Colton Sparrow of the Vernon Vipers slips the puck through the legs of West Kelowna Warrior Adam Plant Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

Vernon Vipers draw West Kelowna Warriors 2-2

Vernon Vipers move into first place in the Interior after tying West Kelowna Warriors 2-2 in BCHL action at Kal Tire Place.

Both teams were worthy of two B.C. Hockey League points. They settled for one apiece.

The Vernon Vipers and West Kelowna Warriors battled to an entertaining 2-2 draw in front of 1,830 fans, including a boisterous West Kelowna contingent, Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

Demico Hannoun and Dexter Dancs handled the scoring for the 14-7-3-4 Vipers, who currently occupy sole possession of first place in the Interior loop. The Warriors (14-9-1-2), who are tied with Salmon Arm for fourth, answered with snipes from Adam Osczevski and Carl Hesler, who forced OT with a shorthanded effort in the third period.

The game featured a stellar goalie battle between a pair of former WHL tenders. Austin Smith, who came to Vernon from the Swift Current Broncos last season, turned in a 44-save showing for first star. Smith was half a minute away from his first shutout a night earlier when the Snakes iced the host Trail Smoke Eaters 4-1.

Andy Desautels, formerly of the Prince Albert Raiders, backed the Warriors with 34 saves for second star.

In other BCHL play Saturday, the Merritt Centennials fell 2-1 to the Surrey Eagles, while the Penticton Vees bowed 2-1 in OT to the Coquitlam Express. Penticton (15-6-1-3) and Merritt (16-10-1-1) are tied for second behind Vernon.

The Snakes entertain the Cents Friday night.

Check out Wednesday sports in The Morning Star for a full recap of Saturday’s action.


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