Dexter Dancs (left) and his Vernon Vipers teammate Jared Wilson celebrate Dancs' tying goal past West Kelowna goalie Andy Desautels with 12.7 seconds left in regulation time

Vernon Vipers rally to stun West Kelowna 3-2 in overtime

Riley Guenther scores winner with 1:26 left in double overtime to move the Vipers four points out of first place.

Defenceman Riley Guenther snapped a shot from the slot past West Kelowna goalie Andy Desautels at 3:34 of the second overtime period to give the Vernon Vipers a 3-2 win over the Warriors in BCHL action Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

The goal came as forward Dexter Dancs tried a wraparound on Desautels but the puck slid out to the slot where Guenther one-timed a shot for the winner.

Dancs forced overtime with 12.7 seconds left in regulation time when he poked a puck past Desautels with the Vipers on a powerplay and goalie Austin Smith on the bench for an extra attacker, giving Vernon a two-man advantage.

Braden Pears, on a powerplay, and Seb Lloyd scored 1:39 apart midway through the first period to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead in front of 1,916 fans.

Tyler Povoloskie scored on a second period breakaway following a great stretch pass from Vipers defenceman Kenny Citron.

Austin Smith made 37 saves to pick up the win as West Kelowna outshot Vernon 39-37.

The win moved the third-place Vipers to within four points of front-running Penticton and West Kelowna, and five points ahead of fourth place Merritt.

See Wednesday’s Morning Star for more details on Saturday’s Vipers’ victory.

 

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