Teagan Waugh scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season as the Powell River Kings grounded the Vernon Vipers 4-2 in B.C. Hockey League action before 1,100 fans Saturday night at Hap Parker Arena.
Daniel Schuler (15th) and Steven Schmidt (13th) added singles for the Kings, who improved to 35-15-2-2, good for second spot in the Coastal Conference, three points back of the Surrey Eagles.
Aaron Hadley (15th) and Mike Zalewski (34th) replied for the Vipers, 15 seconds apart, in the final minute of the second period, to make it 2-2.
Both teams managed 27 shots with Sean Maguire taking the win and Kirby Halcrow the loss.
Geoff Crisfield of the Vipers and Brendon MacDonald tangled in the game’s lone scrap, midway through the first period.
The Vipers dropped to 27-25-1-2, three points behind the fourth-place Chilliwack Chiefs, who host the seventh-place Salmon Arm SilverBacks (2-8 in their last 10 games) tonight. Vernon, who haven’t missed the playoffs in 10 years, visit the sixth-place Westside Warriors Friday night and entertain the third-place Prince George Spruce Kings in a Sunday matinee.
The Vipers finish the regular season with road games in Chilliwack and Salmon Arm and one home date with the SilverBacks.
Meanwhile, the Penticton Vees clipped the host second-place Merritt Centennials 2-1 in double overtime Saturday night and stopped the visiting Prince George 4-1 Sunday afternoon, extending their winning streak to 37 games.