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Vipers take Game 1

The Vernon Vipers won their first game of the round-robin against the Victoria Grizzlies 5-4 at the Q Centre in B.C. Hockey League playoff action.

The Grizzlies jumped out to an early lead in the first. Jacob Kearley scored in front of 1,500 fans from Jaden Schmeisser and Leo Fitzgerald at 7:49 on the powerplay.

Then the second period happened. The Vipers scored all five of their goals in the second period.

Brett Mulcahy scored 1:06 into the second from Michael Statchuk and Colton Sparrow. Logan Mick got his first of the playoffs from Josh Bryan. Dexter Dancs scored on the powerplay 9:08 in the second from Bryan and Liam Coughlin. Demico Hannoun scored 22 seconds later from T.J. Dumonceaux. Mason Blacklock got the winner 13:07 from Hannoun and Dylan Chanter.

The Vipers were on their heels in the first and third period, as they were badly outshot in both. They were outshot 43-23 in the game.

The Vipers will host the Coquitlam Express Sunday night.

See more Vipers news on Sunday.


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