March 20, 2014 - 10:10 AM
PENTICTON - Then there were three. It’s a best-of-three finish between the Penticton Vees and Vernon Vipers in the Interior Division Final, as they’re tied 2-2 with game five at the SOEC tonight. The two split the first two games at the SOEC and did the same in Vernon earlier this week.
Vernon evened the series on Tuesday night, coming back to score four unanswered goals in a 5-2 win at Kal-Tire Place. The Vees earned the split in Vernon with a 4-3 come from behind win one night earlier.
The Vees led game four 2-1 late into the second period, after an early go-ahead goal by Riley Alferd midway through the middle stanza. But the Vipers struck for two in under two minutes, to take a 3-2 lead into the dressing room. Colton Sparrow and Brendan Persley (empty-net) rounded out the scoring in the third for the Vipers.
Tuesday was the first time the team that scored first has won a game in this series; the two teams were a combined 0-3 before game four. Also of note, the team that has had the lead in the second period has lost the last three games of this series.
Brad McClure leads the BCHL in playoff scoring with nine goals and 16 points in seven games. He also leads the Vees in scoring in this series with three goals and seven points. Riley Alferd and Matt Serratore are tied for second in scoring against Vernon, as each have two goals and four points. Cody DePourcq still sits second in playoff scoring for the Vees with four goals and eight points.
The Vees were without Cam Amantea (upper-body), Ben Dalpe (lower-body) and Shane McColgan (undisclosed) for both games three and four. There might be some good news, as McColgan looks to be a game-time decision tonight.
Hunter Miska and Olivier Mantha split the two games in Vernon and both are 1-1 in this series. Both have also come on in relief for one another as well. Miska replaced Mantha in game one and vice versa in game three. Mantha’s numbers are slightly better than Miska’s but both are looking to recapture their regular season form, which earned them the BCHL award for the best goalie tandem.
Brendan Persley, after his three point game Tuesday, now leads the Vipers in playoff scoring with seven goals and 14 points. Michael McNicholas leads the Vipers in scoring against the Vees, with two goals and five points in four games. Persley and Colton Sparrow have the most goals in this series for Vernon, as each has scored three times.
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