Morning Star Staff
The Mighty Ducks appear ready to fly in this weekend’s invitational Vernon Atom Icebreaker hockey tournament.
The Ducks bounced the host Winfield Bruins 5-2 Saturday before ambushing the Sicamous Predators 7-1 Sunday morning at Civic Arena.
Dave Grevatt’s Vernon crew improved to 4-3-1 and in sole possession of fifth spot in the 11-team North Okanagan Super League.
The Ducks open the 10-team Icebreaker tonight (5:45) against the Langley Raiders at Civic.
Vernon’s offence was kickstarted Saturday with a goal by Andrew Kositsin. The dynamic duo of Cody Beckner and Jacob Wettlaufer then combined for a pair of goals and an assist each.
Jackson Sampert earned the Unsung Hero award with an assist and a great defensive game.
On Sunday, Wettlaufer resumed his torrid scoring pace with 2+1, while Beckner also had 2+1 and singles came from Sampert, Ephren Potter-Cramer and Jacob Tarasenko.
Goebel goes big for Vernon Seed Orchard
Steven Goebel collected 4+2 as the Vernon Seed Orchard Ducks iced Winfield 9-1 in Midget Super League play Sunday night at Civic Arena.
Brett Shaigec and Solomon Ivanoff, each with 1+2, Brennan Martin, Aaron Keryluke and Liam MacPhee also scored for the 5-2 Ducks. Daniel Deshane had three helpers, while Tim Ufimtseff and Nikolai Negraiff each earned a pair in support of Trey Spanier and Clay Coles.
Dallas Zupp scored six seconds in and finished with four goals as the Vernon Dudes iced the North Okanagan #2 Knights 8-5 Saturday night.
Brendan Zupp added two goals, while Kristian Currie and Marcus Finn had singles. D-man Kyle Evans supplied five assists for the 7-1 Dudes.
The Dudes ambushed the #1 Knights 9-3 Friday night with Evans and Taylor Hamliton-Gee each providing hat tricks. Brenden Zupp (2), Dallas Zupp, Garrett Dansereau and Kolton Kirschner had singles.
In Midget exhibition, Sean Connors pocketed 2+1 and Bantam call-up Jake Holland registered the shutout as the Talon Benefits Hawks iced the #2 Knights 7-0 Sunday at Civic Arena.
Landon Munk and Bryton Stead each counted 1+2, while Lucas Mitchell, Chase Larsen and Justin Mitchell also connected.
After placing third out of 16 teams in the Richmond tourney last weekend, the Sub City Donair Devils returned to Pee Wee Super League lay and smothered Salmon Arm Salmar Classic Titans 9-1 Saturday at Priest Valley Arena.
The Devils, coached by Todd Wenger and Brent Magnus, came out with a goal of achieving 60 passes and they hit 63.
Finnian O’Keefe supplied 4+2 for the Devils, who improved to 4-1-1. Seb Wenger, Adam Raber, Wyatt Gatzke, Brayden Beacom and Brogan Houston supplied singles.
MVP awards in Richmond were given to Chapperon Chillihitzia for his outstanding passing, Jordan Foster with an impressive shutout and Jordan Butler for tireless work.
Wisse, Maglio marvellous for Butcher Boys
Goalies Caenan Wisse and his sidekick Nick Maglio all but stood on their head as the Butcher Boys Titans shaded the Vernon Stevenson Mechanical Blues 6-5 in Pee Wee play Sunday at Civic.
The Titans were a man short on defence so the trio of Sean Howard, Dakota Becker and Mac Gilchrist skated their backsides off.
The opening goal came from Chris Aldrich with and assist from Landen Harison. The trio of Harison, Aldrich and Baycroft showed how you can open up the ice with nifty passing.
Howard and Miles Wohlford each scored twice for the Titans. Howard helped preserve the win late in the game, sweeping a potential equalizer off the goal line while Wisse stopped Blues sniper Reid Lawrence on a breakaway with 91 seconds, then held off a furious Blues rally in the dying seconds. Tyson Sampert, with 1+1, and Aldrich had the other Butcher Boys markers.
Maglio also made a number of big stops in goal for the Titans, who did all their scoring in the first 30 minutes.
Blues goalie Sam Knox came in and blanked Butcher Boys the rest of the way, giving his team a chance to catch up as they trailed 6-2 at the break.
Cody Webb had 2+2 to lead the Blues while Kael Black, Jaden Stone – on a nifty one-timer – and rookie Colton Riguidel, playing just his second hockey game ever, added the other snipes.
The Blues spotted the visiting Sicamous Predators an early 1-0 lead before scoring six unanswered goals and posting a 6-2 victory Saturday morning at Civic,
Braydie Allan-Webber had two goals, while Webb added 1+2 and other goals went to Zack Laranjo, Lawrence and Black. Dylan Blazek and Knox shared the goaltending chores.
Net detective Reece Hawthorne and d-manBrooke Berube were both dynamic as the Bannister GM Flames held off the Lumby Stars 4-1 Saturday at Pat Duke Memorial Arena.
Nick Mitchell supplied 2+1 for the Flames, while Sam White, with the winner, and Carly Southam contributed singles. Blueliners Jonas Ramsey and Alyssa Racine also enjoyed stellar showings.
Morgan Holland countered for the Stars, who got a solid outing from goalie Cameron Pryor.
Marshall, Wadsworth spark DCT Chambers
DCT Chambers Coyotes smothered Scotiabank Lightning 12-2 in Bantam Super League action Friday night at Civic.
Jakob Marshall netted 3+3, while Parker Wadsworth pocketed 3+1, Cole Martin and Dex Elders each got 2+1 and singles were turned in by Graham Moss and Lucas Towers.
Julien Haynes and Layk Petersen were awesome on defence, while Jake Holland and Noah Foufoulas sparkled in net. Brett Lambert and Landon Currie replied for the Bolts.
In exhibition Bantam play Sunday, Scotiabank held off the Kelowna Hawks 5-3. Currie, Hayden Vardon, Branden Lehoux, Sam Eggert and Lambert handled the Bolts’ offence.