Ice Dragons and Vees strike hockey gold

Penticton Fix Auto Ice Breakers Jorja Moore breaks out of her end ahead of Kamloops Ice Breakers Kathryn Benastick in girls atom division tournament action at the South Okanagan Events Centre.                                Mark Brett/Western NewsPenticton Fix Auto Ice Breakers Jorja Moore breaks out of her end ahead of Kamloops Ice Breakers Kathryn Benastick in girls atom division tournament action at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Mark Brett/Western News
Kiersten Faulkner of the Penticton Midget Vees, easily skates past her Salmon Arm Silvertips competition in their Sunday final match, which the Vees took 3-1.                                Steve Kidd/Western NewsKiersten Faulkner of the Penticton Midget Vees, easily skates past her Salmon Arm Silvertips competition in their Sunday final match, which the Vees took 3-1. Steve Kidd/Western News
Penticton Ice Breakers goalie Patyon Riep watches this shot from the point in the opening game for the Penticton Fix Auto Ice Dragons in the atom division girls hockey tournament. Riep won both her games including the championship contest on the final day.                                 Mark Brett/Western NewsPenticton Ice Breakers goalie Patyon Riep watches this shot from the point in the opening game for the Penticton Fix Auto Ice Dragons in the atom division girls hockey tournament. Riep won both her games including the championship contest on the final day. Mark Brett/Western News
Ashlyn Franklin is all smiles after scoring a goal for her Penticton Fix Auto Ice Dragons in the female hockey tournament at the South Okanagan Events Centre, Saturday. The girls went on to clinch the gold medal in their division. Mark Brett/Western NewsAshlyn Franklin is all smiles after scoring a goal for her Penticton Fix Auto Ice Dragons in the female hockey tournament at the South Okanagan Events Centre, Saturday. The girls went on to clinch the gold medal in their division. Mark Brett/Western News
Kamloops Ice Breakers netminder Honey Sau has her eye on the puck as Penticton Ice Dragon forward Mackenzie Busch goes in on a scoring chance. Mark Brett/Western NewsKamloops Ice Breakers netminder Honey Sau has her eye on the puck as Penticton Ice Dragon forward Mackenzie Busch goes in on a scoring chance. Mark Brett/Western News
The Penticton midget Vees took first place at the Fire On Ice tournament in Penticton last weekend. Submitted photoThe Penticton midget Vees took first place at the Fire On Ice tournament in Penticton last weekend. Submitted photo

The Penticton Ice Dragons atom and midget Vees won gold at the annual Fire on Ice female hockey tournament they hosted last weekend.

The atom team went undefeated through the preliminary games defeating the Kamloops Icebreakers 7-2, the Kamloops Herricanes 6-5 and the Surrey Falcons 8-6. In the finals, Charlize Ruck netted a hat trick for the Ice Dragons and Kate Pinsonneault added a single enroute to a 4-2 win over the Falcons.

“All the girls played good and had a lot of fun. They had smiles on their faces all weekend and everyone rotated around to play all the positions,” said coach Chad Kupczyk.

The midget Vees also went undefeated in the preliminary round. They kicked off the tournament with a commanding 11-0 win over the Surrey Falcons Faith Marcotte and Izzy Landry. The Vees then beat the Salmon Arm Silvertips 5-1 and the Abbotsford Ice 5-4.

The Vees Adrienne Beresford scored all three goals to clinch the gold medal in a 3-1 win over the Silvertips in the final.

The Penticton peewee Thunder struggled through the preliminary round losing to the Surrey Falcons 6-1, Meadow Ridge Barracudas 6-1 and Langley Lightening 4-1. However, they bounced back to capture third place defeating the Falcons 4-3. Goal scorers for the Thunder were Karoleena Goodjohn with two and Christa Michel-Louie and Kayla Lancaster adding singles.