Vernon Sun Valley Source For Sports Vipers Tier 2 Bantams made it to the final four of their eight-team rep hockey tournament at Kal Tire Place North.
The Vipers went 2-1 in the preliminary round, then were eliminated early Sunday morning, 8-2, by the eventual tournament champion East Kootenay Zone Avalanche from the Cranbrook region.
Gunnar Nyberg opened the scoring for Vernon three minutes into the game, but the Avalanche responded with the next five goals before Rielly Beer scored with 67 seconds left in the second period.
Quinn Scambler took the loss in goal for Vernon, who began the tournament Friday in their nifty red-top third jerseys, and scored a 2-1 win over Campbell River. Jack Laventure scored the game-winning goal with 5:09 left in the second period for the Vipers, who had Austin Seibel between the pipes. Carlie Swartz opened the scoring in the first period for Vernon.
Scambler got the shutout as Vernon blanked the Penticton Vees 3-0. Johnathan Reynolds, Tage Nanji and Beer scored for the Vipers, who completed the round-robin with a 5-1 loss to the Okotoks Oilers of Alberta.
Garrin Best gave Vernon a 1-0 lead in the first before the Oilers scored five straight in the second period. Seibel took the loss in goal.
The Avalanche defeated the Oilers 7-5 in the championship game.
TIER 1 BANTAM
North Zone Kings split a pair of games on the weekend with the North East Zone Trackers in Fort St. John.
In a penalty-filled first game, the Kings won 8-4 with Kellan Mooney picking up the win. The Kings were led by Maddux Martin with 3+2, Oscar Mayes (1+2), Gage Parrell (2G), Rylan Blackstock, Jaxon Haddath, and Ryder De Nys each with 2 assists. Charlie Kehl and Ryan Howe each chipped in with goals and Riley Cormier and Kurtis Kinoshita each had one assist.
The Trackers earned a split Sunday with a 3-2 win. Matthew Kuhnlein was in net and the scoring was taken care of by Erik Pastro and Parrell with Nathan Mayes and Kuhnlein picking up assists.
The Kings finish off the pre-Christmas portion of their schedule this weekend in Merritt against the Thompson Zone.
FEMALE BANTAM A
The Rellish Transport Lakers still remain in the penthouse of the OMAHA Bantam A Female league with another two wins in a doubleheader with the visiting North West Bantam Female A Team at Vernon’s Priest Valley Arena.
In the morning game Saturday, the Lakers were led by Lily Roberts who had a four-goal showing in a 10-2 win. Holly Magnus had a hat trick and a helper followed by Hailee Hunt with two goals. Assists to Parker Davidson and Willow Elliott. Mya Lesage took the win in net. Shots were 33-16 in favor of the Lakers.
In the nightcap, defenceman Hannah Robertson started off the scoring with five minutes left in the first to start the Lakers off to an eventual 8-1 win.
Davidson had 2+1, Julia McLennan added a pair of goals and singles went to Hanna Menzies, Magnus and Roberts. Two assists each were credited to Magnus, Tori Maltman, Faith Seehaver and Elliott. Single helpers to Menzies and Roberts. Lesage again with the win.
The Lakers peppered the North West team with 46 shots while Lesage only had to handle 10. Next up for the Lakers is a trip to the Kelowna Memorial Arena for a date with the Rockets and their first league game match-up. Currently, the Lakers have been unable to solve the Rockets and hope to change the story next Sunday.