The Vernon Coca-Cola Midget Tier 2 Vipers bowed 4-3 to the eventual Castlegar hockey tournament champion Westside Warriors in Sunday morning’s semifinal.
Jack Pawsey, Brandon Rysen and Dustin Copeland scored for the Coke crew. Evan Campagnolo was solid in net, only allowing one snipe in the shootout after holding Westside scoreless in the five-minute overtime.
Earlier, the Vipers crushed Creston 10-1 with a balanced attack that had goals by nine different players. Lee Springer had 2+1, while Pawsey earned 1+3 and singles also came from Mitchell Lukacs, Jeff Bochon, Copeland, Jordan Rea, Scott Latwat, Conor Payne and Conor Butte-Landsfried. Graham Jones pocketed three assists and Zach Manton two.
The Coke boys bowed 7-2 to South Okanagan with Rea bagging both goals.
The Home Building Centre Tier 1 Midget Vipers had a tough Banff Academy Tournament.
They lost 4-2 to the PAC Saints of Spruce Grove in their opener, getting goals from Jacob Dolinar and Richard Meaney.
The Vipers then ran into a red-hot goalie and settled for a 1-1 with the Fort Saskatchewan Traders, Blaine Caton converting from Dolinar.
Vernon then gave up six straight goals before falling 6-4 to the Compete Academy of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Chad Thomas was set up by Ryley Booth and Austin Garrington to start the third-period rally. Caton clicked on a beautiful passing exhibition by Matt Halvorson and Dolinar before Logan Geefs rounded out the attack.
“We played some fantastic hockey at times in this tournament.” said Vernon head coach Rob Spraggs. “Every team we played spent most of the game in their own end, being forced to ice the puck to relieve the pressure, but when we gave up shots on our net, they were in prime scoring positions.”
The Sladen Moore Bantam A Female Lakers stopped the Kamloops Midget A’s 6-0 before falling 5-2 to the Salmon Arm Midgets.
Goalie Maya Baker stymied Kamloops for the opening 10 minutes before the Lakers found their legs and had many chances. Mairyn Tucker went end to end and made a nice deke to the backhand to open the scoring. Just 20 seconds later, Olivia Comeau scored on a nice feed from Andie Kaneda.
Kaneda scored on her next shift, off a rebound from Paige Chapdelaine. The line of Jenna Fletcher (2), Samantha Head and Ripley Burd (2A) scored twice in the third. Hannah Swift scored her first of the season off a nice pass from Comeau.
Against Salmon Arm, which rosters seven Vernon girls, Tucker clicked 30 seconds in, beating Salmon Arm goalie Kylie Assi with a nice backhand deke. Vernon product Hannah Scherck then surprised Lakers’ goalie Bailey Berndt with two quick goals. Comeau sniped a snap shot late in the game.
The Sladen Moore bunch is in a Calgary tournament this weekend.
Auto Fix Vikings ground Merritt 4-3
The Vernon Bantam Auto Fix Vikings played their most inspired hockey of the year, earning a 4-3 victory over the big and physical Merritt Centennials Saturday in Logan Lake and falling 3-2 to the powerful Revelstoke Grizzlies in Bantam Tier 3 action Sunday.
Offence versus Merritt came from Connor Johnston (1+2), Stephane Richard, Brian Ferguson and Liam Hennig, with Logan Imrich chipping in with two assists in support of Conor Webb.
Hustling Austin Caldwell potted both goals against Revelstoke. Ethan Huizinga was a rock in net and Pee Wee call-ups Coleton Bilodeau and Dawson Chase filled in nicely for the depleted Vikings, whose home tourney goes this weekend.
The North Okanagan Tier 4 Pee Wee Knights went 0-4 in the Penticton Tier 3 Winter Classic, losing 5-4 to the Merritt Centennials in their last game Sunday.
Dylan Huber, Wesley Graves, Matt Dolinar and Ryan Desilets handled the Knights’ attack.
The Salmon Arm Silvertips outlasted the Knights 8-7 Saturday night with Dolinar (3), Ethan Maarhuis (2), Alex Gilowski and Eli Dwyer getting the goals. The Knights lost 7-1 to the North Vancouver Storm and bowed 10-3 to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in earlier games.
Chiefs hold off Wolfpack in Atom final
The Vernon H&L Glass Wolfpack lost 3-1 to the Coquitlam Chiefs in Sunday’s final of the Salmon Arm Atom Development Tournament at the Shaw Centre.
The Wolfpack carried the play but could only get a goal from Ben Imrich on a point shot.
Vernon iced the Salmon Arm SilverBacks 7-2 in the semis with Ben King supplying 4+1, Lucas Zubrod netting a pair and Trevor Kennedy getting a single in front of Cayden Hamming.
In preliminary action Saturday morning, the Wolfpack tied the Kamloops Ice Hawks 2-2 with King and Zubrod collecting the goals and Tanner Brown getting a couple of helpers.
In the afternoon game, Vernon toppled the Kelowna Legends 5-3 as King (2), Logan Chapdelaine, Jacob Green and Kennedy scored and Steel Quiring provided two helpers in support of Tanner Witt.
The Valley Wood Venom finished fifth in Salmon Arm by bouncing the Winfield Bruins 8-1 with Coletyn Boyarski pulling the hat trick, Cameron Moger getting 2+2 and singles going to Jacob Boden, Ethan Beliveau and Lochlan O’Keefe.
On Saturday, after an 18-0 ambush of Vanderhoof, the Venom fell 6-4 to Chilliwack.