Despite winning two of three games, the Penticton Vees dropped two places in the Canadian Junior Hockey League weekly rankings.
The Vees fell from seventh down to ninth place after losing an important game to the Merritt Centennials on Saturday. The Vees did, however, beat Salmon Arm and Cowichan Valley.
The Victoria Grizzlies also slipped one spot from sixth down to seventh place, while the Surrey Eagles maintained their honourable mention. Despite being on a terrific run to close the gap on the Vees for first place in the BCHL's Interior Division, Merritt did not figure in the rankings.
The top three remained unchanged with the Brooks Bandits (Alberta league) at No. 1 followed by Minnesota Wilderness (Superior International league) and Summerside Western Capitals (Maritime league).
The Vees take on Merritt again on Friday at 7 p.m. at the South Okanagan Events Centre, before visiting the Trail Smoke Eaters Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Matt Fraser notched five goals in two games as the first-place Bar One Argo Bisons kept rolling along in Penticton Men's Recreational Hockey League play.
Fraser's hat trick led the Bisons to a 10-6 victory over the Game Time Sports Wolverines.
Shea Sanche, Jeremy Van Troyen, Jesse Van Troyen, Jeff Smith, Dan Fraser, Brent Mosses and Ryan Hawes also scored.
Aric Stickney with two, Ryan MacMurchy, Scott Weatherhead, Chad Parenteau and Nelson Bowman scored for the Wolverines.
Jeremy Van Troyen had the hatty and Fraser had two more in a 7-4 win over EcoDry Ice Dogs. Smith and Gatenby tacked on singles.
Mike Funk with two, Darren Belanger and Trevor Aubie scored for the Ice Dogs.
Two-goal efforts by Brett Van Riper, Mark Petry and Graham Boyd each scored twice as the Hitmen doubled Cawston Cold Storage Best Damn Wings 8-4. Len Charters and Justin Shuttleworth also scored, while Mishak Potash, Cody Hantelman, Dan Zukiwsky and Jared Collen clicked for the Wings.
Cassie Kolisnyk scored twice as the Penticton Peaches Lingerie Vees thumped Clearwater 6-1 to advance to the Okanangan Mainline Midget Female AAA Hockey League finals.
Megan Pisiak, Amy Main, Zoe Konanz and Bailey Johnson also scored for the Vees, who won the semifinal series 2-0.
Penticton will face Kelowna in the championship series starting this weekend.
Adam Milanovic and Mason Burns scored in the shootout as the Barley Mill Vees edged Westside No. 3 team 4-3 in the third and deciding game of the midget recreational semifinal series Monday at Royal LePage Place in West Kelowna.
Tyler Trupp came up huge in goal for the Vees, who will open the best-of-3 championship series Saturday in West Kelowna against the Westside No. 1 team.
Don Russell produced a hat trick to power RONA to an 11-4 triumph over TC Auto Sales in Masters Indoor Soccer League action Sunday at the Adidas Sportsplex.
Zico Pescada, Rob Lionello and Dave Hewer scored two apiece and Mike Killick and Derrick Webb also scored for the runaway league leaders, 15-1-0 on the season.
Peter Toth, Vlado Zamecnik, Patrick Buchanan and Dave Killick replied for TC Auto (5-8-3).
Ken Clift scored twice and Tom McGill posted the shutout as OK Awards blanked Penticton Lock and Key 5-0. Webb, Paul Borba and Keith Johnstone also scored for OK Awards (4-11-1).
PLK stayed in third spot with a 4-8-4 mark.
Gord McLaren of RONA continues to lead the league with 33 goals.