The Vernon Vipers rallied with three-straight third-period goals to ambush the host Quesnel Millionaires 4-3 in B.C. Hockey League play Friday night at The Vault.
Mike Zalewski, with his fourth goal of the season, recorded the winner before 625 fans with 76 seconds to play.
Despite peppering Mills’ netminder Kirby Halcrow with 17 first-period shots, and 43 overall, the Vipers trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes as second star Malcolm Gould (3rd and 4th goals) potted the first of his two goals on the night.
Gould had the lone second-period marker as well, scoring on a powerplay at 17:24.
The last-place Mills (4-13-1) went 2-for-7 on the powerplay, while Vernon (11-5-1-3) went 3-for-9.
The Vipers went to work with the extra man early in the third period as first star Dylan Walchuk jumpstarted the Vernon offence with his team-leading 11th goal at 2:01.
Spencer Graboski (6th) restored Quesnel’s two-goal lead, but Vernon surged with a three-goal spree in a five-minute span to seal the win.
John Knisley and Kyle Murphy, both with their fifth goals of the season, pulled the Vipers even on the powerplay.
Walchuk, Bryce Kakoske and defenceman Adam Thompson chipped in with two assists apiece as Blake Voth recorded 18 saves for the win.
Meanwhile, the Penticton Vees maintained their grasp on first place in the BCHL with a 4-2 win over the Salmon Arm SilverBacks Friday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.
Joey Holka led the Vees (14-5-0-1) with 2+1, while Mark MacMillan supplied 1+2.
Morgan Zulinick and Devin Muller supplied singles for the 13-7 SilverBacks.