Red Deer Vipers run win streak to 10 games

The Red Deer Vipers are unbeatable these days.

Red Deer (15-5-1) ran their win streak to 10 games Saturday, edging out the top team in the Heritage Junior B Hockey League in the process.

They knocked off the Airdrie Thunder 5-4 in a thriller at Servus Arena, who had previously lost just once in 23 contests.

Saturday, the Vipers jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the visitors woke up. Lane Sim opened the scoring in the first, before Elijah Johnson and Justin Paarup added power-play goals 2:24 apart in the second.

Airdrie stormed back in the frame, scoring three times to tie the contest.

In the third, Kennan Smith buried for the Vipers to regain the lead. Airdrie again battled back, with a goal at 12:28 of the third. Mack Differenz played hero for Red Deer with a goal 21 seconds later. His goal was the game winner.

Justin Anderson made 38 saves in the Red Deer net.

Red Deer also topped Stettler 4-3 in a shootout in Big Valley on Nov. 30.

The Vipers are in Stettler on Friday before playing at home Saturday against the Lomond Lakers.

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