The Vernon Nixon Wenger Tier 2 Vipers opened their Thanksgiving Pee Wee Rep hockey tournament with a 4-3 win over the Langley Thunderbirds Friday at Civic Arena.
Game MVP Dalton Stenberg made some amazing saves as the Thunderbirds outshot Vernon 48-16. The Viper’s Tanner Wright carried the offence with a hat trick, while defenceman Connor Hansen netted a single. Nick Teale chipped in with an assist.
Vernon finished round robin-play Saturday against the Prince George Cougars and Nelson Leafs.
In other Thanksgiving tourney action at Priest Valley Arena, the North Okanagan Knights dominated the Kamloops Tier 3 Blazers 11-2.
The Knights opened the scoring four minutes in when Michael Kormany blasted one to the back of the net on a feed from Griffin Evans.
Dylan Huber then snuck one by the Kamloops goalie, assisted by Kevin Thomas Walters. Kormany pocketed his second, this time assisted by Bryan Brew before Kamloops made it onto the scoreboard toward the end of the opening frame.
The second period was all North Okanagan with Brew and Easton Hunter netting singles to extend the lead.
Five more unanswered goals in third period put the game away for good. Brew (2), Hunter, Kord Haller and Alex Gilowski supplied the offence. Gilowski, Hunter and Evans drew assists.
Kamloops potted one late, but the game was well in hand. Haller added his second to complete the offence in support of netminder Thomas Burton.
The Knights wrapped up preliminary action Saturday against the Chilliwack Bruins and Quesnel Thunder.
Other Friday scores saw the Nelson Leafs thump Prince George 10-3 and the Thunder outlast the Bruins 6-5.