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Vernon completes perfect round-robin record, beats Kingston in semifinal preview

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VICTORIA, B.C. - Kellen Jones scored just past the midway mark of the second period to kickstart Vernon's comeback as the Vipers erased a 5-3 deficit on their way to an 8-5 win over the Kingston Voyageurs on Thursday in both teams' final round-robin game at 2009 RBC Cup.

The win clinched a perfect 4-0 round-robin record for the Vipers.

The game also served as a preview of one of Friday's tournament semifinals, with a berth in the Sunday's championship game at the Junior A championship on the line.

With top spot in the round robin already secured, the Vipers started backup goaltender Graeme Gordon and rested a few key starters, but still led 3-2 after 20 minutes.

Goals from Kingston's Dustin Walsh, Craig Laliberte and Adam McAllister in a span of 5:24 turned a one-goal deficit into a two-goal lead before Jones' goal opened the floodgates.

Steve Weinstein and Cory Kane added goals before the end of the second and Kyle Bigos and Rob Short scored in the third for the 8-5 final.

Sahir Gill, Connor Jones and Kory Roy also scored for the Vipers, who spread around the offence with goals from eight different players.

Walsh scored a pair for Kingston, whose win over Summerside on Monday was enough to get into the semifinals. Jeff Blackburn had the other goal for the Voyageurs.

Gordon made 16 saves in the win, while Shawn Sirman stopped 25 shots for Kingston in the loss.

Defending champion Humboldt played Summerside later Thursday in the final round-robin game. Summerside has already been eliminated from playoff competition.

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