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Vernon Vipers wrap up regular season with dominant 6-2 victory

The Vipers best Powell River, 6-2 after a five goal third period
The Vernon Vipers wrapped up their regular season with an emphatic 6-2 win over the Powell River Kings. (Vernon Vipers Photo)

The Vernon Vipers are now in playoff mode.

The team defeated the Powell River Kings, 6-2 on Saturday, March 30 in their final regular season game of the season.

Playing each other for the first time this season, a scoreless first period yielded just 17 total shots between the two clubs.

The Kings would get on the board first in the second, as Adam Mendelson scored his 10th of the year. Three minutes later, Isaac Tremblay ripped home his team-leading 23rd of the season to knot the game up at one.

Vernon would explode in the third period for five goals, from Etienne Lessard, Luke Bibby, Bronson Ross and Nick Mikan twice on the power play.

Adam Mendelson added his second of the night midway through the game but the Vipers would easily win, 6-2.

Colin Reay made 23 of 25 saves for his 11th win of the year.

Vernon (33-19-2) finished in fourth place in the Interior Conference. They will host the Trail Smoke Eaters for game one of the first round playoff series on Friday, April 5 and again at Kal Tire Place Saturday, April 6.

Vernon heads to Trail April 9, 10 and 14 and hosts the Smoke Eaters April 12 and 16 at 7 p.m.

Throughout the 54-game regular season, Hank Cleaves led the team in points, with 51 points (15 goals, 36 assists). A balanced attack was key to their offence, as nine players had at least ten goals on the season.

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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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