Vernon, BC: Dawson Holt had 2 goals and Keegan Karki stopped 23 of 25 as the Vernon Vipers defeated the West Kelowna Warriors 4-2.
The first period was a little flat from the outset with not a whole lot in the way of offensive chances. Brett Fudger had a great look on the wraparound but Johnny Derrick was able to make the save. The Warriors drew first blood as a bouncing puck sprung John Evans away on a shorthanded breakaway. The Warrior forward made a nice deke to make it 1-0. The shots after 1 finished 8-7 in the Vipers favour with both teams going 0 for 1 on the powerplay.
The Vipers came out buzzing in the first few shifts of the second period. Connor Sleeth had a great look in front but clanked one off the crossbar. On the next shift the Warriors hit a goal post of their own. The Vipers peppered the Warrior goal throughout the course of the period pushing 18 shots Johnny Derrick’s way. The Vipers powerplay drew the game even as Dawson Holt slid a backhander in from the bottom of the left circle to make it 1-1.
In the third, the momentum paid off as Matt Kowalski set up Logan Cash who made a sweet deke around Derrick to make it 2-1, 3 minutes into the period. Another odd man rush for the Vipers and again it was Matt Kowalski as the set up man, this time spotting Christian Felton who made no mistake to make it 3-1. Late in the game the Warriors had their net pulled while they were shorthanded and Carter Wilkie swept home a loose puck in the final minute to make it 3-2. Right off the ensuing faceoff with the goalie pulled, Dawson Holt did it himself to seal the game 4-2.
The Vipers will be in action on Family Day Monday as they host the Merritt Centennials at 2pm.