Dex Elders of the Vernon Fix Auto Bantam Tier 2 Vipers takes a shot on Corey Thompson of the South Okanagan Tier 3 Hornets in hockey action Saturday at Kal Tire Place. South Okanagan won 4-3.

Dex Elders of the Vernon Fix Auto Bantam Tier 2 Vipers takes a shot on Corey Thompson of the South Okanagan Tier 3 Hornets in hockey action Saturday at Kal Tire Place. South Okanagan won 4-3.

Bilodeau bottles up Sun Valley win

The Sun Valley Source for Sports Vipers clipped the host Penticton Jr. Vees 2-1 in Bantam Tier 1 Hockey Association play Saturday.

Morning Star Staff

The Sun Valley Source for Sports Vipers clipped the host Penticton Jr. Vees 2-1 in Okanagan Mainline Bantam Tier 1 Hockey Association play Saturday.

Vernon leads the season series 3-1 and have dealt Penticton their only losses of the year. Special teams were the key as the Vipers grabbed a 2-0 first-period lead on powerplay goals by Coleton Bilodeau.Dylan Sedlacek and Powell Connor earned assists.

Solid goaltending from Kieran Watts and Conor Webb, and tight defence, boosted the Sun Valley crew. Webb stopped all 15 shots he faced and made some clutch last-minute saves. Webb enjoys an astounding 1.1 GAA along with five complete game shutouts. The 27-2 Vipers, who did firefighter relays Sunday at the Okanagan Landing Hall, are in the Trail tournament this weekend.

Midgets headed to Banff

The Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers went 1-1 in Midget Tier 1 action, ambushing Pursuit of Excellence 8-0 Saturday before falling 6-1 to Kelowna Fripps Warehouse Rockets.

Jagger Williamson opened the scoring versus POE on the powerplay midway through the first period, assisted by Hayden Chase and Mitch Lukacs.

Chase scored shorthanded by stripping the puck from a defender behind the net and quickly wrapping around the net. Lee Springer scored from Scott Latwat and Griffin Fried, and then Jordan Rea connected on the powerplay from Fried and Jeff Bochon.

Fried converted from Tier 2 call-up Kaden Black and Bochon scored at the end of the second period from Fried and Rea. Chase scored again with Williamson and Latwat drawing helpers, while Alex Richardson completed the attack with an assist to Fried. Josh Evans registered 33 shots for the shutout.

Austin Goss faced  53 shots as the Vipers bowed 6-1 to the league-leading Rockets. Bochon connected on the powerplay with assists to Fried and Carson Richards with 3:38 remaining.

Vernon opens the 12-team Banff Hockey Academy Tournament Friday afternoon against the Beaumont Braves of Edmonton.

The Armstrong Co-op Salmon Arm Silvertips grounded Kelowna 4-1 in Midget Tier 1 Female play.

Cailee Bauml (Vernon), Cassidy Marshall (Armstrong), Jenna Lazar (Vernon) and Maddison Turner (Salmon Arm) provided the goals for the first-place Tips.

The Sladen Moore Bantam A Female Lakers  split games on their northern trip, losing 4-0 to Williams Lake Saturday afternoon after a nine-hour bus trip, delayed as they waited for an accident scene to be cleaned up.

The Lakers regrouped and came out strong Sunday morning in a 6-3 win over Prince George.

Down three forwards, the Sladen Moore crew  moved defencemen Juli Gilowski (1+2) and Halle Higgins Wilson (1G) up front and they sparkled  in their new roles.

Andie Kaneda (2+2), Jenna Fletcher (1+1) and Emily Clarke (1+1) rounded out the offence with Samantha Head adding two assists.

The Lakers’ dee core of Makenna Southam, Tylee Cooper, Julia McCaig and Brooke Berube played very well in front of Tiera Joseph, who stopped the early flurry from Prince George. The Lakers also got relentless forechecking from Carly Southam and Jordan Butler.

Valley Wood Atoms ice Kelowna

In Atom A Development action, the Valley Wood Vipers iced host Kelowna 5-1 Saturday night at Memorial Arena.

Porter Trevelyan opened the scoring in the first before the line of Zackary Funk, Cody Beckner and Bennett Kuhnlein battled in front of the net, and Kuhnlein was credited with the goal.

Isaac Thomas went coast to coast for a gorgeous, unassisted top-cheese tally, while 30 seconds later, Steel Quiring capitalized on a turnover to make it 4-1.

MVP Gage Stoll stepped up his game, leaving the blue line midway through the game to play forward for the injured Trevelyan. Jakob Jones skated through a crowd and counted the final snipe. Net detectives Owen Swiscoski and Cayden Hamming were marvellous.

The H&L Glass Atom C Vipers shelled the Kamloops Pee Wee Mystix Girls 7-0 and slammed the Winfield Tier 2 Bruins 6-1.

Jordyn Morris knocked in Vernon’s first Saturday at Kal Tire Place after Maddex Minard crashed the crease. Cash Anderson added one on a solo jaunt, picking the low glove-side corner from 25 feet.

In the middle frame, Morris jammed in her second with a defender draped all over her.  Nick Noren drew the assist with a sharp-angle shot.

Two minutes later, Brock Holliday headmanned to Chris Bond who churned down the right wing and ripped a low shot home on the far side.

Nearing the midway point, Viper starter Teja Sheldrake made his best stop, stretching out his waffle pad to deny a breakaway.  In the third, Vernon’s closer in net, Jaret Cooper, flashed his right pad to thwart a point-blank shot. Later, a Liam Remple point blast ricocheted to Emma Elders, who buried a backhander.

With five minutes to go, Anderson found Noren down low, and Noren squeezed the puck in from a near-impossible angle.  On his next shift, Anderson picked up his third assist of the period, relaying an Elders’ pass to Noren, who finished backhand.  Liam Leibel picked up Vernon’s Hard Hat Award for his exhibition of skill, smarts and hustle.

On Sunday at the Pat Duke Arena in Lumby, H&L Glass played up a tier and upset the Bruins.

Minard (2), Noren (2), Leibel (shorthanded) and Remple handled the offence and Hard Hat winner was Anderson.

Knights rack up pair of wins

The North Okanagan Pee Wee Tier 4 Knights stopped Salmon Arm 8-3 and shaded the Summerland Rockets 4-3 in exhibition play.

Wesley Graves (2), Eli Dwyer, Brandon Matvenko, Bryan Brew, Michael Kormany, Kevin Thomas Walters and Easton Hunter scored versus the Silvertips with Thomas Burton in net.

Dylan Huber counted the winner against Summerland with two goals coming from Griffin Evans and one from Kord Haller. Caedon Bellmann took the win.