The Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers stuffed the Pursuit of Excellence 10-4 in Okanagan Mainline Midget Tier 1 Hockey League season-opening play Saturday in Lumby.
Jagger Williamson supplied 3+2 for the Vipers, while Cole Woodliffe added 1+4 and other goals came from Logan Imrich, Hayden Chase, Lee Springer, Nick Higgs, Jeff Bochon, and Griffin Fried. Vernon fired five goals in the third period.
Austin Goss faced 28 shots from the shortstaffed POE crew.
The Vipers bowed 5-3 to the Okanagan Hockey Academy Sunday in Penticton with Latwat and Jacob Dolinar each getting 1-1 and Nick Higgs scoring from Springer and Tucker. Josh Evans took the loss, facing 31 shots.
The Sladen Moore Bantam A Female Lakers stopped host Kelowna 9-4 Sunday in exhibition play. With only six returnees, the Lakers are 5-0 in the pre-season.
The league has added Penticton, Kelowna and Castlegar this season. The Lakers are in the Kelowna tournament this weekend.
Before their game, the Sladen Moore girls cheered on Vernon’s newest all Female team, the Summitt Financial PeeWee/Atom Lakers.
The Watkins Motors Pee Wee Tier 1 Mustangs fell 7-3 and 5-2 to the host Prince George Cougars in regular-season play.
Tyler Sedlacek and Kobe Grant both showed strong foundations in net for the Mustangs, who have 10 first-years. Rowan Miller, Trevor Kennedy, Lochlan O’Keefe, Cole Boyarski and Gavin Fleck supplied the Vernon goals.
The Sun Valley Source For Sports Bantam Tier 1 Vipers went to 6-0 in the pre-season with a 9-6 win Saturday in Kamloops.
Stephan Richard pulled the hat trick and added a helper, while Reed Cashato, Colton Bilodeau, Owen Beliveau and Connor Johnstone each pocketed 1+1 with Riley Swiscoski and Matt Kowalski also scoring.
“We’re going to be an exciting team to watch this season,” said head coach Keith Chase. “We have good team size and speed with all three lines able to score either from forced turnovers on the forecheck or off the rush.
“We have an excellent goaltending duo, and six strong, mobile d-men that will be involved in the offence as well.”
Vernon opens the regular season Saturday (2 p.m.) versus Kamloops at Civic Arena.
The Nixon Wenger Tier 2 Pee Wee Jr. Vipers remained unbeaten in exhibition play with a 16-1 thrashing of the host Penticton Jr. Vees Sunday at Memorial Arena.
Evan Trottier (4), Ethan Beliveau, Braeden McAmmond and Tanner Wright, each with a deuce, and Kael Black, Gavin Medema, Cole Johnson, Ben Imrich, Connor Hansen and Lincoln Connor. handled the Nixon Wenger offence.
The Valley Wood Manufacturing Jr. Vipers rolled up three Senior Atom Development wins in three days, finishing with a 9-5 ambushing of Penticton Sunday at Priest Valley Arena.
Cayden Hamming stopped a penalty shot late in the first that seemed to ignite the Jr. Vipers. Jacob Boden pocketed 5+1 to earn game MVP. Jakob Jones (2), Isaac Thomas and Steel Quiring completed the offence.
The Valley Wood back end of Jace Weir, Isaac Thomas, Gage Stoll, Ronac Chauhan and Connor Elliott (4A) were outstanding with clutch shot blocks and penalty killing.
The Jr. Vipers got great goaltending by Swiscoski and Hamming and were able to hang on to clip Kamloops 4-3 Saturday at Valleyview Arena.
Quiring scored once, battled hard and kept the intensity up all game for MVP. Other scorers were Boden, Jakob Jones and Porter Trevelyan.
The Jr. Vipers smothered Kelowna 8-2 in their weekend opener Friday night at Kal Tire Place, getting two goals apiece from game MVP Zac Funk and Jones.
Trevelyan, Boden, Austin Roest and Cody Beckner supplied singles. D-man Gage Stoll also had a strong game with some great heads-up plays and two assists.
“We seem to be a resilient team,” said Valley Wood head coach Scott Palfreyman, “We find ourselves down a goal or two early, battle back, and come on strong by the end of the game. The kids are really starting to gel well as a group.”