Brenden Zupp of the Vernon Authentic Trophy and Plaque Hitmen rips a shot from close range at DCT Red Bulls’ goalie Yager Krenz Sunday at Priest Valley Arena.

Brenden Zupp of the Vernon Authentic Trophy and Plaque Hitmen rips a shot from close range at DCT Red Bulls’ goalie Yager Krenz Sunday at Priest Valley Arena.

Stars showing off upset mode

The fifth-place Lumby Stars, sponsored by Gorman Bros. & R. J. Schunter Contracting, upset the pennant-winning Nedco Blazers 5-1 in Midget playoff action Friday night at Wesbild Centre.

The Stars welcomed net detective Kohen Baranyi back from injured reserve and he allowed just one goal in the first period before giving way to Mike Britch at the midway point.

Wyatt Warnes tied things up four minutes after Vernon’s goal by Adam Fenske, assisted by Drake Kosick.

Darcy Schenkeveld connected for Lumby less than a minute later and Kyle Weston (1+2) scored before Schenkeveld notched his second, just inside a minute to go in the first.

Clayton Ricketts scored the final goal of the game early in the second period and then Lumby shut the door shut on the Blazers. Chandler Porteous earned two assists.

The Stars then grounded the Talon Benefits Titans of Vernon 7-3 Sunday afternoon at Pat Duke Memorial Arena.

Schenkeveld counted 3+1 for the Stars, while  Ricketts scored twice, Weston added 1+2 and  Calvin Tourand scored once. Hayden Jones (2) and Mark Francis replied for the Titans.

The Blazers rebounded by stuffing the Advertising Works Broad Street Bullies 7-3 and ambushing the Lakeside Printing Aftershock of Salmon Arm 7-2.

Steven Goebel, with 1+2, Brennan Martin, Mykaila Head, Devan Head, Sean Greene, Josh Gosselin and Connor Butte-Landsfried handled the Blazer offence versus the Bullies. Clayton Coles earned the win.

Chad Lindenbach and Devan Head each pumped in two goals as the Blazers iced the Aftershock. Kosick, Fenske and Mykaila Head had singles in support of Bruin Stair. Goebel had two helpers.

The Vernon Battery Seagulls rallied to tie Winfield Bruins 3-3 Friday night before losing 7-6 to Salmon Arm Pharmsave Storm and  outlasting the North Okanagan Knights 12-5 in Midget B side playoff action.

Mary Rice, Bradley David and Ward Mercer scored as the Gulls erased a 3-0 deficit Friday in support of Rodger Sewell and Luke Vandale.

Clifford High pulled the hat trick, while Tyson Clark, with 1+2,  Josh Readshaw and Dustin Folliott added singles aganst the Storm Saturday at Sunwave Centre.

High supplied 3+3, while Folliott earned 3+2 as the Gulls beat the Knights Tuesday night at Nor-Val Sports Centre. Readshaw provided 2+4, while Russel Negraiff, Sean Connors, Nat Wilson and Justin Ramsey contributed singles.

The Midget semifinals go Sunday at 2:15 and 6 p.m. at Wesbild with the final set for Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the Sunwave Centre.

Bantam Hitmen find playoff groove

The fourth-place Authentic Plaque and Trophy Hitmen were the surprise team as the Bantam Super League playoffs got underway, tying the first-place Denny’s Saints 4-4, slamming the third-place Finch & Co. Warriors 10-4 and crushing the second-place DCT Chambers Red Bulls 10-2.

Brenden Zupp (3+1) and Brett Jewell scored as the Hitmen outhustled the Saints Friday night at Priest Valley Arena. Hitmen goalie Joe Tronson was spectacular in going the distance, and had his best weekend of the season.

Lucas Colgan (2), Layne Greene and Taylor Maxwell replied for the Saints, who got two assists from Nik Wasylyk.

Jewell scored five of the Hitmen’s first six goals and Zupp added three versus host Salmon Arm Sunday morning. Dustin Schmor also scored for the Hitmen, who got two helpers each from Liam Cromarty, Ryan Pelkey and Alex Strutt.

The Saints bounced the Scotiabank Scorpions 9-4 and ambushed the Corbett Office Equipment Sharks 9-2 in other weekend games.

Chris Gallant and Marcus Finn each pulled hat tricks as Denny’s stopped the Scorpions at Sunwave Centre. Kristian Currie, with 1+2, Lucas Colgan and Max Mitchell completed the Saints’ offence. Brock Wagner, with two goals, Rowyn Lewis-Hatherley and Nikolai Negraiff replied for the Scorpions.

Colgan fired four goals and Kyle Dennis was solid in net as the Saints iced the Sharks Sunday afternoon at Nor-Val Sports Centre.

Josh Lerbeck and Currie, each with 1+2, Finn, Gallant and Marshall Box, back after nine weeks on injury reserve, also scored for the Saints. Greene and Wasylyk each counted two assists. Brandon Tarasenko had both goals for the Sharks.

The Scorpions battled the Salmon Arm Warriors to a 5-5 draw Sunday afternoon at PV. Returning to form after a broken arm, AJ Jhajj opened the scoring for Scotiabank on a feed from Aaron Keryluke.

Scotiabank responded in the second when Wagner unassisted, and Landon Munk from Rowyn Lewis-Hatherley, put the Scorpions up 3-2.  The Warriors scored to grab a big lead with eight minutes left but Lewis-Hatherley made it 5-4 on a pass from Devin Prizmic.  The Scorpions then peppered  Salmon Arm with 13 shots in the last three minutes before Lewis –Hatherley wired a shot top corner to equalize with 44 seconds left.

Trey Spanier faced 31 shots, including a beauty glove save in tight for Scotiabank.

The semifinals go Sunday at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. with the final Monday at 7:45 p.m., all at Civic.

The Lumby Stars, sponsored by Irly Bird Building Centres and Gudeit Bros. Contracting, lost 6-5 to host Winfield in B side playoff action Saturday with the Bruins getting the winner on a scramble at the buzzer.

Keenan MacDonald (2+1), Logan Meier, Jayden Pedersen and Kyle Beerstra managed the Stars’ offence. Connor Fair, Edwin Hayman and Reid Hackett each collected two assists in front of  Corey Tinney.  On Sunday, the Stars brushed off the Chase Mustangs 4-3 in another thriller with Hackett, Meier, Pedersen and Beerstra, with the winner, scoring for Lumby. Ashley Tinney and Shale Williamson each had two helpers.