Cody Webb returned from a lengthy stint on injured reserve to lead the Sun Valley Source For Sports Vipers to a 6-1 Bantam Tier 2 hockey exhibition win over the West Kelowna Warriors Friday night at Kal Tire Place.
Webb, a d-man returning from a broken wrist, scored once and added an assist for the Sun Valley crew, who got other singles from Kael Black, Dawson Chase, Eric Noren, Caden Bracken and Nick Cherkowski.
Vernon captain Dylan Sedlacek provided two assists, as did Joe Eggert.
In Bantam Tier 3 exhibition action, the Fix Auto Vipers fell 8-2 to the Winfield Bruins Friday at Civic Arena.
Vernon grabbed an early two-goal lead on snipes by Nick Mitchell and call-up Braydie Allan-Webber, but it was all Winfield after that.
The Nixon Wenger Vipers lost a pair of close Pee Wee Tier 2 tournament tilts Friday at the West Kelowna Winter Classic.
Vernon, backed by netminder Aidan Spraggs in both games, lost 5-4 to Salmon Arm after bowing 3-1 to Abbotsford earlier in the day. Both games featuring a lot of action and busy penalty boxes.
Jakob Jones, assisted by Jacob Wettlaufer, handled the Vernon attack against Abby, with strong defensive showings turned in by Marlea-Lynn Best, Issac Thomas, Gage Stoll and Liam Remple.
Porter Trevelyan was the Vipers’ game MVP.
Call-up Anne Cherkowski pocketed the opening goal against Salmon Arm, assisted by Stoll. Vernon clung to the lead until the second period, when Salmon Arm fired three unanswered snipes.
The Snakes responded in the final frame with Emma Elders burying the rebound off of a shot by John Spraggs, another call-up.
Jones slapped one home a few minutes later for the 4-3 goal, then John Spraggs, assisted by Jones and Wettlaufer, evened the scoreline with five minutes remaining.
Salmon Arm replied just 34 seconds later to seal the win. Vernon pulled Aidan Spraggs for the extra attacker, but they couldn’t solve the Salmon Arm keeper.
Jones earned game MVP, while Connor Hanson was terrific defensively.