Monday, March 28, 2022

Dawson Creek brings hockey to a close in the Northwest with Coy Cup win in Terrace

The Coy Cup Champion Dawson Cree Canucks, the Peace Country
squad battled back to take the final two games of the
Best of three Finals held in Terrace over the weekend

(Photo from Dawson creek FB page)

The bus ride back to Dawson Creek probably seems shorter than its eleven hour marathon, that after the Dawson Creek Canucks tossed aside a game one setback to roar back to take both Game Two and Three of the Coy Cup final over the weekend in Terrace.

The host River Kings looked like they had set the table for a celebration in the Skeena Valley with a 4-3 Game One victory Friday night over their visitors from the Peace Country.

But the Canucks regrouped for Saturday night, with a tightly contest Game Two going their way as they claimed a 2-1 victory to set the stage for Sunday's showdown with the top team from the CIHL.

The atmosphere in a Terrace Sportsplex noted as jam packed,  was one described by the Canucks as intense as they relayed some of the notes from their Saturday contest for their hometown newspaper.

The Sunday Championship showdown saw the Canucks take a 1-0 lead in the first build it to a three goal lead by the start of the third, with their defence and some strong goaltending holding off the third period charge by the River Kings.

By the full sixty minutes, the Terrace side had not put a crack in the Canuck wall put up by goaltender Kenton White and with the final horn signalling a 3-0 shutout victory, the Dawson Creek squad had claimed their third consecutive Coy Cup, a remarkable run interrupted by one year by COVID.

The takeaway of the Canucks for their fans was that of a hard fought war with Terrace that put them to the test.

Their Social media page providing a glimpse of the excitement that the Coy Cup win has Brought to BC's Northeast reaches.

For the River Kings, the season while ending on a disappointing note, was still one of strong success, they were by far the toast of the CIHL for the regular season and playoff runs and provided for some memorable games in arenas across the seven team league.

You can recap the 2021-22 season from our archive page.

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