Morning Star Staff
Not content with their regular season title, the Butcher Boys Rebels went 6-0 in the playoffs, raising the North Okanagan Pee Wee Super Hockey League cup by icing the Lumby Stars 7-1 in Monday night’s final at Civic Arena.
The Rebels move on to the District tournament this weekend in Clearwater.
Five minutes into the final, Dawson Twamley played the puck behind the net for Ronan Bedard, and he centered to Reilly Teager, who whipped a shot upstairs from close range.
Five minutes later, Bedard chipped a Quinn Soon outlet to Teager, and he dashed in and made it 2-0.
Ephren Potter-Cramer then gave the puck to Bedard in deep, and the crafty playmaker set up Twamley for Vernon’s third snipe. Late in the frame, Bedard got a touch on a Bryce Lauer point shot, and Twamley slipped it into the net.
Just before the break, Kassidy Schaper-Kotter kept the league’s top offence off the board with a rapier-like kick save. She finished with 15 stops.
In the second stanza, Twamley forced a turnover behind the Lumby net, and Bedard capitalized on a wraparound. Hats flew from the stands as Teager counted his third, a shorthanded goal, batted in one-handed after he was pulled down from behind.
Early in the third, Soon broke out of his zone with Stars on his back, and Teager took it the rest of the way, scoring with a low shot to the corner
At the other end, Jakob Aeichele stood tall and showed a lightning-quick glove, closing out the championship game with 11 saves.
Tye Krause finally counted one for Lumby on a breakaway. D-man Tyler Hamilton was a shot-blocking machine for the Rebels. Playing through illness, Cole Grevatt also came up with a gutsy two-way performance.
The Rebels advanced to the final with two wins over the Salmon Arm Fix Auto Warriors. On Saturday, Vernon completed their sweep of the round robin with a 7-2 decision at Hucul Pond.
The Grevatt-Bedard-Twamley line combined for nine points. Twamley recorded a hat trick, while Grevatt potted a single. Teager scored twice with rocket shots. Captain Soon added a picture goal, zipping through Warriors and finishing with a backhand-forehand-roof combo.
In the Sunday semifinal at Pat Duke Memorial Arena, Teager banged in back-to-back goals off rebounds as the Butcher Boys band eliminated the Warriors 6-4.
Big defensive plays by Bryce Lauer and Kayden Bowering down the stretch sealed the win.
Lumby, sponsored by Bannister GM and Great West Equipment, reached the final by stopping the Winfield Bruins 10-3 and grounding the Salmon Arm Salmar Classic Titans 3-1.
Linden Catt supplied 5+2, while Krause earned 4+3 as the Stars ambushed Winfield. Zachary Young added a single, while Peter Romailler provided two assists in support of Parker Stadnyk.
Krause, with a deuce, and Catt produced snipes against the Titans. The Stars got outstanding playoff showings from Quintin O’Neill, Mia Maltman, Ryder Quibell and Kaleb Pachal.
Winfield iced the Interior Savings Lions 7-2 in the Bantam title game Monday night in Salmon Arm.
Landen Harison and Wyatt Gatzke scored for the Lions, who made the final by outlasting the Five Star Awards Outlaws 6-4 in a Sunday semi.
The Lions opened the scoring late in the first period Sunday when Tanner Bueckert’s point shot was deflected in by Tage Kineshanko.
With the Outlaws battling and providing heavy pressure, Lions’ netminder Jared Ross made a heads-up diving save to shut the door on a breakaway with 2:02 left in the opening 20. The Outlaws tied it 30 seconds later.
Kineshanko converted some sweet passes by Sapian Joe and Derek Pereboom to put the Lions ahead 2-1. Joe then fed Kineshanko, whose slapper was blocked but the rebound was knocked in by Zach Manthorne.
Kineshanko and Joe worked the puck to Aidan Rivard for the 4-1 goal, but the Outlaws answered just 14 seconds later before adding another and equalizing on Kaden Doughty’s tally with 44 seconds left in the second.
Joe displayed great hustle and grit as he capitalized on a pass from Elias Wery to make it 5-4 Interior Savings. Ryan Vandesande made it 6-4 on a beauty assist from Joe. Maisun Ang-Hamilton anchored a superb defence alongside Beuckert, Harisen and Jeberg.
Wery scored four times as the Lions shut out the Salmon Arm North Broadview Heating Rusty Blades 5-0 Friday night at the Shaw Centre.
The Corbett Office Plus Kings brushed back the Talon Benefits Thrashers 2-0 in the Midget final Monday night at Kal Tire Place.
It was a tight checking affair which saw Brett Lambert connect at 13:09 of the first period, unassisted. Lambert added insurance at 5:00 of the second period, from Cole Benjaminsen and Halle Higgins-Wilson.
The Kings’ dynamic defensive pairings of Liam Hennig/Ryley Johnson and Noah DeBalinhard/Dakota Becker were rock stars, limiting the regular season banner-winning Thrashers to few serious shots on goal.
Speedy winger Leland Riguedell did a marvellous job shutting down Thrasher star forward Adam Roemer. Ethan Huizinga earned the shutout, making several key saves in the third period with the Thrashers pressing hard.
The Kings, who now head to Ashcroft, dispatched the Vernon Authentic Trophy & Plaques Snakes 7-3 in semifinal play Sunday at Civic.
Benjaminson counted 2+2 for the Corbett crew, while Seb Wenger also bagged two goals and singles came from Cole Bradley, Lambert and Higgins-Wilson. Reid Lawrence pocketed two helpers. Branden Lehoux (2) and Hayden Vardon replied for the third-place Snakes.
Brendan Horsfield fired four goals, including once in double overtime, as the Thrashers shaded the North Okanagan Knights 6-5 in the other Sunday semi at Civic. Rowan Wood supplied the other two goals, while Nick Demetrick earned two assists.
Jaxson Cummings pulled the hat trick for the Knights, who trailed 3-0 after 20 minutes. Clayton Thielman and Travis Schroepfler contributed singles.