Vipers set for second round playoff series

After a well-earned week off from Heritage Junior B Hockey League action, the Red Deer Vipers will resume play on Saturday.

Red Deer, who finished first in the North Division and number one overall in the HJHL regular season will host the Mountainview Colts in the best-of-five series.

The Vipers beat the Colts in all four meetings this year and outscored Mountainview 27-8 in those games.

The Colts escaped with a best-of-three first round victory over the Stettler Lightning.

Mack Differenz is one of the main offensive weapons for Red Deer, with 67 points in 35 games this year.

He isn’t the only dangerous forward for the Vipers, as four players notched at least 20 goals and 50 points.

Logan Linnell had 61, defenceman Dalton Angeltvedt had 52 points as the top defenceman in the HJHL and Aidan Wilson had 51.

Mountainview forward Colton Anderson during the regular season was top five in league scoring with 71 points and tied for the league lead with 48 assists. He also had four goals and six assists in the series win over Stettler.

The series dates are as follows:

Feb. 24, 8 p.m., Servus Arena

Game 2

Feb. 26, 8 p.m., Didsbury Recreation Complex

Game 3

Feb. 28, 8 p.m., Servus Arena

The Blackfalds Wranglers took down Ponoka in their first-round series and are up 1-0 in their best-of-five with the Airdrie Thunder.

In the opening contest Wednesday, Landon Siegle, Austin Wilson and Curtis Rangen scored. Lane Brann made 26 saves to pick up the win in net for the Wranglers.

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