Vernon Ducks down Summerland

Cameron Hitch (right) of the Vernon Authentic Plaque & Trophy Blazers eludes Blaine Plowe of the Kamloops Midget Six in Vernon Midget Rec Winter Hockey Classic play Friday night at Civic Arena.  - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Cameron Hitch (right) of the Vernon Authentic Plaque & Trophy Blazers eludes Blaine Plowe of the Kamloops Midget Six in Vernon Midget Rec Winter Hockey Classic play Friday night at Civic Arena.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

Just four days after winning the Wenatchee Apple Cup in Washington State, the Vernon Seed Orchard Ducks appear serious about taking their home Midget Rec Winter Hockey Classic.

Chris Gallant and Aaron Kerryluke each pocketed 2+1 as the Ducks opened the 10-team tournament with a 6-1 grounding of the Summerland Jets Friday at Priest Valley Arena.

Cameron Strike and Brett Shaigec added singles for the Ducks, who got two assists from Daniel Deshane. Kevin Greenwood replied for Summerland, who trailed 1-0 and 2-0 by period scores.

The Vernon Dudes, who lead the North Okanagan Super League, also started with a bang, jolting the West Kelowna Royals 7-2 at Civic Arena.

Rookie Marcus Finn pulled the hat trick for the Dudes, singles going to Kristian Currie, Lee Brodoway, Brenden Zupp and Connor Loewen. Dallas Zupp collected two helpers. James Reynolds and Sam Griffin countered for the Royals.

The Vernon Talon Benefits Hawks, who won the Grand Forks tournament two weeks ago, mauled the North Delta Moose Knuckles 12-1 in the late nighter at Civic.

Landon Munk fired three goals for the Hawks, while Justin Mitchell earned 2+3 and Jeff Hiscoe and Adam Fenske each bagged two goals. Game MVP Max Mitchell and Bryton Stead each supplied 1+2, while Sean Connors also scored in support of Bryce Dyck.

Ryley Clark replied for North Delta. Both teams lost two players apiece with fighting majors in the first period.

Kyle Clark, Austin Derkach and Cam Sawdon each scored twice as the Vernon KT’s Pizza Blues outlasted the West Kelowna Raiders 8-6 at PV Arena.

Austin Bosquet and Liam Semeniuk added singles for the Blues, who got two helpers each from Clark, Travis Webster and Rowyn Lewis-Hatherley.

Shane Haller pulled the hat trick for the Raiders, singles coming from Spencer Glass, Garrett Woodley and Carson Seidel.

Brody Osborne provided five snipes as the Kamloops Midget Six ambushed the Vernon Authentic Plaque & Trophy Blazers 13-3 in a penalty-infested affair at Civic.

Blaine Powe bagged a deuce for Kamloops, while Yanik Fillion-Murphy, Cameron Hitch and Chad Lindenbach replied for the Blazers. The teams racked up 108 penalty minutes, including four fighting majors.

The semifinals go today at 7 and 9:15 a.m. with the final slated for 1:45 p.m, all at Civic.

Meanwhile, the Vernon Home Building Centre Midget Tier 1 Vipers dropped their opening two games at a tournament in Muskegon, Mich.

The Vipers, who toured the Western Michigan University campus Friday, lost 8-1 to Belle Tire of Detroit Friday morning after falling 9-3 to Detroit Compuware Thursday night.

Matt Halvorson scored in the loss to Belle Tire, while Logan Geefs (2) and Curtis Sexsmith handled the offence against Compuware.

The Vipers fell 8-0 to the Play Hill Academy U18s of Toronto Saturday and battle the Chesterfield Falcons and Western Michigan Hounds today. They are scheduled to tour the Notre Dame arena and athletic facilities Monday morning before flying home from Chicago.


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