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Vipers Finish Week with OT Loss in Salmon Arm

Salmon Arm, BC:  The Vipers continue to get scoring from different sources, as three different Vipers had goals in a 4-3 Overtime Loss in Salmon Arm on Sunday afternoon.

The Vipers scored first as Alex Swetlikoff tipped in a slap pass from Ben Helgeson, who started the rush from the left wing before finishing the play in the right wing corner.  Swetlikoffs 5th of the season and 2nd in as many games gave the visitors a 1-0 lead.  They increased their lead on a powerplay as Connor Marritt finshed off a spin move at the side of the night to convert on his 4th of the season to make it 2-0.  The Silverbacks chipped away at the deficit as an end wall bounce skipped to the front of the net where Trevor Adams put home his 7th to make it 2-1 Vipers after 1 period.

The Vipers restored their 2 goal lead as Coleton Bilodeau set up Ben Helgeson in the high slot for his 2nd of the season to make it 3-1.  The Vipers got themselves in some penalty trouble late in the period and Nick Unruh scored on a 5 on 3 to again get the Backs within 1 after 2 periods.

The Vipers had a solid third period and had plenty of chances to distance themselves but Ethan Langenegger kept his team in it.  Aidan Porter did a great job as well to withstand the push back that Salmon Arm pushed his way.  The Silverbacks found themselves on a powerplay in the last 5 minutes and Nick Unruh tied the game up with his 2nd of the game and 6th of the season to force overtime.

In the extra period, the Vipers had a glorious chances to end it, but Langenegger stopped Swetlikoff on a breakaway.  The Backs turned it up the ice and Hudson Schandor finished off a 2 on 1 to give Salmon Arm the 4-3 win.

The Vipers finished the week with 5 of 6 points and will continue their road trip on Friday night in Powell River.