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Vernon Vipers drop Saturday game to split weekend set with Prince George

Vernon fell, 4-2 as they gave up four goals in a 12 minute span
The Vernon Vipers were unable to back up their victory on Friday night as they fell, 4-2 to the Prince George Spruce Kings on Saturday night in BCHL action. (Vicki Brown Photo)

The Vernon Vipers are heading home after splitting a Prince George back-to-back on the Feb. 23 weekend.

The BCHL club defeated the Spruce Kings on Friday, 5-3, before falling the next night, 4-2.

On Saturday, Adam Csabi got the scoring started for the Vipers after a scoreless opening frame.

However, Vernon’s 1-0 lead lasted just one minute and 41 seconds as Prince George proceeded to rattle off four straight in a span of 12 minutes to take a commanding 4-1 lead into the third.

Georgios Stavrianeas’s ninth of the season helped draw the visitors closer but Spruce Kings goalie Ryan Sanborn shut the door the rest of the way to give PG their 14th win of the season.

The Vipers mustered just 23 shots on net and committed all three of the penalties in the game. The loss pushes Vernon to 26-17-1 on the year for 53 points, good for fourth in the Interior Conference.

Prince George (14-27-3) got two goals apiece from JR Perdion and Linden Makow as they look to move out of the cellar of the Interior Conference. They sit last, at 31 points, nine back of the Cranbrook Bucks.

The two clubs will do battle for a third straight time on Friday, March 1 as the Spruce Kings will be at Kal Tire Place. Puck drop is 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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