The Vernon Home Building Center Vipers lost 3-2 in overtime to the host Edge Maroons in a Saturday playoff at the Calgary Edge Fall Classic Midget Tier 1 Hockey Tournament.
The Maroons broke open a scoreless game with 1:51 left in the second period after the Vipers played much of it shorthanded.
The Vipers tied it up at 14:41 of the third on a hard-working goal by Trevor Pickett. They followed up 42 seconds later with a goal by Cody Hendrickson.
Edge equalized with just over four minutes left with a short handed goal.
The teams went to a 4-on-4 sudden-death overtime and Edge won it on a shorthanded breakaway with 1:45 gone.
The Fort Saskatchewan Rangers of Alberta defended their title of last year when they beat Vernon, by defeating the Sylvan Lake Lakers of Alberta 4-2.
The Vipers resume league play Saturday against Pursuit of Excellence (7:45 p.m., Civic). They travel to Kelowna on Sunday to play the Fripps Warehouse Rockets.
The Vernon Sun Valley Source For Sports Tier 1 Renegades faced some tough competition at the Graham Tuer Bantam Hockey Challenge in Regina.
The Renegades opened by falling 9-5 to the West Central Wheat Kings from Kindersley, Sask.
Hayden Chase, Cole Woodliffe, Blaine Caton, Daine Elphicke (game MVP) and Carson Richards scored for the Renegades, who got two assists from Jeff Bochon.
Vernon then lost 3-1 to the Saskatoon Frostbite with Elphicke scoring from Braydon McCarthy and Hayden Chase (MVP and great goaltending from Bryce Dyck.
The Renegades then rallied to tie the Regina Oilers 7-7 with Noah Turanski getting the equalizer on a point shot through a Dewing screen with 28 seconds left and Dyck on the bench for a sixth attacker.
Caton (MVP) and Chase each had two snipes, while Elphicke and Bochon bagged singles.
Vernon finished by losing 6-3 to the Saskatoon Maniac with Richards earning MVP with a deuce and Chase scoring once in front of Dyck.
The Watkin Motors Mustangs put up a good battle but dropped their third game in a row, 5-4, to the Kamloops Jardines Blazers Saturday night in Pee Wee Tier 1 action.
“The team looks to have turned the corner, and enjoyed some offence for the first time this season against Kamloops,” said assistant coach Bryce Connor.
Austin Caldwell supplied 1+2 for the Mustangs, while Brady Marzocco added 1+1 and singles also came from Matt Kowalski and Connor Johnston.
Conor Webb stopped 38 shots. The Mustangs are in a Williams Lake tourney this weekend, hoping to build on the offensive success they had on Saturday.
In Pee Wee Tier 3 exhibition play, the Fix Auto Predators bowed 5-1 to league-leading Kelowna Sunday at Wesbild Arena.
Preds’ netminder Ethan Huizinga kept the game within reach midway through, but the Jets could only manage a goal from Drayden Dougan, assisted by CJ Storey and Joe Eggert. The Preds open their eight-team home tourney Friday (4 p.m., Civic) against the Revelstoke Grizzlies.
In Midget Tier 2 tournament action, the Vernon Coca-Cola Vipers dusted themselves off after a Friday night 10-0 loss to the Langley Eagles and lost 6-4 to the Williams Lake TimberWolves Saturday morning at Civic Arena.
Taylor Hamilton-Gee started off the scoring with help from his linemates Travis Churchill and Tyson Clark. Williams Lake knocked in a couple of quick ones past a solid Bruin Stair, while Chad Thomas converted a nice pass from Jaydon Agar to tie it up in the second period.
Jacob Dolinar scored off a great feed from d-man Mathew Halvorson and Carson Tucker. Thomas and Dolinar kept it over the blue line and passed to Tucker, who wristed a beauty for the 4-4 equalizer before the T-Wolves scored a duece.
The Coke crew then bowed 5-3 to the Trail-Rossland Smoke Eaters despite a strong effort from net detective Jayden Campbell.
Thomas, Wyatt Warnes and Bradley Jones scored for the Vipers, who led 3-0 early before the Smokies fired back with three powerplay tallies.
On Sunday, Vernon lost 4-3 to the Winfield Bruins in a shootout.
Wyatt Warnes and Tucker failed to bury their shootout chances, while two Winfield shooters converted. The Salmon Arm Silvertips iced the Cloverdale Colts 6-2 in the A final. Scotiabank and Exterior Skate Protection were the major tournament sponsors.
Bantam Vipers show well
The Vernon Machine Bantam Tier 3 Vipers wrapped up the Victoria Remembrance Day tournament with a pair of wins.
On Saturday, the Vipers won 5-2 over the Peninsula Eagles of Sidney with goals by Richard Thompson, Bryton Stead, Kaden Black, Josh DeCoffe and Austin Dixon.
The same two teams met in Sunday consolation play and Vernon won 4-2, getting offence from Michael LeNoury, on a tip in of a shot by Bryce Pyle, Stead from Zach Manton, Thompson with an assist to Stead, and Jarett Campbell, from Austin Derkach.
In Midget Tier 3 girls play, the Salmon Arm Silvertips (with several Vernon players) stopped Kamloops 6-0 Saturday in Sicamous and tied the Kelowna Rockets 4-4 Sunday at the Sunwave Centre.
Ali Roine of Vernon scored the winner at 9:14 of the first period in Sicamous. Roine also drew two assists, while Vernon’s Summer Jespersen supplied 1+4. Kylie Assi recorded the shutout.
In Kelowna, the Silvertips got great goaltending from Jasmine El Gazzar and two goals from Jespersen. Singles came from Sarah Botter and Jenna Lazar (of Vernon). Kelowna reeled off goals 3:38 apart late in the third period for the draw.
The H&L Glass Wolfpack bowed 6-5 to the Mission Stars in a battle for fifth place in the Kamloops Remembrance Day Senior Atom Classic at Memorial Arena.
Eric Noren supplied the hat trick, while Kael Black and Rowan Miller had singles.
The Pack opened with a 6-3 loss to the Kamloops Jets, getting third-period goals from Ben King, Tanner Wright and Tysen Fairweather. Kobe Grant and Caden Colmorgen combined for 19 saves.
The H&L Glass then bowed 4-1 to the Seafair Islanders of Richmond with King getting the goal and Colmorgen blocking 34 shots.
In Game 3, Miller, King and Wright each scored twice as the Pack rallied to stuff Williams Lake 8-5.
Fairweather and Noren supplied singles for the Pack, who trailed 4-1 after two periods. Grant made 10 saves in going the distance.
Knights record two wins
The North Okanagan Senior Atom Development Knights clipped the South Okanagan Hornets 5-4 and smothered the Summerland Jets 15-4 in league play.
Scott Gilowski (2), Mitchell Brown, Eli Dwyer, and Nicholas Walker scored as the Knights beat South Okanagan. Gilowski netted the winner, from Alex Gilowski, who finished with two helpers.
Trevor Kennedy (4), Michael Kormany (3), Scott Gilowski (2), Kord Haller, Brown, Brandon Matvenko, Walker and Brett Harder supplied the offence versus the Jets in front of Caedon Bellmann.