Taryk Filipuzzi

Taryk Filipuzzi

Mustangs wrangle win over Vees

Coming off a Sean Bacon Dynamic Shift clinic/camp paid off for the Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs.

Coming off a Sean Bacon Dynamic Shift clinic/camp paid off for the Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs.

The host Mustangs got 2+1 from Steele Quiring in a 4-2 Okanagan Mainline Pee Wee Tier 2 Hockey League win Saturday over the Penticton Vees at the Priest Valley Arena.

Jakob Jones and Jacob Boden also scored for the Mustangs while Jarred Feist (2) and Zachary Funk added assists as Vernon put its already amazing work ethic into high gear with new skills and mental toughness.

The Mustangs will get a strong test this weekend as they take part in a Tier 1 tournament in Kamloops.

Connor Webb backstopped the Vernon Midget Tier 2 Home Hardware Centre Vipers to a 4-1 league victory over the West Kelowna Warriors at Royal Lepage Place Sunday afternoon.

Dex Elders, Dawson Chase, Conor Johnston and Brady Marzocco all scored singles as Vernon improved to 12-1-1 on the year.

The Sun Valley Source for Sports Bantam Tier 2 Vipers split a pair of league games this weekend.

The Sun Valley crew suffered their first league loss of the season, 3-1, on Saturday in West Kelowna.

Cole Johnson, a defenceman who was moved up to forward due to injuries, provided the only Vernon goal in a close-checking game.

Both teams scored in the first period, and it stayed knotted at one until late in the third when West Kelowna was able to sneak one past keeper Tyler Sedlacek. The Warriors would add an empty netter.

Vernon came out flying at the Memorial Arena in Kamloops on Sunday, and downed the host Blazers 10-2. Johnson led the way with 3+3, Corbin Hanson scored two and added four helpers, Nick Bolin, Nic Teal, Scott Gilowski and Lee Christensen each had 1+1 while Cam Moger rounded out the scoring.  Lucas Wood, Lincoln Connor, Drew Mackenzie, K.T Walters and Cole Boyarski added assists.

Kael Black scored the only goal in a shootout to give the Vernon Fix Auto Bantam Tier 3 Vipers a 4-3 victory over the visiting Castlegar Rebels Sunday.

The Vipers’ Ben Imrich scored Vernon’s first goal banging home a rebound off a Cory Lazar shot. Jacob Brewer tied the game at 2-2 at the end of the second period with assists going to Mason Robinson and Zack Laranjo.

Castlegar took the lead late into the third period before Lazar fired a wrist shot top shelf. Lucas Zubrod earned the assist.

Goalie Jordan Foster made several great game saves and was unbeaten in the shoot out.

The Vipers opened the weekend with a 5-4 loss to the host West Kelowna Warriors in a penalty-filled affair.

Vernon took a 3-1 lead into the third period but some penalties and some undisciplined play cost the team as West Kelowna scored four goals to take the victory.

Brewer opened the scoring in the first while Lazar, from Imrich, and Gavin Fleck from Robinson added two more in the second. Ben Reinhardt assisted on Robinson’s goal in the third period to finish off  the scoring.

Vernon H and L Glass Jr. Vipers Atom C team traveled to Merritt Saturday for their second road trip of the season.

The team came out flat, eventually losing 6-1.

Down 3-0 in the first period the Vipers applied some late pressure and the young line of Jeffrey Curtis, Lyndon Carleton and Marcel Green had some chances but the Merritt goaltender stood tall.

Early in the second, Austen Vandenbrand held the offensive blue line to stop a Merritt break out.

He stole the puck and after two strides passed to Colter Louis who sent Hudson Kibblewhite in all alone and he beat the goalie glove side with a quick shot.

The Snakes had chances to get back in the game. Maguire Nicholson got free for a shot and Charlie Swartz had some nice rushes up the middle, beating everyone but the goalie.

The Atom A and C Junior Vipers host their Apple Harvest home tournament this weekend

The A Vipers play Coquitlam Friday at 1:15 p.m. and tangle with Aldergrove Saturday at 11:15 a.m. and Langley at 6:15 p.m.

All games are at the Civic Arena.

The C Vipers will take on Coquitlam Friday at 3 p.m. and Port Coquitlam Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Civic, and end the round-robin Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Semiahmoo at the Priest Valley Arena.

The Thompson Okanagan Lakers host the Fraser Valley Rush for three league games this weekend in Vernon in the B.C. AAA Midget League.

The two teams meet Friday at 8:15 p.m. at the Civic, and Saturday (10:30 a.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at Kal Tire Place.

The Rush sit third in the six-team league at 3-2-1. The fifth-place Lakers are 1-3-2.