Mystix weave magic on Lakers

Taylor Vandale (left) of the Vernon Sladen Moore Lakers challenges Cheyanne Watkinson of the Kamloops Royal Purple Mystix defender in front of goalie Sydney Carter in Okanagan Mainline Female A Bantam hockey playoff action Sunday at Civic Arena. - Kevin Mitchell/Morning Star
Taylor Vandale (left) of the Vernon Sladen Moore Lakers challenges Cheyanne Watkinson of the Kamloops Royal Purple Mystix defender in front of goalie Sydney Carter in Okanagan Mainline Female A Bantam hockey playoff action Sunday at Civic Arena.
— image credit: Kevin Mitchell/Morning Star


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

two-goal lead.

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

3 action.

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.


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