Morning Star Staff
Hard work and hustle paid dividends for the Vernon Voltage as they overcame a two-goal deficit to post an 8-7 win over Salmon Arm in Under 12 ringette action.
Tara Charlton led the Vernon attack, netting her first two goals of the season, while helping out on two more.
Hannah McMorran and U10 callup McKenna Jackson also scored twice for the Voltage, who avenged a 10-6 loss to the same team a week earlier.
Sierra Lochhead and Shaila Austin rounded out the Voltage scoring.
Rhys Taylor-Hawes, making her season debut between the pipes, was solid in the win.
In other U12 play, the Vernon Flare clipped West Kelowna 2-1 on goals by Kristin Ho and Jasmine Horton.
Ashley Wadsworth, with an assist, Brynn Korol, Alassa Johnson and Miah Cohen all played awesome defence in front of a superb Kaila Summerfelt.
In a rematch of a tight Belle Division game last weekend, the Vernon Raid ambushed the Kelowna Kibosh 10-1 Sunday in Rutland.
It was another tight-checking affair until Brenna Beck opened the scoring for the Raid on a great solo effort at 12 minutes.
Goals from Ashleigh Cohen and Bailey Williamson gave the Raid a 3-0 lead at the break. The second period again started slowly, but the Raid exploded with seven goals in the last eight minutes for their strongest offensive showing of the season.
Dayce Knopf turned the natural hat trick, while Beck and Jennifer Dahl each pocketed deuces and Shelby Fisher collected a single.
Assists went to Ashley Eso (3), Fisher (2), Anastasia Pelletier and Cohen. The Raid got marvellous defensive play from Taylor Gray, Katelyn Paulin, Jocelyn Jones and Kennedy Pope. Emily Olds lost her shutout bid in the dying minutes.
The Vernon U10 Strikers smacked West Kelowna 15-3 Sunday at PV Arena with Madison Edgar stellar in net.
Precision passing enabled the Strikers to score 13 seconds in with Sasha Austin going top corner after receiving a pass from Sierra Fernley. Soon after, Brianna Visser sent Fernley in to snipe her first of two goals on the day.
Aimee Skinner then fired in two quick goals to put the Strikers into a commanding lead. Ally Hobenshield pulled a hat trick and had a strong two-way game.
Emily Gilman and Alecia Hughes each netted a pair, while singles came from Sydney Lewis, Caryss Hill and Brianna Visser.
The Strikers fell 11-7 to the Kelowna Ice Angels Saturday at the Kelowna Capital News Centre.
The Strikers got off to a good start with goals from Skinner, Hill and Lauren Cooke before running into penalty trouble. Visser (2), Edgar and Hill connected in the second half.
In other U10 play, the Kelowna Purple Minions iced the Vernon Ice Breakers 9-5 at PV.
Amelia Johnson (2), Kennedy Johnson, Kristen Franks and Makenna Jackson provided the Breaker snipes. Taylor Stewart and Rebekah Kempner played aggressive defensively for the 8-1 Breakers.
Verity White and Jordan Tung had solid chances on offence.
The Vernon Jr. A Rush brushed back the Kelowna Belle A’s 4-3 Sunday at PV.
Shelby Conors and Alyssa Carter each scored twice for the Rush with Carter netting the winner with eight seconds left.
It was a tough, physical game as always between the two teams who have struck up friendships playing on B.C. Winter Games teams.