Monday, August 29, 2016

BCHL News & Trades:

I found these press releases off team websites, twitter accounts, blogs or online. All Vipers news-trades are posted on this blog as soon as released-announced.

BCHL News & Trades:

Centennials Sign Skinner:

The Merritt Centennials announced on Tuesday the signing of forward Ethan Skinner for the 2016-17 season. Skinner comes to the Cents from the Elmira Sugar Kings of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. In 49 games with the Sugar Kings last season, the 18-year-old had 24 goals and 60 assists for 84 points. He was fourth overall in assists and fifth overall in points in the GOJHL. Skinner’s point totals were the highest in the league among all players under the age of 19. During the 2015-16 season, Skinner notched at least a point in 38 of the Sugar Kings 49 games, including an 11-game point streak which saw him tally 21 points (five goals, 16 assists). He added three goals and seven assists in 11 playoff games. Skinner was also a GOJHL Midwestern Conference Second-Team All-Star, participated in the GOJHL Top Prospects Game, and named GOJHL Midwestern Conference Offensive Player of the Month for January 2016. “We are happy to add Ethan to our team. He’s had a couple of very good years in Elmira, where their staff has done a great job,” said Cents GM and Head Coach Joe Martin. “This past year was unique for him in being able to join Trenton in the OJHL playoffs and RBC Cup. We look forward to seeing what he can do with our group.” Skinner’s 2015-16 season was highlighted by being signed as an affiliate player for the Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Trenton Golden Hawks. He joined Trenton after his season with Elmira was done and had two assists in six OJHL playoff games, helping the Golden Hawks win the Buckland Trophy as OJHL Champions. Additionally, he had a goal in two games at the Dudley-Hewitt Cup as the Golden Hawks won the Central Canada Junior A Tournament and the right to play at the RBC Cup Canadian Junior A Championship. Skinner didn’t play any games for Trenton at the RBC Cup, but was able to see what it takes to get to that level in junior A hockey. The Kincardine, Ontario native played 48 games for the Sugar Kings in 2014-15, finishing with 18 goals and 17 assists for 35 points. He added six goals and four assists in 12 playoff games as Elmira was a semifinalist for the GOJHL’s Sutherland Cup championship.

Penticton-Surrey-Canmore Trade:

The Penticton Vees are adding scoring depth to their roster ahead of the 2016-17 season. Tuesday, the team announced they’ve acquired forward Ryley Risling (96) from the Canmore Eagles of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), in a three team trade. The Vees first acquired the playing rights to defenceman Brett Stewart (96) from the Surrey Eagles for future considerations. Then the Vees sent Stewart’s playing rights to the Canmore Eagles for Risling. “Ryley has a track record of putting up points in Alberta and is another veteran piece we’re adding to our line-up. He, like others we’ve added recently, brings valuable experience to our club and that’s going to be crucial if we’re going to have a long and successful season,” said President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson. Risling, 20, split last season between the AJHL and the United States Hockey League with the Waterloo Black Hawks. After returning to the Eagles, Risling was limited to just 15 games due to injury but still managed to average nearly a point per-game, picking up five goals and 14 points. In the 2014-15 season, the Medicine Hat, Alberta, product finished third in team scoring with 46 points in 54 regular season games. That season he led the team in goals (26) and tied for first in power-play markers (10). In 110 career games in the AJHL, Risling has compiled 36 goals and 70 points. He also has international experience under his belt, as Risling suited up for Team Canada West at the 2014 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. He played alongside Gabe Bast, Dante Fabbro, Demico Hannoun and Tyson Jost at that event. Risling will soon arrive in Penticton for the Vees’ Main Camp at the SOEC, which starts next Monday, August 22nd.

West Kelowna-Victoria Trade:

The West Kelowna Junior “A” Hockey Club are pleased to announce the acquisition of forward Mitchell Barker (’96) from the Victoria Grizzlies in exchange for future considerations. Barker, 19, is entering his fourth season in the BCHL, playing with the Prince George Spruce Kings in 2013/14 and spending the last two seasons on the island with the Victoria Grizzlies. Barker has collected 11 goals and 28 points over 120 career games in the British Columbia Hockey League. Mitchell is coming off of his most productive season in the league, tallying 7 goals and 14 points over 44 games last season with the Grizzlies. The Kamloops, BC native is no stranger to hockey in the Interior, playing with the Thompson Blazers of BC Major Midget League in 2011/12 and spending the 2012/13 season with the Kelowna Chiefs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL). “We are excited to add a guy like Mitch,” stated Warriors General Manager and Head Coach Rylan Ferster, “He’s a solid 200 foot player.” Mitchell and the rest of the Warriors will be set to hit the ice on Monday, August 22nd for main camp before the Warriors play their first of six pre season games on Wednesday, August 24th in Penticton against the Vees.

Capitals Open Camp Monday:

The battle promises to be fierce as about 40 players fight for places on the Cowichan Valley Capitals roster when training camp begins next week. “I think we’re going to have a pretty competitive camp,” head coach Bob Beatty said. “We’ll have a lot of new faces with the trades we’ve made and players moving on.” Between several 20-year-olds who aged out of junior hockey, others who left early for scholarship opportunities, and other departures, the Caps will have openings for new faces on this year’s squad. “We have holes to fill,” said Beatty, who is starting his fourth season with Cowichan. “I believe that our defence corps is pretty solid, and our goaltending is pretty much set, but there will certainly be a lot of new faces up front, and some younger guys.” Returning from last year are forwards Ryan Hogg, Kyle Topping, Ayden MacDonald and Jared Domin, defencemen Ben Verrall, Chris Harpur and Josh Owings, and goalie Lane Michasiw. Matt Hudie, who led the team in goals last year, was expected to come back, but has opted to play for Green Bay in the U.S. Hockey League. Joining the returnees are a handful of players with B.C. Hockey League experience that the team acquired in trades, such as forwards Darren Hards and Max Newton and blueliner Nii Noi Tetteh. On-ice sessions at the Island Savings Centre are open to the public. The Caps will skate on Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon and 7-9 p.m., and on Wednesday from 10-11:45 a.m. On Thursday, they have a morning session and a home exhibition game against the Victoria Grizzlies at 7 p.m., and on Friday, the morning session will be followed by a road game in Victoria. Finally, they have a morning skate on Saturday and a home game against the Nanaimo Clippers at 7 p.m. It’s beneficial for everyone to get into action quickly, Beatty said. “I think we’ve got to pare down and get ready to prepare for the season, and if players aren’t going to fit in here this year, they’ve got to get where they are going to play,” he explained. “It’s efficient for everybody to make decisions sooner.”

Competition Key Word As Grizzlies Start Training Camp:

Optimism reigns supreme as the Victoria Grizzlies head to B.C. Hockey League training camp, starting Monday at Juan de Fuca Arena. The 2016-17 version of the club is much different from a season ago when returning players were few and far between. “It’s probably going to be one of the more competitive camps we’ve had in years,” said Grizzlies general manager and head coach Craig Didmon. “It’s a different situation from last year for the fact that we had so many young guys coming in. This one is one where guys could be pushed out, so it will be interesting, for sure.” A total of 12 returning players will hit the ice, including goalies Mitch Benson and Matthew Galajda. The strength sits there and in defencemen Cody Van Lierop, Jake Stevens, Brett Stirling and Drayson Pears. Nico Somerville, of the Victoria Cougars, was also an affiliated player last season who Didmon believed could have played in the BCHL. Up front is where the question marks come. Didmon will look to veterans Cole Pickup, Keyvan Mokhtari and Tyler Welsh to produce some much-needed offensive numbers. Nick Guiney, Spencer Hunter and Alex Peck are all back. Nathan Looysen, who suited up in a pair of games for the Grizzlies last year, is joining the club, deciding not to move to Saskatchewan. Many other prospects will battle for forward positions including locals Cam Thompson, Cory Hatcher and Marty Westhaver. Others to watch are Sage Englund of Arizona, who played in Massachusetts; Jett Jaraczewski of Wisconsin; Calgary’s Jamie Rome; Justin Michaelian of Michigan — all strong 1997- or 1998-born athletes. Defenceman Dayne Finnson of Manitoba is another to keep an eye on. “It’s going to be one of those camps where things are decided through exhibition games,” said Didmon. “There is a really good veteran core coming back. There are some really good prospects that are coming in and challenging guys for spots. “It’s the unknown, really,” Didmon said. “As far as defensive corps and goaltending is considered, I think we’re really solid. Up front, it’s the guys that show us in camp that they can post some numbers this year who will get the opportunity.” Pickup, a 20-year-old who had 20 goals and 28 assists last season, is among the top six forwards. His 48-point total was third on the team last season behind now graduated players Brayden Gelsinger and P.J. Conlon. Welsh was next with 40 points and Mokhtari added 30. “It’s kind of nice to know what you have and what you’re bringing to camp,” said Pickup. “Last year we didn’t know what was going to happen. We had some really good players who are now coming back and had some good players who have moved on. “We were young down the stretch last year, and we could tell. This year, having the amount of vets coming back, is going to be that much more helpful,” he added. “Guys are battling for jobs and that’s probably good for training camp. You don’t want a bunch coming back and thinking they’re already on the team. It pushes the pace for us during the summer.” What Didmon does have is an extra 20-year-old. It’s shaping up for Guiney and Peck to be battling for one position as Pickup, Stirling, Stevens, Van Lierop and Looysen will all be depended on and should be guaranteed spots. “He’s a legitimate top six guy or even a top-three guy,” Didmon said of Looysen, who had 101 points for the Victoria Cougars last season. “We think he can score goals for us.” The Grizzlies will skate Monday and Tuesday with intra-squad games throughout and then Didmon pushes the group right into four straight exhibition games, which start on Wednesday at Juan de Fuca Arena at 7 p.m. against Alberni Valley. On Thursday, they are in Duncan to face the Cowichan Valley Capitals before the two teams return to JDF on Friday at 7 p.m. Victoria then heads to Alberni Valley on Saturday. After the exhibition games, Didmon is expected to whittle down to 15 forwards, eight defencemen and three goalies and begin simulating a regular-season week with practices. He’ll have 45 skaters to start on Monday (first session at 1:30 p.m.), but wants to be down to 30 after two days. Intra-squad games go at 6:30 p.m. (young guns) and 8 p.m. (main camp) on Monday and beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Vees TV:

Castanet's Penticton office will be pairing up with the Penticton Vees junior 'A' hockey team this season to bring weekly insights on the team. The Vees' View with Coach Harbinson will bring weekly videos to Castanet for fans to get into the minds that make up the team, from head coach Fred Harbinson to the team's players. Vees director of broadcasting, media and community events Fraser Rodgers will be interviewing coaches and players alike to get their thoughts on games past and those to come. The weekly videos kick off on Thursday with an interview with Harbinson, looking at new additions to the coaching staff and new players, as well as a look at the coming training camp. This will come along with regular coverage of Vees games throughout the season.

Centennials’ 2016-17 Team Will See Many Familiar Faces:

Another exciting season of Merritt Centennials hockey is only days away, with the start of training camp scheduled for this coming Monday, August 22 at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. An estimated 45 skaters will descend upon our valley for the Cents’ main camp, which will run until September 3, and include a pair of intra-squad games and five exhibition matches against BCHL rivals. Each player attending Merritt’s training camp will be vying for one of 22 coveted positions on this year’s Cents’ squad, and the opportunity to compete in arguably the best Junior A league in North America. There are going to be a lot of recognizable faces at this year’s training camp with no fewer than 14 returning players from the Merritt team that went 23-30-4-1 for 51 points to finish fifth in the Interior division of the BCHL last season. The veteran group includes second-year goaltender Colten Lancaster (97), defencemen Tyrell Buckley (97), Michael Faulkner (96), Tyler Holz (96), and Mark O’Shaughnessy (97), along with forwards Nick Fidanza (96), Brett Jewell (96), Michael Regush (98), Henry Cleghorn (97), Zach Court (97), Tyler Ward (99), Ryan Roseboom (96) and Chase Bell (97). Gone from last year’s Cents’ team are 20-year-old graduating players Nick Fiorentino (Northeastern University) and Zak Bowles, as well as scholarship recipients Colin Grannary (University of Nebraska-Omaha) and Nick Jermain (Quinnipiac University), along with last year’s team captain Malik Kaila (traded to the Coquitlam Express in the summer). Other players not expected to return or suit up for the Centennials this coming season are goaltender Cole Kehler (headed to the WHL), Mitch Lipon and off-season acquisition Chris Dodero from the Nanaimo Clippers (who is headed to the NAHL). Despite the large number of returning players, Centennials’ second-year head coach and GM Joe Martin and his assistant, Matt Samson, have still been busy this summer recruiting players from across North America. Off-season signings include 20-year-old Tyler Pietrowski from Curtice, Ohio. The six-foot, two-inch, 185-pound power forward played last season with the Philadelphia Little Flyers in the Eastern Hockey League. In 48 regular season and playoff games, Pietrowski scored 30 goals and added 27 assists for 57 points. Other announced forward signings are 18-year-old Ethan Skinner from Kincardine, Ont. (Trenton Golden Hawks, OHL), 18-year-old Nicholas Wicks from Delta, B.C. (Richmond Sockeyes, PIJHL), 18-year-old Cade Gleekal from Minneapolis, Minn. (Team Northeast/Benilde-St. Margaret’s School, USHS) and 17-year-old Rylan Van Unen from Kamloops (Thompson Blazers/Chase Heat, BCMML/KIJHL). On defence, the Centennials have committed to three newcomers — 18-year-old Marshall Skapski from Abbotsford (Alberni Valley Bulldogs, BCHL), 17-year-old Zach Metsa from Delafield, Wis. (Milwaukee Jr. Admirals U18), and 17-year-old Michael Van Unen from Kamloops (Rylan’s twin brother, who also played for both the Thompson major midget Blazers and the Junior B Chase Heat last season). With 14 returning players and seven signed recruits, the Cents 22-man roster for this upcoming season is already sitting at 21; however, coach Martin has made it clear that all positions are up for grabs, and that the displacement of one or more veterans is extremely likely given the level of talent that will be in camp beginning Monday. Once again, there will be a local flavour at the Cents’ training camp with Merritt minor hockey products Zach Sanderson, Sunil Sahota, Grady Musgrave and Riley Barnes all expected to be in attendance. Martin hopes to be down to 30 players by Sunday, August 28, and the mandated BCHL 22-player limit by no later than Sunday, September 4.

Harbinson Demands Players' Best Daily:

Once the skates of potential Penticton Vees hit the ice Monday for the first day of training camp, their evaluation begins. Coach and general manager Fred Harbinson wants to see a desire from players to play here all year. “I want to play fast and we need to play hard. We need to be difficult to play against,” said Harbinson. “If guys are only going to play a certain way, or one way, it’s not going to work here. You have to bring a day-to-day mentality that you are going to compete at the highest level. If not, then I really don’t care what your last name is. You’re going to be here for a short time.” Harbinson insists that’s not a threat and isn’t intended to scare players as he wants them to enjoy camp. He and his staff want camp to be an environment that they can thrive in.  “The non-negotiable part of it will be is if they don’t work every single time they touch the ice, it will be for a short time,” he said. “If they think they are just going to come in here and things are set, they are going to get this and they are going to get that, no, no. They better be ready to give this and give that.”  This season is a special one for the Vees who host the 2017 Western Canada Cup. To Harbinson the mentality for camp isn’t different from other seasons, but said it likely gets magnified after the outstanding season they had ended in disappointment. The Vees won 50 games, but bowed out of the BCHL playoffs in the second round to the eventual RBC Cup champions, the  West Kelowna Warriors. Harbinson said it gives them a little extra burning fire in their belly to want to do a little more this year. “That might not mean winning 50 games in the regular season, maybe we will be a better team for it,” he said. The Vees have between 25 to 30 players competing for 22 spots. Among those are returning players Nicolas Jones, their new captain, Desi Burghart, Ben Brar, Owen Sillinger, Taylor Ward, Gabe Bast and Griffin Mendel. The Vees will be joined a California team coached by former BCHLer August Aiken. Aiken contacted Harbinson asking if the Vees would have interest in having his team join them for the experience of what it is like playing in Canada. Harbinson said it will make for good competition during scrimmages with the players from both teams mixed. Ice sessions all week begin at 10 a.m. The second group hits the ice at 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. There is a scrimmage between the two groups at 5 to 6:30 p.m. It’s the same schedule for Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Vees are on the ice from 10 to 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. then play the Warriors at 7 p.m. at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The Vees play six exhibition games during their two-week training camp. “It gives us an opportunity to play against somebody else. Sometimes nowadays you get in camp and you are scrimmaging against yourself. Sometimes it can be a little too friendly,” he said. “Now you get to go play against somebody else. You will see every bodies true colors that way a little better.”  Off the ice, Harbinson said sales for WCC packages are good, and season ticket sales have been outstanding. He added they will have exciting announcements in the next month as far as the Ring of Honour. “We’re getting a great response as far as alumni that want to come back, be a part of that weekend,” said Harbinson. “If you haven’t got your tickets, I suggest you get on it.”

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Exhibition: Merritt 4 Vernon 3

This is posted on the Q101 website:

Postgame: Cents 4 Vipers 3 (Exhibition)

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Written by Mantar Bhandal

The Centennials defeated the Vernon Vipers 4-3 on Saturday

The Merritt Centennials swept their home-and-home with the Vernon Vipers, winning again on Saturday 4-3 at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. It was a thriller, as the game was within a goal four different times. The Cents featured a different lineup, with Tyler Ward, Ethan Skinner, and Tyler Recchi drawing out up front. On defense, Mark O'Shaughnessy, Tyler Holz, Marshall Skapski and Jake Livingston all drew in. In net, Jake Berger got the night off with Daniel Paul getting the start. This was the third different starting goaltender in three games for the Centennials this preseason.

The game started off with the Centennials scoring first for the second straight game when Chase Bell scored his first of the preseason at the 7:53 mark. Then later in the first period, the team received a scare when forward Nick Wicks took a blindside hit. He finished his shift, but looked wobbly. He left the game and did not return. Cents Assistant Coach/Assistant GM Matt Samson has labelled Wicks as day-to-day with an upper body injury that is not concussion-related. Tyler Pietrowski took Wicks' spot on the second line.

In the second period, the Vipers tied it up at the 3:09 mark when Soi Seibel snapped home his first of the preseason on a two on one. The tie was short-lived, as 25 seconds later John Stein sniped home his first of the preseason to give the lead back to the Cents. A minute and a half later, Vernon tied it up again as Nic Rasovic scored. Both teams then switched goaltenders. Dorian LaBranche came in to relieve Daniel Paul, who stopped 16 of the 18 shots he faced. Vipers starter Gavin Hubbard couldn't get off the ice fast enough as he faced a staggering 32 shots in under 30 minutes of play. His replacement was Cole Demers. Late in the period, with 1:08 remaining, Mark O'Shaughnessy scored to give the Cents their third lead of the night.

In the third period, the Vipers tied the game on a controversial play. LaBranche was out behind the net playing the puck, when the net tilted upwards. The puck slid out to the slot underneath the net, and Cameron Kuhl buried it in the empty net. LaBranche was up in arms as he felt the play should've been blown dead. All four officials gathered, and after discussion, the goal stood. It didn't matter, because at the 11:11 mark, Henry Cleghorn rifled home a loose puck to give the Centennials the lead.

There was some controversy at the end as well, as with the net empty, the Vipers called a timeout. The clock read 20.5 seconds. The actual game clock ran during the timeout. As a result, the clock read 0:00 when the teams lined up for the faceoff in the Centennials' zone. The referees conversed with the timekeepers, and instead of the clock reading 20.5, it read 28.5. The Vipers were given an extra 8 seconds. It didn't matter however, as the Centennials hung on for the 4-3 victory.

The final shots on net were 54-34 Centennials. It was the first time all preseason the Centennials outshot their opposition. The Centennials improved their record to 2-0-0-1 in preseason play, with two games left on the schedule before the regular season begins. The Centennials open a home-and-home with the West Kelowna Warriors on Friday.

Vipers Give Rookies A Chance:

This was in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers give rookies a chance
 Aug 28, 2016

Morning Star Staff

The coaching staff is hardly placing calls to the Hockey Crisis Line after a pair of exhibition losses at Kal Tire Place.

Assistant coach Kevin Kraus makes it very clear the real Vernon Vipers’ roster is still a few weeks from being chosen.

The Snakes lost 3-0 to the Merritt Centennials Friday night, 24 hours after falling 4-1 to the Penticton Vees. Vernon visits Merritt tonight and are in Penticton Tuesday.

“There was some inexperience out there, with just not moving the puck fast enough,” said Kraus, on the loss to Merritt. “It’s tough when you go lineup to lineup and there’s probably 15 new guys in the lineup every night who have never played together. Some guys definitely picked up their game from camp so that was good to see.”

Kraus gave props to top forward recruit Niko Karamanis for a second straight stellar game, also singling out forwards Kaden Black and Justin Lee.

The Vipers iced almost an entirely different B.C. Hockey League lineup from Thursday night, featuring a few veterans including Riley Brandt and Brett Stapley.

“This isn’t our team,” said Kraus. “We’re still making decisions and I don’t think, after two preseason games, you can tell we’re going to have bad scoring or bad goaltending or bad defence. It’s early.”

Ethan Skinner opened the scoring late in the first period, while Tyler Ward added insurance in the second while parked all alone in front of the net.

Merritt made it 3-0 on a fluke goal after Vernon’s Billy Cawthorn  made a routine save, only to have the puck ricochet off of a Viper defenceman and back into his own net.

Milwaukee rookie Grant Cruikshank pocketed 1+2 as the Penticton Vees brushed back the Vernon Vipers 4-1 in B.C. Hockey League exhibition play Thursday night at Kal Tire Place.

The Vipers opted to dress a younger squad with only a handful of veterans suiting up.

“It was a good first exhibition game considering the amount of young kids we played and they (Vees) had most of their lineup,” said Viper assistant coach Kevin Kraus. “It was a good showing for our guys; they played a lot of hockey with not a lot of bodies in camp.”

The Vees carried most of the play in the opening 20, getting goals from Cruikshank and Jared Nash and limiting the Vipers to only three shots. Cruikshank, who has a scholarship locked up for 2017 with the University of Wisconsin Badgers, compiled 21 goals and 40 points with the Milwaukee U18 Junior Admirals last year.

The Vipers came out playing more physical in the second period with several big checks and just two minutes into the period, Jagger Williamson found the back of the net on a nice 2-on-1 play with fellow veteran Jimmy Lambert.

Penticton added 5-on-3 powerplay goals from Noah Jordan and Phil Leahy in the third period.

Mat Robson kicked out 14 shot while making his debut in the Vees crease. Gavin Hubbard, 19, of Maryland, and 17-year-old Richmond product Ty Taylor split the Vernon goaltending, each allowing two goals.

Penticton unleashed 35 shots in winning their second straight preseason tilt.

Nolan Hildebrand made 20 saves for the shutout, while Desi Burgart and Turner Ripplinger provided the goals as the Vees iced the West Kelowna Warriors 2-0 Wednesday night.

Kraus gave special mention to d-men Shane Kelly and Mike Ufberg while also praising 16-year-old F Josh Prokoff and veteran forwards Steven Jandric and Brett Stapley.

Cruikshank opened the scoring account just over five minutes into the opening frame. The speedy forward kept the puck on a two on one rush and squeezed a shot underneath the arm of Vernon's Gavin Hubbard at 5:49.

From behind the net, Cruikshank then grabbed a loose puck and quickly threw a dart out front to Nash in the crease for the quick tap-in at 8:37.

Snake Bites: Viper grad Mac Ferner is headed to Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons, a Division lll school.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Game Preview: Exhibition: Vernon @ Merritt:

Vernon (0-2-0-0) @ Merritt (1-0-1-0) 7pm

Tonight is second of eight meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Merritt Centennials. The Vipers won the season series last year 4-3

Last Game:

Friday, August 26th Merritt defeated Vernon 3-0

Next Game:

Tuesday, August 30th Vernon @ Penticton
Friday, September 2nd Merritt @ West Kelowna

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Exhibition: Merritt 3 Vernon 0

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 pre-season game as Merritt defeated Vernon 3-0 in front of a small crowd at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Riley Mathieson
Merritt: Jacob Berger

1st Period: Just thirty four seconds into the game Ethan Skinner left alone in the slot ripped a quick hard shot that missed the net on a good opportunity for the Centennials just seconds into the opening period. Just less then a minute later Viper veteran Steven Jandric held off his defender before cutting to the net hard missed the net on a good opportunity in close. A few minutes later Luke Recchi broke down the left wing, was able to turn on the wheels couldn't hit the net on a breakaway. A few shifts later Nick Wicks couldn't connect on a pass out front on a

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Game Preview: Exhibition: Merritt @ Vernon:

Merritt (0-0-1-0) @ Vernon (0-1-0-0) 7pm

Tonight is first of eight meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Merritt Centennials. The Vipers won the season series last year 4-3

Last Game:

Thursday, August 25th Penticton defeated Vernon 4-1
Wednesday, August 24th Merritt tied Salmon Arm 5-5

Next Game:

Saturday, August 27th Vernon @ Merritt

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Jagger Williamson's BDO Goal Of The Game:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

#11 Jagger Williamson BDO GOAL OF THE GAME 8-25-16

August 26, 2016

by Vernon Vipers

Home Goal Of The Game

Vernon Forward #11 Jagger Williamson scores against the Penticton Vees just a couple of minutes into the second period to cut Penticton’s lead in the game to 2-1. #23 Jimmy Lambert assisted on the goal by making a nifty cross ice pass on the 2-on-1. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE about this game and hear the coach’s comments.

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Vipers Overloaded On Defence:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers overloaded on defence

by Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Aug 26, 2016

Everybody can see how powerful the Vernon Vipers will be up front this B.C. Hockey League season.

Led by muscle-bound returnees Christian Cakebread and Riley Brandt and ultra-talented Niko Karamanis, Jimmy Lambert, Steve Jandric, Jagger Williamson and Brett Stapley, the Snakes will generate plenty of offence.

The mystery remains on the back end where Mitch Oliver, Callum Volpe and Darren Rizzolo are the only returnees. They accounted for 11 goals last year with Oliver tops with 27 points and all four of his snipes on the powerplay.

“There’s only three d-man returning and there’s a lot of good players in the mix so it should be good,” said Oliver, a 19-year-old Kelowna product. “We also have to figure out what we’re gonna do for goalies, but there are some good ones here.”

Oliver, who worked in the gym and on the ice while making money at the downtown Kelowna marina all summer, isn’t taking anything for granted.

“It’s been a good competitive camp with lots of skilled guys here vying for jobs. I have two years under Mark Ferner as head coach so I pretty much know exactly what he wants. I feel good; I wouldn’t say I feel more comfortable but  I know more what to do and I try and lead by example.”

Ferner, whose crew host the Penticton Vees tonight to open a six-game exhibition slate, isn’t overly concerned with his dee corps.

“We have 13 dee in camp who we believe can play in this league,” said Ferner, moments after a morning skate Thursday. “Everybody left here (37 in camp) will get an opportunity to play in at least one of the exhibition games. It’s our job to give these kids an opportunity.”

It appears that monster Americans Shane Kelly and Cameron Kuhl will take up two import spots on defence.

Kelly is a 6-foot-4, 214-pounder from Orchard Park, Mich.

Kuhl is a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder from Clifton Park, N.Y. who knocked Kelowna product Chase Stephenson out of camp first shift Monday with a thundering hit. Kuhl attended the New York Islanders prospect camp this summer.

Defenceman Mike Ufberg of Philadelphia, a powerplay specialist, is also making a strong bid to make the team as are Chris Jandric of Prince George and Carter Stephenson of Vancouver.

The Vipers will dress seven or eight veterans tonight.

Ferner released 20 players Wednesday night, mostly 16-year-olds.

“We have some 16s who are going to play tonight and then go to Western League camps. We have 11 guys going to WHL camps.”

Vernon’s Coleton Bilodeau, whose WHL rights belong to the Moose Jaw Warriors, will play versus the Vees.

Speedy 19-year-old Nicholas Bondra left the team  after checking the import numbers.

“If he was a non-import, he would have stayed,” said Ferner. “He’s going to play somewhere in the NAHL.”

Bondra is the son of Peter Bondra, who rang up 503 goals and almost 900 points in 15 NHL seasons, mainly with Washington Capitals.

“My dad retired when I was 10 so I remember quite a few games,” said the soft-spoken and likeable Bondra, after a Wednesday scrimmage. “(Jaromir) Jagr was a really impressionable guy and (Alex Ovechkin) Ovy and all those guys were great. I didn’t really realize what was going on at the time but it was fun.”

Bondra rang up eight goals and 31 points with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres last year.

SNAKE BITES: The Vipers entertain the Merritt Centennials Friday night and then visit the Cents Saturday...Toronto’s Mathew Robson, 20, has joined the Vees after spending a year practising with the Clarkson University Golden Knights in New York. Robson was sitting out after he won an appeal against the NCAA as he had signed with an Ontario Hockey League team at 16 but never played due to injury. While Robson won the ruling, the NCAA gave him a 1.5-year suspension. Robson chose to leave Clarkson to get back to playing and earn a scholarship with another school. “I’m hoping to backstop a lot of them and if they need me to steal a game here and there, that’s what I’m here for,” said Robson...Former Penticton/Portland/Kelowna G Bruno Campese has left the Okanagan Hockey Academy to scout fulltime for the new NHL Las Vegas franchise.Campese, who was the GM of the WHL Prince Albert Raiders, was contacted by Kelly McCrimmon, former GM of the Brandon Wheat Kings, who is the assistant GM of Las Vegas.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Exhibition: Penticton 4 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 pre-season game as Penticton defeated Vernon 4-1 in front of a small crowd at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Gavin Hubbard
Penticton: Mat Robson

1st Period: Both teams come out hitting early on before the Vees would take control of the game within the opening minutes. Penticton would get the games first shot of the night about a minute and a half into the period before Jonny Tychonick with a quick shot from the high slot just seconds later handcuffed Vipers starting goaltender Gavin Hubbard who was forced to make an awkward save. About a minute later Hubbard come across the crease to rob Noah Jordan cruising to the front of the net, made a big pad save off the Vees forward to keep this game scoreless. Penticton now in full control were carrying the better of the play as Vernon was back on their heels, were having trouble getting the puck out of their own end. The Vees strong forecheck kept coming

To read more of the game recap, click on the "Read More" button in the bottom left hand corner of this post.

Game Preview: Exhibition: Penticton @ Vernon:

Penticton (1-0) @ Vernon (0-0) 7pm

Tonight is the first of eight meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Penticton Vees. The Vees won the season series last year 6-0

Last Game:

Wednesday, August 24th Penticton defeated West Kelowna 2-0

Next Game:

Friday, August 26th Merritt @ Vernon

Tuesday, August 30th Vernon @ Penticton

To read more of the game preview, click on the "Read More" button in the bottom left hand corner of this post.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Day 3 From Vipers Training Camp:

I stopped by Kal Tire Place tonight for the final day of Vipers Training Camp.

Team White defeated Team Blue 6-4 in the first game-scrimmage of the night. It was 1-1 after the 1st period and tied 2-2 after the 2nd period before Team White scored four third period goals to come away with the 6-4 victory. This game was actually pretty close for most parts until Viper veteran Riley Brandt scored three third period goals to lead Team White to the win. Viper veteran Darren Rizzolo got tangled up in the corner, mixed it up with a player on Team Blue. Viper veterans Riley Brandt & Jimmy Lambert exchanged words with Viper veteran Jagger Williamson on the way to the benches, as there was a little more edge in tonight's game. 

Riley Mathieson started in goal for Team White, allowed just one goal before being replaced by backup goaltendert Cole Demers halfway through the game. Demers would give up three goals in the second half.

Team White Goals:

Riley Brandt (4)
Justin Lee
(I missed one goal-Didn't catch the # who scored)

Vipers Will Have New Captain:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers Will Have New Captain

August 24, 2016

by Vernon Vipers

Vernon, B.C. | August 24, 2016 — A different Vernon Viper will be wearing the ‘C’ once the 2016-17 season begins. Head Coach Mark Ferner announced last year’s captain Colton McCarthy would not be returning for his final year in a Vipers uniform. The hard nosed forward who was able to rack up 33 points including 21 goals last season has opted to go the Canadian university route. McCarthy played two seasons with the Vipers after leaving the Western Hockey League where he played three seasons with Moose Jaw and Prince Albert.

Watch Mark’s interview below about Colton’s decision and when the team will decide a new captain for the coming season.

Barry Heads For Clippers Crease:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Barry heads for Clippers crease                 

by Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Aug 24, 2016

Gone are goalie Brendan Barry and captain Colton McCarthy. The Vernon Vipers, however, will carry on just fine without both veterans. It’s all part of the business end of the B.C. Hockey League.

While McCarthy told family, friends and teammates last spring he was considering spending his 20-year-old season in college, Barry’s no-show at training camp Monday was the talk around Kal Tire Place. He got his release and signed with the Nanaimo Clippers.

Barry is the son of Kelowna’s J.P. Barry, one of the world’s top hockey agents, representing $554 million in NHL contracts. He represents 62 players, including Roberto Luongo, Evgeni Malkin and Dougie Hamilton.

“That’s a tough situation no question about it,” said Viper head coach/GM Mark Ferner. “We wanted Brendan to come to camp and compete for a job. That’s all we basically asked, considering how things ended last year, we weren’t happy with it. The returning players weren’t necessarily guaranteed a spot: they had to come and earn it. Talking to his dad, J.P., we felt it was better for both parties and Brendan thought it would be a better opportunity in Nanaimo.”

Barry, 18, got in 13 games with the Snakes last year, going 4-6 after one tilt with the Penticton Vees. He went 10-2 with the Vees his rookie year.

“We told him we didn’t bring a lot of goalies here, he would have been our eighth one,” added Ferner. “He would have been part of three ‘97s. We have some young kids here, but we’re not gonna stop looking to try and help our hockey team. I have no hard feelings towards Brendan whatsoever.”

Gavin Hubbard, who played for the Omaha AAA Lancers in the NAPHL 18U last year, is favoured to earn one net detective spot. The 19-year-old Maryland product was sharp in the Blue-Red scrimmage Monday night, stopping Trevor Longo on an early penalty shot.

The goalie situation is not creating any chaos in the Viper den. Three-year veteran Riley Brandt, who spent the summer working at a winery and playing baseball in Trail, knows Ferner will solidify the crease issue.

“I’m sure he’s got something up his sleeve,” said Brandt, who along with Jagger Williamson, Christian Cakebread and Hunter Zandee, will likely wear a letter this season.“It’s never really a problem We got a long time until the season starts and I’m sure he’ll keep his eyes open and we’ve got a couple of good goalies in camp so we don’t have to worry about it.”

There were 66 players in camp and the pace in the drills and games was pretty high.

“It was a lot better than I expected,” said Brandt. “I thought it was going to be a little slow but the first period was good. It was a lot of fun out there and everybody looked good.”

Ferner figures all the young players will become more comfy each day and be able to enjoy the six exhibition games.

“I think the biggest thing when you bring  young players in that they need to know that they have an opportunity. We make sure our veterans  treat our young players properly and make them feel comfortable. The quicker you can come together as a team, the better you’re gonna be off. That’s the one thing that we’re gonna address our group with. It’s fine to be friends but more importantly you have to be a teammate and I think that’s how you become a team. Last year we brought in a lot of really young kids we knew who weren’t really quite ready. Everyone here is gonna have an opportunity...

“The warning shot has gone out to our returning players that no job is safe right now. That’s why we’re going through training camp. Some teams may do it a little bit differently but our training camp has to mean something. There will be players making this team out of training camp. It may be old school but I don’t want to hand a job to someone that’s not willing to work for it.”

On losing McCarthy, a Salmon Arm product who played 113 games in the WHL, to the SAIT Trojans in Calgary, Ferner considers it the circle of life in hockey. The two had several coffee talks in Ferner’s office this summer.

“That was a summer thing,” said Ferner. “He was on the fence for a while. He really hadn’t made his mind up. I didn’t want to say something and then he ends up coming back. He had an opportunity to go to a real good school and keep playing hockey and get an education. Our job is to obviously win hockey games, but more importantly move kids on to where they want to get to.”

The Vipers will sorely miss McCarthy’s 21 goals and physical play, but appear solid up front with prize recruit Niko Karamanis of Courtenay pulling the hat trick as Team Black bounced Team White 8-5 Monday night. Karamanis, 18, spent the last five years in the Shattuck St. Mary’s program in Minnesota. He rang up 58 points in 47 Midget Prep games last year and posted 56 goals and 131 points in two U16 Midget seasons.

SNAKE BITES: Cakebread owned the puck every shift with Team Black, whose ‘99 G Austin Poulin stopped vet D Darren Rizzolo on a penalty shot...Returning F Nick Rasovic showed some sick hands, scoring a pair of beauties for Team Blue. He went top cheddar for his deuce....Jack Judson, a 16-year-old D out of the Delta Hockey Academy, turned Zandee upside down with one of the best hits of the night...The camp ends with four scrimmages Wednesday, starting at 8 a.m. and ending at 9:15 p.m...The Vipers host the Vees Thursday night and the Merritt Centennials Friday in preseason play

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Day 2 Report From Vipers Training Camp:

I stopped by Kal Tire Place tonight for Day 2 of the Vipers Training Camp.

Team White defeated Team Blue 4-1 in the first game-scrimmage of the night. It was 1-1 after the 1st period and 2-1 Team White after the 2nd period before Team White added two 3rd period goals to come away with the 4-1 victory. This was a fairly evenly matched game until Team White took over in parts of the 2nd and 3rd periods. Give full credits to Team White who played with basically two lines going with a short bench.

Team White Goals:

Jimmy Lambert (2)
Josh Prokop
Carter Stephenson

Team Blue Goals:

Hudson Schandor

Riley Mathieson started for Team White allowed just one goal played the entire game. While Gavin Hubbard started for Team Blue allowed two goals before being replaced by #30 who wasn't on the lineup sheet-roster allowed two goals to finish the game.

Players that I thought stood out,

Team White:

Carter Stephenson (1 goal) who has committed to the Vipers for this season scored once, looked very impressive on the backend for Team White. Was getting lots of pucks to the net, looked good with and without the puck.

Jimmy Lambert (2 goals) I thought looked pretty good this evening.

Matteo Pecchia I thought was one of the better forwards for Team White tonight. Was really skating, moving the puck, created-generated some good opportunities.

Riley Mathieson was the lone goaltender for Team White, played the entire game-scrimmage allowed the lone goal played well between the pipes.

Team Blue:

Mitch Oliver was pretty steady on the blueline

News & Notes:

Both teams were missing several players, had shortened benches. Team Blue had a #7 & #30 on their bench who didn't play last night and isn't listed on the roster-lineup.

Team Black defeated Team Red 5-2 in the second and final game-scrimmage of the night. It was 2-1 Team Black after the 1st period and 4-1 after two periods. Both teams exchanged goals in the 3rd as Team Black come away with the 5-2 win. Viper veterans Steven Jandric, Brett Stapley and Christian Cakebread got involved in a little scrum in the 1st period before Jandric and Cakebread dropped the gloves at the buzzer to end the 2nd period. This was one of the more spirited games of the Camp this week. Team Black was the better of the two teams for most of the night.

Team Red Goals:

Hunter Zandee (2)

Team Black Goals:

Niko Karamanis (2)
Liam Ryan
Coleton Bilodeau (2)

Billy Cawthorn started for Team Black allowed just one goal before being replaced halfway through the game in favor of Austin Poulin who didn't give up a goal the remainder of the game. Jordan Naylor started for Team Red who allowed four goals before being replaced by Ty Taylor halfway through the game, who gave up just a single goal.

Players that I thought stood out,

Team Red:

Jarrod Isley I thought played very well on the backend. Was steady all game.

Steven Jandric played with a little spark, got involved with Christian Cakebread on a few occasions.

Hunter Zandee (2 goals) I thought looked good for a second straight night. Zandee has been impressive so far at Camp this week.

Team Black:

Austin Poulin played the second half of tonight's game, looked pretty good between the pipes. Didn't give up a goal, made the saves when called apon.

Mike Ufberg was solid on the blueline. Made atleast two big defensive plays.

Niko Karamanis (2 goals) Looked good for his second game at Training Camp. Has committed to the Vipers for this season, has played very well in the two games so far.

Coleton Bilodeau (2 goals) Showed signs of skill scoring twice.

News & Notes:

Both teams went with shortened benches just like in the first game-scrimmage. All four teams were missing players.

Tomorrow is the final day of Training Camp before the Vipers open the season Thursday with an Exhibition game vs Penticton at Kal Tire Place.

Ferner On Day 1 Of Camp:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Ferner On Day 1 Of Camp

August 23, 2016

by Vernon Vipers

Kal Tire Place – Vernon, B.C.

The BCHL Vernon Vipers opened their 2016-17 main camp today and according to the Viper’s coaching staff and ownership it’s off to a great start. Team Owner Duncan Wray, who had been attending the entire day including the scimmage games says he was ‘impressed’ with the talent he’s seen so far. Meanwhile Head Coach Mark Ferner says he expects to see more from the players over the next couple of days reminding everyone that ‘jobs are on the line’. Watch the video below to hear Mark’s thoughts on the camp so far.

A Closer Look At The Vipers Training Camp Roster:

I did some homework & found some info on almost all of the new Viper try-outs.  Here is a more in depth look at most of this years Viper try-outs from Training Camp.

Austin Poulin (99) Goaltender

From Kelowna, BC Listed at 6'2 174 lbs Played last season with Pursuit of Excellene Program

Billy Cawthorn (98) Goaltender

From Vernon, BC

Mike Ufberg (97) Defenceman

From Richboro, PA USA Listed at 5'9 174 lbs Played last season with North Jersey Avalanche 18U

Owen Williams (2000) Defenceman

From Delta, BC Listed at 5'10 150 lbs Played last season with Notre Dame Hounds Midget AAA

Garrett Ewert (99) Defenceman

From Kamloops, BC Listed at 6'1 165 lbs Played last season with BCMML Kamloops Blazers

Coleton Bilodeau (2000) Forward

From Vernon, BC Listed at 6'1 170 lbs Played last season with Okanagan Rockets

Garin Butler (2000) Forward

From Weslock, AB Listed at 5'9 154 lbs Played last season with Northern Alberta Elite 15s

Monday, August 22, 2016

Day 1 Report From Vipers Training Camp:

I stopped by Kal Tire Place tonight for the first day of Vipers Training Camp.

In the first scrimmage-game Team White defeated Team Black 8-4. Team Black had a 2-1 lead after the 1st period but were down 4-2 after the 2nd period. Team White would score the next two goals to grab a 6-2 lead before Team Black got within two goals, Team added two late goals to win 8-4. Team Black looked pretty good in the 1st but looked like a different team in the 2nd period and first half of the 3rd before getting to within two goals couldn't keep the puck out of their net. Team White didn't get off to a great start but really got their game going in the 2nd and 3rd periods scoring seven goals.

Goal Scorers:

Team Black:

Callum Volpe (2)
Niko Karamanis (2)

Billy Cawthorn started for Team Black allowed three goals before being replaced by Austin Poulin halfway through the game. Poulin gave up five goals.

Vipers Training Camp Begins:

This is posted on the 107.5 Kiss FM website:

Vipers Training Camp Begins

Posted on  8/22/2016

by Ron Manz
The Vernon Vipers main training camp hits the ice at Kal Tire Place today.

There are morning practise sessions and then two games at 5:30 and 7:30.

Coach Mark Ferner says no job from last year is safe.

"We have four teams that we feel is going to be a very competitive group.  Like I told our veterans and the players coming in, you've got to earn a spot."

Ferner says he hopes to build a much more competitive team this year.

"We've got great kids returning.  They understand what happened.  They are looking foward to getting things started, but at the same time we've done our work and gone out and idenfitied some good talent and they are coming with one thing in mind and that is to make our hockey team."

Ferner says the young players on last year's team should be better this year...but no one's spot is guaranteed.

"We're bringing in older players this year and you kind of have to make the hockey team again.  Just because you played on the team last year doesn't mean you're going to play on our team this year."

The Vipers start their exhibiton season this Thursday and Friday at Kal Tire Place against Penticton and then Merritt.

Vernon Vipers 2016-17 Schedule:

Vernon Vipers 2016 Exhibition Schedule:


Thursday, August 25th Penticton @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, August 26th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, August 27th Vernon @ Merritt 7pm
Tuesday, August 30th Vernon @ Penticton 7pm


Friday, September 2nd Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm
Saturday, September 3rd Salmon Arm @ Vernon 6pm

Vernon Vipers 2016-17 Regular Season Schedule:


Friday, September 9th Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm
Saturday, September 10th Salmon Arm @ Vernon 6pm
Friday, September 16th Coquitlam @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, September 17th Vernon @ West Kelowna 7pm
Friday, September 23rd Nanaimo @ Vernon 1pm (BCHL Showcase-Played In Chilliwack)
Saturday, September 24th Vernon @ Wenatchee 7:30pm (BCHL Showcase-Played In Chilliwack)
Friday, September 30th Vernon @ Powell River 7:15pm


Saturday, October 1st Vernon @ Alberni Valley 7pm
Sunday, October 2nd Vernon @ Nanaimo 2pm
Friday, October 7th Surrey @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, October 8th Vernon @ West Kelowna 7pm
Wednesday, October 12th Vernon @ Merritt 7pm
Saturday, October 15th Vernon @ Chilliwack 7pm
Wednesday, October 19th Chilliwack @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, October 21st Trail @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, October 22nd Vernon @ Trail 7pm
Friday, October 28th Penticton @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, October 29th Merritt @ Vernon 6pm


Friday, November 4th Vernon @ Cowichan 7pm
Saturday, November 5th Vernon @ Victoria 7pm
Sunday, November 6th Vernon @ Surrey 4pm
Friday, November 11th Vernon @ Penticton 7pm
Saturday, November 12th Penticton @ Vernon 6pm
Wednesday, November 16th Langley @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, November 18th Vernon @ West Kelowna 7pm
Sunday, November 20th Cowichan @ Vernon 2pm
Friday, November 25th Vernon @ Wenatchee 7pm
Saturday, November 26th Vernon @ Coquitlam 7pm
Sunday, November 27th Vernon @ Langley 2pm


Friday, December 2nd West Kelowna @ Vernon 7pm
Wednesday, December 7th Vernon @ Penticton 7pm
Friday, December 9th Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm
Saturday, December 10th Trail @ Vernon 6pm
Wednesday, December 14th Salmon Arm @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, December 16th Vernon @ Merritt 7pm
Saturday, December 17th Vernon @ Trail 7pm
Thursday, December 29th Salmon Arm @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, December 30th Vernon @ Salmon Arm 7pm


Saturday, January 7th Vernon @ Penticton 6pm
Wednesday, January 11th Vernon @ Prince George 7pm
Friday, January 13th Salmon Arm @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, January 14th Merritt @ Vernon 6pm
Wednesday, January 18th Merritt @ Vernon 7pm
Friday, January 20th Vernon @ West Kelowna 7pm
Saturday, January 21st Powell River @ Vernon 6pm
Wednesday, January 25th Vernon @ Penticton 7pm
Friday, January 27th Penticton @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, January 28th Nanaimo @ Vernon 6pm
Sunday, January 29th Prince George @ Vernon 2pm


Wednesday, February 1st West Kelowna @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, February 4th Trail @ Vernon 6pm
Tuesday, February 7th Vernon @ Merritt 7pm
Friday, February 10th Wenatchee @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, February 11th West Kelowna @ Vernon 6pm
Friday, February 17th Victoria @ Vernon 7pm
Saturday, February 18th Alberni Valley @ Vernon 6pm
Friday, February 24th Vernon @ Trail 7:30pm
Saturday, February 25th Trail @ Vernon 6pm

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Storm Trade Ex Viper Wagner To SJHL:

The Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Grande Prairie Storm have traded former Vernon Vipers forward Branden Wagner to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) Kindersley Klippers.

Wagner played in 44 games with the Storm last season, collected (8-goals-15-assists-23-points). Wagner played parts of one season in Vernon (2014-15) before being traded to Salmon Arm on December 1st 2014. Wagner who was recruited by the Vipers played in just 24 games collecting (3-goals-1-assist-4-points).

This is posted on the Storm website:

Storm Trade Wagner

Posted July 6th, 2016

Storm move Wagner to Klippers

The Grande Prairie Storm announced today that 20 year old forward Branden Wagner has been traded to the Kindersley Klippers (SJHL) for future considerations. Wagner played 44 games for the Storm last year and recorded 23 points.

Coach / GM Kevin Higo: "We knew at the end of last season that we were going to have too many 1996 born players for all of them to return. So we have been exploring options for moving some out and bringing some in. With the way our recruiting and trades have gone it was time to move another 1996 player."

The Storm would like to wish Branden all the best with the Klippers in 2016-2017.

Vipers Open Camp Monday:

Vipers open camp Monday
Aug 21, 2016

Morning Star Staff

Eight goalies, 22 defencemen and the rest forwards.

That’s how the analytics stack up as the Vernon Vipers open their B.C. Hockey League training camp Monday morning at Kal Tire Place.

A total of 69 players will be put through specific defensive and offensive skills with the goalies jumpstarting things Monday at 8 a.m. with a 45-minute session with coach Sean Matile.

There will be Red and Blue team forward skills from 11-11:45 a.m., led by head coach Mark Ferner and his assistants Kevin Kraus and Kevin Pederson.

Scrimmages go from 5:30-7:15 and 7:30-9:15 p.m.

A pair of education seminars will be held Tuesday morning with the first scrimmage set from 8-9:45 a.m., followed by another game at 10 a.m.

There is a Blue vs White game at 5:30 p.m., followed by a Red vs Black tilt at 7:30. Scrimmages go at 8 and 10 a.m. and 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Kelowna’s Brendan Barry, who went 4-6 with a 4.24 GAA and .877 save percentage with the Snakes last year, will be the lone veteran goalie in camp.

Barry has a scholarship with the Clarkson Golden Knights in New York for the 2018-19 NCAA season.

Vernon Midget Rep star Billy Cawthorn is also going to battle for a net detective spot.

Coleton Bilodeau, whose WHL rights are owned by the Moose Jaw Warriors, joins fellow 16-year-old forward Dawson Chase as local products vying for forward jobs. Bilodeau played Midget Quad last season with the Okanagan Rockets, while Chase was with the Vernon Home Hardware Midget Tier 2 Vipers.

Vernon hosts the Penticton Vees Thursday night and the Merritt Centennials Friday night in preseason action at Kal Tire Place. The Snakes visit the Cents Saturday, Aug. 27.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Vipers Alumni Chanter & McNicholas Named To Hockey East All-Academic Team:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Dylan Chanter & former Vernon Vipers forward Michael McNicholas were named to the Hockey East All-Academic Team.

Chanter will be entering his third season at the University of New Hampshire played parts of one season in Vernon (2013-14) after acquiring his rights from the Merritt Centennials on January 3rd 2014 for Jason Bird & future considerations (Logan Mick). Chanter went pointless in 19 games with the Vipers. Chanter has one assist in five games last season with New Hampshire.

Dylan Chanter's Player Profile:

McNicholas will be entering his third season at the University of New Hampshire, played one season in Vernon (2013-14) The Vipers traded Aaron Hadley to Nanaimo for future considerations (Michael McNicholas & Jordan Klimek) on January 10th 2013. In 56 games with the Vipers McNicholas collected (23-goals-46-assists-69-points) scored one of the biggest goals in recent Vipers history, after scoring the overtime game winner in Game 7 of the Interior Division Finals vs Penticton in 2014.

Michael McNicholas's Player Profile:

This is posted on the Wildcats website:


Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Teams Place 30 on Hockey East All-Academic Team
Women's Team Places 17 on Team; Men Have 13 Honored

WAKEFIELD, Mass. – A combined total of 30 University of New Hampshire student-athletes on the men's and women's ice hockey teams were named to the 2015-16 Hockey East All-Academic Team on Thursday. The women's team tied for the second highest number of representatives with 17, while the men also tied for second with 13.
All of the honorees achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better in both the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.
Sara Carlson (Hutchinson, Minn.), Heather Kashman (Edmonton, Alberta) and Vilma Vaattovaara (Veikkola, Finland) reached Distinguished Scholar status this year by qualifying for the All-Academic Team all four years of varsity play. A quartet of men's players – Maxim Gaudreault (Annapolis, Md.), Collin MacDonald (West Milford, N.J.), Harry Quast (Millica Hills, N.J.) and Jamie Regan (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) – also attained that honor.
On the women's team, only sophomore forward Kate Haslett (Rothesay, New Brunswick) is a three-time honoree; she was feted in her redshirt year of 2013-14. Three other sophomore forwards – Brooke Avery (Loudon, N.H.), Amy Boucher (Edmonton, Alberta) and Carlee Toews (Grand Prairie, Alberta) – were honored for the second time in as many years, while senior forward Brittney Redlick (Biggar, Saskatchewan) and junior goaltender Ashley Wilkes (North Pole, Alaska) also made the grade for the second time in their careers.
Senior forwards Haley Breedlove (Plano, Texas) and Margo Lund (St. Paul, Minn.) earned the accolade for the first time, as did freshmen defensemen Marie-Jo Pelletier (Dalhousie, New Brunswick) and Jenna Rheault (Deering, N.H.), freshmen forwards Caitlyn Radatovich (Advance, N.C.), Devan Taylor (North Billerica, Mass.) and Taylor Wenczkowski (Rochester, N.H.), and freshman goaltender Krya Smith (Littleton, Colo.).
Defenseman Matias Cleland (Longmont, Colo.), who will captain the men's team in 2016-17, earned the honor for the third time. Fellow blueliners Dylan Maller (Parkland, Fla.) and Cameron Marks (North Vancouver, British Columbia) made the grade for the second time as did forwards Kyle Smith (Lumberton, N.J.) and Andrew Poturalski (Williamsville, N.Y.). Netminders Adam Clark (Sherwood Park, Alberta) and Danny Tirone (Trumbull, Conn.) were also honored for the second time. Michael McNicholas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Dylan Chanter (Armstrong, British Columbia) were first-time honorees.
The Hockey East Association is a 12-team Division-I men's college hockey conference founded in 1984, and also sponsors a nine-team Division-I women's league that began play in 2002-03.