Morning Star Staff
They are a work of art on the art of work and they are the Okanagan Valley Senior Atom Development hockey champions.
The Valley Wood Venom shut down the H&L Glass Wolfpack 5-0 in an all-Vernon final Sunday in Penticton. Both teams went undefeated in the 18-game regular season.
Jakob Jones and Lochlan O’Keefe each scored twice and Tysen Fairweather added a single for the Venom, who had Kobe Grant in net. Coletyn Boyarski bagged three assists and Cameron Moger had a pair.
“Every player bought in to working hard and playing smart hockey,” said Venom head coach Sandy Moger. “Each player, in their own way, contributed to this very successful season. The players should be very proud of what they accomplished. The support staff did an excellent job in the development of these players. It was a great day for GVMHA with having two Vernon teams in the final.”
Brayden Szeman supplied two snipes as the Venom grounded the Kelowna Legends 5-2 in the semifinals. Moger (1+2), Jacob Boden and Scott Gilowski completed the offence in front of Owen Swiscoski.
The Venom ended preliminary play Saturday by upending Kamloops Hawks 7-1 with O’Keefe getting a deuce and singles coming from Connor Elliott, Jones, Boyarski, Gavin Medema and Moger. Connor Hansen had two helpers.
The Wolfpack iced the Kamloops Nailers 7-1 in Sunday’s other semifinal. Ben King, with 3+2, Lucas Zubrod, Trevor Kennedy, Isaac Thomas and Steel Quiring led the attack.
Cayden Hamming enjoyed his best start of the season with several spectacular saves.
The Wolfpack picked apart the Kelowna Kings 11-2 in Saturday round-robin with Logan Chapdelaine netting a hat trick and Jaxxon Collard, Porter Treveylan and Thomas each getting a deuce. Singles went to Jacob Green and Zubrod.
The H&L Glass crew then outlasted the Kelowna Hawks 6-4 in a lacklustre game. Goals came from Quiring (2), Treveylan, Chapdelaine, King and Thomas.
n Salmon Arm Silvertips are off to the provincial Midget A girls hockey finals, March 17-21, in Richmond.
The Silvertips, bolstered by a number of Vernon products, completed a sweep of the Kelowna Rockets in the best-of-three Okanagan final with a 6-4 win Saturday at the Capital News Centre.
Vernon’ Danielle Butler, along with Brett White, scored twice for the Silvertips, who had Vernon’s Kylie Assi in goal. Lisa Campeau of Vernon and Hailey Haskell rounded out the scoring. Jenna Lazar, Molly Box, and Hannah Scherck, all from Vernon, chipped in assists.
n The Sladen Moore Female Bantam A Lakers swept the West Kootenay Wildcats by identical 3-1 scores in a B.C. championship tuneup series in Trail.
The Lakers fell behind late in the first game but equalized before the end of the period when dynamo Ripley Burd went hard to the net and converted a Paige Chapdelaine rebound.
The Lakers took the lead late in the second when Andie Kaneda’s feed from behind the net eluded the Wildcat tender and Jenna Fletcher went roof daddy, in tight, for insurance.
After a team meal and an evening of team building with Laker assistant coach Korri Vandale, the Lakers opened the scoring Sunday when Emily Clarke went five-hole on her own rebound. Chapdelaine fired a hard shot on the ice through traffic from the point to make it 2-0.
Olivia Comeau, from Makenna Southam, finished the offence. The Lakers host provincials, March 17-21.
n Spencer Hewson of Vernon had a pair of 1+2 outings as the Okanagan Rockets stormed the Kootenay Ice 11-0 and 6-0 in B.C. Major Midget Hockey League action in Trail. Hewson had 16-22-38 on the year.
Vernon’s Dennon Leibel fired his seventh goal of the year in Sunday’s 6-0 win. He finished with 7-4-11. The Rockets placed third at 26-8-6 and host the sixth-place Valley West Hawks (19-15-6) in first-round playoff action. Games 1 and 2 go Friday and Saturday night at Royal LePage Place.
Renegades warm up for KIBIHT
The Sun Valley Source For Sports Bantam Tier 2 Renegades won 3-0 and 5-2 over Kamloops in exhibition action.
Josh Evans made 27 saves for the shutout, while Jagger Williamson, Josh DeCoffe and Brian Ferguson scored in the first game.
Williamson (4) and DeCoffe, on a breakaway after streaking out of the penalty box, handled the scoring Sunday.
The Renegades are in the 45th annual Kamloops International Ice Hockey Tournament, starting March 27 versus Kamloops.