Vernon Vipers torch Trail Smoke Eaters 6-3

Demico Hannoun of the Vernon Vipers gets the puck past the Trail Smoke Eaters
Demico Hannoun of the Vernon Vipers gets the puck past the Trail Smoke Eaters' goalie Dustin Nikkel for the Vipers second goal of the night Friday at Kal Tire Place.
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

The Vernon Vipers went 3-for-4 on the powerplay as they doubled the Trail Smoke Eaters 6-3 in B.C. Hockey League action Friday night at Kal Tire Place.

Dexter Dancs led the Viper attack with a pair of goals, and finished the night with a late third-period scrap with Bryan Basilico.

Adding singles for the Vipers, second in the Interior Divison at 19-8-3-4, were Michael McNicholas, Colton Sparrow, Demico Hannoun and Mason Blacklock, who returned to the lineup after missing 16 games to injury.

Answering for the Smokies were Scott Davidson, Jake Kauppila and Travis Stephens.

Danny Todosychuk finished with 20 saves for his 10th win, while Dustin Nikkel, a former KIJHL North Okanagan Knight, made 38 stops as Trail dipped to 7-25-2-1. The Smoke Eaters have lost nine straight.

Vernon held period leads of 2-0 and 3-0.

The Snakes' powerplay has improved of late, but is still third-last in the BCHL at 16.18 per cent.

Vernon visits the Salmon Arm SilverBacks (17-11-1-4) Saturday night at the Shaw Centre.

Meanwhile, the Penticton Vees recorded their sixth consecutive win as they stuffed the Chilliwack Chiefs 6-3 Friday night at Prospera Centre.

The Vees are first in the Interior, three points up on Vernon at 22-7-1-3, with a game in hand.

Check out Sunday sports in the Morning Star for a complete wrap-up of Friday's action.


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