Morning Star Staff
Cosmo Wilson scored with 13 seconds left in overtime as the Vernon Valley Wood Vipers shaded West Kelowna 6-5 Sunday in the bronze-medal game of the Chilliwack Atom A Hockey Tournament.
Deagan McMillan (2), JJ Milne, Theo Van Wyk and Bryson Helmer paced the Viper attack. Erik Pastro had two assists in support of Austin Seibel.
Down 5-3 heading into the third period, the Vipers rallied to tie it and force OT. frame. The Vipers killed off a 4-on-3 shorthanded situation late in overtime with Seibel making a huge glove save just before the winner.
In semifinal action earlier in the day, the Vipers dropped an 8-7 OT decision to the Chilliwack Bruins.
Pastro (3), McMillan, Milne, Van Wyk and Taryk Filipuzzi led the Viper offence. Logan Killingbeck, Riley Cormier, Terry Johnson and Brady Kuziw added key assists in support of Josh Donison.
With the score 7-6 late in the third, Donison made a monster breakaway save moments before Pastro scored the equalizer.
In their final round-robin tilt, Wilson (2+1), Milne and McMillan pocketed goals in a 4-4 draw with the Bruins. Seibel was solid in net.
The H&L Glass Atom C Vipers toppled host Kamloops 6-1 before doubling Merritt 4-2 in Okanagan league action.
Jeffrey Curtis fired two goals in the first period in Kamloops with Luke Walsh making it 3-0. Hudson Kibblewhite, shorthanded, Lyndon Carleton and Trey Schober also scored.
On Sunday, Vernon beat Merritt after losing the last two match-ups.
Charlie Swartz, Marcel Green, Maguire Nicholson and Carleton connected in support of Matthew Kuhnlein.
“The effort, team bonding and total buy-in to the system has been outstanding,” said Vernon head coach Dallas Walsh. “These players should be very proud of what they are accomplishing. Every day the coaching staff comes to the rink excited to be a part of this team.”