Vipers' forward TJ Dumonceaux

Vernon Vipers shine in Showcase

The Vernon Vipers gained three of four points in the B.C. Hockey League Showcase.

The Vernon Vipers gained three of four points in the B.C. Hockey League Showcase at Prospera Centre in Chilliwack.

After dispatching the defending league champion Surrey Eagles 7-3 Saturday night, the Vipers tied the host Chiefs 1-1 in double overtime, Sunday night.

Second star Demico Hannoun scored in the first period as the Vipers battled the Chiefs. Mason Blacklock and Michael McNicholas drew assists.

McNicholas teed up a hard but harmless shot from the left wing. Chiefs’ netminder Lyndon Stanwood had it read all the way, and was ready to make the save when the puck hit a leg and took a 90-degree turn to an uncovered Hannoun.

The Vipers appeared to have the rookie-laden Chiefs on ice, but with 6:45 left, newcomer Kurt Black surprised everyone, curling through the high slot and went top-shelf glove-side over Vernon goalie Austin Smith. The Winfield native’s first BCHL goal sent the game to four-on-four overtime.

Chilliwack’s Kyle Westeringh made a game-saving play two minutes into the extra session.

Hannoun fired a hot shot from the high slot that hit the right post and came shooting into the low slot. Stanwood turned around and had his back to the puck and Blacklock. As the Viper  went for the kill, Westeringh poked the puck away.

Stanwood was spectacular, earning first star with 42 saves. Smith blocked 33 shots for the Vipers.

First star Liam Coughlin and Dexter Dancs each supplied two goals as the Vipers stuffed Surrey. Hannoun, Craig Martin and Dallas Calvin netted singles. Brendan Persley pocketed a pair of assists.

Former Viper Braedan Russell (2) and Jonah Renouf replied for the Eagles.

Danny Todosychuk recorded 33 saves for the win, while Bo Didur turned back 27 drives in the loss.

Meanwhile, Vernon product Alex Gillies bagged two goals in Salmon Arm SilverBacks’ 5-4 overtime loss to the Victoria Grizzlies Saturday night.

The Vipers visit the SilverBacks Friday night with the ‘Backs in Vernon Saturday night for the Vipers’ home opener.


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