Dennon Leibel pocketed a pair of goals as the Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers tied the league-leading Kelowna Fripps Warehouse Rockets 3-3 in Midget Tier 1 hockey action Saturday night at Memorial Arena.
Leibel got the all-important first goal in the fast-skating contest, from defenceman Ryan Beach, to give Vernon a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.
The Rockets tied it in the second frame but the Vipers answered back with 10 seconds left in the period as defenceman Austin Garrington blasted home a nice feed from Justin Mitchell on a powerplay. Cody Hendrickson earned the second assist.
The Rockets equalized again in the third but Leibel, on an energetic forecheck by Curtis Sexsmith, scored seconds later to restore the one-goal lead. The Rockets got even again in the late going.
The 1-3-3 Vipers have this weekend off before heading to Calgary for The Edge tournament on the Remembrance Day weekend.
The Watkin Motors Mustangs bowed 4-0 to the Kamloops Jardines Blazers in a highly physical Tier 1 Pee Wee league game Sunday at Wesbild Centre.
Connor Webb was a rock in net for the Mustangs, stopping 31 shots. Hard-working captain Reed Cashato played a strong game and winger-turned-d-man Ethan King was a bodychecking presence up front.
In Pee Wee Tier 3 action, the Fix Auto Predators of Vernon went to four-on-four overtime before falling 5-4 to Kelowna in Sunday’s final at a tournament in Revelstoke.
The Preds got goals from Drayden Dougan, Stephane Richard, Dex Elders, CJ Storey, and Mika Burns. Joe Eggert earned two assists.
Ethan Huizinga and Braeden Barnard split net duties, both playing outstanding throughout the tournament.
The Predators clipped the Nixon Wenger Jets of Vernon 2-1 in Saturday’s semifinal. It was a high-paced, hard-hitting game which saw great defensive play by both teams as they entered the third period scoreless.
The Jets opened the offence at 16:43, as Dawson Boyce notched a huge goal from Nick Cherkowski and Coleton Bilodeau.
The Predators responded with late goals by Richard and Dougan by getting traffic in front of goalie Jayden Jensen-Hunter.
Noah Debalinhard and Juli Gilowski played solid defence for the Preds. Mason McLennan drew the assist on Richard’s equalizer, while Dougan tapped in a pass from Jones, who was fed by Drayden Harshenin.
Said Jets’ head coach Keith Chase: “It was a very exciting game with the Jets showing a great physical presence and puck movement. The team showed its best work ethic and defensive play without the puck.”
Strong play for the Jets came from Kyle Sherwood, Makena Hoffman and Bilodeau, who provided great leadership and tenacity. Liam Hennig earned MVP honors.
The Predators, coached by Linc Dougan, opened by ambushing Chase 13-2 Friday morning at the Sicamous Recreational Centre with Richard and Eggert supplying hat tricks and singles coming from Bryaden Jones, Lucas Halvorson, Caden Bracken, Burns, Storey, Dougan and Elders.
Later that day, the Preds settled for a 2-2 draw with Kelowna at the Revelstoke Arena. Bracken and Jones provided the Predator goals from Aidan Rysen, Burns, and Eggert.
On Saturday, the Preds punished the Winfield Bruins 8-3 with Jordan Campagnolo, Dougan and McLennan each recording two snipes and singles going to Richard and Storey.
The Jets clipped Revelstoke 5-4 in their opener with 1+2 from Jenna Fletcher and other goals by Bilodeau, Sherwood, Keaton McCune, Boyce and Josh Bridge. Kieran Watts faced 28 shots in a solid performance, while d-man Keeghan McRae earned MVP honours.
The Jets got goals from nine different players in a 9-0 romp over Grand Forks.
Jensen-Hunter stopped 10 shots for the shutout, while Hennig (1+3), Cherkowski (1+2), Makena Hoffman, Boyce, Zachary Agar, Bridge, Bilodeau, Jaxson Cummings and Finnian O’Keefe added to the offence. Game MVP was Jaxson Cummings.
O’Keefe supplied 3+1, while Fletcher and Cherkowski each counted deuces as the Jets then crushed Penticton 10-2 to secure a semifinal spot. Damian Coljee-Fehr earned game MVP.
The Vernon Pee Wee Female Lakers bowed 5-1 to Kelowna Atom Development Team #4 in league play, ending the Lakers’ undefeated season. Samantha Head was stellar in making 27 saves for the Lakers, who got an unassisted goal from Andie Kaneda.
The H&L Glass Wolfpack went 2-1-1 in the Vernon Harvest Cup Senior Atom Development Tournament.
The Pack started out with a wild 9-9 tie with the Kelowna Thunder. Ben King and Rowan Miller pulled hat tricks, while Tanner Wright, Lee Christensen, and Eric Noren added singles.
The Wolfpack then stuffed the Port Moody Panthers 9-0 with Noren getting three goals and Christensen and King each providing 2+1. Tysen Fairweather and Wright had singles.
Vernon vaulted into the semifinals with a 14-3 smothering of the Summerland Jets, led by the four-goal effort of Miller. King fired three goals, while Lochlan O’Keefe and Noren each netted two and singles came from Gavin Medema and Tanner Brown.
H&L lost 8-4 to Kelowna in the elimination round.
The Vernon Valley Wood Venom opened with a tough 4-0 loss to the Kelowna Thunder with feisty Lincoln Connor rating game MVP.
Valley Wood then lost 5-4 to the Kamloops Spitfires in a game the Venom trailed 3-0 early. Tyler Sedlacek made a breakaway save to keep the game close. Caden Danbrook and Gavin Fleck each supplied a pair of goals. MVP went to Anne Cherkowski.
The Venom’s final round-robin game saw them stop the Langley Eagles 9-5. Scoring came from Danbrook (2), Fleck (2), Brayden Beacom (2), Cameron Moger, Ben Imrich and Chase Batchelor. Smooth-skating Fleck took MVP.
The Venom battled hard and beat Port Moody Panthers 5-2 in Sunday playoff action. Connor, Moger, Connor Hansen, Landen Harison and Beacom (MVP) supplied the goals.
Sedlacek and Dalton Stenberg shared goaltending duties throughout the tourney. Jacob Green and Hansen played stellar defence all weekend.
The North Okanagan Knights Atom Development team split a pair of league games, losing 7-4 to the Merritt Junior Centennials before doubling Princeton 10-5.
Bryan Brew, Trevor Kennedy, Brandon Matvenko and Mitchell Brown scored for the Knights versus Merritt.
On Sunday in Enderby, the Knights got two goals apiece from Brew, Michael Kormany, Alex Gilowski, Scott Gilowski and Brown.