BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN
Crocus Plains’ Dawson Waddell breaks in over the blue-line against Carman Friday at the Kinsmen Arena.
The host Crocus Plainsmen and cross-town rival Vincent Massey Vikings have both advanced to the top-tier playoffs at the Victoria Inn High School Hockey Tournament.
Both won a pair of games at the Keystone Centre Friday to top their preliminary groups.
The Plainsmen (2-0) began their tournament in the morning with a 6-1 win over the Carman Cougars (1-1). Brendan Kokorudz netted a hat trick, which included a penalty shot goal, with Blake Morken, Shane McKay and Lee Gorowski adding singles. Jordan Riddell replied for the Cougars.
Crocus followed that up with a 2-1 victory over the Stonewall Rams (0-2) in a game that was rescheduled from Thursday. Norman Brightnose scored one goal and set up Clint Martel’s marker. Bob Procter replied for the Rams.
Meanwhile, the Vikings swept the Westwood Warriors in their two games. Austin Dobrescu recorded a hat trick, with Landon Wilson, Carson Ransom and Jace Mills supplying the other goals as the Vikings took the opener 6-0. Brody Palmer had the shutout.
Ransom, Colin Holden and Cam Gardiner scored in the rematch that Massey won 3-1. Kaedyn Williams replied for Westwood.
The playoffs are today and the two Brandon teams could meet in the championship or consolation semifinals. Elsewhere Friday, it was:
Virden 5 John Taylor 4
Kyle Elliott scored the game winner with 1:30 left in the third period to improve the Golden Bears to 1-1 and earn them a spot in the second-tier Royal Oak playoffs. Elliott also had an assist. Keiran Ursel had two goals for John Taylor (0-2).
St.JR 6 Major Pratt 2
Dylan Tanner and Robert Wishart scored for the Trojans (1-1) in a loss that dropped them into the Royal Oak playoffs. Simon Klassen paced the Eagles (2-0) with three goals.
St. Heights 4 Neepawa 1
Ashton Fogarty and Kole Stockham both had a goal and two assists for the Huskies (1-1), who finished first in their pool by goal differential. Trent Nelson replied for the Tigers (1-1), who dropped to the third-tier Crocus Plains division.
Morden 2 Dauphin 0
Branden Hatley and Brendan Turnbull scored for the Thunder (2-0), while Jesse Ross earned the shutout. Cole Ritchot was in net for the Clippers (0-2), who also fall to the Crocus playoffs.
Morden 6 Kelvin 1
Turnbull and Hatley both had two goals and a helper for the Thunder. Noah Mendoza replied for the Clippers (1-1).
Fort Frances 5 St.Heights 3
Jarred Taylor had a pair of markers and a helper for the Muskies (1-1). Fogarty scored twice for the Huskies.
Northlands 9 John Taylor 0
Jordan Wall had two goals and an assist for the Nighthawks (2-0), who are from Winkler.
Carman 4 Stonewall 1
Jack Lotscher scored a pair of goals, while Mason Metcalf added a goal and two assists for the Cougars (1-1), who finished second in their pool. Arik Lindley replied for the Rams.
St. JR 5 W.C. Miller 1
Simon Klassen scored two goals and set up two more for the Eagles and Daniel Kennedy also scored twice. Josh Neufeld replied for the Aces (0-2).
VM-Wpg 5 Dryden 2
Mason Medeiros scored twice for the Trojans (1-1), while Zach Lugli and Austin Madussi replied for the Eagles (0-2).
Sanford 2 VM-Wpg 1 (SO)
Steve Young scored in regulation time and in the shootout as the Sabres (2-0) secured first place in their group. Chris Karam scored for Massey.
Oak Park 4 Pembina 3 (SO)
Dylan Zeke scored twice in regulation time and Reg Bowles added the SO winner for the Raiders (2-0). Griffen McLean replied for the Tigers (1-1).
Oak Park 11 Red Lake 1
Jack Grossman found the back of the net four times for the Raiders. Douglas Amell scored for the Rams (0-2).
Neepawa 5 Fort Frances 3
Late Thursday night, Wyatt Salmon scored a pair of goals, with Garett Rempel adding a goal and two assists, as the Tigers beat the Muskies.
Jarred Taylor, Graeme Kitt and Spencer Shortreed replied for Fort Frances.
In Thursday’s other late games, it was Pembina Tigers 9, Red Lake Rams 2; and Sanford Sabres 5, Dryden Eagles 3.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 7, 2013