Vipers mauled by bears

Cole deGraaf and Kale Lapointe each scored twice in a losing cause Sunday as the Red Deer Vipers dropped a 9-5 Heritage Junior Hockey League decision to the host Banff Bears.

Cole deGraaf and Kale Lapointe each scored twice in a losing cause Sunday as the Red Deer Vipers dropped a 9-5 Heritage Junior Hockey League decision to the host Banff Bears.

Nick Glackin accounted for the other Vipers goal and also added three assists, while Red Deer netminders Lane Congdon, who started, and Klay Munro combined to stop 35 shots. DeGraaf had two helpers for a four-point game.

Red Deer was outshot 44-34.

On Saturday, the Vipers got the winning goal from Kelsey Katchuik at 13:38 of the third period in a 5-3 conquest of the visiting Three Hills Thrashers.

Avery Weenink pulled the hosts even at 3-3 just two minutes before Katchuik potted the eventual winner and Lapointe added an empty-net, insurance marker with 16 seconds remaining.

Justin Moltzahn and deGraaf, who was named the Heritage League player of the month for December, scored first-period goals for the Vipers. Replying for the Thrashers were Connor Ablett, Michael Lougheed and Tom Vanderlinde.

Munro turned aside 32 shots for Red Deer, while Three Hills netminder Brady Hoover also made 32 saves. Both clubs were three-for-three on the power play.

In other Heritage League Saturday action:

• The Blackfalds Wranglers traveled to Strathmore and laid a 5-0 beating on the Wheatland Kings as Bryce Boguski tallied twice and Chase Bennett, Cole Laing and Robin Carlson each added a single goal.

Kyle Baumgardner made 20 saves for the shutout. Strathmore goalie Bryce Halverson faced 39 shots.

• The visiting Mountainview Colts jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead and cruised to an 8-3 win over the Ponoka Stampeders.

Thomas Barrett, Tyson Crampain and Tye Munro scored for the Stamps, who got a 22-save outing from losing netminder Eli Falls and six stops from back-up Joe Gable. Ponoka was outshot 36-26.