Knights capture Atom hockey crown

The North Okanagan Knights ruled the Logan Lake Atom Rec Hockey Tournament last weekend, ambushing the Kelowna Yellow Lightning 10-0 in Sunday’s final.

It was 3-0 Knights after one period and 6-0 after two with goalie Thomas Burton recording numerous big saves as Kelowna pressed hard in the third.

In preliminary play, the Knights stuffed the Williams Lake Flyers 8-1, upended Kamloops Ice Kings 8-3 and jolted Logan Lake Jr. Blazers 10-0.

The Tim Hortons Ice Rockets blasted into Lumby for the Monashee Classic on a high after going 3-0-1 in the Vernon Atom Icebreaker Tournament the weekend prior.

The Ice Rockets lost 5-1 to the Kelowna Monsters in their Lumby opener 5-1. Ben Reinhardt sprung his brother Chris for a solo dash dazzling goal.

Bailey Alexis inspired her teammates with a huge compete level, while Teja Sheldrake was valiant in net, making a dozen scintillating saves. D-man Quinn Soon, who time and again tamed Monster attackers with anticipation and speed, earned the Heart and Hustle award.

In Game 2, the Ice Rockets exploded in a 10-4 win over the South Okanagan Ratters.

The 7-8-9 Line of Reilly Teager (3), Shawn Huizinga (2A) and Sapien Joe (1+2) performed nifty combination plays all game. Joe recorded the highlight goal of the night on a rink-long shorthanded dash.

Liam Remple pocketed 2+1 and was dangerous on every shift, earning the Heart and Hustle.

Zack Funk (2) entertained with end-to-end rushes, diving defensive plays, and even a few licks of air guitar. Liam Reid, with a bomb from the point, put the capper on the offence.

The Ice Rockets then bowed 6-1 to the Kelowna Night Hawks. D-men Levi Vanderdeen and Derek Pereboom were pillars of strength.

Ben Reinhardt came off the boards with the puck, walked around the goalie, and buried it on the backhand for the Rockets’ snipe. The Heart and Hustle honour went to worthy winger Shawn Huizinga.

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