The Vernon Home Building Centre Midget Tier 1 Vipers overcame some serious bus legs to salvage a 4-4 draw with the Compete Hockey Academy Bantam Tier 1 team Saturday night in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
After spotting the academy a three-goal lead, Vernon’s offence came alive with goals from Cole Woodliffe (2), Jeff Bochon and Mitchell Lukacs in a penalty-filled affair. Jordan Rea set up the equalizer.
The Vipers carried the momentum into Sunday morning with an 8-3 win over the Elite 15 team.
Lukacs set up Jacob Dolinar for the first goal and then clicked on the powerplay, assisted by Zach Manton and Layne Greene. Rea then pocketed a pair, assists to Hayden Chase and Scott Latwat, and Chase and Griffin Fried.
Lee Springer sniped a powerplay goal before Rea wrapped up his hat trick on a shorthanded effort, assisted by Fried.
In the third period, Woodliffe and Jagger Williamson completed Vernon’s offence.
Vernon bounced the Elite 15s 8-2 in a rematch later in the day, with Woodliffe, Springer and Bochon each scoring twice, with singles to Rea and Alex Richardson.
Dolinar had two helpers with singles to Woodliffe, Williamson, Lukacs, Carson Tucker and Nick Higgs.
In Midget Tier 2 play, the Coca-Cola Vipers finished 10th out of 12 teams at a tournament in Salmon Arm.
Kaden Black turned the hat trick as the Snakes opened the tournament with a 3-2 win over Terrace.
The Coke boys then battled uphill for the remaining three games, bowing 8-0 to Okotoks, 4-0 to Kamloops and 7-1 to Prince George.
Jarrett Campbell netted Vernon’s lone goal.
The Sun Valley Source For Sports Vipers split a pair of Bantam Tier 1 games at home this weekend, falling 6-0 to perennial powerhouse Kamloops, and bouncing West Kelowna 4-2.
The Sun Valley goalie tandem of Conor Webb and Kieran Watts faces 43 shots in the loss, and split the duties for the win.
The Fix Auto Bantam Tier 2 Vipers shaded the Penticton Vees 6-5 Saturday at Civic Arena.
Mika Burns tipped a Nicholas Cherkowki shot for Vernon’s opening goal, with Mason McLennan adding to the score, assisted by Burns and Joe Eggert.
The defensive pair of Keeghan McRae and Cody Webb set up Caden Bracken for a wrister in the second frame. Brayden Jones and Liam Hennig drew assists on McLennan’s second snipe while Burns and Eggert helped out on Cherkowki’s first.
McRae’s deflection of a Lucas Halvorson shot, followed by a single from Bracken, sealed the win. Netminder Jayden Jensen recorded 35 saves.
The Watkin Motors Vipers opened their Pee Wee Tier 1 weekend with a 4-4 exhibition draw against the Kelowna Tier 2 Rockets Saturday night at the Capital News Centre.
Ben King, with a pair, and singles to Eric Noren and Cole Boyarski accounted for Vernon’s offence.
Corey Lazar had Vernon’s lone goal as the Vipers then bowed 9-1 to the Tier 1 Rockets Sunday at Civic Arena.
In Pee Wee Tier 3 action, the Nixon Wenger Vernon Vipers suffered their first loss of the season Saturday, falling 7-4 to the Merritt Centennials.
Vernon battled hard until the midway point, taking a 2-2 draw into the ice clean. Merritt pulled away in the second half.
Cole Johnson led the Vipers with a pair while Tysen Fairweather netted a single with a couple of helpers. Evan Trottier scored Vernon’s final goal. Dalton Stenberg made 25 saves.
The Wenger crew rebounded by drawing West Kelowna 3-3 Sunday at the Priest Valley Arena.
Fairweather, Johnson and Nick Teale supplied the offence while Aiden Trottier and Tanner Wright each got an assist. Stenberg made some strong saves late to maintain the tie.
The Vipers host their Thanksgiving tournament this weekend.
The North Okanagan Knights opened their Pee Wee Tier 4 regular season with a 6-2 win over the host Summerland Jets Saturday.
Singles by Michael Kormany (assist Dylan Huber), Griffin Evans (assist Brett Zbytnuik), Wesley Graves (unassisted) and Bryan Brew (assist Evans) helped the Knights to a 4-2 lead at the break.
Huber, from Brew, and Kormany, scoring in the final minute of the second period, completed the attack in support of netminder Thomas Burton.
Sunday in Armstrong, the Knights kept the offence rolling in a 6-4 win over the Kelowna Rockets.
Brew converted a feed from Graves for the only first-period goal, while Evans, Kormany and Kord Haller helped North Okanagan to a comfortable 4-1 lead heading into the final period.
The Knights put the game away with further offence from Kevin Thomas Walters and Easton Hunter. Caedon Bellmann picked up the win.
The Valley Wood Manufacturing Vipers fell 6-3 to the Kelowna Vipers in their Atom Development league opener Saturday at Kal Tire Place.
The Vipers found themselves down three goals early, but pulled close at the end of the second period with Hamming stopping a penalty shot.
First-year Atoms Bennett Kuhnlein, Jace Weir and Austin Roest showed a lot of heart, grit and determination, with Roest netting the first goal earning the assist on Vernon’s second snipe. Jakob Jones had the other Vernon goal. Weir was game MVP.