The Nakusp Falcons scored three goals in the final eight minutes to stop the Stevenson Mechanical Blues 4-1 in Sunday’s final of the Sicamous Invitational Pee Wee Rec Hockey Tournament.
Winger Kaylan Lawrence gave the Blues the lead and it was 1-1 until the towering and speedy Falcons broke loose with three goals in the final eight minutes.
The Blues opened with a 2-1 win over the Red Wings early Saturday morning as Nick Mitchell scored on a wobbling wrister with 38 seconds remaining to earn game MVP.
Lawrence also scored for the Blues, who got solid play from blueliners Cody Webb and Nick Mann. Game MVP for the Wings went to Dakota Becker on defence.
The Blues then got stellar netminding from Riley Bos in a 5-2 loss to the Kelowna Sharks Saturday afternoon.
Aiden Harrington had four snipes for the Sharks, while Sean Howard and game MVP Samantha Head (1+1) replied for Vernon, who received a determined effort from d-man Adam Raber.
D-man Gaman Nijjar set up two goals and was strong defensively to take MVP as the Blues bounced the Ashcroft Hawks 17-1. Mitchell added 5+4, while Braydie Allan and Braeden Cooper each supplied 3+3. Nick Poirier scored twice, while singles came from Bos, Howard, Lawrence and Aaron Botterill.
Butcher Boys grounded the Kamloops Jets 6-4 in an exciting, end-to-end B final with Keefer Kaemp supplying 2+2 and singles going to Jake Pelletier, Evan Winther, Kendra Ostafie and Joshua Tyk.
In earlier preliminary play, the Wings got 2+1 from Jake Pelletier and Tyler Semeniuk as they jolted the Jets 8-6. Darius Stone (2)earned MVP, while Kaempf scored once.
Reece Hawthorne and Dylan Blazek provided superb goaltending as the Wings tied the Kelowna Sharks 2-2 to reach the B final.
The Wings used a snipe by Kaempf to take a second-period lead before the Sharks replied. Colton Greeno connected with five minutes remaining before Kelowna equalized less than a minute later. Game MVP went to Halle Higgins-Wilson for outstanding defensive play.
The Vernon Seed Orchard Sharks broke a long Pee Wee Super League losing streak by defeating the Bannister GM Blazers 3-1 Saturday at Wesbild.
Taylor Vandale (2+1) opened the scoring in the first and then netted the eventual winner at 12:20 of the third period. Hannah Scherck (1+1) had a great game and found an empty net after the Blazers had put on some heavy pressure.
Bailey Berndt was strong in the Sharks net and Taylor DaSilva and Chelsea McCaig played great in support. Alex Laurila replied for the Sharks.
The Blazers rebounded by crushing the host Lumby Stars 8-2 Sunday.
Sam Frisby (4), Brandon LeHoux (3) and Tyler Riva handled the Bannister offence, while Cameron Pyror and Tanner Gilbert countered for the Stars.
In Bantam all-girls exhibition action, the Sharks defeated the Kelowna Avs 3-1 with goals from Cailee Bauml, on a rebound of a Brooke Berube shot, Molly Crandlemire on a gorgeous breakaway snipe and Cathou Bauml, with her second of the season, on a rebound past a sprawling goalie.
Nikala Debalinhard, Hannah Swift and Taylor Cousins turned in powerful defensive showings. Bailey Berndt’s shutout bid was ruined with 3:10 left by Ava Hamilton.
The Lumby Irly Bird Stars won a pair of Bantam Super League games and are the only undefeated team left, at 12-0-2.
On Saturday, Zack Kuperus scored twice as Lumby iced the North Okanagan Knights 3-1 at Pat Duke Memorial Arena.
Adam Sacht also scored with Logan Meier supplying two assists.
The Stars got a hat trick from Keenan MacDonald as they ambushed the DCT Chambers The Guys Plus One 7-1 Sunday on home ice.
Jayden Pederson, Reid Hackett, Kuperus and Meier added singles, while Shale Williamson had a couple of assists. Head coach Dale Nichols had the boys pumped for the games and credits “tough defensive, unselfish team work” for the wins.
Liam Semeniuk scored the DCT goal on assists from Mackenzie Wilton and Adam Roemer. Brooke Toop, Kevin Sullivan and Jakob Alexis all provided tenacious two-way play and goalies Colton Annis and Rowan Wood made numerous saves.
The Interior Savings Flyers stuffed DCT 7-3 and brushed back Salmon Arm 6-4 in other Bantam play.
The Flyers received two goals apiece from Jakob Marshall and Eamon Miller against DCT, singles coming from Brett Lambert, Nikolai Negraiff and Logan Imrich. Kobe Romanovitch (2) and Solomon Ivanoff replied for DCT at Wesbild.
In Salmon Arm, the line of Connor Granger, Dylan Oberle and Landon Ehnes clicked with Oberle and Ehnes each potting a goal on feeds from Granger. Other scores came from Miller, Leland Rigeudell, Tim Ufimsteff and Negraiff. Goalie Corey Lehoux played well in both games.
The Vernon Scotiabank Velocity iced the Five Star Award Chiefs 4-2 Saturday at Wesbild.
The Chiefs came out strong as the big defensive line of Cole Adams, Daniel DeShane, Alex Strutt and Donte Nowell worked hard at the blueline to stymie the Velocity.
The Chiefs forwards Mac Gourdine, Brennan Seltzer, Lucas Williams, Carl Main, Cameron Hitch, and Brandon deJong also worked hard getting shots on net and were rewarded with two goals from Jacob O’Quinn, assisted by Craig Lawrence. Adams and Ryan Pelkey. After the ice clean, the Velocity upped their intensity and scored four unanswered goals. Goalie Joseph Tronson had his best game of the season for the Chiefs. No Scotiabank scorers were reported.