Morning Star Staff
The unbeaten Vernon Stevenson Mechanical Thunderbirds outlasted the Lumby Stars 9-6 in a North Okanagan Pee Wee Super Hockey League showdown Saturday at Priest Valley Arena.
“No question the win was a total team effort,” said Joe O’Hearn, a coach with the T-Birds. “Goalies Jared Ross and Jordy Foster had many TSN moments.”
Brady Beacom, Elias Wery, and Jacob Wettlaufer each scored a deuce for the 3-0 T-Birds, who got singles from Samuel White, Landen Harison and Michael Pusey. Defenceman Ryan Vandesande set up Pusey with a slick pass out of the Vernon zone.
Winger Zach Manthorne pocketed four assists, while the stellar skating line of Nick Tilby, Aidan Rivard and Braydon Beese helped big-time.
Drew MacKenzie and Tage Kineshanko each bagged two goals for the 3-1 Stars, singles going to Josh Litven and Tanner Franje-Gilbert.
The Butcher Boys Raptors smack-downed Salmon Arm Askew’s Foods 12-2 and shut down the Bannister GM Heat 7-0 in other Pee Wee action.
Sapien Joe, Chase Batchelor, Nicolas Petty, game MVP Brayden Riguidel and Carter Morris each rolled deuces versus Askew’s, while Maisun Ang-Hamilton had a single.
Hat tricks from Jacob Brewer and Batchelor pushed the Raptors past the Heat. Brayden Szeman scored once and Morris took MVP on defence. The shutout was shared by Nicholas Maglio and Caenen Wisse.
Josh Bridge scored three times as the DCT Chambers Marauders pasted Salmon Arm Fix Auto 8-2 in Bantam Super League action Saturday afternoon at the Shaw Centre.
Cam MacKenzie and Sam Frisby had two goals each and Cole Martin rounded out the scoring for the Marauders, who gave starting goalie Sam Knox (14th) and defenceman Braydie Allan-Webber (13th) birthday presents with the win. Knox and Noah Foufoulas shared the net duties.
The Five Star Award Cougars went to 3-0 in Bantam play by grounding North Okanagan Shepard’s Home Hardware Knights 10-5 and icing the Winfield Bruins 9-6.
Nick Mann opened up Vernon’s scoring four minutes into the game.
Miles Wohlford, Graham Moss, Chris Moore and a second by Mann gave the Cougars a 5-0 lead.
Clayton Thielaan, David Remple and Corey Huber (shorthanded) answered for the Knights before Five Star Vernon regrouped and Mann set up Maguire Dickinson (1+2) in front.
Darius Stone (1+2) made a behind-the-net pass right to Colton Schaper-Kotter for a 7-4 lead. before Kaylan Lawrence (2) sniped a pass from Schaper-Kotter, who turned in prime penalty killing.
Austin Clarke replied for the Knights right after the face off, but Stone, assisted by Reece Hawthorne, skated in from center ice and flipped it past goalie Devin Trembley, and Lawrence made it 10-5 with a solid wrist shot.
Lawrence (3+1), Reece Schroeder (2), Dickinson (2), Moss and Stone (shorthanded) handled the Cougars’ offence versus Winfield. Goalie Isaac Waldemaras fed Schroeder for a breakaway goal.
In Midget play, the Stars, sponsored by Irly Bird Building Centres Lumby and R.J. Schunter Contracting, grounded the Talon Benefits Winterhawks 11-3 Saturday at Priest Valley Arena.
Wyatt Warnes (4+1), Kyle Weston (2+2), Logan Meier (2+1), Jayden Pedersen, Kyle Beerstra and Spencer O’Neil provided goals for Lumby, while Rowyn Lewis-Hatherley (2) and Brian Ferguson countered for the Winterhawks. Jarrett Miller earned two helpers for the Stars.
Forward Kristian Currie went top shelf with 2:11 remaining as the Vernon Authentic Trophy & Plaque Auto Bots edged the Winterhawks 5-4 Sunday night at Civic Arena.
Currie and Jene Desjarlais each had two goals for the Auto Bots, Brock Wagner adding 1+2 in support of Jared Larsen and Rowan Wood. Isaiah Wenger also earned two assists.
Bryton Stead (2), Brennan Seltzer and Bryce Pyle replied for Talon Benefits.
Desjarlais completed his hat trick with 64 seconds left Saturday as the Auto Bots tied the Knights 3-3 at Enderby Arena.
Levi Power scored twice for the Knights.
Adam Fenske pulled the hat trick as the Vernon Seed Orchard Ducks iced Blackburn Excavating 6-3 Saturday in Salmon Arm.
Austin Bosquet, Brooke Toop and Chris Gallant added singles for the Ducks. D-man Jeff Hiscoe rung up two helpers.
The Vernon Summit Financial Lakers (Atom/Pee Wee) girls lost 15-2 to Winfield boys, but still had a blast.
Josey Nerling had a goal and an assist and was rewarded with the gold jersey.
Shelby Richard had a goal and Sarah Claeys had an assist. Enforcer Robyn Alexis had the lone penalty of the game, while Freyja Hale-Pearson was great in the face-off circle and, as usual, last week’s gold-jersey winner – Emily Branter – faced a barrage of shots and registered some fabulous saves.