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Vernon Rush strike Sweetheart gold
The Vernon Tween (U14) A Newalta Rush brought home the gold medal from the Sweetheart Tournament last weekend in Kelowna.
The Rush faced some tough competition but dominated for most of the tournament. Vernon opened with a disappointing 7-5 loss to the Bow View In10CT. Kendra Ostafie contributed four goals, while Amy Parsons added a single.
Vernon then came back strong with an 8-2 win over their zone rival, the Kelowna Fusion.
Caleb Pope opened the Rush scoring with two goals in the same shift and adding another later in the game. Saige Woodliffe and Ostafie each earned two goals, while defenceman Alex Drury contributed a single. Parsons had four assists, while Garrett Adams was on fire in net.
The Rush posted two more wins Saturday, stopping the Bow View Impact 6-4 and grounding Fraser Valley 7-3. Captain Maddie Powls rocketed two goals to the back of the net, while Ostafie (1+2), Drury, Woodliffe and Hannah Popilchak helped the offence.
Against Fraser Valley, Ostafie once again led the scoring with a hat trick and an assist, while Pope scored twice and singles went to Popilchak and Powls. Parsons had four helpers.
After topping their round-robin pool and bypassing the semifinals, the Rush stuffed the Fusion 6-2 in a rough final.
Shelby Connors scored the Rush’s first goal while also adding an assist later in the game. Woodliffe and Ostafie added a pair of goals each while Drury once again came from the defensive end and drilled another goal. Adams was stellar in net again.
The Vernon Shooting Stars rocked the Sweetheart Tournament with four wins in the Under 9 class.
The Stars got two goals each from Paige Edgar, Chayse Krause and Paige Neufeld in an 8-4 win over the Kelowna Blazers. Kyla Pyle, with the opening snipe, and William Erickson, with a quick release which stunned the goalie, had singles.
Amber Lowe managed two goals as the Stars outlasted the Fraser Valley Wildcats 6-4, singles going to Jordan Tung, Mackenna Jackson, Krause and Mackenzie Gilman.
Vernon then parlayed a Krause hat trick into a 6-3 victory over Coquitlam. Grace Erickson, Jordan Tung and Edgar supplied singles.
Mackenzie Gilman (her first career), Brooklynn Young and Sierra Lochhead each provided hat tricks as the Stars ambushed Shuswap 10-3. Makenna Jackson scored once. Astrid Beaty, Alassa Johnson and Brooklyn Tardiff played strong both ways.
The Five Star Award Vikings went 3-1 in Petite action at the Kelowna Sweetheart.
The Vikings started with a 6-5 win over Quesnel. Rylie Marchand and Evangeline Koshure each had a pair of goals, while Kalen Webster and Alyssa Carter had singles.
On Saturday, the Vikes defeated PoCo 6-2 and then fell 6-4 to Kelowna. Offence came from Emma Carter and Alyssa Carter, each with 3+1, Koshure, with 2+1, and Bryn Taylor-Hawes and Marchand each with a single. Brittany Jensen and Hailey Quiring each had helpers.
In their final game, the Vikes received superb goaltending from Caenen Wisse in an 8-6 victory over Salmon Arm. Koshure and Marchand each pulled hat tricks, while Webster had a pair.
The Vernon Interior Savings and Credit Union Novice Blue Lightning went 3-0-1, tying the Kelowna Ring Robbers 8-8, clipping the Northwest Flying Ninjas 8-7, zapping Westside 9-7 and outgunning the Shuswap Icebreakers 11-10.
Emma Elders paced the Blue Lightning with 12 goals and one assist, while Jayden Scott earned 7+4 and Kenzie Koshure counted 6+5. Grace Cornell chipped in with 6+4, while Shelby Richards, Hannah McMorran and Emma Roine collected singles. Daine Thoma and Danika Bellamy had helpers.Awesome support play was turned in by Liam Van Wyk, Jessie Campbell and Logan Thoma.
The Vernon North Enderby Timber Novice Flames came out of the Sweetheart at 1-1-2.
The Flames saw contributions from the entire team: Georgia Lannon 6+5, Emma Lochhead 7+1, Julie Francis 4+2, Brynn Korol 2+3, Ashly Shwaluk 1+3, Levi Knopf 2+1, Jewel Jensen 2G, Amy Demetrick 1+1, Katie Finlayson 1+1, Arianna Kositsin 2A, Timara Jensen 2A and Kaila Summerfelt 1G. The Flames got great netminding by Summerfelt (3GP) and Julie Francis (1).
Mark’s Heavy Haul Vernon Voltage Voltage defeated Vernon Advertising Works Swag 3-2 in the semifinals to advance to the Junior B gold-medal final versus Kelowna, where they fell 4-2.
The SWAG won a bronze medal. going 3-0-1 in the round robin losing to Voltage in the semis and beating Calgary 7-5 in the medal game.
Alana Fox, Dayna Hanley and Paige Webster, each with two goals, and Liv Percy scored in the medal game. Fox and Harder scored in the 3-2 semifinal loss to the Voltage.
Fox counted nine goals in preliminary play, while Bailey Williams had a hat trick and Sydney Harder, Desiree Turnbull and Brenna Beck singles.
The Vernon Advertising Works Thundercats went 1-3 in the same division, beating Westside 7-4 on 2+1 from Miranda Chapple and singles from Abby Williamson, Jillian Pipke, Chelsea McNabb, Maddie Fox and Ellen Campbell.
Chapple fired three goals in a 10-4 loss to Fraser Valley with Williamson adding one goal.
McNabb pocketed 2+1 as the Cats bowed 5-3 to Kelowna, Williamson scoring once.
Vernon lost 8-7 loss to Poco/Ridge Meadows as Williamson (2), Pipke (2), Mikayla Vanderzwan and Sophie Granley led the attack.
The Vernon Nixon Wenger Invaders faced some tough teams in going 0-4 in the Tween C division.
The Invaders lost 10-2 to Richmond in their opener, getting goals from Ava Haldane, assisted by Miranda Blatny and Spencer Christensen, and Christensen, unassisted.
In their second game, the Nixon Wenger crew bowed 9-4 to the Fraser Valley with Cornell and Haldane each bagging a deuce. Ashleigh Cohen, Blatny, Rebecca VanEyck and Tamara Nicol earned assists.
Cohen and Marisa Johnson netted goals in the Invaders’ 9-2 loss to Westside.
The Invaders were shut out 9-0 by Bow View in their last game.
Great goaltending by Aleisha Smith helped the Vernon Petite Lightning win four games, including an 8-7 comeback win over the Westside Ring Robbers, who led 7-2 at one point.
Delaney Tetrault registered the hat trick, while Stephanie Backer had 2+1, and Demi Williamson and Wynter Vanderveen each earned 1+2 and Alyssa Racine also scored. Kara Olsen had two helpers.
In Game 2, the Lightning posted a 5-2 win over Port Coquitlam #2 with Racine (3) and Mason Christenson (2) handling the offence.
On Saturday, the Lightning smothered the Shuswap Ring of Fire 12-3 and then held off the Surrey-White Rock Spitfires 6-5 in Sunday play.
Racine scored three times, while Delaney Tetrault had a deuce and Vanderveen scored once. Playmakers were Christensen, Kyra Olsen and Kalyee Jones.
Vernon’s Blue Lightning Bunnies (sponsored by Sun Valley Source for Sports) battled against many talented players in their four games. Taliya Yamaoka, Alecia Huges, Kate Mallow, Jordann Scott, Hillary Quiring, Isaac Granley, and Sasha Ausin performed outstanding offensive duties. Defensive superstars included Emily Balcaen, Shaila Austin, Brooklyn Charest, Rhys Taylor-Hawes, and Jaida Sauvie and Tori Christensen. Awesome goaltending came from Kristie Vassberg and Miah Cohen.