Forward Jojo Tanaka-Campbell (right) congratulates defenceman Griffen Barr on his first B.C. Hockey League goal which came at 3:40 of overtimes as the Vernon Vipers edged the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 6-5 in pod action Wednesday afternoon, April 7, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)

Forward Jojo Tanaka-Campbell (right) congratulates defenceman Griffen Barr on his first B.C. Hockey League goal which came at 3:40 of overtimes as the Vernon Vipers edged the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 6-5 in pod action Wednesday afternoon, April 7, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)

Barr lifts Vernon Vipers to perfect start

D-man Griffen Barr scores in OT as Snakes edge Salmon Arm 6-5 in wild BCHL afternoon game at Kal Tire Place

Defenceman Griffen Barr picked a great time to score his first B.C. Hockey League goal.

The Nanaimo native scored unassisted at 3:40 of overtime to give the Vernon Vipers a 6-5 win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in B.C. Hockey League pod action Wednesday afternoon, April 7, at Kal Tire Place.

Barr drove the net and put his own rebound past Salmon Arm goalie Liam Vanderkooi for the game-winner.

The victory came after Vernon squandered a 5-1, third-period lead with 15 minutes to go.

The Vipers are 3-0 in the pod season, the Silverbacks drop to 0-2-1-0.

Salmon Arm opened the scoring with Daniel Panetta scoring his first of three goals on the afternoon at 14:18 of the opening period. Panetta took over the team goal-scoring lead with his trifecta.

Vernon scored the next five goals, including four in a 5:23 stretch midway through the second period, courtesy of Nicholas Remissong (1st), Cameron MacDonald (3rd), Kjell Kjemhus (1st) and Reagan Milburn (1st).

Ryan Shostak (2nd) made it 5-1 Snakes 4:07 into the third frame.

Cue the Salmon Arm comeback.

Noah Serdachny and Panetta scored powerplay goals less than three minutes apart to cut the lead to 5-3. Panetta got his hat trick goal at 11:37, and Serdachny forced overtime with a goal past Vernon netminder James Porter Jr. at 19:05.

Porter Jr. made 24 saves as he improved to 3-0. Vanderkooi made 30 stops in his 2021 debut for Salmon Arm.

The two teams will meet again Saturday, April 10, at 6 p.m.

No fans are allowed in the pod.

READ MORE: Vernon Vipers slither past West Kelowna

READ MORE: WATCH: Salmon Arm Silverbacks drop POD Season opener to Vernon

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Want to support local journalism? Make a donation here.

@Vernon VipersBCHL

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C. wineries are open for indoor tasting despite new provincial health regulations. Photo- 
50th Parallel Winery, Instagram.
Indoor wine tastings still allowed in B.C., not considered a ‘social gathering’

“Tasting is really just part of the retail experience. The analogy I use is you wouldn’t buy a pair of pants without trying them on.”

Mainly clear and sunny skies are expected for the Okanagan-Shuswap region this week. (Maxpixels photo)
Warm, sunny week ahead in Okanagan-Shuswap

Daytime highs will reach the low 20s with mainly clear skies this week

File photo
Trip for cigarettes costs Princeton man $500 and a lecture

You’ve got to start obeying the rules of the road, says judge

The health authority will occupy the building until October 31, 2021. File Photo
Health authority pays town $7.4K monthly to lease Riverside Centre

Facility is being rented for COVID vaccinations

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C.’s mass vaccination program will be delivered to Princeton residents from a clinic set up at the Riverside Community Centre. (Darryl Dyck/CP photo)
COVID vaccinations bookings began for local residents last week

Riverside serves as Princeton’s appointment centre

Burnaby MLA Raj Chouhan presides as Speaker of the B.C. legislature, which opened it spring session April 12 with a speech from the throne. THE CANADIAN PRESS
B.C. NDP promises more health care spending, business support in 2021 budget

John Horgan government to ‘carefully return to balanced budgets’

The Red Pill Rapper performs to the crowd gathered for the Rally For Food Security at Blackburn Park on Saturday, April 10, 2021. (Kristal Burgess Photography)
The Red Pill Rapper performs to the crowd gathered for the Rally For Food Security at Blackburn Park on Saturday, April 10, 2021. (Kristal Burgess Photography)
Suspicion of ‘fake news media’ makes rally uncomfortable for Salmon Arm event photographer

More than 300 people counted at city park for ‘Rally For Food Security’

A lady wears a sticker given out after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count slows after last week’s peak

3,219 new cases since Friday, 18 additional deaths

North Cowichan councillor Tek Manhas did not violate the municipality’s code of conduct by posting a sexist meme on Facebook, council concludes. (File photo)
B.C. municipality to take no action against councillor who posted sexist meme

Tek Manhas’s meme doesn’t violate North Cowichan council’s code of conduct, municipality concludes

The former Summerland Asset Development Initiative building on Prairie Valley Road in Summerland was suggested as the site for a temporary transitional housing facility for the community. However, Summerland council has rejected this proposal. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Summerland council rejects transitional housing facility

Concerns raised about short timeline and condition of municipally-owned building

Shayla, an 8-pound black and grey Havanese, was stolen from outside a store on Banks Road on Saturday. (Contributed)
Stolen pup located, Kelowna RCMP confirms

Mounties said on April 12 that Shayla, the 8-pound, black and grey Havanese dog, has been located safe and sound

Penticton Vees continue their winning streak carrying a 5-0 win title as of Sunday night's hockey action. (Cherie Morgan/Cherie Morgan Photography)
Penticton Vees continue winning streak

Sunday night’s 6-1 win has them with five in a row since the start of the season

A sign on a shop window indicates the store is closed in Ottawa, Monday March 23, 2020. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is raising its estimate for the number of businesses that are considering the possibility of closing permanently. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Small business struggling amid COVID-19 pandemic looks for aid in Liberals’ budget

President Dan Kelly said it is crucial to maintain programs to help businesses to the other side of the pandemic

The National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians says that includes attempts to steal Canadian research on COVID-19 and vaccines, and sow misinformation. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
Intelligence committee warns China, Russia targeting Canadian COVID-19 research

Committee also found that the terrorist threat to Canada has shifted since its last such assessment

Most Read