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Vernon and Penticton hockey teams in final of local Okanagan tournament

The Mustangs will take on the Penticton Knights in the championship game at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday
Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs forward Jaxon Marchishuk (right) beats Okotoks Oilers goalie Easton Kromm to the puck to tap in the opening goal of the 51st Coca Cola Classic Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament Thursday, Feb. 8, at Kal Tire Place North. The host Mustangs whipped the Oilers 11-0. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

The Vernon Watkin Motors Mustangs are one game away from the perfect tournament.

The under-13 hockey club will face off against the Penticton Knights in the A final of the 51st annual Coca Cola Classic hockey tournament.

Vernon defeated the St. Albert Stars, 7-2 in the semifinal on Saturday to punch their ticket to the final. Thompson Podollan scored twice and assisted once for the Mustangs, while Rowan McGrath chipped in with a goal and two helpers. They are 4-0 so far, with the only other undefeated team being the Knights, who beat the California Goldrush, 5-4 in the other semifinal.

After demolishing the Okotoks Oilers in their opener, 11-0, the Mustangs then edged California, 5-4, before eviscerating the Calgary Royals, 7-3.

Vernon has reached the A final 13 times in the tournament’s 51 years, and has won the tournament the last seven times they’ve been in the championship game.

Penticton has reached the A final only once, losing 5-1 to Edmonton in 1999. There has never been an A final contested between two Okanagan teams, until now.

The game will start at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11 from Kal Tire Place North.

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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