The Vernon Machine Vipers brushed back the Merritt Centennials 3-2 in the B final of their Fall Classic Bantam Tier 3 Hockey Championships Sunday at Civic Arena.
Bryton Stead scored from Austin Dixon and Richard Thompson, while Josh DeCoffe converted passes from Alex Richardson and Michael LeNoury. The winning goal was scored by Austin Dixon after a beautiful play involving Jarett Campbell and Stead.
Kamloops stopped Revelstoke 5-1 in the A final of the eight-team event.
Six different players scored Saturday as Vernon iced Winfield 6-2. Dixon supplied 1+2, while other goals came from Austin Derkach, Thompson, Brian Ferguson, Kaden Black and Stead.
The Machine crew lost 5-3 to Kamloops in Saturday night action with Dixon, Thompson and Black handling the offence.
The Watkin Motors Pee Wee Mustangs went 2-2 at the Kamloops Tier 1 tournament.
Jason Danbrook’s Mustangs bowed 6-0 to Kelowna in their opener, the score being an improvement on previous meetings with the Rockets.
Dean Whitcomb played a strong game energizing the Mustangs, while game MVP went to physical rookie d-man Dylan Sedlacek.
The Mustangs then lost a 4-2 thriller to Semiahmoo Ravens of White Rock. Brady Marzocco opened the scoring in the second off a great pass from Levi Danbrook on a two-on-one.
Semiahmoo scored the next two and the Mustangs equalized on a great individual effort by Matt Kowalski. The Ravens took the lead and the Mustangs put on sustained pressure in the final five minutes before the Ravens buried an empty netter with 26 seconds left in the game.
Early Saturday morning, the Mustangs ambushed the North Shore Winter Club A2s 8-3 with MVP Kowalski supplying 3+1 and Brady Marzocco earning 1+3.
Reed Cashato, Levi Danbrook, Ethan King and Connor Johnston also scored. Samuel Eggert showed great hustle up front, while Shane Meadahl pocketed the win in net.
Vernon then shaded the St. Albert Sabres 5-4 with Kowalski connecting for the winner from Danbrook.
Danbrook opened the attack off a great set up by Sedlacek. Marzocco scored next from Cashat and Sedlacek followed by blasting one in from the point off a feed from King.
St Albert stormed back to tie it, but the Mustangs took back the lead with a half slapper from the point by King, assisted by Marzocco.
Conor Webb made some key saves for the win, Grady Caton registered several great defensive plays and the game MVP went to power forward Riley Swiscoski.
After a big victory Friday, the Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers went on to suffer a pair of defeats in OMAHA Tier 1 Midget league play.
The Vipers lost 4-2 to the host Kamloops Jardines Blazers Sunday at Memorial Arena.
Logan Geefs and defenceman Kyle Clark scored for Vernon, who were short three players due to injuries.
The Prince George Coast Inn of the North Cougars exacted revenge for Friday’s 5-2 loss to the Vipers by crushing Vernon 8-2 Saturday at Wesbild Centre.
The Cougars enjoyed period leads of 3-0 and 7-0 before the Vipers hit the scoresheet. Clark broke the shutout bid, assisted by Justin Mitchell, with Patrick Dove, from Ryan Beach and Dennon Leibel, completing the scoring.
In Pee Wee Tier 3 league play Sunday, the Nixon Wenger Jets rattled off four late goals to stun the Kamloops Lions 6-5.
With goalie Jayden Jensen-Hunter on the bench for the extra player, the Jets’ powerplay once again capitalized with only 35 seconds remaining.
The miraculous comeback was complete with Dawson Boyce’s hat trick goal coming with eight seconds left. Other scoring came from Nicholas Cherkowski (2+1) and Finnian O’Keefe.
Coleton Bilodeau and Kyle Sherwood each had two assists.
The Jets opened the weekend with a 6-1 win over the Salmon Arm Silvertips with goalie Kieran Watts facing just14 shots.
Sherwood and Cherkowski each earned 2+1, while O’Keefe and Boyce netted singles. Jenna Fletcher and Damian Coljee-Fehr both had two helpers for the Jets.
Samantha Head turned in a sensational 38-save showing as the Vernon Lakers Pee Wee girls edged the Winfield Bruins Senior Atom Development Bruins 3-2 at Wesbild Centre.
Head received plenty of help from her defence of Courtney Graves, Amy Fox, Makenna Southam and Tylee Cooper.
Cassidy Marshall, from Julia McCaig, Andie Kaneda, unassisted, and Mairyn Tucker, on a feed by Emily Clarke, handled the Laker scoring.
Six different Lakers scored Sunday in a 6-2 win over Kamloops at Wesbild. Jordan Butler, Kaneda, Abby Magnus, Kendra Ostafie, Carly Southam and Clarke scored the goals while Ostafie, Makenna Southam, Marshall, Butler, Kaneda, Clarke and Tucker drew assists.
Head was again outstanding in goal while the Lakers’ defence was phenomenal.
The Senior Atom Development H&L Glass Wolfpack defeated the Lakers 5-3 in a heated, rough game.
Rowan Miller led the Wolf Pack with 3+1, starting with a sweet give and go with Lucas Zubrod, and finally setting up Lee Christensen for the first H&L goal.
Miller’s first snipe of the day came on a pass from Tanner Brown. He fought off the physical play of the much larger Pee Wee girls to score top shelf on his next two goals. Eric Noren rounded out the scoring, unassisted.
Scott Gilowski scored four times and Mitchell Brown had three as the North Okanagan Knights shelled the host Chase Broncos 16-1 in Senior Atom play Saturday.
Korden Haller (2), Nick Walker, Wesley Graves, Brett Zbytnuik, Brett Harder, Eli Dwyer, Griffin Evans, and Michael Kormany also scored for the Knights.