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Vernon Vipers solve Centennials in shootout

Zack Tonelli, Cam MacDonald score in penalty shots giving Snakes a 4-3 BCHL win in Merritt
The Vernon Vipers extended their BCHL winning streak to four games Tuesday, Jan. 25, with a 4-3 shootout win in Merritt, kicking off a seven-game road swing. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)

Cam MacDonald doesn’t mind playing extra time.

The Vernon Vipers forward scored in an overtime shootout Tuesday, Jan. 25, along with teammate Zack Tonelli, helping the Vipers to a 4-3 B.C. Hockey League win in Merritt against the Centennials.

MacDonald scored the overtime winner Friday, Jan. 21, a 4-3 home-ice win over the Interior Conference-leading Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Tonelli forced overtime in that contest with a third-period powerplay goal.

The Vipers, who have won four in a row, kicked off a seven-game road swing Tuesday.

Anthony Cliche, Luke Buss and Ayden Third had regulation goals and the Vipers peppered Merritt goalie John Hicks with 61 shots.

Ethan David made 30 saves, and stopped Centennials shooters Jacksenn Hungle and Ben Ward in the shootout.

The victory moved Vernon (11-14-3-3) into seventh place in the Interior, one point ahead of the Wenatchee Wild (11-12-4-1), who have three games in hand on the Vipers, and four points behind the Trail Smoke Eaters (15-14-1-1).

The Centennials have just six points (2-27-1-1) from 31 league games.

The road trip continues Friday as the Vipers head north to take on the Prince George Spruce Kings, who sit third in the Interior at 19-9-2-3. Vernon will play two games in Prince George.

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