Morning Star Staff
The Nedco Coyotes will spend the Christmas break in the penthouse of the North Okanagan Midget Super Hockey League.
Ross Jewell’s crew stretched its undefeated streak to 18 games by stuffing the Vernon Seed Orchard Snakes 6-3 in a first-place showdown Sunday night at Civic Arena.
It was a thriller with end-to-end rushes and superior passing. The Coyotes led 3-1 after two periods and got offence from Brett Jewell (2), Adam Roemer (2) Mack Wilton and Jeremy Pogue. Brett Shaigec supplied two assists.
Nedco’s winning streak includes tournaments and exhibition games. The Coyotes are 7-0-1 in league play, while the Seed Orchard gang is 6-1-1.
D-man Chase Larsen scored twice and Landon Munk countered for the Snakes, who got two assists from Chris Gallant.
The Snakes got two snipes from Liam Semeniuk in a 5-3 win over the Vernon Authentic Plaque & Trophy Autobots Saturday night at Priest Valley Arena.
Gallant, Austin Bosquet and Jeff Hiscoe, on a rocket from the point, completed the Snakes’ attack. Brock Wagner, with a deuce, and Lee Brodoway replied for the Autobots (3-2-3), who led 3-1 early in the second period.
In Pee Wee Super League play, the Butcher Boys Raptors doubled the Winfield Bruins 8-4 Sunday at PV to grab a share of first place with the Lumby Stars.
Jacob Brewer and Maisun Ang-Hamilton each pocketed two goals, while singles came from Caleb James, Chase Batchelor and Brayden Riguidel.
With three players injured and sitting on the bench by the end of the first period, coaches Dave Schiman and Brian Petty were creative with the lines as almost every player drew a new position for the final 40 minutes.
Player of the Game for the 6-2-2 Raptors was Derek Pereboom.
The Stevenson Mechanical Thunderbirds grounded Salmon Arm Askew’s Foods 6-4 Saturday at the Shaw Centre.
The T-Bird blueline of twins Sam and Isaac White, Elias Wery and Brady Beacom kept the Salmon Arm attack at bay, while the energy line of Aidan Rivard, Brayden Beese and Wyatt Gatzke played their best hockey of the season.
Beacom, on his knees, scored a TSN winning goal with 74 seconds remaining, firing a shot over the goalie’s glove.
Michael Pusey was strong on the puck as he fought off two backcheckers for a goal. Ryan Vandesande opened the scoring after taking a slick pass from Landen Harison as Harison skated around the defence, drew a crowd and fed Vandesande breaking into the slot. Zach Manthorne scored on a nice bang-bang play. Wery had two helpers.
Logan Shillington bagged 4+1 as the North OK #2 Knights edged the Billy D’s Family Restaurant Xplosion 6-5 Saturday at Enderby Arena.
The Xplosion (4-3-1) led 2-1 after one period on goals by Dawson Martian, assisted by Emily Wilson-Francois, and Griffen Fletcher, assisted by Martian. It was 3-2 Knights after two periods.
The 6-1-1 Knights went up 5-2 on snipes from Blaine Bertram and Saul Saunders before Xplosion d-man Kevin Morgan answered, unassisted. Shillington scored the eventual winner, on a powerplay, with 5:02 left.
Morgan ignited the Xplosion again with 1:44 remaining, assisted by Keenan Jeberg. The Xplosion pulled goalie Eric Foufoulas for an extra attacker and Morgan converted with 32 seconds left. Billy D’s pressured hard trying to equalize.
Said Xplosion coach Dan Wilson: “The effort was there, but we ran into penalty trouble in the third period and then ran out of time. I think we learned that our sticks were too short because you need a really long stick to score from the penalty box.”
In Bantam league play, the Five Star Awards Cougars shelled the Knights 8-2 and iced Salmon Arm North Broadview Plumbing & Heating 6-2.
Darius Stone recorded 3+1 versus the Knights, while Nicholas Mann added 2+1 and singles went to Reece Schroeder, Chris Moore and Miles Wohlford.
Clayton Thielman and Cody Huber replied for the Knights.
The third-place Cougars (6-3-1) got on the board first against Salmon Arm at Kal Tire Place when forward Wohlford was in the right place to bank in a rebound.
D-man Jacob Soucy registered his first goal of the year with a low wrister giving Vernon a 2-1 lead. Just 17 seconds later after Salmon Arm had equalized, Maguire Dickinson connected off a scramble.
It was all Vernon after that, with defence partners Colton Schaper-Kotter and Schroeder setting up plays through the neutral zone, and Mann picking up the next two goals followed by another from Stone. Graham Moss earned two assists and played a hustling two-way game.
D-man Tyler Semeniuk fired five goals as the Interior Savings Giants gonged the North Okanagan Knights 9-3.
Ryan Jakes, Kaiden Parton, Jed Halvorson and Jaden Steinke added singles for the 5-5 Giants.
Sean Howard and Tyson Sampert each pulled hat tricks as the Corbett Office Plus Sharks iced the West Kelowna #2 Warriors 9-6 in exhibition Bantam play Sunday morning at Royal LePage Place.
Brandon Lehoux, Reid Lawrence and Nick Mitchell also scored for the Sharks, who are unbeaten in league play.