Vernon Blue Lightning's Grace Cornell (facing) leaps into action to pursue a stray ring in Novice ringette action against the Vernon Flames Sunday morning at Priest Valley Arena.

Smith wires Bolts’ winner

Taryn Smith records winner as Vernon Mark’s Heavy Hauling Voltage grounds West Kelowna 5-4 in Junior B ringette action.

Taryn Smith recorded the unassisted winner as Vernon Mark’s Heavy Hauling Voltage grounded West Kelowna 5-4 in an action-packed Junior B ringette tilt Saturday.

Amy McKinnie turned back a barrage of shots late in the game to secure the win.

Ashley Eso and Jocelyn Jones jumpstarted the Bolts’ attack with first-period goals, assisted by Morgan Vanderzwan and Smith. With Vernon trailing, Breanna Thalheimer added a pair to equalize, assists from Darian Newman and Jones.

The Voltage fell 7-4 to Salmon Arm Sunday.

In Novice action, the Vernon Flames came up short in two games Saturday at Salmon Arm Playdays, starting with a 5-4 loss to the Kelowna Ring Burglars.

Levi Knopf and Georgia Lannon handled the scoring with two goals each, while Arianna Kositsin and Brynn Korol each added an assist.

Julie Francis collected a pair of goals in the Flames’ 8-4 loss to the more experienced Kelowna Ring Robbers.

Emma Lochhead and Kaila Summerfelt each pitched in with singles and Knopf chipped in with two assists and Summerfelt added one. Ashly Shwaluk was solid in defence.

In Sunday league action, the Flames lost another hard-fought battle, falling 8-4 to the Vernon Blue Lightning at Priest Valley Arena. Lannon, Francis, Lochhead and Jewel Jensen supplied the Flames’ offence.

The win made it three in a row for Blue Lightning, who earlier earned a 12-3 victory over Shuswap, followed by a 9-4 win over West Kelowna Saturday in Salmon Arm.

In Tween C action, the Vernon Nixon Wenger Invaders got a pair of goals from Madison Johnson in a 10-4 loss to host West Kelowna Saturday.

Vernon got other great goals from Marika Monroe and Miranda Blatney, and assists by Czarina Wisse, Rebecca VanEyck, Ava Haldane and Blatney.

The Invaders relied on solid efforts from netminder Spencer Christensen, Ashleigh Cohen, Ava Cornell, Tamara Nicol and Chelsea Landry. Newcomers Marlee Deboer, Natalie Ethier and Marisa Johnson added to the action.

The Invaders fell 4-1 to Kelowna Sunday in Salmon Arm.

The Vernon Petite Vikings went 1-1-1 in their opening weekend, starting with a 4-3 win over Kelowna thanks to some solid netminding by Canean Wisse.

Alyssa Carter led Vernon with two goals, with Kalen Webster and Evan Koshure adding singles.

Saturday morning, the Vikes battled to a 7-7 tie against the Kelowna Phantoms at Playdays.

Emma Carter and Koshure each scored twice for Vernon, while Riley Marchand and Giselle Torres, each with a goal and assist, and Haley Quiring completed the offence.

Vernon couldn’t find their legs in an 8-1 loss Shuswap #1. The lone goal for Vernon came from Webster.

Alanna Fox and Dayna Hanley pocketed singles as the Vernon Swag bowed 7-2 to Kelowna in Junior B action Saturday at the Capital News Centre.

The Swag rebounded Sunday with a 3-1 win over Shuswap, with goals coming from Kendra Racine, Kim Wilson and Fox. Bailey Williamson and Desiree Turnball each had an assist.

Teigan Moore turned the hat trick as the Thompson-Okanagan Junior AA girls earned a 6-6 draw against the Shuswap Belles Saturday in Salmon Arm.

Taigan Radomske, with a pair, and Allison Bihari rounded out the TORL offence, with assists going to Kianna Pak (2), Riley Pickrell, Radomske, Alyx Rudderham and Megan Weatherill.

In their second Saturday game, the Thompson-Okanagan crew bowed 4-3 to the Kelowna-West Kelowna Belles.

Rudderham, assisted by Pak, Radomski, unassisted, and Pak, unassisted, provided the offence in support of Tara Macmillan, who was great in net for both games.

In Petite play, Madison Fox fired a pair of goals and Abygayle Williamson had a goal and assist as the Vernon Advertising Works Thunder Cats bowed 7-6 to Shuswap Saturday at Priest Valley.

Ellen Campbell, Miranda Chapple and MacKenzie Munroe each had one goal, with Chelsea McNabb and Makayla Vanderzwan chipping in with assists.

Playing an early-morning tilt Sunday, Vernon responded with a 5-3 win over host Shuswap #1.

Williamson paced the advertising offence with three goals, while Fox and McNabb added singles.

Sophie Granley, Fox and Ellen Campbell has assists.

Later that morning, the Thunder Cats fell 10-4 to the Kelowna Fuegos.

Williamson buried two goals, and Fox and Chapple each had one.


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