Vernon, BC: The Vernon Vipers rebounded nicely after getting shutout in Game 2, by scoring 7 goals from 7 different players to pace them to a 7-2 win over the Wenatchee Wild to take a 2-1 series lead.
The Vipers were out shot in the opening period, but had a lead less than 5 minutes in as Brendan Kim spotted Logan Cash at the back door to make it 1-0. There was a lot of free flowing play as both teams were making smart plays defensively and not really surrendering a lot of grade A scoring chances.
In the second, the Vipers were able to increase their lead off the rush as Ben Sanderson used his speed to burn down the right wing and lift a shot over the shoulder of Austin Park to make it 2-0. The Wild responded two minutes or so later as a blocked shot found Brian Adams loose in the slot and he spun and fired a shot past Aidan Porter. The Vipers were then forced to kill of a penalty and the PK was very stingy not allowing the Wild any setup time. After the powerplay expired, a mad scramble ensued in front of the Wenatchee goal and Landon Fuller would score his first goal of the season to make it 3-1. Just 20 seconds later, some great work from Tyler Ho resulted in a breakaway and he slipped a shot through Park to make it 4-1. That score held up after 2.
In the third, the Wild pressed early and peppered Porter early in the first two minutes of the period, but the Boston product made the necessary saves to keep the Wild behind by 3. The Vipers would win a faceoff to Michael Young who scored his third goal of the series to make it 5-1. Two minutes later while on a powerplay Teddy Wooding hit the back of the net making it 6-1. Josh Latta made it 7-1 off a neutral zone turnover. Blake Bargar would add a goal late in regulation time, but the buzzer sounded in a 7-2 Vipers win.
Game 4 is Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place at 7pm