It was the third consecutive game game finishing 2-1, but the first not to go to overtime.
At home, Salmon Arm had a late goal from Andy Stevens but it wasn’t enough to catch the Vernon Vipers who led 2-0 after two periods.
On the road, Vernon got off to a fast start just 1:25 into the first period. Monday night it was a rebound off a Matt Kowalski shot knocked in by Ben Sanderson, but Wednesday the two traded roles. Coming down the left wing, Sanderson sent a shot that bounced off Langenegger’s pad, and Kowalski was there to score his first of the playoffs. Eight minutes later Josh Latta passed to Connor Marritt on a two-on-one, but Langenegger came up with the big stop.
In the first three games, each teams had three power plays per game. On their fourth man advantage of Game Four, the Vipers were able to score to make it 2-0, their biggest lead of the series. From the point, Michael Young sent a slap pass to the top of the crease where Kowalski tipped in his second goal of the game. The Vipers leading scorer was held pointless on the team’s first six goal, but has now been involved in the last three. With under two minutes left in the second, Lane Zablocki drove left through the crease, but Langenegger was there to keep his team within two goals. Jesse Lansdell was setup alone in the slot for a late chance, but the Vernon forward couldn’t convert.
20 year old veteran Andy Stevens had two goals in the regular season, and scored his second of the playoffs in the third period. Skating up ice himself, from the top of the left circle his shot was able to beat Aidan Porter. Salmon Arm would pull their goalie late, but couldn’t beat Porter. Justin Wilson took a late penalty to bring the puck down to the Silverbacks zone icing the game.
Down 3-1 in the series, Salmon Arm will look to rekindle the offensive magic they had in Game 1 on Friday during Game 5. It’s do or die from here out for the Silverbacks and that in Kal Tire Place. The team will be sending down a fan bus. With tickets $30 each, they can be ordered from the Silverbacks box office before Friday at noon. Call 250-832-3856 or visit the box office.