That late-night bus ride to Prince George probably felt a little easier for the Vernon Vipers after they iced the Westside Warriors 4-1 in B.C. Hockey League action Friday at Wesbild Centre.
After a scoreless first period, Mike Zalewski opened the scoring 7:16 into the second as he circled from behind the net, then turned and fired a gorgeous top-shelf snipe.
The Vipers took complete control on two quick goals in the third period by Colton Cyr, the first coming after he knocked down a point shot by d-man Ryan Renz and tucked it behind a sprawled Dwayne Rodrigue.
Cyr’s second tally came on the powerplay with the Warriors’ Brett McKinnon sitting for a knee-on-knee hit to Brendan Persley. The former Nanaimo Clipper deftly deflected a wicked point shot by captain Patrick McGillis.
Zalewski completed the attack after he stripped Westside d-man Ben Betker and waltzed in alone to rip a shot past Rodrigue with 27 seconds to play.
The Warriors’ lone goal came on a 5-on-3 in the third period, with Seb Lloyd beating Kirby Halcrow after the Vernon tender made two quick saves in close. David Pope started the play with a nice point shot.
The win comes a week after the Warriors stopped 3-1 at Royal LePage Place.
The Snakes are in Prince George for a pair of weekend tilts with the Spruce Kings Saturday and Sunday.
Check out the sports section in Sunday’s Morning Star for a full recap of Friday’s game.