SALMON ARM, B.C. DECEMBER 29th, 2017
It took just over 41 minutes for the Vipers to score their first goal, but once they did, the goals came in bunches as Jesse Lansdell would score the game winner and Ty Taylor stopped 24 shots for his 4th shutout of the season as the Vipers shut down the Silverbacks 4-0 at the Shaw Centre.
The Vipers had a great scoring chance on the first shift of the game as returning Cameron Trott hit the crossbar from the point. The Silverbacks responded with a great chance of their own, but Ty Taylor was up to the challenge with a big right pad save. The Vipers were able to kill off a penalty and that seemed to spark the team was they drew consecutive powerplays shortly after. They weren’t able to convert on any of those, but they did generate some really good scoring chances that were thwarted by Kyle Dumba. Brett Stapley nearly found the back of the net in the final minute, but again it was Dumba pushing the game into the first intermission without a goal.
The second period was back and forth, but much like the first period nobody could find the back of the net. The Silverbacks had the edge in shots thanks to three powerplays. The Viper penalty kill was very solid and that started from the goal crease out, as Ty Taylor stopped 11 shots in the middle stanza.
The Vipers were finally able to break through early on in the third period as Jesse Lansdell stopped up in the right circle and ripped his 10th of the year over the glove hand of Dumba to make it 1-0. Ty Taylor made a big save shortly after and that proved crucial as Karamanis set up Jordan Sandhu for his 10th of the year just over a minute later to give the Vipers a 2-0 lead. Jesse Lansdell would continue his hot play as he set up Josh Prokop for his 19th of the year on a 2 on 1 to make it 3-0, before Cameron Trott would tack on a goal late to make the final 4-0.
The Vipers will head to home to face the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday night to wrap up 2017.