Cameron Hitch (left) of the Home Building Centre Vipers shields the puck from Angus Chan of the Coquitlam Chiefs in Midget Rep hockey tournament action Saturday afternoon at Civic Arena.

Cameron Hitch (left) of the Home Building Centre Vipers shields the puck from Angus Chan of the Coquitlam Chiefs in Midget Rep hockey tournament action Saturday afternoon at Civic Arena.

Lions claim Midget hockey title

The North Kamloops Lions iced the Richmond Blues 5-2 in Sunday’s A final of the Vernon Vipers Home Building Midget Tier 1 Hockey Tournament

Morning Star Staff

The North Kamloops Lions iced the Richmond Blues 5-2 in Sunday’s A final of the Vernon Vipers Home Building Midget Tier 1 Hockey Tournament Sunday at Civic Arena.

Five different players scored for North Kamloops.

The Vipers bowed 5-0 to the Lions in semifinal action early Sunday morning. The Richmond Blues bounced North Shore Winter Club Winterhawks 5-0 in the other semi.

Brady Marzocco supplied 4+1 as the Vipers zapped the Coquitlam Chiefs 8-0 Saturday night at Civic.

Damien Grace pocketed 2+2, while Carl Main had 1+3. Cameron Hitch provided the other goal, while Grady Caton earned three assists and Braden Gilowski had two.

The Home Builders crew battled the Bow Valley Flames of Calgary to a 3-3 tie Saturday morning.

Gabe Turner led Vernon with 2+1, while Gilowski netted the other goal. Main, Connor Johnston, Logan Imrich and Bryce Pyle registered assists.

The Thompson Okanagan Lakers lost three Midget Female AAA games to the host Northern Cougars in Prince George, falling 3-2 Sunday.

Jenna Fletcher of Vernon and Stephanie Strymecki of Kelowna fired the goals with assists from Christy Blackburne of Kelowna and Andie Kaneda of Vernon. Sydney Carter was in net.

The first-place Cougars (16-2) doubled the Lakers 4-2 Saturday with Kaneda scoring from Blackburne before Fletcher connected from Ali Roine of Vernon. Carter took the loss.

Roine had the snipe in a 7-1 loss Friday. Emma Gottfriedson was in net. The Thompson Okanagan is 6-11-1.

The Bantam Tier 1 Source For Sports Vipers lost 6-2 to Calgary in Sunday morning’s semifinal of the Penticton Tournament.

Nick Cherkowski and Caden Bracken scored for Vernon.

D-man Keegan McCrea earned MVP as Vernon stopped Kelowna 6-4 Saturday.

Bracken, with the hatty, Cherkowski (2+2), and Joe Eggert handled the offence. Bracken scored once shorthanded, from Mika Burns.

Cherkowski and Dylan Sedlacek each had deuces and Dawson Chase tallied shorthanded, from Cherkowski, as Vernon iced Port Coquitlam 5-2. Eric Noren was MVP.

The Fix Auto Bantam Tier 3 Vipers finished 3-3 in the Winfield Bruins Invitational.

D-man Zach Agar took game MVP as the Vipers ambushed Kelowna Tier 4 Rockets 11-2 Sunday afternoon.

Winger Nick Mitchell pulled the hat trick and finished the tourney with 10 goals. Dayton Bryan also had three snipes, while Bryan Brew (2), Zayne Hanke (1+3), Lincoln Connor (1+2) and Lucas Halvorson also scored.

Halvorson and Mitchell each netted a deuce as the Vipers stopped West Kelowna Tier 3s 8-3 early Sunday morning. Tanner Wright and Connor each earned 1+2, while Ethan Joe and Bryan also converted. D-man Brett Zbytniuk took MVP.

In Saturday games, the Vipers lost 6-4 to Kelowna Tier 3 Rockets and bowed 9-4 to the Revelstoke Avalanche.

Bryan (2), Gavin Fleck and Mitchell handled the offence versus the Rockets with Connor picking up MVP.

Fleck with a deuce, Joe and Mitchell scored against Revelstoke. Goalie Dalton Stenberg took MVP.

The Watkins Motors Mustangs lost 7-4 to the Prince George Cougars in Pee Wee Tier 1 league play Saturday at Kal Tire Place.

Prince George jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Trevor Kennedy notched a goal for the Mustangs late in the first period.

The Cougars added 3 more in the second taking a 5-1 lead into the third.

Kennedy, with his second, from Nick Teale, Brayden McAmmond and Zac Funk finished off the Mustangs scoring.

The Salmon Arm Tips (sponsored by Armstrong Co-Op) lost 2-1 to the Prince George Cougars in Sunday’s Midget A Girls consolation final of the Four Nations Cup in Kamloops.

Prince George opened the scoring late in the first, but Taylor Vandale of Vernon equalized midway through the second when she fired a one-timer far side past the goalie.

Prince George scored early in the third and the Tips missing on several point-blank chances and breakaways to level the score.

Earlier, the Tips fell 5-2 to the  North Shore Avalanche with  Cassidy Marshall (Armstrong) banging home a rebound and Brooke Miller (Salmon Arm) also scoring. Bailey Berndt of Vernon was solid in net.

Game 2 saw a grudge match with Terrace who had handed the Tips a tough loss earlier in the season.

The Tips fell behind 2-0 in the first but battled their way back with goals from Caitlyn Marshall (Armstrong), on a spectacular solo rush, and  Miller, who popped in another Hailey Haskell (Salmon Arm) rebound to tie the game 2-2 with 50 seconds to play.

The Tips then lost 4-0 to North Island with Ava Wutke (Salmon Arm) and Tareyn Hanson (Enderby) enjoying their best games of the season.

“This was a real improvement for us,” said Tips’ head coach Rob Bauml, of Vernon. “Our team is coming together and these results are much better than games against these same teams in a tournament held in Kelowna earlier in the year.  We had a chance to win all of these games, but need to find a way to score.”

Genevieve Lacasse stopped Hilary Knight in a shootout to secure a 3-2 win for Canada over the U.S. in the Four Nations Cup gold-medal game before 5,800 fans Saturday night at Interior Savings Centre.

Brianne Jenner’s highlight-reel shootout goal  was the winner in the women’s final.

The Valley Wood Remanufacturing Atom A Vipers dropped a pair of league games.

On Saturday, the Vipers dropped a lacklustre 7-2 decision to the Kelowna Jr. Rockets.

Austin Roest provided a pair of unassisted markers in support of Colten Colmorgen.

The Valley Wood draw lost 3-2 to the Kamloops Ice Hawks Sunday.

Jace Weir, with a booming slapper from just inside the blue line, and Cash Anderson had the goals. John Spraggs and Bennet Kuhnlein picked up helpers in support of Austin Seibel.

“The boys struggled with consistency on Saturday,” said Valley Wood coach Trevor Seibel. “We just couldn’t seem to get any flow going. On Sunday, it took the boys 40 minutes to wake up. Our goalie (Seibel) made several key saves early, including stopping three breakaways, to keep it close.  We dominated the third period and thought we had tied the game late but the ref waved off the goal indicating he didn’t see the puck go in.”

Next up for the Vipers is another home contest this weekend against West Kelowna.

The H&L Glass Atom Tier 2 Vipers brushed back Kamloops 5-4 Sunday at Priest Valley Arena.

Deagan McMillan led the Vipers with two goals while JJ Milne, Nolan Thomas and Colby Restiaux added singles. Zac Milne chipped in with two assists for 2-1 Vipers.