Midget Vipers rebound to tie Richmond

The Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers tie Richmond 4-4 in Midget Tier 1 hockey tournament play Friday in Prince George.

The Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers rebounded from an opening loss to earn a 4-4 draw with Richmond in Midget Tier 1 hockey tournament play Friday in Prince George.

Vernon’s Cole Woodliffe opened the scoring against Richmond, assists to Jagger Williamson and Layne Greene. Lee Springer, in a borrowed set of skates a size-and-a-half too small, pocketed the second goal, assisted by Carson Richards.

In the third period, Williamson, assisted by Woodliffe, pulled the Snakes within one. With less than a minute to play, and with Austin Goss (32 saves) pulled for an extra attacker, Richards fired the equalizer, assisted by Jeff Bochon and Woodliffe.

Woodliffe handled the Vipers’ offence in their 2-1 loss to Okanagan Hockey Academy that morning. Jordan Rea drew the assist, while Josh Evans made 24 stops.

The Watkin Motors Vipers are 1-0-1 in Pee Wee Tier 1 tourney play in Penticton.

The Snakes played physical in a 4-2 win over North Vancouver in their opener. Netminder Tyler Sedlacek earned the win, supported with offence from Gavin Fleck (assists to Eric Noren, Cole Boyarski), Ben King (Tanner Brown), Rowan Miller (Boyarski), Brown (Corey Lazar).

Lee Christensen stepped out of the penalty box, picked up a King feed and buried the equalizer, top shelf, with two minutes remaining as the Watkin crew salvaged a 3-3 tie with the Port Moody Cougars Saturday morning.

Trailing 3-0 early, the Vipers regrouped with goals from Brown (Miller, Lochlan O’keefe), Miller (penalty shot) and Miller (Trevor Kennedy). Coby Grant kept Vernon in the game with solid netminding.

Kieran Watts secured the shutout and an assist as the Source For Sports Vipers hammered the Trail Smoke Eaters 7-0 in Bantam Rep action Friday at Civic Arena.

Watts fed Matt Kowalski, catching Trail on a line change late in the game.

The Vipers took the early lead on goals by Coleton Bilodeau (2+1), Owen Beliveau and Brady Marzocco.  Jason Shaigec got the only goal of the second period on assists by Reed Cashato and Marzocco.

Powell Connor sniped a point shot, assisted by game MVP Kowalski and Grady Caton.

In female Bantam A tournament play, the Sladen Moore Lakers nearly blew a four-goal lead, but held on for a 6-4 win over the Kelowna Rockets Friday in Kamloops.

Kelowna collected four unanswered goals to equalize midway through the final frame before Andie Kaneda earned her second snipe of the night on a sweet backhander for the win.

Samantha Head, with a pair, and singles by Jenna Fletcher (1+2) and Jordan Butler rounded out the Laker attack. Assists went to Brooke Berube, Tylee Cooper, Emily Clarke and Makenna Southam.

Laker goalie Tiera Joseph made some key saves for the win.

The North Okanagan Tier 4 Knights went undefeated in Pee Wee Rep tournament play Friday in Lake Country.

The Knights cruised to a 5-1 decision over the Whitehorse Mustangs in their morning tilt, with Brandon Matvenko (2), Eli Dwyer, Dylan Huber and Wesley Graves supplying the offence. Earning assists were Graves, Michael Kormany and Dwyer (2). Thomas Burton took the win.

The Knights led from start to finish in their 7-5 win over the Vancouver Thunderbirds.

Graves deflected a Kormany point shot in the first period. A trio of snipes by Easton Hunter, Matvenko and Kormany gave North Okanagan a comfortable lead in the second frame.

Vancouver replied with a goal, but Hunter, from Huber and Dwyer, padded North Okanagan’s lead with a late goal.

Vancouver fired three quick goals to pull within one in the third period, but singles by Huber and Kord Haller put the Knights ahead for good. Caedon Bellmann took the win.