A late powerplay goal gave the Pursuit of Excellence a 4-4 tie with Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers in Okanagan Mainline Midget Tier 1 Hockey League play Sunday at Prospera Place.
Patrick Dove opened the Vipers’ offence in the second period with a hard shot on a two-on-nothing rush, from Richard Meaney, before POE equalized.
The Vipers got into some penalty trouble but turned it to their advantage with a pair of short-handed markers before the period was over.
Meaney blocked a shot at the point and set out on a rush with Justin Mitchell who tapped in Meaney’s rebound to take the lead. Trevor Pickett, assisted by Ryley Booth, converted another great shorthanded goal to make it 3-1 Vipers after two.
POE responded with a pair of quick goals early in the third to tie it up before Curtis Sexsmith tapped one in, from Pickett and Wyatt Bonneau.
Before POE tied it, the Vipers had several quality scoring chances to take a two-goal lead only to be foiled by the POE goaltender.
The Vipers host Prince George Coast Inn of the North Cougars Friday night (8:15) at Civic and Saturday (4:30) at Wesbild Centre.
In Major Midget play, the Okanagan Rockets were buoyed by the return of 17-year-old forward Mat Lambert after a six-game suspension in a 4-2 Sunday win over the North Island Silvertips at the Capital News Centre.
Lambert, a Vernon product, scored twice, including the winner and the insurance marker. Mackenzie Ferner (of Vernon) and Mitchell Cook (1+2) also scored for the Rockets (4-4), who lost 2-1 Saturday to the ‘Tips.
Renegades drop pair in Bantam Tier 1 play
In Bantam Tier 1 league action, the Sun Valley Source For Sports Renegades lost 11-2 to Pursuit of Excellence Saturday at Prospera Place.
The Renegades, on goals from Julian Darkanzli and Hayden Chase, were tied 2-2 at the midway point of the second period. Despite the lopsided score, Bryce Dyck had a strong game in goal.
On Sunday afternoon, the Sun Valley boys bowed 4-1 to the Kamloops Jardine Blazers at Nor-Val Sports Centre in Armstrong.
Kamloops opened the scoring at 1:53 of the first period after a slow start by Vernon. The Blazers doubled their lead with just over four minutes left in the first and made it 3-0 midway through the second.
Carson Richards, from Jeff Bochon, scored on a bullet-like slap shot from just inside the blue line with less than five minutes left in the game. Louis Springer was in net for the Renegades.
The Nixon Wenger Jets went 3-1-1 in the Vernon Pee Wee Tier 3 Tournament, falling 5-4 to the Merritt Jr. Centennials in Sunday playoff action at Civic Arena.
Although a frustrating loss for the players, coach Keith Chase was pleased with the team’s effort and felt it was perhaps the strongest “team play” of the year, giving the 9-3-3 Jets a lot to build on the rest of the season.
After a strong 1-0-1 Friday start, the Jets stopped Merritt 8-3 Saturday with the line of Nicholas Cherkowski (2+2), Coleton Bilodeau (2+1) and Dawson Boyce (1+1) sparking the offence. Other goals came from Jenna Fletcher, Joshua Bridge and Zach Agar.
Niklas Luttmerding and Kyle Sherwood added assists, while a solid defence was anchored by Dawson Chase and Keeghan McRae and big saves came from Jaden Jensen-Hunter.
In a must-win situation Saturday night, the Jets ambushed the South Okanagan Jr. Coyotes 7-2 behind a hat trick from Boyce.
Bilodeau, Jaxson Cummings, Sherwood and Finnian O’Keefe also supplied goals, while great support came from the defence with assists going to Liam Hennig (2), Damian Coljee-Fehr and Makena Hoffman. Goalie Kieran Watts was solid in facing 36 shots.
The Fix It Auto Predators beat Salmon Arm 7-0 and lost 6-3 to the Kelowna Jr. Rockets in their last two tournament games.
Braeden Barnard earned the shutout. Drayden Harshenin scored early in the first from Joe Eggert. Within minutes, Lucas Halvorson and Noah Debalinhard set up Brayden Jones.
In the second, it was Eggert feeding Mika Burns and then again setting up Harshenin. Midway through the third, the Eggert-Burns combination continued with both players earning a goal and an assist. The Preds closed the offence late on Stephane Richard’s solo goal.
Mason McLennan and Harshenin assisted on Burns’ opener versus Kelowna. The Preds trailed in the second, clawing back with Drayden Dougan converting from Jones and Dex Elders. Elders’ snapper, from Richards and McLennan, finished the Preds’ scoring.
Kamloops erased a 3-0 third-period deficit and beat Kelowna 5-3 in the championship game.
The Watkin Motors Mustangs fell 9-1 to perennial powerhouse Kelowna in Pee Wee Tier 1 league action Saturday.
The Mustangs got solid games in net from Conor Webb, and Shane Meadahl, who split the duties. Owen Beliveau scored from Brady Marzocco and Conner Johnston.
The Mustangs are in the Kamloops tournament this weekend.
The Vernon Machine Vipers iced the Merritt Centennials 5-1 in Bantam Tier 3 league play Sunday at Priest Valley Arena.
Austin Derkach opened the scoring on a nice play after a chip out by Zach Manton. Austin Dixon scored the winning goal, assisted by Gabe Turner and Richard Thompson.
Kaden Black scored a pretty goal after passes by Bryton Stead and Colton Skead. Josh DeCoffe was gifted with a breakaway pass from Alex Richardson for the fourth goal and Dixon wrapped up the scoring with his second of the night assisted by Bryton Stead. Josh Evans earned the win.
Vernon Machine hold their eight-team home tournament starting Friday with a 6:15 game against Richmond (Civic). Vernon battles Winfield Bruins in a Saturday 11:30 a.m. game at Civic.
H&L Glass Wolfpack record pair of ties
The H&L Glass Wolfpack tied the Vernon Pee Wee Lakers girls 5-5 Saturday at Wesbild and tied Salmon Arm 6-6 Sunday at Wesbild.
Eric Noren, Rowan Miller and Lochlan O’Keefe each recorded two snipes for the Pack versus the Lakers. Tanner Brown added two helpers.
Andie Kaneda scored twice and Emily Clarke added 1+3 for the Lakers, who also got goals from Carly Southam and Mairyn Tucker. Samantha Head brought her usual finesse and energy to the game and stopped 29 Wolfpack shots.
Kael Black and O’Keefe each supplied a deuce as H&L Glass tied up Salmon Arm. Ben King and Miller added singles and Gavin Medema earned two assists.
In Senior Atom Development play, the Vernon Valley Wood Venom fell 8-3 to the host Penticton Game Time Sports Saturday.
Caden Danbrook, Jacob Green and Gavin Fleck scored for the Venom, who had plenty of chances against a red-hot Penticton goalie. The Venom have this weekend off as they prepare to host their Halloween Spooktacular tournament.
The Venom, thanks to Kal Tire’s generous sponsorship, looked imposing in their new track suits in Penticton.
Walker gets pair as Knights draw with Lakers
The North Okanagan Senior Atom Knights clipped the Vernon Pee Wee Lakers girls 5-4 and lost 5-2 to the Kamloops Senior Atom Jets in exhibition games.
Bryan Brew scored the Knights’ first goal in the second period versus the Jets, while Wesley Graves scored in the third period, with an assist by Mitchell Brown.
Nicholas Walker (2), Brett Harder, Graves and Brown handled the scoring in an entertaining tilt with the Lakers, who were outshot 51-29. Jordan Butler, Kaneda Tucker and Clarke replied for the Lakers.