Morning Star Staff
The Vernon Rebels treated themselves to a Christmas double in North Okanagan Pee Wee Super Hockey League play.
Jakob Aeichele went the distance in net as the Rebels toppled the Akew’s Foods Eagles of Salmon Arm 6-4 Sunday at the Shaw Centre.
Zachary Manthorne, Ryan Vandesande, Chris Reinhardt, Liam Reid, Koll Cherkowski and Andrew Kositsin handled the offence.
Nicolas Petty pulled the hat trick as the Rebels stuffed the host Winfield Bruins 6-1 Saturday.
Vandesande, with a deuce, and Kositsin also scored for the third-place Rebels (8-2-1). Kassidy Schaper-Kotter and Aeichele shared the netminding.
In other Pee Wee action, the Stevenson Mechanical Bolts bounced the Salmar Classics 8-5 Saturday at the Shaw Centre.
Ronan Bedard, Ashton Pede and Sapien Joe each tallied twice for the Bolts (6-4-1). Defence partners Bradley Halvorson and Jackson Soucy were pillars of strength, each racking up a plus-seven rating.
Down by an early goal, the Bolts countered with a pair. First, Halvorson’s point shot deflected to Joe in the slot and he found the range.
Then, Logan Thoma burst down the right wing and rimmed the puck around to Bedard, who walked out of the corner and sniped low.
After Salmon Arm tied it, Shaelyn Cecchini dashed in and ripped a rising wrister that handcuffed the Salmar keeper. Hard-charging Caleb James knocked in the loose puck. Seconds later, Pede put the Bolts up by two, burying Chris Bond’s rebound.
Stevenson Mechanical then broke the game wide open with a totally dominant second period.
Bedard converted a centering feed from Bond. Next, Pede put Cecchini in the clear, and she threaded the five-hole. James then connected with Pede, who stepped over the Salmar line and uncorked a knuckler that skipped over the goalie’s pad.
Joe swiped the puck in the high slot and went blocker side early in the third. Ethan Keber stemmed the Salmar tide with a clutch glove save.
In Midget action, Dusty Beckner bagged 3+1 as the Talon Benefits Snakes smothered the Vernon Seed Orchard Studs 7-1 Sunday night at Civic Arena.
Ryley Johnson, with 2+1, Alex Laurila and Nikolai Negraiff also scored for the Snakes (4-5-1), who had Rhys Larsen in net. Aaron Botterill replied for the 2-7-1 Studs.
Larsen was a rock star in goal as the Snakes tied the league-leading Vernon Authentic Plaque & Trophy Black Mamba 1-1 Saturday at Civic.
D-man Chase Larsen helped his brother by scoring in the first period, assisted by Johnson.
The Mambas (7-2-2) equalized midway through the third when Isaiah Wenger connected, from Marcus Finn and Bantam call-up Dakota Becker.
In Bantam play, the Five Star Awards Cougars iced Interior Savings Just Orange 6-4 Sunday at Civic.
The Cougars jumped out to a 4-0 lead eight minutes into the first period. Reece Hawthorne had two goals for Just Orange, including one on a beauty pass from Isaac White.
Becker and Seb Wenger had the other goals for the Orange, who were unable to give starting goalie Caedon Bellmann a win on his 13th birthday.
weekend. Sam Knox played the second half for the Orange, now winless in four and 2-7-3 on the year..