Morning Star Staff
The Sun Valley Source for Sports Vipers toppled Penticton Jr. Vees 5-2 Sunday in Okanagan Mainline Bantam Tier 1 Hockey League play at Civic Arena.
It was the Snakes’ second straight win over Penticton. Vernon got two goals from Stephane Richard and singles from Reed Cashato, Brady Marzocco and Matt Kowalski. Connor Johnston earned two assists.
In Midget Tier 1 play, the Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers lost 4-1 to the Kelowna Fripps Warehouse Rockets Saturday with all the goals coming on the powerplay.
Jagger Williamson opened the scoring from Cole Woodliffe and Griffin Fried in the first period. Kelowna added two goals in each of the final periods. Austin Goss faced 49 shots in net.
The Vipers are in the Prince George Inn of the North Coast Cougars tourney this weekend.
Vernon girls supply offence
Salmon Arm Midget Girls Tier 1 Silvertips got goals from three Vernon products – Hanna Scherck, Cailee Bauml and Jenna Lazar – in a 4-0 blanking of Kamloops at the Shaw Centre.
Maddie Turner (Salmon Arm) had the other snipe, while Chelsea McCaig (Enderby), Taylor Vandale (Vernon) and Sydney Castle (Enderby) earned helpers in support of Bailey Berndt (Enderby).
The Watkin Motors Vipers finished fifth at the Kelowna Tier 1 Pee Wee Tournament at 2-2.
The Vipers bowed 10-7 to the gigantic Abbotsford Hawks Saturday morning with Rowan Miller (from Trevor Kennedy), Cole Boyarski (assisted by Gavin Fleck and Tanner Brown), Kennedy (Eric Noren), Noren (Miller, Kennedy), Fleck unassisted, and Kennedy (Noren) handling the offence.
In Saturday afternoon play, the Vipers fell 7-1 to eventual tourney-champion Cranbrook with Boyarski converting from Brown.
Vernon shut down Prince George Jr. Cougars 3-0 Sunday morning with Kobe Grant earning the clean sheet. Kennedy (Miller), Lucas Zubrod (Miller) and Miller (Kennedy) supplied the goals as the Vipers iced the Cats for the first time this year.
Both Grant and Tyler Sedlacek retained composure in net throughout the tournament and the defence of Anne Cherkowski, Cameron Moger, Lee Christensen, Brown, Lucas Wood and Scott Gilowski were solid.
Coke boys zap Broncos
The Coca-Cola Midget Tier 2 Vipers bowed 7-1 to the West Kelowna Warriors Saturday afternoon at Civic Arena with Brenden Zupp scoring from Kaden Black and Eamonn Miller.
On Sunday, the Vipers ambushed the shortstaffed Chase Broncos 15-0 at Civic with Zupp, Landon Munk, Cameron Hitch and Black each providing two goals. Miller earned 1+3, while Easton Jones pocketed three assists.
The Broncos, playing up a division, had their goalie receive a misconduct and roughing penalty for jumping on and punching Miller in the second period.
Carl Main, Gabe Turner, Jack Pawsey, Logan Revell, Julian Darkanzanli and Logan Imrich added singles.
Fletcher on fire
Jenna Fletcher fired four goals as the Sladen Moore Lakers grounded Penticton Jr. Vees 10-1 in Bantam A Female play.
Andie Kaneda, with 2+1, Emily Williams, with 1+2, Jordan Butler, Samantha Head and Abbey Magnus closed out the Laker offence. Emily Clarke, counted three helpers, while Juli Gilowski added two. The Lakers are in the Kamloops Invitational starting Friday.
The Nixon Wenger Vipers bowed 6-1 to the host South Okanagan Hornets in Sunday’s semifinals of the Buzz Tier 3 tournament
Cole Johnson scored Vernon’s goal, while game MVP Braeden McAammond worked hard both ways.
The Vipers upended North Shore Winter Club Winterhawks 6-1 in their last round-robin tilt to finish third in pool play. Gavin Medema, Aiden Trottier and Johnson each netted a pair in front of MVP Tanner Witt. Vernon ended up third so will face off against host South Okanagan
Vernon had earlier given up a late snipe in a 1-0 loss to Kelowna with game MVP Dalton Stenberg marvellous in net.
Valley Wood boys split
In Atom Development A play, the Valley Wood Jr. Vipers lost 4-3 to Kamloops#1 Blazers Saturday at Civic and bounced the #2 Blazers 9-4 Sunday at Priest Valley Arena.
Steel Quiring, strong with the puck, came out from behind the net and fired a shot with Owen Palfreyman burying the 1-1 rebound. Kamloops took the lead on a power play before the Vipers levelled the score as MVP Isaac Thomas’s point shot was tapped in by Quiring.
Down by two goals in the third, the Valley Wood boys killed off a five-on-three and then pulled within one when Quiring converted a pass by Connor Elliott. Cayden Hamming stopped 39 shots.
The Vipers passed more Sunday and clicked early when Jakob Jones led an odd-man rush and delivered a perfect pass through the crease to Jacob Boden for the lead. Jones then outworked and outskated his opponent to set up the next two goals by Trevelyan and Elliott before ringing up a hat trick himself.
The Blazers began crashing goalie Owen Swiskcoski, who held his ground and recorded some spectacular saves on rebounds in tight with Blazers jamming away at the puck.
After a penalty kill, MVP Boden poked the puck past the dee and found the top corner. adding another goal on to his five-point game. Other goals came from Cody Beckner and Quiring.
Said head coach Scott Palfreyman: “It was a good weekend to give us an indication on where we are at, and what we need to focus on, going forward.”