The Vernon Vipers shut down the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 5-0 in B.C. Hockey League play Sunday afternoon at Kal Tire Place.
Captain Colton McCarthy supplied his 13th and 14th goals of the season as the Vipers improved to 13-13-0-1. The Bulldogs, finishing a three-day road trip with the matinee tilt, dipped to 10-13-1-1. Alberni Valley doubled the West Kelowna Warriors 10-5 Saturday night after falling 10-1 to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 24 hours earlier.
Liam Finlay, off the rush with linemates Jagger Williamson and Christian Cakebread drawing assists, put Vernon in front at 9:26 of the opening period.
McCarthy went to the net and finished a nice passing play with Hunter Zandee and Riley Brandt just 26 seconds into the second period.
Vernon added three goals in the final 20 minutes with Zandee banging in his own rebound, Cakebread converting from gimme range on a power play and McCarthy hitting the open net, with 39 seconds remaining. Zandee has three goals on the year, while Cakebread has yielded three snipes and 11 points in nine games since joining the Snakes from the USHL.
Andrew Shortridge was solid in recording his second shutout of the season. Vernon outshot the Dawgs 34-26. Winger Charley Michalowski of Boston made his Viper debut wearing No. 9. He was with the USHL Cedar Rapids Roughriders.
The Vipers visit the No. 1 ranked Penticton Vees (24-2) Wednesday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
Please see Wednesday’s Morning Star for further Viper coverage.