Goalie Caden Colmorgen was sensational and Eric Noren scored in overtime as the H&L Glass Wolfpack stopped host Salmon Arm Silvertips 4-3 in Sunday’s final of a Senior Atom Development Hockey Tournament at the Shaw Centre.
Rowan Miller scored twice, including a shorthanded marker, to spark the Pack, who got a single from Lee Christensen. Salmon Arm equalized late in the third period, but Noren was able to break free from his defence position in 4-on-4 overtime and bury a low shot, stick side.
Miller capitalized on a turnover in double overtime as the Wolfpack bounced the Winfield Bruins 5-4 in the semifinals. Kobe Grant went the whole way in net and was stellar as Vernon forced OT with three minutes left. Miller finished with a hat trick for MVP, while Ben King supplied 1+3 and Tanner Wright also scored.
On Saturday, King pocketed 2+1 as the H&L boys clipped the Kamloops Spitfires 4-3 in front of Colmorgen. Tanner Brown and Miller added singles, while helpers came from MVP Jaxxon Collard, Wright, Kael Black and Noren with helpers.
In Friday games, the Wolfpack iced the Kelowna Hurricanes 8-5 behind four goals by MVP Miller and grounded the Aldergrove Bruins 7-2 with Miller scoring three times, King getting 2+1 and call-up Cole Johnson also scoring. Grant was MVP against Aldergrove.
The Wolfpack are coached by retired NHLer Dean McAmmond.
OHA gains revenge on Home Builders
The high-flying Okanagan Hockey Academy Canucks of Penticton avenged a previous 2-1 loss by slamming the Vernon Home Building Centre Vipers 11-3 in Midget Tier 1 action Sunday night at Civic Arena.
Justin Mitchell, on a backhander, from Curtis Sexsmith, got the Vipers on the board in the first period which ended 4-2.
After OHA responded, Dennon Leibel, from Conor Payne and Patrick Dove, clicked for the Vipers.
Things went sideways again in the second frame with the OHA – coached by former NHLer Tim Hunter – scoring three more goals. Braydon Sophonow scored on a great individual effort in the second but then the Vipers got into penaly trouble in the third.
Coca-Cola Midgets finish third
The Midget Tier 2 Coca-Cola Vipers tied for third in the Cranbrook Tournament, playing their best hockey of the season by beating the Notre Dame Hounds of Wilcox, Sask. 4-2 in their opener.
Jacob Dolinar and Carson Tucker each bagged 1+2 with Brad Jones and Chad Thomas also scoring for the Vipers, coached by Rob Spraggs.
The Coca-Cola crew continued their stellar play with a 5-3 win over the Spokane U18 Chiefs.
Tyson Clark (2), Dolinar, Taylor Hamilton-Gee and Thomas handled the Coke offence with Jones supplying two assists.
The Vipers then lost 9-1 to the Tier 1 Spruce Grove Saints in the final game of the round-robin. The Vipers held the Saints to three goals for the longest time, but couldn’t contain the Saints’ offence any longer despite a very athletic showing by call-up goaltender Austin Goss.
Thomas, set up by Dolinar, replied for Vernon.
The early mornings finally caught up to the Vipers and they bowed 6-0 to host Cranbrook in the semifinals game. Call-up goalie Tyler Landry was great in stopping 49 shots.
“We didn’t get the outcomes we were hoping for, but after seeing some of the good things we did this weekend, the future looks very bright for this team,” said Spraggs.
The Sun Valley Source For Sports Renegades bowed 7-5 to OHA in Bantam Tier 1 league play Saturday at Priest Valley Arena with OHA using an empty-netter to halt a Vernon comeback.
Jorden Dewing, on a long wrister, Braydon McCarthy from Daine Elphicke, and Hayden Chase on assists by Jagger Williamson and Chase Larsen scored the Sun Valley opening goals. It was 5-1 OHA at one point, but the Renegades equalized on third-period goals by McCarthy (from Blaine Caton and Chase), and Carson Richards on a solo effort. Louis Springer was solid in net.
On Sunday afternoon, the Renegades lost 7-3 to the host Kelowna Rockets with McCarthy, Dewing and Chase scoring for Vernon. Bryce Dyck was strong in the Renegade net.
In Pee Wee Tier 1 league play Saturday, the Watkins Motors Mustangs fell 7-2 to Kelowna. The Mustangs got unassisted goals from d-men Ethan King and Grady Caton in a very spirited game.
“We have definitely narrowed the gap with Kelowna,” said head coach Jason Danbrook. “If we put together 60 minutes of our brand of hockey, Mustangs hockey, we beat that team.”
The Vernon Machine Bantam Tier 3 Vipers fell 5-3 Saturday in Merritt and rebounded with a 3-3 tie Sunday in Kamloops versus the Jardine’s Blazers.
Bryton Stead, on a feed from Richard Thompson, Colton Skead from Bryce Pyle, and Kaden Black on a powerplay, handled the Vernon goals in Merritt in front of Billy Cawthorn.
The Vipers rolled into Kamloops less than 24 hours later, short Gage Kopp who was hurt in the Merritt game. Josh DeCoffe, from Black and Gabe Turner, jumpstarted the Machine crew’s attack.
There were penalty shots for both teams with Vernon goalie Josh Evans stopping his and the Kamloops goalie doing the same on Josh DeCoffe.
Kamloops scored three unanswered goals before the break, but Vernon got snipes from Jarett Campbell and Bryton Skead in the second half.
Knights go 1-3 in Salmon Arm
In other Senior Atom Development play, the North Okanagan Knights went 1-3 in the Salmon Arm Tournament.
The Knights ambushed the North Delta Sun Demons 8-1 with Eli Dwyer and Trevor Kennedy each scoring twice and singles going to Nicholas Walker, Mitchell Brown, Brett Harder, and Kord Haller. Player of the game was Marlea-Lynn Best.
Walker scored twice to take MVP as the Knights then lost 9-5 to the Kelowna Thunder with other goals going to Kennedy, Brandon Matvenko and Brown.
The Winfield Bruins bottled up the Knights 3-1 Saturday afternoon with Dwyer scoring from Brown and goaltender Easton Hunter earning game MVP.
On Sunday morning, the Knights bowed 8-5 to the Kelowna Hurricanes with MVP Dwyer (2), Brown (2) and Haller scoring.
Kelowna Atom Development Team #2 stopped the Vernon Sladen Moore Pee Wee Rep Lakers 4-2 with Emily Clarke and Andie Kaneda getting the Laker goals on assists by Mairyn Tucker and Ailish Curran.