Vipers bite Stampeders

Cole deGraaf fired three goals and added two assists to lead the Red Deer Vipers to a 12-2 thumping of the host Ponoka Stampeders in Heritage Junior B Hockey League play Sunday.

Cole deGraaf fired three goals and added two assists to lead the Red Deer Vipers to a 12-2 thumping of the host Ponoka Stampeders in Heritage Junior B Hockey League play Sunday.

Kolton Gillett had two goals and two assists for the winners, who got single markers from Kyle Kapalka, Justin Corbett, Nick Glackin, Dustin Spearing, Colton Weseen, Chris Robertson, and Connor Einhorn. Robertson also collected four assists and Jon Finnigan contributed three helpers as the visitors were eight-for-10 on the power play.

Cole Pritchard and Teagan Colonna were the only Stampeders to beat Vipers netminder Klay Munro, who made 20 saves.

Brody Thomas and Nathaniel Nickle combined to stop 43 shots in the Ponoka net.

On Saturday, the visiting Vipers were 2-1 losers to the Coaldale Copperheads, their lone goal coming from Kale Lapointe. Anthony Hamill made 26 saves for Red Deer, which held a 42-28 advantage in shots.

The Vipers were assessed 11 of 21 minor penalties, the only major and two game misconducts.

In other Heritage League weekend action:

• The Blackfalds Wranglers, with Wally Samson scoring twice, doubled the visiting High River Flyers 4-2 Sunday.

Also scoring for the Wranglers were Chance Abbott and Tiaan Anderson. Thomas Isaman made 24 saves for Blackfalds, which outshot High River 36-26.

• Blake Bishop, Chris Williams and Cody Philips scored in a losing cause as the Three Hills Thrashers dropped a 2-1 decision to the host Okotoks Bisons Sunday. Brady Hoover made 35 saves for the Thrashers, who were outshot 39-32.

On Friday, the Thrashers travelled to Medicine Hat and slipped past the Cubs 7-6 as Lucas Deibert potted two goals.

Also connecting for the winners were Connor Ablett, Michael Stoetzel, Russell Olsen Tom Vanderlinde and Tyrel Severtson. Winning goalie Brody Dirk made 39 saves as the visitors were outshot 45-34.

• The Stettler Lightning won a pair of road games, downing the Airdrie Thunder 3-1 Sunday after edging the Cochrane Generals 2-1 Saturday.

Adam Ternes, Ryan Graff and Landon Potter notched the Lightning goals in the win over Airdrie. Simon Thielman made 24 saves for the Lightning, who outshot their guests 37-25.

Potter and Scott Ternes connected against Cochrane, while Thielman made 26 saves. Stettler outshot the Generals 38-27.

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