The Viper powerplay scored three times in the second period and Anthony Yamnitsky stopped 28 of 29 shots to propel the Vipers to a 4-1 win over the RBC Cup host Chilliwack Chiefs.
Lots of pace in the first period. There were just a handful of stoppages in the opening half of the period as both teams skated hard and battled for every inch. The Chiefs put pucks at the goal from all angles forcing Anthony Yamnitsky to be sharp. The Vipers opened the scoring as Jimmy Lambert found Michael Young at the right point and his shot found its way through a maze of bodies to give the Vipers a 1-0 lead. The Chiefs continued to get shots at the goal but couldn’t find the back of the net. After 1 period the Young goal was the only one on the board.
Special teams were front and center in the 2nd period as the Vipers went to the man advantage 4 times. Before that could occur though, Tommy Lee tied the game up with a hard wrist shot from the right circle just 91 seconds into the period. Adam Berg would be assessed with a 5 minute major for kneeing and the Viper powerplay was thrust into action. The Vipers ended up on a 5 on 3 a minute into that powerplay and Cameron Trott showcased his power with a rocket from the left circle to make it 2-1. The Chiefs nearly tied it as Will Calverley was awarded a penalty shot, but Anthony Yamnitsky thwarted the chance to keep it 2-1. Still on the 5 minute major, the Vipers would find themselves on another 5 on 3 and again it was Trott, but this time setting up Brett Stapley at the side of the net for his 21st of the year to make it 3-1 Vernon. The Chiefs pushed back, but a later Viper powerplay saw Brett Stapley tap in his second of the night to give the Vipers a 4-1 lead through 40 minutes.
The Vipers took advantage of an early powerplay to generate some momentum. The Vipers had seven shots in the first three minutes, but Daniel Chenard was there to stop it. Time of possession was heavily in favour of the Snakes. When the Chiefs did have some chances, Anthony Yamnitsky was stellar. The final horn sounded and the Vipers would skate off with a solid 4-1 win.
The Vipers will finish their three game homestand on Friday night when Langley comes to town.