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Vipers take 3-1 series lead over Wild – Spruce Kings await the winner

The Vernon Vipers are one win away from meeting the Prince George Spruce Kings in the BCHL league championships series.

A goal each period and 16 saves by Aidan Porter was the winning formula for the Vernon Vipers in a 3-0 home victory over the Wenatchee Wild Wednesday that gives Vernon a 3-1 series lead.

Matt Kowalski’s goal at 8:10 of the first period proved to be all the offensive support Porter would need on the night and Connor Marritt added insurance on the power play in the second.

Rounding out the scoring in the third period was Josh Latta whose unassisted tally was the final mark on the scoresheet.

Porter’s 16 saves earned him his first shutout of the playoffs after posting four in the regular season.

Game 5 of the series is set for Friday at 7:05 p.m. in Wenatchee.

The winner of the series will meet the Spruce Kings in the finals. The Spruce Kings will have home-ice advantage in the series as the team’s 84 points in the regular season is better than both the Wild (70 points) and the Vipers (63 points).