Matthew Barber (right) of Vernon1 tangles with Nathaniel Helgesson of Chilliwack in the Vernon Atomic House Tournament Saturday at Kal Tire Place.

Matthew Barber (right) of Vernon1 tangles with Nathaniel Helgesson of Chilliwack in the Vernon Atomic House Tournament Saturday at Kal Tire Place.

Thrashers fall in final shootout

Six straight wins and then a disheartening double overtime/shootout loss in Sunday’s final.

Morning Star Staff

Six straight wins and then a disheartening double overtime/shootout loss in Sunday’s final.

So it went for the Talon Benefits Thrashers, who lost 2-1 to the North Delta Sun Devils in the Brad Beckett Memorial Midget Rec Hockey Tournament gold-medal tilt in Chilliwack.

“It was our seventh game in three days and while the boys were worn out, they picked it up to play an exciting, back and forth final,” said Frank Kaemp, co-coach with Scott Horsfield. “We were impressed how well the boys worked together hard in every shift, every game.”

Jaden Steinke scored in regulation for the Thrashers, assisted by Tanner Wright and Chris Neuhausen. Garrett Adams went the distance in net all weekend as the Thrashers iced Abbotsford 3-1, upended Aldergrove 7-2, grounded Port Coquitlam 4-1 and ambushed Chilliwack 7-1 in preliminary play. The Thrashers clipped Coquitlam 3-2 in the quarterfinals and shut out Kamloops 2-0 in the semis.

Keefer Kaempf, with the winner midway through the first period, and Mac Gilchrist handled the offence against Kamloops.

Steinke, who led Vernon with seven tourney goals, converted in 4-on-4 overtime versus Coquitlam. Brendan Horsfield had the other two snipes, once on a gritty diving play.

Meanwhile, the Corbett Office Supply Kings lost 7-3 to Penticton in Saturday’s semis of the Seafair Isles Midget Tournament in Richmond.

Nate Tully went full ice and dangled three players to score the Kings’ first goal versus Kamloops. Energy player of the game was Landon Currie, who scored in the third period on a power play. MVP was Riley Bos, who worked hard all weekend,

The Kings tied Seafair 1-1 in their opener with game MVP Tavyn Best connecting from Tully and d-man Lucas Towers. Net duties were shared by Ethan Huizinga and Craig Garnett.

The Corbett crew shaded Kamloops 3-2 Saturday morning with game MVP Liam Hennig jumpstarting the attack in the opening 20 on a slapper from the point.

Currie also scored in the first with Hennig recording the winner on another howitzer, in the final period. Brogan Houston buried a rebound of a Towers’ shot for the winner as the Kings brushed back Richmond 4-3.

Hennig fed Currie for a breakaway goal, Tully counted a backhander top cheddar off a pass by Hennig and Sam White converted from Hennig and Brenden Lehoux. Huizinga was MVP.

Paul Wery’s Nedco Blazers lost 4-1 to Kamloops in Sunday consolation play at the Seafair tourney.

The Foufoulas brothers – Eric and Noah – faced 39 shots, while Vernon managed 44 shots. Chapperon Chillihitzia scoered for the Blazers with Elias Wery taking MVP. Tanner Bueckert saved a late third-period goal by tying up a player on a breakaway.

The Blazers, who welcomed back veteran Tyler Semeniuk from a football injury, tied Seafair 4-4 in their opener with the Isles equalizing with just seconds remaining.

MVP Keenon Jeberg, Reid Lawrence, Wery and Dexter Weiten produced goals.

The Nedco gang then tied Penticton 3-3 Saturday morning on snipes from Chillihitzia, Colton Schaper-Kotter and game MVP  Lawrence with six minutes to play. Eric Foufoulas was peppered in net and recorded a stellar butt save before Penticton levelled the score with 80 seconds left.,

After some pizza, laser tag and a little down time, Vernon returned to the ice Saturday night and bowed 7-0 to South Delta despite Noah Foufoulas’s valiant 44-save showing. Chillihitzia garnered MVP.

The Lumby Stars shut out host Kelowna 2-0 in Midget Female Rec play Sunday.

The Stars (sponsored by Kineshanko Logging & Lumby Tires Plus) put in a solid effort after three weeks off between games.Tyra Cunningham was awesome in net, earning her first shutout with the Stars.

Josey Nerling scored early in the first with Payton Kineshanko getting the assist. Morgan Holland and Kineshanko assisted on an empty-netter by Nerling.

Jordyn Pryor was mean as a snake in the second half after an injury earlier in the game. Shelby Richard and Demi Williamson were rock solid on defence. Kalen Webster, Cunningham and Nerling were the three stars.