Sladen Moore Lakers place second
Terrace iced the Sladen Moore Lakers 5-1 Sunday in the finals of the Vernon Bantam Female A Hockey Tournament at Civic Arena.
Terrace took the lead in the first and scored a second goal with eight minutes remaining in the second. The Lakers responded early in the third period when Samantha Head turned over a puck in the corner which she fed to Cailee Bauml. Bauml then threaded a perfect pass to a wide open Ripley Burd for a hard one-timer to the far side.
Terrace held on as the Lakers pushed to get back in the game and Taylor Beck (game MVP) scored her second of the night to seal things.
“Terrace lost in the provincial final last year so they are hungry to win it all this year,” said Laker head coach Keith Tucker. “They have a lot of second-year players on their team which gives them great depth. Our girls played fantastic this weekend and this tourney is a great measuring stick for us as we prepare to host provincials this year.”
The Lakers won their first Saturday game 6-3 over the Victoria Stars. Taylor Vandale continued her hot streak, scoring twice on rebounds, while Jenna Fletcher, Andie Kaneda, Emily Clarke and Paige Chapdelaine all contributed singles.
Maya Baker made 15 saves, while Hannah Swift and Chelsea McCaig were solid on defence.
In the afternoon game, the Lakers clinched first in their pool by icing Abbotsford 5-4.
Andie Kaneda fired a hat trick to pace the Lakers. Her last goal was a strong wrist shot to the far side after a great individual effort. Fletcher, with 1+2, and Olivia Comeau, with three assists, turned in strong showings. Hunter Joseph also scored in support of Bailey Berndt (27 saves).
The Bantam Tier 1 Sun Valley Source for Sports Renegades iced the Kelowna Tier 2 Rockets 4-1 in league play Saturday at Rutland Arena.
Vernon dominated the first period, outshooting Kelowna 17-6 and going up 2-0 on goals from Josh Decoffe (Jagger Williamson) and Eamonn Miller (Blaine Caton) until Kelowna connected on the power play.
The Renegades found their groove again in the third with goals from Miller and Williamson (Michael Lenoury and Gage Kopp). The solid effort was led by grinders Reed Cashato and Bryce Pyle. Kieran Watts faced 15 shots for the win.
The Pee Wee Tier 1 Watkin Motors Mustangs split a pair of road games with the Prince George Cougars, losing 8-0 in Saturday’s opener.
With some stellar goaltending from Jordan Wilde, the Mustangs managed to shut out the Cougars 7-0 Sunday morning.
Dawson Chase opened the scoring with a feed from the always crafty Joe Eggert. Coleton Bilodeau heaved a backhand from the slot over the tender’s pads, with assists coming off a strong cycle from Nick Cherkowski and Josh Bridge.
Drayden Dougan’s wrist shot from the point put the Cougars up three with assists going to the relentless one, Caden Bracken, and Bilodeau.
The Mustangs managed to kill more than four minutes of 5-on-3 with numerous fabulous saves provided by Wilde and diligent defensive work from Juli Gilowski and Keeghan McRae.
The Mustangs added goals from Powell Connor, Chase and Eggert with assists going to Bilodeau, Burns (2), Bracken and Cherkowski. Bilodeau ended the scoring in the third after a lovely cross-crease feed from Cherkowski. Dylan Sedlacek threw a late thunderous hip check.
The Midget Tier 1 Home Building Centre Vipers ambushed the Salmon Arm Midget Tier 2 Silvertips 9-1 in exhibition play. Wyatt Warnes and Riley Booth each scored twice, while Jacob Dolinar (1+4), Austin Garrington (1+2), Blaine Caton, Logan Geefs and Richard Meaney added singles.
The Vipers open their eight-team tournament Friday night at 6:15 against Fort St. John (Civic).
In Tier 2 Midget action, the Vernon Coca-Cola Vipers toppled the South Okanagan Hornets 3-1 Sunday afternoon at Wesbild Centre.
Evan Campagnolo shut the door after allowing a first-period Buzz goal. He stopped a penalty shot early in the second period.
Jeff Bochon scored for Vernon on the power play with assists from Graham Jones and Brandon Rysen. With only 16 seconds left in the second period, Connor Butte-Landsfried scored on the power play, assisted by Zach Manton and Jorden Dewing.
Early in the third period, Bochon converted a pass from Carson Tucker.
In Bantam Tier 3 action, the Vernon Auto Fix Vikings blew a 3-0 lead in falling 4-3 to the Kelowna Rockets Saturday night. Colton Skead, with a deuce, and a single from from call-up Seth Blundell, staked the Vikes to the lead.
Assists went to Cody Bauml, Liam Henning, Stephane Richard and Austin Caldwell.
In Sunday action, the Vikings bowed 3-0 to the North Kamloops Lions.
The Vikings played a more physical game with d-man Logan Imrich, Riley Swiscoski, Jason Shaigec and Bauml setting the tone. Ethan Huizinga was strong in goal.
The Pee Wee Tier 3 Nixon Wenger Rattlers split a pair of league games, stopping Merrtt Centennials 4-2 at home Saturday before losing 6-3 Sunday in Kamloops.
Cole Johnson (2), Zach Agar, and Eric Noren handled the Rattlers’ offence Saturday.
In Kamloops, Gavin Fleck, Noren and Lucas Halvorson had the Rattler snipes.
The North Okanagan Pee Wee Tier 4 Knights lost 5-4 and 4-3 to the Clearwater Warriors in league games in Enderby.
Jake Crandelmire scored unassisted halfway into the first period Saturday, while Wesley Graves followed up on a feed from Brett Zbytnuik and Dylan Huber. Bryan Brew from Michael Kormany and Wesley Graves, and Eli Dwyer unassisted, completed the North Okanagan offence.
In Sunday’s tilt, Brew scored first for the Knights, with an assist from Brandon Matvenko. The Warriors equalized before Matthew Dolinar, assisted by Ryan Desilets, put the Knights ahead. Alex Gilowski scored on a feed from Matvenko midway through the third.
The Vernon H&L Glass Wolfpack dropped their first regular-season Atom Development game, falling 5-4 to Kelowna #4 Sunday.
Vernon scoring came from Trevor Kennedy, from Ben King and Logan Chapdelaine, Anne Cherkowski, from Jaxxon Collard, King from Chapdelaine, and an unassisted end to end rush by Tanner Brown. Tanner Witt was solid in goal.