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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