Morning Star Staff
The Abbotsford Lightning shaded the Vernon Rebels 6-5 in Sunday’s overtime final of the eight-team Kamloops Pee Wee Rec Hockey Classic.
Nicolas Petty, Zachary Manthorne, Liam Reid, Ryan Vandesande and Christopher Reinhardt scored in front of game MVP Jakob Aeichele.
Earlier Sunday, Reid bagged a deuce as the Rebels jolted the Kamloops Jets 6-4. Singles came from MVP Tyler Hamilton, Manthorne, Petty and Vandesande.
Vernon tied the Kamloops Spartans 5-5 Saturday night with Reid taking MVP with two goals and singles going to Andrew Kositsin, Reinhardt and Vandesande.
Vandesande pulled the hat trick, while MVP Owen Lawrence and Reid each scored twice as the Rebels ambushed the Kamloops Ice Hawks 10-1. Petty, Manthorne, and Kositsin provided singles.
Vernon opened the tournament by clipping the Chilliwack Rebels 5-4 with goalie Kassidy Schaper-Kotter collecting MVP. Reid (3), Vandesande and Kositsin also scored.
The Stevenson Mechanical Bolts improved their Pee Wee Super League record to 9-6-2 with two wins.
On Saturday, the Bolts doubled the Winfield Bruins 6-3 in Lake Country.
In the second minute, Ashton Pede and Quinn Soon worked the puck to Chris Bond, who banked it in from the right corner. Bond scored again minutes later, one a backhander, after Jordyn Morris and Bradley Halvorson combined to send him into the clear.
On his next shift, Bond dished to Pede in the slot, and Morris whipped the rebound high into the net. The lone goal of the second proved to be the winner, as Soon made a rink-long dash down the left side and slipped a low shot home.
In the third, Morris fed Pede on the opposite wing, and he toe-dragged around a defender before ringing one in off the post. Winfield mounted a comeback with three straight goals, but Caleb James iced the game in the final minute, taking a breakaway pass from Levi Vanderdeen and beating the goalie with a deke to his forehand. Ethan Keber’s timely saves were key in the Bolts’ win.
On Sunday at Priest Valley, the Bolts bested the Butcher Boys Snipers 7-3.
Just 20 ticks into the game, Pede stole the puck in the high slot and ripped a low wrister, glove side. In the final minute of the first, Damien Glover split the Bolt defence and evened the score.
One minute into the second, Jordyn Morris teed up Pede for a shot, and Sapion Joe slammed in the leftovers. Jaxxon Collard countered with a shorthanded goal on a solo sortie.
James restored the Bolts’ lead, banging in his own rebound on the power play. Stevenson Mechanical clicked again with the man advantage, as Ronan Bedard poked in the loose puck after Cecchini set up Bond for a chance.
With a Bolt in the box, the Snipers cut the lead to one. But the Bolts broke the game open with two quick goals late in the frame. First, Cecchini bounced one in out of a scramble, and then Morris counted another from the doorstep, converting a James pass. Teja Sheldrake registered the highlight of the third, snaring a labeled puck with his lightning-quick glove. Joe added a late goal off the draw.
Chris Gallant rang up a pair of hat tricks as the Talon Benefits Snakes smothered Winfield 5-0 and toppled the Lumby Stars 9-4 in Midget Super League action.
Dustin Beckner bagged 2+3 as the Snakes stopped the Stars Sunday at Pat Duke Memorial Arena. Martin Grenier, captain Chase Larsen and Nikolai Negraiff pocketed singles. Cody Bauml, Spencer O’Neill, Kyle Beerstra and Spencer O’Neill answered for the Stars (7-5-2).
Beckner and Negraiff also scored in Saturday’s win over the Bruins with Rhys Larsen and Bryce Dyck sharing the shutout. The Snakes are 9-5-2.
The host Winfield Bruins bounced the Vernon Five Star Awards Cougars 6-4 in Bantam Super League action Saturday.
The Cougars got two goals from Tanner Franje-Gilbert, one with six attackers, and singles from Dexter Weiten and Brady Beacom
The Lumby Atom Stars, sponsored by Terry’s Automotive and Irly Bird Building Centre, zapped the visiting North Okanagan Knights 12-0. Cameron Smithson earned the shutout, while Jack Laventure earned the Stars’ hard hat.