The Red Deer Vipers picked up a pair of HJHL victories on the weekend and extended their lengthy win streak to 10 games.
It is the second such run this year for Red Deer after winning 10 straight between November 12 and December 22. Their current run began back on January 5th.
The Vipers’ weekend kicked off in East Central Alberta against the Stettler Lightning on Friday. The Vipers were locked in a back and forth affair with the Bolts, who led 2-0 after the opening 20 getting goals from Bryce Cornelissen and Stettler native Erik Rost.
The Vipers tied the game on a pair of power play goals from 20-year-old Logan Linnell but the Bolts got the 2 goal lead back with Tye Mulgrove and Ethan Rost putting the hosts up 4-2 after 40.
The Snakes exploded for 6 goals in the final frame. While the starting the 3rd on a shortened man advantage, Viper defencemen Brody Kalinowski ripped on by goaltender Brett Roper just 39 seconds into the last stanza. Fellow d-man Keagan Kingwell followed suit scoring at 3:47 to tie the game 4-4. Aidan Wilson gave the Vipers their first lead of the night at 5:20, but Stettler forward Quade Cassidy got it back at 9:09 to tie it again. Declan Johnston and Lane Sim paced the Vipers out to a 7-5 lead - the Bolts would come within a goal again though at 14:56, 22 seconds after Sim’s marker to make it 7-6. Aidan Wilson picked up the empty netter with 15 ticks left as Red Deer won a wild one 8-6.
Cole Sears was the winner in goal for Red Deer. The Viper power play continued to be as lethal as ever, going 4-for-7.
Red Deer outshot the Lightning 52-32.
The Vipers returned home to play the Ponoka Stampeders on Saturday night. It was certainly a much tighter and defensive affair then the game 24 hours prior. The teams traded first period makers. Red Deer got a goal from Aidan Wilson while the Stamps got a power play tally from Dakota Sullivan.
The 2nd period saw Red Deer go in front with a 3-1 lead off the strength of a Mack Differenz power play goal at 2:48, Logan Linnell added the insurance marker at 5:22.
Walker Guthrie scored the lone goal of the 3rd period for Ponoka, as neither club could find twine with the Ponoka goal empty in the dying seconds. The final ended up 3-2 en route to Red Deer’s 10th straight victory.
Branden Bilodeau picked up the win in net for the Vipers. The shots favoured the hosts 38-32.
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