Spencer McLean of the Trail-Rossland Smoke Eaters (left) and Nick Higgs of the Vernon Vipers compete for the puck in Bantam Tier 1 hockey Sunday at Civic Arena.

Spencer McLean of the Trail-Rossland Smoke Eaters (left) and Nick Higgs of the Vernon Vipers compete for the puck in Bantam Tier 1 hockey Sunday at Civic Arena.

Coke boys bank Midget tourney title

Vernon Coca-Cola Vipers win Midget Tier 3 Rep Hockey Tournament Sunday in Winfield with a 6-2 win over the Merritt Centennials.

  • Oct. 24, 2012 12:00 p.m.

The Vernon Coca-Cola Vipers won the Nathan Piche Memorial Midget Tier 3 Rep Hockey Tournament Sunday in Winfield with a 6-2 win over the Merritt Centennials.

Merritt opened the scoring three minutes in before the Coke boys tied it midway through the second on a goal from Jeff Bochon (assist to Scott Latwat).

A penalty-filled third period saw a number of ejections and a ton of Vernon goals. Bochon, from Jones; and Jordan Rea, from Latwat, scored 17 seconds apart to give the Vipers their first lead with just over 13 minutes to play.

Hayden Chase, with an assist to Dustin Copeland; Carson Tucker from Chase and Copeland; and Conor Butte-Landsfried, from Latwat, rounded out the Vernon offence. Evan Campagnolo was solid in net.

In Saturday morning play, the Vipers, coached by Colin O’Hara and Rick Reilly, fell 6-5 to the Castlegar Rebels.

The Rebels reeled off three unanswered goals in the first six minutes before Jorden Dewing, on the power play, converted a Lee Springer rebound just before the first-period break.

Branden Rysen (assist to Dewing) connected midway through the second and one minute later, Bochon fired a howitzer top-shelf to knot things up.

Dewing, from Springer, put the Vipers ahead midway through the middle frame. Castlegar added two third-period goals. Liam McOnie was in net for Vernon.

The Vipers shut down Merritt 5-0 in a highly physical and chippy afternoon affair featuring 55 penalty minutes.

The Coke boys got goals from Mitchell Lukacs, Rysen, Jack Pawsey, Bochon and Copeland. Chase had two helpers in support of Campagnolo as the Vipers topped the B pool.

The Bantam Tier 1 Sun Valley Source for Sports Renegades fell 6-3 to the Rossland-Trail Smoke Eaters in Bantam Tier 2 league play Sunday at Civic Arena.

Eammon Miller was the bright spot for the Renegades, scoring twice in the opening 10 minutes before the Sun Valley crew sputtered.

Jagger Williamson scored Vernon’s other goal. Josh Evans took the loss as Trail outshot the Renegades 33-16.

Jenna Fletcher went roof daddy with a one-timer after a feed from Olivia Comeau as the Sladen Moore Lakers clipped the Prince George Cougars 4-3 in Bantam Female A play Saturday at Civic.

The Lakers tied the game at 9:43 of the third period when captain Hunter Joseph, a defenceman, went coast to coast for a gorgeous goal. Samantha Head drew the assist.

Taylor Vandale, from Mairyn Tucker, in the first period, and Andie Kaneda, unassisted, in the second, supplied the other Laker goals.

The Watkin Motors Pee Wee Tier 1 Mustangs picked up a win and tie against Tier 2 teams from Kelowna and Westside in exhibition action.

Kelowna scored on a powerplay with two minutes remaining to gain a 3-3 tie with the Mustangs Saturday at the Pat Duke Memorial Arena in Lumby.

Rowan Miller gave the Mustangs an early lead, assisted by Powell Connor and Colton Schaper-Kotter.

Vernon went up 2-0 after a deft shot from Dylan Sedlacek (CJ Storey, Joe Eggert assists). K-Town responded with two goals late in the second.

The Mustangs went ahead on an unassisted goal by Nick Cherkowski and stayed in front with fabulous netminding from Jordan Wilde.

Dawson Chase supplied 2+3 as the Mustangs ambushed Westside 8-1 Sunday at Civic Arena.

Caden Bracken and Sedlacek, each with 1+2, Miller, Storey, Mika Burns and Coleton Bilodeau supplied the offence.

Eggert also earned a pair of helpers in front of Logan Higgs.

In Pee Wee Tier 4 play, the North Okanagan Knights bowed 9-4 to eventual tournament champion Langley Eagles in the semifinals at the Revelstoke Invitational.

Matthew Dolinar, from Bryan Brew. Ryan Desilets, assisted by Kord Haller and Eli Dwyer, Brett Zbytnuik on a solo effort, and Dwyer with a late snipe, assisted by Dolinar, scored for the Knights.

Dwyer pulled the hat trick and Dolinar added a deuce as the Knights opened by stuffing the Revelstoke Jr. Grizzlies 7-2.

Brandon Matvenko and Teira Joseph supplied singles.

North Okanagan then clipped the Grand Forks Bruins 2-1 with the Bruins scoring first before Dwyer, assisted by Haller and Griffin Evans, equalized late in the first period.

Michael Kormany, assisted by Dylan Huber, counted the winner late in the second.

The Knights lost 6-2 to the Kelowna Jr. Rockets Saturday night with Kormany and Matvenko getting the goals.