Morning Star Staff
The Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers bowed 8-1 to the California Wave and shaded the West Kelowna Warriors 2-1 in Midget Tier 1 hockey action.
California counted their opening four goals on an awesome powerplay and added two more 22 seconds apart just before the ice clean Saturday at Kal Tire Place.
The Vipers replied on a powerplay early in the second when Darien Grace connected, with assists to Bryce Pyle and Jason Shaigec.
Sunday’s game in West Kelowna was a goaltending duel before Brady Marzocco opened the scoring for the Vipers on a tip-in, from Zach Manton, early in the third period.
West Kelowna snuck one by Josh Evans for the equalizer a few minutes later before Manton scored the winner on a point shot, with assists to Marzocco and Stephane Richard.
The Source for Sports Bantam Tier 1 Vipers iced the Salmon Arm Silvertips 3-2 Saturday night at the Shaw Centre.
Nick Cherkowski scored on a sweet wrister in the first, Dawson Chase converted from the point in the second and Mika Burns buried a great feed from Dylan Sedlacek in the third. Tyler Sedlacek was stellar in net and Cherkowski was awarded the hard hat.
Silvertips strike Calgary gold
The Salmon Arm Midget A Female Silvertips, sponsored by Armstrong Co-Op, won the gold medal in their Division at the Wickfest International tournament in Calgary.
The Sunday final was a rematch of the tournament opener and Salmon Arm again handled the Innisfail Flyers of Alberta 3-1.
Tareyn Hanson scored her first of the season to open the scoring and captain Hailey Haskell scored on another slapshot to provide a cushion. With the Flyers pressing hard to get back in the game, Taylor Vandale scored with only a minute left. The Flyers broke the shutout with nine seconds left.
Retired Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser delivered the game awards on the ice immediately after the game.
“It was great to win the tournament,” said head coach Rob Bauml of Vernon, “but it was a real treat to have a player who is a real hockey hero to these girls take the time to come on the ice and present our awards. The girls were so excited to have the chance to meet her and take a picture.”
The Tips opened with a 3-2 win over Innisfail on goals from Sam Maric, Haskell and Emily Clark.
Vandale, Cassidy Marshall and Cailee Bauml each scored twice as Salmon Arm stopped a young Mexican team 8-1. Haskell and Brooke Miller supplied singles.
In the spirit of international play, the Tips exchanged gifts with the Mexican girls after the game.
The Tips earned a 3-0 win over the Fort Saskatchewan Fury to punch their ticket to the final. Vandale (2) and Mikayla Stirling handled the scoring.
The Tips defeated Sherwood Park 3-1 in their final preliminary title with Clark (2) and Marshall posting the offence.
The Watkins Motors Mustangs dropped a 7-5 decision to the Kelowna Rockets Sunday afternoon at Priest Valley Arena.
The Mustangs spotted the Rockets a 4-0 lead before fighting their way back into the game. Newcomer Corbin Hansen pocketed a deuce for the Mustangs, singles going to Steel Quiring, Nick Teale, and Lochlan O’Keefe.
Trevor Kennedy and Zack Funk chipped in two assists each. Goaltending duties were split between Cayden Hamming and Kobe Grant.
Fix Auto Bantams sixth
The Bantam Fix Auto Tier 3 Vipers finished sixth in the 11-team Kelowna tourney, falling 8-4 to Langley Sunday morning.
Ethan Joe (2), Griffin Evans and Dayton Bryan bagged goals for Vernon.
Joe pulled the hat trick as the Fix Auto boys crushed Chilliwack 6-2 Saturday morning. Tanner Wright, with a deuce, and Sean Howard completed the offence. Zayne Hanke and Luc Halvorson each had two assists.