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BITTEN BY THE VIPERS
Saturday, October 25, 2014 - Submitted by David Ashbaugh

The Cents were in action Friday night in Vernon taking on The Vipers for their second match-up of the season.

The Cents opened the scoring less than six minutes into the first frame after John Schiavo picked the pocket of Mitchell Oliver in front of the Vipers net, turned and let a quick shot go in close that beat an unsuspecting Jarrod Schamerhorn. James Neil would extend the lead on the power play with a couple of minutes remaining in the first after the initial shot from Schiavo was turned away, however Neil was right on the doorstep to bang home the juicy rebound and send The Cents to the locker room up by two.

The Vipers were able to get one back at the 4:33 mark of the second period after Thomas Aldworth poked the puck to the neutral ice and turned on the jets giving himself the partial break. He maid no mistake cutting to the front of the net, going fore hand back hand on Anthony Pupplo and sliding it home to cut the lead in half. It would take the rest of the period but Vernon would eventually find the back of the net once again with just 8 seconds remaining in the frame. Blaine Caton was able to jam home the rebound on the power play after Pupplo was able to turn aside the initial shot, however the puck fell right in the crease and Pupplo was unable to locate it. The game would go to the the second intermission all locked at 2.

The final frame was fast paced with each team exchanging opportunities. However Vernon would grab the go ahead goal shorthanded at the 7:22 mark of the third, as Trevor Fidler beat Pupplo in close giving The Vipers the lead and the eventual winning goal. Despite a solid push back effort that was shutdown mainly by the play of Jarrod Schamerhorn, The Cents were unable to find the tying goal and Thomas Aldworth was able to find the back of the empty net in the dying seconds of the game to lift Vernon to the 4-2 victory.

The Cents are back in action on Saturday night at home as they take on the Powell River Kings in the two teams first match-up of the season. Puck drop for that game is at 7:30.

 
(Regular Season) Game
October 25th, 2014 at 7:30 PM
 

 
Nicola Valley Arena
FULL SCHEDULE
 
(Regular Season) Game
October 24th, 2014 at 7:00 PM
 

 
2 - 4
BOX SCORE
 
TEAM GP W L T OL TP
Penticton 13 12 1 0 0 24
Merritt 13 8 5 0 0 16
Vernon 13 7 5 0 1 15
Trail 12 7 5 0 0 14
Salmon Arm 13 6 5 0 2 14
W.Kelowna 13 6 5 0 2 14