Vipers win pair of thrillers in Heritage Junior B play

The Red Deer Vipers won twice as the season winds down in Heritage Junior B Hockey League play.

With three games left in the year, the Vipers knocked off the Ponoka Stampeders Friday and then edged the High River Flyers 6-5 in overtime Saturday.

Red Deer now sits second in the HJHL Northern Division with a 23-11-1 record and 47 points. The Sylvan Lake Wranglers, we did not play on the weekend, have a 21-13-2 record and 44 points, just three back for the Vipers in second. They had two games left on the year.

In Saturday’s win, Tanner Scott notched the overtime winner at 4:15 of overtime. Jace Paarup deked past a Flyers defender and after he was stopped on his initial shot, Scott cashed in the rebound to close out the victory. Paarup had three assists in the win.

Justin Paarup also picked up a trio of assist for the Vipers.

Elijah Johanson had a pair of goals, Austin Gallant, Rylan Burns and Jarvis Gaume all also scored.

Dawson Weatherill had 36 saves in the win.

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