Morning Star Staff
The Stevenson Mechanical Bolts finished sixth at the 12-team Penticton Pee Wee Recreation Hockey Tournament in Penticton.
The Bolts went 1-1-1 record in the round-robin and then lost 6-2 to the Kelowna Blizzard in playoff action Sunday.
Caleb James put Vernon on the board, jumping over the Blizzard line and squeezing a shot inside the post on the short side, making it 4-1. Sapion Joe converted in the third, finding the five-hole after Quinn Soon split the Kelowna defence off the rush.
In the opener, Brent Bond’s charges erased a 3-1 deficit in the third to take a point from the Hope Wildcats. The Bolts showed their potent transition game as Easton Rayner forced a turnover in neutral ice to Joe, who found Shaelyn Cecchini on the right side. The speedy Cecchini swooped in and sniped low stick side.
Early in the final frame, Joe swept in Vernon’s second after Cecchini jammed the net. Then, with six minutes left, Bolt captain Chris Bond spotted Cecchini in front, and she popped the tying goal from point-blank range.
On Saturday morning, the Bolts fell 4-0 to the Penticton Guardians. Vernon was buoyed by the spectacular goaltending of Ethan Keber and Teja Sheldrake, who combined for 43 saves.
The Bolts’ guns came alive Saturday night as they overwhelmed the Kamloops Predators 8-0. Bond broke the ice, taking a Jordyn Morris feed and rifling one high on the blocker side.
Early in the second, Logan Thoma set up Ronan Bedard for a close-in chance, and Caleb James cashed the rebound.
Late in the frame, Ashton Pede intercepted a clearance attempt and ripped home the 3-0 goal. In the third, Pede tipped a Morris pass to Bond, who found the net again with a backhander. Next, Bradley Halvorson clicked with Cecchini, and she wheeled down the right wing and found net.
Joe and Levi Vanderdeen then added goals 19 seconds apart with heavy shots. James capped the offence, one-timing a Bond pass for his second of the game. Jackson Soucy was a force on defense, and Keber and Sheldrake shared the shutout.
Cecchini, Keber, Bond, and Joe brought home game MVP awards.
The Vernon Rebels stung the Salmon Arm Hornets 6-2 and tied the Butcher Boys Snipers 5-5 in Pee Wee Super League action.
Ryan Vandesande and Nicolas Petty each recorded hat tricks against the Hornets with Jakob Aeichele and Kassidy Schaper-Kotter sharing the win.
Vandesande (2), Petty, Chris Reinhardt and Liam Reid produced Rebel goals in the tie. The Rebels are second at 11-2-2, one point back of the Bannister Chev Blazers.
The Sladen Moore Pee Wee/Atom Female Lakers ended the regular league with an 8-0 loss to Merritt.
Special props went to blueliners Paige Bradshaw and Shelby Richard, forwards Emma Roine and McKenna Jackson and goalie Arianna Kositsin.
The Lumby Atom Stars bowed 5-2 to the host Revelstoke Grizzlies Sunday at the Forum.
Bryden Murray and Ryder Quibell scored for the Stars, who carry sponsorship from Terry’s Automotive and Irly Bird Building Centre.