Vernon Renegades on a roll
The Sun Valley Source For Sports Renegades posted a pair of Bantam Tier 2 hockey wins last weekend.
The Renegades (7-5-1) opened by brushing back the West Kelowna Warriors 6-4 in exhibition action Saturday at Civic Arena and followed with a 4-1 Okanagan Mainline league win over the Kamloops Blazers Sunday at Civic.
The Renegades fell behind the Warriors 2-0 before battling back to tie it up with goals from Michael LeNoury (from Jagger Williamson and Nick Higgs) and Williamson (from Eamonn Miller and Kaden Black).
Black went top shelf, from Williamson and Harvey Pawsey), early in the second before West Kelowna levelled things before the ice clean.
Vernon then took a 5-3 lead with goals from Williamson (assists to Black and Miller) and Josh DeCoffe (from Black and Miller) before Westside made it close. Williamson got his hat trick goal into the empty net.
Against Kamloops (9-5), the Renegades (7-5-1) broke open a tight affair with two goals in the first period from Jarrett Campbell (assist to Donte Nowell) and Black (assists to Williamson and LeNoury).
The Sun Valley crew kept pressuring and were rewarded with their third goal, unassisted by Miller. Kamloops clicked on a power play before Campbell iced it with an empty netter, on a feed by Matt Kowalski.
In Midget Tier 1 play, the Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers tied the North Kamloops Lions 3-3 Saturday at Civic Arena and iced the host Winfield Juveniles 3-1 Sunday.
The Vipers (5-6-2) led 3-1 after two periods with Kenny Batke clicking from Austin Garrington and Wyatt Warnes, Travis Churchill converting from Warnes and Hayden Chase scoring from Churchill and Matt Halvorson.
The Vipers went to Lake Country with just nine skaters and held off the last-place Juveniles. Warnes opened the attack from Chad Thomas before Jacob Dolinar banged home a Churchill rebound on the powerplay. Warnes had the secondary assist. Thomas netted a powerplay snipe in the third, assisted by Cole Woodliffe.
The Coca-Cola Tier 2 Midget Vipers started the new year at home by grounding the Merritt Centennials 4-1.
Vernon produced one powerplay goal per period with Dustin Copeland opening the attack in the first period, from Mitchell Lukacs.
In the second period, Lukacs made a great end to end rush, holding off the defender with one arm and carrying the puck in and scoring the winner, also on the powerplay.
Merritt responded early in the third, but Lee Springer connected with the man advantage, assisted by Pawsey and Jordan Rea, at 3:58. Just over a minute later, Copeland scored after a nice outlet pass from Zach Manton and Lukacs.
The Coca-Cola boys host an eight-team Winter Classic starting Friday. Vernon opens against Quesnel (8 p.m., Civic) and then meets West Kelowna Saturday (11:30 a.m., Civic). The Vipers battle Smithers Saturday (6:15 p.m., Civic).
The Vernon Fix Auto Bantam Tier 3 Vikings tied South Okanagan 4-4 in exhibition play.
Connor Johnston got Vernon started, assisted by Riley Swiscoski. The Vikings made it 2-0 on Owen Beliveau’s snipe from Brett Lambert. South Okanagan cut the lead in half before the ice clean.
Johnston and Brian Ferguson put the Vikings up 4-2 after 40 minutes.
South Okanagan equalized midway through the third. Vernon split the goaltending duties between Conor Webb and Ethan Huizinga.
The Nixon Wenger Pee Wee Tier 3 Rattlers went 1-3 in the Salmon Arm Tournament.
The Rattlers clipped Prince George 2-1 in their opener with Cole Johnson tying things up and Gavin Fleck sniping the winner in the third period.
Lincoln Connor, on a feed from Tanner Wright, scored as the Rattlers bowed 8-1 to the Revelstoke Grizzlies.
The Nixon Wenger crew then bowed 6-4 to Quesnel with Eric Noren (2+1), Connor and Johnson handling the offence.
The Rattlers finished by falling 2-0 to the West Kelowna Warriors.