A goal before the ice clean changed the momentum in the North Okanagan Knights’ favour Sunday afternoon at Civic Arena.
It was the first of five unanswered goals by the Knights, who skated away with a 6-4 North Okanagan Bantam Super Hockey League win over the Interior Savings Just Orange.
Down 4-1, Korden Haller flipped a rebound over Just Orange goalie Caeden Bellmann at 10:59 of the second period, sending the teams to the dressing room.
Nicholas Walker, with two, Eli Dwyer, with his second unassisted goal and eventual winner at 4:57 of the third, and an unassisted marker by Carter Hittinger for insurance at 10:27, capped the comeback.
Seb Wenger, scoring in the first, and goals three minutes apart from Callum Leong, Reece Hawthorne and Chase Batchelor in the second, staked Just Orange to the three-goal cushion.
Wyatt Fowler overcame a shaky start to make several highlight reel saves for the Knights. Bellmann had a solid game in goal for Interior Savings, who started the regular season Friday night with a 4-3 win over the DCT Chambers Trucking Coyotes at the Civic.
Batchelor’s second of the game, with five minutes to go in the third, set up nicely by Brogan Houston, was the winner for the Orangemen, who held off a late truckers’ rally.
D-man Dakota Becker went end-to-end in the second period before making a neat move on Coyotes’ netminder Craig Garnett and depositing the puck into the net.
Samuel White scored a fortuitous goal for Interior Savings. His shot was originally stopped by the blocker of Coyotes’ goalie Isaac Waldemaras, but the puck went straight up in the air, unseen by the big netminder, and landed behind him in the goal.
Sam Knox went the distance and played a great game to pick up the win, and, along with Becker, gave the game puck to his dad, Roger, who was celebrating his 51st birthday.
Landen Harison had two goals for the Coyotes, Jaden Stone scored the other and Colton Schaper-Kotter chipped in two helpers.
The Five Star Awards crew recorded its first win Sunday at Kal Tire Place, doubling DCT Chambers 6-3 Sunday at Kal Tire Place.
Five Star’s Reid Lawrence, assisted by d-man Tanner Franje-Gilbert and Chapperon Chillihitzia, and DCT’s Taryn Best swapped first-period goals.
D-man Elias Wery, on a great solo rush, put Five Star up a goal after two periods.
The Coyotes came out howling in the third period, netting unanswered goals from Lawrence, unassisted, d-man Elias Wery, assisted by Lawrence, d-man Jadon Foster, unassisted, and Franje-Gilbert, assisted by Keenon Jaberg and Talon Williams.
DCT Chambers replied with a pair of late goals from Kayden Doughty, assisted by Best, and a beauty roof job by Zachary Laranjo, unassisted.
Nicholas Maglio and Jordan Foster shared the victory. Craig Garnett and Isaac Waldemaras were in net for the truckers.
The Lumby Tirecraft Female Bantam Lakers lost a hard-fought game, falling 3-1 to Clearwater on Sunday.
Strong defence was provided by Emily Romailler and Vanessa Yaremcio. Taylor Cousins, named the game’s Hard Worker, pocketed the lone Lakers’ goal on assists from Josey Nerling and Saylor Martian.
Studs earn split
The Vernon Seed Orchard Studs split a pair of Midget games last weekend, starting with a 4-1 win over the Lumby Stars at Priest Valley Arena.
Chris Moore led off with some slick dangles to elude Stars’ goalie Noah Foufoulas. Darius Stone picked up the helper.
A pair of third-period markers by the Studs’ Parker Wadsworth were team efforts as Stone, Tim Key, and Reece Shroeder (2) helped create the offence. Maguire Dickinson added an empty netter.
Goalie Kieran Watts was sharp in the win. Captain Reid Hackett replied for the Stars.
Sunday at Civic, goalie Trey Spanier was at his acrobatic best but couldn’t prevent an Authentic Plaque & Trophy Black Mambas onslaught as the Studs fell 8-2. Wadsworth and Aaron Botterill handled the Seed Orchard attack.
The Corbett Office Plus Royals and Nedco Fellas battled to a 4-4 draw in Midget play last weekend.
Leading the way for the Royals was Cole Bradley with two goals. Adam Roemer scored one and set up Keefer Kaempf for his first of the year. Austin Bosquet and Jaden Steinke picked up helpers. Garrett Adams was solid in net.
The Stevenson Mechanical Bolts rebounded from a Saturday loss to zap the Winfield Bruins 7-0 in Pee Wee action on Sunday.
Ethan Keber and Teja Sheldrake shared the shutout, supported by returning d-man Jackson Soucy, who set up Vernon’s first goal. Soucy and Chris Bond sent Jordyn Morris into the clear. Pony tail flying, Morris finished with lethal precision.
Sapian Joe struck next, retrieving a puck on the backcheck before going back the other way to score.
Bond, with a strong wrister, Quinn Soon, on another long rush, and Caleb James, shorthanded, completed the first-period scoring. Bond, on a high backhander, and Joe, assisted by Shaelyn Cecchini, wrapped up the offence in the second frame.
The Bolts bowed 8-5 to Salmon Arm Saturday at Civic.
Down by a pair, Joe got Vernon on the board, burying his own rebound. Soon tied it on an end-to-end charge.
The game swung in Salmon Arm’s favour, as they poured in four, but the Bolts struck back with three of their own on snipes by Logan Thoma, James and Joe.
Stars raid Red Devils
In Atom action, the Lumby Stars, sponsored by Terry’s Automotive, iced the Vernon Everton Ridge Homes Red Devils 7-4 Saturday at Civic.
Lumby pulled ahead in the second period with a strong attack and superb goaltending. Jace Catt earned the Stars’ hard hat for his solid effort.
On Sunday, the Stars bowed 17-1 to the North Okanagan Knights. Kyle Wheeler earned the Stars’ hard hat, showing great determination and hustle.
In other Atom play, Katelyne Andrew fired a deuce as the Sladen-Moore Lakers girls team grounded Kelowna 4-1 Sunday at the Capital News Centre.
Emma Roine and Shelby Richard supplied singles in helping the Lakers earn their first win.