Vernon Vipers skate past West Kelowna 5-1 Wednesday

Warriors stung by Vipers

The West Kelowna Warriors have now dropped back-to-back games for the first time this BC Hockey League season.

Coming off the heels of a 2-1 defeat Saturday the Warriors, minus four forwards due to injury and suspension, were blown out 5-1 in Vernon Wednesday night.

Five different Vipers scored in the lopsided victory.

Luke Buss got the Vipers on the board with the lone goal of the first period just 53 seconds in.

Vernon blew the game open with three goals in the back half of the second period after being held without a shot over the first 10 minutes of the period.

Jack Glen and Matthew Calling scored 31 seconds apart to build the lead to 3-0 before Reagan Milburn make it 4-0.

Tyson Jugnauth got one back with his first of the season 81 seconds into the third, but Ryan Shostak's goal 47 seconds later restored the four goal lead.

The Warriors were without injured forwards Nick Roukounakis and Brennan Nelson and suspended forwards Tyler Cristall and Chase Dafoe.

Cristall began serving a three-game suspension after receiving a match penalty for kicking Saturday against Cranbrook, while Dafoe is serving a four-game suspension for a blow-to-the-head major in the same game.

After winning seven in a row, the Warriors have now lost four of their last six.

They return action Friday when they host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

The same two teams will meet again Sunday in Salmon Arm.

That game is part of a reshuffling of the schedule due to flooding and travel issues.

The league announced earlier this week interlocking games between conferences have been scrapped for the remainder of the season.

Conference games are being added to the schedule, including Sunday's tilt in Salmon Arm.

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