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Vernon ringette teams golden at Sweetheart
Morning Star Staff
Vernon U16A Rockstar Drywall Adrenaline Rush and Vernon U14A Rush mined gold medals at the 24th annual Kelowna Sweetheart ringette tournament.
The U16A Rush won the Kelowna event for the third year in a row, opening pool play with wins over Richmond, 5-1, and West Kelowna 10-1. Vernon took down Delta 5-0 and Fraser Valley 10-5 Saturday to complete their pool sweep.
Vernon iced Delta 3-1in Saturday’s semifinal and then toppled Richmond 5-2 in a fast, physical final.
Using a variety of offensive plays, a high-level defensive trap, and stellar goalkeeping from Garrett Adams, Vernon dominated the Sweetheart with every player contributed points.
Defensive stars include Ava (Hardcore) Haldane, Katelyn (Killer) Paulin, Saylor (Slayer) Martian, and Maddy (Poke-check) Percy. Up front, Shelby (Spin Around) Connors, Alex (Hardshot) Drury, Kendra (Moneyshot) Ostafie, Hannah (Back of the Net) Popilchak, Taigan (Top-Shelf) Radomske, and Saige (Assists Alot) Woodliffe led the offence.
The Vernon U14A Rush opened with a 3-0 win over the Port Coquitlam Precision. Courtney Bacon led the Rush with 1+2, while singles went to Emily Williams and Alyssa Carter in front of Caenen Wisse.
The Rush then dumped the Fraser Valley Titans 7-1 behind 3+1 from Alyssa Racine. Carter (2), Wynter Vanderveen and Abygayle Williamson completed the attack.
The Rush tied the Alberta Bow View Snype of Calgary 6-6 with Racine supplying five goals and Williams one. Madison Fox pocketed two assists.
Vernon grounded the Fort Saskatchewan Kick Ice behind 2+1 from Williamson, two goals from Carter and singles from Fox, Evangeline Koshure and Vanderveen. Bacon had two assists.
The two teams met again in a semifinal Sunday morning with the Rush doubling the Ice 8-4 behind 2+1 from Bacon and Williams, and two goals from Williamson. Carter, with 1+3, and Koshure rounded out the scoring.
Vernon brushed back the Kelowna Krossfire 7-6 in the gold-medal tilt with Wisse making two dynamic game-saving stops in the dying seconds.
Bacon and Racine each had 2+1, Carter had two goals and Willams added 1+2. Fox had two assists.
It was also a sweet weekend in Kelowna for the Vernon Ice Rockets Novice ringette squad.
Struggling going into the Sweetheart, the Rockets found their groove, going 4-0.
The Rockets, coached by Dean Francks, Coralee Hamilton and Darcy Quiring, opened with an 11-8 win over Kelowna. Vernon beat Port Coquitlam 6-5 and Fraser Valley 7-4 Saturday, and finished the tournament in style Sunday, handing the previously unbeaten Shuswap Shooters their first loss of the season.
Aimee Skinner took a beautiful pass from linemate Jordan Tung and buried a shot in the dying seconds to give the Rockets a 6-5 win over the Shooters.
Ice Rocket offence in the tournament was shared between Skinner (8+7), Makenna Jackson (6+5), Kristen Francks (5+3), Hillary Quiring (4+5), Tung (2+6), Brooklyn Tardiff (2+1), Victoria Schultz (1+2) and rookie Kylie Sheldrake, who scored her first goal of the season. Also providing helpers were Jasmine Horton (3), Alecia Hughes and Chloe Scabar. Goaltender Katrina Winstanley recorded countless diving saves.
Ice Dragons have fun with war paint
The Vernon Novice Ice Dragons beat the Kelowna Ice Crushers 7-2 Sunday in their final game of the Sweetheart.
The Dragons put war paint on their faces and got goals from Brooklyn Lewis, Sierra Fernley, Astrid Beatty and hats were thrown on the ice for Shaila Austin’s second hat trick of the tournament. Sister Sasha Austin, the veteran netminder, stood on her head in back-to-back stellar games.
Brianna Visser, Miah Cohen and Shaila Austin earned aggressive penalties, perhaps inspired by the facial paint.
Vernon Purple Flames went 2-2 in the Bunnies division of the Sweetheart. The Flames downed the Shuswap Purple Tornadoes 12-3 in their opener behind three goals from Theryn Petty – her first goals of the year.
Kennedy Jackson, Emily Gilman, Jocelyn Tew and Ksenia Walker had two goals each while Sydney Lewis had the other.
Vernon then knocked off the Westside Thunder Bunnies 8-5 behind two goals each from Ava Dawn Koskimaki, Teagan Schober and Gilman. Walker and Allie Petty had the other goals.
The Fraser Valley Ice Wolves edged the Flames 11-10. Koskimaki had a hat trick, while Tew, Jackson and Schober each scored twice. Gilman had the other marker for the Flames, who finished with a 7-4 loss to Port Coquitlam.
Jackson scored twice, while Lewis and Koskimaki had singles. The Flames were named most sportsmanlike team for the sixth year in a row, under coach by Teresa Gilman.
DCT Roar play inspired games
The Vernon DCT Chambers Roar played their best ringette of the season in U12 action at the Sweetheart.
The Roar lost 5-4 to the Shuswap Surge with Julie Francis and Ashly Shwaluk each bagging deuces and and Emma Lochhead providing two assists in front of a stellar Brooklyn Ashby.
They then topped the Fraser Valley Ice Queens 8-3 behind three goals from Francis, 2+1 from Sierra Lochhead, two goals from Shwaluk, one goal from Amy Demetrick and three helpers from Chayse Krause.
On Saturday morning, the Roar played their best game of the season, but fell 8-7 to Port Coquitlam. Roar offence came from Shwaluk (2+1), Francis (2 goals), Emma Lochhead, Georgia Lannon, Krause and Sierra Lochhead in front of a marvellous Liam Van Wyk.
The Roar fell 5-0 to the Westside Ring Rebels in their last game.