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Vernon Coca-Cola Vipers soar

Curtis Sexsmith, of the Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers, is taken down by Jack Oakley (left) and Mario Pavone of the Vancouver Thunderbirds Saturday in the Vipers’ Midget Tier 1 hockey tournament at Civic Arena. - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Curtis Sexsmith, of the Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers, is taken down by Jack Oakley (left) and Mario Pavone of the Vancouver Thunderbirds Saturday in the Vipers’ Midget Tier 1 hockey tournament at Civic Arena.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

The Vernon Coca-Cola Vipers stopped the Wenatchee Wild 6-4 Monday in the final of the 16th annual Abbotsford International Midget Memorial Tier 3 Hockey tournament.

Jordan Rea, from Carson Tucker and Conor Payne, opened the scoring at 5:34 mark of the first period, but Wenatchee scored just over a minute later to equalize.

Jorden Dewing, from Scott Latwat and Payne, gave the Coke boys the lead once again late in the first frame.

Second period goals from Brandon Rysen (assists to Conor Butte-Landsfried and Hayden Chase) and Dustin Copeland (assist to Rea) gave the Vipers a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.

An early third-period goal from Tucker, assists to Jack Pawsey and Zach Manton, put the Vipers up by three, but Wenatchee scored back-to-back goals midway through the third. Chase, unassisted, rounded out the scoring in support of a solid Liam McOnie.

Vernon brushed back the Everett Junior Silvertips 3-1 on goals by Chase (assists to Rea and Manton), Tucker (from Lee Springer and Rysen) and Chase (from Latwat). Evan Campagnolo was strong in net.

In Saturday morning action, Vernon grounded the Kent Valley U18 Selects of Washington State 4-2 with Springer getting an empty-netter with four seconds left.

Rea (assists to Mitchell Lukacs and Jeff Bochon), Lukacs, from Rea and Latwat, and Jones, assisted by Springer and Lukacs, also scored.

In Saturday afternoon play of the eight-team tourney, the Vipers and Abbotsford Hawks tied 3-3 in a lacklustre affair which saw Jones, Payne and Latwat handle the attack and put Vernon first in the Yellow Pool.

Cougars crush Midget Vipers in final

The Prince George Coast Inn of the North Cougars ambushed the Home Building Centre Vipers 10-1 in Sunday’s final of the Vipers Midget Tier 1 Hockey Tournament at Civic Arena.

The Vipers went 3-0 in the round-robin, defeating Fort St John Trackers 6-1, Vancouver Thunderbirds 4-1 and Salmon Arm Silvertips 8-0, before defeating the Calgary NW Stampeders 3-1 in a Sunday morning semifinal.

Jacob Dolinar, Logan Geefs and Wyatt Warnes scored against Calgary.

Blaine Caton scored, from Travis Churchill and Curtis Sexsmith, versus Prince George.

The Sun Valley Source For Sports Renegades bowed 5-3 to Campbell River Tyees in Sunday’s semifinal of the Penticton Bantam Rep Tournament.

Eamonn Miller supplied 1+2 for the Renegades, who also got goals from Jagger Williamson and Nick Higgs. Josh Evans and Kieran Watts shared the goaltending with the Tyees earning a 35-28 shot advantage.

The Renegades went 3-0 in preliminary action, icing the Okanagan Hockey Academy Canucks 6-3 Saturday afternoon behind Evans’ 28-save showing.

Williamson, with 2+2, Brady Marzocco, with two snipes, Reed Cashato, with 1+2, and Kaden Black handled the Renegade offence. Higgs had two helpers.

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The Watkin Motors Pee Wee Tier 1 Mustangs went 2-3 and finished 10th at the Gil Martin Memorial tournament in Langley. First up at the Langley Sportsplex was Hollyburn where the Mustangs rode to a 4-1 victory over the Huskies on two goals from Coleton Bilodeau, both from Josh Bridge, and singles from Joe Eggert (Nick Cherkowski) and Colton Schaper-Kotter (Dawson Chase).

Later Saturday afternoon, the Mustangs were corralled 9-1 by the Abbotsford Hawks. Mika Burns scored for Vernon.

On Sunday morning, the Mustangs fell 6-1 to eventual champion Richmond before clipping Chilliwack Bruins 3-2 on goals from Bridge, unassisted, Bilodeau (Eggert) and Rowan Miller (Schaper-Kotter).

On Monday morning, the Mustangs lost 5-2 to Hollyburn, goals coming from CJ Storey and Burns.

Sladen Moore Bantams shut down Mystix

The Sladen Moore Bantam A Female Lakers bounced the Kamloops Mystix 2-0 Sunday at Priest Valley Arena.

The Lakers rallied behind the solid play of goaltender Bailey Berndt, who earned the Heart and Hustle award. Kamloops came out strong in the first half, peppering Berndt with 25 shots but she responded with great rebound control to limit the Mystix opportunities in close.

Vernon found their groove after the ice clean and changed the flow with precise passing and up-tempo forechecking. They were finally rewarded near the end of the second period when Andie Kaneda scored on a rebound after a great pressure shift by linemates Jenna Fletcher and Samantha Head.

The Sladen Moore crew counted the insurance marker with four minutes remaining when Mairyn Tucker came in on the right side and took a hard shot wide which bounced in off the back boards onto the back of the goalie’s skate.

Paige Chapdelaine and Cailee Bauml had strong games up front, while Amy Fox was solid on defence.

The Vernon Auto Fix Vikings defeated Merritt 2-1 in Bantam Tier 3 action Saturday at the Nicola Valley Arena.

Carl Main, Logan Imrich, Stephane Richard and Cody Bauml set the tone early with some crushing checks against the much bigger Merritt team. Brian Ferguson opened the scoring with assists going to Owen Beliveau and Kyle Sherwood.

Austin Caldwell netted the winner from Connor Johnston and Liam Henning. Ethan Huizinga stood on his head in backstopping the win.

The Nixon Wenger Pee Wee Tier 3 Rattlers won three out of four games in the Winfield tournament, placing fifth.

Vernon iced the Trail Smoke Eaters 3-2 Saturday night with game MVP Eric Noren and linemate Tanner Wright each getting 1+1 and Lucas Halvorson adding a goal

The Rattlers then smothered the Tier 4 North Okanagan Knights 7-1 with game MVP Gavin Fleck and Noren each pocketing 2+2 and Wright adding 1+2 to give the line an 11-point performance.

The hard-working line of Cole Johnson (1+2), Zach Agar (2A) and Lincoln Connor (1G) rounded things out. Wesley Graves scored for the Knights with nine seconds to play.

Earlier, the Knights bowed 3-0 to the Kelowna Jr. Rockets, lost 6-1 to the Winfield Bruins and stuffed the Westside Jr. Warriors 5-2.

Matthew Dolinar supplied 3+1 in the Knights’ victory, other goals coming from Kord Haller and Graves in support of Wyatt Fowler.

Graves scored against Winfield with Fowler and Caedon Bellmann sharing net duties.

Wolfpack take Kamloops Atom tourney title

The Vernon H&L Glass Wolfpack topped the Kamloops Remembrance Day Classic Atom Development Tournament, mauling Kamloops Millworks 8-1 in Monday’s final.

Logan Chapdelaine and Ben King each had hat tricks with MVP Lucas Zubrod and Steel Quiring collecting singles. Goalies Cayden Hamming and Tanner Witt were strong all weekend.

Vernon crushed the Westside Warriors 9-1 in the semifinals with MVP King pulling the hat trick and Zubrod getting a pair. Singles came from Quiring, Jacob Green, Chapdelaine and Tanner Brown.

In Saturday round-robin play, the Wolfpack thumped the Penticton Jr Vees 9-4 with King scoring five times and MVP Trevor Kennedy adding a deuce. Singles came from Zubrod and d-man Ben Imrich. Braeden McCammond chipped in with two assists.

The matinee game saw the Wolfpack handle the Langley Eagles 7-2 with MVP McCammond bagging two snipes and singles going to Jaxxon Collard, Anne Cherkowski, Chapdelaine, King and Kennedy. Forwards Porter Trevelyan and Isaac Thomas worked hard all weekend.

No results were reported by the Valley Wood Venom.

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