Bantams earn split

A balanced offence helped carry the Nicola Valley Thunder bantams to a split record in two games this past weekend.

The first half of the double header in Enderby saw the Thunder facing off against a talented Penticton team, who jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first period.

Carter Shackelly answered in the second with the Thunder’s first goal of the game, but his team couldn’t take advantage of numerous power play opportunities to pull even with the Penticton team.

Matthew Morrissey rounded out the scoring for the Thunder as the game finished 8-2.

It was a different story in the Thunder’s second game of the day, as the team took on the Shuswap Outlaws.

Nick Parr stood tall in net for Nicola Valley, allowing only a single goal in each period. Meanwhile, five different scorers tallied for the Thunder, with Ostyn Fox picking up a pair, while Kolton Wekking, Carter Shackelly, Tristin Harasym and Ty Jackson added singles.

Peewees find their offensive groove

The local peewee squad won two games in two days against their rivals from Penticton on April 27 and 28.

The Thunder jumped out to a 3-1 first period lead in the first game of the weekend at the Shulus arena with goals from Ryland Sheldon, Brody Jury-Hoisington and Asia Munro.

The offensive onslaught continued in the second, as Sheldon picked up two more goals to complete the hat trick, while Boston Simpson and Jury-Hoisington added singles.

The game was in hand by the time the third period started, as Antoine Gregoire had only allowed three goals against in two periods. That didn’t stop the Thunder from adding four more goals in the third — including two more from Sheldon, and another from Jury-Hoisington. Roland Quewezance rounded out the scoring for Nicola Valley, as the game would end 11-4.

A change in venue and a day’s rest did little to change the outcome between the two teams in the second game of the weekend.

Once again, Merritt’s offence overwhelmed the Penticton team, as the Thunder put up 11 goals for the second time in the weekend.

Quewezance picked up a pair, while Noah Galbraith also had a standout performance with two goals of his own. Maddox Craske had a single for the Thunder, as did Munro.

Meanwhile Gregoire faced more quality opportunities in the second game of the weekend, but managed to limit Penticton to 7 goals, securing the team’s second win.

Novices go down to the wire against Kamloops

Despite having a parade of players make their way to the penalty box, the Nicola Valley Thunder novices held on to win a nail-biter over their Coquihalla rivals in Kamloops.

The novices earned 34 minutes of penalties to Kamloops’ eight, but Trevin Rooke made 24 stops to keep the Thunder in the game.

The offensive load was carried by Wyatt Streek and Ethan Pickering, who scored all five Nicola Valley goals between them.

Season begins for midget team

The Nicola Valley Thunder midget team played their first games of the season in Enderby earlier this month.

The team’s first game of the season was a gentlemanly affair with a team from Kelowna, where no penalties were called through the entire 60 minutes.

But while the Thunder were able to stay out of the penalty box, they had a tough time keeping up with Kelowna’s offence, falling 17-3. Goals for the Thunder came from Beckett Finch (two) and Connor Kaboni.

The second game of the weekend saw the Thunder take on the Shuswap Outlaws. This was a much more physical affair, but the outcome was similar for the Thunder, who fell 10-1. Finch scored the lone goal for Nicola Valley.