Morning Star Staff
Rhys Taylor-Hawes scored twice and set up the winner by Astrid Beaty to lead the Vernon Storm to a 5-4 win over the Westside Wildifre in Thompson Okanagan Ringette League U12 action Sunday.
Shaila Austin added 1+1 while defender Miah Cohen made her forward debut with a number of shots on net, drawing an assist on a rebound goal from Sierra Lochhead.
Alecia Hughes played a smart, defensive game with great passes to help the Storm attack and to support the solid goaltending of Jordan Tung, who made 16 saves.
The Vernon Venom U12 dug deep after a spirited motivational intermission speech from head coach Darcy Quiring to score eight times in the second half for an 8-4 win over Kelowna to remain undefeated.
Amy Skinner sprung Makenna Jackson with her signature starting play to score 12 seconds into the last frame. Minutes later, Hillary Quiring started with the ring in her own end, ran a nifty give-and-go with Sadie Christensen, and streaked in along the right side, catching the goalie sliding the wrong way.
Kelowna evened the score at 2-2, but Vernon’s onslaught continued and they never looked back.
Sophia Bilodeau, Caryss Hill, and Jackson ran a nifty tic-tac-toe play for Jackson’s second of the game. Jackson then fed Kristen Francks for a shorthanded tally, while Amelia Johnson set Francks up for a powerplay marker.
Jackson added one more and Aimee Skinner added two insurance markers in the final minute.
The Venom visits the Fraser Valley this weekend to see how they stack up against some opponents from the Lower Mainland.
In U10 action, the Vernon Crushers came out flying in their game Saturday, building up an 8-3 lead at the half and finishing with a 12-4 win over the Kelowna Avalanche at the Capital News Centre.
Kennedy Jackson and Natash Vienneau skated hard and earned first-half hat tricks.
Verity White and Emily Gilman also chipped in before the break, while Rory Lang was excellent in net stopping a flurry of shots in the second.
As the Crushers focused on passing in the last half, Devyn Hildebrand was sent racing in and powered to the net for three quick goals. Madison Edgar also added a goal.
Grace Cornell scored twice to lead the Vernon Ignite past Westside 4-2 in U14 action.
Kristin Ho and Abby Sveistrup had the other goals while Alassa Johnson and Brynn Korol drew assists.