Dudes deliver Midget title

Talon Benefits Hawks
Talon Benefits Hawks' Bryton Stead fights to maintain control of the play as Vernon Seed Orchard Ducks' Liam MacPhee pushes into the play during Okanagan North Midget Super Hockey League action Sunday at Civic Arena.
— image credit: Natalia Vignola/Morning Star

Morning Star Staff

The Nedco Dudes clinched the Okanagan North Midget Super Hockey League banner with a 13-3 win over the host Winfield Bruins Saturday.

Dallas Zupp (4+3), Brenden Zupp with a hat trick, Garrett Dansereau (2+2), Kyle Evans, Kristian Currie, Marcus Finn and Lee Brodoway handled the 15-3 Dudes’ offence.

The Dudes, who bowed 6-4 to the fourth-place Vernon Seed Orchard Ducks Friday night, finished one point ahead of the Talon Benefits Hawks.

Dudes’ head coach Darren Zupp said his crew put forth a “consistent effort all season and for many of the boys, it was their first league title. “

Goebel and Aaron Keryluke each scored twice as the Ducks dumped the Dudes, singles going to d-men Sean Greene and Cam Strike. Dallas Zupp (3) and Taylor Hamilton-Gee replied for the Dudes.

In other Midget action, Adam Fenske supplied 2+2 and Sean Conners had 2+1 as the Hawks iced the Ducks 7-5 Sunday night at Civic.

Lucas Mitchell, with 1+2, Landon Munk and Max Mitchell also helped the Hawks, who finished second at 14-3-1. Cameron Strike (2), Kerryluke, Russel Negraiff and Brennan Martin replied for the fourth-place Ducks (12-5-1). Steve Goebel pocketed four assists.

The Sub City Donair Devils clipped the Stevenson Mechanical Blues 6-5 and lost 6-4 to the Winfield #1 Bruins to close the Pee Wee regular season in second place (14-3-1).

Finn O’Keefe pulled the hat trick for the Devils, while Jordan Butler added 1+3 and singles came from Seb Wenger and Jaden Foster.

Reid Lawrence (3), Braydie Allan-Webber and Kael Black countered for the third-place Blues (10-5-3). Defenceman-turned-forward Will Higgins-Wilson chipped in two assists in support of Sam Knox and Dylan Blazek.

O’Keefe also scored three times, including one shorthanded, as the Devils bowed to the first-place Bruins Sunday at Civic Arena.

Jordan Foster was sharp in goal for the first half against Winfield. Brayden Beacom had the other Sub City goal, while Teigan Derkach earned two helpers.

The seventh-place Winfield #2 Bruins bounced the fourth-place Bannister GM Flames 8-6 Saturday at Civic.

Nick Mitchell supplied 4+1 for the Flames, who got 2+1 from first star Aaron Jodoin.

The Butcher Boys Titans used a dramatic comeback to clip the Lumby Stars (sponsored by Terry’s Automotive and Kineshanko Logging) 8-7 Saturday at Civic.

Down 7-3 with 13 minutes left, Tyson Sampert lit the fuse by burying a dee-to-dee pass from Troy Main. The Peanut Line of Landen Harison, Chris Aldrich and Jacob Baycroft then reeled off four unanswered goals in the final nine minutes. Harison (3+2) scored the winner with 52 seconds left. Aldrich had 3+1 and Baycroft 1+2. Miles Wohlford also scored.

The fifth-place Titans (10-6-2) received strong efforts from Talon Williams, Anthony Kennedy, Nicolas Hartwig, Emily Wilson-Francois, Mac Gilchrist, captain Sean Howard and goalie Caenan Wisse.

Trayton Phillips (2), Drew Mackenzie, Josh Litven, captain Quin Williamson, Tage Kineshanko and Tanner Franje Gilbert replied for the Stars (6-9-3)

Matthew Yaremcio showed lots of hustle up front for Lumby, while Emily Romailler, Payton Kineshanko, Vanessa Yaremcio and Jordan Romailler shared the defensive duties in front of Cameron Pryor who made several great saves.

Bulldogs finish strong

The Five Star Award Bulldogs finished the Bantam regular season by ambushing the North Okanagan Knights 9-4 and stopping the Corbett Office Supply Spartans 6-4.

Mac Gourdine (4+2), Seth Blundell (3), Tyler Yule (1+2) and Brennan Seltzer handled the Dawgs’ scoring. Lucas Williams had three assists Saturday at Nor-Val Sports Centre.

Playing tough on the blue line were Tylee Cooper, Ryan Jakes, Nijjar and Tyler Semeniuk. Helping out the 7-11 Dawgs’ attack were Connor Granger and Jessica Chillihitzia.

Nicolas Poirier slapped in a rebound from Gourdine to jumpstart the Five Star offence versus the Spartans Sunday at PV. Tyler Riva slammed in the next goal with assists going to Gourdine (2+1) and Seltzer (3A).

Gourdine and Lucas Williams added the next two goals with assists going to Nick Demetrick and Tyler Yule. Blundell bagged the winner and Gourdine added insurance in support of Rhys Larsen and Colton Annis.

The 4-12-2 Spartans’ scoring came from Paul Rogers (2), Aaron Botteril and Evan Winther. The normally defensive-minded Rogers went five hole after a beauty coast to coast effort and buried a rocket shot to the far side from the high slot.

Kevin Sullivan played a spectacular game for the Spartans but was unable to finish the game after he crashed into the boards on a great rush down the ice against two defenders.

The Spartans lost 4-2 to Salmon Arm Fix Auto Saturday at Wesbild Centre with Chris Moore scoring both goals. The Spartans’ regular net detective converted first on a Datsukyan forehand, backhand move, and then stuffed home a rebound to tie things in the second. Goalie Billy Cawthorn was strong as Salmon Arm heavily outshot the Spartans.

Lightning, Flyers tie 3-3

The third-place Scotiabank Lightning (12-3-3) extended their undefeated streak to 10 games after rallying to a 3-3 tie against the league champion Interior Savings Flyers Saturday night at Civic.

The 15-1-2 Flyers opened the scoring when Brendan Horsfield’s screen shot found the net early in the first period. The Flyers then clicked on a powerplay when Kaylan Lawrence’s powerhouse shot deflected off Jaden Stenke top shelf, giving the Lightning goalie Isaac Waldemaras no time to react.

The Bolts kept pressing and were rewarded with a minute left in the first when Sam Eggert fed a stealthy pass to Landon Currie. His sneaky wrist shot then sailed past Flyers’ goalie Garrett Adams.

In a fancy-dancy move, Currie set up Brett Lambert for a beauty shot on net, but Flyers’ goalie Joseph Tronson denied Lambert.

The dangerous combo got another chance with just 9.8 seconds left in the second when Lambert set up Currie, whose low quick shot on the right side flew past Tronson for the equalizer.

The high-intensity third period saw fast-paced skating and a number of notable chances for both teams.

Sean Reid displayed great hustle on the back end, while his dee partner Leland Riguedell made some stellar rushes. Bolts’ goalie Rowan Wood, worked skillfully to control rebounds and made a last-minute, game-saving glove stop.

Lambert’s efforts resulted in another Currie goal. The Flyers levelled the score on Adam Roemer’s unassisted goal with 1:43 to play.



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