Viper captain David Robinson (front) battles the Millionaires’ Skyler Smutek in front of netminder Kirby Halcrow in B.C. Hockey League play Friday night at The Vault. The Vipers rallied to earn a 4-3 win.

Vipers rally at The Vault

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.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Sagmoen to stand trial

Curtis Wayne Sagmoen will appear on all three Vernon matters this week

Street lunch serves up fellowship

All Saints’ Anglican Church event Dec. 15 for all in need

Vernon Light A Bulb Campaign picks up momentum

They have raised $197,000 towards their $275,000 goal.

Vernon Tigers’ goalie grabs league MVP award

Kyle McIntosh also selected top goalie at Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League Awards

North Okanagan contractors excel

Armstrong’s JPW Road and Bridge, and Spallumcheen’s VSA Highway Maintenance earn B.C. honours

More snow to kick off the week

The Okanagan and Shuswap will see a light dusting of snow Monday night

Federal government plans examination of coerced sterilization

The Liberals have been pressed for a rapid response to recent reports on the sterilizations

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

Huitema was captain of Canada’s fourth-place team at this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

Canada not slowing emissions from oil and gas: environmental groups

New report released at the United Nations climate talks in Poland

Liberal Party moves Trudeau fundraiser from military base

The fundraiser is scheduled for Dec. 19, with tickets costing up to $400

Pipeline protesters arrested at B.C. university

Three protesters were arrested after TRU property allegedly vandalized with red paint

Goodale to ‘examine’ transfer of Rafferty to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Minister appoints former CIRB chair to resolve Canada Post labour dispute

Postal workers engaged in weeks of rotating walkouts

Most Read