Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Vipers On The Road Again:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

The Vernon Vipers are on the road tonight to take on the Merritt Centennials. Listen to all the action on 107.5 Kiss FM starting with the pre-game show at 6:45pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UeE_Xzq8W8

Game Preview: Vernon @ Merritt:

Vernon (22-24-0-3) @ Merritt (18-27-1-4) 7pm

Tonight is the seventh and final regular season meeting between the Vernon Vipers & Merritt Centennials. The Vipers lead the season series 4-2

Last Game:

Wednesday, February 3rd Vernon defeated Prince George 6-3
Saturday, February 6th Salmon Arm defeated Merritt 7-3

Next Game:

Friday, February 12th Langley @ Vernon
Friday, February 12th Merritt @ Cowichan


My game previews take up close to a full page, this is why I have had to shorten the front page.  In order to read the full page-game preview, click on the "read more" near the bottom left corner of this post.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Vernon Vipers Player Profile With #23 Jimmy Lambert:

This is posted on the Hockeytube.net website:

Vipers Profile #23 Jimmy Lambert

Posted by HockeyTube on Dec 10th, 2015

Century 21 presents Vernon Viper’s Player Profiles. This time around we talk to Viper forward Jimmy Lambert who is playing in his first year with the BCHL Team. Lambert talks about his rookie season playing Junior hockey, about the team and his scholarship to Alaska-Fairbanks plus another round of Rapid Fire!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQmG93tKhcY

Former Viper Rasovic No Longer With Thunder:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Nic Rasovic is no longer listed-playing
with the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Drayton Valley Thunder. After playing in four games with the Thunder Rasovic is no longer listed on the Thunder's roster. No official press release from the Thunder and there is no news on where Rasovic is playing hockey.

Rasovic played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2014-2015). The Vipers acquired-signed Rasovic on December 1st 2014 after starting the season with the Coquitlam Express. Rasovic played in 35 games with the Vipers picked up (5-goals-8-assists-13-points) was traded to Drayton Valley October 1st 2015 for future considerations. Rasovic was the last Viper to wear #18 before the Vipers retired jersey-#18 worn by former Vernon Vipers captain-forward Chris Crowell (2005-2009) on January 29th 2016.

Nic Rasovic's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=153255

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Marlies Name Viper Alumni Bourne New Assistant Coach:

The American Hockey League Toronto Marlies have hired-named former Vernon Vipers forward Justin Bourne the teams new Assistant Coach.

Bourne spent the past six-seven years as a hockey writter for USA Today, the Hockey News as well as having-writing his own hockey blogs.

Bourne played two years in Vernon (2001-2003) collected (58-goals-73-assists-131-points) in 120 regular season games with the Vipers. Bourne went on to play four years at the University of Anchorage Alaska as well as attended the New York Islanders training camp in 2007 before a serious jaw injury in semi-pro forced Bourne to retire.

 Justin Bourne's Player Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=77536

 Bourne's previous blog for The Score can been seen here,

http://www.thescore.com/#/author/justin-bourne

 Justin Bourne's first hockey blog,

http://www.jtbourne.com/

 Justin Bourne's Backhand Shelf blog,

http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/author/justinbourne/

This was posted on the Mapleleaf hotstove website:

Justin Bourne joins Toronto Marlies coaching ranks

By Mark Rackham

Nov 26, 2015

The upward transfer of talent has officially begun for the Toronto Marlies, except it’s not among the player personnel.

Entering his second season as video coach with the Marlies, Ryan Ward has already been moved upstairs to the Maple Leafs.

Ward looks a solid appointment having previously worked with the Islanders for four seasons and in two World Championships for the USA.

Replacing him at Ricoh Coliseum will be Justin Bourne.

Unusual for someone in this kind of coaching role, his name will be known by many.
 Bourne’s playing career never amounted to much after his college days: a total of 85 games split between the AHL and mostly the ECHL, before a broken jaw forced early retirement.

The 32 year old hasn’t looked back since, becoming a far more successful hockey writer than he ever was a player.

Bourne’s article, “It’s time to end the use of gay slurs in hockey,” written for USA Today in 2009,

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/columnist/bourne/2009-11-02-hockey-culture_N.htm

certainly first brought him to my attention and went some way breaking down the barriers in regards to the homophobic nature in professional sport and especially hockey.

Having had various articles featured in other high profiles titles including the Hockey News, Bourne joined The Score. He was more than a feature writer — the B.C native turned his hand as a stats analyst and appears open to new ideas.

His appointment, then, seems very in-tune with the new look Toronto approach of free-thinking individuals who aren’t afraid to put across their views.

If you take a look at Bourne’s Twitter feed,

https://twitter.com/jtbourne

you’ll see first hand evidence of this. If you don’t already follow him, I recommend doing so.

This is an interesting acquisition by the Toronto organization and one that sits well with me. It’s all about harnessing the best young brains in the game, and the Marlies now have a head coach, assistant coach, video coach and GM, none of whom are above the age of 35.

For a list of Bourne’s systems analysis and player breakdowns, check out this reddit thread.

https://www.reddit.com/r/hockey/wiki/j_t_bournes_unique_traits

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Ex Vipers Goaltender Gordon Talk's Winning Culture With Kevin Pederson:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Graeme Gordon speaks to Vipers Assistant Coach Kevin Pederson of the Vernon Vipers about the winning culture behind the team.

https://soundcloud.com/evolution1079bcit/culture-connection-nov-25-2015

Gordon committed to UBC for the 2010-11 season, played in just one game before leaving UBC committed to Simon Fraser University the following season. Gordon was in his third year playing hockey at Simon Fraser University before leaving SFU. It looks like Gordon has retired from hockey and is now attending BCIT taking the Radio Arts & Entertainment program in Vancouver, working-learning at Evolution 107.9 FM a BCIT Radio station.

Gordon played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2008-2010). The Vipers traded Matt Cumming & future considerations on October, 8th 2008 to the Merritt Centennials for Gordon. In 60 regular season games with the Vipers Gordon collected 44 wins, 13 losses & 3 shutouts.

Graeme Gordon's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38010

Sharks Sign Vernon Viper Alumni Bishop:

The Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck Sharks have signed  former Vernon Vipers forward Hunter Bishop. HC Tiroler Wasserkraft Innsbruck Sharks is an Austrian professional ice hockey team that currently plays in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga hockey league (EBEL).

Bishop started this season with the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) Krefeld Pinguine (Krefeld
Penguins). The Pinguine is an ice hockey team in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga hockey league. Their home is in Krefeld, North-Rhine-Westphalia, Germany at the König Palast. Bishop went pointless in four games with the Pinguine.

After playing just two seasons at Ohio State University Bishop played four seasons in the American Hockey League & East Coast Hockey League with six different teams (Hamilton, Wheeling, South Carolina, Lake Erie, Rochester & Manchester) before heading to Slovenia last season.  Bishop played last year with the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) Hokejsko Drsalno Društvo Olimpija Ljubljana. Hokejsko Drsalno Društvo Olimpija Ljubljana, commonly referred to as HDD Olimpija or simply Olimpija, is a Slovenian professional ice hockey team that plays in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga hockey league.  HDD Olimpija play in the city of Ljubljana wich is the capital and largest city of Slovenia.

Bishop played parts of three seasons in Vernon (2005-2008). Bishop left the Vipers after two seasons and played in just four games at the University of North Dakota during the 2006-07 season before returning to Vernon during the Christmas break playing the remainder of the 2006-07 season playing his final season with the Vipers (2007-2008) before playing the next two years at Ohio State University. In 140 regular season games with the Vipers Bishop collected (93-goals-84-assists-177-points).  Bishop holds the Vipers record for most goals in a season with 57 (2007-08).  Jason Elders holds the Vernon franchise record with 67 (1990-91). On March 18th 2010 the Montreal Canadiens signed Bishop as a free agent to a two year contract. Bishop attended the Habs training camp for three straight seasons before being sent down to the American Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs.

Hunter Bishop's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=18249

This is posted on the Sharks website:

News

Still without new entry Bishop against Linz!

The Innsbruck sharks want to extend without new entry Hunter Bishop her strong home balance also against Linz further.

„ Our key players, but just also our other players must do a step forwards. We must bring more than 60 minutes consistently our achievement. “ The summary of Haie-Goalie Andy Chiodo after the brief 2:3 defeat in the derby against South Tirol was suitable. After the well-balanced first third, the Tyroleans had to fight in the second segment hard. Alone Chiodo was to be owed that the part was also still exciting after 40 minutes. „ He has given us a chance and has played sensational. However, unfortunately, we have found no way to get points. This is a pity “, coach Christer Olsson also knows.

Now tomorrow against Linz the maps are anew mixed Tuesday again. Heavy work is guaranteed against the top team from Upper Austria. „ Linz has a quite strong team. We must be ready and do our tasks. Then we will also have our chances “, according to Chiodo. At home the Tyroleans feel already as fit as a fiddle, six victories with eight plays speak a very positive language.

For new entry Hunter Bishop this part still comes too early. Indeed, the forward from Alaska already had the first training with the team, however, the play permission should arrive only in the course of the week. So at least the wish. „ Hockey is to be played nicely again. The last both months in field Kre were not easy for me. Now I want to attack again “, nods Bishop.

Beside the American Florian Pedevilla and Tyler Scofield (both injured) are absent furthermore.

Innsbruck HC TWK has made a find in search of a substitute for Tyler Scofield! Hunter Bishop changes from the DEL to Innsbruck.

Now it is fixed! After the passed fitness check last night with the association doctor the Innsbruck sharks are glad the transfer of Hunter Bishop of DEL club field Kre Penguins in the Inn to be allowed to announce.

Bishop will substitute for the injured Tyler Scofield in the attack of the Tyroleans. Coach Christer Olsson is pleased that it was possible at short notice for an attacker dangerous for gate such to oblige.

Bishop which as a centre as well as as a wing can be used, registered in the past season with league competitor Olimpija Ljubljana in 48 plays 20 gates and 16 Assists. When exactly the American will celebrate his debut in the dress of the sharks, however, is still open. At first the bureaucratic Modalitäten must be still cleared.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Hurricanes Name Former Vernon Lakers-Vipers Defenceman MacNevin New Assistant Coach:

The Western Hockey League Lethbridge Hurricanes have hired-named former Vernon Lakers-Vipers defenceman Josh MacNevin new Assistant Coach. 

MaNevin joins former Vernon Vipers forward Brent Kisio who is the Hurricanes Head Coach. Kisio played one season in Vernon (2002-2003) in 59 regular season games with the Vipers Kisio collected (20-goals-46-assists-66-points).

After playing four years at Providence College, MacNevin spent parts of the next three seasons (2000-2002) playing in the ECHL & WCHL before spending the next twelve years playing overseas. From 2001-2013 MacNevin played with nine different teams (Fassa, EK Zell am See, Eisbaren Regensburg, ERC Ingolstadt, Vaxjo Lakers HC, HPK, AIK, SaiPa & TPS) in seven different leagues (Italy, Austria 2, Germany 2, DEL, Allsvenskan, Liiga & SHL). MacNevin retired from hockey after the 2012-13 season spent the 2013-14 season as an Assistant Coach with the University of Lethbridge before joining the Hurricanes this season.

MacNevin played two years in Vernon, one with the 1994-95 Vernon Lakers before finishing his final year of junior hockey winning a Royal Bank Cup with the 1995-96 Vernon Vipers.  MacNevin was drafted 101 overall in Round 4 at the 1996 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils.

Josh MacNevins Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=13397

This is posted on the Hurricanes website:

Hurricanes Round Out Coaching Staff

Aug 13, 2015

Lethbridge, AB - The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club have announced the hiring of Josh MacNevin as an assistant coach.

MacNevin, 38, joins new Hurricanes head coach Brent Kisio and incumbent assistant coach Mike Craig to complete the coaching staff for the 2015-2016 season. The Calgary, native most recently served as an assistant coach with the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns Men’s Hockey team in 2013-2014 as an assistant coach.

“It’s a really good opportunity to come into a great league on a team that’s on its way up. Brent seems like a really good guy and I’m really excited to join the team and try to help out wherever I can,” said MacNevin. “I’m really excited to start learning and understand the process from the other side of the bench a little bit more.”

MacNevin has a wealth of experience in the game of hockey after playing in the BCHL and NCAA before embarking on a professional career that spanned 14 seasons, spending two seasons in the East Coast Hockey League as well as 12 seasons in Europe before retiring in 2013. The former defenseman was a 1996 fourth round draft pick of the New Jersey Devils.

“We’re very excited to have him. He’ll round out our staff very well. He’s played a lot of professional hockey. His knowledge of the game seems very high,” said Hurricanes Head Coach, Brent Kisio. “We’ll see how his role goes and how much he can be around. He’ll be on the ice as much as he can helping out our guys, especially skill development. He wants to be around and is excited about the opportunity and he’s excited to help us win hockey games.”

Cakebread, Butcher Boost Vipers Past PG:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Cakebread, Butcher boost Vipers past PG

Feb 4, 2016

Morning Star Staff

The Vernon Vipers iced the Prince George Spruce Kings 6-3 Wednesday night and then rode the iron lung into Kal Tire Place at 6:30 a.m.

They now get five days to recover from bus legs, happy in knowing they are closer to securing the fourth and final playoff spot in the B.C. Hockey League’s Interior Division.

Christian Cakebread returned to the lineup after a few weeks on injured reserve and joined Ben Butcher in recording two goals before 750 fans at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena (formerly known as the Coliseum).

“We did we wanted to and that was get two points which we needed after Trail beat Salmon Arm the other night,” said Viper assistant coach Kevin Kraus.

The Vipers have 47 points with nine games remaining, while the Smoke Eaters have 42 points with eight games left. Vernon visits the last-place Merritt Centennials Tuesday.

Vernon has four home contests, including one against the last overall Surrey Eagles. Trail has six home tilts, including a Feb. 27 date with the Vipers to close the regular season.

The Vipers dialed up three unanswered goals in the third period to officially eliminate the Spruce Kings (11-34-3-1) from playoff contention.

Prince George rookie d-man Cooper Prechel opened the scoring with his first BCHL goal, 5:55 after the anthem, set up in the slot for a one-timer by blueline partner Matthew Stief on a 3-on-2 rush.

Butcher, with his ninth, and blueliner Callum Volpe, with his third, responded for Vernon. Liam Finlay and d-man Bo Pellah drew assists on Butcher’s snipe, while Brett Stapley and Steven Jandric earned helpers on Volpe’s goal.

Kings captain Stephen Penner levelled the score at 2-2 three minutes into the second period with a shot from the point which fooled Viper goalie Andrew Shortridge.

D-man Mitchell Oliver (4th) and Cakebread netted goals six minutes apart later in the period. Cakebread supplied his 12th goal 3:35 into the final period before Nic Ponak replied for the Kings three minutes later. Butcher finished a 2-on-1 with Charley Michalowski with 2:58 remaining.

“It was nice to get Cakebread back,” said Kraus. “He’s very skilled and he adds an energy presence too. He goes to the areas you need to go to for goals.”

Forwards Riley Brandt and Hunter Zandee, along with goalie Brendan Barry, remain on IR.

The Vipers host the Langley Rivermen, Friday, Feb. 12.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BCHL Report - Jagger Williamson Interview:

Vernon Vipers play by play guy, Graham Turnbull talks with Vernon Vipers second year forward Jagger Williamson after a 5-3 win over the visiting Powell River Kings December 20th 2015. Williamson picked up a goal & assist in the victory.

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

Ex Viper Hora Receives Honorable Mention For Player Of The Week:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Linden Hora receives honorable mention for this week's Player of the Week.

Hora was recruited by the Vipers, played one season in Vernon (2014-15) attended the Vipers 2015 Training Camp, played in a few exhibition games before being traded before the regular season started. Linden Hora & Tak Anholt were traded to Chilliwack on September 9th 2015 for Darren Rizzolo. In 54 games with the Vipers last year, Hora collected (1-goal-3-assists-4-points).

Linden Hora's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=180500

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Desbiens scoring spree earns him BCHL POW

February 2, 2016

in Featured Stories, Latest News, Primary News, Top Stories

West Kelowna Warriors forward Jonathan Desbiens has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 31, the league announced Monday.

Desbiens posted one of the highest-scoring weeks in recent memory, racking up six goals and nine assists for 15 points in four games – all wins for the Warriors. The Montreal native opened with a pair of assists in an 8-1 win over Trail to start the week and followed that starting a road trip with two goals and two helpers for 1st Star in a 7-1 win in Cowichan Valley. The next night, he took 1st Star again with two goals and three assists in a 6-5 OT win in Powell River and he wrapped up the trip with another goal and two assists in a 6-3 win in Chilliwack.

Committed to Bentley University for next season, Desbiens production last week moved him up to fourth in the BCHL in goals with 35 and seventh overall in points with 67.

Honourable mentions this week:

Penticton Vees F Scott Conway: 5G, 4A, two 1st Stars, GWG

West Kelowna Warriors F Garrett Forster: 5G, 4A, hat trick, 1st Star, 3rd Star, GWG

West Kelowna Warriors F Kylar Hope: 3G, 7A, 1st Star

Alberni Valley Bulldogs F Chris Schutz: 6G, 1A, 1st Star, 2 2nd Stars, GWG

Nanaimo Clippers F Matt Hoover: 3G, 5A, 1st Star, GWG

Chilliwack Chiefs F Linden Hora: 4G, 1A, 1st Star

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Vernon 6 Prince George 3

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

5:55 PG Cooper Prechel (1) ASST: Nic Ponak, Matthew Stief 
9:54 VER Ben Butcher (9) ASST: Liam Finlay, Bo Pellah 
18:19 VER Callum Volpe (3) ASST: Brett Stapley, Steven Jandric

2nd Period:

3:11 PG Stephen Penner (3) ASST: Cavin Tilsley, Jordan Funk 
10:03 VER Mitchell Oliver (4) ASST: Jagger Williamson, Joe Sacco 
16:05 VER Christian Cakebread (11) ASST: Jimmy Lambert, Odeen Tufto

3rd Period:

3:35 VER Christian Cakebread (12) ASST: Odeen Tufto, Bo Pellah 
6:49 PG Nic Ponak (5) ASST: Matthew Stief, Cavin Tilsley 
17:08 VER Ben Butcher (10) ASST: Charley Michalowski 

Vernon outshot Prince George 36-32 Andrew Shortridge made 29 saves in the win, while Joseph McLeod made 30 saves in the loss.

BCHL Game Summary,

http://bchl.ca/game-summary?game_id=7040

Game Preview: Vernon @ Prince George:

Vernon (21-24-0-3)  @ Prince George (11-33-1-3) 7pm 

Tonight is the second and final regular season meeting between the Vernon Vipers & Prince George Spruce Kings. The Spruce Kings lead the season series 1-0.

Last Game:Saturday, January 30th Salmon Arm defeated Vernon 6-1
Saturday, January 30th Merritt defeated Prince George 5-2

Next Game:

Tuesday, February 9th Vernon @ Merritt
Friday, February 5th Surrey @ Prince George


My game previews take up close to a full page, this is why I have had to shorten the front page.  In order to read the full page-game preview, click on the "read more" near the bottom left corner of this post.


Vipers Look To Final 10

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers look to final 10
                        
Feb 3, 2016

Morning Star Staff

Putting that 6-1 loss to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday night on the shelf, the Vernon Vipers have been a team on the rise in the B.C. Hockey League.

The Vipers are 5-2 in their last seven games and face the 11-win Prince George Spruce Kings tonight at the Coliseum with forward Christian Cakebread returning from injured reserve.

“We’re disappointed with the effort in Salmon Arm, but they’re a good hockey team and I don’t think they had won in seven or eight games,” said Viper head coach/GM Mark Ferner. “We’ve done some good things in our last seven games. Our powerplay went 8-for-31 and we gave up one goal on 19 penalty kills.”

The coaching staff has asked the Vipers to find a higher level for the remaining 10 regular-season games. After playing Prince George, Vernon gets a five-day break before visiting the last-place Merritt Centennials Tuesday night at Nicola Valley Arena.

“We gotta worry about how we play and not who we play,” said Ferner. They’re (Spruce Kings) gonna come out hard and I respect that. We have to focus on our job.”

The Vipers left injured forwards Hunter Zandee and Riley Brandt and goalie Brendan Barry at home. The Vipers, at press time Tuesday afternoon, had not found a back-up for Andrew Shortridge.

Ross Heidt pulled the hat trick as the Silverbacks won in front of a raucus crowd of 1,688 fans at the Shaw Centre on Hockey Day in Salmon Arm. The Vipers clipped the Silverbacks 3-2 Friday night at Kal Tire Place.

“Despite the result on Friday night, I think the boys response on Saturday was great,” said Silverbacks head coach Brandon West. “Our depth was really hard to handle and we wore them down.

“We took our chances well, we made the most of the opportunities we had, as opposed to Friday where we missed three empty nets and ran into a goalie (Shortridge) who played very well.”

Nick Hutchison, d-man Kodi Schwarz and Jared Turcotte also scored for the Gorillas, who outshot the Snakes 40-29. Colton McCarthy rang up his 18th goal of the season for Vernon.

The Vipers hold down the fourth and final playoff spot in the Interior Division, five points ahead of the Trail Smoke Eaters, who lost 4-3 to Penticton.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Chris Crowell's Jersey Retirement Ceremony-Tribute Video:

This is posted on the Hockeytube.net website:

Vernon Vipers Retire #18

Posted by HockeyTube on Jan 31st, 2016

The BCHL Vernon Vipers who have won a record 6-National Junior A Championships since 1990, retired only their second jersey in the team’s history. On January 29th, 2016 the Vipers raised former captain Chris Crowell’s #18 jersey to the rafters, honouring one of the fiercest players to ever wear a Viper’s uniform. During a time when fighting was a big part of the sport…Crowell was one of the toughest players Vernon fans have ever watched. In fact you can see his highlights video below,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TtMZUzT3Zc

The Williams Lake native played for Vernon for four years and was captain of the 2009 RBC champion team. He earned a scholarship that year and attended the University of Alaska Anchorage. The 27 year old now lives in Kamloops with his wife.

The only other player to have his Vipers jersey retired is #20 Rob Short.

Chris Crowell's Jersey Retirement Ceremony-Tribute Video,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hAyd_l7B7c

Former Viper Defenceman Bird Leaves Lakers:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Jason Bird has left Lake Superior State
University.

Bird was in his second season with the Lakers, never played a game this season before leaving the University. Bird played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2013-2014) was released by the Coquitlam Express before signing with the Vipers on January 10th 2013. Bird played in 49 games over parts of two seasons with the Vipers collecting (8-goals-21-assists-29-points) before being traded along with future considerations to Merritt on January 3rd 2014 for Dylan Chanter.

Jason Bird's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=62736

This is posted on the USCHO website:

Lake Superior State sophomore blueliner Bird leaves team

USCHO Staff Report •  Nov. 12, 2015

Lake Superior State announced Wednesday that sophomore defenseman Jason Bird has left the team.

Bird appeared in 23 games as a freshman and tallied a goal and four assists.

He has not played yet this season for the Lakers.

“We would like to thank Jason for the commitment and service he put into the program,” said LSSU coach Damon Whitten in a statement. “We wish him the best of luck in all of his future endeavors.”

Monday, February 1, 2016

Condors Sign Ex Viper Forward Kellen Jones:

The  American Hockey League (AHL) Bakersfield Condors have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Kellen Jones to a Professional Try-Out Contract (PTO).

Just days after signing with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Missouri Mavericks (September 24th 2015) Kellen Jones landed a try out with the American Hockey League (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers (September 30th 2015) but was later released- ent back down to the Mavericks. In 16 games this season with the Mavericks Kellen has (4-goals-13-assists-17-points) & in 12 games with the Condors Jones has (1-goal-2-assists-3-points).

Kellen & his twin brother Connor played their first pro-season last year with two different teams in two different leagues. Connor & Kellen started last season with the American Hockey League (AHL) Oklahoma City Barons also spent time with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Bakersfield Condors. The Condors moved to the AHL for the 2015-16 season. In 41 games last season with the Barons Connor collected (4-goals-6-assists-10-points) and in 27 games with the Condors picked up (10-goals-16-assists-26-points). In 48 games with the Barons Kellen collected (5-goals-9-assists-14-points) and in 27 games with the Condors recorded (7-goals-18-assists-25-points). After four years at Quinnipiac University, the Jones Twins signed their first pro contract with the Barons on April 3rd 2014. The Barons assigned Connor & Kellen to Bakersfield after Training camp last year before the pair went back and fourth between the ECHL & AHL. Connor & Kellen both played four years in Vernon (2006-2010). 

Kellen played in 154 regular season games with the Vipers collecting (39-goals-134-assists-173-points). Kellen is also the all-time franchise assists leader (regular season & playoffs) with 150. Kellen was drafted in Round 7 of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft #202 overall by the Edmonton Oilers.
This is posted on the Condors website:

Kellen Jones returns to Condorstown

November 23, 2015


in News & Releases by condors

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors announced today that the team has signed C Kellen Jones to a Professional Try-Out Contract (PTO). A PTO is valid for up to 25 games.

JONES – stats (25 years old, 5-10, 185 lbs., Montrose, British Columbia) •Third on the Missouri Mavericks in scoring with 17 points (4g-13a) in 16 games


•Tied for 9th in the ECHL in points, 3rd in assists

•Was under AHL contract with the Oilers last season, and posted 5g-9a-14pts in 48 AHL games with Oklahoma City in 2014-15

•Posted 7g-18a-25pts in 27 games as a rookie with ECHL Bakersfield in 2014-15


Viper Alumni Juha Named Big Ten Third Star Of The Week:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Luke Juha was named Big Ten Third Star of the Week.

Juha is in his fourth year at Penn State University, played one season in Vernon (2011-12). Juha played in just ten games picking up two assists, due to two long term injuries that season. The Vipers acquired Juha from the OJHL Burlington Cougars on June 27th 2011 for future considerations.

Luke Juha's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=75054

This was posted on the Penn State website:

Juha Nabs Big Ten Third Star of the Week

Senior defenseman Luke Juha named Big Ten Third Star of the Week for four-point week at Three Rivers Classic

Jan. 5, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State men’s hockey senior defenseman Luke Juha (Mississauga, Ontario) was named the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week on Tuesday morning by the conference office. Juha had a conference-leading four-point week at the Three Rivers Classic with a plus-4 rating to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team.

Juha collected his first weekly honor of his career by notching back-to-back multi-point games for the first time in his career. His outstanding play at both ends of the ice allowed him to tally four points on a goal and three assists. Juha scored and had a helper in a loss to Robert Morris before adding two assists in a 5-1 win over Clarkson the following night.

Additionally, Juha had six blocks over the week and he currently leads the team (29) in the category. Juha is the most productive blueliner with 13 points on three goals and 10 assists, reaching double digits in the category for the first time in his career. Juha leads the team with a plus-15 rating and has yet to take a penalty this season.

Juha is the seventh different Nittany Lion to earn weekly plaudits from the Big Ten. Over the past two seasons, Penn State has received 17 weekly laurels, 10 of which came during 2014-15. This week’s other two stars are both goaltenders: Ohio State’s Christian Frey and Steve Racine of Michigan, first and second, respectively.

The Nittany Lions, who continue to be ranked in both national polls return to the ice on Friday to face Big Ten foe Minnesota inside Pegula Ice Arena. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. with a national broadcast on Big Ten Network and streaming through BTN2Go. Saturday’s game will be played at 3 p.m. with video streaming through BTN Plus ($).

Both games will carry a radio broadcast on the Penn State Sports Network with live audio streaming through GoPSUnow and the Penn State Sports App.

Head coach Guy Gadowsky, who is one win shy of 225 for his collegiate career, will host his weekly radio show, The Penn State Coaches Show, on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. The show will originate from Lettermans Sports Grill on at 1031 East College Avenue in State College. That show will also air live on GoPSUnow and the Penn State Sports App as well as the opening 30 minutes on 1450 AM ESPN Radio in State College.

Penn State’s 2015-16 Big Ten Stars of the Week

 Oct. 13 – Curtis Loik (First)
 Oct. 20 – Alec Marsh (Second)
 Oct. 27 – Chase Berger (Third)
 Nov. 24 – Andrew Sturtz (Second)
 Dec. 1 – Eamon McAdam (First)
 Dec. 15 – Tommy Olczyk (Second)
 Jan. 5 – Luke Juha (Third)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Crowell's Jersey Retired:

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Crowell's jersey retired

by Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

posted Jan 31, 2016

He was affectionately known as ‘Crow’ when he played four years with the B.C. Hockey League Vernon Vipers, serving as captain of the 2009 Royal Bank Cup championship team.

Chris Crowell was one of the fiercest fighters in the league and was the consummate leader and teammate.

He made a major  impact as a Viper and his work was rewarded Friday night when his No. 18 jersey was retired and raised to the rafters at Kal Tire Place. He becomes the second player in franchise history to have his jersey taken out of circulation: Rob Short’s No. 20 was the first.

“That was an awesome ceremony, I think Todd (assistant GM Miller) had a lot to do with putting it together,” smiled Crowell. “I was shocked at first. It was way more than I expected. The video was pretty cool and brought back a lot of good memories. I think they had all my goals in the video; it couldn’t have gone any longer because they showed them all. It’s good to come back and see a lot of familiar faces.”

An engineer in Kamloops, Crowell was accompanied by his wife, Bree, and his parents, Richard and Shannon Crowell of Kelowna. His brother, Kevin, was one of the referees Friday. Crow was surprised with the pace of the game.

“It seems everybody is small and quick with good hands and finish, and a lot more skilled than me. I was watching some of the game with (ex-Viper teammate) Bryce Kakoske and we both noticed how fast they all are.”

Crowell said he misses hockey, especially his years in the BCHL with such players as Kevin Kraus, Kellen and Connor Jones, Hunter Bishop, Kyle St. Denis, Braden Pimm, Kyle Bigos Scott Zurevinski and Short.

“Junior hockey was pretty fun time. I don’t think there aren’t many other times in your life where you  kind of have a  responsibility for two hours of the day and the rest you freewheeled and did whatever you wanted.”

Ferner and Viper owner Duncan Wray presented Crowell a gorgeous framed jersey before the opening face-off. Crowell signed loads of autographs throughout the building.

“He was one of the best captains I’ve coached,” said Ferner, in a stirring video of Crowell’s best moments and interviews produced by Rob Abramenko of KISS-FM. “He was a warrior on the ice and a gentleman off the ice.”

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder rang up 33 goals and 596 penalty minutes with the Vipers. He delivered thunderous checks and threw heavy punches back in the fighting days of the BCHL. He and Jordan Simpson of the Prince George Spruce Kings ran into one another at Booster Juice prior to one game in Vernon and agreed to scrap seconds after the opening face-off.

Crowell, who turns 28 next week, played NCAA Division 1 hockey for the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves, being captain for three of his four years.

Seawolves’ head coach Matt Thomas sent a special tribute read by Abramenko over the public address system: “The University of Alaska-Anchorage would like to congratulate former Seawolve captain Chris Crowell for the remarkable honour: Chris embodied the qualities that make hockey a special sport. His contributions as a player, a student-athlete and most notably a leader continue to influence our program today.”

Kal Tire Buzz Inspires Vipers:

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Kal Tire buzz inspires Vipers

by  Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Jan 30, 2016

Parents Weekend. Chris Crowell jersey retirement night. Oh, and Carolina Hurricanes goalie Eddie Lack and his coach were in the house.

The buzz in the building seemed to inspire the Vernon Vipers as they rallied for an entertaining 3-2 B.C. Hockey League victory over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Friday night before 2,402 boisterous fans at Kal Tire Place.

Vernon was without clutch forwards Odeen Tufto (leading scorer), Riley Brandt, Christian Cakebread and Hunter Zandee, all sidelined with illness or concussion and representing 54 goals. Salmon Arm was missing veteran d-man Ryley Booth and forwards Carson Bolduc and Cam Couture.

“I think our team does a little bit better when we’re under the gun,” said Viper assistant coach Kevin Kraus. “Last game in Salmon Arm, we lose two forwards after the first period and go out and put up seven in the second. I think when you’re down guys, you just go out there and play hockey. The shifts are short and you keep it simple.”

The Silverbacks, trying to atone for a 10-5 loss two weeks ago at the Shaw Centre in a tilt they were leading 5-1, went ahead 2:17 after the national anthem when call-up Josh Latta sniped his first BCHL goal on a scramble. Assists went to Marcus Mitchell and Jared Turcotte. Latta, 17, leads the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League and the Vancouver NW Giants in points with 53.

D-man Kodi Schwarz, who was talking to college scouts after the game, made it 2-0 just 82 seconds later with a shot from the left hash marks, his fourth of the year, from Turcotte.

The Vipers responded when blueliner Mitchell Oliver’s wrister from the right point beat Angus Redmond with 13 seconds left in a hit to the head penalty to Cam Trott on Charlie Michalowski. Trott was also assessed a misconduct. D-man Darren Rizzolo earned the assist on Oliver’s third of the season.

Vernon levelled the score at 14:24 of the second period when Ben Butcher scored on a sweet wraparound to the right post for his eighth of the season. Liam Finlay, who took first star and the Fortis Energy Player of the Game, and Brett Stapley pocketed the helpers. Butcher’s father, Garth, a former NHLer, was in the building.

Ex-NHLer Joe Sacco was also at Kal Tire Place and watched his son, Joe, bury the winner at 3:31 from the right circle after a nice cross-ice feed by captain Colton McCarthy. It was Sacco’s eighth of the campaign.

“Typical Vernon Vipers start against Salmon Arm tonight which isn’t our biggest asset against this team,” said Kraus.  “We battled back and we were able to tie it and eventually get the winner early in the third. I think our  team is definitely starting to learn how to win these tight games and good for our team to mature as a group.”

Salmon Arm outshot Vernon 33-29 with Andrew Shortridge posting his 16th win in a fast-paced, hard-hitting, entertaining contest.

Butcher went into the corners and did the heavy lifting alongside Finlay and Stapley. Butcher has played his best hockey as a Viper since getting sucker-punched by Reed Gunville of the West Kelowna Warriors and breaking his nose at the buzzer in a Jan. 12 game at Royal LePage Place.

“We just talked about keeping it simple, making sure we’re playing within our systems and doing the right things,” said Butcher, a Bellingham product. “We were going hard and everybody chipped in; it was a good effort by the team.

“Pretty unbelievable, on Parents Weekend, being my last year in the league and all, getting the win in front of my dad was pretty special.”

The teams met again Saturday night at the Shaw Centre in front of an expected sellout on Hockey Day in Salmon Arm.

The Silverbacks are third in the Interior Division, two points behind the Warriors, 7-1 winners over the Cowichan Valley Capitals in Duncan. The Vipers hold down the fourth and final playoff berth with 45 points, five ahead of the idle Trail Smoke Eaters. Trail hosted the first-place Penticton Vees Saturday night. Nick Jones compiled 2+1 as the Vees shelled the Smokies 6-1 before 2,367 fans at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

“We’ve got a lot of momentum here. See if we can get the win tomorrow and get another four points (Wednesday night) in PG and keep going from there,” said Butcher.

Salmon Arm left winger Mitch Skapsi, obtained from the Chilliwack Chiefs at the trade deadline, felt the Gorillas deserved a better fate Friday.

“It was a tough one, those 3-2 losses are tough on a team especially when you work hard,” said the 19-year-old Abbotsford product. “It was just one lucky bounce for them and they made it 3-2. It’s so frustrating because we had so many chances and we lose.

“We had a couple of players missing. No excuses. We still need to perform and everybody needs to  play their role and hopefully we can win tomorrow’s game.”

Skapsi, who played for Ferner and the Western Hockey League Everett Silvertips as a 16-year-old,  said the Silverbacks certainly had the 10-5 debacle on their minds during game preparation.

“We definitely had motivation. They showed us up in our barn and we were trying to do the same to them and it didn’t go in our favour.”

SNAKE BITES: Lack and and his Salmon-Arm based goalie coach, Lyle Mast, sat quietly through the first period, but then were bombarded by fans for photos and autographs after being noticed... Colorado Avalanche Director of Player Development Dave Oliver, of Vernon, was also in the house with his wife and son...Conor Webb of the Vernon Midget Tier 2 Vipers backed up Shortridge with Brendan Barry in sick bay...The Langley Rivermen clipped the Merritt Centennials 4-3 with Vernon product Brett Jewell getting his 11th goal of the year for the Cents...The Snakes have won four straight and were 5-3 in January heading into Saturday night. Vernon visits Merritt Saturday in one of 10 February tilts to finish the regular season. The roadrunner Wenatchee Wild are here Feb. 26.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Salmon Arm 6 Vernon 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-Silverbacks game as Salmon Arm defeated Vernon 6-1 in front of 1,688 fans at the Shaw Centre.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Andrew Shortridge
Salmon Arm: Angus Redmond

Before tonight's game the Silverbacks honoured the 1982-83 Shuswap Totems Jr A hockey club, Salmon Arm's first Inaugural season in the BCJHL. Former Totems owner, Head Coach & GM were all brought out to centre ice before the start of the game.

1st Period: The Vipers with some good jump off the opening faceoff, would get the play deep into the Salmon Arm zone, would move the puck around, getting some good pressure-zone time in the opening minute but unable to generate or create any scoring chances. The Backs responded with a good push back shift and about a minute and a half into the period the Silverbacks had the Vernon defence reeling inside their own end. SA had Andrew Shortridge scrambling, before a wild goal mouth scramble the Silverbacks somehow couldn't find the back of the net with the Viper goaltender down and out. Salmon Arm with all kinds of pressure early would control the play in the offensive zone before Taro Hirose caught Shortridge looking the other way, tried opening the scoring on a wrap around but couldn't get all the way around the Vernon goal looked to have Shortridge beat but couldn't get the puck around to the front of the net. Nick Hutchison would break in free for the breakaway couldn't beat Andrew Shortridge five minutes into the game. Vernon struggling early were playing most of the first few minutes in their own end. The Vipers would get the games first powerplay but Vernon would struggle, without a single shot SA would kill off the penalty after a very good PK keeping the Vipers to the outside. Just after the penalty expired, just before the halfway mark the Viper defence would get caught again, this time Elijiah Barriga would go in for the breakaway, but again Andrew Shortridge bailed out his defence making another big save. SA outshooting Vernon 8-3 at this point as it was all Silverbacks. Just a few minutes later the Backs would get their first look with the man advantage. Salmon Arm would capitalize just eleven seconds into the PP. Chase Zieky was stopped by Shortridge before Nick Hutchison would bang home his second shot in close giving Salmon Arm a 1-0 lead at 14:11 Zieky & Kodi Schwarz collected the helpers. A few minutes later Vernon product Colton Thibault would get the Silverbacks third breakaway of the period, but again Andrew Shortridge come up with a big stop in close. A few shifts later Ross Heidt blew by his defender went high and over the net, missing the goal on another Backs breakaway. Vernon's defence giving up four breakaways all in the opening period. Nick Hutchison with his second of the period late gave Salmon Arm a 2-0 lead at 18:59 Elijiah Barriga with the assist. Just fourteen seconds later Kodi Schwarz setup Ross Heidt on a two on one gave Salmon Arm a 3-0 lead at 19:13 Schwarz with the lone helper as it was all Silverbacks. The Backs poured on the pressure in the final minute, had the Viper defence back on their heels before the final buzzer. It was 3-0 Salmon Arm after 20 minutes of play. The Backs were in full control, totally dominated the entire opening period other then the first minute and a half. SA carried most of the play, had the Viper defence on their heels most of the 1st. Salmon Arm with four breakaways couldn't solve Andrew Shortridge. The Vipers with no offensive zone time, had very little pressure, had troubles getting out of their own end and getting through the neutral zone. Vernon looked flat, were standing around, losing all the battles, races for the puck, had no jump, energy or emotion were totally outplayed. Salmon Arm outshot Vernon 19-5.

2nd Period: Just a few minutes into the middle frame Mac Ferner with a quick shot from the point was stopped by Silverbacks starting goaltender Angus Redmond before Liam Finlay couldn't burry the rebound. Redmond with two big saves early to start the period on the Vipers first and second good opportunities of the game. The Vipers playing with a little more jump/energy looked a little better to start the 2nd. Ben Butcher stopped in close in the opening few minutes couldn't beat Redmond from the slot. SA got off to a bit of a slow start, but slowly got their game going. The Backs for a second straight period took over the edge in play, carried the better of the play from here on in. Jared Turcotte and Nick Hutchison lead the charge on a two on one, Turcotte decided to keep and shoot fired high missing the net on a missed opportunity. Just before the midway mark Angus Redmond come way out of his crease to play the puck, Liam Finlay stole the puck from Redmond who was now caught way out of position fed Ben Butcher who couldn't coral the Finlay pass in front, had a great opportunity to hit the wide open cage on a missed chance by the Vipers. Vernon skating a little better, seemed to play with a little more jump, were able to get some zone time and create-generate a few chances after a dreadful 1st period. Late in the period Steven Jandric and Josh Laframboise dropped the gloves In a very spirited scrap. Both players were tossed from the game. On the following play Ross Heidt with a great individual effort, blew by his defenceman before going upstairs on Vipers starting goaltender Andrew Shortridge giving Salmon Arm a 4-0 lead at 16:08 Jred Turcotte with the assist. Both teams finished the period playing four on four. A long stretch pass inside the final minute the Vipers tried freeing captain Colton McCarthy for the breakaway who couldn't handle the pass. In the dying seconds McCarthy would get tangled up along the end boards with two Salmon Arm players just as the buzzer sounded. Some pushing and shoving occurred as a small scrum unfolded before the referee and linesmen were called in to break up the after the whistle activities. Salmon Arm was up 4-0 after 40 minutes of play. The Vipers with a good start to the period, were able to get two real good back to back opportunities early. Vernon finally able to get some offensive zone time didn't look too shabby off the drop of the puck. The Vipers would get some good chances this frame but for the most part it was all Silverbacks for a second straight period. The Backs carried the better of the play, didn't get as many scoring opportunities like the 1st but did get a few. Both teams got a little chippy at times this frame with nothing major coming out at the end. Salmon Arm outshot Vernon 13-12.

3rd Period: Both teams started the final frame four on four after penalties continuing from the 2nd period. Salmon Arm took a penalty at the end of the 2nd period, giving Vernon an early powerplay to start the 3rd. The Vipers would capitalize and break Angus Redmond's bid for the shutout. Joe Sacco spotted Salmon Arm product Colton McCarthy in front who put home the Vipers first goal of the night, cutting the Salmon Arm lead to 4-1 at 1:37 Sacco and Bo Pellah picked up the assists. A few minutes later the Vipers would get their second man advantage of the period but unable to capitalize. A very good penalty kill by the Backs. Just after the penalty expired Nick Hutchison alone in the slot, ripped a hard high shot just missed the far corner as Salmon Arm come very close to grabbing a 5-1 lead. Shortly after the Vipers would come back with two real good quality chances of their own. Odeen Tufto with a low shot was stopped by Angus Redmond who made a big pad save before stopping "AP" Ryland Chernomaz on the rebound. A few players later Jimmy Lambert with stopped in close as Redmond come up with a few big saves with the Vipers pressing. Vernon scores on one of or both these chances and we have a hockey game. The Vipers don't score/capitalize and Vernon is still down by three with time not on there side. The Vipers finally started skating, played much better, showed signs of jump and energy played their best period of the night. Vernon getting some real good grade a chances were playing well and carried most of the play. The Silverbacks were held in their own end for a lot of the 3rd had just three shots ten minutes into the frame. Four on four Ross Heidt with another solid individual effort gave Salmon Arm a 5-1 lead at 14:47 Damian Chrcek & Cameron Trott collected the assists. This basically put the game away and ended any kind of a Viper comeback. The Backs would take two late back to back penalties but it was the Silverbacks PK who was sharp and looking to strike. "AP" Josh Latta with his second career BCHL goal gave Salmon Arm a 6-1 lead at 18:41 Taro Hirose and Cameron Trott with the assists would round out the scoring. Both teams would wind down the clock before the Silverbacks would take the second game of the home & home series 6-1 winning the season series 5-2. Vernon responded with their best effort of the night, but it was too little, too late. The Vipers scored early to get on the scoreboard, showed signs of life and played with some jump-energy. Vernon carried the better of the play missed on some great chances, needed to capitalize on their opportunities. The Silverbacks with very little pressure and zone time, didn't get many scoring chances. Salmon Arm played a lot of the 3rd in their own end, were up by three goals at one point put the game away with two late goals to end the hockey game. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 12-8.

Top Player's: (Vernon)

Ryland Chernomaz (AP) Mde his Viper debut tonight, I thought was one of if not one of the better Vipers in the loss. Didn't show any signs of nerves, played hard, wasn't afraid to play physical, was involved in the play when the Vipers had the puck-zone time.

Andrew Shortridge (34 saves) Was hung out to dry all night, if it wasn't for the Vipers veteran goaltender this could have easily been 10-1 or higher. Shortridge stopped three out of four breakaways in the 1st period (one missed the net) made some big-key saves in that opening period to stop the bleeding. Salmon Arm could have easily been up 5-0/6-0 if it wasn't for Shortridge. You couldn't blame the 20 yr old netminder on any of the SA goals, did his best to keep his team in the game.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

After a very impressive-big win last night in Vernon to open the home and home series, the Vipers four game winning streak was snapped this evening with the loss. The Vipers didn't show up until the 3rd period and by then it was basically too little too late. The Vipers were outplayed/dominated in the first two periods. Vernon looked flat to start the game and through out the opening frame, weren't skating and were outskated that period. The Vipers didn't get one single scoring chance in the 1st, played most of the period in their own end. The Vipers gave up four breakaways, way too many odd man rushes struggled defensively. The Vernon defence was very soft, made all kinds of mistakes-turnovers were skating in circles. The Vipers showed very little if any jump, energy, emotion or drive in the 1st played a little better in the 2nd but not by much. Vernon responded and come to play in the 3rd, scored an early goal, had some real good quality chances couldn't capitalize. If the Vipers score on one or two of these chances, this is a different game-outcome maybe? This was not the same Viper team that come to play and played hard to earn a 3-2 win last night over these same Silverbacks. A very poor performance-effort.  I listened to Kevin Kraus's post game comments on the drive home and couldn't agree more, this team didn't show up, had way too many passengers. Penticton did the Vipers a huge favor, defeating Trail tonight 4-3 to stay five points up on the Smokies for the fourth and final playoff spot. A great turn out of Viper fans-Viper parents at the game tonight.

Top Player's: (Salmon Arm)

Angus Redmond (28 saves) Didn't see much rubber in the opening period, made a few big saves early to start the 2nd come up with his best saves of the night in the 3rd with Vernon pressing. Redmond looked calm, confident and played very well between the pipes.

Cameron Trott (2 assists) Was involved in the play, was solid on the Backs blueline all night. I have really liked Trott's play this season, thought he has played very well against the Vipers most of the season.

Kodi Schwarz (2 assists) Played well in both games this weekend. Picking up two helpers in the victory tonight, had a solid night on the blueline.

Nick Hutchison (2 goals) Returned to the Silverbacks lineup last night after missing twenty plus games with an injury was very good in last night's 3-2 loss in Vernon, had a heck of a game tonight. Scoring twice, Hutchison was again very dangerous all night, involved in the play, always seems to find the open ice, gets loads of great scoring chances, is hard to contain, goes to the net, battles and works hard.

Elijiah Barriga (1 assist) Played with a lot ofp/energy. Was really skating hard, working-competing.

Ross Heidt (3 goals) Another Salmon Arm player who has played very well against Vernon this season. Picking up the hat-trick tonight was all over the rink, gave the Vernon Vipers all kinds of troubles with his speed, strong skating and and skill. Heidt was another kid who was hard to contain, dangerous almost every shift, gave the Vipers defence a lot of trouble.

Game Thought's: (Salmon Arm)

The Silverbacks honoured the 1982-83 Shuswap Totems Jr A hockey club, Salmon Arm's first Inaugural season in the BCJHL by wearing replica Totem jerseys for tonight's game. Mostly all orange with black/white trim-stripes with white numbers outlined in black and black name bars with the old Sushwap Totems logo on the front. The Silverbacks played a hard fought game in Vernon Friday, fell 3-2 to the Vipers snapped a seven game winless streak with a very impressive 6-1 victory tonight, blowing out the Vipers in the final meeting of the regular season. The Backs win the season series going 5-2 if you count the pre-season Salmon Arm went 7-2 vs Vernon this year. SA was by far the better of the two teams, the Silverbacks jumped on the Vipers early and often outplaying and dominating the first two periods. Jumping out to a 4-0 lead basically had the game won. Salmon Arm really used their speed and energy tonight, skated circles around Vernon for most of the night. The Silverbacks picked apart a very soft-weak Vernon defence who was caught standing around most of the night. SA was really flying, working-competing hard and never gave up. The Vipers did carry the better of the play in the 3rd but did Salmon Arm maybe take their foot off the gas a bit? Who knows. The Backs going for that long stretch pass all night, were sent in for four 1st period breakaways couldn't score on any of them. I thought Salmon Arm's defence was very good, took a lot of time and space away from the Viper offence, especially in the first two periods. I really liked the Backs penalty kill, kept Vernon to the outside, limited their shots & chances. Overall a very solid game-performance by SA. A great crowd (standing room only) on Hockey Day in Salmon Arm! One of the biggest crowds for a Vipers-Silverbacks game in many many years. 

Scratches:

Vernon:

Brendan Barry
Riley Brandt
Christian Cakebread
Hunter Zandee

Salmon Arm:

Ryley Booth
Carson Bolduc
Cameron Coutre

Energy Player of the Game:

Elijiah Barriga (1 assist)

Three Stars:

1st Star: Ross Heidt (3 goals)
2nd Star: Nick Hutchison (2 goals)
3rd Star: Ayrton Nikkel

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