Midget Vipers open season Saturday

The Vernon Home Building Center Vipers ended their pre-season schedule at 2-2 after falling 3-1 to the Penticton Vees Saturday afternoon.

Morning Star Staff

The Vernon Home Building Center Vipers ended their pre-season schedule at 2-2 after falling 3-1 to the Penticton Vees Saturday afternoon.

Murray Caton’s club opens the Okanagan Mainline Midget Tier 1 Hockey Association regular season Saturday (4 p.m.) against the North Kamloops Lions at Civic Arena.

Cam Hitch scored on a pass from Jason Shaigec near the end of the first period in Penticton. The Vees levelled the score late in the second and went ahead on a powerplay with five minutes remaining in the third before adding an empty-netter.

Stephane Richard supplied 2+1, while Connor Johnston played twice his size with 1+5 as the Vipers ambushed the visiting Salmon Arm Silvertips 7-0 Friday night.

Riley Swiscoski, Brady Marzocco, Darien Grace and Carl Main added singles in front of Tristan Quiring and Conor Webb.

The Salmon Arm Female Midget A Silvertips, sponsored by Armstrong Co-op, defeated Kelowna 5-2 in exhibition action Saturday afternoon at the Shaw Centre.

The Tips went in front midway through the second period when Brooke Miller (Salmon Arm) buried a shorthanded goal with a bar-down rocket from the slot.

Kelowna equalized a minute later on the same powerplay.  Mikayla Stirling (Salmon Arm) scored on a rebound a minute later after some great corner work from Cassidy Marshall (Armstrong) to make it 2-1.

Early in the third, Sarah Whitehead (Salmon Arm) scored the goal of the game when she sped down the left wing, powered around a defender and backhanded a beauty, short-side shelf.

Just 10 seconds later, Emily Clarke (Vernon) connected with a great low shot under the sprawling Kelowna goalie. Miller completed the offence with five minutes to play.

Taylor Thomlinson (Salmon Arm) played well in the Tips’ net in her first period of Midget hockey as she shared duties with Bailey Berndt (Enderby). Makenna Southam (Vernon) and Tareyn Hanson (Enderby) enjoyed bold games on defence.

The Thompson Okanagan Lakers, based in Vernon, opened the B.C. Female Midget AAA League season by dropping three close games. The Lakers lost 2-1 twice and 1-0 once to the Fraser Valley Phantoms.

Emma Gottfriedson (Kamloops) was in net Friday with Hoffman scoring with an assist by Andie Kaneda (Vernon).

Sydney Carter (Kamloops) went the distance in net in Saturday’s 1-0 loss.

On Sunday, Kaneda converted from Jenna Fletcher (Vernon) in a 2-1 loss. Gottfriedson was in net.

The Vernon Bantam Tier 2 Vipers went 1-2 in their final weekend of exhibition play.

Don Brew’s crew lost 5-3 to Kelowna Sunday afternoon at Civic with d-man Ethan Joe (2) and Griffin Evans recording third-period goals with Vernon trailing 4-0 after 40 minutes. Evan Worthing produced an empty-netter with 51 seconds left for Kelownas.

Dayton Bryan, Bryan Brew, Zach Agar and Cory Lazar rang up goals as the Vipers bowed 5-4 to West Kelowna Grizzlies Saturday night at Royal LePage Place. Nick Mitchell drew two assists.

Vernon got a deuce from Bryan and singles from Tanner Wright and Lincoln Connor in a 4-1 win over West Kelowna Friday night at Kal Tire Place.


Dalton Stenberg and Dylan Blazek will share the Viper goaltending as they open the regular season Friday night in the Shuswap.