KMHA round-up, March 1 to March 3
Peewee Lions off to provincials
The North Kamloops Lions peewee tier 3 squad is OMAHA champions and will advance to the provincials, thanks to a 2-0 best-of-three series sweep of Winfield in the playoffs.
Winfield had finished first in the regular season; Kamloops had finished second.
However, the Lions defeated the Bruins in Winfield, 3-2 in overtime, before wrapping up the series at home by a 3-2 score on the weekend.
Pacing the Lions in the series-clinching game were Lane Grunerud (1G), Brandon Gremaud (2G), Haden Nordick (1A) and Josh Bymoen (1A), while Taylor Kaban secured the win in goal.
The peewee tier 3 provincials will be held in Castlegar from March 17 to March 21.
Vipers force silver on Kings
The Chase Vipers prevailed at the Atom Blast atom recreational tournament, recording a 4-2 win over the Ice Kings of Kamloops in the title game at Memorial Arena on Sunday, March 3.
Keegan Pittendreigh, Reid Gartrell, Ethan Jones and Parker Sauer notched goals for Chase, which went with Cassius Duck Chief between the pipes.
Dexter Williams and Ethan Schanzenbach tallied unassisted goals for the Ice Kings in support of netminder Hayden Buttazoni.
The female Hurricanes earned a 7-4 win over the mixed-gender Titans in atom recreation exhibition play at Valleyview Arena on Saturday.
Nola Clarke (4), Carsen Moffett, Cassidy Stasiuk and Alexis Bishop scored goals for the 'Canes, who went with Rebekah Schmutz in net.
Tallying goals for the Titans — who had Caleb Campbell in net — were Rylan Trent, Jameson Rende, Nicolas Bradley and Isaac Bean.
Feeling the Vibe
The Kamloops Vibe thumped the Trinity Western University Titans twice in South Coast Female Amateur Hockey League play on the weekend in the River City.
Kamloops won 11-0 on Saturday before cruising to an 8-0 win on Sunday.
Emily Edmundson (3G. 3A), Desiree Blair (1G, 7A), Alyssa Reid (4G, 3A), Sarah Kurzac (3G, 4A) and Jenna Ormondy (3G, 1A) recorded points for the Vibe on the weekend.
Alissa Hibbert posted shutouts in both games.
Kamloops, at 17-1-3, are atop league standings.
The Vibe are hosting the AA Delta Jets at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the Ice Box. The rematch gets underway at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, at Memorial Arena.
Logan Lake is hosting the provincial championships, which get underway on March 15.
Bandits wrap season
The Scotiabank Bandits’ season came to an end with a semifinal loss at the OMAHA Atom Development playoffs Sunday in Penticton.
Ethan Kaban and Luke Petrie scored, but it wasn’t enough as Scotiabank fell 5-2 to Salmon Arm. Bailey Monteith was in net for the Bandits, who had defeated Salmon Arm 5-2 en route to the semifinal round but couldn’t find the magic again.
Monteith was a standout in goal in the earlier round-robin victory over Salmon Arm. Brendan Hunchak, Trey Dergousoff, Keagan Fletcher, Cole Senum and Ty Haywood-Farmer scored to lead the Bandits, and Dergousoff earned the team’s hardest-working player hardhat.
The Bandits went undefeated in the round-robin to finish as first seed heading into the semis, twice coming back with late-game heroics to earn ties.
In Friday’s weekend opener, the Bandits rallied from a 3-0 deficit to earn a 4-4 draw with Merritt. Hardhat winner Tyson Galloway scored with 44 seconds left and an extra attacker on the ice to forge the tie. Hunchak, Justin Vinterlik and Reed Watson also tallied in support of winning goalie Zach Kohorst.
On Saturday, Galloway scored six points, four of them goals, and earned another hardhat as the Bandits rallied from two-goal deficits three times to tie Winfield 8-8. Reagan Milburn got the game-tying marker with 39.5 seconds left and the extra attacker on – it was his second goal of the game. Watson and Aidan Sutter also scored and Petrie picked up two assists in support of Kohorst, who was between the pipes.
The Kamloops Flyers beat the Kamloops Titans 10-8 in novice play on Saturday.
Brady Milburn (3G, 2A), Reggie Newman (3G), Nicolas Leggett (2G), Owen Aura (1G, 1A), Branden Belley (1G), John Hicks (2A) and Wyatt Gowans (1A) recorded points for the Flyers.
Reaching the scoresheet for the Titans were Kaiden Wiltsie (5G), Andon Rende (2G), Connor Mark (1G), Jordin Hardy (1A) and Connor Guenther (1A).
Jets in full flight
The Zimmer Auto Group Jets earned a 7-1 win over the Blue Thunder in a third-round bantam recreational playoff game.
Austin Morphy (2), Conner McCoy, Brandon Frenks (2) and Tyson Koehl (2) scored for the Jets.
Trevor Banks tallied the Blue Thunder's lone marker.
Mystix split with Williams Lake
In bantam girls' action, the Kamloops Royal Purple Mystix split a pair of exhibition games against Williams Lake on the weekend.
Kamloops prevailed 3-0 in the first game, with Sydney Carter recoding the shutout in net for the Mystix.
Scoring came from the sticks of Taylor Knauff (1G), Lilly McLellan (1G), Keisha Johnson (1G), Cheyanne Watkinson (1A), Jolene Hoover-Nelson (1A) and Alison Borrow (1A).
Kamloops dropped the second game by a 2-1 score, with Kendall Fizgerald scoring the Mystix' lone goal, assisted by Coralee Mitchell.
Ashlynn Neurauter was in net for Kamloops.
Legendary playoff win, tie
In atom recreational playoff action on the weekend, the Sandman Legends edged the Sandman Thunder 6-5.
Bryton Neufeld notched the win in goal, while Legends scoring came from Millan Webster (2G,2A), Bryce Bertuzzi (2G,1A), Colton Woitas (1G), Jacob Taylor (1G) and Wesley Nielson (1A).
Replying for the Thunder were Nolan Austin (2G,2A), Hunter Coleman (2G), Zac Banks (1G), Raymond Shockey (1A) and Tristan Hunt (2A).
Kiel Shriml was in goal for the Thunder.
In atom recreational exhibition play, the Legends skated to a 7-7 tie with the Sandman Warriors.
The Legends were led by Bertuzzi (5G), Woitas (1G) and Tyler Fernie (1G), with Neufeld in net.
Pacing the Warriors were Jacob Haines (3G), Justin Smailes (2G), Liam Campbell (1G) and Connor Defoe (1G).
Rough(neck) outing for Vipers
In atom recreation action, the Sandman Roughnecks defeated the Sandman Vipers 9-2 behind the scoring of Domenico Comita (3G,1A), Keegan Leblanc (3G), Xander Denis (2G,3A), Kyle Proulx (1G,3A), Maxwell Hiinkson (1G,1A), Ben Smith (2A), Colby Cooper (2A) and Devin Smith (1A).
Sam Fawcett notched the win in net.
Replying for the Vipers were Josh Hamling and Evan Kissack, each of whom had a goal, while Sheehan Tobler was between the pipes.
Midget Lions edged by Kelowna
The Kamloops Lions tier one midget club closed out its season on the weekend with a 3-2 loss to Kelowna. Adam Struch and Colten Moore scored for the Lions, with Riley Woodland between the pipes.