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Vipers win in OT, in semi's

The Vernon Vipers gained the final spot in Saturday's RBC Cup semi-finals in dramatic fashion.

Dexter Dancs scored the game winner on a power-play 10:17 into overtime in a thrilling 3-2 win over the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots.

Both teams entered the game tied for fourth in the five team round robin with one win in three previous games.

The winner advanced to the semi's - the loser was out.

Dancs goal came on the Vipers 46th shot of the game as they outgunned the Patriots 46-24 over 70 minutes and change.

Vernon appeared on their way to winning in regulation time.

Demico Hannoun snapped a 1-1 tie with 4:49 left in regulation time to give Vernon a slim one goal lead.

They couldn't nail down the win as Michael Prapavessis beat Austin Smith on a power-play with 36 seconds left in regulation to tie it and force overtime.

Andreas Tsogkas spotted Toronto a 1-0 lead early in the first, however, Brett Mulcahy on a Vernon power-play knotted the score just past the halfway point of the frame.

Despite peppering Toronto started Evan Buitenhuis with 37 shots over the course of the first 60 minutes the Vipers only managed the two goals.

The Vipers finished round robin deadlocked with Carleton Place and Yorkton with identical 2-2 records.

Vernon was awarded second and will face the Yorkton Terriers in the 2 p.m. semi-final Saturday at Kal Tire Place.

The Vipers beat Yorkton 6-4 on Monday.

The Dauphin Kings, winners of the round robin at 3-1 will take on Carleton Place in the 6 p.m. semi.

The winners will meet in Sunday's championship game.


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