. The team with the best record will receive a bye to Saturday’s final.

Tuesday, the Kangaroos and the Steelheads kick off the tournament at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, games go at 5 and 8 p.m. Thursday, teams play their final round robin games at 5 and 8 p.m. to determine Saturday’s clash for the Coy Cup.

The final goes at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tamitik Arena in Kitmat.

Advance tickets are available at the arena, or at Constant Cravings Coffee Shop, Dee’s Flower Shop and at All Season’s Sports in Terrace.

The arena has seating for 2,000 fans and standing room for 400 more.

Tournament passes are available for all eight games and cost $30 for youth and seniors, and $55 for adults. Round robin day passes are $8 for youths and seniors and $15 for adults.

There will be a licenced beer garden on site for all 8 p.m. games.

Check for tournament updates as they become available.