Vipers steal win from Lightning

The Red Deer Vipers got third-period goals from Kolton Gillett and Cole DeGraaf in a 2-1 Heritage Junior B Hockey League win over the host Stettler Lightning Tuesday.

The Red Deer Vipers got third-period goals from Kolton Gillett and Cole DeGraaf in a 2-1 Heritage Junior B Hockey League win over the host Stettler Lightning Tuesday.

Blake Frechette notched a first-period goal for Stettler. Brendan Mandrusiak stopped 34 shots for the visitors, while Lightning netminder Simon Thieleman made 26 saves.

Stettler was assessed seven of 12 minor penalties and the lone misconduct.

The Vipers return to action Saturday when they host the Strathmore Wheatland Kings at 8 p.m. at the Arena. The Lightning are home to the Three Hills Trashers Friday at 8 p.m.

In another game Tuesday, the host Blackfalds Wranglers erupted for four third-period goals and silenced the Airdrie Thunder 8-0.

Jason Bell and Jared Williams each tallied twice and added two assists. Single goals were scored by Taylor Mulder, Jared Kambeitz, Kristopher Dalton and Jared Guilbault, with Mulder and Kambeitz each adding two helpers.

Layne Swier made 31 saves for the Wranglers. Thunder netminders James Fisk and Brett Monkman combined to block 33 shots.

The Wranglers are in Cochrane Sunday to face the Generals.

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