Black Knights claim Pee Wee banner

The North Okanagan Black Knights grounded the Lumby Stars 11-5 Sunday to claim the Pee Wee Super Hockey League regular-season banner.

  • Feb. 21, 2014 10:00 a.m.

Morning Star Staff

The North Okanagan Black Knights grounded the Lumby Stars 11-5 Sunday to claim the Pee Wee Super Hockey League regular-season banner for the first time in the association’s history.

The Black Knights (13-3-2) got 6+4 from Nicholas Walker in the matinee showdown at Pat Duke Memorial Arena.

Carter Hittinger (3) and Warin Buzzell (2) completed the Knights’ offence in front of Wyatt Fowler. Tage Kineshanko (3), Jordan Romailler and call-up Linden Catt replied for the 13-3-2 Stars.

The Knights are coached by Tim Minamide, Jesse VanderKooi and Bob Harder. The rest of the roster: Cale Henderson, Rhys Smith, Brett Harder, Caleb Vanderkooi, Quentin Jansen, Gage Ostoforoff, Dylan Peter, Nico Muller, Spencer Trueman and Hayden Minamide.

The Stevenson Mechanical Thunderbirds (11-5-2) go into the playoffs as the No. 3 seed. The T-Birds bowed 6-3 to Lumby and doubled the Winfield Bruins 10-5 in weekend action.

Landen Harison scored a deuce and Elias Wery banged in a single in Saturday’s loss. Kineshanko was brilliant in the Stars’ net, while Josh Litven (4), Matthew Yaremcio (2) handled the offence.

Lumby’s defensive pairings of Vanessa Yaremcio, Payton Kineshanko, Liam Macleod, Romailler and Tanner Franje Gilbert had bold showings.

The White Brothers combined for five goals against Winfield with Isaac pulling his first hat trick of the year, in honour of his sister’s birthday, and twin Samuel sniping two. Wery was marvellous on defence and scored twice, while Zach Manthorne, Wyatt Gatzke and Harison pocketed singles.

The Billy D’s Family Restaurant Xplosion stopped Winfield 4-1 and iced Askew’s Foods of Salmon Arm 5-1 in their final Pee Wee games.

With 33 seconds left in the first period, Saturday in Winfield, captain Zack Laranjo and Aaron Jodoin made a nice give-and-go passing play on the rush, with Laranjo’s shot going off the post to Brady Horton, who hammered in the rebound.

Just 54 seconds into the second, the 7-6-5 Xplosion extended their lead when Laranjo delivered a bullet pass to Jodoin as he crossed the Winfield blueline at full speed. Jodoin streaked around the defence and made a beauty move to beat Winfield goaltender Dustin Gallinger.

Two minutes later, smooth skating d-man Kevin Morgan scored unassisted to extend the Xplosion lead to 3-0. The Bruins scored midway through the third, but the Xplosion responded with four minutes left when Quin Williamson set up Noah Clarke for a snipe top shelf in support of Eric Foufoulas.

With Noah Clarke out with the flu Sunday at Kal Tire Place, linemate Williamson was put on a line with Laranjo and Jodoin. The trio found instant chemistry, exploding in the first 11 seconds.

Laranjo won the opening face off, Williamson carried the puck deep into Salmon Arm territory and passed it back to Laranjo, who relayed it to the trailer in the slot, Jodoin, who blew it past netminder Dawson Perry.  One minute later, the trio struck again, Jodoin scoing on a pretty to watch passing play from Laranjo and Williamson.

Morgan, on a heads-up pass by Alyssa Reilly up the middle, speedster Dawson Martian, and Williamson, from Laranjo and Jodoin, completed the offence.

Said Xplosion coach Dan Wilson, “I am very proud of our team. We work hard and we play an exciting brand of hockey.  Win or lose, our team is always laughing and singing in the dressing room. They really enjoy each other’s company and that is music to all coach’s ears.”

The Corbett Office Plus Sharks capped an 18-0 Bantam Super League hockey season with a comeback 10-3 win over the Knights Saturday at Nor-Val Sports Centre.

Nick Mitchell (5+1) and Brennan Schwark (2+1) sparked the Sharks, who got singles from Callum Leong, Sean Howard and Kevin Sullivan. Riley Bos bagged three helpers.

Keaton McCune, Cody Huber and Liam Dill replied for North Okanagan, who led 2-0 after one period.

The DCT Chambers Marauders closed things out with a 5-1 win over the North Okanagan Sutherland’s/GTI Knights in Enderby Sunday.

Landon Currie scored the goal of the game for the Marauders, picking up a loose puck in his own end and skating through all five defenders before going to the backhand and beating goalie Denver Trumbley.

Evan Winther, Cole Martin, Sam Frisby and Jim Brodoway also scored for fourth-place DCT (11-6-1).

The Marauders fell 8-4 to the second-place Bruins in Winfield.

Winther, Martin, Aaron Botterill and a beauty of a goal from defenceman Mac Gilchrist, who was grinning from ear-to-ear after he scored, replied for the Marauders.

The Five Star Awards Cougars grabbed third place (11-6-1) by icing the Interior Savings Giants 5-2 Saturday at Priest Valley Arena.

Talon Williams, Graham Moss, Darius Stone, Nick Mann and Chris Moore collected snipes for the Cougars with Mann drilling in a point shot after a faceoff win by Stone. Kaylan Lawrence battled hard for a puck behind the Giants’ net after a Stone shot was blocked by Dylan Blazek, sending a sweet backhand feed to Moore.

Kaiden Parton opened the Giants’ offence seconds in, while Tyler Semeniuk also tallied.

The Midget League-winning Nedco Coyotes toppled the second-place Stars 6-3 Sunday at Lumby’s Pat Duke Memorial Arena.

Aaron Keryluke and Brett Jewell each counted two snipes for 16-1-1 Nedco, while Adam Roemer (1+2), and Cole Bradley added singles.  Logan Meier, Wyatt Warnes and Zach Kuperus replied for Lumby (12-6).

The Stars are putting on the Bradley Haslam Friends & Family Inaugural Tournament Saturday with registration at 1:30 p.m. and the first game at 3 p.m. There will be a silent auction and door prizes.

The Vernon Authentic Trophy & Plaque Autbots got hat tricks from Kristian Currie and Brock Wagner in a 9-3 icing of the host Salmon Arm Lakeside Printing Sting Saturday night. Dominic Loosli, Josh Lerbeck and Isaiah Wenger provided singles for the Autobots (9-6-3).

D-man Mitchell Cousins earned three helpers, while Currie and d-man Max Mitchell each added two.