Vernon Bantam Vipers defuse Rockets

Minor Hockey: Tier 1 squad scores five in first period en route to 12-3 win; host eight-team tournament starting Friday

Vernon Bantam Vipers defuse Rockets

The Vernon Sun Valley Source for Sports Vipers routed the Kelowna Rockets 12-3 in Okanagan Bantam Tier 1 hockey action Saturday afternoon at the Capital News Centre.

The Vipers opened up a 5-1 lead after the first period on two goals from Cam Moger with singles from Porter Trevelyan, Steel Quiring and Connor Hansen.

Vernon scored three more times in the second before closing with four goals in the third. Kelowna managed a single tally in each period.

Quiring added two more goals for a hat trick, Braeden McAmmond scored twice while other goals went to Connor Elliott, Zack Funk and Trevor Kennedy. Kobe Grant took the win between the pipes.

Vernon hosts an eight-team Bantam Tier 1 tournament this weekend with teams from Edmonton, Langley, Port Moody and Delta competing along with four Okanagan clubs.

The Vipers open up the tournament Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. with a game against POE’s Varsity Club.

BANTAM TIER 3

Vernon Fix Auto Bantam Tier 3 Vipers welcomed goalie Teja Sheldrake back to the lineup from a broken collarbone, and scored a 2-2 draw with South Okanagan Sunday, and a 6-3 win  over the Winfield Bruins Saturday.

Lochlan O’Keefe and Ryan Vandersande scored against South OK, with Sheldrake and Kassidy Schaper-Kotter sharing the goaltending duties.

Jacob Green scored twice against the Bruins while O’Keefe. Single goals went to Maddex Minard, Reilly Teague, and Ben Reinhardt.

Ronac Chauhan had three assists while Vandersande produced a pair of helpers.

PEE WEE TIER 2

The Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs took three of a possible four points in weekend Okanagan Pee Wee Tier 2 league action.

Tyler Burke potted the winner, after some hard work and quick passes from Cosmo Wilson and Brock Holliday, late in the second period as the Mustangs beat the Kamloops Blazers 5-4 Saturday at the Civic Arena.

The line of Nick Noren (1+1), Cash Anderson (1+1) and Kyle Wheeler (1A) were buzzing all over the place, causing havoc for the Kamloops crew.

Defenceman Jace Weir chipped in with 1+1 with Austin Roest adding a single in support of Austin Seibel.

Sunday in Penticton, Vernon and the Vees played to a 5-5 draw.

Erik Pastro and Roest had two goals each for the Mustangs, Weir had a single and Jarred Feist and Noren had two helpers each in front of Matthew Kuhnlein.

The Mustangs host the Salmon Arm Silvertips in league play Saturday, 1:15 p.m., at Priest Valley Arena, and then host the Kelowna Pee Wee Tier 1 Rockets in exhibition action Sunday, 3:15 p.m., at Civic.

ATOM DEVELOPMENT

Vernon Valley Wood Remanufacturing Wolfpack dropped their final game at the Salmon Arm tournament, 6-4 to the host team.

Hudson Kibblewhite had two goals for Vernon while singles went to Ollie Reid and Charlie Swartz.

MIDGET TIER 3

Vernon Coca Cola Vipers fell 7-5 to Winfield and 6-3 to South Okanagan in Tier 3 Midget League action at the Civic Arena.

Cameron MacKenzie had two goals against the Bruins while singles went to Ethan Joe, Chris Aldrich and Gavin Fleck, who added two assists.

Joe, Zach Agar and Zack Laranjo scored in the loss to South OK.

MIDGET TIER 2

The Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers have lost two games this season, both to the Kelowna Rockets.

The Rockets held on for a 3-2 win in Kelowna.

Eric Noren tied the game 1-1 for Vernon off a pretty feed from behind the net by Kyle Sherwood, going top blocker side with a one-timer.

Kelowna scored a minute into the second period to take a 2-1 lead, but Vernon equalized again at the 11:41 mark as Sherwood scored after some nice work by Noren and Connor Johnston.

The Rockets got the winner with 2:51 left, beating Ty Sedlacek, who was solid throughout for Vernon.

“I thought we played a pretty good game,” said Vipers head coach Jared Barendregt. “They countered on our mistakes and that was the difference tonight.”

MIDGET FEMALE A

Salmon Arm Silvertips Midget A Female team, featuring a number of North Okanagan players, went 1-1-2 against Prairie opponents at a tournament in Calgary.

The Tips opened with a 4-0 win over the Airdrie Lightning with  game MVP Taylor Thomlinson making 28 saves for the shutout.

Ava Wutke, Chelsea Marshall, Tareyn Hanson and Teagan Webster-Locke scored for Salmon Arm with Marlea-Lynn Best adding two assists.

The Sherwood Park Strathcona Fuzion blanked the Silvertips 5-0 (goalie Jordan Brunette MVP for SA), and then fell 7-1 to the Stettler Storm. Webster-Locke scored for Salmon Arm. Wutke was MVP with strong play from teammates Haylee Gosselin, Schannie Watson and Brooklyn Davidson.

Salmon Arm finished the tournament with a 1-1 tie against the Regina Tigers. The Tips’ goal was a beauty by game MVP Best. Sarah Whitehead, Carly Southam, Wynter Vanderveen, Courtney Graves, Cassidy Marshall and Brooklyn Davidson all had solid tournaments for Salmon Arm.