With B.C. Hockey provincials two weeks away, Penticton teams are still trying to punch their ticket to the championship.
The Peaches Lingerie midget female team have a do-or-die game against Kelowna on Friday in the Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association playoffs. Penticton lost the opening game 4-1 on Feb. 24. Scoring the lone goal was Cassie Kolisnyk assisted by Sydney Garnett. Peaches Lingerie team manager Tammy Lagrange said the group suffered a few defensive breakdowns.
“Overall a very good effort against a team we have yet to beat,” said Lagrange.
Game 2 of the final is at 6:45 p.m. in Kelowna’s Rutland Arena.
The Smile Enhancement Studio bantam rep Vees and Westside 1 have taken turns beating each other up. Game 1 went to the Vees, who cruised to a 6-0 victory at Royal LePage Place. Westside returned the favour in Penticton’s Memorial Arena winning 7-2. Game 3 goes Saturday back at Royal LePage Place.
Penticton Game Action peewee rec Vees lost Game 1 against Westside 1 3-1, then bounced back to take Game 2 6-2. Game 3 was scheduled for Thursday in Jim Lind Arena.
The Sherwood Trophy peewee Vees won the OMAHA tier 2 championship and will head to Salmon Arm for provincials starting March 17. After finishing fourth in the regular season, the Vees got to this stage as they swept Westside 1-0 and 9-5. Prior to that series, they swept Kelowna. Jacob Acheson opened the scoring for the Vees, with assists to Jayden Carey and Thor Mohart. Acheson added two more for the hat trick. Cairo Rogers and Austin O’Neill scored twice, while Ben Olsen and Matthew Byrnes scored the other goals. Other assists went to Ethan McLaughlin with two, Olsen, Brendan Craig, Matts Bratton, Darius Venables-Alex, Nash Moog and Travis Fehr.
The tier 2 Ironman Canada Vees are going to provincials in Kelowna after defeating Kelowna 3-2 and 9-0.
“I think the boys played extremely well,” said Goodman.
Goodman described the first game as a battle that motivated them to finish the series. The players continue to amaze their coach. Based on their play to this point, Goodman is confident in their chances at becoming provincial champions. The strengths of the Vees starts in goal with veteran Lawrence Langan, who is backed up by Brandon Locket, who went 16-0 during the season. Goodman said his team has the best goaltending in the league and the province. Overall work ethic by the group is another strength as they show the proper focus and determination. While Goodman said they have some high-end players, they also have grinders who play key roles and the defence is solid.
“This team has lots of heart and a lot of passion for hockey,” said Goodman.
Penticton’s Barley Mill midget Vees had their season end against Westside 1. They lost by identical scores of 4-2.