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Vernon Rush strike Esso silver

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Vernon Felines' Miranda Blatny comes in fast to get the ring past Kelowna Heat's Emily Thomas during U16 ringette action Sunday at Priest Valley Arena.
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For the second year in a row, the Cornerstone Dental Rush claimed Tween A silver at the prestigious Esso Golden Ring Ringette Tournament last weekend in Calgary.

The Vernon crew fell 9-2 to the powerhouse Sherwood Park Rock in the championship game.

The Rush were down three goals early against the powerhouse Rock. Saige Woodliffe, assisted by Emma Carter, sparked the Rush attack; however, the team’s comeback aspirations were derailed when Woodliffe went down into the boards and left the rink via ambulance.

The Rush opened the tourney with a 4-1 win over the South Calgary Riot Friday morning.

After a scoreless first half, the Rush settled into their game, getting offence from Kendra Ostafie (2+1), Alex Drury and Shelby Connors. Woodliffe (2), Drury, Wynter Vanderveen and Evan Koshure drew assists.

Later that day, the Rush iced Calgary BV Xtreme 4-1, with Ostafie (2+1), Drury and Alyssa Racine finding the net. Assists came from Woodliffe and Maddy Percy.

Vernon doubled the Red Deer Resistance 6-3 Saturday. Ostafie (2+2), Woodliffe, Drury, Chelsea Marshall and Connors provided the firepower. Percy collected an assist.

In the quarterfinals, Ostafie had 3+1 as the Rush thumped South Calgary Tenaz 7-1. Percy, Saylor Martian, Koshure and Delaney Tetrault chipped in with singles.

In Sunday’s semis, dental crew outlasted Medicine Hat Stealth 5-4. Drury scored twice, Ostafie had 1+2, and Racine and Carter each had singles. Tetrault had two helpers.

The Vernon Fury has three close losses in the Junior A class in Calgary.

The Fury, sponsored by Vernon Century 21 – Team B.C., opened the tourney with a 5-4 loss to Calgary North Prime, with Taryn Smith, Riley Martian, Sydney Harder and Bailey Williamson  supplying the offence. Jocelyn Jones, Taylor Gray and Aryana Jacura provided assists, and Billy Cawthorn was stellar in net.

Jacura and Harder each had 2+1 as Vernon fell 7-6 to Sherwood Park in their second tilt. Smith and Madison Powls each had a goal and Hannah Popilchak had two assists.

The Century 21 crew fell 6-4 to South Calgary Elite in their final round-robin game, with Powls (1+3), Popilchak, Smith and Katelyn Paulin handling the offence.

In Tween B play, the Vernon Newalta Renegades dropped a couple of weekend games, starting with a 3-0 loss to Kelowna Saturday. Marika Monroe and Miranda Chapple supplied the offence as the Renegades fell 4-2 to West Kelowna Sunday. Natalie Ethier recorded an assist.

The Advertising Works Rebels got 5+3 from Madison Fox as they torched the Kelowna Petite Lightning 11-7 in Petite play at Priest Valley Arena.

Abygayle Williamson (3+3), Kathryn Simpson and Kalen Webster, each with a goal and assist, and Hailey Quiring, with a single, completed the attack.

Danika Bellamy (2) and Katie Finlayson had assists in support of netminder Liam Van Wyk.

In other Petite play, the DCT Chambers Voltage fell 9-6 to the Shuswap Fury on Sunday.

Emma Elders pocketed a pair and Amy Demetrick, Bryn Taylor-Hawes, Grace Cornell and Rylie Marchand each scored singles.

Paige Neufeld turned the hat trick as the Davidson Lawyers Orcas topped Kelowna 7-6 in Novice action on Sunday. Logan Thoma, with a pair, and singles from Chayse Krause and Brooklyn Young rounded out the scoring. Arianna Kositsin collected the win.

The Black Panthers fell 10-5 to Shuswap in Bunny action Sunday in Salmon Arm.

Leading the Cats’ offence were Hillary Quiring, with the trick, and Jordan Tung, with a pair. Taylor Stewart, Brianna Visser and Lucia Manton showed plenty of hustle.

Kennedy Jackson and Kristen Francks shared the win as the Vernon Blue Lightning outgunned Shuswap Black 11-5 in Bunny action in Salmon Arm.

Jordan Tung, Makenna Jackson and Sasha Austin each supplied two goals, and stellar ring handling resulted in singles for Aimee Skinner, Peyton Trevelyan, Sierra Fernley and Jasmine Horton. Out of the net, Francks scored once, assisted by Aimee Skinner.

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