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After the Buzzer – Vipers Win Shootout Thriller

Vernon, BC:  Luke Buss had a powerplay marker, Roan Clarke was stellar, and the Vipers struck twice in the skills competition as they downed the Trail Smoke Eaters 2-1 in a shootout.

The Vipers looked a little sluggish in the opening 20.  Roan Clarke made 14 saves in the period and the Viper penalty kill had a strong showing.

The Vipers powerplay got them on the board as Luke Buss snapped a one time through Evan Fradette.  A few minutes later Trail converted on a transition play and it was Jordan Hendry snapping one over the shoulder of Roan Clarke.  The Vipers outshot the Smokies in the period 12-10.

Both teams were good defensively in the final period.  The Vipers had a good chance on the powerplay but could find pay dirt.  As regulation wound down, the Vipers had to kill a penalty which spilled into overtime.

The Vipers PK was able to get the key kill, before getting a powerplay of their own late in OT.  They weren't able to convert, so a shootout was required.

In the shootout, Zack Tonelli scored five-hole.  Teddy Lagerback was stopped by Clarke with a nice blocker save.  Luke Buss had a great chance, but the puck rolled off his stick.  Brady Hunter was next and again it was the blocker of Clarke with a big save.  Cam MacDonald would ice the game with a nice move from the right side giving the Vipers the 2-1 win in a shootout.

The Vipers are next in action Friday night as they conclude their 3 game homestand against Salmon Arm.