The Merritt Fountain Tire atoms went undefeated in five games to win an eight-team tournament in Squamish on the weekend.

The local atom development squad defeated Langley 5-3, Cloverdale 4-3 (in a shootout) and Vancouver 7-0 in round-robin play.

In one of two semifinals, Merritt blanked Semiahmoo from Vancouver 5-0, then went on to top the hosts 6-1 in the gold medal game on Sunday.

Merritt’s Max Graham led all tournament scorers with 13 goals. Other Fountain Tire marksmen were Breanna Ouellet (6), Matthew Newman (5), Tryton Bose and Caleb Brackett.

Carson Lang and Bryce Garcia were outstanding in net for Merritt all weekend.

“The entire team was amazing,” said team manager Jodi Graham. “They all worked so hard and gave 100 per cent.”

Closer to home, both remaining Merritt rep teams bowed out of the Okanagan-Mainline playoffs in second-round, best-of-three action.

On Saturday, the local Murray GM bantams lost a 6-5 overtime heartbreaker in Kelowna. Merritt had the early 3-1 lead, but could not hold on, falling behind 5-4 in the late stages of the third period.

Merritt’s Eric Lalonde scored the game-tying goal with eight seconds left in regulation, only to see Kelowna notch the game winner at 7:04 of the first overtime period.

Other Merritt scorers in game one were Bailey Tomkinson, Travis Sterling, Cameron St. Louis and Noah Racine.

The two teams traded goals back and forth in game two on Sunday in Merritt before Kelowna again prevailed 7-5.

The Murray GM bantam reps salute their Merritt fans following their 7-5 loss to Kelowna in game two of their best-of-three, second-round playoff series. The Jr. Cents lost game one 6-5 in Kelowna in overtime. Ian Webster/Herald

The Murray GM bantam reps salute their Merritt fans following their 7-5 loss to Kelowna in game two of their best-of-three, second-round playoff series. The Jr. Cents lost game one 6-5 in Kelowna in overtime. Ian Webster/Herald

Racine had the hat trick in the Merritt loss. Tomkinson and St. Louis also tallied.

The peewee rep second-round games were not nearly as close as a very strong South Okanagan Jr. Coyotes team simply overpowered their Merritt Ramada Inn counterparts by scores of 7-3 and 8-1.

Merritt scorers in the two games were Liam Kelly, Spencer Vaughan, Gillian Moore and Armoni McRae. Goaltenders Colton Macauley and Tristan Bjarnason played valiantly.

In superleague house playoffs, the Merritt McDonald’s bantam girls knocked off Kamloops in two games straight, winning 10-0 at home on Saturday and 4-1 on the road Sunday.

In Saturday’s game, strong defensive play kept the puck in the Kamloops end for most of the 60 minutes. Merritt scorers were Madeleine Barnes (3), Lizzy Simpson (2), Keisha Henry (2), Skylar Willey, Jenna Sigurdsson and Courtney Christie. Emma Ferch earned the shutout.

On the large Olympic ice surface in Kamloops on Sunday, the host team held a 1-0 lead until the 10-minute mark of the third period when Merritt marksmen finally broke through. McDonald’s scorers were Barnes and Shailyn John with two goals apiece.

Merritt’s bantam girls move on to play Clearwater with game one of their best-of-three series scheduled for this Saturday at the Shulus arena beginning at 6 p.m.

The Merritt Joco Transport peewee girls team kicks off its playoffs with game one against Kelowna on Friday at the Shulus arena starting at 3:45 p.m. If a game three is needed, it will be played at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Shulus arena.

The NVIT midget house team is currently deadlocked at one game apiece in its best-of-three playoff series with Logan Lake. Details of the first two games and the time and date of the third and deciding game in Logan Lake have not been made available.