Thursday, March 5, 2015

GoPro Highlight Goal – Latina Overtime Winner:

This is posted on the Hockeytube.net website:

GoPro Highlight Goal – Latina OT Winner

Posted by HockeyTube on Mar 4th, 2015

Vernon Vipers forward #10 Anthony Latina scores the GoPro highlight goal with an overtime winner to give the Vernon Vipers a 3-2 win over the Merritt Centennials and a 1-nothing series lead in the BCHL best of seven quarterfinals. Nice work by Latina’s line mate #21 Liam Finlay who made a great play to steal the puck below the goal line and makes a perfect pass into the slot for Latina.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gi9caAbC8Gk

Viper Alumni Hammond Named NHL's First Star:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond was named the NHL's first star Monday.

The Ottawa Senators recalled Hammond from the American Hockey League (AHL) Binghamton Senators on January 29th 2015. Hammond was in his second season with the Binghamton Senators before being called up to Ottawa where he attended the Senators development camp in July before being released from the Sens Training camp.

Hammond played parts of two years in Vernon (2007-2009) after coming over in a trade with the Surrey Eagles during the 2007-08 season. In 52 regular season games with the Vipers Hammond posted a (33-15-1) record recording 6 shutouts.

Andrew Hammond's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38007

This is posted on the Senators website:

Hammond named NHL's First Star

Monday, 02.03.2015

By Craig Medaglia - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog

FIRST STAR – ANDREW HAMMOND, G, OTTAWA SENATORS

Hammond went 3-0-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, .978 save percentage and two shutouts to backstop the Senators (27-23-10, 64 points) to a trio of victories. He denied all 25 shots he faced to record his first career shutout in a 3-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks Feb. 25. Hammond followed that performance with a 35-save shutout in a 1-0 triumph over the Los Angeles Kings Feb. 26, becoming the second goaltender in NHL history to post consecutive road shutouts against the Ducks and Kings (Steve Mason: Dec. 29-31, 2008). He then capped the week with 28 saves in a 4-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks Feb. 28, helping the Senators complete a sweep of their road trip through California and extend their overall winning streak to a season-high five games. The 27-year-old White Rock, B.C., native has started all five games for the club during its current run, becoming the first goaltender in Senators history to win each of his first five career starts. Overall, he is 5-0-0 with a 1.18 goals-against average, .959 save percentage and two shutouts in seven career appearances.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Game 1 Interior Division Semifinals: Vernon 2 Merritt 1

For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Centennials Game 2 as Vernon defeated Merritt 2-1 in front of 1,338 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Jarrod Schamerhorn
Merritt: Jonah Imoo

1st Period: Luke Voltin on an odd man rush in the opening minute couldnt beat Jonah Imoo who made a nice blocker save as Vernon with a good opportunity off the opening faceoff.  The Vipers would get an early powerplay just 1:34 into the 1st.  Vernon with five shots on the man advantage would get none better then Edmonton Oilers draft pick Liam Coughlin who somehow missed a wide open net firing up and over the top of the goal on a missed opportunity.  The Vipers unable to capitalize after several shots and good pressure.  Just a few minutes later Thomas Aldworth in for the parcial breakaway was stoned by the left pad of Imoo as the Cents goaltender stretched out to make a big save off the big Texan.  Vernon with all kinds of pressure were all over Merritt early and often.  Mackenzie Bauer couldnt solve Imoo after the former Powell River Kings netminder made a quick glove hand save off the Viper rookie.  A few minutes later Mitchell Oliver's point shot was tipped in front was stopped by Jonah Imoo as the Cents couldnt get out of their own end.  Vernon was outshooting Merritt 10-1 at the midway mark before Jake Clifford's point shot was redirected past Jarrod Schamerhorn by Cole Chorney giving Merritt the 1-0 lead at 10:14 on just the Centennials second shot of the period.  Clifford & Stephen Seeger collected the helpers.  This goal seemed to change the momentum of the game as the Cents got some life and were now in the game, with the lead.  Merritt slowly started to come on in the second half and finally able to generate some pressure in the Viper defensive zone.  The Centennials playing with alot more confidence in the second half had a slight edge in play didnt generate much for chances were now outshooting Vernon 5-2 since their goal.  Kenny Citron come up with a big defensive play broke up Gavin Gould on a odd man rush before the Centennials would get their first powerplay of the night, late wich would continue into the 2nd period.  Merritt was up 1-0 after 20 minutes of play.  The Vipers just like in Game 1 had several great opportunties couldnt solve Jonah Imoo.  Vernon carried the play and dominated the first half couldnt capitalize on their chances.  Jonah Imoo made some big saves, gave his team a chance to stay in the game.  Merritt would open the scoring and come back with a good push to finish the frame.  Vernon outshot Merritt 14-6.

2nd Period: The Cents started the period on the man advantage that was carried over from the opening period.  The Vipers were able to kill off the remaining seconds that were left on the minor before Colton McCarthy got in close just as the penalty expired but was stoned down low by Imoo who made a huge pad save in tight.  Vernon continued to press with a strong attack like in the 1st period once again got some real good chances.  Anthony Latina was stopped by Jonah Imoo, before Jagger Williamson setup Riley Brandt on a two on one rush before Imoo come across the crease to rob Brandt at the side of the net with a huge pad save keeping the Vipers off the scoreboard.  The Vipers got a bit lucky got away twice with two many men on the ice and no call.  Vernon would get their second look with the PP just before the midway mark.  Thomas Aldworth with a wicked wrist shot from the top of the circle looked to beat Centennials starting goaltender Jonah Imoo but rang his shot off the crossbar and out.  The goal light come on but the play continued.  Merritt got some key saves on the penalty kill were able to kill off the minor before Luke Voltin with a shot from the slot was denied by Imoo.  Just after the penalty expired Johnny Coughlin's point shot went in and off Luke Voltin in front as the Vipers finally solved Jonah Imoo tying the game 1-1 at 11:35 Coughlin & Mitch Meek with the assists.  For a second straight period the Vipers dominating the play were all over Merritt as the Centennials needed fourteen minutes to get their first shot on goal this period.  Both benches got a little heated at times as Mark Ferner and the Viper coaching staff were really giving it to the officials after two missed calls, one at either ends of the rink before Luke Pierce was really letting the referee's know what he thought of a too many men call on his hockey club.  Vernon would get a late powerplay and capitalize.  TJ Dumonceaux setup Liam Finlay who gave Vernon a 2-1 lead at 16:26 their first lead of the night.  Dumonceaux & Liam Coughlin added the helpers.  But two minutes later the Cents would get a late PP that would finish off the second frame.  Moving the puck around, getting some pressure the Centennials couldnt convert were now 0-2 with the man advantage.  Vernon was up 2-1 after 40 minutes of play.  This period was all Vernon from start to finish as the Vipers for a second straight period were all over the Centennials.  Like the opening frame Vernon with several good looks-opportunities couldnt solve Jonah Imoo before getting two in the second half took their first lead of the night.  Merritt who played most of the frame in their own end struggled offensively.  Vernon outshot Merritt 15-3.

3rd Period: Just twenty six seconds into the final frame Merritt would get an early powerplay after a weak call on Anthony Latina.  This was the first of several trips to the penalty box, for both clubs.  On the man advantage Zak Bowles with a chance from in close couldnt beat Vipers starting goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn.  The Vipers with a good penalty kill held off the Cents for a third time tonight.  Just after the penalty Anthony Latina setup Jagger Williamson in front who was stoned by Imoo who made the big pad save on a play I dont think the Centennials goaltender saw the puck-shot.  The Vipers looked to sit back a bit early, just getting the puck in deep before playing defence and not going in after the puck.  The Cents would get some good pressure on and off had a few good minutes with solid pressure in the Vernon zone.  The Vipers would get a shot with the PP and get some good looks-pressure.  Thomas Aldworth with the best chance couldnt beat Imoo who once again made another big save on the penalty kill.  Imoo was solid tonight and Merritt's best penalty killer as the Centennials killed off the minor.  The Cents had a slight edge in play were battling and battling hard.  Merritt with good sustained pressure had the Vipers back on their heels at one point before getting another shot with the powerplay.  The Vipers with several shot blocks come up with a big penalty kill.  Emotions and the intensity really picked up in Game 2 and slowly started to continue through out tonight's game.  Both teams getting involved after the whistle were really getting in each others faces.  Just as Merritt's powerplay come to an end the Vipers would get a late PP.  Viper captain Riley Guenther made a smart defensive play breaking up a Centennials two on one as Vernon couldnt capitalize with the man advantage.  Just as the penalty expired the Centennials looked at getting Jonah Imoo to the bench for the extra attacker but Vernon with a strong relentless forecheck killed off some valuable time off the clock hemming the Cents deep in their own zone.  Imoo would race to the bench for the extra attacker with just twenty seconds remaining.  Merritt with control of the puck, got deep into the Viper zone before getting a ton of traffic in front of Jarrod Schamerhorn got atleast three or four shots towards the net, but Vernon come up with atleast two or three huge shot blocks before a mad scamble in front of the Viper crease.  Liam Coughlin was able to clear the front of the net and get out of his own end before the buzzer would sound as the Vipers hung on for a huge 2-1 victory taking a 2-0 series lead.  A huge scrum deep in the Centennials zone formed at the buzzer before a Merritt player come flying in tried laying a huge flying elbow on a Viper was lucky enough to miss as several players started pushing and shoving before the officials stepped in and broke up the play.  A wild and entertaining 3rd period with several parades to the penalty box as Merritt really stepped up their play, played their best period of the night.  At times the Centennials had Vernon on the ropes in their own end just couldnt get that real good quality chance.  Lots of pressure, yes but not alot of great opportunities.  The Cents with a hard working period played well, as the Vipers also battled and worked hard earned the win with a solid sixty minutes.  Vernon outshot Merritt 12-10.

Top Players: (Vernon)

TJ Dumonceaux (1 assist) Was really skating hard, flying all night.  Played physical, laid out a huge check in the 3rd period.  Played with alot of jump and energy.

The line of Blaine Caton, Linden Hora & Mackenzie Bauer really impressed me tonight.  I thought the Viper fourth line played a heck of a game in a big game really battled and competed all night.  All three were put into some tough situations come up with a strong performance.  Hora & Bauer both had one shift that stood out, just battled and kept working to win the puck battle off of two Merritt defenders inside the Cents zone.  Bauer also had atleast two good chances tonight. 

Thomas Aldworth I thought played much better tonight over Game 1.  Aldworth who just hasnt been or looked to be the same player the last month to two months has really struggled putting pucks in the net.  Just hasnt been skating like he has shown at the start of the season looked to be skating hard tonight, really carried the flow of the game at times.  Had atleast three good looks-chances come very close on the man advantage in the 2nd period hit the crossbar. 

Liam Finlay (1 goal) Is this kid exciting to watch or what?  A buzzsaw on the ice, everytime he touches the puck.  Im still shocked the Vees traded him and to the Vipers of all teams.  Skates like the wind, never stops moving his feet, really moves the puck in a hurry, creates and generates plays all night.  For the second night in a row was hard to contain.  Really sees and reads the ice well.

Riley Brandt another buzzsaw player had a physical-energy filled game.  This kid isnt afraid of hitting anyone on the other team.  Plays with alot of jump, really adds that spark to the team.  A true competator played a heck of a game.

Colton McCarthy has really stepped up early in these playoffs, had a few opportunities tonight did a few of the little things that go unnoticed from the average view of a fan.  The first year Viper come up with a few big block shots as well as getting in the grey areas, was hard to play against along the wall, gets under the skin of the opposing team, plays with an edge.  Really battled and competed hard.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

After a not so great game last night in a game where the Vipers were lucky at times to come away with the win really stepped up their game tonight and played close to a full sixty minutes.  In Game 1 Vernon played and looked good in the opening period wasnt the same team in the 2nd and 3rd periods.  Tonight was a different story after the Vipers carried the majority of the play and were all over the Cents most of the night.  With fourteen shots on goal in the 1st Vernon with several good opportunities couldnt solve Jonah Imoo.  Down a goal things didnt look good as Imoo was stopping everything, was giving the Vipers all kinds of heart ache.  Liam Finlay and Luke Voltin would solve Imoo in the 2nd period give Vernon their first lead of the night.  The Vipers really used their speed and strong skating had a ton of great opportunities could have easily put away the Centennials after the opening frame if it wasnt for Merritt's goaltending.  I thought the Vipers played with and showed alot more jump and emotion tonight, looked ready to go off the opening faceoff.  The Viper penalty kill was good for a second straight night, I really liked Vernon's compete level, blocking alot of shots, played and battled hard all game.  Tonight was the Vipers we were use to seeing on a nightly basis.  A big win gives Vernon a 2-0 series lead.  The Vipers didnt want to go into Merritt with the series tied.  Games 3 & 4 will be very interesting on the much smaller ice surface.  Vernon with just one regular season victory in Merritt this season has had their troubles in Merritt.

Top Players: (Merritt)

Cole Chorney (1 goal) I thought was one of the lone Centennial forwards that stood out in all three periods.  In a game where the Cents were outplayed most of the night Chorney battled and played hard.

Jonah Imoo (39 saves) Kept his team in the game off the opening faceoff.  Made some huge saves early and often to give his club a chance to be in the game and still have a chance to win the hockey game.  This game could have easily been over after the first twenty minutes if it wasnt for the solid goaltending of Imoo.

Game Thought's: (Merritt)

The Cents were outplayed for the first fourty minutes before playing their best period in the 3rd.  Outshot 29-9 after two periods Merritt was only down a goal and very lucky even to be in the hockey game if it wasnt for Jonah Imoo.  The Centennials with a much better performance come the 3rd finally got some sustained pressure and zone time at times couldnt get the game tying goal.  Merritt with very little shots-opportunities in the first two periods couldnt get the bounces to go their way in the final frame.  This was a game the Cents could have won even though they were badly outplayed for two periods.  Every shift John Schiavo stepped on the ice the Cents made things happen just couldnt capitalize.  The physical play, emotions and intensity really picked up tonight, a much more entertaining and very exciting game tonight, felt like a playoff game with that playoff feel to it.  Great to see another handfull of Centennial fans show up tonight.  Two back to back tough losses for Merritt who are now 0-6 in Vernon this season return home for Games 3 & 4. 

Scratches:

Vernon:

Danny Todosychuk (Injured)
Luke Shiplo (Injured)
Nicholas Rasovic (Injured)

Merritt:

James Neil
Malik Kaila

Energy player of the game:

Anthony Latina

Three Stars:

1st Star: Jonah Imoo (39 saves)
2nd Star: TJ Dumonceaux (1 assist)
3rd Star: Liam Finlay (1 goal)

BCHL Boxscore,

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1435822&link=bchl
             

Game Preview: 1st Round-Interior Division Semifinals: Game 2 Merritt @ Vernon:

Interior Division Semi-Final-Game 2 Merritt (0-1) @ Vernon (1-0) 7pm

Tonight is Game 2 of the Interior Division semi-final best of seven series between the Vernon Vipers & Merritt Centennials as the Vipers took Game 1 with a 3-2 overtime win Tuesday. The Vipers won the regular season series 5-2-0-0 You can listen to tonight's game live with Graham Turnbull starting with the pre-game show at 6:45pm on 107.5 Kiss FM

Vipers-Centennials Interior Division Semi-Final Schedule:

Game 1 Tuesday, March 3rd Merritt @ Vernon (Vipers won 3-2 overtime)
Game 2 Wednesday, March 4th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Game 3 Friday, March 6th Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm
Game 4 Saturday, March 7th Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm
Game 5 Monday, March 9th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Game 6 Tuesday, March 10th Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm
Game 7 Wednesday, March 11th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm

Here's a look at the regular season series between Vernon & Merritt

Friday, October 3rd Vernon @ Merritt (Centennials win 4-0)
Friday, October 24th Merritt @ Vernon (Vipers win 4-2)
Saturday, November 1st Merritt @ Vernon (Vipers win 5-3)
Wednesday, November 26th Merritt @ Vernon (Vipers win 7-3)
Friday, December 19th Vernon @ Merritt (Centennials win 6-3)
Saturday, January 24th Vernon @ Merritt (Vipers win 5-1)
Wednesday, January 28th Merritt @ Vernon (Vipers win 4-3)

Here’s a look at the previous playoff meetings between Vernon & Merritt

1984-85 Interior Division Semifinals Merritt defeated Vernon 4 games to 3
1987-88 Interior Division Semifinals Vernon defeated Merritt 4 games to 0
1988-89 Interior Division Finals Vernon defeated Merritt 4 games to 0
1989-90 Vernon defeated Merritt in a Round Robin Playoff format
1996-97 Interior Division QuarterfinalsVernon defeated Merritt 4 games to 0
1998-99 Interior Division Semifinals Vernon defeated Merritt 4 games to 1
1999-2000 Interior Division Conference Finals Vernon defeated Merritt 4 games to 3
2001-2002 1st Round Vernon defeated Merritt 4 games to 0

Vernon-Merritt Regular Season Overall Records-Stats:

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 432-236-20-20

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 238-95-11-10 at home

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 195-131-9-10 on the road

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 58-18-3-8 vs. Merritt

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon has outscored Merritt 338-222

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 28-6-1-4 at home vs. Merritt

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 24-9-2-5 in Merritt

The Vipers are 6-3-0-1 in their last ten games at home vs. the Centennials

The Vipers are 3-4-2-1 in their last ten games on the road vs. the Centennials

The Vipers are 5-4-1-0 in their last ten games vs. Merritt

The Vipers last win at home vs Merritt was a 4-3 victory on Wednesday, January 28th 2015

The Centennials last win in Vernon was a 1-0 victory on Saturday, October 26th 2013

The Vipers last win in Merritt was a 5-1 victory on Saturday, January 24th 2015

The Centennials last win at home over Vernon was a 6-3 victory on Friday, December 19th 2014

The Vipers went 2-3-1-1 vs the Merritt Centennials last season



Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

Thomas Aldworth (37-19-56) lead the Vipers in goals with thirty seven while Liam Finlay (23-41-64) leads the team in points with sixty four.

Vipers goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn played eight games with the Cents last season before being traded to Vernon on July 22nd 2014 for future considerations

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog

http://vipersvenom1.blogspot.ca/

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 58
Wins: 36
Losses: 18
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 3
Home Record: 20-6-1-1
Road Record: 16-12-0-2
Overtime Record: 1-2-1
Record vs Interior Division: 20-14-1-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 16-4-0-2
Record in September: 2-2-0-1
Record in October: 5-3-0-0
Record in November 9-2-1-1
Record in December 6-3-0-0
Record in January 8-4-0-0
Record in February 6-4-0-1
When the Vipers score first: 24-3-1-1
When the opponents score first: 12-16-0-2
Leading after 1st Period: 18-2-1-1
Tied after 1st Period: 11-7-0-0
Trailing after 1st Period: 7-9-0-2
Leading after 2nd Period: 25-2-0-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 7-2-0-0
Trailing after 2nd Period: 4-14-1-1
Out shooting Opponents: 30-12-0-2
Out shot by Opponents: 5-5-1-1
One goal games: 7-6-0-3
Goals For: 218
Goals Against: 161
Place: 2nd Place
Streak: Two game losing streak

-Vernon finished the regular season with the leagues 4th best powerplay

-The Vipers finished the regular season with the leagues 4th best penalty kill

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

TJ Dumonceaux (94)
Danny Todosychuk (94)
Riley Guenther (94)
Kenny Citron (95)
Liam Coughlin (94)

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

Dexter Dancs (95)
Michael McNicholas (94)
Brett Mulcahy (93)
Demico Hannoun (95)
Jared Wilson (94)
Colton Sparrow (93)
Mason Blacklock (94)
Josh Bryan (93)
Brendan Persley (93)
Logan Mick (96)
Ryan Renz (93)
Michael Statchuk (94)
Tyler Povelofskie (96)
Matty Saharchuk (95)
Austin Smith (93)
Dylan Chanter (95)

Vernon’s Home record vs. Merritt this season:

5-0-0-0

Vernon’s Road record vs. Merritt this season:

1-2-0-0
 
Vernon’s playoff scoring leaders vs. Merritt:
 
Anthony Latina (1-1-2)
Brandon Egli (0-1-1)
Mitch Meek (0-1-1)
TJ Dumonceaux (0-1-1)
Thomas Aldworth (1-0-1)
Liam Finlay (0-1-1)
Colton McCarthy (1-0-1)
 
Danny Todosychuk (1-0 Record)
 
Vernon’s regular season scoring leaders vs. Merritt this season:

Liam Coughlin (4-5-9)
Thomas Aldworth (6-2-8)
Liam Finlay (3-5-8)
Luke Shiplo (0-6-6)
Jagger Williamson (0-4-4)
Colton McCarthy (2-2-4)
Johnny Coughlin (1-3-4)
Luke Voltin (2-1-3)
Mitch Meek (1-2-3)
Anthony Latina (0-3-3)
TJ Dumonceaux (1-2-3)
Brandon Egli (1-2-3)
Blaine Caton (1-1-2)
Anthony Latina (1-1-2)
Kenny Citron (1-1-2)
Mitchell Oliver (0-1-1)
Riley Brandt (0-1-1)
Riley Guenther (1-0-1)
Linden Hora (0-1-1)
Nicholas Rasovic (0-1-1)
Michael Roberts (1-0-1)

Danny Todosychuk (2-0 Record)
Jarrod Schamerhorn (3-2 Record)

Lets take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

John Schiavo (30-32-62) lead the Centennials in goals with thirty and in points with with sixty two.

Centennials Head Coach-GM Luke Pierce played his final year of Junior hockey with the 2003-04 Vernon Vipers

Merritt Centennials 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 58
Wins: 32
Losses: 24
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 19-10-0-0
Road Record: 13-14-0-2
Record vs Interior Division: 19-20-0-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 15-6-0-1
Record in September: 5-3-0-0
Record in October: 6-5-0-0
Record in November 5-6-0-1
Record in December 5-2-0-1
Record in January 6-6-0-0
Record in February 7-4-0-0
Goals For: 208
Goals Against: 207
Place: 3rd Place
Streak: One game losing streak

-The Centennials finished the regular season with the leagues 6th best powerplay

-Merritt finished the regular season with the league's 11th best penalty kill

Merritt Centennials Returning Players:

Shane Poulsen (94)
Diego Cuglietta (95)
Gavin Gould (96)
James Neil (95)
Jake Clifford (94)
Rhett Willcox (96)
Malik Kaila (96)
Devin Oakes (95)

Merritt Centennials Departing & traded players from last years team:

Scott Patterson (93)
Jeff Wight (95)
Sebastien Pare (93)
Daniel Nachbaur (95)
Adam Tracey (95)
Sam Johnson (94)
Jason Bird (93)
Payton Schaefer (93)
Tyler Martin (93)
Dane Birks (95)
Zach Hartley (95)
Wayland Williams (94)
Devin Kero (94)
Jarrod Schamerhorn (95)

Merritt's Home record vs. Vernon this season:

2-1-0-0

Merritt's Road record vs. Vernon this season:

0-5-0-0
 
Merritt's playoffs scoring leaders vs. Vernon:
 
Josh Teves (0-2-2)
Shane Poulsen (0-1-1)
Diego Cuglietta (0-1-1)
John Schiavo (1-0-1)
Gavin Gould (1-0-1)
 
Jonah Imoo (0-1 Record)

Merritt's regular season scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:

John Schiavo (5-3-8)
Gavin Gould (1-7-8)
Michael Ederer (3-5-8)
Josh Teves (0-7-7)
Colin Grannary (1-4-5)
Diego Cuglietta (0-4-4)
James Neil (3-0-3)
Nick Fidanza (3-0-3)
Jake Clifford (2-1-3)
Brandon Duhaime (1-2-3)
Shane Poulsen (0-3-3)
Devin Oakes (0-1-1)
Braden Fuller (1-0-1)
Matt Foley (0-1-1)
Cole Chorney (1-0-1)
Rhett Willcox (0-1-1)
Zak Bowles (1-0-1)
Sam Johnson (0-1-1)

Anthony Pupplo (0-4 Record)
Jonah Imoo (2-1 Record-1 Shutout)

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=224096

Merritt Centennials:

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=224100
 

Vipers Face Cents In Opening Series:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers face Cents in opening series
                  
Mar 4, 2015

It has been 13 years since the Vernon Vipers met the Merritt Centennials in the B.C. Hockey League playoffs.

History  favours the Vipers. They have won all six playoff series with the Cents and took five of seven regular-season tilts this year.

In their most recent meeting, on Jan. 28 in Merritt, the Vipers edged the Cents 4-3.

“It has the potential to be a great series,” said Merritt head coach Luke Pierce. “Our two teams match up well — both pretty honest and respectable hard-working groups.”

Pierce, 31, has led the Cents to six straight playoff appearances while building a solid program. He played three years in the BCHL, two with the Cents and one with the Vipers before spending five years at Royal Military College on a scholarship.

The Vipers finished second in the Interior Division at 36-18-1-3 for 76 points, while the Cents were 10 points back in third.

Game 1 in the best-of-seven division semifinal series went Tuesday night in Vernon. Game 2 goes tonight, also at Kal Tire Place.

“You know what you’re getting from Luke’s team,” said Viper assistant coach Kevin Kraus. “They’re an honest, hard working team and will be a good test for our team. The teams haven’t met in the playoffs for a long time so look for a rivalry to start now.”

The Vipers were third overall in the 16-team league and are relatively healthy entering the post-season.

Forward Nicholas Rasovic is day-to-day with a bruised hip, while top defenceman Luke Shiplo was a game-time decision Tuesday with a sore neck after taking a high hit from behind from Salmon Arm’s  Shane Danyluk a week ago Saturday.

Winger Luke Voltin is off injured reserve and ready to play.

The Cents, like the Vipers, stress defence first. Their leading scorer is New Yorker John Schiavo with 30 goals and 64 points. Rookie Liam Finlay took the Vipers’ top pointgetter trophy with 21 snipes and 64 points.

Pierce will look to captain Sam Johnson, of Okotoks, Alta., for grit and moxy.

“He’s the most valuable guy most nights,” said Pierce. “He’s just always going to do the right things. He inspires our bench and dressing room. I’m really excited for a guy like that — knowing how much he’s wanted it and being a 20-year-old.”

League awards announced Monday are as follows:

Vern Dye Memorial Trophy – Most Valuable Player: Corey Mackin, Coquitlam Express

Bruce Allison Memorial Trophy – Rookie of the Year: Brett Supinski, Coquitlam Express

Top Defenceman Award: Andrew Farny, Salmon Arm Silverbacks

Bob Fenton Trophy – Most Sportsmanlike Player: Schiavo.

Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy – Coach of the Year: Jason Tatarnic, Chilliwack Chiefs

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Game 1 Interior Division Semifinals: Vernon 3 Merritt 2 Overtime

For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Centennials game as Vernon defeated Merritt 3-2 in overtime in front of 1,261 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Danny Todosychuk
Merritt: Jonah Imoo

1st Period: The Vipers would get three good quality chances in the opening few minutes.  Liam Coughlin off the opening faceoff with a good look at the net got a shot off from the circle couldnt beat Jonah Imoo fivehole.  A minute and a half into the period Johnny Coughlin was able to walk in from the point before ripping a high quick shot from the high slot was stopped by Imoo who made a quick glove save off the Viper defenceman.  A few minutes later TJ Dumonceaux jumped on the loose puck that missed the net but come off the backboards couldnt beat Jonah Imoo shortside.  The Centennials goaltender coming up with some solid saves early in Game 1.  Vernon the more physical out of the two teams was laying the body early and often as the Vipers carried the better of the play for most of the first half.  Cole Chorney took a hit from Linden Hora in the period looked to be in some discomfort was slow getting off the ice, was attended to right away by the team trainer stayed in the game.  TJ Dumonceaux with two good chances, while Liam Finlay with another as the Vipers were getting some good looks at the net.  Just past the halfway mark the Vipers would get the games first powerplay, with a few good looks Vernon couldnt capitalize as Merritt would kill off the minor.  The Centennials seemed to gain a little confidence after killing off the penalty as Merritt slowly come back with a few good hard working shifts deep in the Viper zone.  With four minutes remaining Nick Fidanza alone in the slot couldnt beat Danny Todosychuk who come up with his first test of the 1st period.  The Cents with some good pressure in the final minutes had their first real look at the Viper net all period.  Vernon would get a late powerplay, their second of the night and capitalize.  Moving the puck around the Vipers would find TJ Dumonceaux in front who was stopped by Jonah Imoo.  The Vipers with atleast four shots on the man advantage would finally solve Imoo after Anthony Latina's shot would be redirected down low by Colton McCarthy in front of the net put Vernon up 1-0 at 17:12 Latina and Brandon Egli collected the assists.  Merritt with a quick response would answer Vernon's goal in a hurry, just 1:14 later Diego Cuglietta from the corner setup John Schiavo in front who beat Todosychuk fivehole tying the game 1-1 at 17:26 Cuglietta & Josh Teves with the helpers.  It was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.  The Vipers with atleast three good quality chances in the opening minute couldnt beat Jonah Imoo as Vernon carried the better of the play for most of the 1st period.  The Vipers with several good chances only managed one goal after Imoo was solid keeping his club in the game.  Merritt with very little puck possession and zone time, managed to get their most pressure and chances late in the period played well the final few minutes.  Vernon outshot Merritt 17-10.

2nd Period: A minute and a half into the second frame Gavin Gould with a breakaway beat Danny Todosychuk but after the net had come off its mournings as the Cents thought they had taken their first lead of the night but the goal was waived off right away.  The goal light didnt even come on on the play.  It was still tied 1-1.  The Centennials would get their first look with the PP would get an early powerplay just over two minutes into the period.  Merritt looked good early had a few looks couldnt beat Vipers starting goaltender Danny Todosychuk before TJ Dumonceaux & Liam Coughlin had a very strong penalty kill.  Just as the first penalty come to an end Colton McCarthy with a parcial breakaway couldnt beat Centennials starting goaltender Jonah Imoo from in close.  On the play McCarthy would take a penalty sending Merritt back to the powerplay.  Another solid penalty kill and the Vipers would kill off both minors. The play then really slowed down and become very scrambled on both sides.  Very few scoring chances with not alot of flow to the game made for some pretty boring playoff hockey.  Vernon would get their third powerplay of the night, first of the period.  Anthonay Latina with a great look couldnt beat Jonah Imoo as the Centennials with a big penalty kill were back to even strength.  With six minutes remaining Jake Clifford made a huge defensive play, breaking up a Vernon two on one.  The Vipers slowly come on late had a few good shifts, were able to create a few opportunities would eventually take the lead late.  Mitch Meek skated into the Cents zone untouched before ripping a shot at the net was stopped by Jonah Imoo who couldnt control the rebound before Thomas Aldworth went hard to the net put home the loose puck giving Vernon a 2-1 lead at 15:55 Meek & TJ Dumonceaux picked up the assists.  Merritt battled back and then carried the play in the final few minutes as the Vipers having some defensive lapses couldnt clear the zone, after several turnovers inside their own end the Vipers were lucky enough to escape without giving up a goal as the Centennials with all kinds of pressure late couldnt tie the game.  It was 2-1 Vernon after 40 minutes of play.  The Cents with a good strong start to the period thought they had scored in the first minute and a half, had the net come off before the puck went in on a Gavin Gould breakaway.  Merritt with back to back powerplays couldnt convert before a very dull, slow and very scrambled period at both ends of the rink.  Very little scoring chances at either end until the Vipers would get some decent chances in the final five or six minutes before taking the lead.  Merritt outplayed Vernon also outshot Vernon 11-10.

3rd Period: Michael Ederer couldnt connect on a pass going hard to the net off the opening faceoff as the Centennials come close to tying the game in the opening few seconds.  A few minutes later Linden Hora setup Mackenzie Bauer who got a good look at the net couldnt beat Jonah Imoo who made a big stop early.  A few shifts later Thomas Aldworth setup Liam Coughlin on a two on one attack, before getting in too deep ran out of space hit the outside of the net.  Both teams were fairly even for most of the first half before Centennials had some good pressure and chances.  Cole Arcuri with a point shot found its way through traffic in front couldnt beat Danny Todosychuk who made a difficult but yet huge pad save keeping this a one goal game.  Just before the midway mark Todosychuk made his biggest save of the night stopping a Centennial forward at the side of the net while down and out had his back to the Merritt player somehow stopped the puck but couldnt hold onto the rebound.  A mad scramble in and around the blue paint Todosychuk was on his knees trying to cover the puck.  Finally smothering the puck, getting a whistle Riley Brandt come in and laid out a huge hit on a Merritt player sending him into the back of the net.  A scrum formed inbehind the Viper goal as everyone piled into each other, started pushing and shoving, getting their gloves in the faces of one another.  Danny Todosychuk was very slow to get up looked to have injured his right leg had the trainer come out to check on him.  Todosychuk was very slow moving around looked to be in some discomfort stayed in the game.  On the same play the Centennials would get a powerplay on Brandt who was called for charging.  With Merritt on the man advantage Todosychuk was very slow in reacting to the Centennial shots, made two saves looked in alot of discomfort was very slow getting up once again.  With the Viper goaltender in discomfort Merritt would get a late two man advantage.  Todosychuk struggling just to make a save, was still between the pipes as the Vipers killed off the first penalty before TJ Dumonceaux would spring for a shorthanded breakaway couldnt beat Imoo who made a huge save with his team down a goal.  Vernon with a big penalty kill would escape and kill off the double minor.  Merritt now slowly coming on strong late were forcing the play, looked to be firing shots towards the Viper goal and Danny Todosychuk.  With time winding down Merritt would get a late powerplay, Todosychuk would make his last save couldnt get up off the ice, was down on both knees in several pain struggled to get back up on his feet would finish the last shift before the next stopage in play.  Todosychuk would get pulled from the game in favor of former Merritt Centennials goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn.  Todosychuk slamed his stick on the ice heading off before storming into the Viper dressingroom, didnt return for the remainder of the game.  Todosychuk gave up just one goal on thirty three shots before leaving the game due to an injury.  On the following faceoff Josh Teves was stopped by Schamerhorn before the rebound went in and off a Viper defenceman in front as the Cents tied the game with the man advantage at 18:02 Gavin Gould would get credited with the game tying goal.  Teves and Shane Poulsen picked up the assists.  It would remain tied 2-2 after 60 minutes of play.  Both teams would get some good opportunities early couldnt find the back of the net before Merritt with three straight powerplays would eventually tie the game late to force overtime.  Vernon got into penalty trouble but also left Danny Todosychuk in the game way too long.  The kid could barley move-react to a save without looking to be in pain.  Couldnt get up off the ice on a few shots should have been pulled from the game after his injury.  The Centennials didnt quit, kept plugging away were now looking to steal Game 1.  Merritt outshot Vernon 14-8.

Overtime: In the opening minute and a half Zak Bowles with a good look at the net couldnt beat Jarrod Schamerhorn from the high slot.  The extra frame wouldnt last long after Liam Finlay picked up the puck on a Centennials turnover deep inside their own end spotted a wide open Anthony Latina in the slot went high glove past Jonah Imoo gave the Vipers a huge 3-2 overtime victory at 3:28 as the Viper bench erupted piling onto the ice.  Finlay with the lone assist.  The Cents with a great chance early into overtime turned over the puck in their own end wich ended up being on the game winning goal.  Vernon outshot Merritt 3-2. 

Top Players: (Vernon)

Mitch Meek played a heck of a game on the Vernon blueline.  I thought he really played with alot of confidence and jumped up into the play often.  Was solid on the backend defensively as well as good with the puck. 

Liam Coughlin I thought played fairly well through out the game.  Wasnt really skating hard but made some very smart plays on the penalty kill.  I thought he was really reading the play well, didnt make that quick pass or take that first shot before taking a look at his surroundings.  Had a few good opportunities tonight, none better then his breakaway after Thomas Aldworth sent him in for the parcial breakaway.

The line of Anthony Latina (1 goal & 1 assist), Jagger Williamson & Liam Finlay (1 assist) was very strong all night.  Latina played very well through out the game, had several good chances through out the contest, was skating and going to the net.  Finlay was the hardest skating Viper this evening, was skating miles all over the rink.  Really used his speed and quickness to create and generate chances.  Very quick on his feet, not one of the bigger kids out there was very hard for Merritt to contain.

TJ Dumonceaux (1 assist) Played with good jump and energy, was physical in the opening period but didnt think he played the body as much in periods two and three.  Was another player that was very good on the PK, reads the ice and the play well.

Linden Hora I thought was skating hard, playing in his first playoff game looked to have some confidence played very well tonight.

Riley Brandt had a big physical game, had the biggest hits of the night.  Battled and competed all night.  Played with a ton of energy, played a very rugged physical game.

Colton McCarthy (1 goal) I thought played well other then his two penalties.  Looked to be skating well, was going to the net often, had some good looks at the net, opened the scoring for Vernon on the powerplay.  A bigger body is hard to contain and move from in front of the net.  Played with confidence.

Danny Todosychuk (32 saves) Made his third straight start, made some key saves through out the game before leaving the game with just over two minutes remaining in the 3rd period.  The Viper goaltender was hurt-looked to get injured during a scramble in front of the Viper goal just before the halfway mark.  Todosychuk stayed in the game until the final two minutes was in pain and discomfort had troubles reacting to a save and getting up off the ice.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

The Vipers with a very good opening period fired seventeen shots at Jonah Imoo only managed to get one past the Centennials goaltender had some very good chances in the 1st period outplayed Merritt most of the frame.  The Vipers had the majority of the chances.  The 2nd and 3rd periods were a different story.  Vernon looked very slow-tired in the second frame were outplayed.  The Vipers with nearly not as many scoring chances compared to after the opening frame.  A very sloppy and scrambled 2nd period made for some very unentertaining playoff hockey.  The Vipers with very little scoring opportunities turned over the puck several times, had troubles defensively were lucky to come out of the middle frame with the lead.  Vernon played a little better to start the 3rd before getting into penaty trouble.  Once again were outplayed at times just didnt have that jump or energy they normally play with.  This game lacked that emotion-playoff feel.  The Vipers were lucky to come away with the win after a lackluster 2nd and 3rd periods.  I wonder why the Vipers would leave Danny Todosychuk in the game when clearly the kid was having all kinds of trouble stopping pucks.  The Viper goaltender looked in all kinds of discomfort and pain was in no shape to still be between the pipes.  You gotta wonder now how long will he be out for?  Todosychuk has been injured several times this season and in the past.  I questioned keeping him at the BCHL card deadline, due to past injuries.  Lets hope Danny is ok and is back in a hurry.  The Vipers passing just didnt seem to be on the same page, Vernon looked slow and sluggish at times in the 2nd and 3rd periods.  The Vipers quit hitting after the first twenty minutes better pick up their game if they want to advance to the second round.  Vernon had the better scoring chances really missed Luke Shiplo on the backend.

Top Players': (Merritt)

Rhett Willcox played with some jump, was involved in the play, was skating hard, going to the net played well through out the game.

Gavin Gould (1 goal) Was by far the Centennials best player in Game 1.  Gould who played with a ton of jump & energy was flying all night.  Really skating hard, created and generated opportunities had a strong game. 

Brandon Duhaime played very well.  A good skater, moves the puck well, was another Merritt player that was involved in the play.

Jonah Imoo (37 saves) Made 16 saves in the 1st period, really giving his team a chance to win and be in the game.  Imoo with several big-key saves was very solid all night.  Dosnt give out any rebounds, is good smothering the puck, plays his position well.

Game Thought's: (Merritt) 

The Centennials fall to 2-6 vs the Vipers this season, are now 0-5 in Vernon this year.  (regular season and playoffs)  Merritt should have been down atleast three or four goals in the 1st period got some solid goaltending managed to stay in the game even though being outplayed were tied 1-1 after the first twenty minutes.  The Centennials had a much better 2nd and 3rd periods started skating, moving the puck, forced the Viper defence into several turnovers, were the better of the two teams in the 2nd and 3rd periods.  The Cents are a hard working team that dosnt give you alot of time and space, really slows down the game, clogs up the neutral zone, makes for some very boring hockey.  Merritt dosnt get alot of scoring chances or puck possession has to capitalize on their limited opportunities if they want to win games and this series.  Overall a very boring, scrambled game with not alot of playoff feel to the game.  Great to see a handfull of Centennial fans at the game in front of a very poor crowd for the opening game of the playoffs.

Scratches:

Vernon:

Luke Shiplo (Injured)
Nicholas Rasovic

Merritt:

James Neil
Malik Kaila

Energy player of the game:

Liam Finlay (1 assist)

Three Stars:

1st Star: Anthony Latina (1 goal & 1 assist)
2nd Star: Gavin Gould (1 goal)
3rd Star: Thomas Aldworth (1 goal)

BCHL Boxscore,

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1435816&link=bchl

Game Preview: 1st Round-Interior Division Semifinals: Game 1 Merritt @ Vernon:

Interior Division Semi-Final-Game 1 Merritt (32-24-0-2) @ Vernon (36-18-1-3) 7pm

Tonight is Game 1 of the Interior Division semi-final best of seven series between the Vernon Vipers & Merritt Centennials as both teams will be meeting for the eighth time this season. The Vipers won the regular season series 5-2-0-0  This is the ninth time these two teams will meet in the playoffs where Vernon has won seven of the previous eight playoff series vs Merritt.  You can listen to tonight's game live with Graham Turnbull starting with the pre-game show at 6:45pm on 107.5 Kiss FM
 
Last Game:

Friday, February 27th Penticton defeated Vernon 3-2
Saturday, February 28th Trail defeated Merritt 5-2

Next Game:

Game 2 Wednesday, March 4th Merritt @ Vernon

Vipers-Centennials Interior Division Semi-Final Schedule:

Game 1 Tuesday, March 3rd Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Game 2 Wednesday, March 4th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Game 3 Friday, March 6th Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm
Game 4 Saturday, March 7th Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm
Game 5 Monday, March 9th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Game 6 Tuesday, March 10th Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm
Game 7 Wednesday, March 11th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm

Here's a look at the regular season series between Vernon & Merritt

Friday, October 3rd Vernon @ Merritt (Centennials win 4-0)
Friday, October 24th Merritt @ Vernon (Vipers win 4-2)
Saturday, November 1st Merritt @ Vernon (Vipers win 5-3)
Wednesday, November 26th Merritt @ Vernon (Vipers win 7-3)
Friday, December 19th Vernon @ Merritt (Centennials win 6-3)
Saturday, January 24th Vernon @ Merritt (Vipers win 5-1)
Wednesday, January 28th Merritt @ Vernon (Vipers win 4-3)

Here’s a look at the previous playoff meetings between Vernon & Merritt

1984-85 Interior Division Semifinals Merritt defeated Vernon 4 games to 3
1987-88 Interior Division Semifinals Vernon defeated Merritt 4 games to 0
1988-89 Interior Division Finals Vernon defeated Merritt 4 games to 0
1989-90 Vernon defeated Merritt in a Round Robin Playoff format
1996-97 Interior Division QuarterfinalsVernon defeated Merritt 4 games to 0
1998-99 Interior Division Semifinals Vernon defeated Merritt 4 games to 1
1999-2000 Interior Division Conference Finals Vernon defeated Merritt 4 games to 3
2001-2002 1st Round Vernon defeated Merritt 4 games to 0

Vernon-Merritt Regular Season Overall Records-Stats:

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 432-236-20-20

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 238-95-11-10 at home

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 195-131-9-10 on the road

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 58-18-3-8 vs. Merritt

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon has outscored Merritt 338-222

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 28-6-1-4 at home vs. Merritt

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 24-9-2-5 in Merritt

The Vipers are 6-3-0-1 in their last ten games at home vs. the Centennials

The Vipers are 3-4-2-1 in their last ten games on the road vs. the Centennials

The Vipers are 5-4-1-0 in their last ten games vs. Merritt

The Vipers last win at home vs Merritt was a 4-3 victory on Wednesday, January 28th 2015

The Centennials last win in Vernon was a 1-0 victory on Saturday, October 26th 2013

The Vipers last win in Merritt was a 5-1 victory on Saturday, January 24th 2015

The Centennials last win at home over Vernon was a 6-3 victory on Friday, December 19th 2014

The Vipers went 2-3-1-1 vs the Merritt Centennials last season




Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The defending Interior Division Conference Champion Vernon Vipers meet the Merritt Centennials in the playoffs for the first time since the 2001-2002 season where Vernon swept the Centennials in four straight.  The Vipers finished the regular season on a two game losing streak with losses in Salmon Arm & Penticton.  Vernon finished 2nd in the Division ten points ahead of Merritt in the standings.  The Vipers won three of their final five regular season games finished 6-3-0-1 in their final ten regular season games.  The Vipers have won four straight at home over Merritt have lost just ten games to the Cents in their last thirty eight home games.  Vernon has won twelve of their last thirteen & fifteen of their last sixteen games on home ice.   

Thomas Aldworth (37-19-56) lead the Vipers in goals with thirty seven while Liam Finlay (23-41-64) leads the team in points with sixty four.

Vipers goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn played eight games with the Cents last season before being traded to Vernon on July 22nd 2014 for future considerations

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog

http://vipersvenom1.blogspot.ca/

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 58
Wins: 36
Losses: 18
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 3
Home Record: 20-6-1-1
Road Record: 16-12-0-2
Overtime Record: 1-2-1
Record vs Interior Division: 20-14-1-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 16-4-0-2
Record in September: 2-2-0-1
Record in October: 5-3-0-0
Record in November 9-2-1-1
Record in December 6-3-0-0
Record in January 8-4-0-0
Record in February 6-4-0-1
When the Vipers score first: 24-3-1-1
When the opponents score first: 12-16-0-2
Leading after 1st Period: 18-2-1-1
Tied after 1st Period: 11-7-0-0
Trailing after 1st Period: 7-9-0-2
Leading after 2nd Period: 25-2-0-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 7-2-0-0
Trailing after 2nd Period: 4-14-1-1
Out shooting Opponents: 30-12-0-2
Out shot by Opponents: 5-5-1-1
One goal games: 7-6-0-3
Goals For: 218
Goals Against: 161
Place: 2nd Place
Streak: Two game losing streak

-Vernon finished the regular season with the leagues 4th best powerplay

-The Vipers finished the regular season with the leagues 4th best penalty kill

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

TJ Dumonceaux (94)
Danny Todosychuk (94)
Riley Guenther (94)
Kenny Citron (95)
Liam Coughlin (94)

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

Dexter Dancs (95)
Michael McNicholas (94)
Brett Mulcahy (93)
Demico Hannoun (95)
Jared Wilson (94)
Colton Sparrow (93)
Mason Blacklock (94)
Josh Bryan (93)
Brendan Persley (93)
Logan Mick (96)
Ryan Renz (93)
Michael Statchuk (94)
Tyler Povelofskie (96)
Matty Saharchuk (95)
Austin Smith (93)
Dylan Chanter (95)

Vernon’s Home record vs. Merritt this season:

4-0-0-0

Vernon’s Road record vs. Merritt this season:

1-2-0-0

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Merritt this season:

Liam Coughlin (4-5-9)
Thomas Aldworth (6-2-8)
Liam Finlay (3-5-8)
Luke Shiplo (0-6-6)
Jagger Williamson (0-4-4)
Colton McCarthy (2-2-4)
Johnny Coughlin (1-3-4)
Luke Voltin (2-1-3)
Mitch Meek (1-2-3)
Anthony Latina (0-3-3)
TJ Dumonceaux (1-2-3)
Brandon Egli (1-2-3)
Blaine Caton (1-1-2)
Anthony Latina (1-1-2)
Kenny Citron (1-1-2)
Mitchell Oliver (0-1-1)
Riley Brandt (0-1-1)
Riley Guenther (1-0-1)
Linden Hora (0-1-1)
Nicholas Rasovic (0-1-1)
Michael Roberts (1-0-1)

Danny Todosychuk (2-0 Record)
Jarrod Schamerhorn (3-2 Record)


Lets take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

The Merritt Centennials make their fifth visit to Kal Tire Place this season where they went 0-4 during the regular season.  Since the 2002-03 regular season Merritt has just ten wins in Vernon.  The Centennials are coming off a 5-2 home loss to the visiting Trail Smoke Eaters Saturday to wrap up the 2014-15 regular season.  Merritt clinched 3rd place in the Interior Division earning them a first round playoff matchup vs Vernon after a 5-1 win in Salmon Arm Friday.  The Cents finished the regular season with a 32-24-0-2 record won three of their final five regular season games.  The Centennials went 6-4-0-0 in their final ten regular season games.  Merritt went 5-5 in their last ten road games.  Merritt's lone playoff series victory over Vernon was a seven game series win in the 1985 Interior Division Semifinals.  The Cents have lost their last seven playoff series to Vernon since 1985. 

John Schiavo (30-32-62) lead the Centennials in goals with thirty and in points with with sixty two.

Centennials Head Coach-GM Luke Pierce played his final year of Junior hockey with the 2003-04 Vernon Vipers

Merritt Centennials 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 58
Wins: 32
Losses: 24
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 19-10-0-0
Road Record: 13-14-0-2
Record vs Interior Division: 19-20-0-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 15-6-0-1
Record in September: 5-3-0-0
Record in October: 6-5-0-0
Record in November 5-6-0-1
Record in December 5-2-0-1
Record in January 6-6-0-0
Record in February 7-4-0-0
Goals For: 208
Goals Against: 207
Place: 3rd Place
Streak: One game losing streak

-The Centennials finished the regular season with the leagues 6th best powerplay

-Merritt finished the regular season with the league's 11th best penalty kill

Merritt Centennials Returning Players:

Shane Poulsen (94)
Diego Cuglietta (95)
Gavin Gould (96)
James Neil (95)
Jake Clifford (94)
Rhett Willcox (96)
Malik Kaila (96)
Devin Oakes (95)

Merritt Centennials Departing & traded players from last years team:

Scott Patterson (93)
Jeff Wight (95)
Sebastien Pare (93)
Daniel Nachbaur (95)
Adam Tracey (95)
Sam Johnson (94)
Jason Bird (93)
Payton Schaefer (93)
Tyler Martin (93)
Dane Birks (95)
Zach Hartley (95)
Wayland Williams (94)
Devin Kero (94)
Jarrod Schamerhorn (95)

Merritt's Home record vs. Vernon this season:

2-1-0-0

Merritt's Road record vs. Vernon this season:

0-4-0-0

Merritt's scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:

John Schiavo (5-3-8)
Gavin Gould (1-7-8)
Michael Ederer (3-5-8)
Josh Teves (0-7-7)
Colin Grannary (1-4-5)
Diego Cuglietta (0-4-4)
James Neil (3-0-3)
Nick Fidanza (3-0-3)
Jake Clifford (2-1-3)
Brandon Duhaime (1-2-3)
Shane Poulsen (0-3-3)
Devin Oakes (0-1-1)
Braden Fuller (1-0-1)
Matt Foley (0-1-1)
Cole Chorney (1-0-1)
Rhett Willcox (0-1-1)
Zak Bowles (1-0-1)
Sam Johnson (0-1-1)

Anthony Pupplo (0-4 Record)
Jonah Imoo (2-1 Record-1 Shutout)

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=224096

Merritt Centennials:

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=224100

Monday, March 2, 2015

Vernon Vipers Player Profile With #17 Luke Shiplo:

This is posted on the Hockeytube.net website:

Vipers Profile #17 Luke Shiplo

Posted by HockeyTube on Feb 1st, 2015

Century 21 presents Vernon Vipers player profiles. This week, hockeytube.net caught up with Vernon’s high scoring blueliner #17 Luke Shiplo. The Oakville Ontario native talks about getting started in the game and how he became a Vernon Vipers. The 19- year old has already secured a scholarship with Western Michigan and will be attending the NCAA school next season.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3O-gSv5uTQ#t=41

Reign Sign Former Viper Forward Scofield:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Ontario Reign have signed former
Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Scofield.  Scofield has spent his entire professional career in Europe playing with three different teams from 2009-2014.

Scofield started this season with the Moser Medical Graz 99ers, an Austrian ice hockey team from Graz, Styria that play in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga hockey league.   Scofield collected (5-goals-0-assists-5-points) in eight games with Graz 99ers before leaving the team on November 4th 2014.    

Scofield spent the past four seasons in Austria with Klagenfurter Athletiksport. Klagenfurt AC is a professional ice hockey team from Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria that plays in the Austrian Erste Bank Hockey League. In 49 games last season Scofield collected (18-goals-10-assists-28-points).

Scofield played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2000-2002) before being traded to Prince George during the 2001-2002 season. The Vipers sent Scofield and Mark Nelson to the Spruce Kings in return for Rod Pelly, Dan Rossi & Josh Ciocco. In 79 games with the Vipers Scofield collected (21-goals-19-assists-40-points).

Tyler Scofield's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=34054

This is posted on the Reign website:

Reign Add Winger Tyler Scofield

December 4, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Forward began season in Austria with Graz 99ers

ONTARIO, Calif. — The Ontario Reign, four-time Pacific Division Champions and proud affiliate of the NHL’s 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets, have agreed to terms with right wing Tyler Scofield and have placed him on reserve.

Scofield, 30, began the season with Graz 99ers in Austria's Erste Bank Eishockey Liga, recording five points (5g-0a) and four penalty minutes in eight games.

The native of Prince George, British Columbia has spent his entire professional career in Europe
from 2009-14, beginning with HC Plzen in the Czech Eztraliga in 2009-10, before moving to Klagenfurter AC in the EBEL from 2010-14, where he helped lead Klagenfurter to an EBEL championship during the 2012-13 season. In 202 career games spent overseas, Scofield has racked up 118 points (67g-51a) and 104 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning pro, Scofield completed a four-year collegiate career with Bemidji State University from 2005-09, posting 111 points (48g-63a) and 112 penalty minutes in 129 games. Scofield helped the Beavers capture College Hockey America titles in his freshman and senior campaigns.

Reign Drops:

The Ontario Reign, in partnership with San Antonio Community Hospital and their Foundation, will host SACH Jersey Night and Fleece Blanket Giveaway on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Vipers To Face Merritt In BCHL Playoffs:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vernon Vipers to face Merritt in BCHL playoffs

by Staff Writer - Vernon Morning Star

Feb 28, 2015

Asked if he was concerned about his team’s modest two-game losing streak heading into the B.C. Hockey League playoffs, Vernon Vipers head coach Mark Ferner offered a simple one-word answer.

“No,” said Ferner immediately following a 3-2 loss to the Penticton Vees Friday night in the team’s final regular season game, and before he knew his club would play the Merritt Centennials in the opening round of the playoffs starting Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 p.m. both nights, at Kal Tire Place.

The Vees pocketed the winning goal Friday at 13:23 of the third period, getting an accidental boost from a referee’s skate.

A Vipers’ clearing attempt in their own hit the skate of the referee, went directly to Penticton forward Steen Cooper who passed it to an open Lewis Zerter-Gossage  in front of Vernon goalie Danny Todosychuk. Zerter-Gossage, named second star on the night, made a nice move and put the puck behind Todosychuk for the winning goal.

“I’m happy with the way we competed tonight,” said Ferner. “We worked hard to come back from a two-goal deficit and the winning goal was a rather unfortunate situation, and the coverage on that goal wasn’t great. But we competed hard against a good team.”

After falling behind 2-0, Thomas Aldworth, the game’s third star, cut the lead in half at 17:39 of the second period on a Vernon powerplay, firing a rocket from the left face-off circle past first star Hunter Miska in the Vees net for his 37th goal of the year.

Anthony Latina tied the game at 8:02 of the third, capitalizing on a Vees turnover and burying his 19th of the season.

Vernon dominated the final 20 minutes, outshooting the Vees 15-6 and 41-33 on the night.

“I thought we got the puck deep, worked pretty hard down low and we killed off a few penalties,” said Latina. “It could have been a lot worse.”

The Vipers were 1-5 with the man advantage and held Penticton scoreless on five power play opportunities.

The game meant nothing to both squads as far as the standings are concerned as each had locked up a playoff spot.

The Centennials clinched third place and a date with the Vipers in the opening round of the playoffs Friday.

The Cents went into Salmon Arm and, in front of 2,125 fans at the Shaw Centre, scored five unanswered goals, including four in the second period, to dump the Silverbacks 5-1.

Merritt hosted the Trail Smoke Eaters Saturday, the Warriors entertained the Surrey Eagles and the Silverbacks visited Penticton.

Merritt clinched third as, even if all three teams ended up tied in points, they have the most wins.

If Salmon Arm and West Kelowna remained tied after Saturday, it would go to the third tie breaker – superior goal differential from games played between tied teams – to determine who finished fourth and will meet Penticton in round one.

Salmon Arm outscored West Kelowna 23-20 in the seven games between the two teams.

SNAKE BITES: Vernon and Merritt have met six times in the playoffs in their franchises’ histories, with Vernon winning every series. Both franchises were also part of a round-robin playoff format in the Interior Conference in 1989-90, won by the Vernon Lakers...Former Vipers captain and assistant coach Dave Robinson scored UBC’s only goal in a 3-1 loss Friday to Vernon’s James Dobrowolski and the Alberta Golden Bears in Game 1 of the CIS Canada West semifinal in Edmonton.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Vipers-Vees Highlight's:

Here are the Vipers-Vees game highlight's from Friday, February
27th 2015 as the Penticton Vees defeat the Vernon Vipers 3-2 at the South Okanagan Events Centre winning the season series 6-1.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVvdDU7uV3M

Vipers & Centennials Meet In Opening Round Of Playoffs:

The Merritt Centennials have clinced 3rd place in the Interior Division after a 5-1 win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Friday have earned a first round playoff date vs the 2nd place Vernon Vipers starting Tuesday.

1st Round: (Seven game series) 2nd Place Vernon Vipers (36-18-1-3) VS 3rd Place Merritt Centennials (32-23-0-2)

Game 1 Tuesday, March 3rd Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Game 2 Wednesday, March 4th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Game 3 Friday, March 6th Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm
Game 4 Saturday, March 7th Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm
Game 5 Monday, March 9th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Game 6 Tuesday, March 10th Vernon @ Merritt 7:30pm
Game 7 Wednesday, March 11th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm

Here's a look at the season series between the two teams

Friday, October 3rd Vernon @ Merritt (Centennials win 4-0)
Friday, October 24th Merritt @ Vernon (Vipers win 4-2)
Saturday, November 1st Merritt @ Vernon (Vipers win 5-3)
Wednesday, November 26th Merritt @ Vernon (Vipers win 7-3)
Friday, December 19th Vernon @ Merritt (Centennials win 6-3)
Saturday, January 24th Vernon @ Merritt (Vipers win 5-1)
Wednesday, January 28th Merritt @ Vernon (Vipers win 4-3)

The Vipers went 5-2-0-0 vs Merritt this season

Vernon’s Home record vs. Merritt this season:

4-0-0-0

Vernon’s Road record vs. Merritt this season:

1-2-0-0

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Merritt this season:

Liam Coughlin (4-5-9)
Thomas Aldworth (6-2-8)
Liam Finlay (3-5-8)
Luke Shiplo (0-6-6)
Jagger Williamson (0-4-4)
Colton McCarthy (2-2-4)
Johnny Coughlin (1-3-4)
Luke Voltin (2-1-3)
Mitch Meek (1-2-3)
Anthony Latina (0-3-3)
TJ Dumonceaux (1-2-3)
Brandon Egli (1-2-3)
Blaine Caton (1-1-2)
Anthony Latina (1-1-2)
Kenny Citron (1-1-2)
Mitchell Oliver (0-1-1)
Riley Brandt (0-1-1)
Riley Guenther (1-0-1)
Linden Hora (0-1-1)
Nicholas Rasovic (0-1-1)
Michael Roberts (1-0-1)

Danny Todosychuk (2-0 Record)
Jarrod Schamerhorn (3-2 Record)

Merritt's scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:

John Schiavo (5-3-8)
Gavin Gould (1-7-8)
Michael Ederer (3-5-8)
Josh Teves (0-7-7)
Colin Grannary (1-4-5)
Diego Cuglietta (0-4-4)
James Neil (3-0-3)
Nick Fidanza (3-0-3)
Jake Clifford (2-1-3)
Brandon Duhaime (1-2-3)
Shane Poulsen (0-3-3)
Devin Oakes (0-1-1)
Braden Fuller (1-0-1)
Matt Foley (0-1-1)
Cole Chorney (1-0-1)
Rhett Willcox (0-1-1)
Zak Bowles (1-0-1)
Sam Johnson (0-1-1)

Anthony Pupplo (0-4 Record)
Jonah Imoo (2-1 Record-1 Shutout)

The Vernon Vipers finished the 2014-15 BCHL regular season with a 3-2 loss in Penticton Friday lost their last two games of the season.  The Vipers finished 2nd in the Interior Division fifteen points back of Division leading Penticton and ten points up on 3rd place Merritt.

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 58
Wins: 36
Losses: 18
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 3
Home Record: 20-6-1-1
Road Record: 16-12-0-2
Overtime Record: 1-2-1
Record vs Interior Division: 20-14-1-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 16-4-0-2
Record in September: 2-2-0-1
Record in October: 5-3-0-0
Record in November 9-2-1-1
Record in December 6-3-0-0
Record in January 8-4-0-0
Record in February 6-4-0-1
When the Vipers score first: 24-3-1-1
When the opponents score first: 12-16-0-2
Leading after 1st Period: 18-2-1-1
Tied after 1st Period: 11-7-0-0
Trailing after 1st Period: 7-9-0-2
Leading after 2nd Period: 25-2-0-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 7-2-0-0
Trailing after 2nd Period: 4-14-1-1
Out shooting Opponents: 30-12-0-2
Out shot by Opponents: 5-5-1-1
One goal games: 7-6-0-3
Goals For: 218
Goals Against: 161
Place: 2nd Place
Streak: Two game losing streak

The Merritt Centennials will finish the 2014-15 regular season at home to the visiting Trail Smoke Eaters in their final regular season game.  The Centennials are coming off a 5-1 win in Salmon Arm last night have won three straight are two points up on Salmon Arm & West Kelowna in the standings.

Merritt Centennials 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 57
Wins: 32
Losses: 23
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 19-9-0-0
Road Record: 13-14-0-2
Overtime Record:
Record vs Interior Division: 19-19-0-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 15-6-0-1
Record in September: 5-3-0-0
Record in October: 6-5-0-0
Record in November 5-6-0-1
Record in December 5-2-0-1
Record in January 6-6-0-0
Record in February 7-3-0-0
Goals For: 206
Goals Against: 202
Place: 3rd Place
Streak: Three game winning streak

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon is 58-18-3-8 vs. Merritt

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon has outscored Merritt 338-222

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 28-6-1-4 at home vs. Merritt

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 24-9-2-5 in Merritt

The Vipers are 6-3-0-1 in their last ten games at home vs. the Centennials

The Vipers are 3-4-2-1 in their last ten games on the road vs. the Centennials

The Vipers are 5-4-1-0 in their last ten games vs. Merritt

The Vipers last win at home vs Merritt was a 4-3 victory on Wednesday, January 28th 2015

The Centennials last win in Vernon was a 1-0 victory on Saturday, October 26th 2013

The Vipers last win in Merritt was a 5-1 victory on Saturday, January 24th 2015

The Centennials last win at home over Vernon was a 6-3 victory on Friday, December 19th 2014

Penticton 3 Vernon 2

For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Vees game as Penticton defeated Vernon 3-2 in front of 3,326 fans at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Danny Todosychuk
Penticton: Hunter Miska

1st Period: The Vees come out with good jump, good off to a quick start.  A minute into the opening frame, Jack Ramsey setup Tyson Jost in front couldnt beat Danny Todosychuk on a great opportunity in the opening minute.  Penticton with good pressure early, were moving the puck, getting pucks to the net creating chances in the early goings.  Patrick Sexton jumped into the play, couldnt beat Todosychuk from the slot as the Vees were buzzing early.  Almost three minutes in Colton McCarthy would get Vernon's best chance after being tripped on a parcial breakaway giving the Vipers the games first powerplay just minutes into the game.  TJ Dumonceaux with a good look at the net, wired a hard low shot from the top of the circle in the dying minute of the man advantage couldnt beat Hunter Miska as the Vees would kill off the minor.  Less then two minutes later Vernon would get their second look with the man advantage.  Getting pressure and four shots on goal, Hunter Miska was sharp making some key saves as the Vipers were 0-2 with the PP.  Just over eight minutes into the 1st period and Vernon was outshooting Penticton 7-3 at this point.  After killing off back to back Vernon powerplays, two and a half minutes later the Vees would get their first look with the PP.  Getting a few good shots but not alot of puck possession the Vipers with a good penalty kill killed off the penalty.  On the following shift Thomas Aldworth was sprung for the parcial breakaway couldnt beat Miska who was ready to play tonight.  Both teams were very evenly matched from here on in until the buzzer as the play was fairly even going back and fourth.  Each club was able to generate some zone time in each others end.  With five minutes remaining Matt Serratore ripped a quick shot from the left circle forcing Danny Todosychuk to make a quick snag with the leather keeping this game scoreless.  A minute later Dakota Conroy who was acquired from the Vipers for Liam Finlay walked in untouched from the high slot before wiring a shot from in close couldnt beat the Vipers goaltender who made tow big saves late in the period.  Penticton gained some momentum late and finished the 1st with a good attack in the final few minutes.  The Vipers back on their heels a little were caught admiring the Vees passing plays as Penticton was pressing in the final minute.  Pat Newell setup Tyson Jost who was able to walk in beat Danny Todosychuk in close giving Penticton a 1-0 lead at 19:34 Newell & Jack Ramsey picked up the assists.  It was 1-0 Penticton after 20 minutes of play.  The Vees with a good start, had good pressure, got two or three good chances in the opening few minutes before the Vipers would get back to back powerplays couldnt capitalize.  Both goaltenders played well as both teams played well in a fairly even played opening period.  Penticton outshot Vernon 16-15.

2nd Period: In the opening minutes Jagger Williamson and Mackenzie Bauer with two good chances in close couldnt beat Vees starting goaltender Hunter Miska who was down and out.  The Vees come right back with a strong push back.  With a strong forecheck Connor Chartier couldnt beat Vipers starting goaltender Danny Todosychuk with a backhand from in close, making a big pad save keeping this a one goal game.  Vernon couldnt clear the zone, turned over the puck twice inside the defensive zone before Dakota Conroy gave Penticton a 2-0 lead at 2:36 Dante Fabbro and Lewis Zerter-Gossage with the helpers.  Three minutes later the Vees would get their second chance with the PP, the first of the 2nd period.  Former Vernon Vipers forward Demico Hannoun alone in front, was stopped by Todosychuk.  The Vipers with a good PK killed off the minor.  It was all Vees early and often as Vernon couldnt get much of anything going as Penticton really using their speed and skill had all kinds of puck possession and zone time carried the majority of the play.  The Vipers with very little puck possession werent in the offensive zone much in the first half.  Danny Todosychuk had to be sharp kept the Vipers in the game were still down two goals.  Just before the midway mark Liam Finlay on an odd man rush beat Hunter Miska but couldnt beat the post.  Brandon Egli joined the attack, pounced on the rebound couldnt beat the Vees goaltender who come up with a huge save off Finlay's shot keeping the Vipers off the scoreboard.  Two and a half minutes later Penticton would get a four minute powerplay after Liam Coughlin's double minor.  Vernon with a very good penalty kill, once again got some key saves from Danny Todosychuk were able to excape and kill off the double minor.  This was huge and a turning point in the game as now still down two goals and not three or four Vernon seemed to build off this PK slowly worked their way back into this hockey game.  The Vipers now in the offensive zone were coming on in the second half, looked much better as the period went on.  Vernon with good pressure had some looks at the net before getting a late powerplay.  Moving the puck around, Viper captain Riley Guenther setup Thomas Aldworth who ripped a wicked shot high past Miska getting Vernon on the board at 17:39 cutting the Vees lead to just a goal.  Guenther and former Penticton Vees forward Liam Finlay collected the assists.  Less then a minute later the Vees would get a late man advantage that lasted all of five seconds before taking a minor penalty of their own sending both teams to four on four to finish the 2nd period.  It was 2-1 Penticton after 40 minutes of play.  The Vipers had two real good opportunities in the opening minute couldnt get the puck past Hunter Miska who played very well this evening.  Miska with two big saves in the opening minute before a Viper turnover put Penticton up by two goals.  The Vees gained momentum carried the better of the play for most of the first half before the Vipers turned the table, getting some life and momentum after two big penalty kills were able to get a PP goal late to climb within a goal.  Shots were even 11-11.

3rd Period: The Vipers come out with good jump off the opening faceoff.  Liam Coughlin with a strong shift battled his way through the offensive zone in the opening minute put a shot through traffic couldnt beat Hunter Miska who somehow saw the puck, making a big save.  Off the following shift a long dump in play from inside centre ice fooled Danny Todosychuk who went to make the routine glove save had the puck graize off the top of his glove going into the corner on a close play.  The Vipers would get an early PP to start the 3rd had some good looks couldnt get any real sustained pressure as the Vees killed off the minor.  Less then two minutes later Anthony Latina with a dump in forced Hunter Miska to come way out of his crease to play the puck, Latina pounced on the rebound firing a quick shot towards the net forced the Vees goaltender to react in a hurry made a huge pad save off Latina just got back between the pipes on time to make the big save.  With the puck still in play, Penticton having troubles couldnt clear the zone on two different opportunities before coughing up the puck right to Latina who beat Miska tied the game 2-2 at 8:50 Latina with all the hard work on that shift forced the Vees into several turnovers tied the game.  Latina's goal was unassisted.  On the following play Demico Hannoun tried setting up Riley Alferd going to the net on an odd man rush couldnt connect on the pass.  Just two minutes after Vernon's game tying goal Penticton would get a big powerplay couldnt capitalize after another solid penalty kill by the Vipers.  Just thirty four seconds after killing the minor the Vipers couldnt clear the zone, turning over the puck allowed Lewis Zerter-Gossage to walk in went forehand, backhand beat Danny Todosychuk in close gave Penticton a 3-2 lead at 13:23 Steen Cooper & Mike Lee with the helpers.  Todosychuk made a nice glove save off Jarod Hilderman keeping this a one goal game.  Vernon with a good push back had several opportunities couldnt beat Hunter Miska who was on his game tonight.  Miska with several big stops kept this a one goal game.  The Vipers with lots of pressure late couldnt get one past the Vees netminder.  Miska made a huge save off Brandon Egli from the point and Thomas Aldworth from the circle.  Mark Ferner would call a late timeout before getting Todosychuk to the bench for the extra attacker with 1:09 remaining.  Penticton was able to clear the zone three or four times didnt come close at a chance at the empty net would hang on for the 3-2 victory winning the season series 6-1.  The Vees come off the bench to congratulate Hunter Miska before several players got a little carried away with several high fives doing some showboating at the end of the game.  I thought the Vipers played a much better 3rd responded well had some good chances, were able to battle back down two goals tied the game at two couldnt hold off the Vees before a late charge to finish the game.  Vernon carried the play at times this period, had a bit of a slight edge in play.  A very entertaining period with chances at both ends.  Hunter Miska was the difference.  Vernon outshot Penticton 15-6.

Top Player's: (Vernon)

Mitch Meek played very well defensively, played a very smart but defensive game. 

Riley Guenther (1 assist) Was another Vernon defenceman that I thought played well this evening.  Guenther looked calm and cool on the backend all night.

Anthony Latina (1 goal) Had lots of jump in his game, scored the game tying goal in the 3rd played with alot of intensity, showed alot of emotion at times, worked hard and competed.

TJ Dumonceaux playing in his final regular season BCHL game in his final season with the Vipers played a strong, physical game, was skating hard all night, played with lots of jump and energy. 

Thomas Aldworth (1 goal) Has really struggled as of late hasnt looked or been the same player the last month or so.  Tonight I thought Aldworth showed signs of his former self, played a hard, intense game, really skated hard, outskated several Vees players for the puck, looked to be in the zone.  Had some good looks-chances through out the game, didnt see much icetime in the 3rd until the final few minutes.

Liam Finlay (1 assist) One of three finalists up for the BCHL Rookie of the Year was another Viper that stood out for me.  Really skating hard, played with alot of intensity, was going all night.

Danny Todosychuk (30 saves) Making his second straight start in his final season with Vernon played very well has suffered back to back losses to finish the regular season.  Made some big saves through out the game, was good on the PK gave his team a chance to win.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

The Vernon Vipers finish the BCHL regular season on a two game losing streak finish the season with a 36-18-1-3 record good enough for 2nd place in the Interior Division and currently tied with Chilliwack for 3rd overall in the league.  With Vernon locking up 2nd place a while back, the Vipers have been basically playing the last month or so with none of these games meaning much other then team pride-stats etc.  Where as teams below the Vipers have been fighting for their playoff lives.  I thought Vernon played very well in a game that didnt mean much in the standings.  Other then the first ten minutes of the 2nd period this was a very hard fought, entertaining hockey game.  The Vipers fell down 2-0 but didnt quit, battled back tying the game before giving up the winner with just over six minutes to go.  A few turning points I look back on, Vernon would get two early powerplays to start the game couldnt capitalize went 0-2 allowed the Vees to hang around, & give Penticton some momentum.  If the Vipers score once or even twice on those two powerplays, this could be a different game.  The second turning point was killing off the double minor in the 2nd period.  With Penticton up 2-0 the Vees score once or twice and this game is basically over or else a long fight back.  The Vipers kill off the double minor, get some life and momentum before scoring a late powerplay goal to end the period are now within a goal heading into the 3rd.  I like Vernon's compete level, thought they played hard, battled and got lots of pucks to the net.  I really liked the Vipers PK, was very good.  A few turnovers in the defenzive zone cost them two goals.  I thought the Vipers did a good job at containing some of the Vees more offensive threats.  This was anybody's game.  Nice to see the Vipers get out a fan bus to both Salmon Arm & Penticton for te final two regular season games.  With a 5-1 Merritt win in Salmon Arm tonight, the Centennials clinch 3rd place meaning the Vipers & Cents will meet in the opening round of the playoffs.

Top Player's: (Penticton)

Gabe Bast played well on the Vees blueline.  Was physical at times, good down low and in and around the net. 

Demico Hannoun had a strong game vs his former team.  Was going hard all night, created and generated offensive chances. 

Dakota Conroy (1 goal) A bigger body was involved in the play, played well up front, had some looks at the net.

Tyson Jost (1 goal) I thought was dangerous at times, seemed to be in and around the Vernon goal often.  Seems to know where the puck is.  Really sees and reads the ice well.

Hunter Miska (39 saves) Improved to 6-1 vs Vernon this season was the difference.  Miska made several key-big saves through out the game keeping his team in the game at times.  Miska was the bussier of the two netminders saw alot more action.  Has a very good-quick glove, quick on his feet, reads the plays well, plays his position well, was fighting pucks through traffic, made some big saves.

Game Thought's: (Penticton)

The Vees like Vernon are also basically playing with pride dont have alot of meaning in their games the last month or so standings wise will finish the regular season vs Salmon Arm tomorrow night.  Penticton who has owned the Vipers all season finish with a 6-1 record over Vernon this season had to battle and fight hard for the win tonight.  The Vees may have won six out of seven games over the Vipers this season but in all but maybe one game every game was down to the final buzzer.  Other then the first half of the 2nd period this was a very evenly matched game with chances at both ends of the rink.  Both goaltenders played very well.  A bounce or call here or there and this game could have gone the other way.  I thought the Vees capitalized on their chances, were very oportunistic tonight.  Went out to a 2-0 lead before having to re-gain their lead and then hold onto the one goal game for the winner.  Penticton just like Vernon broke down mentally in their own end a few times, cost them the game tying goal but managed to rally late scoring the winner with just over six minutes to go.  A huge crowd on hand for the Vees second last regular season home game.  With the Silverbacks loss tonight, the Vees are still awaiting their playoff opponent.  West Kelowna & Salmon Arm are tied in points for the final playoff spot with both teams playing their final games of the regular season tomorrow night.

Scratches:

Vernon:

Luke Shiplo
Nicholas Rasovic
Luke Voltin (Injured)

Penticton:

Cam Amantea

Energy player of the game:

Patrick Sexton

Three Stars:

1st Star: Hunter Miska (39 saves)
2nd Star: Lewis Zerter-Gossage (1 goal & 1 assist)
3rd Star: Thomas Aldworth (1 goal)

BCHL Boxscore,

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1358533&link=bchl

Fraser Rodgers Penticton Vees Blog,

https://pentictonvees.wordpress.com/