Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Ho is hounded by the checking of Penticton Vees defenceman Jonathan Smart during the Vees’ 8-2 romp in B.C. Hockey League action Saturday in Vernon. (Katherine Peters/Black Press)

Penticton Vees punish Vernon Vipers

Visitors score 8-2 win at Kal Tire Place to salvage split of weekend BCHL home-and-home series

One was an overtime thriller, one was a blowout.

And it was road victories for the Vernon Vipers and Penticton Vees in a B.C. Hockey League home-and-home series.

The Vees salvaged the split in the back end Saturday at Kal Tire Place, erupting for five second-period goals in an 8-2 win over the Snakes in front of 2,017 fans.

With the game tied 1-1 early in the middle frame, Penticton scored four times in a 4:07 span to make it 5-1 and chase Vernon starting goalie Bradley Cooper. The Vees led 1-0 and 6-1 by periods.

RELATED: Andres electrifies Chilliwack rally

Carson Kosobud and Evan McIntyre each scored twice for the Vees while singles went to Ty Pochipinski, Jack Lagerstrom, David Silye and Cassidy Bowes. Jack LaFontaine made 33 saves for the win in goal. Cooper and Aidan Porter combined to make 27 saves for Vernon.

Teddy Wooding and Jack Judson replied for the Vipers, who used a third-period comeback plus overtime to earn two points Friday at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Trailing 2-0 after 40 minutes, Judson got the Vipers within a goal at 4:30 of the third, and Lane Zablocki forced overtime with a goal at 19:42.

Zablocki got the winner on a setup from captain Jagger Williamson, playing his first game since December following an upper body injury, at 3:56, walking in alone and beating LaFontaine.

Eric Linell, in the first, and Mason Snell in the second, had given the Vees the lead. LaFontaine and Porter each had 33 saves Friday.

RELATED: Penticton Vees nip Vernon Vipers in last minute

Heading into play Sunday, the Vees (34-14-2-2, 72 points) held a three-point lead atop the Interior Division over the Merritt Centennials (31-14-4-3, 69 pts) with each team having six games left.

The Vipers (23-20-7-3, 56 pts) were in fifth place, one point behind Salmon Arm (25-21-4-1, 57 pts) with the Silverbacks holding a game in hand, and three ahead of the West Kelowna Warriors (26-24-0-1, 53 pts), who have two games in hand on Vernon.

The Vees visit the seventh-place Trail Smoke Eaters (20-23-7-3, 50 pts) Wednesday. Next game for the Vipers is a home date with the Nanaimo Clippers Friday at 7 p.m.



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Photos: Sick rides came out to support sick kids at the Penticton Shriners Show & Shine

The annual event, held in Okanagan Falls, benefits the Shriners Care for Kids Program

Naramata Centre receives social enterprise funding and mentorship from United Way

BrainTrust Canada, IndigenEYEZ and Operation Take Two also received social enterprise fund

Changing of the guard for South Okanagan midget baseball team

Aqil Samuel is leaving the club and will be replaced by Josh Snider

SOWINS recognizes community supporter

Hidden Chapel Winery was presented with a plaque for the support of the local organization

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

VIDEO: Ride to Conquer Cancer rolls into Hope

Thousands of cyclist descend on small town for annual cancer fundraiser

Church building has been a landmark on Summerland’s Butler Street

Neighbourhood in Lowertown has gone through changes over the years.

Okanagan MMA fighter captures middleweight belt at home

Jordan Cabrejos scores victory at XFC Unbanned, the return of mixed martial arts to Vernon

B.C. VIEWS: Pipelines set to roll as federal politicians posture

Projects to drive B.C., Canadian economy in years ahead

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

Man shot near Coalmont airlifted to hospital

A man was shot near Coalmont B.C. Saturday afternoon. The victim was… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

Most Read