Morning Star Staff
The Vernon Seed Orchard Snakes lost a 4-3 overtime thriller to Richmond in Monday morning’s semifinal of the eighth annual Seafair Midget C Rec Hockey Ice Breaker.
The Snakes were inspired by the grit of Chris Gallant, who was game MVP with one goal and one assist despite battling an off-day trampoline injury. Joseph Tronson and captain Austin Bosquet also scored for the Snakes, who protested the winning goal which appeared to come off a high stick.
Vernon opened by slamming Kelowna 8-3 with Adam Fenske pulling the hat trick, Bosquet bagging a deuce and singles going to Ryan Buick, Gallant and Liam Semeniuk in support of Billy Cawthorn, who was in net all weekend.
Fred Dyck’s Snakes smothered Seafair 6-1 with stellar play from Cawthorn and offence from Fenske, Brooke Toop, Bosquet, Jarett Campbell, Gallant and Semeniuk. The defensive pairing of Chase Larsen and Nik Negraiff was bold.
Vernon battled Kamloops to a 3-3 draw Sunday with Gallant, Lucas Williams and Kolten Kirschner supplying the offence. Kirschner’s father, Brad, won a KitchenAid mixer in the raffle. He plans to re-gift it as a surprise for his wife at Christmas.
The Vernon Authentic Plaques and Trophies Autobots ended a trip to a Chilliwack Midget tournament with a 5-4 victory Sunday over the Aldergrove Bruins.
Isaiah Wenger and Jene Desjarlais each scored twice for Mike Wagner’s crew, while captain Liam Curran added two helpers.
In round-robin play, the Autobots went 1-3, including a couple of hard-fought battles against Chilliwack squads.
Goaltender Jared Larsen turned aside 37 shots to lead Vernon to a 2-1 victory over the previously undefeated Chilliwack #5 Saturday night. Lee Brodoway and Desjarlais scored, while Dominic Loosli earned MVP status with a fierce forecheck and an assist.
The Autobots challenged Chilliwack #4 to the final buzzer in a 2-1 loss Sunday to close out preliminary play. Goalie and MVP Rowan Wood stopped 31 shots and Curran scored midway through the third period.
In earlier games the Autobots lost 4-2 to Ridge Meadows and 7-5 to Penticton after building up a 5-0 lead in the first period. Larsen was named MVP in the Ridge Meadows game while Desjarlais notched the hat trick and MVP against Penticton.
The Corbett Office Supply Sharks went 2-1-1 in the Bantam division of the the Seafair tourney, opening by falling 5-3 to Seafair.
Sean Howard, Alex Laurila and Nick Mitchell handled the offence in front of Tyler Riva (MVP) and Rhys Larsen.
Hedley Larsen’s Sharks then edged the South Delta Thunderbirds 2-1 with d-man and MVP Tyson Sampert getting the winner from the point. Kevin Sullivan had the other goal.
The Office Supply crew grounded Langley 3-1 with Sullivan, Howard and hustling Seb Wenger (MVP) supplying snipes.
Howard pulled the hat trick and Sullivan forechecked until he dropped for MVP as the Sharks tied Kamloops 3-3. Laurila had two helpers.
In Bantam Super League action, Landon Currie scored four times and Sam Frisby added a hat trick as the DCT Chambers Marauders ambushed the North Okanagan Knights 10-1 Sunday night at the Civic Arena.
Josh Bridge, Cole Martin and Finn O’Keefe had singles, while d-man Gaman Nijjar picked up three assists. Goalie Sam Knox was sharp when called upon for the truckers, allowing only a first period goal by Derrian Kobewka, as he went the distance.
The Marauders (3-1-1) rallied Saturday night with three third-period goals to earn a 4-4 tie with the Five Star Awards Cougars at Priest Valley Arena. Frisby capped the comeback by netting the equalizer with 3:07 remaining on a set up by Jim Brodoway.
Currie, with a pair, and Bridge, unassisted, had the other goals in support of Noah Foufoulas, who made several great stops in the opening period.
Maguire Dickinson had two goals while Chris Moore and Travis Aeichele scored unassisted markers for the Cougars, who had Reece Hawthorne and Isaac Waldemaras in goal.
Nicholas Mann produced 3+1 as the Cougars iced the Interior Savings Giants 5-1 Sunday.
Colton Shaper-Kotter, with a quick wrister that beat Giants’ goalie Dylan Blazek, and Moore, from Jacob Soucy and Travis Aeichele, finished the Cougars’ offence. Keefer Kaempf buried the second rebound past Cougar goalie Reece Hawthorne.
In Midget Super League play, the Lumby Stars bowed 9-1 to the Nedco Coyotes before doubling Kelowna 8-4 in exhibition action.
Aaron Keryluke provided five goals for Nedco, while Adam Roemer counted 2+5 and Cameron Sawdon rung up five assists. Brett Shaigec and Brett Jewell added singles in a rough affair.
Jewell netted 4+3 and Kerryluke scored three times as the Coyotes shelled the Winfield Bruins 16-4. Brandon Magnus and Austin Derkach each had two snipes, while Dusty Beckner left the goaltending pads behind and played out to score once and get an assist. Trey Spanier was marvellous in net and assisted twice.
Sponsored by Irly Bird Building Centre Lumby and R.J. Schunter Contracting, Logan Meier counted 2+3 and Kyle Weston earned 1+4 against Kelowna. Reid Hackett, with 1+2, Shale Miller, Jayden Pedersen, Calvin Tourand and Jack O’Neill, completed the attack.
Novice exhibition play saw the Vernon Steelers upend the host Kamloops Destroyers 7-3 behind six goals from Deagan McMillan and one from Bryden Murray.
“For our first game of the year the boys put in a great effort,” said Vernon coach Trevor Seibel. “The boys skated hard and really took it to Kamloops.The line of Deagan McMillan, Theo Van Wyk and Rielly Beer had strong showings. Centremen Erik Pastro and Austin Seibel played strong two-way games and really neutralized the Kamloops attack.”
Matthew Kuhnlein went the distance in goal.