Morning Star Staff
The Vernon Home Building Center Midget Tier 1 Vipers split with the North Kamloops Lions to open the Okanagan Mainline Hockey Association regular season.
Vernon shaded the Lions 2-1 Saturday at Civic Arena with Cam Hitch breaking open a scoreless game 10 seconds into the thrd period, assisted by Braden Gilowski and Jason Shaigec.
North Kamloops equalized on a powerplay about two minutes later. Carl Main registered the winner on the powerplay with an assist from Gabe Turner. Josh Evans was stellar in facing 42 shots.
In Kamloops Sunday, the Lions grounded the Vipers 4-2 with Nick Higgs converting from Gage Kopp and Gilowski, and Shaigec connecting from Bryce Pyle and Connor Johnston.
It was 2-2 after 40 minutes, but Kamloops netted the winner on the powerplay early in the third period and then added an insurance marker on a penalty shot. Tristan Quiring made a number of good saves in the Viper net.
In female Midget AAA play, the Thompson Okanagan Lakers suffered a pair of 7-3 losses to the visiting Northern Cougars of Prince George.
Tylee Cooper of Armstrong, assisted by Kristen Tse of West Kelowna, accounted for the Lakers’ opening goal Saturday. Mairyn Tucker of Armstrong, from Andie Kaneda and Jenna Fletcher, both of Vernon, had the second goal.
Ali Roine of Vernon scored the final goal, assisted by Christy Blackburne of Kelowna and Ts’Setkwu Dunstan of Kamloops. Emma Gottfriedson of Kamloops was in net.
The Lakers enjoyed more scoring chances Sunday morning at Civic but could still only managed three goals. Stephany Strymecki of Kelowna opened the offence with help by Riley Henderson of West Kelowna and Blackburne.
The second goal came from Roine, assisted by Makenna Hoffman of Vernon and Christy Blackburne of Kelowna. Kaneda completed the Thompson Okanagan scoring, from Strymecki.
The Salmon Arm Midget A Silvertips (sponsored by Armstrong Co-op) started the season 0-2 with losses to Kelowna (3-1) and Kamloops (8-0).
On Saturday in Kelowna, Brooke Miller (Salmon Arm) opened the scoring on the first shift of the game going five-hole on a pass from Cailee Bauml (Vernon).
The score was 1-0 at the end of the first. Vernon took the lead when Hailey Haskell (Salmon Arm) scored on a great give-and-go with Taylor Vandale (Vernon) on a power play.
Kelowna netted two quick goals midway through the second period to take the lead. The Silvertips carried the play and outshot Kelowna the rest of the game. Sam Maric (Vernon) and Cassidy Marshall (Armstrong) had several good chances. Kelowna added an insurance marker and an empty netter.
On Sunday in Salmon Arm, the Silvertips got solid defensive games from Ava Wutke and Chloey Martin.
The Coca-Cola Tier 2 Midget Vipers lost 4-1 to Kelowna Tier 3s in exhibition play Saturday at the Memorial Arena.
Landon Munk scored from Soloman Ivanoff and Brian Ferguson.
In Sunday action, the Vipers shut down Kelowna Tier 4s 3-0 on goals by Cordell Oppenheimer, Ferguson and Jayden Pedersen.
The Pee Wee Tier 1 Watkin Motors Vipers closed out their exhibition season with three games in Kamloops.
Steel Quiring notched a deuce as Vernon lost 8-2 to the Kelowna Rockets Saturday. The Vipers were down 7-1 at the ice clean.
The matinee game saw Vernon outlast the Prince George Cougars 8-6 behind a hat trick from Nick Teale. Singles went to Cole Boyarski, Jacob Boden and Quiring.
On Sunday, the Vipers spotted the Kamloops Blazers a 4-1 lead before storming back to tie the game before Kamloops scored a late goal to win 5-4.
Teale (2), Boyarski and Brayden McAmmond handled the offence. Weekend goaltending duties were split between Cayden Hamming and Owen Swiskoski.
The Vernon Valley Wood Remanufacturing Atom A Vipers split a weekend series with Kamloops #2.
Feeling the effects of an early start Saturday in Kamloops, some sloppy play cost the Vipers in an 8-6 loss.
They were led offensively by Bennett Kuhnlein (2), with Cash Anderson, Austin Roest, Jace Weir and Scott Hoffman adding singles. Austin Seibel took the loss.
On Sunday, the Vipers came out flying with an agressive forecheck, strong backchecking and sound defensive play in a 5-4 win.
“The boys came ready to play on Sunday,” said Valley Wood head coach Trevor Seibel. “We are going to need that kind of effort game in and game out this year.”
Cash Anderson pulled the hat trick, while Erik Pastro (1+2) and Liam Leibel also found the net. Austin Roest pocketed four assists in support of Colten Colmorgen, who made an all-world glove save with just seconds left.
The Bantam Tier 1 Source for Sports Vipers lost 4-3 to the West Kelowna Warriors in Bantam Tier 1 play Sunday.
After falling behind 4-0, the Vipers clawed their way back with a late first-period goal by defenceman Dylan Sedlacek with centre Dawson Chase getting the assist.
At 13:12 mark of the second, the Vipers cut the deficit in half on a beautiful blocker side snipe from Nick Cherkowski. Mika Burns got the helper with the Warriors’ tender frozen by Chase charging down center anticipating the pass.
The Vipers continued their charge in the third with a 5-on-3 powerplay goal when Sedlacek fed the puck to Cherkowski, who slid it through the crease for Burns, who tapped it home.
Net duties were shared by Tyler Sedlacek and Brendan Forman, who left wearing the hard hat.
The Bantam Tier 3 Fix It Auto Vipers bowed 12-1 to the Tier 2 Trail Smoke Eaters Sunday at Civic Arena. Zayne Hanke scored on a point shot in the second period for the Vipers.