Red Deer Vipers win streak up to 12 games

The Red Deer Vipers are red hot.

They won consecutive games on the weekend, running their win streak to 12 games on the Heritage Junior B Hockey League season.

Saturday, they knocked off the Lomond Lakers 3-1 at home.

Mack Differenz scored the opening goal of the game on the power play in the second but the Lakers tied the game midway through the frame.

Just 50 seconds after that tally, Keaton Sawicki scored for Red Deer and gave them a 2-1 advantage.

Tristyn Zarubiak added an empty-net goal late in the third and Justin Travis made 27 saves for the win in net.

It took a shootout but the Vipers notched another win Friday.

They earned the win 4-3 in a shootout over the Stettler Lighting.

Red Deer got into a 2-0 hole after the Lightning scored twice in the opening 10 minutes of the third period.

Sawicki finally solved Stettler goalie Davin Nattestad on the power play at 13:25.

Stettler restored the two-goal advantage just 1:20 later on a goal from Ethan Rost. Khale Skinner pulled Red Deer back within a goal and on the power play with 49 seconds left in regulation, Sawicki scored again to tie the game.

In the shootout, Skinner and Justin Paarup scored for the Vipers Justin Anderson turned aside all three Lightning shooters. Anderson stopped 25 of 28 shots to earn the victory.

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