Clayton Coles was solid in net and the Nedco Blazers used a balanced offence to shut down the host Winfield #1 Bruins 6-0 Saturday.
Brendan Squair, Cole Hadland, Devan Head, Chad Lindenbach, Brennan Martin and Scott Reczka scored for the Blazers, who won the North Okanagan Midget Super Hockey League title at 13-3-2, one point more than the Winfield #2 SRI Homes Bruins.
The Blazers, under head coach Rick Gosselin and assistants Chris Martin and Greg Lindenbach, open the playoffs tonight (6:15) at Wesbild Centre against the Lumby Stars.
Steven Goebel scored twice as the Blazers bounced the Stars 4-1 Friday night at Civic Arena. Josh Gosselin and Head added singles in front of Bruin Stair, who was exceptional in his return from injury reserve.
The Vernon Battery Seagulls won two of three games to end the regular season, icing the Vernon Seed Orchard Ducks 12-5 Sunday at Priest Valley Arena behind Tyson Clark’s hat trick.
Brett Vandale, Dixon Louis, Clifford High and Justin Ramsey each scored twice, while Gordy Schnare added a single.
Louis and Schnare each pulled hat tricks as the 6-12 Gulls played the spoiler by doubling Salmon Arm Lakeside Printing 10-5 Saturday at Civic.
Dustin Folliott (2), High and Clark completed the Gulls’ offence in front of Rodger Sewell and Luke Vandale.
The Gulls bowed 7-5 to the Advertising Works Broad Street Bullies on Friday, getting two goals apiece from High and Folliott and a single from Vandale.
“We had a slow start to the season, but we’re glad to play the spoiler role against Salmon Arm and help keep the regular-season banner in Vernon,” said Gulls’ head coach Dan Wilson.
Colgan sparks Saints
Lucas Colgan pulled the hat trick as the Denny’s Saints finished the Bantam Super League season with a 7-2 win over the Scotiabank Scorpions Friday night at Priest Valley Arena.
First star Marcus Finn earned 2+1 for the Saints, who topped the league at 16-1-1 under head coach Kevin Mitchell and assistants Steve Cousins and Rob Maxwell.
Pee Wee call-up Landon Currie and his older brother Kristian Currie completed the Saints’ attack. Chris Gallant supplied four assists in support of winger-turned goalie Josh Lerbeck, who took third star.
Brock Wagner scored both goals for the fifth-place Scorpions (9-9).
On Saturday morning in Sicamous, Scotiabank responded with an 8-1 pounding of the Salmon Arm Honda Powerhouse.
It was a must-win situation for Scotiabank to finish in the top-six pool for this weekend’s playoffs. Wagner led Scotiabank again with the hatty, while Aaron Keryluke had a pair, with singles going to Solomon Ivanoff on a nice end-to-end rush, Rowyn Lewis-Hatherley and Jeremy Pogue.
The Scorpions outshot Salmon Arm 47-35, with Trey Spanier turning aside 17 shots in the third, only to have Richard Fukumoto spoil the shutout with a couple minutes left.
The Lumby Stars, sponsored by Irly Bird Building Centres and Gudeit Bros. Contracting, bowed 4-3 to the Salmon Arm Finch & Co. Warriors Saturday.
The Stars got goals from Logan Meier, Keenan MacDonald and Max Whitcomb.
The Butcher Boys Red Wings stopped the Lumby Stars 5-1 and tied the Five Star Awards Bulldogs 2-2 in Pee Wee Super League action.
Colton Greeno was a force in front of the net and battled for two goals as the Wings iced the Stars. Brendan Horsfield, Cole Benjaminsen and Noah Debalinhard added singles. Keefer Kaempf and Jake Pelletier each had two helpers.
Horsfield and Benjaminsen handled the Butcher Boys’ offence versus the Dawgs. Kieran Watts made an outstanding save in the dying seconds during a scramble to preserve the tie.
The teams have a re-match Saturday in the first game of the round-robin playoffs.
Novice Stars sparkle
The Lumby Novice C Stars went 2-1 in their home tournament, opening with a 7-2 win over the Winfield Bruins.
Linden Catt was in net, while game MVP Matthew Yaremcio, Nik Teale and Conner Seehaver led the offence with two goals each. Quin Williamson scored three minutes in on a pass from Tage Kineshanko. Noah Clarke supplied three assists, while Teale and Williamson each had two.
Logan Leach, Michael Preston, Ethan Beliveau, Peter Romailler, Wyatt Whitcomb and Liam McLeod all showed defensive grit to hold off the Bruins.
The Stars bounced the Calgary Ice Hawks 10-0 in their second game with Kineshanko making a huge save with only five seconds left to secure a shutout.
Williamson pulled the hat trick, while Clarke and Teale each fired two and singles came from Yaremcio, Conner Seehaver and Catt. Beliveau provided great defence for MVP honours.
The Stars lost 9-3 to the Kelowna Devils Sunday, getting two goals from Williamson and one from Yaremcio.
The Lumby Atom Stars, sponsored by NOR Renovation finished the regular season in Enderby, clipping the third-place North Okanagan White Knights 2-1 Saturday and tying the Black Knights 4-4 Sunday.
Jordan Romailler opened the Stars scoring Saturday with the winner going to Ryan Desilets on a beauty puck-handling move. Josh Litven made several key saves.
Payton Kineshanko, Cameron Pryor, Kendra Jones, Emily Romailler, Tanner Franje-Gilbert, Chloe Yule, Haylee Gosselin, and Drew Mackenzie played amazing two-way hockey.
On Sunday, the Stars got goals Franje-Gilbert, Litven on a sweet backhander, Desilets and Jordan Romailler, with the equalizer with 46 seconds left, on a feed from Drew Mackenzie.
Spring hockey on tap
The spring fun hockey programs run from March 8 through April 7 for various age groups. It will consist of a half hour of skills and drills, then scrimmage.
Register by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Payments must reach the minor hockey office by March 2.