Morning Star Staff
The Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs grounded Quesnel 7-0 in Sunday’s final of the Salmon Arm Pee Wee Tier 2 Hockey Tournament at the Shaw Centre.
Steel Quiring pulled the first-period hat trick to earn game MVP. Jakob Jones supplied a deuce while Emma Elders had a single. Porter Trevelyan pocketed two assists in support of Cayden Hamming.
Jace Weir earned the Heart & Hustle award.
The Mustangs mauled Fort St John 9-0 in the semifinals with MVP Issac Thomas, Trevelyan, Elders, Nick Noren, Ronac Chauhan, Austin Roest and Connor Elliott handling the offence in front of Teja Sheldrake. Heart & Hustle went to Roest.
Vernon went 3-0 in preliminary play, bouncing Chilliwack 3-1 in Game 2 on snipes from Zackary Funk, Roest and Quiring. MVP went to Liam Remple, while Noren received the Heart & Hustle.
Sheldrake received MVP in net as the Mustangs mauled Burnaby Winter Club 4-1. Quiring (2), Noren, Jones and Funk supplied goals.
Vernon opened by blasting West Kelowna 8-1 with Jacob Boden and Quiring each scoring twice. Funk provided 1+2, while Chauhan, Roest and Elders, on a breakaway, completed the offence. Elders picked up MVP, while Ronac took the Heart & Hustle.
The Vernon Fix Auto Vipers fell 5-4 to the Kamloops Blazers in Sunday’s final of the Salmon Arm Bantam Tier 3 Tournament in Sicamous.
Kael Black, Jacob Brewer, Jadon Foster and Gavin Fleck scored for the Vipers.
Vernon made it to the finals with an exciting 5-4 overtime semifinal victory over Cranbrook.
Fleck roofed a shot at 3:16 of the first OT to finish his hat trick with goaltender Jordan Foster drawing the assist. Zack Laranjo and Ben Reinhardt added singles.
“I was pleased with the hard work of the entire team throughout the weekend,” said Vernon head coach Keith Green. “It was disappointing to lose to Kamloops for the first time this season, but the boys made great strides in sticking to the game plan, staying out of the penalty box and playing like a team.”
The Fix Auto crew went 3-0 in round-robin play, clipping the Castlegar Rebels 2-1 in Game 3 with goaltender Aiden Spraggs shutting the door and earning MVP.
Cory Lazar opened the scoring from Laranjo and Brewer, while Fleck fired the winner late in the second period from Cole Boyarski and Mason Robinson.
The Vernon Home Hardware Centre Vipers slammed the Salmon Arm Silvertips 8-2 in Midget Tier 2 league play at Civic.
Stephane Richard opened the scoring on a nice wrist shot and Dylan Sedlacek made it 2-0 shortly after. The Vipers took a 4-2 lead into the third period before erupting for four unanswered goals.
Nick Cherkowski, Dex Elders, Dawson Chase, Bryce Pyle, Brady Marzocco and Reed Cashato all converted.
D-man Gage Kopp chipped in with four assists in support of Billy Cawthorn. The Midgets open their home tournament Friday (6:15 p.m., Civic) vs the Okotoks Oilers of Alberta.
In Atom C play, the H&L Glass Vipers stopped the North Okanagan Knights 4-1 Saturday at Kal Tire Place and shaded Revelstoke Grizzlies 4-3 Sunday at the Forum.
Maguire Nicholson (2), Hudson Kibblewhite and Austen Vandenbrand, with the winner, handled the Viper attack at home. Matthew Kuhnlein made several saves and helped preserve the lead while killing off 40 seconds of 5-on-3.
After falling behind 2-0 in Revelstoke, Nicholson responded on an assist by Kibblewhite. Zack Casagrande netted the equalizer after being sent in with a beautiful backhand pass from Joshua Mark.
Revy went ahead with minutes to go, but Riley Beer leveled the score on a rebound with three minutes left, from Vandenbrand and Charlie Swartz.
H&L got the winner on a similar play with eight seconds remaining as Ryan Cox banged home the Nicholson rebound with the second assist to Kibblewhite.
Said Viper head coach Dallas Walsh: “The boys are starting to play as a team and they put some nice passes together. They are learning to battle through adversity and not get down on themselves after being scored on.”