The Vernon Sladen Moore Lakers opened their home Pee Wee Rep girls hockey tournament with a 4-3 win over the West Kootenay Wildcats Friday night at Civic Arena.
The Lakers had a strong start, going up by three before halftime, and making it 4-0 shortly after the intermission.
The Wildcats answered back with three straight goals, and with about three minutes to play they had a chance to equalize on a penalty shot, but Vernon netminder Samantha Head made the save to preserve the lead.
With the Kootenay keeper pulled for an extra attacker, Head recorded another three key saves late to secure the win and earn Game MVP.
Kendra Ostafie led the Laker attack with two goals, both assisted by Andie Kaneda. Jordan Butler, assisted by Julia McCaig and Chelsea Marshall, and Marshall, unassisted, completed the Vernon scoring.
In the other Pool A game Friday, the Abbotsford Ice shaded the Williams Lake Timberwolves 3-2 at Civic.
In Pool B action at Priest Valley Arena, the Vernon Seed Orchard Bantam Sharks fell 6-1 to the Kamloops Mystix.
The Surrey Falcons trounced Prince George Cougars 10-0 in the other tilt.
Meanwhile, the Vernon Nedco Titans opened the Salmon Arm Midget Rec Invitational Friday afternoon with a 5-2 win over the Salmon Arm Lakeside Sting at Sunwave Centre.
Gavin Banning, Kolten Kirschner (shorthanded), Garrett Dansereau, Chis Gallant and Yanik Fillion-Murphy scored for the Titans, who won the Merritt Tournament last month.
Four third-period goals allowed the Vernon Authentic Plaques and Trophy Tropics to stage a dramatic 8-7 Midget Super League victory over the Corbett Cowboys Friday night at Civic.
Russell Hickman and Adam Fenske each notched a hat trick for the Tropics, while Cameron Strike and Logan Revell also hit the back of the net. Luke Vandale backstopped the Tropics to victory.
Justin Ramsey turned the hat trick for the Cowboys while Reiker Krenz, Brett Mitchell, Dustin Folliott and Scott Latwat scored singles.
The Vernon Coca-Cola Vipers skated to a 6-6 draw with host Winfield Bruins Friday night in Lake Country.
The Vipers opened the scoring with a goal by Travis Churchill from Brandon Rysen and Brad Jones. They went up 2-0 shortly after on a goal by Jacob Dolinar, assisted again by Rysen.
Capitalizing on a slew of powerplays, the Bruins drew even later in the period before Wyatt Warnes, with a howitzer from the point, put the Vipers up 3-2 after 20 minutes.
The Bruins added another three powerplay goals to take a 5-3 lead at the end of the second.
Refusing to quit, the Coke boys battled back in the third on goals by Chad Thomas and back-to-back snipes by Churchill for his hat trick.
Enjoying more time with the man advantage, the Bruins converted on their third 5-on-3 powerplay of the game to secure a point.
The Vernon Sun Valley Source For Sports Renegades bowed 7-3 to the Weyburn Wings in Bantam Tier 1 tournament action Friday in Lethbridge.
The Renegades, who lost captain Jeff Bochon with a broken collarbone in the first period, were led by Braydon McCarthy with two goals.
Blaine Caton added the other marker, and Jorden Dewing was Game MVP. Louis Springer and Bryce Dyck, in relief, shared the goaltending duties.
Later that night, Caton scored the lone marker as the Vernon squad fell 9-1 to the Winnepeg Sharks. Caton and Jagger Williamson shared Game MVP honours.
The Renegades faced the Lethbridge Golden Hawks and the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers Saturday.