The Vernon Chicks with Sticks struck gold at the Spirit of Winter Petite Ringette Tournament in the Fraser Valley.
Speedster Kristin Ho fired four goals and an assist as the combined Vernon team stomped Surrey-White Rock 7-2 in Sunday’s gold-medal game. Tristan Dewitt, Astrid Beaty and Mackenzie Gilman added singles, and Abby Sveistrup and Alassa Johnson each had assists. Miah Cohen was an amazing defender.
Vernon opened by outgunning Coquitlam-Port Moody Kermodes 5-1, led by Ho’s 3+1 performance. Johnson (1+2) and Sveistrup rounded out the offence, while Ashley Wadsworth chipped in an assist. Kaila Summerfelt was stellar in net.
Dewitt recorded the hat trick as Vernon doubled the Fraser Valley Rink Robbers 6-3. Brynn Korol, with 1+3, and singles from Johnson and Ho, completed the attack. Jasmine Horton set up one goal.
Ho, who won the fastest skater competition, earned a hatty and Sveistrup scored once as the Chicks fanned the Westside Pirates 4-1. Earning the assists were Wadsworth, Mackenzie Gilman and Korol.
In other Petite action, the Lewis sisters, Brooklyn and Sydney, put on a scoring clinic as the Vernon Voltage bowed 11-8 to Kelowna Sunday morning at Priest Valley Arena.
Brooklyn’s first two goals of the season were matched by younger sister Sydney. Hannah McMorran turned the hat trick and displayed great two-way hustle, while Tara Charlton kept her scoring streak alive with a goal and an assist.
The Vernon Ice Breakers dominated the Novice division of the Fraser Valley tourney, going 4-1 and outscoring their opposition 48-15.
Jordan Tung was in net the whole weekend, stopping countless shots and earning one shutout.
The Breakers, coached by Dean Francks and Darcy Quiring, used strong defensive showings from Caryss Hill, Aly Petty, Taylor Hewitt and Victoria Schultz, who earned a defensive MVP award.
Strong offensive performances came from Aimee Skinner, MacKenna Jackson, Kennedy Jackson, Kristin Francks and Hillary Quiring. Showing great grit and hustle were Sophia Bilodeau, Sadie Christensen and Alecia Hughes.
In Novice play Saturday, the Vernon Strikers bowed 8-3 to the Kelowna Ice Angels.
Sierra Fernley scored two of Vernon’s goals, assisted by Sasha Austin and call-up Rhys Leibel. Sydney Lewis had the Strikers’ other tally in support of stellar netminder Brianna Visser.
Lauren Cooke fired a deuce as Vernon fell 7-5 to the Kelowna Chiefs Sunday.
Ally Hobenshield, Visser and Teagan Schober, on a top-shelf goal, added to the offence. Goalie Sasha Austin was solid in the crease.
The Tween A Rush overtook the Vernon Junior B’s 9-2 in an all-Vernon exhibition showdown Saturday at PV.
Bryn Taylor-Hawes opened the scoring for the Rush, assisted by Madison Fox, just 30 seconds into the game. Courtney Bacon (4+2) and Hailey Quiring (2+3) set up one another for the next two Tween goals, and Amy Demetrick converted a feed from Grace Cornell before the Juniors rallied with snipes from Chelsea McNabb and Sophie Granley. Miranda Chapple drew assists on both goals.
In the second half, Junior goalie Aleisha Smith stopped numerous shots, but the Rush persisted with goals from Quiring, Bacon and Kalen Webster. Brooke Buller and Caenen Wisse shared the win.
The Vernon Ice Bunnies bounced Kelowna 8-1 in their first home game Saturday at PV.
Rhys Leibel jumpstarted Vernon’s attack with a pair in the first period, followed by a two more from Lucia Manton. Danika Vienneau rounded out the first with a late snipe.
In the second period, both Natasha Vienneau, with a deuce, and Jade Peterson got on the scoresheet.