Morning Star Staff
The Sun Valley Source for Sports Vipers rung up a pair of Okanagan Mainline Bantam Tier 1 Hockey Association road wins, grounding Pursuit of Excellence 5-0 and stopping Okanagan Hockey Academy 3-1.
Matt Kowalski pocketed 2+1, while Connor Johnston also scored twice and Brady Marzocco once as the Vipers iced POE Saturday at Nor-Val Sports Centre. Reed Cashato earned two helpers in support of Conor Webb.
On Sunday in Penticton, the Sun Valley crew, coached by Keith Chase, got two goals from Stephane Richard and one from Coleton Bilodeau.
Home Building Centre boys bounce POE
The Vernon Home Building Centre Midget Tier 1 Vipers doubled POE 6-3 Saturday at Pat Duke Memorial Arena in Lumby.
Jeff Bochon opened the scoring, shorthanded, assisted by Hayden Chase. A few minutes later, Bochon went end to end for another goal.
Griffin Fried recorded the only snipe of the second period, assisted by Jacob Dolinar and Mitchell Lukacs. Early in the third, Chase netted the winner, from Scott Latwat and Dolinar.
Fried collected his second, from Dolinar and Carson Richards. Layne Greene wrapped up the scoring on the power play from Zach Manton and Chase.
The same two teams meet Friday night (8:15, Civic Arena).
The Coca-Cola Midget Tier 2 Vipers won their last two games to finish 3-1 at the Winfield Tournament.
Brenden Zupp, Landon Munk and Cameron Hitch scored as the Vipers shut down Surrey 3-0, while Carl Main (2), Gabe Turner, Marcus Finn and Zupp handled the offence in a 5-3 victory over Aldergrove.
In Pee Wee Tier 1 action, the Watkins Motors Vipers tied the host Kamloops Jardines Blazers 2-2 Sunday at MacArthur Island Sports Centre.
Ben King opened the scoring for Vernon early in the first, unassisted. Kamloops tied it in the second and Vernon moved ahead with King converting on a scramble.
Kamloops pulled their goalie with a minute to play and got the equalizer with a point shot that deflected over Tyler Sedlacek’s shoulder. Sedlacek was stellar all game.
The Sladen Moore Bantam Female A Lakers edged the Kelowna Midget Female A Rockets 5-4 in exhibition action Sunday night at Memorial Arena.
The Lakers were looking for a tune up for their six-team Classic tournament this weekend at Civic Arena.
Mairyn Tucker, on a one-timer, from Emily Clarke on the rush, and then Samantha Head with a high blocker-side snipe, unassisted, had the opening Laker tallies.
The Rockets regained a two-goal advantage early in the third but Clarke cut the lead back to one by sliding a shot inside the far post off the rush, from Tucker and Emily Williams. Five minutes later, Tucker drew the Lakers even with a feed from Makenna Southam and then Head (from Jenna Fletcher) went top cheese for the winner.
Goaltending duties were shared by Marika Munroe and Teira Joseph who faced a combined 28 shots, Joseph making several point-blank saves in the final minute.
The Lakers meet the South Island Royals Friday (6 p.m.) in their tourney opener. Kelowna goes up against the Penticton Ice Rockets (3:45) and the West Kootenay Wildcats face the Williams Lake Timberwolves (6:00, Priest Valley Arena) in other Friday games.
Sladen Moore meets Penticton (7 a.m.) and battles the T-Wolves (4:00) in Saturday action at Civic. The final goes Sunday at 2:15 p.m., Civic.
The Salmon Arm Midget Tier 1 Female Silvertips got fabulous goaltending from Jaime Sedore (Salmon Arm) in a 3-0 win over Kelowna.
Hailey Haskell (Salmon Arm) and Ashley Tinney (Lumby) were marvellous on defence as the Silvertips ready for a Richmond tournament.
Fix Auto Bantam Vipers finish 2-2
The Bantam Tier 2 Fix Auto Jr. Vipers went 2-2 in the Revelstoke Invitational, finishing Sunday with a 3-1 loss (Dex Elders goal) to the Merritt Centennials.
After bowing 5-3 to Whitehorse (Joe Eggert, Nick Cherkowski, Mika Burns), the Vipers recovered and smothered the Revelstoke Grizzlies 12-1.
Mason McLennan (2), Elders (2) Eggert (2), Mika Burns (2), Damian Coljee-Fehr, Cherkowksi, Aidan Rysen and Caden Bracken pocketed goals versus Revelstoke.
All the scoring came in the first period as Vernon clipped Langley 4-3 with goals from Elders, Liam Hennig, Coljee-Fehr and Burns in front of Ethan Huizinga.
The Nixon Wenger Pee Wee Tier 3 Jr. Vipers split a pair of road games, knocking off the #2 Kamloops Blazers 5-4 in a spirited affair Saturday at the old Memorial Arena.
Nick Teale (2), Cole Johnson, Aiden Trottier and d-man Ben Imrich connected in front of Dalton Stenberg.
The Salmon Arm SilverBacks came out inspired and outlasted Vernon 10-7 Sunday at the Shaw Centre. Johnson and Connor Seehaver, with a deuce each, and singles from Kael Black, Lincoln Connor and Tanner Wright, had the Vernon goals.
Pee Wee Knights brush back Bruins
The North Okanagan Knights Pee Wee Tier 4 Knights ambushed the Winfield Bruins 14-0 in league play and tied the West Kelowna Tier 3 Warriors 5-5 in home games.
Kevin Thomas Walters, Wesley Graves and Dylan Huber each pulled hat tricks against Winfield. Michael Kormany, (2), Alex Gilowski, Brandon Matvenko and Kord Haller also converted.
Griffin Evans, Brett Zbytnuik and Ryan Desilets each supplied three assists in front of Thomas Burton.
Eli Dwyer (2), Graves, Easton Hunter and Matvenko scored in the tie in support of a solid Caedon Bellmann.