Vees bow in overtime

Snap shots from around the Penticton Minor Hockey Association

Penticton bantam Vees forward Cairo Rogers tries to control this bouncing puck as Calgary NWCAA Stamps defender Devon Stuart slides in front of goalie Ethan Fitzgerald during action in the championship game of the Penticton Minor Hockey Association bantam tournament Nov. 9 at Memorial Arena. The Vees gave up an overtime goal to finish second in the three-day event.

Penticton bantam Vees forward Cairo Rogers tries to control this bouncing puck as Calgary NWCAA Stamps defender Devon Stuart slides in front of goalie Ethan Fitzgerald during action in the championship game of the Penticton Minor Hockey Association bantam tournament Nov. 9 at Memorial Arena. The Vees gave up an overtime goal to finish second in the three-day event.

The Penticton Murray GM bantam Tier 2 Vees bowed to the Calgary Stamps in their host tournament on the weekend.

“The team played very well all weekend,” said Vees coach Dennis Pisiak of his team’s 3-2 overtime loss. “The best was the work ethic of the whole team.”

Third for Peaches Lingerie

The Penticton female midget rec team finished second out of eight teams at the Kamloops female tournament last weekend.  Coach Shawn Black was very pleased with how his team played. In round robin action, they defeated Kelowna 3-1 in game one.

The team pulled off an exciting comeback in their second game against Nanaimo, winning 5-4. Penticton scored two goals in the last minute.

In the third game Penticton tied Abbotsford, who they faced again in the finals losing 5-2.  In the semi-final they defeated Tri-Cities 7-2. Black said his team played five difficult games and proved that they can complete against the strong teams from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.

Fix Auto in Burnaby

The Fix Auto bantam female Vees took third in a Burnaby tournament. They defeated the host team 3-2 in the opener then punched past Abbotsfored 6-2. The Vees lost to the eventual tournament champions Tri-Cities 6-0. They also lost to the Langley Lightning 4-0.

“I was very proud of the girls,” said Vees coach Bill Lund. “Having a short bench with only 10 skaters it was pretty tough playing four games in three days.”

The Fix Auto team is 2-2 on the season and have five peewee aged players on its 11-player roster. Recently they faced Kelowna in an exhibition game and won 6-0. Julia Devito potted a hat trick and collected three assists. Rowan Knowles earned the shutout.

Blues improving

Penticton’s novice blue team is showing big improvements following games against Kamloops and Kelowna in Kamloops last weekend.

“These girls are developing at a very rapid rate and most of all having a great time playing the game,” said coach Andy Oakes. The novice Blue squad also got to play during the intermission of the bronze medal game at the Four Nations Cup.

“The girls had a great time playing in between periods … and had a very special time in the stands watching the game and get up on the jumbotron multiple times,” said Oakes. “It was great for the girls to see older women playing the game at such a high level so they having something to aspire to.”

On the weekend of Nov. 1 the team faced two teams from Kelowna, and for some it was the players’ first games. Oakes said they skated hard and had a lot of fun.

OHA female prep edged Colorado Selects

Okanagan Hockey Academy’s female prep team has a 3-6-1 record after 10 games in the Junior Women’s Hockey League. They recently earned a 2-1 win over the Colorado Selects after tying the Boston Shamrocks 2-2 and losing 3-2 to the Washington Pride. Leading the OHA in scoring is Micah Hart with a goal and six points, while their top goal scorer is Alexandra Rempe with five goals. Hannah Clayton-Carroll has two goals and five points, while Emma Keenan and Miranda Gaudent round out the top five with four points. There are two other players tied with four points each.

The team returns to action on Nov. 21 when they travel to Warner, Alta., to play Edge School, Notre Dame, Warner School and the Pacific Steelers on Nov. 23.