Vipers tame Warriors

The Vernon Vipers earned a much-needed win Friday, beating the West Kelowna Warriors 4-3 at Kal Tire Place North.

Despite scoring chances by both BC Hockey League Interior Division teams in the first, the Vipers collected the only goal of the opening frame when Vipers forward Connor Marritt was able to collect the loose puck and fire a cross-ice pass to veteran Josh Latta who was able to beat Warriors Connor Hopkins to make it 1-0.

The Warriors would jump out to a strong start in the second period with Cavin Tilsley throwing a pass to Bennett Norlin for his 17th of the season to tie it up at one.

But only two minutes later the Vipers would regain the lead with Brendon Kim scoring his 3rd of the season to make it 2-1.

The Vipers came out very strong in the third period scoring a series of goals. First it was Colton Bilodeau scoring off a great feed from Nick Cherkowski to make it 3-1, then only a couple minutes later Kim would score his second of the game to make it 4-1.

It would be Kim’s fourth of the season with all his goals coming against the Warriors. The Warriors would push back late with a couple goals from Parm Dhaliwal and Chase Dubois, who extended his point streak to nine games to make it 4-3, but it wasn’t enough.

The Vipers will welcome the Merritt Centennials to Kal Tire Place for Aussie night, Saturday night.  Puck drop is 6 p.m.

The Vipers are currently sitting in last place of the Interior Division.

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