Vipers earn point with Rivermen

Demico Hannoun - Morning Star file photo
Demico Hannoun
— image credit: Morning Star file photo

Nobody likes overtime more than the Langley Rivermen.

The B.C. Hockey League’s top team won another showdown Friday night by shading the Vernon Vipers 2-1 in double overtime before 1,025 fans at the Langley Events Centre.

The Rivermen, who visit the Vipers Saturday night, lead the league at 10-5 in overtime. Vernon is 3-6.

The point was huge for the Vipers since the Merritt Centennials lost 6-2 to the West Kelowna Warriors. Vernon was third in the Interior Conference going into Saturday action, four points ahead of the Salmon Arm SilverBacks and five in front of the Cents. The top-four move to the playoffs.

The first-place Penticton Vees finally solved the SilverBacks 3-2 before 2,100 fans at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

After their home date with Langley, the Vipers have seven games left, including a pair with last-place Trail Smoke Eaters.

Minnesota product Gage Torrel beat second star Austin Smith 61 seconds into the second OT as Langley improved to 31-12-2-5, tied with the Powell River Kings for first overall in the 16-team loop.

Please see Sunday's Morning Star for more Viper coverage.


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