Mena Bhatt (left) of the Vernon Rockets battles for the puck against Taynon Charters of the Penticton Green Machine in the Timbits Freeze Out Novice Hockey Tournament Sunday at the Civic Arena.

Mena Bhatt (left) of the Vernon Rockets battles for the puck against Taynon Charters of the Penticton Green Machine in the Timbits Freeze Out Novice Hockey Tournament Sunday at the Civic Arena.

Rebels uncover gold in Nakusp

The Butcher Boys Rebels demolished the Salmon Arm Fix Auto Warriors 11-1 Sunday to take gold at the Nakusp Pee Wee Power Hockey Tournament.

Morning Star Staff

The Butcher Boys Rebels demolished the Salmon Arm Fix Auto Warriors 11-1 Sunday to take gold at the Nakusp Pee Wee Power Hockey Tournament.

Rebel gamebreaker Reilly Teager put Vernon up three minutes into the final with a lethal backhand-forehand deke.

The relentless Rebels held the Warriors shotless through the first 11 minutes, and built on their lead late in the period. Quinn Soon and Connor Cecchini worked the fast break to Dawson Twamley, who danced in and went upstairs.

Later in the shift, Twamley found Ronan Bedard in Gretzky’s office, and Cole Grevatt buried his centering pass. Two minutes into the second, Twamley roofed one on the power play after quick touches by Bryce Lauer, Tyler Hamilton, Bedard, and Grevatt.

Teager then took an outlet from Soon, cruised into range, and fired a low missile past the goalie. On a two-on-one created by Hamilton, Bedard dished to Twamley, and he lifted a backhand top shelf for his hat trick.

Ephren Potter-Cramer banged in a rebound from Gabe Jones, and then Soon took Paige Brayshaw’s feed at the point and pumped in another. The Warriors’ lone tally came in the third, while the Rebels counted three more off the sticks of Soon, Brayshaw, and Bedard.

Earlier on Sunday, the Rebels grounded the Vernon Chiefs 8-1 in the semis. Twamley and Teager each potted a pair, while Bedard, Grevatt, Hamilton and Cecchini added singles. Jonah Strachan replied for the Chiefs.

Brooklynn Walters, who assisted on Teager’s shorthanded game winner, took Player of the Game honours for the Rebels.

After drawing 3-3 with the Salmon Arm Titans in their opener, the Rebels hit their stride on Saturday, overtaking the Nakusp Falcons 7-4 and powering past the Salmon Arm Warriors 8-2.

Twamley collected a dozen goals in the five games, while Bedard chipped in with 14 assists. The Rebels’ dynamic net duo of Kassidy Schaper-Kotter and Jakob Aeichele made 86 saves en route to the tournament title.

The Lumby Stars (sponsored by Bannister GM and Great West Equipment) ambushed host Chase 15-0 in Pee Wee rec action Sunday.

The Stars displayed great teamwork and amazing passing to set up Andrew Rannelli, who netted his first career goal with a one-timer slap shot from the hashmarks with less than one second left in the third period.

The Stars have their final regular-season home games Saturday (11:15 a.m.) and Sunday (1:15 p.m.) at Pat Duke Memorial Arena.

The Atom Stars clinched the league title Sunday with a 6-0 win over Vernon Lakeside Printing.

Tori Maltman pocketed 2+2, while Faith Seehaver was rock-solid on the back end as Derek Murray, a former goalie with the Sicamous Eagles,  outcoached Garth Gartner, a former Viper captain.

James Wraight was stellar in net despite fighting the flu.

“It was one of our goals (win the title) this season and the kids worked hard to obtain it; team first attitude is what we are striving for,” said Murray.

The 12-team Vernon Timbit Freeze Out Novice tournament was a blast with teams from Penticton, Summerland, Salmon Arm and Oliver joining the six local clubs at Civic Arena.