Eamonn Miller of the Vernon Coca-Cola Vipers is stood up by Nicholas Parmar of North Delta in Midget Tier 3 hockey tournament play Friday night at Civic Arena.

Eamonn Miller of the Vernon Coca-Cola Vipers is stood up by Nicholas Parmar of North Delta in Midget Tier 3 hockey tournament play Friday night at Civic Arena.

Coke boys bow to North Delta

The Vernon Coca-Cola Vipers opened their home Midget Rep hockey tournament Friday at the Civic Arena with a 5-3 loss to North Delta.

The Vernon Coca-Cola Vipers opened their home Midget Rep  hockey tournament Friday at the Civic Arena with a 5-3 loss to North Delta.

The Coke boys had a slow start, outshot North Delta in the second, but backed off in the third, going down by two goals and never recovering.

No goal scorers were reported.

The Nixon Wenger Vipers opened the Castlegar Pee Wee Tier 3 tourney with a 10-0 thrashing of the host Rebels Friday.

The Vipers spread the scoring around with Gavin Madema, Cole Johnson, Jacob Green and Nick Teale scoring a pair each, singles going to game MVP Ben Imrich and Tanner Wright.

Dalton Stenberg and Tanner Witt shared the win.

In Atom Tier 1 play, the Valley Wood Remanufacturing Vipers rattled Ridge Meadows 7-2 to jumpstart the K-Town Showdown tournament Friday in Kelowna.

Zac Funk opened Vernon’s account on a sneaky wraparound. Shortly after, Connor Elliot sent Jacob Boden in on a partial break, and he ripped one past the goalie. Steel Quiring dangled past both Ridge Meadows’ d-men and flicked a backhander for Vernon’s third snipe.

Ridge Meadows came on strong in period two, but Vernon’s blueline was resilient and their penalty kill turned back a 5-on-3 man advantage. Goalie Owen Swiscoski  kept Ridge Meadows at bay to preserve the lead.

Early in the third period, Bennett Kuhnlien deflected an Isaac Thomas point shot, and then Funk added his second snipe by stuffing home the rebound off Owen Palfreyman’s blast from the point. Ronic Chauhan set up Boden and Quiring for Vernon’s other two goals.

Heart and Hustle award went to Kuhnlien, while Funk earned game MVP.

Meanwhile, Vernon DCT Chambers Trucking Marauders evened their record at 1-1 at the South Okanagan Bantam house tournament with a 3-2 win over the Chilliwack Bruins Saturday at the Sun Bowl Arena in Osoyoos.

Second-period goals by Cole Martin and the winner by Landon Currie, on a nifty deflection off a Braydie Allen-Webber point shot, helped the Marauders erase a 2-1 first-period deficit.

Martin opened the scoring 52 seconds into the game. Goalie Noah Foufoufalas preserved the win with a point-blank stop on a Chilliwack powerplay with 54 seconds left in regulation.

Defenceman Jim Brodoway was the Marauders’ game MVP.

A spirited second-half rally by the Marauders fell short as they fell 7-5 to the Penticton BPO Elks to start the tourney Friday.

The Elks spotted the truckers a 1-0 lead on a Currie shorthanded marker before scoring five straight goals over the next 19 minutes.

Twice the Marauders rallied to within a goal before the Elks restored a two-goal lead with three minutes left.

Currie finished with three goals and singles went to Chris Aldridge and game MVP Evan Winther on a powerplay.

The Marauders completed round-robin play Saturday against Trail.

Brandon Lehoux supplied 2+1 as the Corbett Office Plus Sharks grounded the Five Star Awards Cougars 7-2 in Bantam Super League action Friday night at Priest Valley Arena.

Nick Mitchell, Riley Bos, Reid Lawrence, Sean Howard and Kevin Sullivan added singles for the first place Sharks (13-0), who led 4-1 at the ice clean. D-men Jonas Ramsey, Tyson Sampert, Lucas Towers and Alex Laurila were dynamic on the Sharks’ back end.

D-man Reece Schroeder and Chris Moore replied for the Cougars (8-6-1), who got solid hustle from forwards Miles Wohlford and Graham Moss.