Morning Star Staff
The Sun Valley Source for Sports Vipers grounded the Port Moody Panthers 7-4 in Sunday’s final of their Snake Pit Bantam Tier 2 Hockey Challenge at Civic Arena.
Vernon won their second straight tournament by getting two goals from call-up Gavin Fleck and Nicholas Bolin. Singles came from captain Eric Noren, Colby Feist and game MVP KT Walters, who hit the empty net for his first of the season. Kobe Grant took the win.
It was the ultimate revenge for the Sun Valley gang, who fell 5-3 to Port Moody in opening preliminary play of the eight-team tourney Friday night.
After placing second in their pool, Brad Teale’s Vipers slammed the Sherwood Park Leafs 8-1 in a crossover semifinal early Sunday morning.
Bolin rang up his third hat trick in as many games, while Corbin Hanson had a solid game and chipped in 2+1 for MVP.
Bolin pulled hat tricks Saturday as Vernon mauled the Edmonton Maple Leafs 10-1 and bounced the Calgary Bronks 7-3. MVP against Edmonton was Bolin, while Lee Christensen scored three times for MVP versus Calgary.
The Vernon Home Hardware Centre Vipers erased a 2-0 deficit to gain a 2-2 tie with the West Kelowna Warriors in Okanagan Mainline Midget Tier 2 League action Sunday afternoon at Civic.
Billy Cawthorn made some clutch saves, while Carl Main responded for Vernon midway through the second period before Kyle Sherwood notched the equalizer with less than five minutes to go in the third. Gage Kopp and Grady Caton assisted on the equalizer.
The Vipers brushed back the Castlegar Rebels 6-1 in exhibition play Saturday night at Civic.
Dylan Sedlacek, with a deuce, Brady Marzocco, Main, Connor Johnston and Nick Cherkowski handled the Home Hardware offence in front of a stellar Conor Webb. Kopp earned two helpers.
Vernon is off to Banff this weekend to play in the Banff Academy Christmas Challenge Cup.
The Thompson Okanagan Lakers picked up three points against the first-place Greater Vancouver Comets in B.C. Midget AAA Female League play in Vernon.
The teams skated to a 2-2 tie Friday night at Kal Tire Place with Jenna Fletcher of Vernon scoring both goals. Kendra Woodland faced 43 shots.
On Saturday morning, the Lakers clipped the Comets 3-2 for their first win over Greater Vancouver this season.
Fletcher, Makenna Fitzgerald and Ashley McCabe supplied the Laker goals in front of Sydney Carter. Fletcher also had one assist at KTP.
Game 3 on Sunday afternoon saw the Comets explode for a 7-2 win at Kal Tire Place. Kendall Fitzgerald and Fletcher provided goals in front of Woodland.
The Lakers are 12-4-3 and tied for second spot with the Northern Capitals. The Comets are 13-4-2 and one point ahead of the Lakers and Caps.
The Coca-Cola Vipers crushed Clearwater 7-1 Saturdayin Midget Tier 3 action at PV Arena.
Joe Eggert opened the scoring with a tap in from linemates Damian Coljee-Fehr and Mika Burns. Burns converted at the end of the first from Jakob Alexis.
Aidan Rysen sent a rocket top corner from Dayton Bryan and Cody Webb in the middle session. The Vipers amped things up in the third with Caden Bracken pocketing a deuce, Eggert going five-hole and Chris Aldrich clicking from Cameron MacKenzie. Ethan Joe had two helpers. Kieran Watts was stellar in stopping 20 shots.
The Coke crew iced Merritt 6-2 Sunday afternoon at Kal Tire Place behind a hat trick from Burns.
Damian Coljee-Fehr and Eggert also scored, while Tyson Sampert bagged two helpers in front of a fabulous Josh Evans.
The Vernon Fix Auto Vipers went 0-1-3 in the Kelowna Bantam Tier 3 tournament.
Vernon opened with a 3-3 tie versus the Kamloops Blazers with Zack Laranjo, Cory Lazar and Jadon Foster collecting snipes.
Vernon then lost 4-2 to West Kelowna before dropping their final round-robin game 7-5 against Kelowna.
Lucas Zubrod sniped a pair with singles going to Kael Black, Jacob Brewer and Ben Reinhardt against Kelowna.
In their final game, Vernon took a 4-0 lead before Whitehorse fired eight unanswered goals before the Vipers found the net once more in an 8-5 loss.
Kaden Doughty, Black, Brewer, Lazar and Zubrod tallied for Vernon. Goaltending duties were split between Jordan Foster and Aidan Spraggs.
Jacob Jones recorded the hat trick and Jarred Feist added a deuce as the Watkin Motors Mustangs shut down Kelowna 8-0 in a Saturday matinee at the Capital News Centre.
Austin Roest, Emma Elders and Zackary Funk contributed singles, while Steel Quiring and Porter Trevelyan pocketed two helpers apiece in front of Cayden Hamming.
The Nixon Wenger Vipers recorded an 11-1 blowout win over the host Winfield Bruins in Pee Wee Tier 3 league play Sunday.
Playing with a shortened bench, the entire forward core of Jayden Veit, Scott Hoffman, Carl McClennan, Tyler Burke, Damien Glover, Cash Anderson, Maddux Minard and Bennet Kuhnlein were in on the scoring, including a hat trick by Minard.
The defensive core of Fraser O’Brien, John Spraggs, Gage Stoll and Damien Glover played some of their best hockey of the season.
The undefeated Merritt Centennials ambushed the Vipers 13-1 Saturday at Priest Valley Arena.
Burke scored the Vernon goal with Kuhnlein and Brock Holliday assisting. Goalie Brayden Schmeigelt was amazing in facing a barrage of Merritt shots.