Mystix weave magic on Lakers
The Sladen Moore Lakers lost 5-3 to the
Kamloops Royal Purple Mystix Sunday in the
third and deciding game of the Okanagan Mainline
Bantam A Female hockey final playoff series.
The Mystix, who hadn’t defeated the Lakers all
season, scored an empty netter in the final minute.
Kamloops came out strong and scored two minutes
in on a scramble, but Jenna Fletcher tied it up
with a great one-timer to the far side. Samantha
Head and Hunter Joseph drew the assists.
Andie Kaneda gave the Lakers the lead firing a
one-timer after Olivia Comeau and Sam Head did
some great forechecking behind the Mystix net.
Comeau and Taylor Vandale earned the helpers.
The Mystix scored just after the flood and it was
tied 2-2 at the end of the second at Civic Arena.
The Mystix took the lead for good early in the
third on a Laker deflection on a point shot and
then scored again three minutes later to set up a
The Lakers battled hard to get back in it, and
their offensive leader Comeau came through when
she fought off a checker the length of the ice and
buried a great wrister to the short side.
“Being the provincial host team, we lost a little
incentive to win our zone and we took Kamloops
for granted,” said Sladen Moore head coach Keith
Tucker. “We have all the pieces; we just need to
come together as a team and work hard. We are
looking forward to doing that this weekend against
the two Kootenay zone champions Cranbrook and
Vernon hosts the provincial championships
March 16-20 at Wesbild Centre.
Vernon girls boost Silvertips
The Salmon Arm Silvertips stopped the Kelowna
Rockets 5-2 in Game 1 of the Okanagan Valley
Midget A girls series Saturday at the Shaw Centre.
The Silvertips are bolstered by a number of Vernon
After a scoreless first period, Lisa Campeau of
Vernon opened the scoring for Salmon Arm, followed
by a marker from Vernon’s Jenna Lazar.
Kelowna rallied to tie the contest 2-2, setting
the stage for the winning goal by Vernon’s Molly
Box with three minutes left in regulation time.
Campeau added an insurance marker at 18:37
before Salmon Arm’s Maddison Turner finished the
scoring with an empty-netter.
Campeau finished with 2+3 and Lazar added
two helpers. Vernon’s Kylie Assi picked up the win
in goal. Game 2 goes Saturday at the Capital News
Centre in Kelowna.
The series winner advances to the provincial
finals in Richmond over spring break.
Other Vernon players on the Salmon Arm roster
include Brittany Jackson, Jess Murphy, Hannah
Scherk, Ashley Tinney and Danielle Butler. Leea
Lawson of Vernon is the team manager.
Venom finish season at 18-0
The Valley Wood Remanufacturing Venom
completed an 18-0 regular season with a 5-1 win
over Kamloops #3 Saturday at Wesbild.
Lochlan O’Keefe pulled the hat trick with singles
going to Coletyn Boyarski and Jakob Jones.
Assists were provided by Boyarski, Scott Gilowski,
Cody Beckner and Connor Hansen, with a pair.
Goaltending was split between Owen Swiscoski
and Kobe Grant.
The Venom open the Valley Atom Development
playoff tournament Friday in Penticton against
Kelowna #2 at 5:30 p.m. (McLaren Arena).
The H&L Glass Wolfpack of Vernon (17-0-1)
play Penticton #1 in their first game Friday at 11:34
a.m. (Okanagan Hockey School rink).
The Venom brushed back the Pack 6-2 in exhibition
play Sunday at Civic Arena.
Boyarski (3), O’Keefe (2) and Moger provided
the Venom goals in front of the sweet tandem of
Swiscoski and Grant. Lucas Zubrod and Ben Imrich
replied for the Pack.
Fix Auto Vikings sweep Prince George
The Fix Auto Vikings swept the Prince George
Cougars 4-1 and 10-3 in exhibition Bantam Tier
Logan Imrich jumpstarted the scoring on a slapper
from Owen Beliveau and Kyle Sherwood. After
the Cats equalized Saturday at Wesbild.
Colton Skead put Vernon in the lead from Carl
Main and Imrich. The Vikings then got goals from
Riley Swiskoski and Austin Caldwell.
Sunday’s rematch at Civic saw Vernon finish
their season in a penalty-filled tilt. Goalies Conor
Webb and Ethan Huizinga split the games and finished
off a strong season.
Stephane Richard, Main and Caldwell each
had two goals, while singles came from Beliveau,
Imrich, Liam Hennig and Skead.