Vernon Valley Wood Venom’s Caden Danbrook charges through Kamloops #3’s Connor Milburn and Jarrod Semchuk in his relentless pursuit of the puck during Senior Atom hockey action Sunday at Wesbild Centre.

Vernon Valley Wood Venom’s Caden Danbrook charges through Kamloops #3’s Connor Milburn and Jarrod Semchuk in his relentless pursuit of the puck during Senior Atom hockey action Sunday at Wesbild Centre.

Mustangs tie up Junior Rockets

The Watkin Motors Mustangs gained their first league point of the season by tying the first-place Kelowna Jr. Rockets 1-1 Sunday.

Morning Star Staff

The ever-improving Watkin Motors Mustangs tied the first-place Kelowna Junior Rockets 1-1 in Okanagan Mainline Pee Wee Tier 1 Hockey League action Sunday at Wesbild Centre.

Kelowna opened the scoring and the Mustangs replied when Dean Whitcomb scored from Owen Beliveau and Brady Marzoco before the midway ice clean.

Goalie Shane Meadahl was outstanding as the 0-6-1 Vipers gained their first point of the season.

“Sunday was one of our better team efforts of the season,” said Mustang head coach Jason Danbrook. “The boys executed the game plan very well. We improved our play immensely as the weekend went on.”

On Saturday, the Mustangs bowed 4-1 to the Kamloops Jardine’s Blazers at Wesbild.

Riley Swiscoski opened the scoring for Vernon from d-man Dylan Sedlacek. The second period saw some defensive zone breakdowns by the Mustangs as they went down 4-1 by the midway mark.

Play was fairly even the second half of the game with Connor Webb pitching a shutout.

The Mustangs, meanwhile, will play in a division with the Spokane Jr. Chiefs, Vancouver Thunderbirds and Edmonton NWZ Raiders in the Coca-Cola Classic in February.

Also confirmed for the 41st annual Coke tournament are the Bow Valley Flames of Calgary, Juan de Fuca Grizzlies, Seattle Sno Kings and the South Delta Storm.




Pee Wee Lakers set for tourney

The Vernon Sladen Moore Lakers flooded the Kelowna Lakers 7-0 in exhibition Pee Wee A girls play Sunday at the Nor-Val Centre in Armstrong.

Vernon outshot Kelowna 33-9 with Samantha Head posting the win. Emily Clarke (2), Andie Kaneda (2), Cassidy Marshall, Jordan Butler and Makenna Southam handled the Vernon scoring.

Abby Magnus and Mairyn Tucker each supplied three assists for the Lakers. Player of the game was Tylee Cooper for strong defence with koodoos also going to Ailish Curran, Amy Fox, Courtney Graves and Tiera Joseph.

The Lakers open their eight-team home tournament Friday (4 p.m., Civic) against the West Kootenay Wildcats. The Abbotsford Ice, Williams Lake Timberwolves, Surrey Falcons, Kamloops Mystix, Prince George Cougars and Vernon Seed Orchard Sharks round out the tourney roster.

Vernon faces Abbotsford (10:15 a.m., Wesbild) and Williams Lake (4 p.m., Civic) on Saturday.

The Sharks battle the Mystix in their Friday opener (3:45 p.m., Priest Valley) and then tangle with Prince George (9:15 a.m., Civic) and Surrey (2:15, Wesbild) on Saturday.

The championship final goes Sunday a 12:45 p.m. at Civic.

The Vernon Sun Valley Source For Sports Renegades earned their first point of the Bantam Tier 1 regular season by tying Kamloops 2-2 Sunday at Civic Arena.

Cole Woodliffe, from Jeff Bochon and Carson Richards, opened the scoring at 1:48 of the first period with a well-placed wrist shot from the slot to give the Renegades the early lead. Kamloops tied it midway through the first after a defensive zone miscue. The Blazers took the lead just 90 seconds later.

The entertaining game saw the teams exchange numerous chances, but strong goaltending by the Renegades’ Bryce Dyck and the Blazers’ Josh Shanks kept the score 2-1 until 17:17 of the second period when Richards equalized after a great feed from Woodliffe.

Braydon McCarthy, Noah Turanski and call-up Michael Lenoury played well on defence for Vernon, who went to 0-7-1. Kamloops is 2-3-1.

Blaine Caton, Daine Elphicke, Jorden Dewing and Jagger Williamson had strong games up front for the Renegades, who are off to a AAA tournament in Lethbridge this weekend where they will face teams from Weyburn, Sask., Winnipeg, Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. and Lethbridge.

The Coca-Cola Midget Tier 2 Vipers lost 5-1 to the first-place Penticton Panthers Saturday night at Memorial Arena.

The 0-9 Vipers gave up two shorthanded goals, a powerplay goal and a breakaway to a player leaving the penalty box as his penalty expired. The Vipers played hard and controlled much of the game even strength, but the few mistakes they made ended up in the back of the net.

Jacob Dolinar scored the lone goal for the Vipers.

In Juvenile Rep play, the Vernon Battery Chargers outlasted the Winfield Bruins 11-9 Saturday at Priest Valley Arena.

Clay Ricketts  counted 4+1 for the Chargers, who are coached by Glenn Mitchell and Keith Louis.

Denon Bosk, with  2+1,  Ryan Dubetz, Theo Wagner and Lynden Enger completed the Vernon offence in front of  Travis Hoy. It was 8-4 Vernon at the break.

In B.C. Major Midget League play, the Okanagan Rockets tied the Vancouver NW Giants 4-4 Saturday and lost 5-1 to the same Giants at Burnaby Winter Club.

Harlan Orr had 1+1 and Colton Thibault and Aaron Benjaminson counted one helper as Vernon products shined in the draw. Benjaminson also had an assist in the loss.

The Thompson Okanagan Female Midget AAA Rockets swept the Prince George Cougars 3-1 and 6-0 at Memorial Arena.

Colby Williams scored twice in the opening win, while Vernon’s MacKenzie Barrie pocketed 1+1 in the shutout victory.




Vernon Machine finishes 2-2

The Vernon Machine Bantam Tier 3 Vipers went 2-2 at the Merritt Tournament, falling 4-1 to the hosts in their final game Sunday (Easton Jones scored from Colton Skead).

Vernon opened by bowing 3-2 to Burnaby with Kaden Black, assisted by Austin Derkach and Jarett Campbell, and LeNoury, from Bryton Stead and Richard Thompson, leading the attack.

Early Saturday, the Vipers iced Kamloops 4-2 with Austin Derkach scoring first from Josh DeCoffe and Black. Josh DeCoffe then connected from Jones, Austin Dixon scored unassisted and then Zach Manton clicked from Bryce Pyle. Billy Cawthorn recorded the win. The Vipers then got goals from Black and Dixon and stellar goaltending from Josh Evans in a 2-0 win over Surrey.




Jets fall to Vanderhoof in semis

In Pee Wee Tier 3 play, the Nixon Wenger Jets fell 5-3 to Vanderhoof in Sunday’s semifinals of the Salmon Arm Silvertips Invitational at Sunwave Centre.

The Jets’ offence came from Finnian O’Keefe, Coleton Bilodeau and Jenna Fletcher. D-man Liam Hennig made some great rushes and provided great offensive zone support to earn MVP.

The Jets opened by tying Kamloops 1-1 with goalie Kieran Watts making 20 saves and taking MVP honours. Dawson Boyce scored on a nice feed from Nick Cherkowski.

In early morning play Saturday, the Jets used a hat trick from Bilodeau for a 5-3 win over Westside. Singles went to Jaxson Cummings and Josh Bridge. Cherkowski collcted two helpers and Jayden Jensen Hunter made 23 saves to clinch game MVP.

The Jets then fell 4-1 to highly physical Langley, who used a relentless forecheck to limit the Jets to a lone goal by Damian Coljee-Fehr. D-man Niklas Luttmerding stepped up to the physical play with some huge hits and earned MVP.

The Jets are 19-7-6 overall and return to league play this weekend with home games versus Winfield and Kelowna.



Danbrook directs Venom victory

In Senior Atom Development action, the Vernon Valley Wood Venom earned a 5-3 victory over visiting Kamloops #3 Sunday.

Vernon took over the game midway through the second period and broke a 3-3 deadlock on Caden Danbrook’s second goal of the game. Gavin Fleck sealed the game finding the back of the net on a breakaway late in the third period. Other Venom scorers were Cory Lazar and Cameron Moger.

The Vernon H&L Glass Wolf Pack played their best period this year as a team, going up 2-0 after the first period before losing 5-2 to the Kelowna Coyotes at Memorial Arena. Eric Noren and Lee Christensen netted unassisted goals for the Pack.


The North Okanagan Knights smothered Penticton #2 14-0 in Senior Atom play in Enderby. Nicholas Walker fired five goals, while Brett Harder (3), Brandon Matvenko Trevor Kennedy, Bryan Brew, Wesley Graves and Scott and Alex Gilowski completed the attack in front of Easton Hunter and Caedon Bellmann.