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Vipers spoil Warriors home opener

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WEST KELOWNA - The Vernon Vipers scored twice in the opening five minutes then held on for a 4-1 win over the West Kelowna Warriors before more than 1,200 fans at the Royal LePage Place.

It was the home opener for the Warriors who opened the season with two straight wins last weekend at the Showcase in Chilliwack.

Mackenzie Bauer with his first of two on the night at 1:07 and Mitchell Oliver three-and-a-half minutes later gave the Vipers the quick 2-0 lead.

Both goals were scored from the slot high to netminder Andy Desautels' blocker side.

Desautels settled down after that making several spectacular pad saves and at least two sprawling grabs to keep the Warriors in it the rest of the way.

Liam Blackburn buried a rebound for his fifth of the season on a late first period power-play to cut the deficit but the Warriors were unable to beat Danny Todosychuk the rest of the way.

After a scoreless second period in which the Vipers outshot West Kelowna 20-5 the Vipers put the game out of reach in the third.

Ryley Booth with the Vipers first power-play goal of the season with just one second left in a Warriors penalty gave Vernon a 3-1 lead early in the period before Bauer salted it away with his second on the night into an empty net.

Friday's game also marked the first BCHL meeting between Warriors defenceman Mac Ferner and his dad Mark Ferner who took the job as head coach of the Vipers earlier in the week.

The same two teams meet Saturday night in Vernon for the Vipers home opener.

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