Minor Hockey report
Novice tournament a huge success
The Merritt minor hockey association’s eight-team novice tournament on the Jan. 18-20 weekend went off without a hitch, according to spokesperson Monica Charters.
“All the teams that participated seemed to have a really good time,” she said.
The local Red Thunder and Black Knight novice squads managed to finish third and seventh respectively in their own tournament.
The Red Thunder went 2-1 in round robin play with wins over 100 Mile House and Penticton, and a loss to Westside. They defeated Summerland 3-1 in the bronze medal game.
Max Graham, Cortez Charters, Robert Sterling, Wyatt Smith Mathias Redknap, Graycin Nicholls, Jayden Etchart, Korbin Blachford and Arwinaya Johnny all had one or more goals for the Red squad. Blachford, Nicholls and Nathan van Rensberg shared the goaltending duties.
The Black Knights lost all three of their round robin games to Summerland, West Vancouver and Salmon Arm, but closed out the tournament on a winning note by defeating 100 Mile House 8-7 in a thrilling D final.
Weekend scorers for the Knights were Karson Peat, Preston Laupitz, Jalen McRae, Christa Michel and Manjot Panghli. Nathan Willey played all four games in net.
This past weekend, the LNB atoms soundly defeated Ashcroft 10-1. Goal scorers were Caleb Bracket (3), Jake Buxton (3), Leif Ellingsen, Nicholas Willey, Brody Sterling and Isaiah McRae.
The Ramada peewee reps were not quite as fortunate on Saturday as they fell 9-2 to Kamloops. The Jr. Cents’ only goals came from Anthony Tulliani and affiliate player Spencer Vaughan.
Sunday, the Merritt peewee team rebounded to tie Vernon 2-2. Goal scorers were Liam Kelly and Armoni McRae.
The Merritt Fountain Tire atom development squad traveled to Kamloops on the weekend and defeated the Jr. Blazers 5-3. Spencer Vaughan, Chase Cooke, Allison Moore, Talon Zakall and Ethan Thygesen each scored once. Troy Holmes and Tristan Bjarnason shared the win in net.
Peewee tournament starts Friday
This weekend, a six-team peewee house tournament takes over the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena for three days. Visiting teams will be from 100 Mile House, Abbotsford (2), Salmon Arm and Kamloops.
The local Interior Savings peewee squad plays its round robin games at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and at 8:45 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. on Saturday. Championship games run from 7 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Sunday.
Other minor hockey action on the weekend includes:
12:15 p.m. Midget House vs. Ashcroft (Shulus Arena)
10:00 a.m. Peewee Reps vs. Kamloops (Shulus Arena)
12:15 p.m. Bantam Reps vs. Kamloops (Shulus Arena)
2:15 p.m. Midget Rep vs. Summerland (N.V. Memorial Arena)
2:45 p.m. Sr. Girls vs. Kelowna (Shulus Arena)