The Cents once again trailed by one late into the third period, except this time they were held off the score sheet, and the Vipers added an empty netter.
This one chalked up to a goaltender battle between Jacob Berger and Ty Taylor. Berger stopped 27/28 but Taylor stopped all 22.
The first period passed without much of note until the final 5 minutes. Tyrell Buckley went to the box, to start the eventual parade to the sin bin. The Vipers took a late penalty that carried over to the second.
The Cents couldn’t muster anything on that powerplay to start the second, but they skated with the Vipers through 2 periods of scoreless hockey. Lots of neutral zone play, lots of quick entrances, and faster exits, in a game that struggled to find its flow.
In the third, the Cents couldn’t convert on two 2-man advantages, albeit short ones, and ended up surrendering a goal on the powerplay. A Jimmy Lambert snipe to the blocker side of Berger, after a drop pass from Jesse Landsdell.
The Cents had opportunities on breakaways from Brendan Schneider and Zach Zorn to try and tie, and some saves from Taylor kept Merritt off the board.
The Cents went 0/6 on the powerplay, now 0-4 against Vernon this season, have yet to get a win since the Christmas break, and will look to break that, and their three game losing skid Saturday night at home against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.
Head Coach Joe Martin says he liked his teams effort in this one.
“It was a definite improvement from our last two games, we didn’t hang our heads like I felt we did at times against Coquitlam. We had a great effort, just needed more shots in the third and to convert on our chances.”
The Cents look ahead to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday night at home.