Viper defenceman Bryce Eviston shields the puck from Nanaimo Clippers' forward Mason Mitchell in BCHL action Friday night at Wesbild Centre.

Viper defenceman Bryce Eviston shields the puck from Nanaimo Clippers' forward Mason Mitchell in BCHL action Friday night at Wesbild Centre.

Vernon Vipers win in double OT

TJ Dumonceaux wired a slapshot top shelf to give the Vernon Vipers a 4-3 double overtime win over the Nanaimo Clippers Friday night.

TJ Dumonceaux wired a slapshot over goalie Jayson Argue’s left shoulder with 2:28 left in double overtime as the Vernon Vipers edged the Nanaimo Clippers 4-3 Friday night at Wesbild Centre.

Defencemen Ryan Renz and Brett Corkey drew assists on the winner, which came with the BCHL teams playing three-on-three.

Adam Tambellini scored his team-high ninth and 10th goals of the year, while Craig Martin had a single for the Vipers before 1,750 fans.

Vernon improved to 5-7-0-5, good for fifth spot in the Interior Division, while Nanaimo fell to 8-6-0-2, leaving them second in the Island Division.

Luke Gordon, Greg Fraser and Josh Bryan replied for the Clippers, who got a sensational 37-save showing from Argue. Nanaimo had 29 shots on Austin Smith.

It was a night for hockey celebrities as Detroit Red Wings’ GM Ken Holland and retired NHLers Brent Gilchrist and Eddie Johnstone handled the ceremonial face-off. The Vernon minor hockey grads were earlier in the day inducted into the Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame. Clippers’ part-owner Kelly Hrudey, of Hockey Night in Canada, also took the in the game.

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