Upper Dek Vees tournament
Penticton is hosting a special needs hockey tournament at the South Okanagan Events Centre and Okanagan Hockey Academy Training Centre on April 1.
The tournament features eight teams: the Fresh Start Vees, Senior Vees, ScoreHawks, Stingrays, Wildcats, Wild, Orcas and Blazers. The tournament begins with an opening ceremony at 7:15 a.m. to 7:35 a.m. with 1955 Penticton Vees World championship goalie Ivan McLelland dropping the puck. The Fresh Start Vees play their first game in the SOEC at 7:35 a.m., the Senior Vees take on the Wild in the SOEC at 8:40 a.m. The Fresh Start Vees then play the Blazers at 10 a.m., while the Senior Vees face the Wild in the OHA rink at 11:05 a.m. From 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. there will be a skills competition in both rinks. The Fresh Start Vees will be in the OHA rink for that. At 2:30 p.m. the Senior Vees face the Wild, while the Fresh Start Vees will finish up against the ScoreHawks in the OHA rink, also at 2:30 p.m. The tournament wraps up with a coaches game with the Orcas, Stingrays and ScoreHawks from 3:50 to 5:05 p.m. in the OHA rink. A banquet will be held in the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre from 6 to 8 p.m.
Bantam Vees at provincials
The Penticton bantam Murray GM Vees went 1-2-0 at the provincial championships in Powell River March 19 to 22. The Vees opened with a 2-1 win over the Campbell River Tyees. Levi Carter scored both goals. They settled for a 2-2 draw against the St. John Flyers. The Vees led 2-0 with four minutes remaining in the third period. Brennan Nelson scored both goals. In their third game against Port Moody, the Vees lost 5-2. Port Moody led 2-1 going into the third. Aaron Funk and Jacob Obuck scored. The Vees went 29-16-3 under the coaching staff of Greg Berkholtz, Chad Deleeuw and Lance Valliancourt.