Darcy Lauder supplied 2+1 as the Vernon Five Holers stopped Team Wicked of Kamloops 5-3 Sunday in the men’s 35+ division final of the Checkers Rec Hockey Tournament at Wesbild Centre.
Cody Watson, Blair Fernley and former Vernon Viper and Missouri River Otter Colin Embley, with the winner, also scored for the Five Holers, who had Jeff Gaudette in goal. Lauder’s second goal was an empty-netter with nine seconds left. Skyler Gare pocketed two assists.
Jason Bailey produced two goals for Wicked.
The Five Holers reached the final by gaining a 4-4 draw with the Teale Utility Canucks Saturday night at PV.
Watson pulled the hat trick, while Ford fired one for the Holers. Reid Church scored with 1:41 left to give the Canucks the tie, 10 minutes after former Kelowna Spartan Jarret Watts’ goal. Brothers Mike and Steve Burke each bagged two assists for the Canucks.
The Five Holers got seven goals from Embley and five helpers from Murray Ford in a 13-4 stuffing of the Lake Country Barnhounds.
Steve Burke and Church each scored twice as the Canucks beat the Barnhounds 7-5, while Trail Smoke Eater grad Darcy Quiring and Steve Burke each pulled hat tricks as the Canucks shelled the Hope Thirsty Beavers 9-0.
Former 50-goal BCJHL scorer (Langley Lords) and seven-year Austrian pro Ed Lebler led the Penticton Molson Canadians past the Vernon Steel Mustangs 9-6 in the men’s 40+ division 1 final Sunday at PV.
The Vernon Dinoflex Pistones finished at 2-1 in division 1, but missed the playoff round. Dale McAllister ended a four-year Checkers tourney slump with five goals, while Wayne Wicklund (4) and Wayne Hoover (3) also tapped the Pistone offence.
The Edmonton Blue Ice bounced the Kamloops Beer Blazers 5-1 in the men’s 40+ division 2 final.
In the division 3 final, the Kamloops Motorheads stopped Williams Lake 6-2.