Watkin Motors Mustangs' goalie Grant Kobe reaches for a loose puck with teammates Scott Gilowski (No. 9) and Jacob Boden (No. 20) in on the play versus the Kamloops Jardine Blazers.

Watkin Motors Mustangs' goalie Grant Kobe reaches for a loose puck with teammates Scott Gilowski (No. 9) and Jacob Boden (No. 20) in on the play versus the Kamloops Jardine Blazers.

Mustangs sweep Blazers

After blowing a 4-0 lead and losing 5-4 to the Kamloops Jardine Blazers the previous weekend, the Watkin Motors Mustangs gained confidence.

After blowing a 4-0 lead and losing 5-4 to the Kamloops Jardine Blazers the previous weekend, the Watkin Motors Mustangs knew they could compete with the second-place finishers.

The fourth-place 2-10-2 Mustangs used that confidence to stun the Blazers 3-2 and 5-2 to claim the Okanagan Mainline Pee Wee Tier 1 Hockey Association semifinal series in straight games.

Vernon, who lost all four regular-season games to 9-5-1 Kamloops, took a 2-0 lead at the ice clean Saturday at Memorial Arena on goals from Nick Teale and Zack Funk with an assist to Jacob Boden.

Kamloops stormed back and tied it 2-2. Late in the third, Scott Gilowski’s hard wrister went off the glove of the Kamloops netminder and into the net for the winner. Lochlan O’Keefe and Tysen Fairweather drew assists.

The Mustangs returned home Sunday and dominated Kamloops behind two gorgeous goals from Steel Quiring. Ben Imrich and Teale set up Quiring’s first snipe, while Corbin Hansen and Gilowski combined for the second.

Trevor Kennedy was credited with a shorthanded goal when the Blazers inadvertently scored on their own goal on a delayed penalty with their goalie pulled.

Hansen sent the Mustangs into the ice clean with a 4-2 lead on a feed from hard working O’Keefe. Kamloops was unable to muster much of a comeback against the hustling Mustangs and Fairweather iced things with a powerplay goal in the third, from Hansen and Quiring.

The Mustangs now meet the league champion Kelowna Rockets in the finals.

In Pee Wee Tier 2 playoff action Saturday at Priest Valley Arena, the Nixon Wenger Vipers lost 7-2 to the Penticton Vees to lose their series 2-0.

It was close for the first half with fantastic goaltending by Owen Swiscoski.

Maddex Minard, assisted by  Maisun Ang-Hamilton, had the first goal. Jakob Jones, unassisted, netted the second snipe. The Vees won the opener 10-0.

Lumby takes Clearwater to Game 3

In Pee Wee Tier 4 action, the Lumby Stars bowed 6-4 to the host Clearwater Ice Hawks in Sunday’s Game 3 of that semifinal series.

Captain Tage Kineshanko pulled the hat trick, while d-man Quin Williamson added a breakaway snipe in front of a stellar Eric Foufoulas.

The sixth-place Stars, who carry sponsorship from Greenvelvet Lawn & Tree Care and Kineshanko Logging Ltd., won the opener 7-4 Friday in Clearwater with Kineshanko (4) and Linden Catt (2) sparking the attack.

Noah Clarke, on a beauty to open the offence, had the other Lumby goal. Williamson, Matt Yaremcio, Peter Romailler Jr., Liam MacLeod and Riley Campbell provided bold defence.

The third-place Ice Hawks got a late empty-netter in a 6-4 win Saturday at Pat Duke Memorial Arena to level the series.

Kineshanko (2), Kaleb Pachal and Williamson counted goals for Lumby.