Penticton Sherwood Trophies Vees peewee tier 2 team fell one win short of advancing to the championship game of their own tournament over the weekend.
The Vees won their opening three games before bowing to the North Shore Winter Club 4-1, who would go on to lose in the final to Burnaby Minor Hockey 4-2.
Brennan Nelson scored the lone Vees goal in the semifinal loss.
The Vees opened with a 4-0 win against the Castlegar Rebels. Stephen Searcy scored twice, while Ben LeFranc and Owel Labadie scored the other goals. Andrew Howell earned the shutout.
In a 5-1 win over Mission, the Vees spread out their offense with goals by Levi Carter, LeFranc, Ethan O’Rourke, Kai Espenhain and Labadie. In their final round robin game, the Vees cruised past Ridge Meadows Rustlers 7-3. Carter led with a four-goal effort, while O’Rourke, Sam Togyi and Nicolas Eacott rounded out the scoring.
The tournament’s most inspirational players were Togyi, Tanner Johnson (twice) and Eacott sponsored by Penticton Speedway Hornets.