The Vernon Vipers were expecting to key on defenceman Adam Plant of the West Kelowna Warriors Tuesday night at Royal LePage Place.
The Warriors’ co-MVP and top defenceman broke free for two goals and three helpers as the Warriors grounded the Vipers 5-1 in Game 1 of the best-of-seven B.C. Hockey League first-round playoff series. Game 2 goes tonight in West Kelowna. All the Warriors’ goals came on the powerplay.
The third and fourth games go Friday and Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.
Seb Lloyd (2) and Carl Hesler also scored for the second-place Warriors, while TJ Dumonceaux replied for the Vipers. West Kelowna held period leads off 1-0 and 3-0.
West Kelowna outshot Vernon 44-28 before 725 fans. Andy Desautels, co-MVP with Plant, took the win, Austin Smith the loss.
In other action, the Penticton Vees ambushed the Merritt Centennials 8-0, the Prince George Spruce Kings edged the Coquitlam Express 3-2, the Langley Rivermen doubled the Surrey Eagles 4-2, the Powell River Kings shaded the Nanaimo Clippers 3-2 and the Victoria Grizzlies shut down the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 3-0.
Please see Friday’s Morning Star for further Viper coverage.