Morning Star Staff
Steel Quiring supplied 2+1 for game MVP as the Valley Wood Remanufacturing Jr. Vipers bounced the Richmond Blues 4-2 Sunday morning in the Atom Harvest Classic Hockey Tournament A Division final at Civic Arena.
Quiring tapped in a rebound after a shot from Austin Roest for the Valley Wood first goal. Bennett Kuhnlein added his second of the year from Jace Weir and Zac Funk.
With things tied 2-2, Jakob Jones took a pass from Quiring and sniped the gorgeous winner which beat the goalie blocker side. Later on, Jones assisted on Quiring’s clincher.
The Vipers’ back line of Issac Thomas, Gage Stoll, Weir and Connor Elliot recorded some huge shot blocks and broke up several odd-man rushes. D-man Ronic Chauhan switched to forward to fill in for injured Porter Trevelyan.
Cayden Hamming registered some key saves on deflections, after Richmond pulled their goalie for a sixth attacker with two minutes remaining.
The same two teams faced off Saturday afternoon with the Vipers winning 7-4.
Jacob Boden pulled the hat trick for the Vipers, while captain Quiring pocketed 2+2 and singles came from Beckner and Jones. Roest earned three helpers.
Vernon goalie Owen Swiscoski had another solid game, while Bennett Kuhnlein turned in a gritty showing, feeding Beckner for his goal. Owen Palfreyman also had a clutch game and made a key pass to Jones.
Earlier Saturday, the Vipers stormed the Vancouver Thunderbirds 9-2. The line of Roest, Quiring, Boden combined for 10 points with Roest ringing up a deuce. Jones also netted a pair, singles going to Chauhan, Palfreyman and Trevelyan. Hamming was named MVP.
In the C Division, the H&L Glass Jr. Vipers brushed back the South Okanagan Coyotes 4-1 in the bronze-medal final.
Vernon’s goaltending and specialty teams were the difference. In penalty trouble in the first, defensive rock Liam Leibel sent the Coyotes’ power play back down the ice time after time. Shorthanded with seconds left in the frame, Nick Noren freed the puck for John Spraggs, whose missile from the right boards caught the far corner.
Vernon’s power play went to work in the second. With Cash Anderson providing a screen in front, Leibel launched the winner from the left point. Then Colby Restiaux was Johnny-on-the-spot, firing Vernon’s third off a Spraggs’ rebound. Goalie Jaret Cooper was flawless, leaving the game at 3-0 after one last big save, his glove materializing to snare a bolt labeled for the top corner
Back on the penalty kill, Emma Elders hammered the puck just past the Coyote net, and Anderson swung out in front and tucked the puck between the goalie’s pads.
South Okanagan counted one in the third, and Vernon killed off two more penalties, Teja Sheldrake’s pads flashing in the crease. Sheldrake, who also foiled a pair of breakaways, was named the Player of the Game. Cooper, who used his head to blank the Coyotes – taking one blast off the mask – picked up the Hard Hat Award.
Earlier, the H&L Glass gang gonged the Coyotes 8-3 and lost 8-0 to the eventual champion Langley Eagles, winners over the North Okanagan Knights.
Girl power was in full effect as game MVP Jordyn Morris and Elders, competing with a potent combination of skill and grit, struck for three of Vernon’s goals.
Noren knocked in a rebound off a Bourgeois point plast and evened the score with a wily wraparound. Spraggs made a rink-long dash, splitting the dee and sliding it under the goalie and Maddex Minard beat the keeper and the buzzer with a beam to the top shelf, on last-second relays from Chris Bond and Braden Schmiegelt.
Morris potted a rebound from Bond and Minard anbd then sniped her second from the top of the circle off a clean faceoff win by Bond.
Bond, on a backhand, assisted by Noren, and Schmiegelt, with a low laser to the far side, completed the offence.