The Vipers dropped their road game tilt against the Trail Smoke Eaters 5-2 on Friday. (Photo: Vernon Vipers)

Vipers drop feisty game to Trail Smoke Eaters 5-2

The Vipers have a chance to get even at tonight’s second game in a row at the Trail Memorial Centre

Friday night’s clash with the Trail Smoke Eaters was an up-and-down affair for Trey Taylor and the rest of the Vernon Vipers.

Taylor scored his third goal of the season to help his team get ahead in the early goings, but ended up with a game misconduct at the final whistle while the Vipers ended up with a 5-2 defeat.

The Smokies were prepared to defend their home barn right from the first shift. Owen Ozar snapped home his 11th of the season just 19 seconds in the game.

Taylor’s goal came at the midway point of the first period on the powerplay off a feed from Connor Marritt, and just over two minutes later Cam MacDonald buried a goal to give the Vipers an early 2-1 lead.

Trail did well to halt the Snakes’ momentum just 25 seconds later. Kent Johnson tied up the score after a mad scramble in the crease of goaltender Reilly Herbst. The Vipers out shot and out chanced the Smoke Eaters in the first period but the score was even at 2-2.

The second period ended up being a special teams battle as each team took three minor penalties. The penalty killers prevailed on both sides, and the only goal of the period came at even strength when Johnson banked in a puck at the side of the net for his second of the game, and a 3-2 Trail lead.

The Vipers made a strong push in the third, hitting a goal post and generating some scramble action in front of Trail goaltender Matteo Paler-Chow. But it was Trail winger Walker Erickson who bought his team some insurance with an unassisted goal wit h less than six minutes to play. The Smokies would add an extra netter to cap off a 5-2 win at home.

The Vipers have a chance to get even tonight as they play the second of back-to-back games against the Smoke Eaters at the Trail Memorial Centre.

READ MORE: Vernon football squad gets wild card playoff spot

READ MORE: Vernon Vortex speedskaters start new season with impressive results

Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

hockeyVernon Vipers

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Creative thinkers wanted for North Okanagan hackathon

Talent-themed hackathon will take place at the VIEW in Vernon Oct. 29

Child care planned for Vernon schools

Proposal for four facilities at area elementary sites

Majority of students back in Vernon classrooms

Vernon School District reports 95 per cent of students returned amid COVID-19

Fewer people, but more visits added to Vernon museum

‘Often, you may have the entire museum to yourself and your group, which could be very cool.’

Travel from Coldstream to Lake Country along Kal Crystal Waters trail

Completed extension on Kal Crystal Waters trail uses historic highway

Record-breaking 165 new COVID-19 cases diagnosed in B.C. in 24-hour period

Fifty-seven people are in hospital battling the novel coronavirus

Interior Health reports four new cases of COVID-19

First hospitalization since mid-August announced

Rail traffic starts moving after 60-car derailment near Hope

Clean up effort ongoing after 60 cars carrying potash crashed along a rail bridge

Spoon-wielding man draws police presence in Penticton

Police say no one was harmed during the incident

B.C.’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan: Top 5 things you need to know

Jobs training, tax incentives for employers to hire staff and more

March to protect old growth, stop industrial logging coming to B.C. Legislature

Organizers say they want to give frontline communities a bigger say in nearby logging

B.C. releases details of $1.5B economic recovery plan, $660M in business tax incentives

Economic plan includes support for employers, as well as training for workers

‘Not criminally responsible’ hearing slated for man convicted of Abbotsford school stabbing

Gabriel Klein was found guilty in March of killing Letisha Reimer, 13, in 2016

Most Read