Vikings pillage Grande Prairie

The Vernon Fix-Auto Vikings open Prince George Bantam Tier 3 hockey tournament with a 10-1 thrashing of Grande Prairie Bruins.

The Vernon Fix-Auto Vikings jumpstarted the Prince George Bantam Tier 3 hockey tournament with a 10-1 thrashing of the Grande Prairie Bruins Friday in the northern Interior.

Vernon dominated the Alberta team in front of netminder Conor Webb, with speedy Stephane Richard netting a pair of goals. The Vikes spread the rest of the offence around with singles going to Liam Hennig, Brian Ferguson, Carl Main, Austin Caldwell, Brayden Jones, Logan Imrich, Jason Shaigec and Owen Beliveau.

Kyle Sherwood and Cody Bauml chipped in with a pair of assists each.

Vernon outlasted Vanderhoof 5-3 in a penalty-filled affair Friday afternoon.

Richard pulled the hat trick before being knocked out the game with a knee-on-knee hit. Connor Johnston and Bauml netted the other Vernon goals. Hard-working Ferguson had an assist with Main getting two helpers. Ethan Huizinga was rock solid in net.

Vernon wrapped up the round-robin with Saturday games against Burns Lake and the host Prince George Cougars.

The Watkin Motors Mustangs bowed 5-2 to the host Kelowna Jr. Rockets in their best-of-three Pee Wee Tier 1 playoff series opener Friday night at Memorial Arena.

Both teams came out hard and fast, with Vernon battling back from a 2-0 deficit in the third period. The Stangs ran into penalty trouble in the third frame, playing shorthanded for 12 of the final 14 minutes.

Vernon’s offence was supplied by Nick Cherkowski, from Dylan Sedlacek and Keeghan McRae, and Dawson Chase, from Joe Eggert and Drayden Dougan.

In Pee Wee Tier 2 tournament play in Castlegar, the Nixon Wenger Rattlers fell 5-2 to Creston Friday.

The Rattlers ran into a hot goalie, with Eric Noren and Lucas Halvorson the only ones to find the net on 38 shots. Lee Christienson earned player of the game.

The North Okanagan Knights opened the first-round of the Pee Wee Tier 4 playoffs with a 4-2 loss to the host Kelowna Rockets in Game 1 of a best-of-three set Friday at Memorial.

Scoreless after one period, the teams swapped second-period tallies a minute apart, with Brandon Matvenko connecting for the Knights.

Bryan Brew, assisted by Matthew Dolinar, gave North Okanagan the lead, but Kelowna tied it with a powerplay goal with 30 seconds left in the period.

Kelowna scored again halfway through the final period, and added an insurance marker with five minutes left in regulation.

North Okanagan hosted Kelowna for Game 2 Saturday in Armstrong.

Meanwhile, Sean Conners and Justin Mitchell each scored twice as the Talon Benefits Hawks bounced KT’s Restaurant Blues 6-2 in Okanagan North Midget Super Hockey League play Friday night at Civic Arena.

Bryton Stead and Landen Ehnes added singles for the 11-2-1 Hawks, who pocketed four goals in a four-minute span late in the third period. Landon Munk, Braden Gilowski and Max Mitchell each registered two assists in support of a solid Bryce Dyck.

Nik Wasylyk and Travis Webster countered for the 9-5-2 Blues, who got sensational netminding from leather-flashing Austin Goss, who stoned the Hawks earlier this season.

The Hawks took three minor penalties and the Blues none. It was 2-0 Hawks after one period and 2-2 after 40 minutes.