Vernon, BC: The Vernon Vipers had 3 point performances from Jagger Williamson and Jesse Lansdell, but it wasn’t enough as the Salmon Arm Silverbacks took game 1 of the best of 7 series by a 5-3 score.
The Vipers had two good shifts to start the game, but it was an early lead for Salmon Arm as Jonathan Krahn snapped home his first of the playoffs. The Vipers would put together a handful of good opportunities but couldn’t convert. The Silverbacks ended up on a powerplay, but it was Josh Latta getting the best chance but he hit the crossbar on a breakaway. On the same powerplay, Andy Stevens scored to make it 2-0. Shots finished 12-12, but the Vipers were in a 2-0 deficit.
Early in the second period, Jack Sampson potted home his first of the playoffs to make it 3-0. On a Vipers powerplay, the Snakes would get on the board as Jagger Williamson set up Jesse Lansdell who tapped in the rebound to make it 3-1. On the next shift, Salmon Arm restored their 3 goal lead as a John Little shot made its way past Porter to make it 4-1. Bradley Cooper would replace Porter, but the Vipers couldn’t gain any traction as Trevor Adams struck on a powerplay to make it 5-1 early in the second. The Vipers hit another goal post and Logan Cash was robbed to keep the game at the 5-1 score. Jagger Williamson was set up by Jesse Lansdell late in the period to make it 5-2 after 2.
The Vipers dominated the third as they tried to cut the deficit. It wasn’t easy as the Silverbacks clogged up the neutral zone. The Snakes did generate some good chances but couldn’t find the back of the net. Jagger Williamson scored his second of the night to make things interesting finishing off a great passing sequence. The Vipers would get Cooper to the bench, but couldn’t get the game any closer as the final buzzer finished with a 5-3 Salmon Arm win.
Here’s the unofficial scoring summary:
SA – Jonathan Krahn (1) – Hudson Schandor (1) – 1:59
SA – Andy Stevens (1) – Jack Sampson (1) – 11:10 (PPG)
SA – Jack Sampson (1) – Trevor Adams (1) – 1:14
VER – Jesse Lansdell (1) – Lane Zablocki (1), Jagger Williamson (1) – 2:44 (PPG)
SA – John Little (1) – Darren Rizzolo (1), Akito Hirose (1) – 3:04
SA – Trevor Adams (1) – Akito Hirose (2), Justin Wilson (1) – 4:07 (PPG)
VER – Jagger Williamson (1) – Jesse Lansdell (1) – 16:43
VER – Jagger Williamson (2) – Carver Watson (1), Jesse Lansdell (2) – 13:57
Game 2 of the series goes Saturday night at Kal Tire Place kicking off at 6pm