Morning Star Staff
The Vernon Corbett Office Plus Sharks shaded the Penticton Vees 2-1 Sunday in the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association Bantam Rec final in Clearwater.
The Sharks previously won the Okanagan North Super League title, going undefeated in the regular season and playoffs.
Brennan Schwark and Riley Bos scored for the Sharks, who got stellar netminding from Tyler Riva and Rhys Larsen.
Schwark put the Sharks in front with a nifty deke midway through the first period. Reid Lawrence drew the assist.
Bos produced the spectacular eventual winner on a shorthanded, partial breakaway. With a defender draped on his back, a falling Bos somehow flipped the puck past goalie Spencer MacDonald, early in the second period.
Brayden Jones replied for Penticton with 89 seconds left in the second period.
“The boys capped an awesome season with simple Sharks’ hockey,” said head coach Hedley Larsen, assisted by Todd Wenger and Kevin Mitchell. “They got pucks deep, were relentless on the forecheck and made strong outlet passes. It was rewarding watching them get better each week.”
Vernon ambushed Ashcroft 9-1, toppled Penticton 5-3 and bowed to Clearwater 3-1 in preliminary play. A tiebreaker formula was used after three teams finished at 2-1.
Schwark pulled the hat trick against Ashcroft, singles going to Brenden Lehoux, Lawrence, Bos, Seb Wenger, Alex Laurila and Kevin Sullivan. Lawrence and Nick Mitchell each had two assists.
Sean Howard bagged a deuce versus the Vees. Callum Leong, Lawrence and Schwark had singles and Mitchell drew two helpers.
Lawrence converted in the loss to Clearwater, who got an all-world showing from towering Midget overage net detective Karter Romeo.
The Vernon back end of Jake Pelletier, Jonas Ramsey, Tyson Sampert, Laurila and Troy Main was rock-solid.
Meanwhile, Erik Hoglund scored at 2:46 of overtime as Penticton clipped the Vernon Nedco Coyotes 4-3 in Sunday’s final of the OMAHA Midget Rec Championships in Lumby.
Nik Wasylyk, Austin Derkach and Brett Jewell handled the Coyotes’ offence.
Vernon iced Penticton 6-3, stopped the Lumby Stars 4-3 and grounded Logan Lake 10-3 in round-robin action.
Solomon Ivanoff (1+2), Wasylyk, Cole Bradley, Cam Sawdon, Brett Lambert and Aaron Keryluke scored against Penticton. Mack Wilton had two assists.
Lambert, with a deuce, Sawdon and Wasylyk, with the winner, pushed Nedco past Lumby. Reid Hackett, Wyatt Warnes and Kyle Weston answered for the Stars. Logan Meier earned two helpers.
Wilton pulled the hatty versus Logan Lake, while Austin Derkach added 2+2, Lambert pocketed 2+1 and Brandon Magnus also scored twice. Keryluke scored once, while Jakob Alexis drew three assists and Adam Sacht and Sawdon two apiece.
Penticton edged Lumby 5-4 in Sunday’s Pee Wee final in Clearwater.
Drew Mackenzie (3) and captain Tage Kineshanko scored for the Stars, who carry sponsorship from Kineshanko Logging and Green Velvet Lawn and Tree Care. The Vees netted the winner with 1:57 remaining.
Lumby stopped Clearwater 7-3, iced Penticton 11-5 and brushed back Lillooet 5-3 in preliminary play.
Kineshanko supplied 3+1 against Clearwater, while Tanner Franje Gilbert added a duece and singles came from Mackenzie and Josh Litven.
Matthew Yaremcio and Morgan Holland each pocketed two assists, while Payton Kineshanko passed to her brother for his hat trick with 36 seconds left.
The Vernon Tim Hortons Bulldogs capped a great Novice season at the West Kelowna Hat Trick Tournament last weekend.
The Dawgs dominated defensive play and got some some amazing goals by Cam Ward, Peyton Trevelyan and Cole Gartner. Tyler Martin had a great game in net with 30-plus saves for game MVP.
“It was nice to see the kids’ immense growth throughout the season, they played with heart, determination and always supported each other,” said coach Taryn Robertson.
Added coach Braden Robertson: “As coaches we try to instill life skills as well as hockey skills with listening, work ethic and most important, having fun!. As coaches, we feel we have reached all our season goals to the best of our abilities. We are very proud of our little Bulldogs.”
Said coach Garth Gartner: “The Bulldogs had a great year; they weren’t afraid to take on any team. This was one team that played for the love of the game. No matter what the score, they gave it there all every shift and had a smile on their faces the whole time.”