VERNON B.C. OCTOBER 7th, 2017
The Vees got out to a 4-0 shot advantage early, thanks to an early powerplay. The Vipers killed it off thanks to some big saves from Ty Taylor. The Vipers had an abbreviated powerplay of their own and couldn’t get one. Two consecutive penalty kills helped balance the game as the Vipers thwarted a lot of the Vee advances, preventing them from getting set up. The Vipers had a late powerplay, but couldn’t convert on it and the period would end scoreless.
The Vees powerplay capitalized early in the second period as Nicky Leivermann took care of his own rebound for his 2nd of the season to make it 1-0. The next Vees powerplay also connected as Owen Sillinger set up Grant Cruikshank who one timed home his second to make it 2-0 Penticton. The Viper powerplay had some chances, but any loose pucks were swept away before friendly sticks could make contact. The building was given some life late in the period as Niko Karamanis scored his 4th of the season in the final 2 minutes of the period to cut the deficit to 2-1 after 2 periods. The Vipers outshot the Vees 15-7 in that middle stanza.
As is always the case when these two teams go at it, the fans were in for a wild finish. The Vipers had a few chances to tie the game on their powerplay, but as the saying goes “close, but no cigar”. Right after a powerplay chance expired, Massimo Rizzo was sent in on a partial break, but after being hauled down was awarded a penalty shot. Rizzos deke was stopped by the right toe of Ty Taylor, who was outstanding, to keep it a one goal game. That proved paramount, as Keyvan Mokhtari wheeled in a few minutes later and ripped home his third of the season to tie the game. Nothing would be solved the rest of the way as the game needed overtime.
In the extra period, not much of note occured, as both teams tried to possess the puck. The second overtime however saw another Viper powerplay, but again couldn’t convert 4 on 3 and there wouldn’t be a winner through 70 minutes.
The Vipers will now hit the road Wednesday as they head to Wenatchee for a date with the Wild.