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Vipers Upend W. Kelowna Warriors

VERNON, B.C. OCTOBER 28th, 2017

The Vipers wrapped up parents weekend on the right foot with a 5-2 win over the West Kelowna Warriors. Brett Stapley scored 2 goals and Ty Taylor made 29 saves in front of over 1900 fans at Kal Tire Place.

The Vipers came out like they did a night ago and really took the play to the Warriors and really controlled the puck for a good chunk of the period. They caused a number of turnovers and one led directly to the first goal as Jimmy Lambert set up Brett Stapley who ripped a shot over the should of Nik Amundrud. The Vipers powerplay moved the puck around well, but the Warriors had timely clears to keep it 1-0. The Warriors on a powerplay of their own had a couple of good chances, but were stymied by Ty Taylor who made his best of the period off Chase Stevenson.

Powerplays were the theme in the second period as each team rattled off two powerplay goals. The Vipers took a 2-0 lead on a Jimmy Lambert one timer set up by Chris Jandric. The Warriors man advantage was has sputtered at time this year, but looked locked in scoring two goals in a span of 3 minutes. Willie Reim scored both of them in different fashions. The first one on a failed clearing attempt, and Reim ripped it home from the right circle. The second on a 5 on 3, a scramble ensued and a loose puck was centered and Reim put it home to tie the game at 2. Shortly after a scrum at the Viper bench, the Vipers were awarded a powerplay and Brett Stapley scored his second of the night to allow the Viper to retake the lead 3-2.

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The Vipers killed off a carry over West Kelowna powerplay and once the game got back to even strength, used their speed and skill to control the puck and greatly minimize West Kelowna chances. Jagger Williamson scored a big goal in the first five minutes to increase the lead to 4-2 after a nice drop pass from Jesse Lansdell. Ty Taylor felt the puck 11 times in the final period, but not too many over the dangerous variety and was up to the challenge finishing the night with 29 saves on 31 shots for his 7th win of the season. Connor Marritt would add another at the 13 minute mark with his 2nd of the season to make it 5-2. That was the way it would finish as the Vipers extend their win streak to 3 games with a 5-2 win.

The Vipers will get on the road Wednesday for a date with the RBC Cup host Chilliwack Chiefs. Puck drop is 7pm from the Prospera Centre.