Vipers’ balance leads to win

The Red Deer Vipers used a balanced attack to down the host Medicine Hat Cubs 5-2 in Heritage Junior B Hockey League play Sunday.

The Red Deer Vipers used a balanced attack to down the host Medicine Hat Cubs 5-2 in Heritage Junior B Hockey League play Sunday.

Braden Corbett, Jordan Koopmans, Jeff Kohut, Ryan Thomson and Tanner Howe rallied for the Vipers, while Brenden Mandrusiak stopped 22 shots. Red Deer was assesed six of 16 minor penalties.

The Vipers enjoyed a three-point weekend after battling the visiting Blackfalds Wranglers to a 7-7 draw Friday.

Corbett potted a pair of goals for Red Deer, with singles added by Kolton Gillett, Dustin Spearing, Jonathan Finnigan, Koopmans and Troy Klaus. Replying for Blackfalds were Kristopher Dalton with two goals, Taylor Mulder, Chance Abbott, Jason Bell, Lucas Deibert and Bryce Boguski.

Mandrusiak blocked 46 shots for the Vipers. Wranglers netminder Layne Swier made 32 saves.

In other Heritage League weekend action:

l Kyler O’Connor’s early third-period goal stood up as the winner as the Stettler Lightning edged the host Cochrane Generals 4-3 Saturday.

Tyler Bissett scored twice for the winners, who got an additional marker from Scott Ternes. The clubs split 12 minor penalties.

Simon Thieleman made 38 saves for the Lightning, who were outshot 41-40.

• The Three Hills Thrashers, with Luke Scheunert recording a hat trick and Connor Ablett and Michael Stoetzel each scoring twice, buried the visiting Ponoka Stampeders 10-2 Saturday.

Also scoring for the winners were Jesse Scheunert, Dylan Houston and Reese deBeaudrap. Brad Zimmerman and Kyle Colonna replied for Ponoka.

Thrashers netminders Devon Dell and Dylan Kolner combined to stop 28 shots. Eli Falls made 48 saves for the visitors.