Greater Vernon Minor Hockey’s Championship Monday wraps up the North Okanagan Super League season.
Championship and consolation games will be played Monday in the Pee Wee, Bantam and Midget house divisions.
The Pee Wee final will go Monday, 5:45 p.m., at Armstrong’s Nor-Val Sports Centre. The consolation final is Monday, 5 p.m., at Kal Tire Place North.
In the Bantam division, the championship game is in the Shuswap, 6 p.m., at the Shaw Centre’s Hucul Pond. The consolation final is in Lumby at the Pat Duke Memorial Arena, starting at 5:45 p.m.
Both the championship and consolation final games in the Midget Division will be in Vernon. The gold-medal game is 7:15 p.m. at Kal Tire Place, while just a block away, attached to the north end, the consolation final will be played at Kal Tire Place North at 7 p.m.
Vernon Nedco Turbo is off to a 2-0 start in the consolation side of the Midget playoffs.
Vernon beat North Okanagan 5-3, thanks to clutch goaltending from the duo of Jared Ross and Jakob Aeichele and two-goal performances from Zach Manthorne and Jaycen Lambert.
The fifth goal was a beauty by D-man Brenden James, who lugged it up the ice, charged hard to the net, faked a pass and buried into the open half of the net.
Turbo took care of city rivals Vernon Corbett Office Plus Rangers 10-2. More terrific goaltending from both goalies – including a shutout from Aeichele – and the goals came in bunches.
Turbo was led by captains Zack Laranjo (4+3) and Tanner Wright (2+3). Lambert had another multi-goal game (2) and singles came from Manthorne and Kristian Hovdebo.
Twins Isaac and Sam White along with Youngbin Kim set the tone all game long for the Turbo with their hard work and smart play.
The Rangers offence came from D-men Owen Siskosky and Elias Wery.
Huge dedication, traveling to and from Kelowna for practices, has paid off for Vernon female hockey players Tyra Cunningham, Brooklynn Walters and Kenzie Miller.
The trio, unable to play bantam female hockey in Vernon because of a lack of numbers, tried and out made the Kelowna Rockets squad, which won the Okanagan championship banner and now advance to the B.C. championships in Port Coquitlam March 20-25.
Cunningham, a goalie, and defenceman Walters have been with the team since the start of the season, and Miller, a forward, joined the club five weeks ago. They would travel to Kelowna Tuesday morning for practices from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
The trio helped Kelowna amass a season record of 22-5-4, then celebrated the Okanagan championship with a 5-2 win over Salmon Arm Silvertips in the final.
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