Vernon Vipers repeat RBC Cup championship

The Vernon Vipers won their second consecutive RBC Cup in style.

Vipers 8 Kings 1

DAUPHIN, Man. — The Vernon Vipers won their second consecutive RBC Cup in style.

Dylan Walchuk, Kellen Jones and Cole Ikkala scored goals in a 48-second span early in the second period as the Vipers hammered the host Dauphin Kings 8-1 in Sunday’s RBC Cup final.

It’s the second time Vernon has won back-to-back Canadian junior A hockey championships. The Vernon Lakers won in 1990 and 1991. No other team has performed the feat.

Vernon peppered Kings netminder Joe Caligiuri with 16 shots in the opening 20 minutes. Cory Kane was the only one to score, with a snap shot past the glove of Caligiuri at 14:28.

Vernon then blew the game open with three quick goals — Walchuck, Jones and Ikkala — in the second period.

Patrick McGillis, Sahir Gill and Garrett Noonan also scored for Vernon while Jones added a second

Bryce Lamb score Dauphin’s lone goal.