Vernon, BC: The Vipers had a pair of goals in the first and second periods including Trey Taylor’s first BCHL goal as the Vernon Vipers won their last home game of the regular season, 4-1 over the Coquitlam Express.
The Vipers were buzzing in the opening period taking advantage of a Coquitlam team that traveled all day. They jumped out to a 6-0 shot advantage. The first Express shot was a really good chance for Jared Power, but Aidan Porter stopped it with the left pad. The Vipers forecheck was tenacious causing plenty of turnovers. The effort was rewarded with a goal as Coleton Bilodeau walked to the front of the net and poked home his own rebound to make it 1-0. Less than 2 minutes later, Teddy Wooding jumped on a loose puck for a breakaway and deked out Clay Stevenson to make it 2-0 after 1 period.
Early in the second, the Vipers extended their lead as Logan Cash cut in from the left wing and found the five-hole on Stevenson to make it 3-0. The Vipers made it 4-0 after the Express couldn’t handle the puck behind their net and Trey Taylor scored his first BCHL from the left point. Kolby Matthews would replace Stevenson, but not for long as Pito Walton hit Ben Sanderson into Matthews resulting in an injury. Clay Stevenson went back in the net and really seemed to settle down. The Express had a couple of powerplays and were able to get some offensive momentum, but the bounces and the stellar play of Aidan Porter kept it 4-0 after 2.
In the third, the Vipers tightened up defensively, but didn’t sacrifice the offensive chances. The line of Ho, Bilodeau and Cash buzzed around for a few shifts and had a couple of good chances that were stopped by Stevenson. The Express got on the board or Alex DiPaolo set up Drew Cooper for his 5th of the year. Coquitlam pulled their goalie with 3 minutes left, but no more goals would go up on the board.
Here’s the unofficial scoring summary:
VER – Coleton Bilodeau (7) – Tyler Ho (8), Logan Cash (3) – 17:14
VER – Teddy Wooding (20) – unassisted
VER – Logan Cash (6) – Coleton Bilodeau (12), Tyler Ho (9) – 2:23
VER – Trey Taylor (1) – Matt Kowalski (28), Connor Marritt (27) – 8:43
COQ – Drew Cooper (5) – Alex DiPaolo (32) – 7:03
The Vipers will finish the regular season with a trip to Merritt Saturday night to face the Centennials.