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Vernon edges Powell River Kings in shootout

Visiting Vipers blow four leads at Hap Parker Arena but eventually win inter-conference BC Hockey League matchup
Powell River Kings’ forward Ryder Ringor celebrates his game-tying goal in the final minute of play versus Vernon Vipers in a BC Hockey League inter-conference matchup at Hap Parker Arena on February 17.

Powell River Kings fought back from deficits on four different occasions on Friday, February 17, including in the final minute of the game, but ultimately lost in a shootout to the visiting Vernon Vipers.

Karter McNarland, Anthony Yu, Jack Blanchett, Adam Mendelson and Ryder Ringor scored for the Kings, who trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes, 3-2 entering the third period and 5-4 in the final minute of regulation. Ringor’s seventh goal of the BC Hockey League (BCHL) season with 46 seconds remaining on the clock sent the game into overtime, where there was no scoring during the three-on-three period of play.

Connor Elliott sealed the win for Vernon with the only goal of six total attempts in the shootout.

Both teams sit in seventh place in their respective nine-team conferences, Vernon in the Interior Conference and Powell River in the Coastal Conference.

Attendance at Hap Parker Arena was 687.

Kings travel to Port Alberni for a game against the Bulldogs on Saturday, February 18, then face Cowichan Valley Capitals in Duncan the following afternoon.