Walchuk and Vipers in hole

BCHL champions down 2-1 in Doyle Cup as the scene switches to Alberta for Game Four

Former Nelson Junior Leaf forward Dylan Walchuk

Former Nelson Junior Leaf forward Dylan Walchuk

Dylan Walchuk and the Vernon Vipers head to Alberta down 2-1 to the Spruce Grove Saints in the Doyle Cup final.

In the opening game of the series that pits the BCHL champion against the AJHL champion, the former Nelson Junior B Leafs standout scored once to help pace his team to a 3-1 Game One victory.

In Game Two the Vipers held the edge in shots, but Saints goaltender Vincenzo Marozzi was again stellar helping the visitors to a 3-2 win.

For the third game in a row the Vipers outshot the Saints, but in Game Three on Sunday night fell 5-3.

The series now shifts to Spruce Grove — a community just west of Edmonton — for the remaining four games. Game Four goes Wednesday night.

Riding a hot goaltender, the Saints home arena is aptly named after former NHL superstar Grant Fuhr.