The Watkin Motors Mustangs shocked the Surrey Thunder 7-1 Monday to win the 10th annual Seafair International Icebreaker Rep Hockey Tournament final in Richmond.
The Thunder, led by two highly talented power forwards, had ambushed the Mustangs 10-0 to start the Pee Wee Tier 1 event.
The Mustangs got spectacular goaltending from Jordan Wilde while outhustling Surrey. Dylan Sedlacek (2), Nick Cherkowski, Mika Burns, Josh Bridge, Joe Eggert and CJ Storey handled the offence in the very physical final.
D-man Colton Bilodeau neutralized the two Surrey sharpshooters and Wilde stood on his head and blocked shot after shot.
The Mustangs, coached by Keith Chase and Linc Dougan, recovered after their opening loss with a 2-2 tie against South Delta. Powell Connor and Eggert supplied the goals.
Fortified by another huge buffet breakfast on Sunday, the Mustangs then iced Juan de Fuca 5-3 on goals from Colton Schaper-Kotter (2), Connor, Caden Bracken and Rowan Miller.
At a time too early for parents to embrace on Thanksgiving morning, the Mustangs entered a semifinal game with the Seattle Thunderbirds knowing they were a win away from a rematch with Surrey. It was tight for 40 minutes. Bilodeau, from Bracken and Connor, Eggert, and Bridge, with an empty-netter, handled the Vernon offence in a 3-1 victory.
The Midget Tier 1 Home Building Centre Vipers toppled the Pursuit of Excellence 5-0 Saturday afternoon in Lumby.
Wyatt Warnes opened the scoring on a feed from Logan Geefs midway through the first. Warnes (2+1) scored his second goal of the period on a nice pass from rookie Blaine Caton, while Griffin Fried also clicked before the first period was out.
The Vipers continued their roll in the second period with an early unassisted goal from first-year Cole Woodliffe, followed by Richard Meaney getting behind the POE defence to score the fourth goal, assisted by Layne Greene and Warnes.
Curtis Sexsmith stepped out from behind the POE goal to stuff the puck past a surprised goalie late in the third period to complete the attack. Jayden Campbell got the solid shutout.
The Sun Valley Source for Sports Bantam Tier 1 Renegades had a terrific start at the Seafair Icebreaker Friday, but were unable to find the groove Saturday. The Renegades played solid defence in a 6-3 win over Nanaimo. Nick Higgs (game MVP with one goal) and Michael LeNoury provided some big hits against the larger island team.
Offence came from Jagger Williamson (2) and Josh Decoffe who were both plus-five, while Eammon Miller (1) and Matt Kowalski proved tough to beat in the faceoff circle.
Saturday was a rough day for the Renegades who dropped games to South Delta (7-1) and Wenatchee (5-2). Dante Nowell scored the team’s lone goal to earn MVP against South Delta and Keiran Watts faced 37 shots against Wenatchee to get the MVP nod. Nowell and Williamson scored.
On Sunday, the Renegades bowed 1-0 to Cowichan in a battle of goaltenders. It was scoreless until 18:21 of the third period when Cowichan slipped one past Josh Evans.
The Vernon Bantam Female A Lakers defeated the West Kootenay Wildcats in a doubleheader.
The Lakers defeated the Wildcats 5-2 Saturday at Priest Valley Arena with Andie Kaneda (3+2) chipping home a rebound off an Olivia Comeau shot to open the scoring.
Kaneda later connected on a quick shot after a great individual effort, and then completed her hat trick with a clever bounce shot off the goalie from behind the net.
Comeau (1+2) provided the eventual winner near the end of the second period, burying a rebound from a Kaneda shot. Paige Chapdelaine had the other Laker goal. Maya Baker was solid in net facing 23 Kootenay shots. The Lakers, coached by Keith Tucker and Arnie Head, stopped the Wildcats 6-4 Sunday at Civic Arena with Jenna Fletcher clicking on a beautiful one-timer after a pass from Comeau.
Fletcher then scored on her next shift after a nice pass from Hunter Joseph. Comeau (1+3) scored on a breakaway in the second period and Emily Clarke fired in a rebound from a Mairyn Tucker shot to give the Lakers a 4-0 lead.
Kootenay responded to battle back into the game, scoring three quick goals after the ice clean to make the score 4-3. Fletcher got her hat trick goal by converting another great pass from Comeau. Samantha Head completed the Laker scoring by banging home a loose puck late in the third. Bailey Berndt was solid in the Lakers’ net facing 26 shots.
The Vernon Coca-Cola Vipers grounded the host Summerland Jets 7-2 in Midget Tier 3 action Saturday. The Vipers got four-point games from Mitchell Lukacs and Carson Tucker.
Graham Jones, from Lukacs and Tucker, opened the scoring just 94 seconds in to give Vernon the early lead. Tucker from Lukacs, doubled the lead six minutes later.
Summerland responded with two goals to tie things up at the end of the first period. Jones scored his second on the powerplay midway through the second and got his hat trick three minutes later to put the Vipers up 4-2. Lukacs and Tucker provided the assists on both goals.
Lee Springer, from Zach Manton and Conor Butte-Landsfried, scored with two minutes left in the second to put Vernon up by three. Springer, from Manton, and Jorden Dewing from Springer, rounded out the scoring in the third period. Liam McOnie had a strong game in net.
Bantam Tier 3 Vikings fall in tournament final
Stefan Richard turned the hat trick as the Vernon Fix Auto Vikings fell 5-3 to the South Okanagan Storm in the final of the West Kelowna Bantam Tier 3 Tournament.
The Vikes stuffed the Winfield Bruins 4-3 in the semifinals, with Connor Johnston (2), Kyle Sherwood and Brian Ferguson handling the offence in front of Ethan Huizinga.
Vernon opened round-robin action with a 9-4 pummelling of the Bruins.
Richard powered the Viking offence with four goals. Carl Main opened the scoring on a nice wrister, with other singles coming from Austin Caldwell, Makenna Hoffman, Owen Belliveau and Ferguson. Defenceman Jason Shaigec supplied three helpers to help Huizinga pocket the win.
Connor Johnston supplied a hat trick as Vernon clipped the Langley Thunderbirds 6-2.
The Fix Auto crew led 3-0 after one period, with other offence coming from Richard, Beliveau and Hoffman. Connor Webb was solid for the win.
Beliveau (1+2), Ferguson, Hoffman, Richard and Caldwell got on the scoresheet as the Vikings brushed back the West Kelowna Warriors 5-1 before falling 1-0 to the Storm in their final round-robin game.
The Vernon Pee Wee Tier 3 Rattlers tied host Winfield 3-3 in Saturday league action. Aidan Rysen, Lucas Wood, assisted by Lee Christensen and Christensen, assisted by Evan Trottier, led the Rattlers’ attack.
The Rattlers edged the North Okangan Knights 2-1 in exhibition play Sunday. Lincoln Connor scored from Eric Noren and Noren netted the winner, from Tanner Wright and Connor.