Salmon Arm, BC: Elan Bar-lev-Wise scored his first goal of the season early in the first period and Reilly Herbst was perfect stopping all 34 shots he faced as the Vernon Vipers got back in the win column with a 2-0 win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at the Shaw Centre.
The Vipers came out of the gate with a flurry that took up the first half of the period. The Vipers ended up with a 7-0 shot advantage, that then turned into an 11-3 shot advantage. In the opening few minutes a point shot from Trey Taylor ricocheted to the side of the Backs goal and Elan Bar-lev-Wise ripped a shot over the glove of Ethan Langenegger to make it 1-0. The Vipers would then hit 3 goal posts the rest of the period including a glorious chance for Connor Marritt while shorthanded. Both teams went 0 for 1 on the powerplay with the Vipers leading 1-0.
In the second period, there was still a big push from the Vipers, but with the expected response from the Silverbacks. Just 30 seconds into the period, Jackson Caller would square off with Luke Mylymok in a scrap and Caller would tag the Salmon Arm forward with lefts and rights and the decision in the scrap. Salmon Arm would outshoot the Vipers in the period, but only had a handful of good looks at the net. Each time, Herbst was up to the challenge with his best save coming from his glove robbing a Back in tight from below the red line. The Vipers PK killed the only penalty in the period. The Vipers pressure paid off again late in the period as a mad scramble developed in front of Langenegger, Dawson Holt pounced on a loose puck and ripped it home to make it 2-0 after 2 period.
In the third, the Vipers held strong defensively knowing the Silverbacks were going to push the pace. This was the case and Herbst had to make a handful of saves early on. The Vipers didn’t rest on their laurels and generated chances of their own in the period. The Vipers powerplay had a great chance to increase their lead, but Langenegger robbed Cam MacDonald on the right side of a sure goal to keep the game 2-0. Salmon Arm would get the next man advantage and again the Vipers were able to kill it off. As the clock clicked down, the Backs would send Langenegger to the bench for the extra attacker. Reilly Herbst made a phenomenal save in the final 2 minutes to preserve the shutout. As the final buzzer sounded the Vipers would leave victorious with their second shutout of the season by a 2-0 score.
Next up for the Vipers is the Merritt Centennials who come to town to kick off a 3 game in 3 day weekend.
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