Vernon Renegades set for home classic

Lee Springer of the Vernon Coca Cola Vipers battles Tyler MacLeod of the Westside Warriors against the boards in Tier 3 midget hockey action Saturday at the Civic Arena. - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Lee Springer of the Vernon Coca Cola Vipers battles Tyler MacLeod of the Westside Warriors against the boards in Tier 3 midget hockey action Saturday at the Civic Arena.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

The Sun Valley Source For Sports Renegades stopped Pursuit of Excellence 5-2 in Bantam Tier 2 league play Sunday as they ready for their home tournament this weekend.

POE (0-12-1) opened the scoring on the powerplay, but the 8-5-1 Renegades equalized midway through the first when Kaden Black converted on a beauty feed from Jagger Williamson. POE went up 2-1 before the period ended.

After a scoreless second, the Sun Valley crew equalized early when Josh DeCoffe connected from Nick Higgs and Reed Cashato.

Michael Lenoury got the go-ahead snipe on a rebound after a Jarret Campbell shot and 10 seconds later, Campbell made it 4-2. Matt Kowalski added an empty-netter.

D-man Grady Caton enjoyed a fabulous game for Vernon, battling hard along the boards, joining the rush and seeing powerplay time. Josh Evans made 26 saves for the win.

The Renegades open their eight-team classic Friday at 6 p.m. against the Dawson Creek KFC Canucks and then play the Castlegar Rebels Saturday at 9:15 a.m. before facing Abbotsford Hawks at 4 p.m. (all three games at Civic).

The tournament fnal goes Sunday, 1:45 p.m., at Civic. Penticton Jr. Vees, Quesnel Millionares, Trail Smoke Eaters and Nelson Leafs are also entered.

Coca-Cola Midget Vipers take consolation final

The Coca-Cola Tier 3 Midget Vipers slammed the Winfield Bruins 7-1 Sunday in the consolation final of their Winter Classic at Civic Arena.

Dustin Copeland (2), Carson Tucker, Lee Springer, Scott Latwat, Jack Pawsey and Jeff Bochon handled the Coke offence. Pawsey added three assists and Springer had a deuce.

In Saturday action, Vernon stopped the Westside Warriors 5-3 before tying eventual champion Smithers 2-2.

Hayden Chase, Mitchell Lukacs, Conor Butte-Landsfried, Zach Manton and Tucker scored in the win with Latwat earning two assists.

Bochon, from Butte-Landsfried, and Lukacs, assisted by Latwat and Manton, supplied goals in the tie. Liam McOnie and Evan Campagnolo both played great while splitting net duties, while the back end of Conor Payne, Butte-Landsfried, Manton, Alex Richardson and Easton Jones helped Vernon allow the second fewest goals against in the tourney.

Smithers brushed back Chase 6-5 in the final.

The Vernon Fix Auto Vikings grounded the Salmon Arm Silvertips 9-3 and lost 4-1 to Kamloops in Tier 3 Bantam league play.

The Vikes played a solid game in front of Conor Webb at the Shaw Centre, getting two goals from Owen Beliveau and singles from Kyle Sherwood, Brian Ferguson, Cody Bauml, Logan Imrich, Austin Caldwell, Stephane Richard and Connor Johnston.

Imrich scored on a nifty give-and-go with Caldwell in their loss Sunday at Wesbild Centre. Ethan Huizinga was solid in net.

Sladen Moore Lakers brush back Kamloops

The Sladen Moore Bantam A Lakers defeated the Kamloops Midget girls 5-4 Saturday at Wesbild.

Jenna Fletcher scored the first Laker goal mid-way through the first when Olivia Comeau fed her a pass from behind the net.

Comeau (2+1) then scored her first after a great pass and individual effort from Andie Kaneda (2+1). Comeau then picked up an easy rebound goal when Paige Chapdelaine was sent in on a breakaway after a beautiful Hunter Joseph pass.

The Lakers opened up a 5-2 lead when Kaneda scored twice in the third, her second on a gorgeous breakaway where she froze the goalie with a fake shot and then deked backhand.

Kamloops closed the gap to 5-4 but Bailey Berndt make a couple of key saves in the last two minutes while the Lakers were shorthanded.

The North Okanagan Pee Wee Tier 4 Knights bowed 11-2 to the Chase Broncos in Sunday’s final of the Knights’ home tournament.

Bryan Brew scored both goals for the Knights, who shaded the Prince George Cougars 3-2 in the semifinals. Chase edged the Langley Eagles 5-4 in the other semi.

Wes Graves, Matt Dolinar and Jake Crandelmire, with the winner, from Bryan Brew and Kord Haller, handled the Knights’ attack.

The Cougars brushed back the Knights 4-1 in preliminary action Saturday with Graves getting the goal.

Graves collected 2+2 as the Knights gonged the T-Birds 8-1 later Saturday. Dolinar (2), Alex Gilowski, Ethan Maarhuis, Crandlemire and Brew also scored in front of Caedon Bellmann.

The Nixon Wenger Rattlers iced the Vancouver Thunderbirds 3-2 for fifth place, getting two goals from Tanner Wright and one from Gavin Fleck. Caden Colmorgen and Tyler Sedlacek shared the netminding.

Lincoln Connor and Cole Johnson had the Rattler snipes in the semifinal loss to Langley.

Vernon bounced the Kamloops Tomahawks 4-1 in Saturday pool play, getting goals from Lee Christensen, Wright, Cole Johnson and Lucas Halvorson.

King pulls hat trick for unbeaten Wolfpack

In Senior Atom Rep action, Ben King pocketed 3+1 as the unbeaten Vernon H&L Glass Wolfpack ambushed the host Kamloops Nailers 7-2 at Memorial Arena.

Trevor Kennedy (2+1), Steel Quiring and Isaac Thomas helped the Wolfpack offence, while Logan Chapdelaine chipped in with three assists.

Goaltending was split between Tanner Witt and Cayden Hamming. The Pack are in the Kelowna Winter Whiteout Tournament this weekend.

The Valley Wood Remanufacturing Venom also remained undefeated as they stormed Salmon Arm  Silvertips 7-1 and upended Kamloops 5-3.

Lochlan O’Keefe and Brayden Szeman each scored twice, while Jacob Boden, Gavin Medema and Coletyn Boyarski each netted singles versus the Tips. Aiden Trottier and Boyarski each had two assists.

In Sunday’s victory, Boyarski (2), Boden, O’Keefe and Conner Elliott recorded the goals.

Major Midget Rockets face Thunderbirds for two

Unbeaten in 14 straight, the second-place Okanagan Rockets face the 10th-place Fraser Valley Thunderbirds in a pair of B.C. Major Midget Hockey League games starting Friday night at the Langley Events Centre.

The Rockets (20-2-4) and T-Birds (4-22-2) meet again Saturday at 5:15 p.m., also in Langley.

The Rockets are 7-1-1 on the road this season and have won three straight away from the Capital News Cenre. The Rockets lone loss on the road this season came to the Valley West Hawks at the Langley Events Centre in October.

The Thunderbirds have an overall record of 4-22-2, good for 10 points. They enter the weekend six points behind the North Island Silvertips for the 8th and final playoff spot.

Spencer Hewson (10-9-19) and Dennon Leibel (6-4-10) are Vernon products with the Rockets.

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