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Vees bitten by Snakes on penalty shot

PENTICTON VEES forward Steen Cooper resists retaliating as Vernon Vipers captain Ryan Renz takes pleasure in hitting him with a few shots. The Vees lost 2-1 to the Vipers at the South Okanagan Events Centre Friday night. - Emanuel Sequeira/Western News
PENTICTON VEES forward Steen Cooper resists retaliating as Vernon Vipers captain Ryan Renz takes pleasure in hitting him with a few shots. The Vees lost 2-1 to the Vipers at the South Okanagan Events Centre Friday night.
— image credit: Emanuel Sequeira/Western News

The Penticton Vees struck first and early against the Vernon Vipers Friday, but it was the Vipers who came out victorious, 2-1 at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Patrick Sexton gave the Vees a 1-0 lead 17 seconds into the game when his shot from the point found its way past Austin Smith. The Vipers evened things up midway through the second period on a goal by Michael McNicholas, setup by Liam Coughlin and Dexter Dancs.

Dancs, a former Vee named the game's first star, put the nail in the coffin as he beat Vees goalie Olivier Mantha on a penalty shot 6:48 in the third period.

Special teams was a non factor as the Vipers went 0-for-4, while the Vees were 0-for-6.

Smith made 28 saves for the win, while Mantha turned aside 28, facing seven shots in the third.

The Vees will host the Victoria Grizzlies at the SOEC Saturday at 6 p.m.

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