Renegades raid ‘Backs with third-period ambush

Vernon Renegades double visiting Salmon Arm SilverBacks 10-5 in Bantam Tier 1 hockey league action Friday night.

The Sun Valley Source for Sports Renegades struck six times in the final period to outgun the visiting Salmon Arm SilverBacks 10-5 in Bantam Tier 1 hockey league action Friday night.

Tied 4-4 after 40 minutes, the Renegades used singles from Jagger Williamson, Nick Higgs, Eammon Miller, Kaden Black, Bryce Pyle and Donte Nowell to put the game away.

The ‘Backs opened the scoring on a turnover in the first period, but the determined Renegades answered with a two-man advantage goal by Harvey Pawsey, the first of four powerplay markers by Vernon on the night.

Williamson then scored back-to-back goals, assists to Gage Kopp and Black. Nowell, from Nick Higgs, made it 4-2 before Salmon Arm equalized with two goals in two minutes before the end of the second period.

Adding assists were Williamson (2), Higgs, Miller, Nowell, Matt Kowalski, Michael Lenoury and Pyle.

Said Renegades’ head coach Jim Armstrong: “Our team drove hard to the net and put themselves in position to score tonight, and it paid off.”

Meanwhile, the Vernon Auto Fix Vikings opened up Salmon Arm Bantam Tier 3 Tournament with a tough 2-1 loss to South Okanagan Friday.

Vernon was led by some strong goaltending from Ethan Huizinga and by the non-stop hustle from MVP Austin Caldwell.

South Okanagan started the scoring with five minutes to go in the first period against the flow of play. The Vikings equalized on a deflection off a Carl Main shot near the end of the second period.

Vernon kept pressing and had South Okanagan on their heels for most of the game, but couldn’t sneak another one past their goalie. South Okanagan scored the winner on a breakaway midway through the third.

The Vikes faced the Langley Thunderbirds early Saturday morning.

In Novice action, the Vernon Panthers got off to an outstanding start at a Penticton tournament, icing the Kelowna Huskies 9-2.

Bennett Kuhnlein powered the Panther attack with three goals and Scot Hoffman chipped in with two. Adding singles were Theo Van Wyk, Colby Restiaux, Nick Noren and Jace Weir.

Adam Bourgeois supplied an assist in support of netminder Matthew Kuhnlein. Weir, Max Stewart and Bourgeois offered a steady defensive presence.