Friday April 18, 2014

Minor Hockey Roundup: Nailers hammer way to tournament title

Keith Anderson

Bennett Hunter (20) of the Kamloops Jardine’s Blazers tries to keep control of the puck while sliding alongside Logan Christensen of Kelowna’s Pursuit of Excellence in a Bantam Tier 1 hockey game Sunday at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.


The Mystixs picked up a victory against a squad from Vernon on Saturday, with Ashley McCabe scoring four of Kamloops’s seven goals.

Makenna Fitzgerald, with two, and Anna Morrish also found twine in support of goaltender Sydney Carter.


The Kamloops Bantam Girls, playing with only seven players, managed a tie in two tries in a doubleheader in Lillooet.

Kamloops managed a 1-1 draw in the opener, before losing the second game, 3-1. Cassidy Hanna and Kennedy Epp had the goals.

Hailey Russell was in goal for Kamloops.

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The North Kamloops Royal Purple Mystixs fell 8-3 to a Vernon atom development team in Valleyview on the weekend.

Nicole Thomas, Amanda Martin and Samantha Yawney scored the goals for the Mystixs, who had Rebekah Schmutz in goal.

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The Orange Ice Hawks won back-to-back games against the Destroyers on the weekend, 9-7 on Friday and 6-4 on Saturday.

In the Friday matchup, Aaron Price picked up the victory in his goaltending debut. Talan Horner and Owen Aura netted three goals apiece, while Matthew MacDonald, Evan Smith and Reggie Newman added singles.

Brady Milburn had a double hat trick for the Destroyers and Austin Barrett chipped in the seventh goal.

On Saturday, it was Johnny Hicks’s turn to pick up a victory in net. Newman, with two, Nick Merritt, Aura, Smith and Roman Wolynec added singles.

Milburn again had a big night, scoring all four of the Destroyers’ goals.

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The North Kamloops Lions outscored their opponents 14-3 in league action on the weekend, picking up two victories.

On Saturday, against Vernon, the Lions won 5-3 on the back of three first period goals. Keenan Gannon, Trevis John, Seiji Brown, Tyson Gayfer and Brendan Roche all found the scoresheet for Kamloops, which went with Max Palaga in goal.

Lukas Duckworth and Roche had two helpers apiece.

On Sunday, playing host to Pentiction, the Lions played to a shutout victory, 9-0.

Brown scored four goals, with Evan Vinterlik adding a goal and three assists. Eric Marasco, Gannon, Justin MacInnes and Duckworth also scored for the Lions, with Duckworth and Gannon adding two assists apiece and Trevis John chipping in with three.

Palaga made 13 saves for the shutout.

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A lone goal from Dario Piva wasn’t enough to get the North Kamloops Lions a victory as they fell 7-1 to Kelowna on Sunday, Kolby Pauwels was in net for the loss.

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The Player’s Bench Raiders went 1-1 on the weekend against the West Kelowna Warriors.

On Saturday, Parker Matheson and Mike Van Unen scored Kamloops’ only goals en route to a 4-2 loss. Kendra Woodland was in goal for the Raiders.

Playing a rematch on Sunday, the Raiders won 6-2. Garrett Kellington netted a hat trick, while Rylan Van Unen had two goals and Gabe Graham-Boyde potted a single. Reid Gladman picked up the netminding victory.

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The Kamloops Western Roofing Nailers were undefeated in tournament action in Spokane on the weekend, bringing home the championship.

The Nailers opened with a 6-2 victory over Kelowna. Austin Krug was in goal for Kamloops, which got two goals from Logan Stankoven and singles from Reagan Milburn, Braiden Clark, Manny Recchi and Nate Van Unen.

The Nailers went on to hammer Boise 10-2 on Saturday, with Milburn netting three goals and Matthew Mariona scoring a pair. Stankoven, Elias Newport, Van Unen, Justin Vinterlik and Mathew Ward also had singles. Jared Sucro picked up the goaltending victory.

Stankoven went on to score five against Trail later that day in an 8-1 victory. Krug was back in goal for the victory and Justin Vinterlik chipped in with a hat trick.

In Saturday’s final round-robin game, the Nailers topped host Spokane 8-3 to get Sucro his second victory of the weekend. Stankoven again had a big night with four goals, and Mariona, Milburn, Jakob Sherwood and Newport scored singles.

In the final, Kamloops defeated Kelowna 4-1. Sucro and Krug shared the victory in goal and Milburn scored two of Kamloops’ goals. Mariona and Stankoven also scored singles.


The 7 Point Millworks Ice Hawks were undefeated in winning a weekend tournament in Salmon Arm.

Kamloops beat South Delta 5-3 in the championship final.

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The North Kamloops Lions managed one victory in tournament action in Pentiction.

In their first game of the tournament, the Lions were shut out 7-0 by the Chilliwack Bruins but the team bounced back with an 11-3 victory in its next game against Castlegar.

Zach Bachand, Jayden Russell, with three, Tyler Fernie, Connor Jensen, with two, Mason Swanton, Harjun Serown, Joshua Bishop and Sheldon Gerlib scored the goals, with Justin Mitchell stopping all but three in goal.

Russell and Jameson Rende each had a pair of assists and Gerlub and Bachand had three assists each.

In their next game, against North Okanagan, the Lions fell 9-2. Russell and Bishop had the Kamloops goals.

In their final tournament game, Kamloops fell to the Langley Eagles 9-1, with Bachand scoring the goal.

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Kash Minion backstopped the Sandman Spitfires to a 7-2 victory over the Sandman Oilers on Saturday. Colton Day was in goal for the Oilers.

Stran Smith recorded five points in the victory, including three goals, as did Colton Woitas, who had two goals and three assists. Jacob Taylor also chipped in with a pair of goals.

For the Oilers, Maxwell Smith found twine for both goals.


Ethan Gremaud had seven goals on the weekend for the Rockets, leading his team to a victory and a draw.

On Saturday, the Rockets played to a 5-5 draw with the Warriors. Leading 4-0 after two periods, the Rockets let the Warriors back into it, but still managed to pick up a draw.

Brock Heshka, Gremaud, with three, and Issac Bean had the goals in support of goaltender Caleb Campbell.

On Sunday, against the Eagles, the Rockets won 8-2. With Brendan Smith in goal, Gremaud picked up four more scores. Brady McCutcheon netted a hat trick, while Ethan McNichol added a single. Kyle Sperling-Mueller added two helpers.


The Vipers lost to the host Sicamous Junior Eagles in the championship final at a weekend tournament.

Kamloops opened with an 11-2 victory over the Kamloops Crushers. MVP Alesandro Comita had five goals, and Kiel Schriml scored three. Keenan Smoch was the winning goaltender.

Comita had the goal and Schriml was MVP as the Vipers lost 10-1 to the Eagles in their next game.

The Vipers edged the Kamloops Vikings 6-5, with Denise Jackson earning MVP honours. Brady Pawlachuk had three goals and Jagger DeLaGorgendiere also scored in support of Smoch.

The Vipers faced the Crushers in a semifinal, and won 4-3. Schriml was MVP, with Pawlachuk scoring three goals and Ray Shockey picking up two helpers. Smoch was the winning goaltender.

The Vipers lost 8-4 to the Eagles in the final. Pawlachuk, who scored a goal, was MVP, with Comita scoring a pair and DeLaGorgendiere singling in support of Smoch.


The Kamloops Crushers went 2-2 in tournament action in Sicamous on the weekend.

In their first game, the Crushers fell to the Vipers, also of Kamloops, 11-2. Bryton Jahn and Kaden Linquist scored the goals for the Crushers in support of goaltender Ty Moffett, who was MVP.

In their second game, the Crushers stopped the Kelowna Silver Bullets 6-5. Max Card, Moffett, Douglas Pryor, Jarrett Dumais, Owen Geiger and Alessandro Lizzi scored the goals for the Crushers and MVP Tyson Aspeslet picked up the goaltending victory.

Against Lillooet, Kamloops picked up a 6-5 victory. Andon Rende, Geiger, Dumais and Jahn were among the goal scorers and Moffett was back in the goal. Zach Clark was game MVP.

In a semifinal, the Crushers were eliminated by the Vipers, losing 4-3 to the Kamloops squad.

Geiger, Rende and Dumais scored for the Crushers, and Aspeslet was their MVP.

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Blake Ablitt had three goals as the Honey Badgers defeated the Rebels 8-1.

Nathan Sandulescu and Bryton Neufeld shared the goaltending victory, with A.J. McInnis scoring twice and Josh Dimaulo, Callum Gorman and Mike Degasso each scoring once. Kaleb Costigan had two helpers.

Liam Edstrom had the goal for the Rebels, who had Nik Shufletoski in goal.


Nolan Virgo had two goals to lead the Coyotes over the Broncos 2-1.

Ryan Clark was the winning goaltender, with only Ethan Diconstanzo of the Broncos able to beat him. Karen Aujla was in goal for the Broncos.


The Broncos brought down the Spitfires Sunday, playing to an 8-5 victory.

Spencer Shyiak, with two, Jordan Calibaba, Colton Davoran, Jamie Daniels, with two, Alexander Viventi and Jordan Munegatto netted the markers in support of goaltender Sam Fawcett.

Ben Smith had three helpers and Dakota Reid had a pair.

Keaton Dell, with two, C.J. Ferguson, Ellessio Louvros and Nick Jittler answered for the Spitfires, who had Atticus Foulds in net.

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The North Trailer Eagles eked out a 6-5 victory over the Kelowna Stars on Friday, with Kieran Outerbridge recording the goaltending victory.

Dawson Reid had a pair of goals and Cordell Davidson chipped in with a goal and two assists. James Ridge also netted a single.

On Saturday, the Eagles were on the wrong side of a close game against Williams Lake, falling 6-5.

Chris Penner had a pair of goals for the Eagles, while Karn Mahal recorded a goal and two assists. Ethan Maarhuis and Davidson added singles and Outerbridge took the loss in goal.

In another Saturday game, the Eagles were defeated 9-1 by Chilliwack. Jack Thomson scored the only goal.


Matthew Richardson had five goals and Justin Hawson, Lance Ragan and Peter Buff also scored as the Petes defeated the Capitals 8-2.

Connor Humphrey and Jacob Stewart scored for the Capitals.

The Petes went on to knock off Clearwater, 5-1.

Scott Poelzer was the winning goaltender, Jacob Harding had three goals and Grayden Baker and Richardson also scored. Buff had three assists, and Garrett Miller and Aiden Kennedy each added a pair of helpers.

Colby Rhodes scored for Clearwater, which had Tristan Blackmore in goal.


Two goals from Chris Buchanan led the Oilers to a 4-1 victory over Team 10 on the weekend.

Austen Stanton chipped in with a goal, as did Jarret Daoust, and Connor Hall had two assists.

For Team 10, Breckin Erichuk broke Austen Martin’s shutout bid. Teagan Leslie took the loss in goal.

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Kaleb Virgo backstopped the Thomspson Hotel Titans to a pair of weekend victories.

Virgo had the shutout in a 4-0 victory over the Revelstoke Grizzlies. Brogen Taphorn, with two, Preston Guerra-Ibbetson and Chad Petrie scored for the Titans.

The Titans knocked off Revelstoke 6-2 the next day. Hayden Smale had two goals, and Brendan Mucha, Tristen Ernst, Petrie and Taphorn also scored in support of Virgo.

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Kamloops Player’s Bench went 1-2-1 at its home tournament.

Kamloops opened with a 5-3 loss to Winfield. Jarrod Semchuk, Keagan Fletcher and Hayden Fidanza scored for the hosts, who had Nate Nesci in goal. Jayden Grant was Kamloops’ MVP.

Fidanza struck for three goals and was MVP as Kamloops bounced back with a 5-2 victory over Trail. Semchuk also scored, as did Cole Senum. Xavier Cannon was the winning goaltender.

Kamloops lost 4-3 to Williams Lake, with Isaac Derose, Adam Gammel and Fidanza scoring the goals. Nesci took the goaltending loss and Carter Adams was game MVP.

Kamloops fought back to forge a 4-4 draw with the Vancouver Thunderbirds in its final game. Vancouver was up 4-1 halfway through the game, but Kamloops managed to tie it on a goal from game MVP Brendan Kirschner.

Grant, Adam Harrison and Adams also scored for Kamloops, which got two assists from Luke Bateman. Nesci and Cannon split the goaltending.

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Connor Milburn scored two goals as the Jardine’s Blazers lost 3-2 in a league game in Vernon on the weekend.

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