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Vernon beats Kingston in semifinal to advance at RBC Cup

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VICTORIA, B.C. - Cameron Brodie and Bryce Kakoske each scored twice as the Vernon Vipers defeated the Kingston Voyageurs 6-3 in semifinal action Friday at the RBC Cup to qualify for a chance at a record fifth national Junior A title.

Mike Collins and Cory Kane also scored for the Vipers, who remained unbeaten after five games in the five-team tournament.

Justin Levac, Ben Power and Jeff Blackburn replied for the Voyageurs, who represented Kingston at a national Junior A tournament for the first time in 42 years.

The Vipers will meet the winner of Friday's other semifinal between the defending champion Humboldt Broncos and Victoria Grizzlies in Sunday's final.

Kingston started the game in the penalty box. Jarrett Burton, one of the Voyageurs' top scorers at the tournament, received a 10-minute misconduct before the opening face-off for a pre-game warmup violation for unintentionally crossing the red line and Tyler Hill took a roughing penalty at the 58-second mark.

Kakoske and Brodie then proceeded to net their initial goals as the Vipers scored on two of their first three shots on Kingston starting goaltender Shawn Sirman.

The Vipers led 3-0 after the first period and 5-0 after the second before Kingston made the score more respectable thanks to a pair of power-play goals in the third.

Vernon scored on four of 10 power plays while Kingston went two-for-seven.

The Vipers outshot Kingston 34-16 while limiting the Voyageurs to just seven in the first 40 minutes. Cody Rosen replaced Sirman at the start of the third and allowed one goal on eight shots.

Vernon goaltender Andrew Hammond, a forgotten man most of the game because of his inactivity, recorded 13 saves.

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