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The Coca-Cola Vipers stopped the Summerland Jets 5-1 in Sunday’s final of the Tri-Cities Invitational Midget Rep Hockey Tournament

Morning Star Staff

The Coca-Cola Vipers stopped

the Summerland Jets 5-1 in Sunday’s

final of the Tri-Cities Invitational

Midget Rep Hockey Tournament in

Washington State.

Vernon was backstopped by Liam

McOnie, who only allowed one goal

in his three tourney games.

Jeff Bochon opened the attack with

a shorthanded goal. Later in the first

period, Lee Springer converted on the

powerplay, from Brandon Rysen.

Jordan Rea then scored two

straight goals assisted by Easton Jones

and also Scott Latwat on the second.

Hayden Chase wrapped up the scoring,

assisted by Lee Springer.

The Coke crew doubled Coquitlam

4-2 with Evan Campagnolo in net and

goals coming from Hayden Chase

(1+2), Mitchell Lukacs, Conor Payne

and Jack Pawsey.

In Saturday preliminary play,

the Vipers lost 4-3 to the Spokane

Jr. Chiefs before icing the host

Americans 4-0.

Spokane went up 3-0 before the

Vipers got snipes from Rysen, Lukacs

and Payne.

McOnie recorded his second

shutout of the tournament against

the Amerks, backed by a strong

defence of Alex Richardson, Easton

Jones, Brandon Rysen, Conor Butte-

Landsfried, Payne and Zach Manton.

Bochon (2), Scott Latwat and

Lukacs handled the Coke offence.

The Home Building Centre

Midget Tier 1 Vipers grounded the

West Kelowna Tier 2 Warriors 4-1 in

exhibition play Sunday at Civic.

Blaine Caton netted 2+1, while

Curtis Sexsmith and Wyatt Warnes

added singles. Logan Geefs earned

three helpers.

Caton scored his second midway

through the third from Geefs and

Travis Churchill on some gorgeous

tic-tac-toe passing.

Hewson scores 14th

In B.C. Major Midget play, Vernon’s

Spencer Hewson registered his 14th

goal of the season as the Okanagan

Rockets lost 5-2 to the Vancouver NE

Giants Sunday at CNC.

The third-place Rockets, who also

have Vernon’s Dennon Leibel, tied the

first-place Giants 3-3 Saturday.

Hewson, 17, who scored his first

BCHL goal Friday night for the

Salmon Arm SilverBacks, has 32

points and 30 penalty minutes with

the Rockets.

Leibel, 16, has six goals, 10 points

and 54 penalty minutes.

Defenceman Alex Gran, a 17-yearold

Vernon Viper prospect, has 39

points and 108 penalty minutes.

Matt Barzal of the Vancouver NE

Chiefs leads the league with 29-68-

97. He is a first-round Bantam draft

choice of the Seattle Thunderbirds.

Knights split two games

The North Okanagan Pee Wee

Tier 4 Knights doubled the Kamloops

Tomahawks 8-4 and lost 6-2 to West

Kelowna in exhibition action.

Eli Dwyer and Ryan Desilets

scored in West Kelowna with Dwyer

converting after goalie Caedon

Bellmann made a long outlet pass to

d-man Michael Kormany, who