Victoria, BC: The Vipers had four players with mult-point nights and Ethan David made 46 saves as the Vipers took down the Victoria Grizzlies by a 6-4 score.
The Vipers scoring got started as Erik Pastro notched his 14th goal of the season on the powerplay.
Carson McGinley tied the game up shortly after Victoria had taken a 2-1 lead, with his second of the season.
“I thought we took advantage of our opportunities off the rush and dominated certain parts of the game,” says McGinley. “Although we got the win, we just need to clean up a couple of things and be ready for tomorrow.”
Luke Pakulak scored his 9th goal of the season capping off a stretch that saw four goals in under 4 minutes.
“Our offence was firing tonight, which was nice to see,” says Assistant Coach of the Vipers Colton Sparrow. “We had a few lapses in the D-zone, but overall it was a pretty good road effort from our group. Ethan David was great again.”
Owen Kim increased the Viper lead to 4-2 for the only goal of the second period.
Shea Busch capitalized on a neutral zone turnover for his 7th of the season, spreading the lead to 5-2. That goal proved paramount as the Grizzlies scored twice to cut the deficit to just one.
Hank Cleaves scored into the empty net to seal the victory.
It was a busy night for Ethan David who made 46 saves on 50 shots for his 17th win of the season.
Luc Pelletier was the Victoria point leader with a pair of assists. Jacksenn Hungle, Oliver Genest, Julian Cull and Reegan Hiscock had the Grizzlies goals.
Owen Bresson had 17 saves on 22 shots.
Vernon won the special teams battle with their powerplay going 1 for 2 and their PK perfect going 4 of 4.
The Vipers will continue their island road swing Saturday night in Cowichan when they take on the Capitals.
Photo Credit – Kyle Robinson Photography