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Viper lose; Game 7 set for Saturday

Dexter Dancs of the Vernon Vipers battles for the puck against Penticton Vees defender Alex Coulombe Friday night at Kal Tire Place - Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star
Dexter Dancs of the Vernon Vipers battles for the puck against Penticton Vees defender Alex Coulombe Friday night at Kal Tire Place
— image credit: Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star

Game 6 was explosive Friday night at Kal Tire Place. The Vernon Vipers were one game away from eliminating the Penticton Vees in the B.C. Hockey League Interior Conference finals.

The Vees squeaked away with a 2-0 win in front of 2,550 fans.

The Vees went in front when Jarod Hilderman scored from the point, from captain Brad McLure, 4:14 into the opening frame.

That was all Vees' netminder Olivier Mantha needed. He was perfect turning away 28 Vernon shots.

Austin Smith was no slouch either. He was tested all night, long stopping 29 Vees shots.

McLure added an empty net goal in the late going.

Game 7 takes place Saturday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Two other series wrapped up tonight in the BCHL. The Victoria Grizzlies iced the Powell River Kings 4-2, while the Coquitlam Express stopped the Langley Rivermen 5-3. The Express and Grizzlies advance to the three-team, round-robin to decide the two Fred Page Cup finalists.

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