KMHA round-up (Feb. 17 to Feb. 19)
North Kamloops breaks out the broom
The bantam tier 3 North Kamloops Lions booked their place in the second round of the OMAHA playoffs with a first-round series sweep of Kelowna.
North Kamloops won the first two games of a best-of-three series with their rivals from the Little Apple, earning a 7-1 win on Friday and a 2-1 win on Saturday.
Nathan Demers (2G), Felix Nachtigal (2G, 1A), Jordon Moore (1G, 1A), Chet Flanagan (1G), McCoy Pearce-Orr (1G), Tony Dennis (1G), Darion Nordick (1G, 2A), Dario Piva (2A), Bryce MacDonald (2A), Braeden Hart (1A), Kyle Hutton and Dayne De la Roode scored on the weekend for the Lions.
In Game 2, Nordick scored the winning goal in double-overtime to send North Kamloops to Round 2, in which they will meet South Okanagan.
Caelen Holling backstopped the Lions on Friday and Matt Hicketts took over on Saturday.
Sharks swim to silver
The Sandman Inn Sharks finished second in the 12-team KMHA Atom Blast Tournament on McArthur Island.
The Sharks lost the final to Saanich, 6-2. In the semifinals, the Sharks beat the Kamloops Yellow Jackets 8-2. In round-robin play, the Sharks defeated the Kamloops defeated the Kamloops Bullets 6-2, beat the Chilliwack Bombers 5-4 and tied the Mission Ice Warriors 3-3.
Pacing the Sharks on the weekend were Jordan Swoboda (5G, 1A), Devon Tournour (6G), Yvonne Manwarring (5G), Dakota Reid (2G, 2A), Kassidy Neil (2G, 2A), Jackson Fitzgerald (1G, 1A), Atticus Foulds (1G), Jacob Hamilton (1G), Zach Pankuch (2A) and Camryn Mitchell (1A).
Birch Mierau was spectacular between the pipes for all five weekend games.
Game MVPs were Neil, Manwarring, Hamilton and Swoboda.
Dogs win clash with the bears
The Bulldogs edged the Bruins 8-6 in Novice Blue division play at Brock Arena on Sunday.
Scoring goals for the Bulldogs were Colton Woitas (3), Jackson Gilroy (1), Temeke Gottfriedson (1), Maxwell Hinkson (2) and Owen Geiger (1).
Gilroy's goal was his first of the season.
Adding assists for the Bulldogs were Gottfriedson and Hinkson.
Replying with goals for the Bruins were Kurtis Pearson, Ryan Sanderson (3), Bradley Boudreau and Adam Haines.
Boudreau, Haines, Pearson, Sanderson Matthew Pryor and Ethan Smith pitched in with assists.
Rankin clutches up in shootout
Josh Rankin made three saves in a shootout to help the Ice Hawks beat the Kodiaks 5-4 in atom recreation play at Memorial Arena on Saturday.
Scoring goals in regulation for the Ice Hawks were Austin Burke, Liam Edstrom , Jamie Daniels and Xander Denis.
Eric Crawford, Braeden Bartlett (2) and Rhys Blundell pitched in with assists for the Ice Hawks.
Scoring goals for the Kodiaks were Domenica Comita, Nolan Virgo, Alex Deneault-Isnardy and Jacob Sherlock.
Comita, Virgo and Kylie Emsland recorded assists for the Kodiaks, who went with Michael Love between the pipes.
Taylor scores four in losing cause
Ashton Taylor scored four goals, but it was not enough to lift his Thunder past the Warriors in Novice Orange division play on Saturday at Valleyview Arena.
The Warriors won 6-4.
Kaleb Preymak (1G), Jackson Steed (2G, 2A), Mathew Ward (1G), Jakob Sherwood (1G), Maxwell Smith (1G), Ryan Larsen (2A) and Alesandro Comita (1A) recorded points for the Warriors, who went with Ashton Dorey in net.
Jared Sucro notched an assist for the Thunder.
Yellow Jackets tame the snakes
The Sandman Yellow Jackets topped the Sandman Cobras 3-1 in atom recreation play at Memorial Arena on Saturday.
Zach Bachand (2G), Tristen Beauchamp (1G) and Jordan Calibaba (1A) notched points for the winning team, which went with Jordan Munegatto between the pipes.
Isaac DeRose assisted on Matthew Nixon's marker for the Cobras, who went with Nathan Sandulescu in net.
Firehawks too much for Thunder
The Sandman Firehawks cruised to a 10-1 win over the Sandman Thunder on Saturday at Valleyview Arena.
Grady Christiansen (1G), Braeden Crowe (2G), AJ McInnis (3G, 2A), Colton Davoren (3G, 1A), Jakob Bennett (1G), Justin Baker (1A) and Arjan Brar (1A) recorded points for the Firehawks, who went with Ryan Clark in net.
Jameson Rende assisted on Parker Erickson's goal for the Thunder, who went with Sam Fawcett between the pipes.
Kougars avoid weekend defeat
The Sandman Kougars posted a win and a tie on the weekend.
On Saturday, the Kougars edged the Bullets 6-4. The Kougars tied the Sharks 5-5 on Saturday.
Recording points for the Kougars on the weekend were Brandon Gremaud (5G, 2A), Joshua Bishop (2G), Travis Maciak (1G), Jackson Diehl (1G), Travis Maciak (1A), Riley Demchuk (2G) and Tristan Hunt (1A).
Summit Krause handled the goaltending duties for the Kougars.
Dakota Hofmann (3G), Liam Rose (1G) and Dexter Williams (1A) notched points for the Bullets, who went with Alexander Viventi in net.
Jordan Swoboda (2G, 1A), Yvonne Manwaring (1G), Devon Tourneau (2G), Matthew Yon (1A) and Tye Lawrence(1) recorded points for the Sharks, who were backstopped by Birch Mireau.
Rebels and Ice Dragons do battle
The Rebels and Ice Dragons played to a 3-3 tie in peewee recreation playoff action at Interior Savings Centre on Sunday.
Grayden Baker (2G, 1A), Jack Thomson (2A) and Jake Tabor (1G) got on the scoresheet for the Rebels, who were backstopped by Scott Poelzer.
The Ice Dragons were paced by Jordan Brown (2G), Garret Miller (1G) and Andrew Hall (2A).
James Lamb was the Ice Dragon's goaltender.
Blazers heading to championship series
The bantam tier 1 Kamloops Jardine's Blazers advanced to the second round of the OMAHA playoffs with a 4-1 over the Vernon Renegades in the deciding game of a best-of-three series on Sunday.
Jacob Faraday, Kevin Davis, Dexter Robinson and Max James lit the lamp for the Blazers, who went with Bailey De Palma in net.
Davis, Alex Winters (2), Matt Fichter, Nick Chyzowski and Addison Bazian pitched in with assists for Kamloops.
The Blazers will meet the Kelowna Jr. Rockets in the OMAHA Bantam Tier 1 Championship.
Titans best the Vipers
The Kamloops Titans doubled the Vernon Vipers 8-4 in atom development play on the weekend.
Connor Milburn (3G, 1A), Brandon Gremaud (3G), Brendan Kirschner (1G, 1A), Ben Ward (1A) and Luke Bateman (1A) recorded points for the Titans, who went with Justin Mitchell in net.
Blades skate to gold
The Kamloops Blades doubled the Vancouver Thunderbirds 4-2 to win gold at the Spring Thaw 2012 tournament in Lynwood, Wash., on the weekend.
Kamloops posted a 3-1 record in the round-robin, beating Seattle 4-3, North Delta 7-3 and Juan de Fuca 3-0, while losing 3-1 to the Thunderbirds.
Scoring at the tournament for the Blades were Connor Hall (7G), Jacob Pilon (3G, 4A), Pierce Huser (6G, 5A), Calum Carrigan (1G), Pierce Huser (2A) , Erik Anderson (1G), Dawson Reid (1G) and Riley Moore (1A).
Ethan Herndier backstopped the Blades.
Herndier, Huser, Hall, Kyle Pitts and Jayden Williams earned MVP honours for the Blades.
Peewee Blazers sweep Vernon
The peewee tier 1 Kamloops Jardine's Blazers swept a best-of-three series with Vernon in the first round of the OMAHA playoffs on the weekend.
Kamloops blanked Vernon 8-0 in Game 1 and 5-0 in Game 2.
Scoring goals for the Blazers were Rylan Van Unen (4), Brendan Semchuk (4), Tyler Ward, Brett Olstad and Ryan Chyzowski (3).
Max Palaga and Reid Gladman split the goaltending duties.
Struch's pair boosts Lions
Two goals from Adam Struch helped push the midget tier 1 North Kamloops Lions to victory in the deciding game of a playoff series with Vernon on Sunday.
Struch (2), Brady Jorgensen, Jacob Coelho, Matt Norman and Marshall Sidwell scored for North Kamloops in a 6-4 win over Vernon on Sunday.
Sidwell (2), Jordan Lingel (2) and Bobby Kashuba (2) pitched in with assists.
Kyle Michalovsky backstopped the Lions.
Vernon pushed the series to a deciding game with a 5-4 win over North Kamloops on Saturday.
Sidwell (2), Struch and Jacob Coelho scored for North Kamloops, which received solid goaltending from Ty Hamer-Jackson.
North Kamloops will meet Kelowna in the OMAHA midget tier 1 final.
Red Army tops the 'Tips
The Timbits Red Army defeated the Timbits Silvertips 14-9 in Novice league play on Saturday at Valleyview Arena.
Reagan Milburn scored four goals and two assists, and little brother Brady Milburn added two goals and two helpers to pace the Red Army.
Mathew Mariona pitched in with three goals, Mitch Harnett had a pair and Kobe Anderson, Nathan Underhill and Devin Bensen each singled in support of netminder Quentin Ouimet. Anderson also had two assists on the day.
Luke Petrie responded with four goals for the Silvertips, who went with Colton Day in net.
Tyson Galloway had a hat trick, and Braidon Clark and Austin Hammond each singled.
Spitfires split to end season
The Western Roofing Spitfires wrapped up the OMAHA Atom Development regular season with a weekend split on the road.
The Spitfires, whose bench was depleted by illness and injuries, fell 6-1 to the host Vernon peewee girls on Saturday. Jayden Russell was the lone Western Roofing player to find the twine in support of netminder Bailey Monteith.
But the Spitfires battled back Sunday to edge the Winfield Bruins, 4-3. Josh Van Unen scored three times as Western Roofing rallied from a 2-1 deficit to claim victory. Lane Grunerud rounded out the scoring. Nathan Nesci earned the goaltending victory.
The Spitfires, who finished with an 11-8-2 record, will now rest up in preparation for Atom Development playoffs, slated for March 2-4 in Penticton.
Hawks fly around Lightning
The Hawks edged the Lightning 6-5 in novice action on Sunday.
Lighting the lamp for the Hawks were Landon McGillis (2), Conlin Erichuk (2), Branden Belley and Kailen Huber.
Dylan Fenwick backstopped the Hawks.
Scoring for the Lightning, who went with Riley Benner in net, were Connor Guenther (2), Blair Domenichelli, Luken Murray and Matteo Cupello.
Kelowna downs the Jets
The Kelowna Hurricanes beat the 7 Point Millwork Kamloops Jets 7-3 in atom development play on the weekend.
Zane Furguson (1G), Alek Erichuk (1A), Carter Adams (1G), Aidan Sutter (1A), Jacob Proulx (1G), Jayden Grant (1A) and Trey Dergousoff (1A) recorded points for the Jets, who went with Elijah Joly between the pipes.
Kamloops, in its last league game of the season, will play the Scotiabank Titans at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Memorial Arena.
Fitzgerald plays the hero
Makenna Fitzgerald scored the shootout winner for the peewee tier 1 Kamloops Royal Purple Mystics in the final of a tournament in Canal Flats on the weekend.
Kamloops edged Calgary 2-1 in the championship matchup.
The Mystics posted a 2-1 record in the round-robin, beating Lethbridge 6-2 and Windermere Valley 5-4, while losing 3-2 to Calgary.
Scoring goals for Kamloops on the weekend were Alexa Gibbons, Makenna Fitzgerald (3), Zoe Birkett, Taylor Knauff (2), Grace Miller, Anna Morrish (5), Katherine Walkley and Ts'setkwu Dunstan.
Ashlynn Neurauter and Sydney Carter each played two games in net for Kamloops at the tournament.
The Mystics will meet Vernon this weekend in the first game of a regional playdown playoff series.
Raiders advance to OMAHA final
The peewee tier 2 Kamloops Players Bench Raiders swept Kelowna in a three-game OMAHA playoff series.
Kamloops edged Kelowna 3-2 in Game 2 on Saturday.
Christopher Buchanan (1G), Keenan Gannon (1G), Wyatt Brook (1G), Christopher Dakers (1A) and Bennett Hunter (1A) recorded points for the Raiders, who went with Nic Boehm in net.
Kamloops will meet Penticton in an OMAHA championship series.
Honey Badgers in playoff action
The Kamloops Honey Badgers posted a loss and a tie in midget recreation playoff action last week.
Kamloops lost 3-1 loss to Team 2 before tying 5-5 with Team 9.
Scoring goals for the Honey Badgers last week were AJ Hanna, Nick Warner, Nathan Bymoen (2), Brian Rockvam and Mylene Van Wermeskerken.
Adding assists were Bymoen (2), Hanna, Cody Nichiporik, Ryley Acres, Alexis Gottfriedson, Dylan Campbell and Quinton Ziegelmann.
Dylan Campbell backstopped Kamloops against Team 9 and split time with Connor Neurauter against Team 2.
Scoring in support of goaltender Justin Haywood for Team 2 were Scott Bjorkland (2G, 1A), Logan Aird (1G, 1A) and Blake Spencer.
David Larouche (2 G, 1A), Mason Cavaliere (2G, 2A). Ryan Westfall (1G, 1A), Mack Campbell (1A) and CJ Penner (1A) racked up points for Team 9 in support of Alex Cooper and JD Haugton, who split time in net.