Vipers slip past Capitals
Morning Star Staff
November 23 2016
Two first-period goals were enough as the Vernon Vipers beat the Cowichan Valley Capitals 2-1 in B.C. Hockey League action Sunday afternoon before 1,576 fans at Kal Tire Place.
All of the scoring took place in a 6:14 span in the opening period.
Goals from Steven Jandric (team-leading 11th) and Brett Stapley (third) for the Vipers were sandwiched around a wraparound effort from Rhett Kingston (ninth) for the Capitals.
"It was a huge win" said Jandric. "We played hard throughout the whole game. Mark's (head coach Ferner) motto is 'win the game 1-0' and we got two. It was a good effort all around."
Vernon goalie Ty Taylor made back-to-back saves on Kingston and Max Newton with four minutes remaining, then stopped Kingston in the dying seconds off a face-off in Vernon territory, to preserve the two points.
Vernon hits the road for three games in three days this weekend, starting Friday in Wenatchee against the Wild. The Vipers take on Coquitlam Saturday and visit Langley Sunday.
SNAKE BITES: Former Vipers goalie Andrew Hammond was waived by the NHL's Ottawa Senators. Hammond won the RBC Cup with Vernon in 2009.