The Trail Smoke Eaters' Riley Corbin stops this attempt by Vernon Vipers sniper Mike McNicholas Friday at the Cominco Arena

The Trail Smoke Eaters' Riley Corbin stops this attempt by Vernon Vipers sniper Mike McNicholas Friday at the Cominco Arena

Vernon Vipers take bite out of Trail Smoke Eaters

The Vernon Vipers stopped the Trail Smoke Eaters modest two-game winning streak dead in its tracks with a 4-1 victory Friday.

Colton Sparrow scored what proved to be the winning goal at 7:16 of the second period to lead the Vernon Vipers to a 4-1 victory over the Trail Smoke Eaters Friday at the Cominco Arena.

The Vipers rebounded from a 5-2 loss to Penticton Vees Wednesday, moving into a tie with the Merritt Centennials for top spot in the BCHL’s Interior division.

Tyler Povelofskie wired a shot over the glove of Smokie netminder Riley Corbin at 7:49 of the first to open the scoring as the Vipers outshot the Smokies 23 to 17 through two periods. Dexter Dancs would make it 3-0 at 4:18 of the third, and less than a minute later Sparrow would notch his second of the night to make it 4-0.

Trail captain Adam Wheeldon would put one by Austin Smith with just 31 seconds to play to spoil Austin Smith’s shut out bid.

The Vees outshot the Smokies 34-28.

See Tuesday’s Trail Times for more on the Trail Smoke Eaters.