Merritt hockey fans were treated to one of the best midget house tournaments in recent memory on the weekend as seven teams from as far away as McBride and Vancouver battled it out for on-ice supremacy.

In the end, it was Vernon’s #2 edging McBride 4-3 in a well-played gold medal game on Sunday that went to the tenth round of a shootout to determine the winner.

The local NVIT midgets put in their best showing in several years, finishing fifth overall.

The Merritt squad defeated Abbotsford 8-4, tied Vernon #4 4-4, and lost 10-4 to Vernon #2, 8-4 to Mcbride and 6-5 to Langley.

Point getters for the NVIT side were Keyton Laupitz (9), Travis Mosley and Alex Fraser (7 each), Trai Carmichael (3), Tanner Malloy, Isaac Jackson and Garrett Nelson (2 apiece), Abram Jackson and Austin Dan.

Trevor Hillson played goal in all five games.

Midget Rep

The Tracker Sports-wear midget reps ran their league record to 7-0 with another win on the weekend.

On Sunday, the midgets defeated Winfield 4-2 on home ice. Goal scorers were Jesse Kane, Dakota Wudrich, Grayson McMaster and Grady Musgrave.

Assists went to Musgrave, Dawson Kerslake, Travis Sterling, Marcelo Bose and Eric Lalonde.

Player of the game was Sam Suzuki who was once again stellar in net.

Saturday, Merritt traveled to Vernon for an exhibition tilt. They were edged 3-2 by the tier 2 Jr. Vipers.

Lane Antoine and Lalonde had the Tracker goals, while Brayden Thormoset, Sahil Bansi, Baley Tomkinson and Musgrave garnered assists.

The Merritt midget reps are off to Abbotsford this weekend for a tournament.

Bantam House

The City Furniture bantam house team played twice on the weekend, winning 10-3 at home on Saturday against Logan Lake, and losing 7-3 on the road Sunday in Ashcroft.

Tyler Mosley scored a whopping seven goals for Merritt in the pair of weekend games, while singles came from Darius Sam, Roi Joe, Jesse Maunu, Gracynn Bose and Levi Shuter.

Colton Macaulay held the fort in net for Merritt in both games.

Bantam Rep

A severely-depleted Murray GM bantam rep squad (nine skaters) took it on the chin twice this past weekend.

Saturday, they fell to Kelowna 13-2. Anthony Tulliani and Justin Tighe had Merritt’s only goals, with assists to Tulliani and Connor Ouellet.

Sunday, it was Winfield that rolled over the local lads by a score of 16-2. Tulliani scored again, along with Marco Camastro. The lone assist went to Tanveer Bansi.

“It was another tough weekend for our players,” head coach Bill Kelly said. “We got a good effort from the players that we had, especially our goaltender, Kristian Stead, who was shellshocked to say the least.”

Peewee Girls

The Joco Transport peewee girls edged Kelowna 1-0 in a battle of the goaltenders on Saturday. Merritt’s Kayla Gray had the game’s only goal, with an assist going to Taylor Shackelly. Janelle Gage earned the shutout in net.

Peewee Rep

The Ramada peewee reps picked up two more wins on the weekend, defeating Penticton 6-4 on the road Saturday and Kelowna 3-2 at home on Sunday.

Talon Zakall, Spencer Vaughan, Anthony Michel and affiliate-player Max Graham had two goals each over the weekend, while Caleb Brackett had a singleton.

Assists went to Breanna Ouellet, Divaan Sahota, Atrayu Johnny, Matthew Newman, Jayden Story, Allison Moore and Garret MacDonald.

Troy Holmes and Bryce Garcia shared the wins in net.

Atom Development

The Merritt Fountain Tire atoms played once on the weekend, defeating Winfield 6-2 in the Bruins’ own lair.

Merritt scored five goals in the third period to break open a 1-1 tie after 40 minutes.

Max Graham netted four of his team’s goals while Robert Sterling and Carter Shackelly tallied once each.

Graham, Sterling, Beau Paterson, Lucas Schmid and Wyatt Smith all picked up assists.

The winning goaltender was Nathan Willey.