Photo: Vipers forward #25 Cam MacDonald eyes up a shot on Warriors goaltender #37 Zach Bennett Friday night.
Photo Credit: Tami Quan Photography
April 30th, 2021
Vernon, B.C.- The Vernon Vipers comeback from a two goal deficit to defeat the West Kelowna Warriors 3-2 Friday night.
The Warriors got off to a hot start with Carter Wilkie finding an open Tyler Cristall who scored his 7th of the season to make it 1-0 only 3 minutes into the hockey game.
In the second period it would be Tyler Cristall’s turn to setup a goal where he would fire a lead pass to Porter Dawson. Dawson would then put the puck between the legs of Vipers defender Ayden Third and beat goaltender Roan Clarke to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead. The rest of the period was all Vipers. First, it was a 5-2 breakout where Tyler Carpendale would find Desmond Johnson who put the Vipers on the board. Then, only 15 seconds later Vipers blue liner Nick Kent would place a slap shot through traffic beating Zach Bennett to tie it up at 2. Late in the period Riley Sharun would get ejected out of the game after kneeing Zack Tonelli. The Vipers would go on a 5 minute major power play but the Warriors survived without allowing a goal.
In the third period the Warriors came out stronger picking up a couple quality scoring chances but couldn’t beat Roan Clarke. The Vipers would get one midway through the period from Cam MacDonald after he would place a wrist shot to the left side of Zach Bennett giving the Vipers their first lead of the game. The Vipers would hold on giving them their 10th win of the pod season.
The West Kelowna Warriors return to action Sunday May 2nd, with a 4:00pm match up with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Fans can catch the action on BCHLTV (formally HockeyTV) or on the free internet radio stream on Mixlr.