Morning Star Staff
Three-for-three in 2015.
The Sun Valley Source for Sports Vipers made it three tournament wins in a row by stopping the host West Kelowna Grtizzlies 3-1 Sunday in the Bantam Tier 2 Hockey Invitational final.
Nic Bolin and Nicholas Teale each potted a pair with Drew Mackenzie and Trevor Kennedy providing helpers.
Vernon grounded the Kelowna Rockets 3-1 in the semifinals on goals from Eric Noren, Corbin Hanson and Bolin. Lucas Wood, Teale and Bolin also added assists.
The Sun Valley crew downed the Trail Smoke Eaters 3-1 Saturday morning with scoring from Kennedy, Bolin and Hanson.
Vernon finished the round-robin with a 7-3 dismantling of Williams Lake with Bolin supplying three snipes and Hanson a deuce. Singles came from Mackenzie and Cole Johnson. Cam Moger, Noren and Teale each produced two assists.
Sun Valley opens the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament next Wednesday afternoon against Fremont, Calif.
The Vipers face Williams Lake at noon on New Year’s Eve and finish Tier 2 preliminary play New Year’s Day morning versus North Delta.
The Vernon Home Hardware Centre Vipers lost 2-1 to the Penticton Vees in Midget Tier 2 action Saturday night at Civic Arena.
Penticton went ahead with five minutes to go in the first and Grady Caton banged in a rebound with 5 minutes left in the second to level the score.
The undefeated Vees took 58 minutes in penalties and one of their coaches was ejected in a dirty affair that looked more like WWF than hockey.
The Vipers did not take advantage of their numerous power plays and the game remained deadlocked until the Vees capitalized on a powerplay with two minutes left.
Billy Cawthorn was stellar in net as the Vipers upended the California Wave 6-2 Friday night at Civic.
Dawson Chase, Stephane Richard, Kyle Sherwood, Brady Marzocco, Gage Kopp and Connor Johnston handled the offence with d-man Logan Imrich earning two assists.
Lakers go 1-1-1 against the Rush
The Thompson Okanagan Lakers went 1-1-1 in a weekend Female Midget AAA series with the Fraser Valley Rush in Langley.
The Rush took the opener 3-0 before the Lakers rebounded for a 3-2 win Saturday on goals from Julianne Nelson, Elizabeth Klimm and Jenna Fletcher (Vernon).
Fletcher and Klimm provided goals in Sunday’s 2-2 tie. The Lakers are third in the six-team league at 12-5-4, while the Rush are fifth at 5-14-2.
The Watkin Motors Mustangs will spend Christmas in first place after posting three wins in Okanagan Mainline Pee Wee Tier 2 action.
Zack Funk scored three times as the Mustangs smothered Kamloops 9-0 Sunday at Civic. Jakob Jones and Jacob Boden each pocketed 1+2, while Emma Elders, Issac Thomas and Connor Elliott also converted in support of Cayden Hamming.
Vernon shaded Penticton 3-2 Saturday at Civic in a first-place showdown.
Elders, Jones and Porter Trevelyan, with the winner, assisted by Elders, took care of the offence in front of Hamming.
Teja Sheldrake and Hamming shared the shutout and Steel Quiring posted three goals as the Mustangs iced host Kamloops 8-0 Friday. Elders collected a deuce.
Maddex Minard pulled the hat trick as the Nixon Wenger Vipers ambushed Kamloops 8-1 in Pee Wee Tier 3 play Sunday at Valleyview Arena.
Bennett Kuhnlein (2), Tyler Burke, Chris Bond and John Spraggs added singles, while Jayden Veit earned two helpers.