Vipers merciless in beating Bears

Mitch Morrison, Dustin Spearing and Mathew Thiessen each scored a pair of goals as the Red Deer Vipers hammered the Banff Bears 9-2 in a Heritage Junior Hockey League game Sunday evening at the Arena.

Mitch Morrison, Dustin Spearing and Mathew Thiessen each scored a pair of goals as the Red Deer Vipers hammered the Banff Bears 9-2 in a Heritage Junior Hockey League game Sunday evening at the Arena.

Also scoring for the Vipers, who host the Mountainview Colts tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Arena, were Cole de Graaf, Brett Marsollier and Colton Weseen. Klay Munro turned aside 30 shots aside for the win, while Bears goalie Korbinian Lutz faced 40 shots.

In other Heritage League weekend games:

l The Northern Division front-running Blackfalds Wranglers got a two-goal performance from Robin Carlson Saturday in a 5-2 victory over the host Medicine Hats Cubs.

Trent Hermary, Cole Laing and Bryce Marshaall allied tallied for the Wranglers, who trailed 2-1 after one period and led 3-2 after 40 minutes and were two-for-five on the power play.

Winning netminder Kyle Baumgarder made 22 saves as the visitors held a 48-24 shots advantage over the Cubs, who were zero-for-five with a man advantage.

l The Three Hills Thrashers struck for three unanswered second-period goals en route to an 8-3 win over the host Banff Bears Saturday.

Spencer Fournier scored twice and added an assist for the Thrashers, while Connor Ablett, Tyler Newsham, Kelby Stevens, Patrick Fougere, Russell Olson and Cody Phillips each had a goal. In addition, Ablett, Newsham and Stevens each picked up a pair of helpers.

Brady Hoover turned aside 41 shots as the winning goaltender. Three Hills outshot Banff 47-44.

l The Stettler Lightning split a pair of contests, downing the visiting Thrashers 5-1 Friday and falling 6-2 at home Saturday to the Mountainview Colts.

Dylan Houston connected twice in Stettler’s victory, with Scott Ternes, Mark Dietz and Logan Davidson also scoring for the hosts. Fournier notched the lone Three Hills goal.

Simon Thieleman turned asie 27 shots in the Stettler net. Thrashers goalie Greg Pols made 33 saves.

Reese Anheliger sniped both Lightning goals in Saturday’s setback. Thieleman and Jordan McCallum combined to make 25 saves for Stettler, outhsot 31-27.

l Brendan Scott and Teagan Colonna scored third-period goals for the Ponoka Stampeders in a 9-2 Friday loss to the host Airdrie Thunder. Stamps goaltenders Zane Steeves and Eli Falls faced a total of 56 shots in the Ponoka net. The visitors, with only 11 skaters, managed 34 shots at Airdrie netminder James Fisk.