Vipers move to 4-0 in HJHL

The Red Deer Vipers increased their undefeated record in Heritage Junior B Hockey League on the weekend.

They added a pair of wins, including a 3-2 win Saturday at home over the Stettler Lightning.

Brenden Tucker opened the scoring for Stettler in the first but the Vipers responded with a trio of tallies in the second.

Cole Hardman notched a power play marker, while Keaton Sawicki and Jarvis Gaume each added a goal of their own.

Gaume’s goal at 16:12 of the third broke a 2-2 and was the game winner.

Red Deer goalie Canon Whitbread shut the door in the third making 12 stops and finished the night with 32 for the victory.

Connor Sullivan added two assists in the win for the Vipers.

Friday in Cochrane, Red Deer edged the Cochrane Generals 2-1 on the road. Hardman had the winner and Tristyn Zarubiak also added a goal. Dawson Weatherill had the win with 42 saves.

In the home opener of their inaugural season, the Rocky Rams dropped a 7-2 game to the Ponoka Stampeders. Devin Anderson had a hat trick for Ponoka, while Kieran Bulloch added four assists and Jon Griffiths chipped in three. Ryan Gettis and Rylie McKain scored for Rocky. Geoffrey Drought stopped 32 of 34 shots for the Stampeders.

The two teams combined for 31 minor penalties in the contest.

Sunday, the Sylvan Lake Wranglers dropped an 8-4 decision to the Okotoks Bisons.

Okotoks jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first period and didn’t look back.

Jackson Rider got the Wranglers on the board early in the second on the power play.

In the third, Taite Opdendries, Zane Bennett and Austin Lawson added tallies for the Wranglers.

Wranglers goalie Steven Arthur stopped 31 of 34 shots in relief of Cameron Loomis-Labrosse.

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