Morning Star Staff
The Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs went 2-for-2 in Thanksgiving weekend Pee Wee Tier 2 hockey action.
On Saturday, the Mustangs shaded the West Kelowna Warriors 5-4 and then pounded the Trail Smoke Eaters 11-4 Sunday.
Jarred Feist scored the winner early in the third period Saturday on a bar-down, one-timer after a silky ,smooth set up from Austin Roest and Tyler Burke.
The line of Deagan McMillan (2G), JJ Milne (1+1) and Bennett Kuhnlein (2A) got the offence started by potting the opening goal just over a minute into the first period.
Feist added another snipe mid-way through the first to put the Stangs up 3-0. After building the early lead, the Mustangs got into some penalty trouble. The Vernon penalty killers, including goaltender Austin Seibel, did a fantastic job killing off 7-of-8 powerplay opportunities. Seibel was solid all night.
On Sunday, the Mustangs took advantage of an undisciplined Trail team scoring five powerplay goals.
Feist (2+1), Erik Pastro (2G), McMillan (2G), Cash Anderson (1+1) and Austin Roest (1+1) led the offensive outburst with singles coming from Bennett Kuhnlein, Milne and Kyle Wheeler. Matthew Kuhnlein picked up the win.
“On Saturday we came out with a lot of energy,” said Watkin Motors coach Trevor Seibel. “After building the early lead we let our foot off the gas a little bit and it caught up to us. We started taking penalties and lost the momentum. Our penalty killers did a great job of keeping the opposition to the outside and letting our goalie track the puck.
“When they did get a shot through, Seibel was there to make the save. The kids battled hard and fought to the end to hang on,”
n The Vernon Home Hardware Vipers lost 5-1 to the Chilliwack Bruins in Sunday’s semifinal of the Penticton Vees Midget Tier 2 Invitational tournament.
Vernon went up 1-0 off a shortside, backhand PP goal by Dex Elders at 7:19 of the first from a feed by Lucas Wood.
It was 3-1 Bruins after two periods and Vernon kept pressure on and Chilliwack had little response until a high slot wrister squeaked past Ty Sedlacek. Vernon’s MVP was captain and d-man Dylan Sedlacek.
Vernon ambushed Ridge Meadows 10-1 in their last preliminary game, getting deuces from MVP Tyson Sampert and Riley Swiscoski and singles from Dylan Sedlacek, Caden Bracken, Mika Burns, Kyle Sherwood, Elders and Connor Johnston in front of Isaac Walderamas.
Vernon earlier lost 6-3 to Port Moody with Kyle Sherwood taking MVP and bounced Burnaby Winter Club 4-2 with MVP Joe Eggert scoring once.