Midget Vipers gain split in Banff

The Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers went 1-1 in Friday action at the Banff Hockey Academy Midget Tier 1 Hockey Tournament.

Morning Star Staff

The Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers went 1-1 in Friday action at the Banff Hockey Academy Midget Tier 1 Hockey Tournament.

The Vipers toppled the Taber Golden Suns of Alberta 7-4 in their morning game and then fell 5-2 to the Lloydminster Rage Friday night. Vernon finished preliminary play Saturday versus the Moose Jaw Warriors.

The Vipers were down 2-0 after the first period against the Golden Suns, but they fought back in the second period with Brady Marzocco scoring from Reed Cashato and Braden Gilowski and then Logan Imrich unassisted to tie it 2-2.

Taber recorded a powerplay marker to go ahead again before the ice clean, but Vernon responded with five goals in the third.

Jason Shaigec, from Gilowski and Imrich, and Cashato assisted by Cameron Hitch, put the Vipers ahead for the first time. Shaigec converted from Gilowski with the eventual winner.

Taber pulled their goalie for a sixth attacker and posted their fourth goal, but Vernon added insurance tallies by Gilowski and Connor Johnston. Marzocco and Bryce Pyle drew assists.

Lloydminster also took a 2-0 lead on Vernon before Gilowski connected from from Shaigec and Michael Lenoury.

Marzocco, assisted by Johnston, wrapped up the Home Building Centre offence with Lloydminster counting three more goals in the third.

The Fix Auto Vipers split their Friday games at the Revelstoke Grizzlies Bantam Tier 3 Tournament at the Forum.

D-man Griffin Evans pulled the hat trick as the Vipers shut down the Rocky Mountain House Blades of Alberta 8-0 Friday night.

Dayton Bryan, Lucas Halvorson, Sean Howard, Bryan Brew and Nick Mitchell also scored in support of Dalton Stenberg. Tanner Wright supplied three helpers, while game MVP Lincoln Connor had a pair.

The Viper spotted Revelstoke a 3-0 lead and fell 6-3 Friday morning. Bryan (MVP), Brew and Howard counted the goals in front of Dylan Blazek.

Vernon faced Clearwater in their final round-robin game of the eight-team tourney Saturday afternoon.

Four of five local teams won Friday night as the 10-team Vernon Midget Rec Winter Classic opened at Civic and Priest Valley Arenas.

The Talon Benefits Snakes stuffed the West Kelowna Whalers 6-2 at Civic with Jeremy Pogue firing four goals and singles coming from Chase Larsen and Dustin Beckner.

In Game 2, Marcus Finn and Liam Semeniuk each earned a deuce as the Vernon Authentic Plaque & Trophy Black Mambas iced South Okanagan 8-3 at PV.

Branden Lehoux, Isaiah Wenger, Brennan Seltzer and Liam Curran added singles.

The Vernon Corbett Office Plus Royals tied the Chilliwack Blackhawks 5-5 at Civic.

Keefer Kaempf (2), Jaden Steinke, Cole Bradley and Austin Bosquet, with the equalizer, with 43 seconds to play, assisted by Brendan Horsfield, accounted for the Royals’ offence.

The Vernon Nedco Fellas brushed back Kamloops 3-2 at PV with Brett Lambert (2) and Riley Bos getting the goals. Brooke Toop pocketed three assists.

The Vernon Seed Orchard Studs bowed 4-0 to the Williams Lake Purple at Civic. MVP for the Studs was goalie Trey Spanier.

The A final goes today at 3 p.m. at Civic.

The Vernon Interior Savings Just Orange tied the Salmon Arm Fix Auto Senators 3-3 in North Okanagan Bantam Super League play Friday night at the Shaw Centre.

Brogan Houston’s second goal of game at 15:49 of the third gave Orange the tie. He tapped in a beauty pass from Evan Trottier.

The line of Houston, Trottier and Mac Gilchrist were relentless off the opening face off of the third period with Houston scoring at 1:04 to give Orange a 2-1 lead.

The Senators scored twice in two minutes before the five-minute mark to take a 3-2 lead.

After a scoreless opening period, Chase Batchelor started the offence at 11:32 of the second, taking a breakaway pass from Sam white and beating the Sens’ goalie on a backhand deke.

The Senators equalized on a powerplay at 15:54.  Sam Knox went the distance and was steady for the Orange (2-4-3).