Peewee Vees are champions

Game Action Vees earn pay back against Westside Warriors to win OMAHA district rec championship

Penticton’s peewee Game Action Vees were on a mission for redemption against the Westside Warriors.

“They wanted redemption and payback for them beating us in the league final in a series we felt we should have won,” said Vees coach Shea Sanche.

Mission accomplished with 5-1 and 5-2 wins at Penticton’s Memorial Arena last weekend.

While the Warriors won the league championship, the Vees got what was more important to them — an Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association district  rec league championship. The victory didn’t come easy against a group that had two losses all season, one against the Vees, who finished 4-2-1 against them regular season and playoffs combined.

Making the final game a challenge was the Warriors playing very physical, especially one player.

“She was being a little overly aggressive you could say the least. It was unreal,” said Sanche, adding that she wasn’t ejected. “She’s like twice the size of everybody else, hacking guys, cross-checking, body checking, tackling. They got a way with a lot put it that way. It was a pretty rough game.”

Sanche’s players were able to continue and battled through.

“Justice was served,” he said in reference to their win.

In clinching the district championship, Sanche said his team played awesome and it was a great finish to the season. Between the pipes was Joey Pitt, who was strong. Sanche also liked how his team moved the puck and was strong on special teams. In the four games they played, the Vees scored 22 goals and allowed six.

The Barley Mill midget Vees ended their season placing third in the district. To take third, the Vees defeated Clearwater 6-2, who they defeated 8-3 in an earlier matchup. In their other game, the Vees defeated Westside 6-2. Vernon defeated Westside 10-2 to clinch the title.

Vees manager Tracey Babiuk said in an email that their final game was exciting and close until the third period.

“We decided we wanted to win the game,” said Babiuk. “Our coach Jamie Fulton played the first line of the five boys retiring (Hunter Ehrecke, Brad Cochrane, Gunnar Fulton, Jake Black and Shaye Almrud) so they could play together one last time.”

The Vees were determined to win for their five teammates.

“We had incredible coaches this year consisting of Jamie Fulton, Butch Burns and Ken Almrud,” said Babiuk. “They pushed our boys to achieve the top placing in Penticton when throughout most of the year, we were not considered a strong team in the league.”

The coaches stressed to their players that it wasn’t about winning the game but the memories that get them there. The Vees placed second in league playoffs then won the City Cup.


Just Posted

Summerland cidery Millionaires' Row is hosting a Father's Day car and art show. (Facebook)
Vintage cars, art and cider for Father’s Day

Summerland’s Millionaires’ Row Cider Co. is hosting the car and art show

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

James Miller, the managing editor at the Penticton Herald, has been voted in for Jake Kimberley’s vacated council seat. (Submitted)
James Miller elected as Penticton city councillor

Penticton also voted yes to allowing up to 25 years for a Skaha Marina contract

The Eyes of the Tigers on the 2021 Beer Run on June 19. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Penticton Beer Runners take trip around local beaches and brews

Over 160 people signed up to come back after the 2020 run was cancelled

There was high voter turnout for the first of three advance voting days for the Penticton city by-election.
Penticton city by-election general voting day is today, June 19

737 voters on June 9 in comparison to 2018 general election, which had 1,001 on first day

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed Eli Beauregard facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

Starting in 2022, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District is extending dog control to the entire Electoral Area D. (Stock photo)
Dog control bylaw passes in Shuswap area despite ‘threatening’ emails

CSRD board extending full dog control in Electoral Area D starting next year

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Most Read