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Snake Charmers: Vees roll over Vernon

November 21, 2013 - 4:45 PM

The Penticton Vees exploded for four goals in a five minute span in the second period, en route to a 5-2 win over the Vernon Vipers, in front of a capacity crowd at the SOEC on Wednesday. With the win, the Vees leap-frog Vernon and Merritt for first place in the Interior Division.

Over twenty-seven hundred fans packed the SOEC on Wednesday and saw their team storm out to a five-goal lead through forty minutes. The Vees scored four of their five goals in a five minute span midway through the middle stanza.

Leading 1-0 near the hallway mark of the second, Cody DePourcq kicked things off when he went airborne to score his ninth of the season. Off a face-off, Brendan Lamont had his shot stopped from the left-circle but DePourcq pounced on the rebound, and as he was diving forward, shoveled a shot past Austin Smith at 9:56.

Forty seconds later Captain Brad McClure whipped the crowd into a frenzy when he capitalized on a turnover at the blue-line. DePourcq intercepted the puck just inside the Vipers zone and dropped the puck for McClure, who wired a shot from the slot past the blocker of Smith to put the Vees up by three; Smith was replaced by Danny Todosychuk after the goal.

The change between the pipes did little to stem the tide, as the Vees added another fifty-five seconds later off the stick of Max Coatta. Anthony Conti sent Coatta in on the left-wing, who then powered his way to the Vernon net before stuffing the puck past Todosychuk at the near post; Coatta’s second in three games.

Travis Blanleil capped of the barrage four minutes later when he jammed in a rebound at the side of the net at 15:28 for his sixth. When the dust settled, the Vees scored four goals in five and a half minutes, taking a five goal lead in the intermission.

The Vipers showed some signs of life in the third period when they scored twice to cut into the sizable deficit. Ken Citron scored his first career BCHL goal at 6:05 on a nice setup by Ryan Renz and Chase McMurphy scored his third in two goals at 13:10. However, it was too little, too late for the Vipers, who dropped their second straight decision at the SOEC.

Anthony Conti continued to wield a hot stick, as the power-forward scored his seventh in the first period to open the scoring. Conti took a pass from Max Coatta from the goal-line and from the left-circle surprised Austin Smith with a quick shot along the ice at the fifteen minute mark. Conti now has three goals in as many games, going back to Friday in West Kelowna.

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