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Captain Connor Elliott the OT hero as Vernon Vipers extend series

Elliot scored 5 minutes into the extra frame to give Vernon a 3-2 win over Penticton
The Vernon Vipers defeated the Penticton Vees 3-2 in overtime to stave off elimination and force a game five back in Penticton. (Lisa Mazurek Photo)

Just call him captain clutch.

Fifth year veteran defenceman Connor Elliott scored his first goal of the postseason for the Vernon Vipers in overtime to break a 2-2 deadlock and give them their first win of the best-of-seven BCHL series against the Penticton Vees.

The win avoided a sweep by the hands of the Vees, and forced a game five back in Penticton on Friday night.

Vernon was down 2-0 after 20 minutes, as Connor MacPherson and Matthew Biotti scored for Penticton.MacPherson had a chance to nab his second of the night with a penalty shot, by Vipers goaltender Ethan David shut the door.

Isaac Tremblay halved the Vees lead with his third of the playoffs, off helpers from Owen Kim and Georgios Stavrianeas late in the second.

Down one, the Vipers fought all third to find an equalizer and finally, Erik Pasrto would rifle one home at the 14:22 mark of the frame to force an overtime.

In the extra frame, Elliott’s shot from the point found its way past the left arm of Vees goaltender Andrew Ness and into the back of the net to give the Vipers their maiden win in the series.

David made 28 saves for his fifth win of the postseason, while Ness took his first loss.

Now 3-1 in favor of Penticton, the Vees will be back home Friday, April 26 for game five. Puck drop is tabbed for 7 p.m.

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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