Morning Star Staff
The Vernon Bantam Tier 2 Vipers went 1-2 in their final weekend of exhibition hockey play.
Don Brew’s crew lost 5-3 to Kelowna Sunday afternoon at Civic with d-man Ethan Joe (2) and Griffin Evans recording third-period goals with Vernon trailing 4-0 after 40 minutes.
Evan Worthing produced an empty-netter with 51 seconds left for Kelowna.
Dayton Bryan, Bryan Brew, Zach Agar and Cory Lazar rang up goals as the Vipers bowed 5-4 to West Kelowna Grizzlies Saturday night at Royal LePage Place. Nick Mitchell drew two assists.
Vernon got a deuce from Bryan and singles from Tanner Wright and Lincoln Connor in a 4-1 win over West Kelowna Friday night at Kal Tire Place.
Dalton Stenberg and Dylan Blazek will share the Viper goaltending as they open the regular season Friday night in the Shuswap.
The Vernon Atom A Vipers (sponsored by Valley Wood Remanufacturing) split a home and home series with Salmon Arm.
The Vipers took advantage of home ice with a 7-4 win Saturday as the line of Bennett Kuhnlein (3), Erik Pastro (2+1) and Austin Roest (2A) was red-hot.
Liam Leibel and Cash Anderson contributed singles in front of solid goalies Austin Seibel and Colten Colmorgen.
A 10-minute meltdown early in the third period cost the Vipers as they gave up four goals and ended up losing 8-5 Sunday in Salmon Arm.
Kuhnlein, Anderson, Roest, Jace Weir and Braden Schmiegelt pocketed goals in front of Seibel. Next up for the Vipers is a home and home series with Kamloops.