Adam Tambellini scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season as the Vernon Vipers brushed back the Trail Smoke Eaters 4-3 Saturday night in B.C. Hockey League action before 900 fans at the Cominco Arena.
Liam Board, with his eighth, and Braeden Russell, with his second, also had snipes for the Vipers, who stopped the Smokies’ win streak at four games.
Vernon held period leads of 2-0 and 4-2 with Tambellini’s second goal, at 7:39 of the second period, putting Vernon up 4-0.
Tyler Berkholtz (6th), Mitch Foyle (3rd) and Luke Sandler (15th) replied for the Smokies, who came close to forcing overtime with a 3-on-1 break in the final minute.
The Smokies outshot the Snakes 35-21 with Austin Smith recording the win, Lyndon Stanwood the loss.
Vernon (11-14-0-7) is last in the Interior Division, one point back of the Salmon Arm SilverBacks and two points behind Trail. The Vipers host the second-place Merritt Centennials Friday night in the opener of a weekend home-and-home series.
Please see Wednesday’s Morning Star for further coverage.