Ostafie, Adams spark Rush
Morning Star Staff
When the Vernon Rockstar Drywall Adrenaline Rush have a full lineup, they can be a ringette force.
Goalie Garrett Adams returned from hockey duty and backstopped the Rush to a 6-0 Thompson Okanagan Ringette League U16 victory over the Kelowna U16A Force.
Vernon sent a strong message to Kelowna that when they have a full, healthy squad, there’s no messing around.
Despite having tied and lost to Kelowna in the last two match-ups, Vernon sent a strong message that they are primed for playoffs, healthy, and ready to win as a team.
Vernon scored consistently throughout the game, controlling every aspect.
Defence was strong with excellent goaltending from Adams.
Kendra Ostafie led the offence with three goals while singles went to Shelby Connors, Saige Woodliffe and Hannah Popilchak.
The Rush visit Kelowna this weekend for the annual Sweetheart tournament.
The Vernon Purple Flames played an amazing game, swamping host Salmon Arm 8-5 in Bunnies Division play Sunday afternoon at the Shaw Centre.
Ksenia Wiker, Kennedy Jackson and Theryn Petty had two goals each for the Flames while singles went to Sydney Lewis and Teagon Schober.
“Proving the bunnies are really playing as a team, almost every member of the team was credited with an assist for at least one of the goals, and the entire team played their hearts out,” said Purple Flames coach Teresa Gillman. “Great game girls.”
The coaches of the Vernon Speedy Sweeties were proud of the team’s effort against the Westside Thunder Bunnies Saturday.
After Kora Simms opened the scoring for Vernon, Westside rattled off four unanswered goals to end the first period.
In the second, the Sweeties mounted a rally, led by a hat trick from Lauren Cooke and single goals from Lucia Manton and Zion White.
The aptly named Sweeties take part this weekend in the Kelowna Sweetheart tournament.
The Vernon U14B Newalta Bombers beat Westside 3-1 at the Priest Valley Arena Sunday, a game the Vernon girls dominated from beginning to end.
Riley Marchand, Makayla Vanderzwan and Ellen Campbell scored for the Bombers in the easiest game that star goalie Aliesha Smith has played all year.
Vernon Advertising Works Victory lived up to their name Saturday, edging the Kelowna Kaos 6-5 in U12 action.
Grace Cornell led the Victory with three goals, Jaden Scott added a pair and Brynn Koral rounded out the scoring. Jordan Scott was stellar in her first game in goal of the season.
In Petite Division play, the Vernon DCT Chambers Roar fell 7-4 to the Kelowna Chiefs Saturday.
Brooklyn Ashby, Julie Francis, Georgia Lannon, and Ashly Shwaluk all had 1+1 for the Roar, who received great hustle from Chayse Krause, Sierra Lochhead and Rhys Taylor-Hawes. Amy Demetrick and Mackenzie Gilman provided strong defense in front of netminder Liam Van Wyk, who was outstanding.
Vernon’s two Novice Division squads were on the losing end of league results.
The Vernon Ice Rockets fell 9-4 to Kelowna #3.
The team started slow, giving up six unanswered goals in the first period, despite amazing goal tending from Katrina Winstanley and great neutral zone battles by Victoria Schultz and McKenna Jackson.
The Ice Rockets’ defence, led by Jordan Tung, Chloe Scabar and Jasmine Horton, came together in the second half and Vernon outscored Kelowna 4-3.
Vernon offence came from Hillary Quiring with 2+1, while Horton (1+1) and Aimee Skinner each added singles. Kristen Francks and Alecia Hughes both had assists.
To be noted was the offensive play by Kylie Sheldrake and Brooklyn Tardiff, who both had great shots on net against the red-hot Kelowna netminder.
Vernon Ice Dragons lost 13-5 to the Kelowna Spitfires.
Kierra Newman, Amber Lowe, Sadie Christensen, Shaila Austin and Jaya Chauhan (1+1) had the goals for the Ice Dragons while Miah Cohen, Brianna Visser and Rhys Taylor-Hawes picked up assists to support the goaltending of Astrid Beaty, who made a number of spectacular saves against the constant Kelowna attack.