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Vernon Midgets ice California

Austin Garrington, of the Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers gets past Cameron Platzman of the California U16 Selects Saturday at Wesbild Centre. - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Austin Garrington, of the Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers gets past Cameron Platzman of the California U16 Selects Saturday at Wesbild Centre.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

The Vernon Midget Tier 1 Home Building Centre Vipers warmed up for the Banff Tournament by icing the California Under 16 Selects 4-2 in exhibition hockey action Saturday at Wesbild Centre.

Curtis Sexsmith got the Vipers on the board with assists going to Wyatt Warnes and Travis Churchill. California equalized but Blaine Caton regained the lead with some nice passing from Logan Geefs and Chad Thomas.

Cole Woodliffe and Caton provided the rest of the offence with Churchill collecting three assists in support of Bruin Stair.

In regular league play Sunday, the Vipers tied the host Winfield Juvenile Bruins 2-2. Mathew Halvorson and Woodliffe supplied the goals. The Vipers open the Banff Invitational Friday (1:30 p.m.) against Spruce Grove.

The Sun Valley Source For Sports Bantam Tier 1 Renegades shaded host Kamloops Tier 2 Blazers 2-1 and bowed 3-2 to the Westside Tier 2 Warriors.

Captain Jagger Williamson scored on Vernon’s first shot in Kamloops, while Nick Higgs netted the winner on a powerplay goal later in the period at Memorial Arena.

Shots were 22-20 Kamloops after two periods with the Blazers enjoying multiple powerplays and scoring once in the third, outshooting the Renegades 15-5. Vernon goalie Josh Evans was brilliant and Kaden Black showed lots of spark.

On Sunday afternoon at Civic Arena, Westside grabbed a 2-0 lead before Josh Decoffe connected from Reed Cashato and Matt Kowalski and Williamson converted unassisted. The Warriors scored with eight minutes left in the second period.

Kieran Watts shone in the Sun Valley goal, while Michael Lenoury was rock-sold on the blueline.

Bantam Female Lakers earn shutout

The Sladen Moore Bantam Female A Lakers iced the host Kamloops Mystix 3-0 Saturday.

Ripley Burd scored in the first after some hard work in close allowed her a free shot. Jenna Fletcher extended the lead on a rebound in the second after Samantha Head and Burd forced a turnover deep in the zone. Olivia Comeau made it 3-0 after she fired home a Cailee Bauml rebound.

Bailey Berndt earned the shutout as the Lakers outshot Kamloops 46-15. Makenna Southam was the Heart and Hustle player.

The Watkin Motors Mustangs bowed 4-3 to the Prince George Cougars in Pee Wee Tier 1 play Sunday at Wesbild. Vernon, who won the season series 3-2, led 2-1 at the ice clean.

Coleton Bilodeau (2) and Mika Burns handled the Mustangs’ offence. Assists went to Juli Gilowski, Dylan Sedlacek, Caden Bracken and Joe Eggert.

The Coca-Cola Vipers lost 7-2 to Merritt in Midget Tier 3 action Saturday afternoon at the Shulus Arena.

Lee Springer, unassisted, opened the scoring at the 7:04 mark of the first period to give the Vipers the early lead. Merritt responded 40 seconds later with three goals in a five-minute span to take the lead for good. Graham Jones, from Lee Springer and Scott Latwat, also scored in support of Evan Campagnolo.

Auto Fix Vikings slam Silvertips 8-1

The Vernon Auto Fix Vikings stuffed the Salmon Arm Silvertips 8-1 in Bantam Tier 3 action Saturday afternoon at Priest Valley Arena.

Vernon played a strong physical game against the visiting Silvertips and took a 2-1 lead into the ice clean. Stephane Richard opened the scoring on a nice rush with assists to Colton Skead and Brett Lambert.

Lambert made it 2-0 from Richard and Skead before Salmon Arm got one back. The Vikings ruled the Silvertips after the break with goals by Liam Hennig, Austin Caldwell, Kyle Sherwood, Logan Imrich, Skead and Lambert. Connor Johnston and Jason Shaigec each had two assists. Ethan Huizinga and Conor Webb split the goaltending duties.

The Nixon Wenger Pee Wee Rattlers fell 6-4 to host Merritt and 2-1 to Kamloops in Tier 3 league play. Tanner Wright, Bryant Joseph, Kayden Beauregard and Lucas Halvorson scored in Merritt, while Eric Noren sniped on an unassisted breakaway Sunday at Wesbild.

In Tier 4 Pee Wee play, the North Okanagan Knights clipped the Revelstoke Grizzlies 5-4 and grounded the Kamloops Tomahawks 4-1 in road league games.

Ryan Desilets (2), Matt Dolinar, Eli Dwyer and Dylan Huber scored in front of Caedon Bellmann. Bryan Brew bagged two helpers at the Forum.

Dwyer, Dolinar, Huber and Brew supplied the offence Sunday at Valleyview Arena.

Wolfpack, Venom remain undefeated

The H&L Glass Wolfpack remained undefeated at 10-0-1 in Atom Development league play with a 9-4 win over host Westside Warriors and a 13-1 victory over Penticton Jr. Vees.

On Saturday, the Wolfpack were led by three- goal performances from Trevor Kennedy and Ben King. Lucas Zubrod netted a pair of goals with Anne Cherkowski rounding out the attack at Wesbild. Steel Quiring had four assists with Logan Chapdelaine getting a pair of helpers. Goaltending duties were split between Cayden Hamming and Tanner Witt.

In Penticton on Sunday, Zubrod netted four goals with Kennedy getting another hat trick along with d-man Tanner Brown. King had a deuce and Jaxxon Collard added one at Memorial Arena.

The Valley Wood Venom stretched their win streak to 10 with a 12-0 crushing of Kelowna #1.

Lochlan O’Keefe (5), Tyson Fairweather (3), Coletyn Boyarski, Brayden Szeman, Cameron Moger and Scott Gilowski supplied the goals.

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