The Vernon Sun Valley Source For Sports Vipers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to beat Okanagan rivals Kamloops Blazers 8-5 in the battle for seventh place at the Vipers’ eight-team Tier 2 U15 minor hockey tournament.
Games were played at Kal Tire Place North and the Priest Valley Arena.
Jace Nemirsky and Kalin Frick each scored twice for Vernon, while singles went to Preston Sutch, Jacob Bennett, Tylen Lewis and Cohen Hogberg. Samuel Balcaen and Brennen Hart each had two assists for Vernon, which went 0-3 in the round-robin.
The Vipers opened with a 7-4 loss to the eventual tournament champion Calgary CRAA U15 AA Blue. Balcaen, with a pair, Shanahan Gare and Lewis scored for Vernon. Nemirsky had three helpers and Ashton Matchett chipped in two assists.
Vernon then lost 7-4 to the Campbell River Tyees. Bennett, with two, Balcaen and Matchett scored for the Snakes. Max Power had two assists.
The Vancouver Thunderbirds defeated Vernon 5-2 in the final round-robin game for both teams. Bennett and Balcaen scored for the Vipers.
Emma Ward and Cohen Bailey split the goaltending duties in the tournament for Vernon.
Calgary defeated the Quesnel Thunder 10-2 and the Langley Eagles knocked off Vancouver 2-0 in Sunday morning semifinal play. Calgary doubled Langley 4-2 in the gold-medal contest.
The West Kelowna Warriors rounded out the eight-team field.