Keith Anderson of the Vernon Vipers tries to settle the puck as he battles Ty Barnstable of the Penticton Vees Saturday night at Kal Tire Place

Penticton Vees take back end of home-and-home with Vernon Vipers

Vees snap 1-1 tie with pair of goals in second period for a 3-1 win in front of the Vipers' biggest crowd of the season at Kal Tire Place

Second-period goals five minutes apart from Ty Amonte and Taylor Ward propelled the visiting Penticton Vees to a 3-1 win over the Vernon Vipers in B.C. Hockey League action Saturday at Kal Tire Place.

The win gives the Vees a split of the weekend home-and-home series, each team winning on the road.

The game honoured First Responders in the North Okanagan, drawing Vernon’s largest home crowd of the season to date – 2,624.

It was the Vipers who responded with a powerplay goal from defenceman Carter Stephenson at 9:28 of the opening period.

Vernon looked to be taking a 1-0 lead into the dressing room before a great forecheck from the Vees led to Grant Cruikshank firing in his 17th goal at 18:59 to tie the contest.

Amonte scored the eventual winner at 7:27 of the middle frame, taking a nice pass from Nicholas Jones and beating Vernon goalie Ty Taylor.

Ward would add the insurance at 12:26 when defenceman Jonny Tychonic’s point shot hit a Vipers’ stick and went right to Ward who fired it past Taylor.

Each team had five shots in the third period in which there was no scoring.

Penticton outshot Vernon 27-26 with Mat Robson picking up the win.

The Vees improve to 19-4-0 atop the Interior Division, while the Vipers remain in third place at 10-11-2.