The Penticton Tier 2 midget Vees celebrated Remembrance Day by winning a tournament in Abbotsford.
The Vees went 3-0 in round robin shutting out Kamloops 5-0, cruising past Surrey 7-1 and edging out Powell River 4-3. In the semi-final round they thumped the West Kelowna Warriors 8-2 and clinched the tournament against Powell River with a 2-1 win.
“The players exceptional conditioning served them well throughout the tournament as we had a bench of 12 skaters,” said Vees manager Michelle Swetlikoe. “It was a hard-fought win but they persevered to bring home the trophy.”
“The Penticton players, coaches and parents conducted themselves with class both on and off the ice,” wrote tournament director Henry Wilsenack in an email to Swetlikoe. “The final game between Penticton and Powell River was without doubt the best game of hockey skills and sportsmanship I witnessed during the tournament. Several of the Penticton players expressed their appreciation to me personally, which was highly unusual as it happens infrequent, so when it happens, it really stands out.”
Making up the Vees are Lawrence Langan, Brandon Locket, Eythan Brown, Tyrell Buckley, Michael Crawford, Jackson Dematos, Tyler Ehlers, Quinn Harris, Blake Holowaty, Spencer Hook, Liam Hutcheson, Jesse Keylock, Cooper Prechel, Donovan Teichroeb, Dennis Zoeller and Franky Anderson. Coaches are Geoff Goodman, Lance Vaillancourt, Kurtis Stuckey and Swetlikoe.
Vees note: The team is having their annual fundraiser on Nov. 24 at Pen High where they make and sell 2,000 apple pies from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.