Morning Star Staff
The Okotoks Oilers of Alberta shut down the Vernon Home Hardware Centre Vipers 2-0 in Sunday’s final of the Vipers Midget Tier 2 Hockey Tournament at Civic Arena.
Both teams battled hard in a fast-paced tilt before the Oilers banged home a rebound to take a 1-0 lead late into the third. Vernon pressed hard but just couldn’t find the back of the net until Vernon’s Connor Johnston appeared to net the equalizer with 90 seconds left. A quick whistle by the referee negated the goal.
Okotoks added an empty netter with 25 seconds remaining. Billy Cawthorn was solid in the Viper goal.
Vernon stuffed the Vancouver Spirit 5-0 in a Sunday morning semifinal with Conor Webb earning the shutout.
Brady Marzocco scored a deuce with singles going to Stephane Richard, Reed Cashato and Johnston. Jason Shaigec chipped in with three assists.
Vernon ended the round-robin portion of the 10-team tourney with a comeback 4-4 tie with the Chilliwack Bruins Saturday night after defeating the Trail Smoke Eaters 6-1 in the morning game.
Webb had a strong game in goal against the Smoke Eaters and Carl Main earned MVP with the hat trick.
Marzocco scored from Shaigec and Nick Cherkowski scored on a breakaway after a sweet 75-foot pass from Logan Imrich. Webb had the secondary assist. Richard finished off the scoring.
Chilliwack pushed Vernon to the edge with Cashato scoring to salvage the tie. Bryce Pyle, Kyle Sherwood and Marzocco each supplied singles for the Vipers.
Okotoks stopped the Salmon Arm Silvertips 3-1 in the other semifinal.
Vernon Viper Midget tier 3 began their Salmon Arm tournament Friday in Sicamous, losing 4-1 to host team. Bryce Stilborn tapped in from Joe Eggert. MVP was Cameron MacKenzie.
Vernon knocked off undefeated South Okanagan Saturday 4-3. MVP Isaac Waldemaras stopped 34 shots with Mika Burns, Chris Aldrich, Tyson Sampert and Lucas Halvorson getting snipes.
The Vipers then bowed 3-0 to powerhouse Invermere with Kieran Watts stopping 32 shots and Mika Burns MVP.
Vernon rebounded to upset Merritt 4-1 with Eggert MVP and goals going to Burns, Aldrich, Ethan Joe and Caden Bracken.
The Sun Valley Source for Sports Vipers improved to 9-1 in Tier 2 Bantam league play Sunday by brushing off Pursuit of Excellence 3-1 at Kal Tire Place.
The line of Eric Noren (1+1), Drew Mackenzie (1+1), and Lincoln Connor (1A) did most of the damage for the Sun Valley crew.
Scott Gilowski scored the third goal on a blast from the point. Kobe Grant went the distance in net.
The Vernon Fix Auto Vipers lost 9-4 to the South Okanagan Hornets in Bantam Tier 3 league play Sunday afternoon at Kal Tire Place.
Gavin Fleck scored two goals with singles going to Jacob Brewer and Cole Boyarski. Vernon had a depleted squad with four players out with sickness or injuries.
The Valley Wood Remanufacturing Vipers went 1-3 in the Kamloops Remembrance Day Atom A Classic.
The Vipers opened by falling 7-5 to Kamloops #1 with Josh Donison taking the loss.
The Vipers then fell 7-1 to the Langley Eagles.
The Vipers rebounded with a 7-4 win over the Abbotsford Hawks Saturday morning with Austin Seibel posting the win.
The Vipers bowed 5-0 to the Kelowna Chiefs.
For the weekend, the line of JJ Milne, Logan Killingbeck and Theo Van Wyk led the Vipers offensively with eight points, while the unit of Erik Pastro, Deagan McMillan and Gunnar Nyberg contributed six points.
The H&L Glass Atom C Vipers lost 4-1 to the Merritt Centennials in Sunday’s semifinal of the Kamloops tourney.
Lyndon Carleton notched the lone marker with the assist going to Trey Schober.
H&L went 3-0 in preliminary play, finishing by icing Quesnel 4-2 on goals from Maguire Nicholson, Hudson Kibblewhite, Austen Vandenbrand and Joshua Mark. New goalie Zachar Bouchard posted the win.
Vandenbrand netted a deuce, while Lyndon Carleton, Nicholson and Kibblewhite produced singles as the Vipers stopped Kamloops 5-1.
Matthew Kuhnlein made a highlight-reel save versus Kamloops where he looked down and out but somehow managed to stop the puck on the line with a glove save.
Vernon toppled Salmon Arm in their opener.