Morning Star Staff
The Nedco Coyotes bounced the Chilliwack Chiefs 6-3 in Sunday’s final of the Vernon Midget Rec Hockey Winter Classic at Civic Arena.
Brett Jewell and game MVP Brett Shaigec each scored twice, while Jeremy Pogue and Adam Sacht supplied singles for the Coyotes, who held period leads of 2-1 and 6-1. Solomon Ivanoff supplied three assists and Pogue had a pair.
Chilliwack took 53 of 71 penalty minutes, including three misconducts.
The Coyotes, undefeated in league play, ran the table in the 10-team tourney, stuffing the Talon Benefits Winterhawks 8-1 in the semifinals Sunday morning.
Jewell, Shaigec and Pogue, with two snipes apiece, Austin Derkach, with 1+3, and game MVP Adam Roemer handled the Nedco offence. Cole Bradley bagged two helpers. Nick Demetrick replied for the Hawks.
Coyotes’ coach Ross Jewell said his crew sputered in their opening win over Castlegar, but got stronger as the Classic went on.
“Everyone contributed – our forwards played really solid two-way hockey, our defencemen were steady and made smart plays, and we had strong goaltending from Trey (Spanier) and Dusty (Beckner), making key saves at important times,” said Jewell.
“This is a great group of kids with positive attitudes, which makes coaching them a real pleasure. They have worked hard so it’s great for them to have success and be rewarded for their efforts.”
Chilliwack clipped the Vernon Seed Orchard Snakes 3-2 in a 14-man shootout in the other semifinal.
Adam Wieking, the Chiefs’ seventh shooter, beat Snakes’ goalie Bryce Dyck for the winner. Chase Larsen, the Snakes final shooter, was denied by Shane Tilbury.
Adam Fenske and Austin Bosquet also counted Nedco goals in the shootout, while Chris Gallant and Kolton Kirschner provided regulation goals.
“It was another heartbreaking OT shootout semifinal loss for the Snakes in the dreaded shootout,” said Snakes’ coach Fred Dyck, who suffered a similar playoff loss at the Richmond Seafair tournament last month.
“Despite a great effort at both ends of the ice, the Snakes could not overcome the hockey Gods and a lot of bad bounces.”
Defenceman Jeff Hiscoe, Tim Ufimtseff and Fenske took MVP water bottles full of candy and chocolate in the Snakes’ last three games.
The Vernon Authentic Plaque & Trophy Autobots went 3-1 and placed fifth by doubling the North Okanagan Knights 8-4 in the C final.
Game MVP Brock Wagner pocketed 3+1 for the Autobots, while Jene Desjaralis, Lane Heideman, Josh Lerbeck, Isaiah Wenger and Daniel Desjarlais earned singles. Kristian Currie had two helpers.
The Autobots slammed Semiahmoo Totems of White Rock 10-3 (d-man Max Mitchell MVP) and lost 5-2 to Chilliwack (Wenger MVP) in their Saturday round-robin games.
Butcher Boys draw with Buzz
The Butcher Boys Raptors and Salmon Arm Salmar Classic Hornets tied 3-3 in Pee Wee Super League play Saturday at Kal Tire Place.
Shaun Huizinga deflected and top-shelved a slapshot from the point from Brady Szeman. Next two goals by Chase Batchelor from Carter Morris. Batchelor was player of the game. Goalie was Nicholas Maglio.
Stars tie up Xplosion 6-6
The Lumby Stars (sponsored by Green Velvet Lawn & Tree Care and Kineshanko Logging) tied Billy D’s Family Restaurant Xplosion 6-6 in Pee Wee play at Kal Tire Place.
Tanner Franje Gilbert (3), Matthew Yaremcio, Josh Litven and Drew Mackenzie with the equalizer, with 32 seconds left, handled the Lumby attack.
Rory Campbell and Litven drew assistson the hard-charing Mackenzie’s gorgeous tying snipe.
Starting goalie Michael Preston was injured early in the third period. Matthew Yaremcio stepped up to the task and made several great saves the rest of the way.
Lumby got bold defensive efforts from Payton Kineshanko and Vanessa Yaremcio.
Kevin Morgan (3), Liam Reid, Zack Laranjo and Noah Clarke scored for the Xplosion. Morgan made a valiant effort on a rush in the dying seconds with his shot just missing the top corner at the buzzer.
The Vernon Summit Financial Atom/Pee Wee Lakers girls fought hard in a 11-0 loss to the Atom M&K Ready-Mix Rockets.
Kristi Vassberg earned the Lakers’ gold jersey for her defensive showing. Emma Roine and Josey Nerling worked well together up front.