Michael Zalewski of the Vernon Vipers takes off towards the net and away from the Westside Warriors' Josh Monk in BCHL action Friday night at Wesbild Centre.

Michael Zalewski of the Vernon Vipers takes off towards the net and away from the Westside Warriors' Josh Monk in BCHL action Friday night at Wesbild Centre.

Vipers get payback on Warriors

Colton Cyr and Mike Zalewski each scored twice as the Vernon Vipers iced the Westside Warriors 4-1 in BCHL action Friday night.

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.