Evans downs Denver
Josh Evans recorded the shutout as the host Sun Valley Source for Sports Renegades blanked a touring team from Denver, Colo. 4-0 in Bantam Rep hockey exhibition play Saturday.
Nick Higgs scored unassisted to open Vernon’s account six minutes into the first period.
Josh Evans came up with a pair of quick saves later in the frame, sliding cross-crease to deny a Denver attacker with his glove on a rebound attempt.
Jarett Campbell, assisted by Eammon Miller and Harvey Pawsey, and Dante Nowell, assisted by Campbell and Miller, put the Renegades up 3-0 before the break.
Higgs collected his second tally five minutes into the second period to complete the offence. Evans continued to stop everything Denver threw at him, displaying a hot glove.
Denver, coached by former Kelowna minor hockey product Ryan Stewart, was 2-0-1 on their Okanagan tour before coming to Vernon.
Knights net Pee Wee silver
The North Okanagan Knights struck silver in a Pee Wee Rep tournament last weekend in West Kelowna.
The Knights fell 7-1 to the Revelstoke Grizzlies in the championship game, allowing six straight goals before Jake Crandlemire converted for North Okanagan.
The Grizzlies bounced the Knights 8-5 in the tourney opener, with first-period offence coming from Michael Kormany and Wesley Graves, assisted by Ethan Maarhuis.
Down 4-2 at the break, Alex Gilowski, assisted by Eli Dwyer, scored early to cut the lead to one, but Revelstoke answered within a minute. Dwyer scored late in the period, assisted by Griffin Evans.
Brandon Matvenko, with another assist by Maarhuis, scored with a minute left.
Caedon Bellmann and Wyatt Fowler shared netminding duties.
North Okanagan gave up a lead in their next round-robin tilt, falling 6-3 to the Westside Warriors.
After a scoreless first period, the Warriors went up 2-0 before Kormany got the Knights on the board, with an assist from Graves.
Westside pushed the lead to 5-1 in the third period before the Knights replied with a single by Maarhuis, assisted by Bryan Brew and Evans. Matthew Dolinar netted a consolation goal with 11 seconds to play, assisted by Crandelmire and Maarhuis.
The Knights responded with a 4-1 win over the Summerland Jets to secure third place and a spot in the semifinals.
Dolinar, assisted by Gilowski at the 13-minute mark of the second period, followed by Graves, from Maarhuis, two minutes later, gave North Okanagan the lead.
Summerland scored halfway through the final period, but Crandelmire, set up by Graves and Gilowski, added some insurance. Brew put in an empty-netter from Dolinar and Matvenko.
North Okanagan earned some redemption with a 7-5 win over Westside in the semis.
Dolinar (from Brew) and Brew (from Dylan Huber and Dolinar) pegged the Knights to 2-0 lead before the break.
Brew’s second, on a feed from Dolinar, seemed to have North Okanagan in firm control, but three straight Westside goals changed that. A late goal from Dolinar, unassisted, put the Knights back in the lead heading into the final 20 minutes.
Westside pulled even yet again early, but Dolinar, with his hat-trick goal, from Brew, kept the Knights ahead. The Warriors kept coming, but Maarhuis, from Gilowski and Evans, fired the winner.
Brew capped his hat trick with empty-netter.