Hunter Zandee of the Vernon Vipers out skates Mike Faulkner of the Merritt Centennials for the puck Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place.

Hunter Zandee of the Vernon Vipers out skates Mike Faulkner of the Merritt Centennials for the puck Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place.

Cents stop Viper streak

The Merritt Centennials have always been a work of art on the art of work.

The Merritt Centennials have always been a work of art on the art of work.

They showed that trait once again Wednesday night in a comeback 5-4 B.C. Hockey League win over the Vernon Vipers before 1,660 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Chase Bell scored directly off a face-off with 5:13 remaining and the sloppily played tilt appeared heading to overtime. Bell beat Brett Stapley cleanly on the draw and fired a shot glove-side which struck the post and went in past Viper goalie Ty Taylor.

“I’ve tried that move about 30 times and it’s never worked,” smiled Bell, a Lethbridge centre who has nine snipes on the season.

The Cents, who trimmed the Snakes 2-1 in double overtime Saturday night in Vernon, improved to 17-17-8-1, giving them a share of fourth spot in the Interior Division with the Trail Smoke Eaters. The second-place Vipers, who had earned points in 11 straight games, dipped to 22-14-4-3.

Bell finished with a deuce, while captain Brett Jewell, a Vernon minor hockey grad, Cade Gleekel and Zach Metsa completed the Cents’ offence. Jewell hit the nine-goal mark.

Hunter Zandee pocketed his fourth and fifth goals of the year for the Vipers, putting them up 3-1 on a powerplay midway through the second period. Steven Jandric, with his 19th, and Austin Adamson, with his ninth, registered tallies four minutes apart to make it 2-0 Vernon nine minutes after the national anthem.

Merritt outshot Vernon 42-33 with Jake Berger posting his 14th win of the season. Three stars: 1. Bell. 2. Zandee. 3. Cents’ LW Stephan Seeger with 2A.

The Vipers visit the West Kelowna Warriors Friday night and entertain the Powell River Kings Saturday night.

 

Vernon Morning Star

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