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Banner year for teams
Two of Penticton’s female hockey teams won Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association regular season banners.
The Peaches Lingerie midget team took the recreation title, while the Fix Auto Penticton won the peewee recreation league.
Peaches Lingerie coach Dave Sandrelli said it was a huge accomplishment winning the league.
“For a midget team that is comprised of 66 per cent bantam-aged girls to go 11-1 is impressive,” he said.
Sandrelli atttributed the success to the group’s ability to become a team. The players were a tight-knit group from the start and bought into team goals. However, the playoff push didn’t go as Peaches Lingerie hoped. They were swept by Chase (2-10-0) in the semifinal, a team they beat five times in the season.
“Nothing against Chase, as they improved a ton from the beginning of the year, and played two solid games in the playoffs,” he said, adding their goalie made close to 45 saves in game two.
Sandrelli said it was a fun year and he enjoyed coaching the team. With 15 players able to return next season, he looks forward to starting again.
Fix Auto coach Bill Lund said his peewee team had a fantastic season going 12-1-1 in the regular season. Penticton lost to the Kelowna Avalanche in three games in the semifinals. After blowing out Kelowna 11-0 in the first game at McLaren Arena, Kelowna won Games 2 and 3 6-4 on Feb. 15 and 2-0 on Feb.16 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
Lund said his team matched up well with Merritt and two Kelowna teams and games could go anyway, making for exciting hockey.
“ I can’t say enough about the efforts of the players,” said Lund. “No matter how many lines I made them skate they still had smiles on their faces, well most of the time.”
Fix Auto has two tournaments remaining before the season closes out.
The Penticton midget tier 2 team, which is hosting provincials, was swept by Kamloops. They lost the first game on Feb. 8, 5-1, then lost a tight 4-3 decision on Feb.15. The Murray GM bantam tier 2 Vees play West Kelowna. The series opens in Memorial Arena this Saturday at 2 p.m., then shifts to Royal LePage Place Sunday at 3 p.m. If necessary, Game 3 is back at Memorial Arena March 2 at 3:45 p.m. The peewee tier 2 team plays West Kelowna. Penticton hosts Saturday at Memorial Arena at 11:45 a.m. with Game 2 heading to Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna Sunday for a 10:45 a.m. start. Game 3 if necessary, returns to Memorial Arena on March 2 at 6 p.m.
In recreation playoff action, the Penticton 1 peewee team defeated Princeton in three games. They opened with a 6-4 loss, then rebounded for 7-4 and 5-4 wins. Bantam Penticton 3 swept West Kelowna last weekend winning 6-2 and 3-1. In midget action, Penticton 1 needed three games to dispatch Kelowna 6. They lost the first game 6-5, then handed Kelowna 6-4 and 2-1 losses. In atom, Penticton1 and Penticton 3 faceoff this weekend. All three games are at Memorial Arena. Game 1 is Friday at 6 p.m., while the Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday at 4:15 p.m. Game 3 if necessary is Sunday at 4 p.m.
Peerless/McCoy wins tourney
The Penticton Peerless/McCoy Ducks peewee team easily defeated the Kelowna Stars 8-2 last weekend to win the Kamloops tournament. The Ducks were led offensively by Daniel Martin’s hat trick, while Kieran Simpson and Eric Kwakernaak scored two goals and Xander Whyte added a single.
Coach Warren Potter liked that his group played as a team, which they have stressed all season.
“The tournament was a great way to finish the season on a high note,” said Potter. “It was great to go undefeated and the key was getting secondary scoring and playmaking from all the players.”
The Ducks roster is as follows: