Monday, September 22, 2014

Ferner Returns To The Snakepit:

This is posted on the Hockeytube website:

Ferner Returns To The Snakepit

Posted by HockeyTube on Sep 22nd, 2014

Former GM/Coach Marker Ferner has decided to return to the BCHL Vernon Vipers for a second stint with the team. Ferner, who coached the team to three consecutive National Championship appearances including RBC wins in 2009 & 2010, was an assistant coach with the WHL Kamloops Blazers. Ferner will also be coaching against his son Mac Ferner who plays for West Kelowna when the two teams meet this weekend.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eUZn7XI2qI

Vipers Name Ferner New Head Coach-GM:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Ferner Returns

Monday, September 22, 2014 - Submitted by Vernon Staff

The Vernon Vipers are pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Ferner as their new Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations. Mark comes back to the Vipers, where he had previously coached for four seasons, leading the team to three straight Royal Bank Cup appearances including two wins in 2009 and 2010.

Viper’s President and Governor, Duncan Wray states," After reviewing several extremely well qualified candidates, the file that kept coming up to the top of the pile was Mark's. He is familiar with the organization, has worked closely with both Todd Miller and Kevin Kraus and will therefore fit seamlessly into the program. I am very pleased to welcome Mark back into the fold, and I look forward to working with him again”


For more information please call the Viper office at 250-542-6022.

Another Bump In The Road For Edmonton Oilers Prospect / “reach pick” Liam Coughlin:

This was in the Edmonton Journal Newspaper:

Another bump in the road for Edmonton Oilers prospect / “reach pick” Liam Coughlin

September 4, 2014

Posted by:
Bruce McCurdy

Way back at the other end of Cult of Hockey’s summer series about Edmonton Oilers prospects, colleague Jonathan Willis wrote a post about longshot prospects Aidan Muir, Evan Campbell, and Liam Coughlin titled “Why do the Edmonton Oilers keep spending picks on mediocre prospects in second-tier leagues?“

A good question touching on the Oilers’ puzzling propensity to pick older players from the BCHL, a Junior A (formerly known as Tier Two) league a cut below Major Junior.

Such leagues have the advantage of enabling would-be student-athletes to accept scholarships from American universities and play NCAA hockey, whereas Major Junior players are considered “professional” and therefore ineligible to play in the oh-so-amateur NCAA. (Taken to its logical extreme, this silly rule cost Shannon Szabados an opportunity to pursue an American scholarship and play NCAA hockey because she played one minute with the WHL’s Tri-City Americans in 2002-03.)

Be that as it may, it’s not uncommon to see top-level prospects playing at the Junior A level at age 17 or even 18. It is, however, somewhat peculiar to see over-age players at this level, at least ones with serious professional aspirations.  Since 2009, though, the Oilers have chosen no fewer than five players from the BCHL, including two of the guys identified by Willis in Campbell and Coughlin plus Kyle Bigos, Kellen Jones, and Jujhar Khaira. Only Khaira, by far the youngest of the group and barely eligible for the 2012 draft, appears to have been more than a “mediocre prospect” at the time of selection. The rest were effectively 20 years old and in their final year of eligibility when drafted, although Coughlin with his Sept 19 (1994) birthday is technically a 19-year-old draft. He’ll be 20 by the time the season gets underway.

Moreover, that season will be in Vernon, where Coughlin returns as an over-age player. This has been out there in the Twittersphere for a while, but was confirmed this week by the Vernon Morning Star.

"Last year’s Rookie of the Year, Liam Coughlin, returns to Vipers’ camp this week. Coughlin sniped 18 goals and 45 points last season and originally committed to Boston University Terriers for the 2014-15 [season], but will upgrade his schooling in Vernon.

Coughlin, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound centre, was selected 130th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the summer entry draft.

Coughlin may be in the process of redefining the term “late bloomer”, given he was a rookie at 19 in Junior A, after playing his 18-year-old season in high school in Boston. The fact that he needs to upgrade his schooling before being able to join Boston University is not a promising sign, nor is the fact that if he follows through on that career path he’ll have already turned 21 before he ever plays a game for the Terriers.

Consider that by the time Dillon Simpson — a fourth round pick of the Oilers in 2011 — turned 21, he was in the home stretch of his senior year at the University of North Dakota and it gives an idea just how far behind the curve is Coughlin. Or consider that Khaira has already played two years of BCHL, one of NCAA, one of major junior, and is about to embark on his professional career at the same time that Coughlin returns for a second year at Vernon. Those two prospects are separated in age by barely a month!

I get that the Oilers scouting system has strong roots in BC. Chief scout Stu MacGregor is from those parts, as is the influential Bob Brown whose name often seems to be dropped in conjunction with these late-round fliers from the left coast. What I don’t get is the attraction of a 19- or 20-year-old kid at such a level, no matter how good he might look against younger, lesser competition. Or as Willis put it:

"One would assume that an overlooked overager good enough to be drafted would be dominating a league like the BCHL, but one would be wrong. Coughlin was shy of the point-per-game mark in a mediocre league at a ripe old age, and while it would be unduly presumptuous to say this is a blown pick by the Oilers it sure looks and quacks like a duck.

Coughlin was a distant third in Vipers scoring during the regular season with 45 points in 53 games, slipping to sixth in the postseason with 13 points in 19 games. Rookie or no, those aren’t overwhelming numbers for a 19-year-old in that league. He’ll need much better in his 20-year-old season to establish his credentials.

Liam Coughlin career stats

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=248303

At this point, Coughlin’s options remains open, though the fact he returned to Vernon and not, say, Kamloops or Kelowna (of the WHL), suggests that Plan A remains the college route. Should those plans change his Oilers future would have to be resolved within two years; otherwise, he’s five years away from the scenario where he graduates from university, then turns pro. Either way, don’t expect to see him at rookie camp next week, as rubbing shoulders with professionals even in that limited context is a no-no with the NCAA and its antediluvian views on amateurs. For undisclosed reasons Coughlin already missed the summer development camp, the one time each year where players with college affiliation/aspirations can mix with juniors, ECHLers and the like.

Looking to the larger point of blown draft choices, from this distance every one of Bigos, Jones, Campbell, and Coughlin were extreme “reach picks”, and none of them has shown to be much more than that in their subsequent development. Bigos wasn’t signed by the organization, Jones was inked at age 24 to a minor league deal, and Campbell (a 2013 draft) had an underwhelming freshman season at UMass Lowell age 20.

In Liam Coughlin’s case, of course, as a freshly-minted draft pick we have seen zero of that post-draft development on the ice yet, just this rather unwelcome development off of it. Let’s just say there’s nothing in his track record to suggest he’s the next Jujhar Khaira, let alone the next Shawn Horcoff or Mike Comrie, mid-round draft picks all.

I wish the kid well in his future endeavours, but the NHL dream seems a distant bell at this point.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Jones Twins Keep Grinding:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Jones twins keep grinding

by Emanuel Sequeira - Vernon Morning Star

Sep 21, 2014

PENTICTON – Connor and Kellen Jones didn’t have to score any eye-popping goals to impress their coach in the NHL Young Stars Classic.

Todd Nelson of the American Hockey League Oklahoma City Barons knows exactly what he gets sending the twins over the boards.

“If every player had the work ethic that they had, it would be a really fun game to watch because there would be high intensity and a lot of pressure,” said Nelson, following a 4-3 Edmonton Oilers’ win over the Calgary Flames in the Battle of Alberta last Saturday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

“I thought they played exceptionally well,” added Nelson. “One thing that always pops out is just their work ethic and their tenacious play. They were the go-to-guys at the end to preserve the win.”

Nelson said the twins play a smart game at both ends and are relentless in hunting the puck. They make it hard for other teams and he likes how they close time and space really quick and never give up. He also loves their play on special teams, especially the penalty kill.

“They’re good, solid people and it’s hard not to love these guys because they work so extremely hard,” he said.

The Barons’ head coach added that while the products from Montrose, B.C., are probably not as skilled or possess the finish other players in the tournament do, “their work ethic is unmatched.”

“It’s incredible to watch them play a game for 60 minutes,” said Nelson. “They definitely don’t look out of place. If anything, they stand out as two players that can really help any team in this tournament.”

Connor, who with his brother helped the Vernon Vipers win back-to-back Royal Bank Cups, said it’s been amazing to play in the tournament. Having spent the last four years with the NCAA Quinnipiac Bobcats, they weren’t able to experience the pro event.

“That was unreal just to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be at the top level in the world,” said Connor, who amassed 49 goals and 129 points in 153 games with Quinnipiac. “Being here right now with some of the top players in the game, we are just trying to learn everything we can, relish it really.

“We want to play at the highest level possible,” said Connor, who used to love watching superstar Pavel Bure play. “It’s our job now. What a feeling. It’s a dream come true.”

Connor said four years of college hockey allowed them to get bigger and stronger. He realizes now the game means employment. Putting on the Oilers jersey was a rush.

“It was a pretty special feeling,” said Connor, who signed with Edmonton as a free agent after his college career ended. “I know it’s only rookie camp, but it’s an NHL team jersey. It’s just been a great experience.”

For Kellen, drafted by the Oilers in 2010, in the seventh round, 202nd overall, the feeling is mutual.

“We’ve been waiting for a long time to come here,” he said. “We’re not allowed to come to rookie camp in university. Really excited to be here with so many great players. We’ve been working hard and that’s what we do.”

Kellen rang up 53 goals and 127 points with the Bobcats and had one assist in five games with Oklahoma City late last season.

Asked what he liked best about the Young Stars tournament, Kellen joked: “I like wearing a visor instead of a full face shield.”

Both former Beaver Valley Nitehawks enjoyed being back in Penticton.

“It’s funny, coming back to Penticton, it’s kind of where it all began,” said Kellen, who along with his brother, joined the Vipers as 16-year-olds and helped Vernon stun the Vees in the playoffs at old Memorial Arena. “The first two games have been great for us.”

Added Connor: “It’s kind of cool that it’s where it started and now we are back here at this tournament,” said Connor. “It’s a special place for us and a lot of good memories for sure.”

Connor also got in five games with the Barons last year, picking up one minor penalty.

“It was great,” said Connor. “Coach Nelson and the staff there were awesome. We didn’t play much in the playoffs, but we got to practise and learn so it has really helped us out here with the systems that we did there. We’re looking forward to getting back there and having a good year.”

Kellen says time at Quinnipiac (near Hartford, Conn.) included amping up the Bobcats’ resume.

“We tried to create a winning culture in the Vipers’ locker room, and with a great group of guys, we developed and maintained a similar culture in college. We had winning seasons and lost the national championship game last year (to Yale Bulldogs). The program has really taken off and we like to think we helped out. It was a great place to be and were very lucky.”

Vipers Capitalize In Opener:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers capitalize in opener

by  Emanuel Sequeira - Vernon Morning Star

Sep 21, 2014 at

The Vernon Vipers peppered Cowichan Valley Capitals goalie Lane Michasiw with 26 shots over two periods, yet had nothing to show for it.

After changing the game plan in the third, in which they continued the onslaught of shots, 15-4, cracks started developing in Michasiw’s armour, leading to a 2-0 Vipers win at Chilliwack’s Prospera Centre in the Bauer BCHL Showcase.

“I didn’t think we were getting into the dirty areas to generate Grade A scoring chances,” said Vipers interim head coach and general manager Kevin Kraus. “A lot of our shots were from the outside without traffic going to the net.”

First, Thomas Aldworth burned the Capitals power-play unit by using his speed to get by a defender before scoring on a shot along the ice. Then Riley Brandt capitalized on a turnover in the high slot and scored low blocker. The Vipers learned that Michasiw stayed up a lot and covered the top half of the net well.

“In the third we really started to click,” said Aldworth, whose winner was his first in the BCHL after coming over from the United States Hockey League. “He (Michasiw) played really well. It was hard to beat him.”

While Michasiw did his best to keep the Capitals in the game, they spent most of their time fending off the Vipers aggressive forecheck and physical game. The Capitals showed more push and pressured the Vipers late in the third as they tried to break Danny Todosychuk’s shutout. He finished with 13 saves.

“They kind of stepped it up,” added Aldworth. “They are really big and physical. They use their body well.”

What Kraus liked about his team’s effort was their compete level. He said they never gave up despite not being able to solve Michasiw for two-and-a-half periods.

“We’re still gelling, we’re still trying to get our offensive touch,” said Kraus. “There are still some D-zone things that we can work on.”

While the Capitals power-play went 0-for-4, the Vipers went scoreless on seven chances. Their final game in the Showcase went Saturday afternoon against the Victoria Grizzlies. The Interior Division swept all four games Friday night.

The Vipers home opener goes Saturday, Sept. 27 against the West Kelowna Warriors.

SNAKE BITES: Former Vipers’ GM/head coach Jason Williamson has landed his next job. Williamson stepped down Sept. 7 for personal reasons.

Williamson was hired by the Nanaimo Clippers as new director of scouting and recruitment Friday.

Former Vipers Dallas Calvin and Craig Martin opened their season with the Trail Smoke Eaters at the Showcase against the Coquitlam Express at the Prospera Centre Saturday afternoon. The Smoke Eaters face the Surrey Eagles this morning.

Logan Mick and Colton Thibault made their debut with the Salmon Arm SilverBacks as they downed the Langley Rivermen 4-2 Friday night.  They battle the Surrey Eagles tonight at 5:30 p.m.

Demico Hannoun has joined the Penticton Vees who entered the preseason as the No. 2 team in the nation. The Vees lived up to their hype by clocking the Surrey Eagles 11-2. Hannoun sniped his first goal of the season. The Vees and Alberni Valley Bulldogs played Saturday afternoon.

Several other Vernon products made their BCHL debuts last night at the Showcase.

Noah Turanski, a 16-year-old defenceman, kicked off his rookie campaign with defending Fred Page Cup champion Coquitlam Express. They were brushed back by West Kelowna Warriors 6-2. The Warriors feature a pair of Vernon products in Mac Ferner and Michael Roberts. Roberts and Ferner each supplied an assist. The Warriors will play the Clippers Sunday morning.

The Powell River Kings and Jordan Burns opened their season Saturday night against host Chilliwack Chiefs.

Spencer Hewson and the Clippers played the Prince George Spruce Kings Saturday night.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

BCHL Showcase: Victoria 5 Vernon 4 Overtime

SCORING SUMMARY

PERIOD 1

Vernon Vipers at 4:49 - Anthony Latina from Trevor Fidler and Jarrod Schamerhorn 
Victoria Grizzlies at 15:37 (PP) - Kevin Massy from Brett Gruber and Jay Mackie 
Vernon Vipers at 16:34 - Liam Coughlin from Anthony Latina and Ryley Booth 
Vernon Vipers at 19:32 - Trevor Fidler from Ken Citron 

PERIOD 2

Victoria Grizzlies at 3:22 - Garrett Forster from Cole Pickup and Mitchell Barker 

PERIOD 3

Victoria Grizzlies at 5:04 (PP) - Brett Gruber from Kevin Massy and Jay Mackie 
Victoria Grizzlies at 7:31 (SH) - Garrett Forster (unassisted) 
Vernon Vipers at 18:44 - Anthony Latina (unassisted) 

OVERTIME PERIOD 1

Victoria Grizzlies at 3:38 - Mitch Meek from Matthew Kennedy and Dane Gibson 

Victoria outshot Vernon 35-24 Michael Stiliadis made 20 saves for the win while Jared Schamerhorn made 30 saves in the loss.

BCHL Boxscore

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1358554&link=bchl

(Game Preview) BCHL Showcase: Victoria vs Vernon:

Victoria (0-0-0-0) vs Vernon (1-0-0-0) 3:30pm start

Today is the first of three meetings between the Victoria Grizzlies & Vernon Vipers. The Vipers went 1-0-0-1 vs Victoria last season. You can listen to this afternoon's broadcast live with Graham Turnbull starting with the pre-game show at 3:15pm on 107.5 Kiss FM

Last Game:

Friday, September 19th Vernon defeated Cowichan 2-0
Saturday, September 13th Victoria defeated Cowichan 3-1

Next Game:

Friday, September 26th Vernon @ West Kelowna
Sunday, September 21st Langley vs Victoria

Since the 2012-13 regular season Vernon is 2-1-1-1 at the BCHL Showcase

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 7-5-1-5 vs. Victoria

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon has outscored Victoria  61-53

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 5-2-0-3 at home vs. Victoria

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 2-3-1-2 in Victoria

Vernon's last win at home vs Victoria was a 3-2 win on Sunday, February 10th 2013

Victoria's last win in Vernon was a 4-3 overtime win on Sunday, November 3rd 2013

Victoria's last win at home vs Vernon was a 1-0 victory on Sunday, January 20th 2013

Vernon's last win in Victoria was a 4-3 overtime victory on Friday, December 6th 2013

The Vipers went 1-0-0-1 vs Victoria last season




Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The defending Interior Division Conference Champion Vernon Vipers opened the BCHL regular season with a 2-0 victory over the Cowichan Capitals Friday afternoon in Chilliwack.  Vipers Interim Head Coach Kevin Kraus picked up his first career BCHL win.  Today is game two for the Vipers who will face two Island teams at this year's BCHL Showcase.  Vernon went 12-6-2-2 last season vs the Mainland & Island teams.  The Vipers start the 2014-15 season on the road for their first three games before returning home for back to back home games vs West Kelowna & Langley next weekend.  Vernon improves to 2-1-1-1 all-time at the BCHL Showcase. 

Brett Mulcahy (30-15-45) lead the Vipers last season in goals with thirty

Michael McNicholas (23-46-69) lead the Vipers last season in points with sixty nine

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog

http://vipersvenom1.blogspot.ca/

Vernon Vipers 2013-14 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 58
Wins: 30
Losses: 18
Ties: 4
Overtime Losses: 6
Home Record: 17-6-3-3
Road Record: 13-12-1-3
Goals For: 187
Goals Against: 175
Place: 3rd Place
Streak: Finished the season with a two game losing streak

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Pre-Season Stats:

Games Played: 5
Wins: 3
Losses: 1
Ties: 1
Home Record: 3-0-0-0
Road Record: 0-1-1-0
Goals For: 19
Goals Against: 15
Streak: TwUnbeaten in three games

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. Victoria last season:

0-0-0-1

Vernon’s Road record vs. Victoria last season:

1-0-0-0

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Victoria last season:

Dexter Dancs (2-3-5)
Liam Coughlin (2-2-4)
Michael McNicholas (2-2-4)
TJ Dumonceaux (0-2-2)
Colton Sparrow (0-1-1)
Riley Guenther (0-1-1)
Jared Wilson (0-1-1)
Tyler Poveolfskie (0-1-1)
Logan Mick (1-0-1)

Austin Smith (1-0 Record)

-Vernon finished last season with the leagues 16th best powerplay

-Vernon finished last season with the leagues 9th best penalty kill



Lets take a look at the Victoria Grizzlies:

The defending Island Division Pennent winning Victoria Grizzlies open up the BCHL Showcase vs the Vernon Vipers this afternoon.  The Grizzlies finished atop the Island Division last season were just two points back of league leading Langley.  Victoria fell short of the BCHL Championship series after losing in the three team playoff matchup vs Coquitlam and Vernon last April.  This season the Grizzlies enter with seven players back from last years club after losing fifteen players from the 2013-14 season.  The Grizz will play Langley & Vernon this weekend at the BCHL Showcase will play their first four games away from home before hosting the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. 

Gerry Fitzgerald (35-46-81) lead the Grizzlies last year in goals with thirty five while Myles Fitzgerald (27-56-83) lead Victoria in points with eighty three

Victoria Grizzlies 2013-14 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 58
Wins: 37
Losses: 15
Ties: 3
Overtime Losses: 3
Home Record: 19-7-1-2
Road Record: 18-8-2-1
Goals For: 212
Goals Against: 163
Place: 1st Place (Island Division)
Streak: Finished the season with a one game winning streak

Victoria Grizzlies 2014-15 Pre-Season Stats:

Games Played: 4
Wins: 3
Losses: 0
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 1-0-0-0
Road Record: 2-0-0-1
Goals For: 13
Goals Against: 9
Streak: One game winning streak

Victoria Grizzlies Returning Players:

Garrett Forster (95)
Jay Mackie (95)
Kevin Massy (95)
Shawn McBride (95)
Mitch Meek (96)
Cole Pickup (96)
Storm Wahlrab (94)

Victoria Grizzlies Departing & traded players from last years team:

Myles Fitzgerald (93)
Gerry Fitzgerald (93)
Jesse Schwartz (94)
Travis Stephens (93)
Brandon Egli (94)
Jaden Schmeisser (93)
Mark McLellan (94)
Jacob Kearley (95)
Rory McGuire (95)
Dante Hahn (95)
Leo Fitzgerald (93)
Chris Albertini (93)
David Walchuk (94)
Nic Renyard (94)
Alec Dillon (96)

Victoria’s Home record vs. Vernon last season:

0-0-0-1

Victoria’s Road record vs. Vernon last season:

1-0-0-0

Victoria’s scoring leaders vs. Vernon last season:

Jesse Schwartz (1-5-6)
Gerry Fitzgerald (2-2-4)
Myles Fitzgerald (1-2-3)
Chris Albertini (0-1-1)
Mark McLellan (1-0-1)
Alex Adams (0-1-1)
Kevin Massy (1-0-1)
Storm Wahlrab (1-0-0)
Dante Hahn (0-1-1)
Jaden Schmeisser (0-1-1)

Nic Renyard (1-0 Record)
Alec Dillon (0-1 Record)

-Victoria finished last season with the leagues 3rd best powerplay

-The Grizzlies finished last year with the league's 8th best penalty kill

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

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

Victoria Grizzlies:

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=224090

Friday, September 19, 2014

Vipers Hire New Head Coach:

The Vernon Vipers have found a new Head Coach.  Vipers play by play man Graham Turnbull interviewed Vipers owner Duncan Wray during the 2nd intermission of today's Vernon-Cowichan game.  Wray said the Vipers have hired a new Head Coach but wont make an announcement until sometime later next week. 

BCHL Showcase: Vernon 2 Cowichan 0

SCORING SUMMARY

PERIOD 1

No Scoring 

PERIOD 2

No Scoring 

PERIOD 3

Vernon Vipers at 7:09 (SH) - Thomas Aldworth (unassisted) 
Vernon Vipers at 8:17 - Riley Brandt (unassisted) 

Vernon outshot Cowichan 41-13  Kevin Kraus picks up his first career BCHL win as Vipers Interim Head Coach.  Danny Todosychuk made 13 saves for the win-shutout while Lane Michasiw made 39 saves in the loss.

BCHL Boxscore

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1358547&link=bchl

(Game Preview) BCHL Showcase: Vernon vs Cowichan:

Vernon (0-0-0-0) vs Cowichan (0-0-0-0) 3:30pm start

Today is the first of three meetings between the Cowichan Capitals & Vernon Vipers. The Vipers went 2-0-0-0 vs Cowichan last season.  You can listen to this afternoon's broadcast live with Graham Turnbull starting with the pre-game show at 3:15pm on 107.5 Kiss FM

Last Game:

Saturday, September 13th Vernon tied Prince George 4-4
Saturday, September 13th Victoria defeated Cowichan 3-1

Next Game:

Saturday, September 20th Vernon vs Victoria
Saturday, September 20th Cowichan vs Merritt

Since the 2012-13 regular season Vernon is 1-1-1-1 at the BCHL Showcase

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 15-4-1-0 vs. Cowichan Valley

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon has outscored Cowichan Valley 89-56

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 7-1-1-0 at home vs. Cowichan Valley

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 8-2-0-0 in Cowichan Valley

Vernon's last win at home vs Cowichan Valley was a 5-1 victory on Sunday, November 17th 2013

Cowichan Valley's last win in Vernon was a 4-2 win back on Saturday, october 2nd 2010

Vernon's last win in Cowichan Valley was a 3-2 victory back on Saturday, December 7th 2013

Cowichan Valley's last win at home vs Vernon was a 6-4 win back on Friday, February 24th 2012

Vernon went 2-0-0-0 vs Cowichan Valley last season



Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The defending Interior Division Conference Champion Vernon Vipers open their 20th BCHL regular season with the name Vipers.  It was twenty years ago Duncan Wray changed the name "Vernon Lakers" to the "Vernon Vipers" to start the 1995-96 season.  This year the Vipers will start  the BCHL Showcase without a Head Coach-GM.  After four seasons behind the bench former Vipers Head Coach-GM Jason Williamson left the team after just two pre-season games.  First year Assistant Coach Kevin Kraus will be the go to guy behind Vernon's bench as the teams Interim Head Coach until the Vipers find a new bench boss.  The Vipers lost sixteen players from last year's RBC Cup team, have just five returning players back for another season.  Second year defenceman Riley Guenther will be the Vipers captain this season.  The Vipers finished the pre-season with a 3-1-1-0 record are coming off a 4-4 tie Saturday in Prince George will begin the regular season on a three game road trip before hosting the visiting West Kelowna Warriors in the teams home opener.

Brett Mulcahy (30-15-45) lead the Vipers last season in goals with thirty

Michael McNicholas (23-46-69) lead the Vipers last season in points with sixty nine

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog,

http://vipersvenom1.blogspot.ca/

Vernon Vipers 2013-14 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 58
Wins: 30
Losses: 18
Ties: 4
Overtime Losses: 6
Home Record: 17-6-3-3
Road Record: 13-12-1-3
Goals For: 187
Goals Against: 175
Place: 3rd Place
Streak: Finished the season with a two game losing streak

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Pre-Season Stats:

Games Played: 5
Wins: 3
Losses: 1
Ties: 1
Home Record: 3-0-0-0
Road Record: 0-1-1-0
Goals For: 19
Goals Against: 15
Streak: Unbeaten in three games

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. Cowichan Valley last season:

1-0-0-0

Vernon’s Road record vs. Cowichan Valley last season:

1-0-0-0

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Cowichan Valley last season:

Liam Coughlin (1-1-2)
Demico Hannoun (0-4-4)
Michael McNicholas (2-3-5)
Dexter Dancs (1-3-4)
Chase McMurphy (2-0-2)
Mark Hamilton (0-1-1)
Michael Statchuk (0-1-1)
Riley Guenther (1-1-2)
Matty Saharchuk (0-1-1)
Colton Sparrow (1-0-1)
Jared Wilson (0-1-1)

Austin Smith (1-0 Record)
Danny Todosychuk (1-0 Record)

-Vernon finished last season with the leagues 16th best powerplay

-Vernon finished last season with the leagues 9th best penalty kill


Lets take a look at the Cowichan Capitals:

The Cowichan Capitals missed the BCHL playoffs last season are coming off a 3-1 loss to Victoria Saturday finished the BCHL pre-season with a 1-4 record.  The Capitals will play seven of their first nine games away from home will face the Vipers twice in their first six games.  The Capitals won just seven games on the road last season will play Vernon & Merritt at the BCHL Showcase.  Cowichan who won just twenty two games last year has seven players returning from last years hockey club.  Kyle Horsman will wear the "C" for a second straight season as Cowichan's captain this season.  The Caps lost fourteen players from last years team acquired goaltender Matt Zentner from the AJHL Camrose Kodiaks Thursday.

Myles Powell (21-38-59) lead the Capitals last year in goals with twenty one and in points with fifty nine

Jeff Sargeant's Cowichan Capitals blog,

http://sargeantspeak.wordpress.com/

Cowichan Capitals 2013-14 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 58
Wins: 22
Losses: 30
Ties: 2
Overtime Losses: 4
Home Record: 15-10-1-3
Road Record: 7-20-1-1
Goals For: 165
Goals Against: 201
Place: 5th Place (Island Division)
Streak: Finished the season with a one game losing streak

Cowichan Capitals 2014-15 Pre-Season Stats:

Games Played: 5
Wins: 1
Losses: 4
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 1-1-0-0
Road Record: 0-3-0-0
Goals For: 16
Goals Against: 25
Streak: Two game losing streak

Cowichan Capitals Returning Players:

Rylan Bechtel (95)
Sam Curleigh (95)
Bryaden Gelsinger (95)
Kyle Horsman (94)
Colton Kehler (97)
Jesse Neher (94)
Daniel Wanner (95)

Cowichan Capitals Departing & traded players from last years team:

Myles Powell (94)
Dane Gibson (94)
Mason Malkowich (93)
Jarrett Brown (94)
Matthew Berry-Lamontagna (93)
Valik Chichkin (94)
Jordan Topping (97)
Taylor Allen (95)
Reilly O'Connor (93)
Adam Moody (93)
Clint Filbrandt (95)
Blake Butzow (93)
Robin Gusse (93)
Francis Marotte (95)

Cowichan Valley's Home record vs. Vernon last season:

0-1-0-0

Cowichan Valley's Road record vs. Vernon last season:

0-1-0-0

Cowichan Valley's scoring leaders vs. Vernon last season:

Brayden Gelsinger (0-2-2)
Taki Pantziris (1-0-1)
Jesse Neher (0-1-1)
Jarrett Brown (0-1-1)
Jordan Topping (1-0-1)
Sam Curleigh (1-0-1)
Daniel Wanner (0-1-1)

Francis Marotte (0-1 Record)
Robin Gusse (0-1 Record)

-Cowichan finished last season with the leagues 4th best powerplay

-The Capitals finished last year with the league's 14th best penalty kill

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

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

Cowichan Capitals:

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=224089

Coughlin Cues Comeback:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Coughlin cues comeback
           
by  Tyler Lowey - Vernon Morning Star

Sep 19, 2014

The Vipers’ most recognizable Bostonian has returned to Vernon for a hopeful victory lap with the defending BCHL Interior Division champions.

Liam Coughlin planned on attending Boston University to play for the five-time NCAA champion Terriers this fall.

“It is my dream school. I don’t know how it’s looking anymore, I would love to go there if I could. Right now I’m just talking to other schools,” said Coughlin.

Towards the end of August, Coughlin needed a place to play hockey, so he decided to return to the Okanagan.

“This is a good situation for me here. It’s nice here, I like it and I am glad to be back,” said Coughlin.

Away from the rink, Coughlin is taking general studies at UBCO to upgrade his marks so he can enter a business program next fall.

“I didn’t think at first he would be back, but I talked to him towards the end of summer and he told me he missed this place,” said Vipers’ teammate T.J. Dumonceaux. “He’s a great player and a great skater. I’m happy he is back.”

Interim head coach Kevin Kraus is thrilled to have his top winger back.
“We are expecting big things out of Liam this year.”

This summer, Coughlin spent a lot of time with his friends on the beach, watched the Boston Red Sox nuke their season and witnessed a dream come true.

One of the most exciting moments of the 6-foot-3, South Boston product’s life was when the Edmonton Oilers selected him in the fifth round, 130th overall, in the NHL entry draft in Philadelphia.

“It was unbelievable. I was playing in a street hockey tourney in my hometown when someone yelled out that I got drafted by the Oilers. I left the game, saw my family that was there and it was so amazing,” grinned Coughlin.

He is now unsigned property of the Oilers, who won’t offer him a contract until his college days are behind him.

“Right now, they want me to go to school and be comfortable. They continue to check in on me and track my progress,” said Coughlin.

Last year’s Viper Rookie of the Year supplied 18 goals and 45 points in 53 games. This season, it might look like Coughlin is playing Xbox on easy mode.

“I want a lot more points than last year, maybe double them,” laughed Coughlin. “I can’t wait for the season to start.”

He won’t have to wait long. The Vipers open their regular season this afternoon against the Cowichan Valley Capitals in Chilliwack at the B.C. Hockey League Showcase at the Prospera Centre. It also marks his 20th birthday.

“I don’t think I have ever played on my birthday before. Hopefully I get a few goals as a birthday present; it is a big game too,” said Coughlin, who shares no relation with new Viper forward and Fairport, N.Y. product Johnny Coughlin.

The Vipers appear to have a legitimate scoring punch each time their first line steps onto the ice. Coughlin is slated to play beside other fresh-faced Americans Luke Voltin (Blaine, Minn.) and Thomas Aldworth (Keller, Texas). Aldworth and Voltin looked very impressive in their exhibition games.

“It’s huge having him going into another team’s building. He is a marked man now and he has to come out twice as hard and prove himself,” said Kraus.

Coughlin has some chemistry with Aldworth after the two went to the same prep school in Massachusetts and played for the Junior Bruins.
The Vipers battle the Victoria Grizzlies Saturday afternoon in their last game at the Showcase.

Vernon tangles with the West Kelowna Warriors next Friday at Royal LePage Place with the same teams meeting the following night at Kal Tire Place.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Former Vipers Head Coach-GM Williamson Joins Nanaimo Clippers:

The Nanaimo Clippers have named former Vernon Vipers
Head Coach-GM Jason Williamson new Director of scouting & recruitment.

This is on the Clippers Twitter account:

Jason Williamson has joined the Nanaimo Clippers as the Director of Scouting and Recruitment.

Jason Williamson's Player-Coaching Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=74839

Vipers Coaching Candidates Down To Shortlist:

This is posted on the Kiss FM website:

Vipers Coaching Candidates Down To Shortlist

Written by Peter McIntyre Thursday, 18 September 2014

Getting close -- but nothing finalized.

That's how Vernon Vipers owner Duncan Wray sums up his search for a new head coach

Wray says he had 28 applicants for the job, and now has it down to a shortlist.

"There's more than one, and less than five (candidates)," Wray tells Kiss FM.

Wray expects to make his decision by next week.

"I want to go with someone who has knowledge of the league."

Wray says the applicants have been from across Canada, along with some from the U-S, and one from overseas.

"The sheer number is a little overwhelming, but it's good. The quality of some is higher than Junior A. I've had two who are assistants in the East Coast League and the NCAA."

Wray says he's been talking about some of the applicants with Vipers assistant GM Todd Miller and interim head coach Kevin Kraus, but the final decision will be up to him.

"You get to a point where you know what you want, not only in coaching skills, but with inter-personal skills, and the ability to communicate with people other than the players."

Wray says it's doubtful he will have someone hired before the BCHL's regular season starts Friday at the Showcase in Chilliwack.

"I doubt you'll hear anything before Friday," says Wray.

The position suddenly opened September 8 when fourth year coach/GM Jason Williamson resigned for personal reasons.

The Vipers and Cowichan Valley Capitals will open the new season at the Showcase Friday, playing at 3:30 pm.

Kiss FM is again the voice of the Vipers, featuring play by play with Graham Turnball.

Listen to Johnston Meier Vernon Vipers hockey on Kiss FM starting with the pre-game show at 3:15 pm Friday.

Red Wings Re-Sign Former Vernon Viking Goaltender Holland:

The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed former Vernon Vikings
goaltender Ken Holland.

Holland played one season with his hometown Vernon Vikings (1973-74) before leaving for the Western Hockey League's Medicine Hat Tigers.  Holland was drafted in the 12th round 188th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft.  Holland never played a game with the Leafs, played with Detroit & Hartford before joing the Red Wings as a scout in Western Canada.

Ken Holland's Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=6433

This is posted on the Red Wings website:

Red Wings announce new four-year deal for executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland

Red Wings have won more regular-season and postseason games than any other NHL team during Holland’s tenure

Thursday, 08.14.2014

By Todd Beam  - Detroit Red Wings Communications Director

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings announced today that the team has signed executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland to a new four-year contract that will keep him with the organization through the 2017-18 season.

“Ken is regarded as one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League and has been instrumental in the success of the Red Wings over the last two decades,” Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said. “Marian and I are extremely pleased that he will continue to lead our hockey club over the next four years. We feel strongly that stability is key to the success of any organization and having this new agreement in place with Ken is important to the organization and its future.”

Holland, 58, has served as Detroit’s general manager for the past 17 seasons. Since taking the helm in July 1997, Holland-led teams have won more regular-season games (746) and postseason games (115) than any other NHL team.

The Vernon, British Columbia, native has contributed to four Stanley Cup championships in Detroit – three as the team’s general manager (1998, 2002 and 2008) and one as assistant general manager (1997).

During Holland’s tenure as Detroit’s general manager, the Red Wings have qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs in all 17 seasons (1997-2014). In addition, the Red Wings have won four Presidents’ Trophies, five regular-season Conference titles, 10 Division titles and have produced 13 100-point seasons.

Prior to his role in team management, Holland was a Red Wings player and scout. He has been with the organization in various capacities for the past 31 seasons.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vipers Wrap Up Exhibition Season With Road Draw:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers wrap up exhibition season with road draw
                   
Sep 17, 2014

The Vernon Vipers finished their successful exhibition season 3-1-1 following a 4-4 tie with the Prince George Spruce Kings in B.C. Hockey League play Saturday night at the Prince George Coliseum.

“It was a game filled with powerplays and penalty kills; there wasn’t much five-on-five played,” said Vipers’ interim coach Kevin Kraus. “It was a weird way to work on our special teams.”

The Vipers clipped the Spruce Kings 4-3 in overtime Friday night at Kal Tire Place.

Both teams came to an agreement both nights to play the unscheduled extra frames. With no winner after the first five-minute, four-on-four period on Saturday, the game ended in a stalemate after five minutes of three-on-three.

Vipers’ goal scorers in Prince George were Trever Fider, Anthony Latina, Mackenzie Bauer and Linden Hora.

Jarrod Schamerhorn started both games in net against the Spruce Kings, but Kraus has already given the nod to Vernon product Danny Todosychuk for the opener.

“We will see how it goes; we are going to use both guys this year,” said Kraus.

The Vipers play for keeps Friday afternoon against the Cowichan Valley Capitals in Chilliwack at the Prospera Centre during the BCHL Showcase.

“It’ll be good. The Showcase is always exciting for our players. All the teams in our league will be there along with plenty of NCAA and NHL scouts,” said Kraus, who played for the Vipers from 2008-2010. “It’s also provides a great chance for us to see all the other teams in our league before we get to play them.”

The Vipers will also meet the Victoria Grizzlies Saturday afternoon in Chilliwack.

Kraus, who stepped in as head coach following Jason Williamson’s departure, has liked the way his team looked in the preamble to the regular season.

“We are a hard-working team with an offensive ability. We work hard, we’re gonna score and take care of it on defence as well,” said Kraus. “We still haven’t really seen Liam (Coughlin) or Luke Shiplo in games yet and I know they are going to be a big add to our team.”

Shiplo has committed to Western Michigan Mustangs for next season and second-year Coughlin has been sidelined nursing bumps and bruises.

The Vipers’ brass made their final cuts, releasing defencemen Chris Harpur from Ontario and Liam Feeny from Massachusetts.

Spruce Kings’ grad Jujhar Khaira had a goal and a fight in the first 40 minutes while Jackson Houck (fourth rounder in 2013), Mitch Holmberg, who put up 118 points with the Spokane Chiefs last year, and Kyle Platzer also scored as the Edmonton Oilers lost 5-4 to the Winnipeg Jets Monday at the NHL Young Stars camp in Penticton. The Oilers rookies, including former Vipers Connor and Kellen Jones, face the University of Alberta Golden Bears tonight in Edmonton. The Oilers went 2-1 in Penticton.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Follow Your Favorite BCHL Team Blog:

With a new BCHL regular season getting underway this weekend, the league will see several new bloggers following there favorite BCHL teams.  Kyle Anderson replaces Jon Zacks as the new voice of the West Kelowna Warriors, Jeff Sargeant replaces Dustin Forbes as the new voice of the Cowichan Capitals.  Ian Douglas has brought the the Salmon Arm Silverback fans a team blog, after the Backs had no blog last season.  All of these young men have made a blog wich allows fans, players, family and parents a chance to follow their team with some of the best indepth coverage of their team. If you would like to follow your favorite team or follow the BCHL please visit one of the following blogs.

Brian Wiebe's BCHL Blog, http://bchlbriansbanter.blogspot.ca/

Fraser Rodger's Three Vees Penticton Vees Blog, http://pentictonvees.wordpress.com/

Alex Rawnsley's Kings Of The Castle Powell River Kings Blog, http://kingsofthecastle.wordpress.com/

Hammer's The Hammer Alberni Valley Bulldogs Blog, http://www.hammersdogs.blogspot.com/

Kyle Anderson's Battle Cries West Kelowna Warriors Blog, http://wkwarriors.blogspot.ca/

Eddie Gregory's Coquitlam Expressions Coquitlam Express Blog, http://expressvoice.blogspot.com/

Ian Douglas's Backs Talk Salmon Arm Silverbacks Blog, http://backstalk.wordpress.com/

Dustin Scafe's Merritt Centennials Blog, http://dustinscafe.blogspot.ca/

Jeff Sargeant's Speak Cowichan Capitals Blog, http://sargeantspeak.wordpress.com/

Langley Rivermen Blog, http://langleyrivermen.wordpress.com/

Vernon Vipers Diehard Fan Vipersdiehardfan Blog, http://vipersdiehardfan.blogspot.com/

Monday, September 15, 2014

Vernon Vipers All-Time Leaders:

The Vernon Lakers become the Vernon Vipers to start the 1995-96 season, meaning this year is the 20th season with the Viper name.  Here is a look at the Vipers All-Time Leaders.

Vernon Vipers All-Time Points Leaders:

1. Mark Nelson (2001-2005) GP-209 G-92 A-115 Pts-207
2. Connor Jones (2006-2010) GP-163 G-80 A-118 Pts-198
3. Hunter Bishop (2005-2008) GP-140 G-93 A-84 Pts-177
4. Lanny Gare (1997-1999) GP-117 G-67 A-107 Pts-174
5. Kellen Jones (2006-2010) GP-154 G-39 A-134 Pts-173

Vernon Vipers All-Time Goals Leaders:

1. Hunter Bishop (2005-2008) GP-140 G-93 A-84 Pts-177
2. Mark Nelson (2001-2005) GP-209 G-92 A-115 Pts-207
3. Connor Jones (2006-2010) GP-163 G-80 A-118 Pts-198
4. Kori Davison (1996-2000) GP-213 G-72 A-99 Pts-171
5. Lanny Gare (1997-1999) GP-117 G-67 A-107 Pts-174

Vernon Vipers All-Time Assists Leaders:

1. Kellen Jones (2006-2010) GP-154 G-39 A-134 Pts-173
2. Connor Jones (2006-2010) GP-163 G-80 A-118 Pts-198
3. Mark Nelson (2001-2005) GP-209 G-92 A-115 Pts-207
4. Mike Ullrich (2004-2007) GP-142 G-49 A-115 Pts-164
5. Lanny Gare (1997-1999) GP-117 G-67 A-107 Pts-174

Vernon Vipers All-Time Pims Leaders:

1. Chris Crowell (2005-2009) GP-213 G-33 A-57 Pts-90 Pims-596
2. Kori Davison (1996-2000) GP-213 G-72 A-99 Pts-171 Pims-580
3. Jake Wilkens (2000-2004) GP-164 G-14 A-38 Pts-52 Pims-373
4. Troy Cherwinski (2004-2006) GP-106 G-6 A-16 Pts-22 Pims-371
5. Jason Williamson (1999-2002) GP-117 G-33 A-45 Pts-78 Pims-352

Vernon Vipers All-Time Games Played Leaders:

1. Rob Short (2005-2010) GP-229 G-61 A-76 Pts-137
2. Kori Davison (1996-2000) GP-213 G-72 A-99 Pts-171
3. Chris Crowell (2005-2009) GP-213 G-33 A-57 Pts-90
4. Mark Nelson (2001-2005) GP-209 G-92 A-115 Pts-207
5. Colton Sparrow (2010-2014) GP-188 G-32 A-55 Pts-87

Vernon Vipers All-Time Points Per Game Leaders:

1. Vic Sharma (1996-97) GP-54 G-37 A-67 Pts-104 PPG-1.926
2. Ryan Bayda (1998-99) GP-45 G-24 A-58 Pts-82 PPG-1.822
3. Curtis Fraser (2002-03) GP-60 G-53 A-52 Pts-105 PPG-1.750
4. Dean Strong (2004-05) GP-56 G-35 A-56 Pts-91 PPG-1.625
5. Sean Patchell (1996-97) GP-52 G-34 A-50 Pts-84 PPG-1.615

Vernon Vipers All-Time Points Per Season Leaders:

1. Lanny Gare (1998-1999) GP-57 G-46 A-65 Pts-111 Pims-60
2. Curtis Fraser (2002-03) GP-60 G-53 A-52 Pts-105 Pims-116
3. Vic Sharma (1996-97) GP-54 G-37 A-67 Pts-104 Pims-93
4. Hunter Bishop (2007-2008) GP-60 G-57 A-40 Pts-97 Pims-45
5. Mike Santorelli (2003-04) GP-60 G-43 A-53 Pts-96 Pims-26

Vernon Vipers All-Time Goals Per Season leaders:

1. Hunter Bishop (2007-2008) GP-60 G-57 A-40 Pts-97 Pims-45
2. Curtis Fraser (2002-03) GP-60 G-53 A-52 Pts-105 Pims-116
3. Lanny Gare (1998-1999) GP-57 G-46 A-65 Pts-111 Pims-60
4. Bryan McGregor (2002-03) GP-58 G-44 A-46 Pts-90 Pims-41
5. Mike Santorelli (2003-04) GP-60 G-43 A-53 Pts-96 Pims-26

Vernon Vipers All-Time Assists Per Season Leaders:

1. Vic Sharma (1996-97) GP-54 G-37 A-67 Pts-104 Pims-93
2. Lanny Gare (1998-1999) GP-57 G-46 A-65 Pts-111 Pims-60
3. Ryan Bayda (1998-99) GP-45 G-24 A-58 Pts-82 Pims-15
4. Brent Dodginghorse (1996-97) GP-58 G-34 A-57 Pts-91 Pims-137
5. Dean Strong (2004-05) GP-56 G-35 A-56 Pts-91 Pims-28

Vernon Vipers All-Time Pims Per Season leaders:

1. Ryan Singer (2000-2001) GP-54 G-9 A-11 Pts-20 Pims-267
2. Troy Cherwinski (2004-2005) GP-55 G-2 A-5 Pts-7 Pims-244
3. Cole Byers (2003-04) GP-52 G-2 A-13 Pts-15 Pims-235
4. Luke Pierce (2003-04) GP-53 G-7 A-21 Pts-28 Pims-223
5. Chris Crowell (2006-2007) GP-58 G-12 A-6 Pts-18 Pims-205

Vernon Vipers All-Time Winningest Coaches:

1. Mark Ferner (2007-2011) Wins-165 Losses-51 Ties-7
2. Troy Mick (1997-2000) Wins-161 Losses-45 Ties-0
3. Rob Bremner (1992-1996) Wins-137 Losses-93 Ties-2
4. Mike Vandekamp (2001-2004) Wins-117 Losses-48 Ties-1
5. Jason Williamson (2011-2014) Wins-81 Losses-70 Ties-6

Vernon Vipers All-Time Winningest Teams:

1. 1998-99 Vernon Vipers Wins-52 Losses-6 Ties-0
2. 2009-10 Vernon Vipers Wins-51 Losses-6 Ties-0
3. 2002-03 Vernon Vipers Wins-47 Losses-12 Ties-0
4. 1995-96 Vernon Vipers Wins-43 Losses-13 Ties-4
5. 2004-05 Vernon Vipers Wins-42 Losses-9 Ties-3
5. 2008-09 Vernon Vipers Wins-42 Losses-14 Ties-1

Vernon Vipers All-Time Previous Captains:

2014-15 Riley Guenther
2013-14 Ryan Renz
2012-13 Brett Corkey
2011-12 Patrick McGillis
2010-11 David Robinson
2009-10 Kevin Kraus
2008-09 Chris Crowell
2007-08 Chris Crowell
2006-07 Mike Ullrich
2005-06 Andy Zulyniak
2004-05 Mark Nelson
2003-04 Jake Wilkens
2002-03 Chad Murray
2001-02 Jason Williamson
2000-01 Jason Williamson
1999-00 Kori Davison
1998-99 Lennie Rampone
1997-98 Adam Stewart
1996-97 Vic Sharma
1995-96 Jeff Cheeseman

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Vipers In Good Hands:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers in good hands

by  Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Sep 14, 2014

Who’s going to be the next head coach of the Vernon Vipers? If I pocketed a toonie for every time I was asked that, I could buy shares in the new Las Vegas NHL team.

The BCHL Vipers are receiving e-mailed resumes every 10 minutes and owner Duncan Wray is conducting interviews by phone from his primary home in Victoria and preparing a shortlist.

Or is he simply going through the process to see who’s out there and waiting for Mark Ferner to leave the Kamloops Blazers as an associate coach with Don Hay? Ferner, if you just moved here, guided the Snakes to three straight Royal Bank Cup appearances, winning two titles and losing 2-1 in the final of the third try.

Some say the Vipers would have won the RBC on home ice if Ferner was at the helm and not the much younger Jason Williamson, who had served under Ferner.

Maybe, but Williamson, who has a great eye for talent and pulled off some excellent trades, somehow got the Vipers past the highly favoured Penticton Vees in the Interior Conference final. In Game 7 on the road. Pretty impressive.

It wasn’t Williamson’s fault his No. 1 goalie, Austin Smith, had his worst first period of the season, in a semifinal loss to the eventual champion Yorkton Terriers.

This would have been Willy’s year to prove he was worthy of the job. Through solid recruiting and some luck – Thomas Aldworth – landed here after confusing Langley with Vernon, the Vipers are young, but skilled. Reaching the playoffs was realistic and would have taken some superior coaching by Willy.

Williamson, who owns a teacher’s degree from Niagara University in New York State, will take time to get his personal life sorted out. I hope somebody gives him another chance down the road.

In the meantime, Wray has the luxury of talented 25-year-old Kevin Kraus and ex-NHLer Eric Godard running the show. From all reports, Kraus did a fabulous 70-hour a week job as head coach/GM of the Revelstoke Grizzlies for two years.

Kraus and Godard, who practised daily with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin for more than two years in Pittsburgh, are both head coaching material, but must pay their dues. Whether it’s Ferner coming home or somebody else with a five-star background, the Vipers are in good shape.

Vipers Win Short Overtime:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers win short overtime

by  Tyler Lowey - Vernon Morning Star

Sep 14, 2014

The two coaches looked at each other, shrugged their shoulders and said, “Game on.”

The Vernon Vipers edged the Prince George Spruce Kings 4-3 in overtime during B.C. Hockey League exhibition play Friday night at Kal Tire Place.

Normally, if exhibition games are tied after regulation, the game ends. The 300 fans in attendance were treated to a little free hockey, all of 13 seconds of it.

Thomas Aldworth brought the puck into the Spruce Kings’ zone, missed the net and the puck rattled around to Luke Voltin. Voltin could have  drove a mack truck through the centre of the ice, walking in on net and beating Kings’ netminder Jesse Jenks over the shoulder.

“I thought we fared very well,” said Vipers’ captain Riley Guenther. “We gave up a three-goal lead but we got it done in OT and that’s all that matters.”

The Vipers moved to 3-1 in the exhibition season with their final preseason game going Saturday night against the Spruce Kings at the Prince George Coliseum.

The Vipers seemed to have this game by the gills, leading 3-0 part way into the second period.

One of the 16 new Vipers and local product, Blaine Caton, bagged a beauty on a shorthanded break.

“Linden (Hora) got the puck, chipped it out and we were off. I’m not sure how he slid the puck to me on the two-on-one, but he did, and I put it five-hole,” said Caton.

Caton has impressed the coaching staff while playing with longtime friend Jagger Williamson.

“Jagger and I have been playing together since Bantam. It always helps when you have someone out there you can trust,” Caton said.

They aren’t the biggest pairing in the BCHL Williamson is well below six foot and Caton is 170 pounds soaking wet.

“I’ve got to adapt to the speed and the bigger guys, but I am getting used to it and feeling good out there,” said the Caton.

With the regular season right around the corner, the Vipers were tested against the Kings, who made the playoffs last season with 32 wins in the Mainland division.

“Prince George is a big physical team and they bring it every night. Our guys were up to the task tonight,” said assistant coach Eric Godard.

Added Guenther, “It was competitive, but games like that are fun for us.”

And physical it was, with scrums after several whistles and a pair of third period hits that will induce repercussion.

Ayden MacDonald of the Vipers seemed to drive his shoulder into the head of Rider Stoglin in the corner. Mintues later, Vernon’s Johnny Coughlin pushed Braiden Epp head first into the boards. Coughlin’s hit seemed a lot worse than it ended up to be. Both Vipers were handed a five-minute major and a game misconduct. By the book, players that receive a game misconduct are to be suspended two games. The league has yet to rule on MacDonald and Coughlin.

“I didn’t think any of the hits were malicious. The second one, the guy was going to retrieve a puck and he lost an edge before he hit him,” said Godard.

Epp skated off the ice and returned for a shift before leaving for the dressing room.

“I got them out for precautionary reasons. It’s exhibition and we want to be on the safe side with these things,” said Kings’ assistant coach Colton Buffe.

Lost in the game misconducts was the play of journeyman goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn. Schamerhorn was solid making 23 saves. He had to be sharp as the Vipers spent most of the third period killing majors.

“He has been solid all camp, battling, making big saves. It is a little out of my pay grade; that decision will be left to Kevin (Kraus),” said Godard, on who will be the opening night netminder.

Schamerhorn is competing with local product Danny Todosychuk.

The Vipers open their regular season next Friday in Chilliwack during the BCHL Showcase, when they battle the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Their home opener goes Saturday, Sept. 27, when they face the West Kelowna Warriors.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Exhibition: Vernon 4 Prince George 4

Thanks to the Prince George Spruce Kings twitter account for the great play by play report from tonight's game.

Game Summary:

1st Period:

Prince George Spruce Kings Taylor Allen from Michael Buonincontri & Brent Lashuk
Vernon Vipers (No goal report)
Prince George Spruce Kings Jeremiah Luedtke (PP) from Justin Rai & Matt Stief
Prince George Spruce Kings Justin Rai (PP) from Jeremiah Luedtke & Chad Staley

Vernon outshot Prince George 14-11

2nd Period:

Vernon Vipers (No goal report)

Vernon outshot Prince George 24-23

3rd Period:

Vernon Vipers Powerplay goal (No goal report)
Prince George Spruce Kings Taylor Allen from Michael Buonincontri
Vernon Vipers Powerplay goal (No goal report)

No shot total after 3rd period

Overtime (Three on three)

No Scoring

Vernon outshot Prince George 50-36 overall

Three Former Vipers Faceoff In Battle Of Alberta:

Thanks to Sport Check Viper fans get a chance to watch three former Vernon Vipers play tonight as the Calgary Flames prospects battle the Edmonton Oilers prospects in the 2014 Young Stars Classic live from Penticton.  Former Vipers forwards Kellen & Connor Jones (2006-2010) are playing for the Oilers while former Vipers defenceman Curtis Gedig (2009-10) is playing for Calgary.  Game starts at 7:30pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw-kIWk67k8

Game Preview: Exhibition: Vernon @ Prince George:

Vernon (3-1-0-0) @ Prince George (0-2-0-1) 7pm start

Tonight is the second game of a home and home series between the Vernon Vipers & Prince George Spruce Kings.  Vernon took game 1 last night 4-3 in overtime.  The Spruce Kings went 1-0-1-0 vs Vernon last season.

Last Game:

Friday, September 12th Vernon defeated Prince George 4-3 in overtime

Next Game:

Friday, September 19th (BCHL Showcase) Vernon vs Cowichan
Saturday, September 20th (BCHL Showcase) Prince George vs Nanaimo

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon is 37-19-2-4 vs. Prince George

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon has outscored Prince George 245-176

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 14-5-2-4 at home vs. Prince George

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 15-11-0-1 in Prince George

The Vipers are 6-2-1-1 in their last ten games at home vs. the Spruce Kings

The Vipers are 6-4-0-0 in their last ten games on the road vs. the Spruce Kings

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

The Vipers last win at home over Prince George was a 7-3 win on Sunday, March 4th 2012

Prince George's last win in Vernon was a 5-2 victory on Friday, September 28th 2012

The Vipers last win in Price George was a 5-4 overtime win on Friday, March 1st 2013

Prince George's last win at home over Vernon was a 3-0 victory on Friday, October 4th 2013

The Vipers went 0-1-1-0 vs Prince George last season

Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The Interior Division Conference Champion Vernon Vipers will finish the pre-season tonight in Prince George.  The Vipers are playing the second game of a home and home series with the Spruce Kings, took game 1 in Vernon last night 4-3 in overtime.  With the victory the Vipers improve to 3-1 in Exhibition action.  Vernon will start the regular season next weekend Friday and Saturday in Chilliwack at the BCHL Showcase when they take on Cowichan & Victoria.

Brett Mulcahy (30-15-45) lead the Vipers last season in goals with thirty

Michael McNicholas (23-46-69) lead the Vipers last season in points with sixty nine

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog

http://vipersvenom1.blogspot.ca/

Vernon Vipers 2013-14 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 58
Wins: 30
Losses: 18
Ties: 4
Overtime Losses: 6
Home Record: 17-6-3-3
Road Record: 13-12-1-3
Goals For: 187
Goals Against: 175
Place: 3rd Place
Streak: Finished the season with a two game losing streak

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Pre-Season Stats:

Games Played: 4
Wins: 3
Losses: 1
Ties: 0
Home Record: 3-0-0-0
Road Record: 0-1-0-0
Goals For: 15
Goals Against: 11
Streak: Two game winning streak

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. Prince George last season:

0-0-1-0

Vernon’s Road record vs. Prince George last season:

0-1-0-0

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Prince George last season:

Liam Coughlin (1-2-3)
Michael McNicholas (2-0-2)
Dexter Dancs (0-2-2)
Jared Wilson (0-1-1)
Tyler Povelofskie (1-0-1)
Jason Bird (0-1-1)

Danny Todosychuk (0-1 Record)
Austin Smith (0-0-1 Record)

-Vernon finished last season with the leagues 16th best powerplay

-Vernon finished last season with the leagues 9th best penalty kill



Lets take a look at the Prince George Spruce Kings:

The Prince George Spruce Kings return home for their first game on home ice this pre-season.  The Spruce Kings fell to 0-3 in the pre-season after Friday night's loss to the Vernon Vipers.  PG has surrendered twenty one goals in their three games open the BCHL Showcase next Saturday vs the Nanaimo Clippers.  Prince George has eleven players returning from last season's hockey team.

Chad Staley (29-33-62) lead the Spruce Kings last year in goals with twenty nine and in points with sixty two

Prince George Spruce Kings 2013-14 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 58
Wins: 32
Losses: 20
Ties: 4
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 17-10-1-1
Road Record: 15-10-3-1
Goals For: 192
Goals Against: 158
Place: 2nd Place (Mainland Division)
Streak: Finished the season with a two game losing streak

Prince George Spruce Kings 2014-15 Pre-Season Stats:

Games Played: 3
Wins: 0
Losses: 2
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 0-0-0-0
Road Record: 0-2-0-1
Goals For: 10
Goals Against: 21
Streak: Three game losing streak

Prince George Spruce Kings Returning Players:

Braiden Epp (96)
Riley Hawes (95)
Brent Lashuk (94)
Jake LeBrun (95)
Brogan O'Brien (97)
Stephen Penner (95)
Justin Rai (94)
Chad Staley (94)
Cole Todd (95)
Karan Toor (94)
Jesse Jenks (95)

Prince George Spruce Kings Departing & traded players from last years team:

Jeremiah Luedtke (94)
Christian Weidauer (93)
Mitch Eden (94)
Bryant Christian (93)
Skylar Pacheco (94)
Cooper Rush (93)
Danny Kiraly (95)
Marco Ballarin (95)
Matt Painchaud (96)
Sean Landrey (93)
Alex Murray (93)

Prince George’s Home record vs. Vernon last season:

1-0-0-0

Prince George’s Road record vs. Vernon last season:

0-0-1-0

Prince George’s scoring leaders vs. Vernon last season:

Chad Staley (3-2-5)
Jeremiah Luedtke (1-2-3)
Karan Toor (0-3-3)
Mitch Eden (1-1-2)
Christian Weidauer (2-0-2)
Jake LeBrun (0-1-1)
Bryant Christian (0-1-1)
Justin Rai (0-1-1)
Braiden Epp (0-1-1)

Alex Murray (1-0-1 Record)

-Prince George finished last season with the leagues 15th best powerplay

-The Spruce Kings finished last year with the league's 10th best penalty kill

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

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

Prince George Spruce Kings:

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=224095

Friday, September 12, 2014

Exhibition: Vernon 4 Prince George 3 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 BCHL Exhibition Vipers-Spruce Kings game as Vernon defeated Prince George 4-3 in overtime in front of a small crowd at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Jarrod Schamerhorn
Prince George: Jesse Jenks

1st Period: The Vipers come out with alot of jump early and often.  Jordan Low made a big defensive play early breaking up Ayden MacDonald's two on one.  Vernon showing their speed really carried the edge in play before getting an early five on three powerplay.  The first PP of the contest.  The Vipers with good puck control moved the puck around but didnt generate alot of great opportunities missing the net on several plays.  Late in the powerplay Thomas Aldworth with the only real good quality chance couldnt beat Jesse Jenks who made a big save as Vernon would get atleast six shots with the man advantage before PG would kill off the two man advantage.  The Vipers were all over the Spruce Kings in a very physical opening period with lots of hitting through out the period.  Vernon was outshooting the Spruce Kings 10-3 at the halfway mark.  Prince George would slowly get their game going in the second half, Michael Buonincontri and Cole Todd with two good opportunities would be denied by former Merritt Centennials goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn.  The Spruce Kings would get a late flurry of action inside the Viper zone playing a little better as the period went on.  Things heated up late in the period as both teams got into a mini scrum inside the PG blueline with several players getting involved.  Chad Staley speared Thomas Aldworth as the two were going to the penalty boxes.  Staley and Cole Todd were exchanging words in the penalty boxes with Aldworth and Kenny Citron.  After both teams were sperated Vernon would come out on top with their second powerplay of the evening.  TJ Dumonceaux would get stopped in the slot after Jenks made a nice save.  With time winding down in the man advantage the score clock stopped for several seconds while the play continued, The Vipers moved the puck around before Johnny Coughlin's point shot was redirected in front by TJ Dumonceaux giving Vernon a late 1-0 lead at 18:22 Coughlin & Riley Guenther collected the assists.  At the time of the goal the score clock was still not working, as the play was stopped after the Vipers goal as the score keepers tried fixing the score clock.  On the next play the score clock would stop working for a second time before it was fixed.  PG would get their first powerplay with just four seconds to go, giving them a man advantage to start the 2nd period.  It was 1-0 Vernon after 20 minutes of play.  Other then a few shifts the Vipers carried most of the play and had the better of the scoring chances.  The Vipers really used their speed but really didnt create alot of scoring chances.  The Spruce Kings were limited with the puck, didnt have alot of pressure in the Vernon zone.  The Vipers with a very good opening period.  The Vipers outshot the Spruce Kings 16-9.

2nd Period: Prince George started the period with the man advantage that was carried over from the opening period.  The Spruce Kings moved the puck around couldnt generate any real scoring chances, were limited in shots couldnt tie the game as Vernon would kill off the minor.  Shortly after PG would head back to the powerplay and again didnt get any real good looks with the man advantage as Vernon was able to kill off the powerplay.  The Spruce Kings looked much better this period carried the better of the play as the Vipers quit hitting and couldnt generate any offence.  Brent Lashuk with a great opportunity couldnt beat Vipers starting goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn.  Thomas Aldworth put the Vipers up by two after a quick low shot beat Jesse Jenks blocker side giving Vernon a 2-0 lead at 10:03 Linden Hora and Blaine Caton picked up the helpers.  Vernon who didnt seem to have the same jump or intensity they played with in the 1st did get two good chances shortly after Aldworth's goal.  MacKenzie Bauer couldnt beat Jenks at the side of the net before Trevor Fidler was stopped in front on a three on one.  Fidler would get sent to the penalty box on the play giving the Spruce Kings their third man advantage of the period.  But it was the Viper penalty kill that went to work, shorthanded Linden Hora setup Blaine Caton on a two on one giving the Vipers a 3-0 lead at 14:40 Hora with the only assist.  Vernon seemed to play a little better after getting two quick back to back goals but PG responded and had some good pressure just couldnt generate any real offensive chances.  The Vipers would get caught in their own zone late in the period, having troubles getting the puck out the Spruce Kings had Vernon hemmned in their own zone before getting on the board late.  Chad Staley fed a wide open Just Rai in the slot who beat Schamerhorn shortside at 19:10 as PG was down by two.  Staley and Michael Buonincontri picked up the helpers.  The Vipers were up 3-1 after 40 minutes of play.  Prince George started the period off with two early man advantages seemed to gain some confidence and played a much better period.  Even though the Vipers were outplayed for most of the second period, Vernon capitalized with back to back goals around the halfway mark jumped out to a comfortable three goal lead.  But the Spruce Kings didnt quit and got on the board late to get within two with one period remaining.  PG outshot Vernon 12-9.

3rd Period: The Spruce Kings come out with some good jump early come very close to getting within a goal after Jarrod Schamerhorn was caught out of his net in the opening minutes coughed up the puck as a PG player through the puck out front but luckily for the Vipers no Spruce Kings were open.  The Vipers come very close to re-taking a three goal lead.  Three minutes into the period Branden Wagner setup Ayden MacDonald on a two on one but MacDonald couldnt finish in close.  On the same play MacDonald would get tossed from the contest after given a five minute major for checking to the head.  A scrum broke loose after the hit as the Spruce Kings went after MacDonald.  PG would also pick up a penalty on the melay after the check as both teams played four on four before Prince George would get a full three minute powerplay.  Jeremiah Luedtke on the man advantage spotted Brogan O'Brien in the slot beat Schamerhorn cutting the Vernon lead to within a goal at 6:54 Luedtke & Brent Lashuk with the assists.  Less then two minutes later the Justin Rai tied the game 3-3 at 8:24 Chad Staley and Valik Chichkin with the helpers.  The Vipers come right back on a two on one couldnt capitalize missing the goal.  Vernon started to pick up the physical play laying out some big checks, come very close to some marginal hits on a few checks.  Both teams had a few flurries of chances but it was the Vipers with the better quality chances.  With just over six minutes remaining the Vipers would get their second five minute major of the night, lost Johnny Coughlin for checking from behind as the Spruce Kings with a huge powerplay to almost finish the game.  But another strong penalty kill by the Vipers ate up alot of time off the clock with a big penalty kill.  TJ Dumonceaux setup Anthony Latina who couldnt beat Spruce Kings starting goaltender Jesse Jenks in the final few minutes before PG would take a late penalty sending both teams to four on four before Vernon would get a late powerplay.  Unable to capitalize the Vipers with a hard working last few shifts come on strong late were really buzzing in and around the Prince George net tried setting up a few late opportunities couldnt quite finish in front before the buzzer sounded.  The game was tied 3-3 after 60 minutes of play.  Both teams with a few good chances but it was the Vipers that had the better of the opportunities.  PG didnt quit scored two quick back to back goals forced overtime.  The Vipers with a few undisaplined penalties couldnt stay out of the penalty box this period.  The Vipers outshot PG 13-5.

Overtime: Off the opening faceoff Justin Rai with a great chance in close couldnt beat Jarrod Schamerhorn in front before the Vipers broke out.  Thomas Aldworth carried the puck up ice before setting up Luke Voltin in the slot went glovehand past Jesse Jenks for the OT winner giving Vernon the 4-3 lead at :38 Aldworth with the lone assist on the game winner.  Vernon outshot Prince George 2-1.

Top Players: (Vernon)

Jake Emilio I thought played very well on the Vipers blueline.

Trevor Fidler played with alot of jump and energy.  Was really skating hard, played well tonight.

MacKenzie Bauer was another rookie that played and worked hard all game.

Linden Hora (2 assists) I thought looked fairly good through out tonight's game.

Thomas Aldworth (1 goal & 1 assist) Is going to be the Vipers best player this season.  This kid stands out from the rest of the group, a real strong skater, moves the puck up ice, soft hands, a bigger body thats hard to knock off the puck.  Has really been impressive during Training Camp and these pre-season games.

Luke Voltin (OT Winner) I thought really battled and competed hard all night, this kid worked hard, was always on the fly, banging and crashing down low.  Played with alot of energy.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

I really liked the Vipers game in the 1st, I thought Vernon come out of the gates with a very strong effort.  The Vipers really used their speed and slick passing to create a few good opportunities didnt generate alot of chances in that opening period, did manage to get pucks to the net.  The Vipers carried most of the play outplayed PG but were only rewarded for one goal.  I didnt think Vernon looked as good in the 2nd period but give credit to the Spruce Kings who seemed to tighten up a bit and eventually get some pressure in the Viper zone.  Even though PG outplayed the Vipers in the middle frame, give credit to Vernon who scored twice jumping out to a 3-0 lead.  The Vipers couldnt seem to get through the neutral zone, were caught deep in their own zone had troubles coming out of their own end.  Vernon would give up two early back to back goals in the third didnt panic managed to create and generate some good looks, got into penalty trouble in the 3rd but were able to hold on and get the win in the extra period.  Vernon played hard all night and competed, this is what we want to see.  The Vipers didnt back down from the phycial play or the scrums.  Overall I thought tonight was a pretty good entertaining Exhibition game with lots of big hits, a few scrums and some nice goals at both ends.  Give full credit to Kevin Kraus and Eric Godard who only taking over from Jason Williamson last weekend, looked to have this team playing with some systems.  I was impressed with their passing, especially in the 1st and their breakout.  The powerplay even though didnt generate alot did have good puck possesion and good puck movement.  The penalty kill even though giving up a powerplay goal scored once shorthanded and created several shorthanded oportunities.  The Vipers were very aggresive on the penalty kill limited PG's opportunities.  The Vipers generated alot of odd man rushes and the kids looked to gel together tonight.  I saw alot of good things on the ice as well as behind the bench through out the game.  With the win the Vipers improve to 3-1 during the pre-season.

Top Players: (Prince George)

Justin Rai (2 goals) Didnt notice him much in the 1st period but as the game went on, seemed to stand out and get involved in the play.  Has a quick release, goes to the net alot.

Michael Buonincontri (1 assist) Was one of PG's better forwards tonight.  A good skater seemed to get involved in the play through out the game.

Cole Todd played a fiesty yet physical game, throwing his weight around I thought looked good for the Spruce Kings.

Brent Lashuk (1 assist) Also impressed me tonight.  A bigger body that was hard to contain down low played well.  Goes to the net, had a few chances tonight from in close.

Jordan Low played very well on Prince George's blueline.  Made several smart heads up plays on the backend.  Saw alot of icetime.

Jesse Jenks (36 saves) Played well between the pipes for PG.  Kept the Spruce Kings in the contest in that opening period after Vernon fired 16 shots on the goaltender.  Couldnt be faulted on any of the Vipers four goals.

Game Thought's: (Prince George)

The Spruce Kings fall to 0-3 in Exhibition play didnt get off to a great start.  I thought PG was physical early and often had troubles containing the Vipers speed and skill.  The Spruce Kings were lucky they were only down just a goal after the first twenty minutes.  PG was outplayed in the first period but come on and seemed to get their game going in the 2nd and 3rd periods but just didnt seem to have that offensive touch getting very little great opportunities.  PG managed a few good chances but overall didnt get alot of pressure in the Vernon zone.  The Spruce Kings gave up way too many odd man rushes couldnt capitalize with two five minute majors in the 3rd.  Give Prince George credit they didnt quit, they battled and played hard all night tied the game in the 3rd but couldnt put the Vipers away with the powerplay.  For two teams that dont see much of each other during the regular season, sure played with alot of emotion tonight in a very fiesty game with several scrums breaking out.  Tomorrow's rematch in PG should be very interesting.

They didnt announce the scratches or three stars

Here is tonight's lineup-rosters

Vernon:

Danny Todosychuk
Jarrod Schamerhorn

Kenny Citron
Ryley Booth
Mitchell Oliver
Jake Emilio
Liam Coughlin (didnt play)
Riley Guenther
Blaine Caton
Anthony Latina
Jagger Williamson
TJ Dumonceaux
Trevor Fidler
MacKenzie Bauer
Linden Hora
Luke Shiplo (didnt play)
Thomas Aldworth
Luke Voltin
Riley Brandt
Branden Wagner
Ayden MacDonald
Johnny Coughlin

Prince George:

Jesse Jenks
Bailey Depalma (didnt play)
Alex Brooks-Potts

Stephen Penner
Alexander Stoley
Jake McCarthy
Frankie Spellman
Jake LeBrun
Justin Rai
Karan Toor
Michael Buonincontri
Riley Hawes
Jeremiah Luedtke
Cole Todd
Marco Ballarin
Matt Stief
Brent Lashuk
Kyle Lohmann
Chad Staley
Brogan O'Brien
Rider Stoglin
Valik Chichkin
Jordan Low
Braiden Epp
Taylor Allen