Morning Star Staff
Cole Benjaminsen netted the winner as the Corbett Office Plus Kings shaded South Delta Storm 3-2 Sunday in the Richmond Seafair Icebreaker Midget Hockey Tournament final.
South Delta led 2-0 early in the second period before Brett Lambert bagged a deuce, both assisted by Benjaminsen and game MVP Riley Johnson. Benjaminsen scored the goal of the tournament unassisted, late in the period.
Liam Hennig and Noah de Balinhard were bold on the Kings’ defence in front of Ethan Huizinga and Noah Foufoulas.
De Balinhard took MVP as the Kings stopped Victoria 6-2 in semifinal action, going coast to coast for the first goal 87 seconds into the game.
Benjaminsen, with the hat trick, Adam Sacht and Lambert completed the offence.
The Corbett crew opened with a 7-0 icing of Seafair behind three goals from MVP Lambert. Benjaminsen added 2+3, while Reid Lawrence, Johnson and Halle Higgins-Wilson rounded out the offence.
Vernon then bounced Kamloops 5-1 on goals by Sacht, Lambert, Lawrence, Leland Riguedell and MVP Benjaminsen. Huizinga was stellar in net.
Lambert pocketed three goals, including one on a great steal and breakaway, as Vernon punished Penticton 7-1.
Sacht (2), Benjaminsen and Lawrence supplied the other snipes. Alyssa Racine, Jim Brodoway and Sebastian Wenger earned some clutch assists.
The Vernon Authentic Plaque & Trophy Snakes went 2-2 at the 20-team Chilliwack Invitational Midget Rec Tournament.
Tyler Semeniuk pulled the hatty for MVP as the Snakes rallied past Maple Ridge 5-3 Saturday afternoon.
Kaiden Parton collected two goals and MVP as Vernon zapped the Chilliwack Chiefs 5-3 Saturday morning.
In Friday games, the Snakes were without key veterans Semeniuk, Riley Bos and Darnell Hauca due to football and illness. They bowed 6-2 to Langley with Brandon Lehoux earning MVP, and fell 5-2 to Abbotsford with Cole Martin receiving MVP.
Meanwhile, the Nedco Gunslingers grounded Lakeside Printing Sting 5-1 and then ambushed Blackburn Excavating 9-3 in Midget league play.
Tavyn Best provided 2+1 as Nedco beat Salmon Arm Friday night at Kal Tire Place.
Dexter Weiten, Maguire Dickinson on a shot from the point after snagging a perfect pass from d-man Travis Aeichele, Chris Moore, on a beauty, assisted by Weiten and goalie Isaac Waldemaras, and Parker Wadsworth, from Dickinson and Nick Mann, handled the other offence.
Waldemaras owned the crease making a huge round-the-world glove save in the third on a breakaway.
Wadsworth fired three goals and Best bagged two in Saturday’s win at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.
D-man Colton Schaper-Kotter opened the attack, while Aaron Botterill converted a shorthanded snap shot from the top of the circle, Mann clicked on a wicked pass from Botterill, and Moore trickled in a wrister rounding out the offence.
Dylan Blazek was rock-solid in net, getting marvellous help from the dee core of Braydie Allan, Aeichele, Tanner Franje-Gilbert and Schaper-Kotter.
In a battle of unbeaten Pee Wee Super League clubs, the Butcher Boys Rebels bounced Salmon Arm Fix Auto 3-1 Saturday.
Vernon’s Player of the Game Brooklynn Walters started the scoring at six minutes. Ronan Bedard then took off with the puck, working a give-and-go with Cole Grevatt, before finding Kayden Bowering alone in front.
Barely a minute later, Bryce Lauer swung the puck to his dee partner, Alan Lewis, who barrelled down the right side and hammered a low shot on net. Dawson Twamley swooped in and slammed home the rebound.
Next, the Rebel power play clicked, as Paige Brayshaw redirected a Bedard pass to Grevatt, and he converted.
Host Salmon Arm put one on the scoreboard in the second.
The Vernon Interior Savings Bantam Lions lost 4-2 to the Five Star Awards Outlaws in Bantam league action.
Zach Manthorne scored a beauty, unassisted, at 18:37 to put the Lions within a goal but the Outlaws added two more goals in the last five minutes of the second to go ahead 4-1. Tage Kineshanko banged one in off a quick pass from Landen Harison to make it 4-2 at Kal Tire Place.
The Catt brothers dedicated Saturday’s Pee Wee Super League game to their beloved late father and coach, Peter Catt.
And there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Jace Catt, playing up from Atom, scored on a gorgeous pass by brother Linden, just 80 seconds into the game at Kal Tire Place.
The Lumby Stars went on to honour Peter with more goals in an 11-2 win over the Vernon Inferno.
Tye Krause supplied 5+2 for the Stars, while Zachary Young (1+4) Quintin O’Neill and Mia Maltman contributed singles.
The Stars’ defence of Peter Romailler/Andrew Rannelli, Cameron Smithson/Kaleb Pachal and Domenik Porteous all stood tall in front of rookie AP call-up James Wright, who played a great first period on short notice. Parker Stadnyk played strong the rest of the way in net. Ryder Quibell and Anthony Pratt had fabulous two-way games.
In Sunday action, the Stars, who carry sponsorship from Bannister GM and Great West Equipment, grounded the North Okanagan Knights 8-0 in Lumby.
Linden Catt counted 4+1, while Krause picked up 2+3 to spark the Stars. First-year Anthony Pratt scored his first ever goal on a beauty pass from Ryder Quibell. Young scored off a sweet pass from Quintin O’Neill.
Cameron Smithson earned the shutout.
The Lumby Stars lost 5-4 to visiting Kamloops in Midget Female play Saturday.
Ashton Jones had two goals, both assisted by Haylee Gosselin. The gritty Gosselin and Erin Romailler added singles.
Three stars were Josey Nerling, Josie Sexsmith and Kahlen Webster.
On Sunday, the Stars lost 6-2 to Kelowna with Taylor Cousins scoring from Wynter Vanderveen and Morgan Holland clicking from Nerling and Gosselin.
Three stars were Holland, Payton Kineshanko and Demi Williamson.
The Stars would like to offer their warmest condolences to the entire Catt family.
In Atom action, the Lumby Irly Bird/Terry’s Automotive Stars bounced the Winfield Bruins 11-2 and toppled Vernon Ice Army 10-5.
Jace Catt and Grady Krause each scored four times in the win over Winfield in Lumby.
Catt rang up five goals versus Vernon with Garrett Louis and Kyle Wheeler getting deuces and Riley Dewhurst sniping his first of the season.