The Home Building Centre Vipers fell 6-5 to the Kelowna Fripps Warehouse Rockets in Okanagan Mainline Tier 1 Hockey League action Sunday night at Civic Arena.
Kelowna opened the scoring in the first minute before Austin Garrington tied it for the Vipers a minute later, on a shot from the point, assisted by Travis Churchill.
Kelowna was up 3-1 before Chad Thomas scored on a breakaway feed from Logan Geefs to cut the lead to one.
The Rockets made it 5-2 before Blaine Caton replied for Vernon, assisted by Griffin Fried and Wyatt Warnes.
Kelowna started the third period up 6-3, until Riley Booth blasted a screen shot past the Kelowna netminder, assisted by Garrington and Caton.
The Vipers moved within one a couple of minutes later when Thomas scored after some solid puck movement in the Kelowna end. Geefs and Booth picked up assists. The Vipers pulled goaltender Jayden Campbell late in the third for an extra attacker, but failed to capitalize.
The Sun Valley Source For Sports Renegades lost 8-2 to the Westside Warriors Saturday at Jim Lind Arena. No details were reported.
In Pee Wee Tier 1 play, the Watkin Motors Mustangs could not overcome the size and skill of the Kamloops Jardine Blazers in an 8-0 loss Sunday at Valleyview Arena.
In Midget Tier 2 play Saturday night, the Coca-Cola Vipers lost 4-1 to league-leading Kelowna.
Scoreless after one period, Kelowna broke out with three goals in the first half of the second period. Carson Tucker got the Vipers on the board in the third period on a pass from Dustin Copeland.
Kelowna finished their scoring a couple of minutes later. Liam McOnie faced 47 shots in the Vernon net.
The Sladen Moore Bantam A Female Lakers lost 2-1 to the Kelowna Midget Rockets Saturday at Wesbild Centre.
Jenna Fletcher of the Lakers opened the scoring with a great one-timer early in the second period, off of a sweet pass by Olivia Comeau. The Rockets equalized late in the second and registered the winner early in the third.
Maya Baker stopped 37 shots in the loss while the Lakers registered 15 shots. Makena Southam was the Heart & Hustle award winner, while Chelsea McCaig and Hunter Joseph were solid on defence.
The Kamloops Midget A’s clipped the visiting Lakers 3-2 Sunday. No details were reported.
The North Okanagan Pee Wee Tier 4 Knights split a pair of league games, opening the season by losing 7-0 to the Kamloops Tomahawks Saturday in Enderby.
The Knights outlasted the Chase Broncos 9-5 at Art Holding Arena with Dylan Huber and Alex Gilowski each scoring twice
Michael Kormany, Eli Dwyer, Bryan Brew, Ethan Maarhuis and Matthew Dolinar each added singles, while Jake Crandelmire netted two helpers.
The Valley Wood Venom fell 7-0 to the high- powered Seafair Islanders of Richmond in the Vernon Atom Development Harvest Cup final Sunday at Civic Arena.
The Venom won their four earlier games with the goaltending by Kobe Grant and Owen Swiscoski fantastic all weekend.
The Valley Wood crew bounced the Burnaby Bulldogs 2-1 Saturday, with Tysen Fairweather and Coletyn Boyarski scoring.
The Venom then trimmed the Abbotsford Hawks 2-1 with goals from Aiden Trottier and Fairweather.
In semifinal play, the Venom stopped the Semiamhoo Ravens 4-3 in overtime. Cameron Moger (2+1), Jakub Jones and Jacob Boden supplied the offence. Boyarski had two assists.
The H&L Glass Wolfpack finished sixth in the 10-team tournament, at 0-2-2. No details were reported.