Snakes keep semifinal hopes alive

Vernon Authentic Plaque & Trophy doubles Salmon Arm Blackburn Excavating 6-3 in midget house league playoff action...

Captain Tyler Semeniuk pocketed 2+1 as the Vernon Authentic Plaque & Trophy Snakes grounded Salmon Arm Blackburn Excavating 6-3 in North Okanagan Midget Super Hockey League play Thursday night in Sicamous.

Alternate captain Darnell Hauca moved up to the wing from defence at the ice clean and scored a pair of big goals, while Bantam call-up Landen Harison and Hayden Vardon added singles.

Riley Bos, alternate captain Makenna Hoffman and Cole Martin anchored the Vernon defence most of the night in front of stellar netminders Rhys Larsen and Jake Holland.

The Snakes and Blackburn are both 1-2 in the playoff round-robin. Top four teams advance to today’s semifinals.

In Midget action Friday night, the regular season champion Talon Benefits Thrashers finished the preliminary round at 3-1 after pasting Lakeside Printing Sting of Salmon Arm 10-3 at  the Shaw Centre.

The Sting are 0-1-2.

The Thrashers exploded for seven goals in the third period.

Adam Roemer led the pennant winners with three goals while Jaden Steinke added a deuce.

Singles went to Keefer Kaempf, Brenden Horsfield, Alex Laurila, Sam Frisby and Rowan Wood.

Braeden Doak had three assists for the winners.

In B.C. AAA Female Midget playoff action at the Priest Valley Arena Friday, the Thompson Okanagan Lakers scored a thrilling 1-0, double overtime win over the Kootenay Wild in Game 1 of their best-of-three league quarterfinal.

West Kelowna’s Kayla Waldbillig set up Kelowna’s Ripley Burd for the game-winner. Kendra Woodland of Kamloops got the shutout for the Lakers.

Game 2 went Saturday at Kal Tire Place. Game 3, if needed, would be today at 1 p.m. at Kal Tire Place.