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Vipers figure out Vees
Two more wins and they’re in. That was the scenario facing the Vernon Vipers after a huge 2-1 victory over the first-place Penticton Vees before 1,818 fans Friday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
The Vipers face the second-place West Kelowna Warriors Saturday night at Kal Tire Place needing just four points to clinch a playoff berth in the B.C. Hockey League Interior Conference.
As of Sunday morning, the Vipers have five regular-season tilts remaining. They have road games in Trail against the last-place Smoke Eaters and Merritt versus the Centennials, 4-1 upset winners over the host Powell River Kings Friday night.
Vernon has home dates with the Salmon Arm SilverBacks and Penticton.
The third-place Vipers improved to 27-16-4-6 by defeating the Vees for the second time in six meetings this season. The Cents were five points back, while the SilverBacks – 5-1 losers to the Surrey Eagles – were three digits back of Merritt.
Penticton’s scoring woes resumed Friday night as they netted one goal for the 12th time this season. And it was hardly a classic, coming 17 seconds off the opening puck drop.
“It was one of the flukiest goals I’ve ever seen,” said Viper head coach Jason Williamson.
Please see Sunday's Morning Star for more Viper coverage.