A home tournament for Tier 3 Pee Wee players was a a great success. In all, six teams showed up to test their talents.
The A & W Silvertips are showing increased improvement. They met Westside on Friday evening and played well, but came up on the short end of a 4-1 loss. The MVP was Steven Luchanych.
Saturday morning brought the ’Tips up against a tough Vanderhoof team where the ’Tips started out strong but lost their stamina as the game progressed, leaving a final score of 6-3. MVP Drew Bannister showed some incredible spirit. In an afternoon game versus Kamloops, it seemed the ’Tips were a little overwhelmed and showed a lot of courage in a 6-1 loss where Ryan Freed, the goalie, got the MVP nod for a brilliant performance. The best part of this well-run event for the home team came on Sunday morning. The Silvertips faced Westside in their final game of the tournament. It turns out revenge is sweet, as the hometown warriors showed they can make it happen, winning 4-0 in what was their best game of the season. Ryan Sadorsky got MVP for the match, and hard work awards have to go out to Logan Ferguson and Connor Senn. The food bank was also a big winner as donations were collected throughout the weekend.
Rockets blast Cougars
The Thompson Okanagan Female Midget AAA Rockets dominated two league games versus the Prince George Cougars at the Memorial Arena on the weekend. Game 1 saw the Rockets defeat the Cougars 3-1.
Scoring for the Rockets were Colby Williams with two goals (assists Cora Sutton, Jesse Keca, Maggie Shykula-Ross) and Shykula-Ross (assist by Keca).
The Rockets came out strong on Sunday, earning a 6-0 win over the Cougars.
Tara Bouvette earned the shutout in goal. Scoring for the Rockets were Keca (assists by Shykula-Ross, Williams), MacKenzie Barrie (assists by Christine Crawford, Taylor Whiteside), Shykula-Ross with three goals (assists by Keca, Williams, Courtney Morice and Breanna Bernsden) and Cora Sutton (assists by Shykula-Ross, Barrie).
The Salmon Arm Bantam Tier 2 Silvertips returned to league play over the weekend. In a home game played in Sicamous, the Silvertips defeated the Trail Smoke Eaters 8-7. Defenceman Brad Whitehead scored two goals and fellow rear-guards Austin Pugh and Alex Astasiewicz scored singles as Salmon Arm got some much needed offence from the back end. Forwards Riley Jepson and Zach Fournier scored two goals each to complete the scoring for Salmon Arm. The ’Tips hope to continue their good play this weekend with games in Kamloops and Lumby.
The Salmon Arm Fix Auto Atom Saints travelled to Revelstoke to play the Downing Timber Junior Grizzlies on Saturday, coming away with a 4-4 tie.
The majority of the first period was a defensive battle, with the first goal by the Grizzlies coming with four minutes left in the frame. It appeared Salmon Arm had scored earlier in the period, but after a short conference between the officials, the goal was waved off. Caden Sherman of the Saints scored with 1:18 left in the period, but couldn’t hold the Grizzlies back. The opposition scored with 33 seconds left to go up 2-1.
Zander Stewart of the Saints tied it up midway through the second period, but the Grizzlies took the lead again, less than a minute later. The Saints then took control of the game, scoring twice more in the period on goals from Dominic Barbosa and Austin Torbohm. Again the Saints appeared to put one in late in the second period, and even though the discussion between officials was even longer this time, again the goal was waved off.
The Saints found iron a couple times in the third period, but couldn’t put one past the Revelstoke netminder. The Grizzlies scored with just over eight minutes left on the power play to tie it up, and that’s how the game would end, 4-4. Evan Smith stopped 31 of 35 shots for the Saints.
The Saints Travel to Winfield to face Winfield 2 on Sunday.