Goalie Garrett Adams was superb and winger Braeden Cooper set up two goals as the Stevenson Mechanical Blues bounced the Lakeside Printing Predators 3-1 in a North Okanagan Pee Wee Super Hockey League showdown Sunday afternoon at Wesbild Centre.
Cooper, who was named the Blues’ first star for his speed and strong forecheck, set up Riley Bos for the Blues’ first goal, eight minutes after the Preds had gone up 1-0 on Landon Currie’s goal.
Centre Nick Mitchell took a feed from Bos and wired a slapshot from the low slot past Preds’ goalie Cam McKenzie, midway through the second period. Kaylan Lawrence added an insurance goal with 6:32 left, on a pass by Cooper.
Captain Aaron Botterill skated miles both ways and showed some dazzling moves to take second star for the first-place Blues (11-3-1). Roadrunner centre Samantha Head was third star for her stellar job shadowing Currie.
The second-place Predators, who got strong showings from Cole Martin and Ryan Lazar, fell to 11-5.
In Saturday Pee Wee play, the Blues stopped the North Okanagan Knights 4-2.
Mitchell went top shelf twice, two minutes apart in the second period, to put the Blues up 2-1. Cooper supplied 1+2 and Bos added an insurance goal in support of Adams. Cody Huber and Jake Crandlemire answered for the Knights (8-5-3).
Winger Sam Frisby bagged two goals as the Bannister Blazers torched the Knights 5-0 Sunday at Wesbild Centre.
Alex Laurila, with 1+2, Branden Lehoux and Abbey Magnus helped boost the Blazers (8-6). D-man Tiege Doughty had two assists. Rhys Larsen earned the shutout.
Stars split Merritt tourney games
The Lumby Stars, sponsored by Aldon Waste Systems and Terry’s Automotive, went 2-2 in the eight-team Merritt Pee Wee Rec Tournament.
The Stars opened by edging Abbotsford 3-2, followed with a 9-2 loss to Chilliwack before doubling the Winfield Bruins 4-2.
In the third-place playoff Sunday, the Stars gave up an early lead and lost 8-3 to Kamloops.
The team – Morgan Holland, Josh Litven, Tanner Gilbert, Payton Kineshanko, Jarrett Miller, Vanessa Yaremcio, Tyler Yule, Danika Langlois, Shale Miller, Haylee Gosselin, Cameron Pryor, Chris Neilsen and Chloe Yule – all played solid.
The Lumby Atom Stars, sponsored by Kineshanko Logging Ltd and Armstrong Co-Op, stayed atop the Super League with Tage Kineshanko backstopping the Stars to a pair of wins.
Kineshanko made several clutch saves as the Stars stopped the Revelstoke Grizzlies 3-0 Saturday at Pat Duke Memorial Arena.
The Stars opened the scoring at 15:00 of the second period when Quin Williamson converted a feed from Liam MacLeod. Drew Mackenzie and Nick Teale clicked in the third to round out the Stars’ offence. Ethan Beliveau, Matthew Yaremcio, Wyatt Whitcomb, Emily Romailler, Conner Seehaver, Noah Clarke, Ryan Desliets and Jordan Romailler all combined for great team play and hustle. Kineshanko, Yaremcio and Whitcomb were stars of the game.
On Sunday, the Stars earned a 6-3 win over host Salmon Arm #3 at the Shawn Centre.
Teale (2), Williamson, Ryan Desilets (1+1), Mackenzie and Seehaver led the Lumby attack. Stars of the game were Mackenzie, MacLeod and Seehaver.
The first-place Lumby Irly Bird Building Supplies Stars ambushed the Vernon Scotiabank Velocity 5-0 in Bantam league play Sunday at Pat Duke.
Goals were scored by Cody Bauml, Logan Meier, Connor Fair, Jayden Pederson, and Zack Kuperus. Keenan MacDonald pocketed a pair of assists. The Stars improved to 14-1-2.
Jacob Holland and Sylvain Lucet played great in net for the 12-2-1 Velocity, while notable players were Parker Wadsworth, Seth Blundell, birthday boy Cole Bradley, Austin Pickard, Nicolas Demetrick, Paul Rogers and Josh Vangameren.
The Stars came out flat and were unable to match Salmon Arm’s work ethic in a 4-3 loss. MacDonald, Pederson and Kuperus supplied the Lumby goals.
Lumby shades Cowboys
The Lumby Stars outgunned the Corbett Office Plus Cowboys 7-6 in Midget Super League play Saturday in Lumby.
Brad Haslam pulled the hat trick, scoring twice in a four-goal third period, as the Stars overcame deficits of 6-3 and 3-0. Ryan Fair (2), Corey Tinney and Greg Oakland also scored for Lumby.
Justin Ramsey, Mitchell Lukacs, Dustin Folliott, Adam Michelin, Scott Latwat and Sam Whitelaw responded for the Cowboys, who pulled their goalie and were all over the Stars’ netminder Mike Britch, who denied the Cowboys with a save off the shoulder in the dying seconds.
The Stars went to 7-7, while the Cowboys dropped to 4-11.
Mark Francis scored twice as the first-place Nedco Titans stormed the last-place Winfield SRI Homes Bruins 8-0 Saturday in Lake Country.
Yanik Fillion-Murphy, Garrett Dansereau, Chris Gallant, Kolton Kirschner and Josh Lerbeck also scored for the 13-2 Titans. Austin Bosquet picked up two helpers, while Zoran Bos and Rodger Sewell shared the shutout. Winfeld dropped to 2-12.
Tropics earn weekend wins
The second-place Vernon Authentic Plaque and Trophy Tropics collected two victories, including a 5-4 thriller over the North Okanagan Knights Saturday at Nor-Val Sports Centre.
Travis Webster scored the winner on a nice move late in the game, assisted by Brock Wagner, to break a tie and then the Tropics held off a 5-on-3 powerplay for the final minute.
Captain Russell Hickman, from Webster, and Adam Fenske, from Hickman, scored in the first period while Brett Vandale, from Brandon Tarasenko, and Mitchell Cousins, from Tarasenko, gave the Tropics a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.
The Tropics also doubled up Salmon Arm Blackburn Excavating 10-5 at Priest Valley Arena.
Hickman and Cameron Strike turned hat tricks, while Rowyn Lewis-Hatherley and Wagner contributed a pair of goals apiece. Webster contributed five assists and Luke Vandale recorded an assist while backstopping the Tropics (11-2-1).