Vixens vex opponents

Glen Sweeny of the Stars tries to get past Dean Bradshaw of the Beer Hounds Saturday in the Checkers rec hockey tournament at Kal Tire Place. - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Glen Sweeny of the Stars tries to get past Dean Bradshaw of the Beer Hounds Saturday in the Checkers rec hockey tournament at Kal Tire Place.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

Four Vernon squads made it to the six division finals, two of them won gold at the annual Checkers Recreational Hockey Tournament, which drew 38 teams to Vernon over the weekend.

The Vernon Flyers spotted the Savona Swamp Donkeys a 6-0 lead in the men's 40 Div. 1 championship game before storming back for an 8-7 victory.

Denny Sloughran's second goal of the game with seven seconds left gave the Flyers the win. Mike Gilman celebrated his first-ever hockey championship with three goals for the winners while Tim Proctor added a deuce.

The Vernon Buy-Low Vixens downed the Calgary Phoenix 4-1 in the Women’s Div. 2 final.

Edeen Ramsey had 1+2 for the Vixens, Leah Mulvihill added 1+1 and single goals went to Cheryl Meier and Derri Berube.

The Savona Swamp Donkeys scored with four seconds left in the game to edge the Vernon Flyers 8-7 in the men’s 40 Div. 1 championship.

World champion Canadian amputee men’s hockey team member Curt Minard scored three times for the Flyers.

Geon Barrett had the game’s only goal in the first period as the Kamloops Beer Blazers edged Vernon Richmond Steele Mustangs 1-0 in the 40 Underage final.

Rob Gregg scored three times to lead the Calgary Centennials to a 4-1 win over Vernon Team Wicked in the 40 Div. 2 finale.

Troy Mick had the lone Wicked marker.

Kamloops Thunder dumped Williams Lake Grey Fox 11-6 in the men’s 35 Div. 1 final, and Prince George won the Women’s Div. 1 championship with a 7-0 win over the Nelson Blue Liners.

The Vixens, meanwhile, went 20-0  in winning the Adult Safe Hockey League title recently at the Nor-Val Sports Centre.

Morgan Zoethout led the league with 44 points. The Vixens own half of the top 20 goal scorers: Amy Irvine, Brandy Wiesmann, Diana Huntley, Coralee Hamilton, Mandy Christensen, Derri Cooper, Jennifer Spitzer, Cassie and Christine Bosworth.

The Vixens were backed up with solid defencemen Cheryl Meier and Jodi Tung with goalie Patti Hansen shutting the door.

Buy Low Foods has been sponsor for the Vixens for 11 years.

The Vixens conclude their season this weekend in Seattle.


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