Bantams deliver victories

The Vernon Machine Vipers opened the Okanagan Mainline Bantam Tier 3 Hockey League season with a pair of wins.

The Vipers got goals from five different players in a 5-4 win over the Revelstoke Grizzlies Sunday at Priest Valley Arena.

Brian Ferguson opened the scoring on a pass from Alex Richardson and then Gage Kopp went coast-to-coast for the second snipe.

Austin Dixon scored on a nice high shot with an assist to Bryton Stead. Josh DeCoffe followed on a goal-mouth scramble with an assist to Ferguson.  Richard Thompson  pocketed the winner, assisted by the d-man duo of Gabe Turner and Kopp. Josh Evans was the net detective.

The Snakes, who are in the ninth annual Seafair Thanksgiving International Icebreaker in Richmond this weekend, earned a 2-1 win over Kelowna Tier 4 Saturday at Wesbild Centre.

Kaden Black, on feeds by DeCoffe and Michael Lenoury, and Austin Dixon, with the winner, handled the Machine crew’s offence in front of  Billy Cawthorn.

The Vernon Sun Valley Source For Sports Bantam Tier 1 Renegades suffered a pair of losses, falling 12-4 to the Okanagan Hockey Academy and 8-2 to the Kelowna Rockets.

Jeff Bochon led the Renegades versus OHA with 2+2, while Carson Richasrds collected 1+2 and  Cole Woodliffe scored once. OHA blasted 51 shots at Bryce Dyck and Louis Springer

Against Kelowna, it was Blaine Caton scoring from Chase and Richards,  and Jorden Dewing clicking from Bochon and Richards. Springer had 30 saves.

The Renegades are also in Richmond this weekend, battling POE, North Delta and North Vancouver in preliminary games.

In Midget Tier 1 play, a slick third-period pass from Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers’ defenceman Austin Krahn sent in a streaking Trevor Pickett who then beat the Kamloops goaltender with a nifty move to secure a 4-4 tie at Civic Arena Sunday night.

The Vipers enjoyed a 3-1 lead after two periods in their OMAHA opener but ran into penalty trouble and were forced to kill off six minutes of a two-man disadvantage early in the final frame.

They only allowed one powerplay goal but the Blazers scored two more before Pickett’s dramatic tying goal.

Cody Hendrickson and Logan Geefs, from Hendrickson and Krahn, gave the Snakes a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.

A great shorthanded effort by Pickett, where he collided with the Kamloops goaltender, allowed Braydon Sophonow to score into an empty net from long range to make it 3-1 in the second period. Max Brown was solid in net.

The Vipers are also in the Richmond tournament.

The Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs warmed up for the Abbotsford tourney by tying Penticton 5-5 and 3-3 in exhibition Pee Wee Tier 1 games.

In Pee Wee Tier 3 play, the Nixon Wenger Bulldogs slammed the Salmon Arm Silvertips 7-1 at the Sunwave Centre.

Josh Bridge and Nick Cherkowski each scored twice for the Dawgs, who got singles from Dawson Boyce, Finnian O’Keefe and Jaxson Cummings.

The Tier 3 Predators received a solid 25-save showing from Ethan Huizinga as they punished the Westside Warriors 5-2 Saturday at Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna.  Joe Eggert scored first off a feed from Mika Burns.

The Warriors equalized before Stephane Richard’s wrister, from Eggert, made it 2-1 Preds after one.

Richard then scored from Dex Elders and  Aidan Rysen iced off the scoring with a pair of goals, from Eggert, Julie Gilowski, Brayden Jones and Noah Debalinhard.

The Predators bowed 7-3 to Kelowna Sunday at Nor-Val Sports Centre with  goalie Braeden Barnard keeping the Preds in the game facing 52 shots. Burns (2) and Rysen, off a Burns’ rebound, handled the attack.

In Senior Atom Develpment action, Rowan Miller supplied 3+1 as the H&L Glass Wolfpack iced the Winfield Bruins 9-4 Sunday morning at Civic Arena.

Eric Noren and Ben King each scored twice, while Tanner Wright and Lochlan O’Keefe added singles. Tanner Brown and Braeden McAmmond each produced a pair of helpers.

“The boys competed hard and turned in a solid effort this weekend,” said Pack head coach and retired NHLer Dean McAmmond.

Miller took a pass from O’Keefe and completed his hat trick with four seconds left as the Wolfpack shaded Kelowna 5-4 Saturday.

Kelowna had erased a 4-2 deficit, getting the equalizer with 34 seconds remaining. King scored the other two H&L Glass goals.

The Valley Wood Venom lost 7-6 to Westside Saturday in an entertaining tilt at Wesbild. Landen Harison (2), Gavin Fleck, Cameron Moger, Caden Danbrook and Chase Batchelor had the Venom snipes.

The Venom then fell 10-4 to host Kelowna on Sunday with Lincoln Connor, Cory Lazar, Harison and Connor Hansen earning the goals.


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