Warriors slip by Snakes

The West Kelowna Warriors grounded the Vernon Vipers 5-3 in B.C. Hockey League play Tuesday night.

The West Kelowna Warriors grounded the Vernon Vipers 5-3 in B.C. Hockey League play Tuesday night.

Seb Lloyd, Jordan Masters Brett Mennear (shorthanded) Ambrose Firkus and Detroit Red Wings’ draft David Pope scored for the Warriors before 900 fans at Royal LePage Place.

Mason Blacklock pulled the hat trick for the 1-2-1-1 Vipers, who trailed 2-0 after the first period before levelling the score after 40 minutes. Blacklock bagged two powerplay snipes.

The Warriors (3-2) outshot Vernon 33-18 with Andy Desautels earning the win. Danny Todoyschuk took the loss.

In other action, veteran Scott Patterson scored three times and Michigan rookie Devin Kero stopped 28 shots as the Merritt Centennials ambushed the Trail Smoke Eaters 5-0. Patterson, who had 11 goals last year, has four in five games for the 2-3 Cents.

The Vipers entertain the Cents Saturday night at Kal Tire Place. Please see Friday’s Morning Star for further Viper coverage.