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Junior hockey: Rockets down Silvertips, Vees’ perfect start reaches 22 games

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A roundup of junior hockey results from the Okanagan and area.


At Everett, Kelowna closed out a two-game trip into Washington state with a two-goal win over the Silvertips on Friday night.

Dylan Wightman, Nolan Flamand, Colton Dach and Max Graham scored for Kelowna (9-9-1-0), which trailed 1-0 after the first period but led 3-2 after the second.

Dach finished the night with two points, having helped set up Wightman’s power-play goal just 59 seconds into the second that made it 1-1. Jackson DeSouza also had a two-point outing with two assists.

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Ben Hemmerling and Jackson Berezowski replied for Everett (12-9-1-0), which was outshot 38-31.

Talyn Boyko made 29 saves for Kelowna, which lost 4-2 in Seattle on Wednesday night. Braden Holt stopped 34 shots for Everett.

Kelowna was 1-for-3 on the power play while Everett was 1-for-5.

The attendance at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett for Friday’s game was 5,949.

On Saturday, the Rockets will host the Moose Jaw Warriors (14-9-0-0).

In other WHL action from Friday, the Regina Pats beat the Vancouver Giants 3-0, winning their first game of a five-game road trip through B.C.

The Pats had goals in each period, with Borya Vallis, Tanner Howe and Sam Oremba lighting the lamps for Regina (10-11-1-1).

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Pats’ star Connor Bedard, who is projected to be the No. 1 pick in next year’s NHL draft, had an assist in the sold-out game, which attracted a crowd of 5,276.

Drew Sim stopped 47 shots for the shutout, while Jesper Vikman turned aside 32 of 35 shots for Vancouver (8-10-2-2).

The Pats will visit the Victoria Royals on Saturday night, then head inland, with their next stop being Kelowna on Tuesday night.

Friday’s results

  • Lethbridge 4, Brandon 3
  • Prince Albert 5, Calgary 2
  • Moose Jaw 3, Kamloops 2
  • Medicine Hat 3, Red Deer 2
  • Winnipeg 6, Saskatoon 3
  • Seattle 6, Portland 1
  • Swift Current 5, Edmonton 2
  • Regina 3, Vancouver 0

Saturday’s games (all times PT)

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  • Lethbridge at Brandon, 5 p.m.
  • Winnipeg at Saskatoon, 5 p.m.
  • Edmonton at Swift Current, 5 p.m.
  • Calgary at Medicine Hat, 6 p.m.
  • Kamloops at Prince George, 6 p.m.
  • Prince Albert at Red Deer, 6 p.m.

Sunday’s games

  • Portland at Vancouver, 2 p.m.
  • Prince Albert at Medicine Hat, 3 p.m.
  • Red Deer at Calgary, 5 p.m.

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At Port Alberni, the Vees stretched their season-long winning streak to 22 games with a lopsided win on Friday night.

Jackson Nieuwendyk, with a hat trick, Spencer Smith, Frank Djurasevic, Josh Nadeau and Bradly Nadeau scored for Penticton (22-0-0-0-0), which led 4-0 after the second period following a scoreless first.

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Luca Di Pasquo stopped 21 of 22 shots for the Vees, with Hobie Hedquist turning aside 41 of 48 shots for Alberni Valley (9-10-1-1-0).

The Vees were 1-for-4 on the power play while the Bulldogs were 0-for-5.

Friday’s result was the second time Penticton posted a one-sided decision over Alberni Valley, as the Vees beat the Bulldogs 7-4 on Oct. 20.

The Vees close out their two-game road trip on Saturday in Powell River (6-12-1-2-0).


At Prince George, Austin Fraser scored twice for the Spruce Kings, including a power-play goal in the first minute of the third period that stood up as the game-winner.

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Jordan Fairlie made 15 saves for Prince George (13-6-1-1-0), which outshot the Warriors 30-16.

Jaiden Moriello, who opened the scoring at 14:34 of the first, replied for West Kelowna (12-6-2-0-0), with Justin Katz stopping 28 shots.

The Spruce Kings were 1-for-4 on the power play while the Warriors were 0-for-4.


At Vernon, Nick Peluso netted the game-winning goal, in the shootout, as the Bucks edged the Vipers.

Peluso also scored during regulation for Cranbrook (12-7-1-0-0), as did Kellan Jhartarson, with two goals, Noah Quinn and Cameron Kungle.

Anson McMaster, Reagan Milburn, Isaac Tremblay, Luke Pakulak and Seiya Tanaka-Campbell replied for Vernon (8-10-0-3-0), which led 2-1 after the first period but trailed 5-2 after the second.

The Bucks scored four times in the middle period, but the Vipers roared back in the third with three to level the game, with Tanaka-Campbell tying it at 5-5 at 19:07.

The first overtime period solved nothing, and neither did the second, where teams played three-on-three.

In the shootout, Jack Silich and Peluso scored for Cranbrook, with Dylan Compton scoring for Vernon.

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Carter Capton stopped 27 of 32 shots for the Bucks, with Ethan David turning aside 32 of 37 shots for the Vipers.

Cranbrook was 1-for-3 on the power play while Vernon was 1-for-4.

Friday’s results

  • Surrey 6, Coquitlam 0
  • Victoria 2, Cowichan Valley 1
  • Nanaimo 6, Powell River 4
  • Wenatchee 5, Trail 4
  • Langley 5, Merritt 1

Saturday’s games (all times PT)

  • Cranbrook at Salmon Arm, 6 p.m.
  • Langley at Vernon, 6 p.m.
  • Chilliwack at Coquitlam, 7 p.m.
  • Penticton at Powell River, 7 p.m.
  • West Kelowna at Prince George, 7 p.m.
  • Cowichan Valley at Victoria, 7 p.m.

Sunday’s games

  • Salmon Arm at Merritt, 2 p.m.
  • Nanaimo at Cowichan Valley, 4 p.m.
  • Chilliwack at Surrey, 4 p.m.

Friday’s results

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  • Kimberley 2, 100 Mile House 1
  • Creston Valley 5, Grand Forks 2
  • Fernie 6, Golden 4
  • Castlegar 4, Chase 3 (SO)
  • Princeton 6, Sicamous 5 (OT)
  • Beaver Valley 4, Kelowna 3 (SO)
  • Kamloops 6, Summerland 0

Saturday’s games (all times PT)

  • Grand Forks at Columbia Valey, 6 p.m.
  • Sicamous at Kamloops, 7 p.m.
  • Castlegar at Revelstoke, 7 p.m.
  • Kelowna at Nelson, 7 p.m.
  • North Okanagan at Princeton, 7 p.m.

Sunday’s games

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