Vernon Nixon Wenger brushed back the Castlegar Rebels 5-4 Sunday in the bronze-medal final of the Vipers’ Pee Wee Tier 2 Harvest Hockey Tournament at Civic Arena.
Porter Trevelyan, Emma Elders, Maisun Ang-Hamilton, Isaac Thomas and Ronac Chauhan handled the Viper offence, with Owen Palfreyman pocketing two assists in support of a stellar Owen Swiscoski.
The Vipers bowed 9-1 to Langley Saturday night with Maddex Minard converting from Jacob Green.Aidan Spraggs took the loss.
Vernon and Castlegar battled to a 3-3 tie Saturday morning with Anne Cherkowski ringing up a deuce and Jacob Wettlaufer getting one. Swiscoski was in net.
The Vipers opened the four-team tournament by losing 5-3 to Kelowna.
Chauhan supplied a pair of shorthanded snipes with assists going to Thomas and Green.
Ang-Hamilton scored in the third with help from Minard and Wettlaufer. Spraggs sparkled in goal.
Midgets win B final
The Vernon Home Building Centre Midget Tier 1 Vipers stuffed Seattle 7-2 in Monday’s B final of the Richmond Seafair Islanders Invitational.
Seattle potted an early shorthanded goal, but Gabe Turner responded for Vernon by burying a rebound from Michael Lenoury’s shot on the powerplay.
Despite being hemmed in for the rest of the first and the beginning of the second, Seattle reclaimed the lead five minutes into the middle frame. Shortly after, a drop pass from Connor Johnston set up Carl Main for a top-shelf blast, tying it 2-2.
After being hooked on a breakaway, Darien Grace converted his penalty shot and gave Vernon their first lead of the game. Brady Marzocco’s goal, from Bryce Pyle, made it 4-2.
Grady Caton’s stretch pass found a streaking Stéphane Richard who buried the breakaway chance to give Vernon a three-goal cushion heading into the third.
A string of penalties to Seattle gave Vernon nearly three minutes of 5-on-3 time in the final period with Pyle clicking, from Lenoury and Jason Shaigec, and Zach Manton adding one in the final minute, assisted by Lenoury and Braden Gilowski.
The Snakes lost 1-0 to Surrey Saturday morning with Tristan Quiring facing 34 shots.
Vernon then bowed 3-1 to Vancouver with Reed Cashato scoring from Shaigec. Josh Evans took the loss.
Marzocco pulled the hat trick as the Vipers clipped South Delta 4-3 in a shootout Sunday night.
The teams played an extra five minutes of 4-on-4 with nothing decided. Marzocco also opened the scoring in the shootout, but it took until the fourth shooter when the tie was broken by Gilowski to send Vernon to the B flight final.
Tier 2s earn split
In Midget Tier 2 play, Vernon Coca-Cola Vipers split a pair of exhibitions, stopping the Summerland Jets 4-1 and losing 4-2 to the West Kelowna Warriors.
Mason McLennan, Dex Elders, Landon Munk and Kyle Sherwood recorded goals in Saturday’s win. Assists went to Jayden Pedersen, goalie Billy Cawthorn, Jeremy Pouge and Brian Ferguson.
Pouge and Ferguson provided the goals in Sunday’s loss. Assists went to Pederson, Munk and Harvey Pawsey. Starring in net was Conor Webb.
Vipers fall in semis
The Vernon Sun Valley Source For Sports Bantam Tier 1 Vipers lost 5-1 to New Westminster Royals in Monday morning’s semifinal in the West Kelowna Invitational.
Caden Bracken and Mika Burns teamed up to feed Eric Noren in the slot as Vernon went ahead in the first period.
The Vipers kept pressing in the second, but strong goaltending by New Westminster stoned them at every turn. New West built up a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes and recorded a late empty-netter to put the contest away.
Keith Chase’s Vipers got two third-period goals from captain and d-man Dylan Sedlacek in a 6-3 win over Surrey Sunday morning.
Surrey opened the scoring just past the midway point of the first before Joe Eggert pulled the Vipers even minutes later on a feed by Dawson Chase. Vernon pulled ahead in the second on a shortie when Noren picked off an errant pass and hit Chase in the slot for a wrister, high glove side.
Surrey levelled the score again, but Chase connected with Nick Cherkowski and d-man Lee Christensen adding assists. Surrey scored in the dying seconds, making it 3-3 after two periods.
Kael Black, Aiden Rysen, Cherkowski and Eggert added assists on Sedlacek’s snipes, while Burns rounded out the scoring on a pass from Eggert.
Vernon then ambushed Port Coquitlam 7-0 Saturday afternoon with Noren scoring the winner from Lee Christensen and Aiden Rysen. Eggert and Bracken found the back of the net in the second with Cherkowski and Burns picking up the respective assists.
Bracken bagged the goal as the Vipers drew 1-1 with the Warriors in their opener, Eggert getting the helper.
Fix Auto crew Tipped off
The Fix Auto Bantam Tier 2 Vipers lost 7-4 to the Salmon Arm Tier 3 Silvertips in exhibition play Saturday night at Nor-Val Sports Centre in Armstrong.
Griffin Evans, Ethan Joe, Nick Mitchell and Zayne Hanke scored for the Vipers, who had just nine skaters.
The Watkin Motors Mustangs finished the Seafair Pee Wee Tournament Monday with a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Thunderbirds.
K.T. Walters opened the scoring with a beautiful blast from the slot and Lochlan O’Keefe netted the next two, assists going to Tysen Fairweather, Trevor Kennedy and Lucas Zubrod. D-man Connor Elliot, Ben Imrich and Scott Gilowski had bold showings.
Earlier, Vernon dropped a 2-0 decision to the Langley Eagles with goalie Cayden Hamming having his best game of the year. Cam Moger took MVP.
The Mustangs closed round-robin play with a 5-2 loss to South Delta, with Zubrod and Zac Funk registering goals. The defensive pairing of Walters and Elliot was solid.
Vernon bowed 4-2 to the Kelowna Rockets in their second game with Lochlan O’Keefe and Cole Boyarski giving the Mustangs a 2-1 lead after two periods. Assists went to hard-skating Moger, O’Keefe and towering d-man Gilowski. Kelowna pressed in the third and rang up three unanswered goals.
The Mustangs enjoyed an exciting Vancouver Canucks’ opener as the home team defeated coach Dean McAmmond’s Oilers 5-4 in a shootout .
Kamloops ground Atom Vipers
The Valley Wood Remanufacturing Atom A Vipers were thumped 7-2 by Kamloops #2 Saturday night.
Nick Noren and Jace Weir provided the offence for the Vipers, who had Austin Seibel in net.
“It was one of those nights where nothing seemed to go right for us – errant passes, bad bounces and missed scoring opportunities,” said Vernon head coach Trevor Seibel. “We’ll go back to the drawing board, re-group and reset in preparation for our home tournament.”
The Junior Vipers have this weekend off before their home tournament, Oct. 24-26.