The Lumby Irly Bird Building Supplies Stars extended their unbeaten streak by winning the Nakusp Invitational Bantam Rec Hockey Tournament.
Goals by Keenan MacDonald, Shale Williamson, Kevin Fuller, and Jayden Pedersen gave Lumby a 4-0 win over Salmon Arm Silvertips in Sunday’s final.
Coached by Dale Nicholls and managed by Kelly Meier, the Stars got two assists each from Reid Hackett, Macdonald and Pedersen. Great two-way play came from Jack O’Neil and Treyton Philips.
Goalie Jake Desilets gave up only two goals the entire weekend as the Stars opened with a 5-0 win over Nakusp. Pedersen (2+1), MacDonald, Logan Meier and Cody Bauml handled the offence. Game MVP went to to tireless captain Logan Meier. Lumby followed by stopping the Salmon Arm Silverblades 3-0 on snipes by Hackett, Shale Williamson (MVP) and MacDonald.
The Stars then blanked the Silvertips 2-0 with Connor Fair and Williamson scoring, and clutch assists going to game MVP Zack Kuperus and Adam Sacht.
Lumby bounced the Silverblades 3-2 in a penalty-filled semifinal Sunday. Pedersen, Hackett, with a howitzer of a shot, and Williamson supplied the goals. MacDonald had two helpers.
The Talon Benefits Ajax lost 8-3 to Drumheller, Alta. in the semifinals of a four-team hitting Midget Rec tournament in Golden.
“We did very well considering that we do not play in a hitting league and played two Tier 2 teams and a Tier 3 team,” said Ajax head coach Darren Zupp. “We were in every game until the last eight to 10 minutes minutes when we just ran out of gas. The boys had a lot of fun and our manager (Art Coles) picked up Dallas Zupp in Revelstoke to bring him for the last three games as he missed the first one because he was in volleyball provincials.”
Dallas Zupp (2) and Brenden Zupp scored in the semifinal. Game MVP was Jake Brodoway. Golden, who had three Junior B players just sent down for discipline reasons, won the tourney.
The Ajax, playing without captain Bradlee Jones (one-game suspension) bowed 6-1 to Golden with Lee Brodoway scoring on a one timer from an excellent saucer pass from Brenden Zupp. D-man Layne Greene was named game MVP.
Vernon then fell 8-4 to Drumheller with Jones and Dallas Zupp both hitting three goalposts. Layne Greene scored two goals, once on a pass by his older brother Sean Greene. Brenden and Dallas Zupp added singles. Dallas converted a beautiful tic-tac-toe play with Jake Brodoway and Jones. Tyler Yawney took MVP after stopping 47 shots.
The Ajax then stopped Elk Valley 5-1 with Brenden Zupp (2), game MVP Kristian Currie, Jones and Dallas Zupp leading the offence. Brenden Zupp’s second game came on a tip-in howitzer from Jake Brodoway. Goalie-turned enforcer forward Clay Coles had a strong two-way game with one assist.
The Nedco Titans finished fifth at 2-1-1 in the Hucul Midget Rec Challenge in Salmon Arm.
Mark Francis, Yanik Fillion-Murphy and Josh Lerbeck staked the Titans out to a 3-0 lead against the Kelowna Leafs before settling for a 3-3 tie Sunday morning. D-man Quin Finocchio earned the Tim Hortons game MVP. Bantam call-up Jake Holland and Zoran Bos shined in net.
In Saturday games, the Titans clipped the Westside Warriors 4-3 and bowed 4-1 to the Kelowna Sharks. Game MVP Francis, with 3+1, and Max Mitchell scored in the win, while Chad Woodhead and Finocchio each bagged two helpers.
Fillion-Murphy scored in the loss to Kelowna with Garrett Dansereau taking MVP for somesuperb hustle.
Nick Pantaleo’s third-period natural hat trick gave the Vernon Battery Chargers a 7-5 Juvenile Rep win over the Winfield Bruins.
The Chargers stuffed the host Summerland Jets 10-3 Saturday afternoon and lead the Okanagan league at 4-0-2.
Aaron Campeau earned 1+2 against Winfield, while Clay Ricketts, Cliff High and Matt Kolb completed the offence. Captain Lynden Enger supplied four assists and Eli Longworth had two.
The Chargers got 2+2 from Ricketts and 2+1 from Denon Bosk in Summerland. Enger scored twice, while Campeau added 1+2 and singles came from Jamie Sawchuk, Austin Lewarne and Cory Hug. Theo Wagner had three helpers.
In Pee Wee Super League play, the Lakeside Printing Predators shaded the Stevenson Mechanical Blues 2-1 Saturday.
The two teams combated for over half the first period before Jonas Ramsey pocketed the first goal with the assist to d-man Cole Martin. Rachael Kroeker and Jacob Soucy showed solid defence keeping the score 1-0 for the Predators in the second.
Early in the third, captain Landon Currie buried a goal after receiving a beautiful pass from Reid Lawrence. Ryan Lazar and Ryan Jakes were strong on the puck to clear their defensive zone.
Colton Schaper-Kotter and Chris Aldrich moved the puck up the ice and made some great offensive plays at Wesbild Centre.
Cameron Mackenzie made several outstanding saves before Nick Poirier replied for the Blues eight minutes into the third.
The Butcher Boys Red Wings stormed the host Winfield Bruins 6-1 in Pee Wee action Sunday night.
Jake Pelletier provided two goals and some fancy stickhandling to push the Wings to an early lead. Brendan Horsfield jumped on a bad clearing attempt by the Bruins goalie and buried one.
Tyler Semeniuk went end to end, beating all five defenders then ripping a wrist shot over the shoulder of the Winfield netminder for a beauty.
Goalie Garrett Adams and winger Callum Leong shined for the Blues.
In Midget Super League action, the KT’s Pizza Thunder outgunned the North Okanagan Knights 7-6 and iced the Vernon Authentic Trophies & Plaques Tropics 7-4.
Billy Butler, Chad Lindenbach and Kyle Evans each recorded two goals and Chevy Wiffen had one as the Thunder clipped the Knights. Logan Siddall (2), Darryl Fidler, Dustin Copeland, Brad Honeyman and Dalton Zieske added singles.
Evans pulled the hat trick Sunday at Wesbild Centre, while Lindenbach (2), Megan Johnston and Brendan Squair also scored. Tropic goals came from Brock Wagner (2), Russell Hickman and Cam Strike.
The Corbett Office Plus Cowboys got two goals apiece from Mitchell Lukacs and Dustin Folliott in a 5-3 win over the Winfield #2 Bruins Saturday at Civic. Cam Sawdon, assisted by a sweet pass from Ben James, also scored in front of Austin Goss.