Nick Cherkowski (front) of Vernon Bantam Tier 1 Vipers lunges for the puck against Jackson van de Leest of the Kelowna Rockets Saturday at Civic Arena. Vernon fell 7-1 to the Rockets

Nick Cherkowski (front) of Vernon Bantam Tier 1 Vipers lunges for the puck against Jackson van de Leest of the Kelowna Rockets Saturday at Civic Arena. Vernon fell 7-1 to the Rockets

Bantam Tier 1 Vipers earn Civic split

Vernon Source For Sports Vipers split a pair of Bantam Tier 1 hockey games at Civic Arena.

The Vernon Source For Sports Vipers split a pair of Bantam Tier 1 hockey games at Civic Arena, blanking the Salmon Arm Silvertips 2-0 Sunday after bowing 7-1 to the Kelowna Rockets Saturday.

Tyler Sedlacek earned the shutout as Vernon opened the scoring midway through the first when Joe Eggert danced across the blueline, drawing the defender with him before deftly placing a backhand pass onto the tape of Nick Cherkowski, who labeled a wrister, high gloveside.

Eggert went end-to-end in the third, beating one defender before undressing a d-man and ringing a wrister off the right post.

Vernon kept up the pressure and got some insurance on a scramble when Dawson Chase shoveled it home with Dylan Sedlacek in the crease picking up the assist.

Salmon Arm found some energy and Sedlacek, with a little help from the crossbar, came up huge when required. Vernon’s defensive core had a great game led by Aiden Rysen, who wore the post-game hard hat.

Against Kelowna, Vernon got on the board with a penalty shot late in the second after a Rocket closed a glove on the puck in the crease. Cherkowski went glove side.

Cougars prowl at home

The Watkin Motors Vipers lost 5-2 and 5-4 to the host Prince George Cougars in Pee Wee Tier 1 play.

The Vipers took a 4-2 lead into the third period in Sunday’s matinee on goals by Lachlan O’Keefe, Brayden McAmmond, Nick Teale and Jacob Boden.

Vernon got into some penalty trouble and the Cougars rang up three unanswered goals for the lead. Tysen Fairweather appeared to net the equalizer on a shot that bounced in and out of the net quickly and was ruled no goal.

With 10 seconds left, the Snakes almost tied it but the Cougar goalie made a great save. Vernon goalie Cayden Hamming made several marvellous saves during both games.

It was 2-2 at the ice clean Saturday on goals by Lucas Zubrod and Trevor Kennedy, but Prince George netted two goals late in the second period before icing things with an empty netter.

The Mustangs are in the Richmond Seafair Thanksgiving Tournament.

Coke boys reach Sicamous semis

The Coca Cola Midget Tier 2 Vipers lost 5-2 to Surrey in Sunday’s semifinal of the Sicamous Invitational.

Logan Imrich, assisted by Dex Elders, and Solomom Ivanoff, unassisted, handled the offence.

Elders, Landon Munk and Jarrett Campbell supplied goals as Vernon clipped Winfield 3-1 Saturday.

Earlier, Vernon tied Westside 2-2 on tallies by Munk and Harvey Pawsey, and stopped Salmon Arm 7-1 with offence from Elders (3), Prentice Swiscoski (2), Ivanoff and Brian Ferguson.

Joe turns trick for Fix crew

Big d-man Ethan Joe pulled the hat trick as the Vernon Fix Auto Bantam Tier 2 Vipers grounded the West Kelowna Tier 2 Bantam Grizzlies 8-4 in exhibition play Saturday night at Jim Lind Arena.

Dayton Bryan and Sean Howard each contributed a deuce, while Bryan Brew bagged a single. Tanner Wright and Lincoln Connor each drew two helpers.

Outstanding goaltending, strong defensive play and timely scoring propelled the Valley Wood Remanufacturing Atom A Vipers with back-to-back home wins to open the regular season.

On Saturday, the Vipers got two goals from Cash Anderson and singles from Max Stewart and Tyler Burke in a 4-2 win over Salmon Arm. Austin Seibel was solid in net.

Erik Pastro (2) and Bennett Kuhnlein supplied the goals in a 3-1 Sunday victory over the Kelowna Junior Chiefs. Anderson earned two helpers in support of a stellar Colten Colmorgen.

“In both games, our goaltenders came up with several timely saves,” said Vernon head coach Trevor Seibel. “We were able to parlay that momentum into offensive opportunities that resulted in the goals we needed.”

Lakers struggle in Surrey

The Thompson Okanagan Lakers bowed 7-1 to the West Coast Avalanche in Midget AAA Female play Saturday in Surrey.

Jenna Fletcher of Vernon supplied the Laker goal, assisted by Christy Blackburne of West Kelowna and Stephanie Strymecki of Kelowna. Goaltending was shared by Sydney Carter and Emma Gottfriedson.

The Lakers showed improvement in a 4-2 Sunday loss to the Avs. Fletcher and Andie Kaneda (Vernon) each earned 1+1 in front of Gottfriedson.

The Salmon Arm Midget A Female Silvertips went 1-3 in a Kelowna tournament on the weekend.

After opening with a 9-2 win over Kelowna (Taylor Vandale of Vernon 3G) and a 5-1 loss to Cranbrook in Friday play, the Tips were ambushed 8-2 by Terrace Saturday morning.

Sam Maric broke the Terrace shutout bid in the third when she missed on a breakaway but was able to recover the puck and fire it in far side. Cassidy Marshall scored the Tips’ second goal when she banged home a rebound off an Emily Clarke shot.

The Tips, sponsored by Armstrong Co-Op, were shut out 7-0 by Prince George in the afternoon. Hailey Haskell, Caitlyn Marshall and Makenna Southam played bold defensively to keep the Cats from reaching double figures.

Bailey Berndt and Taylor Thomlinson shared the goaltending duties.