Morning Star Staff
The West Kootenay Wildcats rallied to stop Sladen Moore Lakers 6-4 in Sunday morning’s semifinals of the third annual Vernon Female Bantam A Hockey Classic at Civic Arena
The Lakers were up 4-1 on goals from Andie Kaneda (from Makenna Southam, Abbey Magnus) and Emily Clarke (Mairyn Tucker, Southam) in the first period and then Samantha Head (Halle Higgins –Wilson, Tylee Cooper) and Jenna Fletcher (Head, Cooper) in the second period.
Kootenay got two goals in the last two minutes of the second and equalized three minutes into the third before getting the winner and clincher with five minutes remaining.
South Island Royals of Victoria iced Williams Lake 4-1 in the other semi and beat West Kootenay 3-0 in the final.
The Lakers lost 4-3 to Williams Lake in their final round-robin game Saturday night after taking a 3-2 first-period lead.
Kaneda (assisted by Clarke) and a pair from Jenna Fletcher gave Vernon the lead.
Watkin Motors 5th
The Watkin Motors Pee Wee Tier 1 Vipers finished fifth in the 12-team Salmon Arm Silvertips Tournament, upsetting the Arbutus Avalanche of Vancouver 3-2 in their last game Sunday.
The Avs’ goalie put on a show as the Vipers bombarded the net. The line of Trevor Kennedy, Eric Noren and Rowan Miller each scored once.
In Saturday action, the Vipers fell 4-1 to Burnaby Winter Club, getting a shorthanded tally from Lachlan O’Keefe.
The Nixon Wenger Pee Wee Tier 3 Jr. Vipers bowed 5-4 to the Kelowna Jr. Rockets Saturday.
Vernon’s goals came from Tanner Wright, Lincoln Connor, Evan Trottier and Ethan Beliveau.
The North Okanagan Knights shaded the Kelowna Tier 4 Jr Rockets 4-3 in exhibition play Saturday in Enderby.
Eli Dwyer, Dylan Huber, Griffin Evans and Kord Haller, with the winner, assisted by Huber and Alex Gilowski, handled the Knights’ attack in front of Thomas Burton.
The Knights crushed the host Chase Broncos 17-1 in league play Sunday with Bryan Brew firing five goals and Dwyer, Brandon Matvenko and Kevin Thomas Walters each getting a deuce.
The Coca-Cola Midget Tier 2 Vipers split a pair of exhibition games, stuffing Summerland 6-0 Saturday at Kal Tire Place before falling 4-3 to South Okanagan Sunday at Civic Arena.
Carl Main (2), Kaden Black, Landon Munk, Cameron Hitch and Brenden Zupp scored in support of Tristan Quiring in the win. Jarett Campbell, Logan Imrich and Eamonn Miller managed the Coke goals in the loss.
The Vernon Home Building Centre Midget Tier 1 Vipers are holding a food drive during their home tournament which starts Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Civic Arena. Fans are urged to bring non-perishable food items which may also be dropped off at team sponsors Chasers Bottle Depot and Nexus Therapeutic on 41st Avenue.
Vernon opens against Northwest Calgary Friday at 6:15 p.m. The Vipers face Fort St. John (10:30 a.m.) and battle North Shore Winter Club (5:15) Saturday.
Valley Wood sizzle
In Atom A Development play, Jacob Boden bagged 3+1 as the Valley Wood Jr. Vipers demolished Westside Warriors 13-2 Saturday at Kal Tire Place.
Quiring (2+1), Zac Funk (2), Jakob Jones (2), d-man-turned-forward Ronic Chauhan (1+3), Isaac Thomas (1+2), Owen Palfreman and Cody Beckner completed the Valley Wood offence in front of Owen Swiscoski. D-man Connor Elliot earned two helpers and was joined on Vernon’s back line by Jace Weir, Gage Stoll and Thomas with some stellar shot blocks and six points between them.
The Jr. Vipers doubled the Penticton Jr. Vees and clipped the Kelowna Jr. Rockets 4-1 at a Sunday jamboree in Penticton.
In Atom C Development play, the H&L Glass Jr. Vipers tied the Kamloops Pee Wee Female Mystix 7-7 Saturday at McArthur Island Sports Centre.
Jaret Cooper’s kick save at the five-minute mark jumpstarted Vernon’s offence as captain Chris Bond controlled the rebound and weaved his way down the right side and finishing five-hole.
Three minutes later, Emma Elders won a puck battle behind the Mystix net. Cash Anderson scooted in and surprised the goalie with a wrap-around between the pads.
In the second, John Spraggs defused the Kamloops power play with some of his patented ragging.
Kamloops’ first shot in 25 minutes found the net, and then a shorthanded strike five minutes later suddenly squared the affair. On the same power play, Maddex Minard seized back the momentum for Vernon, converting a pass from Bond.
Shorthanded late, Nick Noren chased down a Quinn Soon clearance behind the Kamloops net, and found Elders who popped it upstairs in a jiffy. Thirty seconds later, Elders threaded a pass from the left corner to Noren for another shortie.
Outshot 26-10 and down 5-2, the Mystix cued the comeback, scoring three times before the third period was six minutes old. Once again, Vernon wasted no time wresting back control. Brock Holliday picked off an errant pass, barged down the right side into the corner and centered to Bond.
Anderson then won the puck behind the goal line for Noren, who swiftly swung in Vernon’s seventh on the wrap-around.