Morning Star Staff
Cole Benjaminsen pocketed 2+2 as the Corbett Office Kings shaded the Talon Benefits Thrashers 5-4 in Sunday’s final of the Smiles for Miles Midget Rec Hockey Tournament at Civic Arena.
Brett Lambert went top cheddar for the opening goal and added a second snipe in the third period, assisted by Seb Wenger and Benjaminsen.
High-flying Leland Riguedell was named game MVP for the Kings, who got stellar netminding from Noah Foufoulas and Ethan Huizinga. Winger Alyssa Racine was relentless on the forecheck.
The Thrashers got two goals from Jaden Steinke and singles from Nick Demetrick and Alex Laurila. Keefer Kaempf earned two helpers. Hustling Fernando Aarts-Cabrera took MVP.
Adam Roemer pulled the hat trick and MVP Brendan Horsfield netted a deuce as the Thrashers dispatched Cloverdale 7-5 in the semis.
Laurila (MVP) connected with 21 seconds to play and Horsfield had three snipes as the Talon crew edged Penticton 5-4 in their opener, while Steinke rang up the hat trick in a 4-1 win over Williams Lake with smooth d-man Layk Petersen taking MVP.
The Thrashers ended preliminary play by tying West Kelowna 8-8 on two-goal showings by Laurila and MVP Steinke.
The Kings bounced the Kamloops Knights 5-0 in semifinal play Sunday morning with Foufoulas and Huizinga sharing the shutout.
Highly skilled d-man Riley Johnson scored once and took MVP, while Riguedell, Benjaminsen, Wenger and Lambert also connected. Mac Gilchrist and Noah DeBalinhard were dyamite on defence.
The Kings tied the Kelowna Predators 6-6, upended the Penticton Vees 4-1 and ambushed Williams Lake 13-0 in pool play. Benjaminsen, Huizinga and d-man Dakota Becker earned MVP gift cards from Tim Hortons.
Lambert supplied 2+3 versus Kelowna with Liam Hennig bold on defence. Lambert also pulled the hat trick against Penticton, while Benjaminsen (3), Jim Brodoway, Reid Lawrence and Cole Bradley each bagged deuces versus Williams Lake.
The Vernon Authentic Trophy & Plaque Snakes lost 6-3 to West Kelowna Sunday morning to finish sixth. Riley Bos pulled the hat trick with goalie Jake Holland taking MVP.
MVP Brandon Lehoux counted four goals as the Snakes grounded Kelowna 7-5, Darnell Hauca, Tyler Semeniuk and Nick Mitchell adding singles.
The Snakes lost 6-3 to the Cloverdale Colts in their opener and then bowed 6-5 to Kamloops, giving up an empty-netter as they sought a win for better playoff leverage.
Semeniuk got MVP against the Colts, while d-man Tiege Doughty earned the award versus Kelowna.
The Nedco Gunslingers posted two ties and two losses, finishing early Sunday morning with a 3-3 tie against Williams Lake. D-man Nick Mann was MVP, while goals came from Travis Aeichele, Sean Howard and Colton Schaper-Cotter.
The Gunslingers tied Kamloops 4-4 tie with MVP going to d-man Tanner Franje-Gilbert, lost 2-1 to Cloverdale with goalie Dylan Blazek MVP and bowed 10-1 to West Kelowna with a short bench. MVP was Aaron Botterill.
Most teams were represented in a pre-final skate ceremony, holding their sticks upwards in a salute to Miles Wohlford. Team captains presented roses to Miles’ mother, Randi Lund, with Miles’ father, Todd, and sister, Taigan, watching on.
Miles was a fun-loving teenager hockey and lacrosse player who died July 4, 2014 in a boating accident on Okanagan Lake. Miles’ No. 6 hockey framed hockey jersey was in the arena lobby.
Lumby Midget Female Stars lost 3-2 to Lillooet Sunday afternoon at Pat Duke Memorial Arena.
Haylee Gosselin scored on assists from goalie Josie Sexsmith and Vanessa Yaremcio, while Wynter Vanderveen added a goal with Josey Nerling providing the assist.
The Stars made good use of the newly installed revolving doors on the Lumby penalty box, taking 24 minutes in the sinbin. Three stars for Lumby were Sexsmith,Vanderveen and Yaremcio.
Butcher Boys bounce Knights
In Pee Wee Super League play, the Butcher Boys Rebels stopped the North Okanagan Knights 5-0 Saturday at Nor-Val Sports Centre.
The Rebels grabbed an early lead, as Ronan Bedard gathered in a lob pass from Quinn Soon, tested the Knight goalie, and then pulled off a wily wraparound.
In the opening minute of the second, Soon located Connor Cecchini alone in front. Dawson Twamley corralled his rebound, and scored top shelf. Midway through the frame, the Rebel unit of Bedard, Cole Grevatt, and Paige Brayshaw besieged the Knights’ net. The puck came back to point man Alan Lewis, and he hammered it home.
Early in the third, the Knights broke in 2-on-1, but shutdown d-man Bryce Lauer broke it up.
Later, Ephren Potter-Cramer won a draw to Reilly Teager, who picked the top corner with his patented backhand. In the final minute, Teager backtracked for the puck, turned it swiftly the other way, and let fly an overpowering wrister for Vernon’s fifth snipe.
With 33 saves, Knight netminder Tye Gore turned in a heroic performance. Kobe Marchand, who brought boundless energy to the Rebel cause, was named Vernon’s player of the game.
The Rebel blockade of Jakob Aeichele and Kassidy Schaper-Kotter was big again.
Atom Stars brush off Salmon Arm
The Lumby Stars toppled Salmon Arm #2 10-1 in Atom play Sunday at Pat Duke Arena.
The new line combination of Jack Laventure, Tori Maltman and Ben Currie were flying from the opening faceoff.
Donovan Wilson and Riley Dewhirst resembled Stevens and Niedermeyer with their toughness and skating ability. Lumby weathered an early Salmon Arm storm with several key defensive plays from Colton Young.