Colton Sparrow’s snipe with 49 seconds left in the first overtime gave the Vernon Vipers a 2-1 victory over the West Kelowna Warriors before 1,500 B.C. Hockey League fans Saturday night at the Wesbild Centre.
Sparrow and linemate Pearce Eviston applied some strong forecheck pressure deep in the Warriors’ zone and Eviston neatly fed Sparrow about five feet from the net. Sparrow took his time and wired a snap shot roof daddy past Tyler Briggs for his third goal of the season.
Adam Tambellini beat Briggs with a pro-like snapper from the high slot to give Vernon a 1-0 first-period lead. Aaron Hadley and Ryan Renz drew assists.
The Warriors, who had one goal waved off, equalized at 1:47 of the third when Seb Lloyd finished off a three-way passing play with David Pope and Brett Zarazun.
West Kelowna outshot Vernon 34-31 with both Briggs and Viper goalie Austin Smith spectacular in a fast, entertaining tilt with a handful of monster hits.
The Vipers improved to 3-4-0-2 while snapping a three-game losing streak. The Warriors fall to 4-2-0-3.
Please see Wednesday’s Morning Star for further Viper coverage.