Vernon Lakers seal Pee Wee girls hockey pennant

Sladen Moore Lakers sweep Kamloops Mystix to advance to B.C. Pee Wee Girls Hockey Championships, March 18-23 in Richmond.

The Vernon Sladen Moore Lakers are through to the B.C. Pee Wee Girls Hockey Championships, March 18-23 in Richmond.

Netminder Samantha Head turned in a shutout performance as the Lakers completed a series sweep of the Kamloops Mystix with a 2-0 win in Game 2 Saturday afternoon in Kamloops.

The Lakers, coached by Arnie Head, Keith Tucker, Jeff Southam and Mike McCaig, matched Kamloops well in the tight-checking game, with neither team scoring in the first period.

Vernon regrouped in the second frame, with Andie Kaneda scoring less than a minute in, assisted by Jenna Fletcher and Juli Gilowski.

The Lakers’ Mairyn Tucker added a second goal with three minutes left in the second, assisted by Makenna Hoffman, to put Vernon in firm control.

Kamloops did not quit, and when the Lakers took a penalty with three minutes left in regulation, they pulled their goalie. The Mystix put up one last effort, but Head stood tall in making some key saves to preserve her second straight shutout.

The Laker coaching staff was extremely happy with the effort, and praised the defence of Tylee Cooper, Courtney Graves, Amy-Rae Fox, Makenna Southam, Tiera Joseph, Ailish Curran and Juli Gilowski for keeping shots to the outside and clearing the front of the net.

Lakers forwards Chelsea Marshall, Jordan Butler, Julia McCaig and Carly Southam were strong on the forecheck, and often hemmed the Mystix deep in their end. Penalty killers Emily Clarke and Cassidy Marshall stifled the Kamloops powerplay.

The Salmon Arm Silvertips, featuring 11 Vernon-area players, claimed the Okanagan Mainline Midget Female Tier 1 pennant by sweeping Kelowna in two straight games, including a 2-1 win Saturday in Kelowna.

Sarah Botter opened the scoring less than four minutes into the first period, assisted by Phoenix Lawrey (Vernon). Coldstream’s Summer Jespersen fired Salmon Arm’s other goal midway through the first frame, with Botter getting the assist.

Kelowna struck early in the period, but Salmon Arm keeper Kylie Assi (Vernon) stood tall the rest of the way.

Other Vernon products on the Silvertips include Lanny Houle, Lisa Campeau, Hayley Silcocks, Jenna Lazar, Ali Roine, Caitlyn Marshall, Jessie Murphy and Ashley Tinney.

Salmon Arm hosts provincials, March 19-23.

In other girls weekend action, the Vernon Seed Orchard Sharks outlasted South Delta 4-3 in overtime to claim bronze at a Kelowna Bantam tournament.

Erin Poland, Brittany Jackson, on a breakaway, and Nikala Debalinhard had the Laker goals in regulation. Cailee Bauml buried a one-timer for the OT winner after a great faceoff win by Molly Crandlemire.

The Sharks opened the tourney with a 1-0 loss to Kelowna. Bailey Berndt was strong in the Vernon net, supported defensively by Taylor Cousins and Chelsea McCaig.

Hannah Scherck collected Vernon’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Langley.

Crandlemire and Erin Pollard handled the offence as the Sharks clipped South Delta 2-1.

Selena Bridge-Hanson played her best game of the season on defence before leaving with an injury in the third period.