Vernon Lakers earn silver

The Sladen Moore Lakers opened their Bantam girls hockey tournament season with a silver medal last weekend in Kelowna.

The Sladen Moore Lakers opened their Bantam girls hockey tournament season with a silver medal last weekend in Kelowna.

The Lakers bowed 4-3 to Chilliwack in the championship game Sunday afternoon.

Chilliwack took an early two-goal lead, but the Lakers replied with two of their own to tie it up. The stalemate didn’t last as Chilliwack restored the two-goal cushion before half time.

Vernon scored shortly after the mid-game ice clean, and heavily outplayed their opponents, but were unable to solve the Chilliwack tender.

The Lakers fell 5-3 to Chilliwack in their tournament opener, but rebounded by cruising to a 10-4 win over Kelowna and tieing Kamloops in a hard-fought 4-4 draw.

Needing a two-point spread over Williams Lake to reach the final, the Lakers responded with a 4-1 win. Missing two defencemen, Vernon relied on a team game and dominated from start to finish.

The Lakers open the regular season Sunday in Penticton.


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