Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Former Vipers Van Teeling & Stiliadis Advance To Western Canada Cup As Host Team:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Michael Stiliadis and former Vernon Vipers forward
Mitch Van Teeling lost 5-1 last week (Tuesday) to the Winnipeg South Blues who advanced to the Western Canada Cup after winning the Turnbull trophy as MJHL Champions taking the series 4-1.  Van Teeling & Stiliadis also advanced to the Western Canada Cup as the host team (Dauphin Kings) who are this years Western Canada Cup Hosts.

Van Teeling started last season with the MJHL Virden Oil Capitals before being traded to Vernon on September, 4th 2012 for Brendan Persley and Future Considerations. The Vipers then traded Van Teeling to Dauphin on December, 1st 2012 for Future Considerations. In 25 games with the Vipers Van Teeling collected (2-goals-3-assists-5-points). In 13 games this season with the Kings Van Teeling collected (5-goals-3-assists-8-points).

Mitch Van Teeling's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=56615

Stiliadis in his first season with the Kings was traded to Vernon from the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) Georgetown Raiders for future considerations on October, 10th 2013 before being sent to Dauphin on November, 13th 2013 for future considerations. In 3 games with the Vipers this season Stiliadis went 1-2 with a 2.87 GAA

Michael Stiliadis's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=96045

This was posted on the Blues website:

Winnipeg Blues Are MJHL Champions

April 16, 2014

Hail the champions − the Winnipeg Blues!

The Blues captured the prestigious Turnbull Trophy Tuesday night with a 5-1 win over Dauphin Kings. Before a mad house crowd of more than 1,100 at Winnipeg’s MTS Iceplex, the Blues jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes and never looked back.

After two periods the Blues had padded their lead to 4-1 and the countdown to a championship began in earnest for the pro-Winnipeg audience. The last time the Blues captured the Turnbull was back in 2006.

One of the happiest people in the rink had to be Blues’ GM/Head Coach Don MacGillivrary, who captured his second MJHL title. His first coming in 2005 with Portage.

"It was special to win at home," he said. "I was nice for our players to win a championship in front of their friends and family. It will be something they'll remember for a very long time. Winning a championship is always a great feeling.

"I thought we were a bit nervous early in the game. But as we scored a few, I could see the guys were playing the game we had talked about. Get pucks deep. Good line changes."

MacGillivrary admitted he was clock watching with about five minutes remaining. "We were up three goals, I knew our goaltender (Spriggs) wasn't going to let in three goals. But, I was focused on the next shift and who I was going to put out on the ice. But, in the last minute I admit it was great to see all the guys smiling, knowing they had won the MJHL championship."

Known as Donnie Mac, the highly respected coach has now coached more than 100 career playoff wins. And he's looking for more. Blues will have a few days off to enjoy the championship, but hit the ice later this week to prepare for the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup later this month in Dauphin.

For the Blues, the playoffs have been a ride of Cinderella proportions. The club actually had to win a Survivor Series against to Winkler to even qualify to play the first-place Selkirk Steelers. Just as they did against Selkirk and then Steinbach, Blues won the best-of-seven series against Dauphin in five games.

The Blues now advance to the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup in Dauphin later this month. The Kings will be participating as the host club.

It was déjà vu for the Kings, who were also runners-up last year to the Steinbach Pistons.

Blues were led offensively by Kamerin Nault, who scored a pair, his second coming on the powerplay. Clay Tait, Warren Calis (shorthanded) and Mitch Hansen rounding out the scoring.

Kings’ veteran Brent Wold scored his last ever MJHL goal, ending what has been an outstanding Junior A career. He had previously won two Turnbull Trophies with Portage.

1991 Centennial Cup Recap:

After being swept in the BCHL Fred Page Cup Finals by the Coquitlam Express the Vernon Vipers will be making a record 10th trip to the Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2011 & now 2014) as the 2014 RBC Cup hosts. This is the second time the City of Vernon will be the host team of the National Championship. In 1990 the Vernon Lakers hosted and won the 1990 Centennial Cup. The Vipers have a chance at becoming the first Junior hockey team in history to win seven National Championships.

Over the next week or two leading up to the 2014 Royal Bank Cup I thought I would take a look back and go through each of the years and give a recap on all of Vernon's previous nine trip's to the National Championship starting with the Vernon Lakers third straight appearence at the 1991 Centennial Cup wich was hosted by the Sudbury Cubs and Sudbury, Ontario.

The Vernon Lakers finished third place in the Interior Division with a record of 37-20-3 good for 77 pts just 4 pts shy of the first place Chilliwack Cheifs.  With just four returning players from the 1990 Centennial Cup winning team the Lakers would advance to their third straight Centennial Cup.  Vernon would finish 2-2 in the round robin before winning back to back Centennial Cups.  Here’s a rundown on how the Lakers did through out the BCJHL’s Playoffs to advance to the teams third straight Centennial Cup.

Interior Division Semifinals: Vernon swept Kelowna 4-0
BCJHL League Finals: Vernon defeated Powell River 4-0
Mowat Cup: Vernon defeated Prince George (PCJHL) 3-0
Abbot Cup: Vernon defeated Yorkton (SJHL) (5-4 OT)

The Centennial Cup 1991 is the Tier II Junior "A" 1991 ice hockey National Championship for the Canadian Junior A Hockey League.

The Centennial Cup was competed for by the winners of the Doyle Cup, Anavet Cup, Central Canadian Championship, the Eastern Canadian Champion and a host city.

The tournament was hosted by the Sudbury Cubs and Sudbury, Ontario.

The Playoffs: Round Robin

Rank Team League Ticket W-L GF GA

1 x-Yorkton Terriers SJHL Anavet Cup 3-1 22 15
2 x-Halifax Jr. Canadians MJAHL Callaghan Cup 2-2 15 14
3 x-Sudbury Cubs NOJHL Host 2-2 16 21
4 x-Vernon Lakers BCJHL Doyle Cup 2-2 14 20
5 Thunder Bay Flyers USHL Dudley Hewitt Cup 1-3 20 17

Note: x- denotes teams who have advanced to the semi-final.

Results

Yorkton Terriers defeated Sudbury Cubs 8-4
Halifax Jr. Canadians defeated Thunder Bay Flyers 5-4
Halifax Jr. Canadians defeated Vernon Lakers 8-3
Thunder Bay Flyers defeated Sudbury Cubs 10-4
Yorkton Terriers defeated Halifax Jr. Canadians 5-2
Vernon Lakers defeated Thunder Bay Flyers 3-2
Vernon Lakers defeated Yorkton Terriers 5-4 in Overtime for the Abbott Cup
Sudbury Cubs defeated Halifax Jr. Canadians 2-0
Yorkton Terriers defeated Thunder Bay Flyers 5-4
Sudbury Cubs defeated Vernon Lakers 6-3

Semifinals:

Vernon Lakers 7
Yorkton Terriers 5

Sudbury Cubs 5
Halifax Jr. Canadians 3

Centennial Cup Final:

Vernon Lakers 8
Sudbury Cubs 4

Awards

Most Valuable Player: Andrew Backen (Thunder Bay Flyers)
Top Scorer: Ryan Reynard (Thunder Bay Flyers)
Most Sportsmanlike Player: George Burton (Sudbury Cubs)

All-Star Team

Forward

Wayne Strachan (Thunder Bay Flyers)
Jason Elders (Vernon Lakers)
Dana Drake (Halifax Jr. Canadians)

Defence

Barry Cummins (Yorkton Terriers)
Andrew Backen (Thunder Bay Flyers)

Goal

Jocelyn Provost (Halifax Jr. Canadians)

Role of League Champions:

AJHL: Calgary Royals
BCHL: Vernon Lakers
CJHL: Hawkesbury Hawks
IJHL: Charlottetown Abbies
MJHL: Winkler Flyers
MVJHL: Halifax Jr. Canadians
NLJHL: St. John's 50's
NOJHL: Sudbury Cubs
PCJHL: Prince George Spruce Kings
QPJHL: Montreal Olympiques
SJHL: Yorkton Terriers

Vernon Lakers Playoff Roster:

Todd Jones
Marcel Aubin
Phil Esposito
Trevor Forsythe
Rob Shypitka
Kris Bjornson
Mike Fischer
Scott Longstaff
Troy Becker
Shawn Potyok
Lorne Kanigan
David Vecchio
Dusty McLellan
Jeff Goren
Corey Spring
Drew Sawtell
Rick Eremenko
Jason Elders
Kevan Rilcof
Murray Caton
Mirko Pellizzari

Owner-GM Mel Lis
Head Coach Ed Johnstone
Assistant Coach Keith Chase

For stats & rosters on Vernon Junior Hockey History, Check out Paul's Vernon Franchise website

http://members.shaw.ca/vernonfranchise/index.html

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wild Release Former Vernon Viper Ullrich:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Iowa Wild have released
former Vernon Vipers forward-captain Mike Ullrich.  The Wild signed Ullrich on January 17th 2014 to a professional tryout agreement (PTO) before being released on March 14th 2014.  In 9 games with the Wild Ullrich picked up (0-goals-2-assists-2-points).  No official press release from the Wild but the transaction was posted on the transactions page on the AHL website.  Ullrich will return to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Orlando Solar Bears.

Ullrich is in his first season with the Solar Bears. Ullrich was invited to a pro tryout with the American Hockey League (AHL) St. John's IceCaps in September before being released on September 30th 2013 returning to Orlando & then signed a professional tryout agreement with the American Hockey League (AHL) Manchester Monarchs on November 15th 2013 before being released after playing in three games. 

Ullrich played for three different teams last season (South Carolina, Tulsa & Trenton) before signing with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Orlando Solar Bears on July, 1st 2013.

Ullrich become an unrestricted free agent over the off season after the ownership group of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Trenton Titans pulled the franchise out of the ECHL. According to a statement from the ECHL, all Titans players signed to ECHL contracts, except those owed as future considerations, are unrestricted free agents.

Ullrich started last season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) South Carolina Stingrays after signing a contract over the summer. Ullrich left the Stingrays before signing with the Central Hockey League (CHL) Tulsa Oilers on November, 7th 2012. The Stingrays suspended Ullrich after leaving the club but then took Ullrich off suspension before trading the rights of Ullrich to the ECHL Trenton Titans for future considerations on January, 18th 2013. In five games with the Stingrays Ullrich collected 1 goal & 4 assists. The Oilers then suspended and then deleted Ullrich from the clubs roster on January, 17th 2013 after Ullrich left the Oilers for the ECHL Trenton Titans. In 29 games with the Oilers Ullrich collected (7-12-19). In 26 games last year with Trenton Ullrich collected (15-14-29).

Ullrich played parts of two years in Vernon (2005-2007) Ullrich left the Vipers during the 2005-06 season before returning to Vernon the following season after a short stint with the WHL Lethbridge Hurricanes. In 103 games with the Vipers Ullrich collected (39-92-131).

Mike Ullrich's Player Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=82968

Gladiators Release Former Vipers Forward Elser:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Gwinnett Gladiators have released former Vernon Vipers forward Brian Elser.

Elser was released on February 23rd 2014 No official press release from the Gladiators but the transaction was posted on the transactions page on the ECHL website.  In 16 games with Gwinnett Elser collected just one assist.  Elser signed with the Gladiators on December 19th 2013 is now eligible for waivers and can be claimed off waivers by another ECHL team.

Elser started the season with the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) Mississippi Surge signing on November 1st 2013 playing in just six games collecting (1-goal-3-assists-4-points) before being waived on November 22nd 2013.

Elser joined his second team this year after signing with the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) Huntsville Havoc on December 5th 2013. In five games with the Havoc Elser recorded (1-goal-4-assists-5-points) before joining the Gladiators. Elser has now played with three teams this season and sixth team in the last two years.

Elser played with four teams last season. Started the 2012-13 season with the Southern Professional League's (SPHL) Fayetteville FireAntz playing in 22 games collecting (9-8-17) before being waived on March 5th 2013. While playing with the FireAntz Elser was called up to the East Coast Hockey League's (ECHL) Gwinnett Gladiators signing a one game contract on January, 15th 2013 before returning to Fayetteville after playing just one game. Elser then signed with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) South Carolina Stingrays on February, 6th 2013 before being released on February, 27th 2013. In seven games with the Stingrays Elser collected (1-1-2). Elser then signed with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Elmira Jackals on March 6th 2013 before being released on March 22nd 2013. In four games with the Jackals Elser had just one assist.

The Vipers scouted Elser who was 18 at the time, at the U.S. Midget championships in Buffalo. Elser attended the 2008-2009 Vipers training camp making the Vipers opening day roster before being traded on September, 12th 2008 to the AJHL Drayton Valley Thunder for future considerations (cash) and a player to be named next year. In two games with the Vipers Elser collected one assist. Rumor was Elser didnt report to the Thunder and his rights were given back to Vernon. On August, 7th 2009 the Vipers traded Elser and future considerations to Victoria for Jonathan Milhouse.

Brian Elser's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=47131

Monday, April 21, 2014

Former Viper Hunt & The Terriers Advance To Western Canada Cup:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Riley Hunt and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) Yorkton Terriers have advanced to the Western Canada Cup after a 4-0 win over Melville Wednesday to win the series in four games winning the SJHL Canalta Cup.

Hunt was recruited by the Vipers played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2010-2012) before being traded to Salmon Arm on September 25th 2012 for future considerations. In 53 games with the Vipers Hunt collected (1-goal-5-assists-6-points).

Due to an injury Hunt never played his first season with the Silverbacks played in just 18 games this season (2013-14) before being sent down to the KIJHL on December 2nd 2013 Hunt played with the Summerland Steam was an "AP" with the SilverBacks during the season before the Terriers signed Hunt on January 9th 2014 where in 10 games this season collected (4-goals-6-assists-10-points). In 18 games with Salmon Arm this season Hunt picked up just two assists. In 12 games with the Steam Hunt collected (5-goals-8-assists-13-points). 
 
Rile Hunt's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=142795

This is posted on the Terriers website:

TERRIERS REPEAT: CANALTA CUP CHAMPIONS

04/16/2014

By Craig Stein


For a second straight season, and fourth in the last ten years, the Yorkton Terriers are SJHL Canalta Cup Champions.

The Terriers finished off a series sweep of the Melville Millionaires with a 4-0 decision on Wednesday night to take the crown.

It was a scoreless tie late in the second period until Kailum Gervais was sprung on a breakaway for the Terriers, and Melville goalie Isaiah Plett stumbled, Gervais opened the scoring, and Plett left the game.  Dylan Baer scored shortly after to make it 2-0 Terriers through two periods.  Tyler Giebel and Brett Boehm put it out of reach in the third.

Terrier Defenseman Chase Norrish was named SJHL Playoffs MVP, finishing with 15 points (7g-8a) in 14 post season games.

Kale Thomson made 22 saves for the shutout, and gave up just three goals in four games during the final, finishing the series with a 4-0 record, 0.68 GAA, and a saver percentage of .972%, to go along with the shutout in Game 4.

The Terriers advance to the Western Canada Cup in Dauphin, MB, starting April 26th.  They'll face the MJHL Champion Winnipeg Blues that afternoon to kick off the event.  The top two finishers in Dauphin move on to the RBC Cup in Vernon, BC.

1990 Centennial Cup Recap:

After being swept in the BCHL Fred Page Cup Finals by the Coquitlam Express the Vernon Vipers will be making a record 10th trip to the Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2011 & now 2014) as the 2014 RBC Cup hosts. This is the second time the City of Vernon will be the host team of the National Championship. In 1990 the Vernon Lakers hosted and won the 1990 Centennial Cup. The Vipers have a chance at becoming the first Junior hockey team in history to win seven National Championships.

Over the next week or two leading up to the 2014 Royal Bank Cup I thought I would take a look back and go through each of the years and give a recap on all of Vernon's previous nine trip's to the National Championship starting with the Vernon Lakers second straight appearance at the 1990 Centennial Cup wich was hosted by the Vernon Lakers and the city of Vernon, British Columbia.

The Vernon Lakers were this years host for the 1990 Centennial Cup. Vernon finished first place in the Interior Division with a record of 33-20-5 good for 71 pts The Lakers finished #3 overall in the BCJHL standings.  The Lakers were elinianted in the BCJHL League Finals in six games by New Westmister but advanced to the Centennial Cup as the host team.  Vernon would finish 3-1 in round robin play before winning their first of six National Championships with a come from behind overtime win over New West in the Centennial Cup Final.  Here’s a rundown on how the Lakers did through out the BCJHL’s Playoffs to advance to the teams second straight Centennial Cup.

Preliminary Roundrobin Series:

Vernon finished off with a record of 5-2.

BCJHL League Finals: New Westminster defeated Vernon 4-2

Vernon would advance to its second straight Centennial Cup as the host team.

The Centennial Cup 1990 is the Tier II Junior "A" 1990 ice hockey National Championship for the Canadian Junior A Hockey League.

The Centennial Cup was competed for by the winners of the Doyle Cup, Anavet Cup, Dudley Hewitt Cup, the Callaghan Cup, and a host city.

The tournament was hosted by the Vernon Lakers and Vernon, British Columbia.

The Playoffs: Round Robin

Rank Team League Ticket W-L GF GA

1 x-New Westminster Royals BCJHL Doyle Cup 4-0 28 8
2 x-Vernon Lakers BCJHL Host 3-1 19 9
3 x-Nipawin Hawks MJHL Anavet Cup 2-2 12 10
4 x-Longueuil College Francais QJAAAHL Dudley Hewitt Cup 1-3 12 24
5 Amherst Ramblers MJAHL Callaghan Cup 0-4 7 27

Note: x- denotes teams who have advanced to the semi-final.

Results

Vernon Lakers defeated Longueuil Sieurs 6-1
Nipawin Hawks defeated Amherst Ramblers 4-3 in overtime
New Westminster Royals defeated Longueuil Sieurs 11-3
New Westminster Royals defeated Amherst Ramblers 9-0
Vernon Lakers defeated Nipawin Hawks 2-1 in overtime
Nipawin Hawks defeated Longueuil Sieurs 5-2
New Westminster Royals defeated Vernon Lakers 5-3
Vernon Lakers defeated Amherst Ramblers 8-2
Longueuil Sieurs defeated Amherst Ramblers 6-2
New Westminster Royals defeated Nipawin Hawks 3-2 for the Abbott Cup

Semifinals:

New Westminster Royals 10
Longueuil Sieurs 4

Vernon Lakers 11
Nipawin Hawks 5

Cetennial Cup Final:

Vernon Lakers 6
New Westminster Royals 5

Please note: Final was won in overtime.

Awards

Most Valuable Player: Marc Alain Duchaine (Longueuil Sieurs)

Top Scorer: Kelly Jones (New Westminster Royals)

Most Sportsmanlike Player: Kelly Jones (New Westminster Royals)

All-Star Team

Forward

Mark Karpen (New Westminster Royals)
David Oliver (Vernon Lakers)
Al Monitowy (Nipawin Hawks)

Defence

Andrew Wolf (New Westminster Royals)
Dean Zayonce (Vernon Lakers)

Goal

Lauren Belland (Nipawin Hawks)

Role of League Champions:

AJHL: Calgary Canucks
BCJHL: New Westminster Royals
CJHL: Hawkesbury Hawks
IJHL:
MJHL: Portage Terriers
MVJHL: Amherst Ramblers
NOJHL: Sudbury Cubs
PCJHL: Prince George Spruce Kings
QPJHL: Longueuil College Francais
SJHL: Nipawin Hawks

Vernon Lakers Playoff Roster:

Dave Oliver
Brad Neumeier
Troy Ewanchyna
Shane Morson
Rob Atkinson
Paul MacLEAN
Duane Dennis
Darren Naylor
Dean Zayonce
Don Monteith
Bruce Ramsay
Lorne Kanigan
Mike Knapton
Chad Schraeder
Garth Geddes
Cam Sylven
Jason Elders
Mike Dennis
Marcel Aubin
Rylan Ferster
Barry MacLeod
Stacy Paulson
John Hancock
Murray Caton
Dean Kutz

Owner-GM Mel Lis
Head Coach Ed Johnstone
Assistant Coach Keith Chase

For stats & rosters on Vernon Junior Hockey History, Check out Paul's Vernon Franchise website

http://members.shaw.ca/vernonfranchise/index.html

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Former Vipers Defenceman Crisfield & The Saints Advance To Western Canada Cup:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Geoff Crisfield and the
Alerbta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) Spruce Grove Saints have advanced to the Western Canada Cup after defeating the Drumheller Dragons 2-1 in overtime Wednesday to sweep the series winning the AJHL Gas Drive Cup.

Crisfield played the last two years in Vernon (2011-2013) before being traded to Spruce Grove on June 1st 2013 for future considerations.  In 51 games last season with the Vipers Crisfield collected (1-2-3).  In 38 games with the Saints this season Crisfield picked up (2-goals-6-assists-8-points).   

Geoff Crisfield's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?statsleague=AHL&player=48785&team=&year=&status=&leagueid=&season=

This is posted on the Saints website:

2014 Gas Drive Cup Champions!

Posted April 16th, 2014

For the 3rd time in the past 5 years, the Spruce Grove Saints can claim they are the best team in the AJHL.

Jake Mykitiuk broke a tied game (1 - 1) and scored the winner in OT on a breakaway goaing 5 hole on Drumheller Dragons tender Devin Buffalo.  Buffalo who played a nearly flawless game, made sensation save after save to give the Dragons a chance to win, and was the Drumheller, Star of the Game.

For the Saints, many players stepped up throughout the playoffs and played what could be their best hockey of the season to this point. In the end though, the Playoff MVP trophy was presented by AJHL League Comissioner Ryan Bartoshyk to Saints captain Corey Chorneyko.  Chorneyko, who early this season was a finalist for Defensemen of the Year,  showed throught out the AJHL playoffs why he is a elite level player.

The Saints now have a couple days rest before they make the journey to Dauphin Manitoba for the Cresent Point Energy - Western Canada Cup, April 25th - May 4th

Former Vipers Goaltender Stiliadis Named Player Of The Month:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Michael Stiliadis was named
the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) Player of the Month for the Month of March. 

The Vipers aquired Stiliadis from the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) Georgetown Raiders for future considerations on October, 10th 2013 before trading the backup goaltender to the MJHL Dauphin Kings on November, 13th 2013 for future considerations.  In 3 games with the Vipers this season Stiliadis went 1-2 with a 2.87 GAA

Michael Stiliadis's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=96045

This was posted on the Kings website:

Kings Players of the Month

Wednesday, 02.04.2014

March. For some people, March signifies the change of seasons from Winter to Spring. (Still waiting) For people south of the border it means the start of the NCAA Basketball “March Madness”. But chances are if you’re reading this, March to you means Junior Hockey Playoffs.

Playoff time for hockey players is pressure time.  For 2 Kings Players, their efforts in the first 2 rounds of the MJHL Playoffs have not gone unnoticed.

Dylan Butler is the MJHL “RBC Player of the Month” for March. His 6 goals and 5 assists lead the Kings in post season scoring.  The 20 year old from Thunder Bay, ON has been good all season for the Kings, but has elevated his game in the first 2 rounds of playoffs.

“This is the time of year these types of players excel.” Stated Kings HC/GM, Marlin Murray. “We knew when we traded for Dylan, he was a big game player. With the added attention the playoffs bring, Butsy has found another gear and really lead the way for us.”

Michael Stiliadis is the “MGEU Goaltender of the Month” for March. Stiliadis posted some pretty remarkable numbers as the Kings won the Sher-Wood Division. Stiliadis went 8-0 with an even 1.00 GAA and a .952 SV%. Not to be forgotten, Stiliadis recorded 4 shutouts in the Kings 4 game sweep of the OCN Blizzard in round one.

“I’d say this is a no brainer.” Said Kings AC Marc Berry, “I’ve never heard of a team shutting out another in 4 straight games. I know it was a complete team effort and there was some luck involved, but you have to give Stilly his dues. He’s been excellent all playoffs.”

The Kings will be looking to both of these 2 players as they move on to the Turnbull Cup Final vs the Winnipeg Blues. The final round will kick off Sunday, April 6th in Winnipeg at the Ice Plex
 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Ice Flyers Sign Former Vipers Defenceman Lyles:

The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) Pensacola
Ice Flyers have signed former Vernon Vipers defenceman Malcolm Lyles.  No official press release by the Ice Flyers but the transaction is posted on the SPHL website under transactions and posted on the Ice Flyers facebook page. 

Lyles started this season with the Federal Hockey League (FHL) Danville Dashers before joining the Ice Flyers.  In 16 games with the Dashers Lyles picked up (3-goals-13-assists-16-points).  In 31 games this season with Pensacola Lyles has (7-goals-7-assists-14-points). 

Lyles left Boston College after two seasons played one season in Vernon (2010-2011) playing in 54 games with the Vipers collecting (8-goals-22-assists-30-points) before finishing his schooling (2011-2013) at UMass-Lowell University.

Malcolm Lyles Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38119

This was posted on the Ice Flyers facebook page:

Ice Flyer Nation

December 27, 2013

Ice Flyers Add Defenseman Malcolm Lyles

The Ice Flyers add former Boston College and UMass-Lowell defenseman to the roster. Malcolm has been plating in the FHL this season for the Danville Dashers.
 

1989 Centennial Cup Recap:

After being swept in the BCHL Fred Page Cup Finals by the Coquitlam Express the Vernon Vipers will be making a record 10th trip to the Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2009, 2010, 2011 & now 2014) as the 2014 RBC Cup hosts.  This is the second time the City of Vernon will be hosts of the National Championship.  In 1990 the Vernon Lakers hosted and won the Centennial Cup.  The Vipers have a chance at becoming the first Junior hockey team in history to win seven National Championships.

Over the next week or two leading up to the 2014 Royal Bank Cup I thought I would take a look back and go through each of the years and give a recap on all of Vernon's previous nine trip's to the National Championship starting with the Vernon Lakers first of four straight appearences at the Centennial Cup (1989-1992).  The first starting at the 1989 Centennial Cup wich was hosted by the Summerside Western Capitals in the city of Summerside, Prince Edward Island.

The Vernon Lakers finished first place in the Interior Division with a record of 40-19-1 good for 81 pts The Lakers finished #2 overall 10 pts behind the #1 ranked New Westminster Royals who collected 91 pts.  The Lakers would finish last in the round robin at 0-3 at the 1989 Centennial Cup.  Here’s a rundown on how the Lakers did through out the BCJHL’s Playoffs to advance to the teams first ever Centennial Cup.

Interior Division Semifinals: Vernon defeated Kelowna 4-1
Interior Division Final: Vernon swept Merritt 4-0
BCJHL League Finals: Vernon defeated New Westminster 4-1
Mowat Cup: Vernon defeated Williams Lake (PCJHL) 2-0
Doyle Cup: Vernon defeated Red Deer (AJHL) 4-2
Abbot Cup: Vernon defeated Humboldt (SJHL) 4-2

The Centennial Cup 1989 is the Tier II Junior "A" 1989 ice hockey National Championship for the Canadian Junior A Hockey League.

The Centennial Cup was competed for by the winners of the Abbott Cup, Dudley Hewitt Cup, the Callaghan Cup, and a host city.

The tournament was hosted by the Summerside Western Capitals in the city of Summerside, Prince Edward Island.

The Playoffs: Round Robin

Rank Team League Ticket W-L GF GA

1 # Thunder Bay Flyers USHL Dudley Hewitt Cup 2-1 18 9
2 x Moncton Hawks MVJHL Callaghan Cup 2-1 13 11
3 x Summerside Western Capitals IJHL Host 2-1 13 14
4 Vernon Lakers BCJHL Abbott Cup 0-3 8 18

Note: # - denotes team advanced to the final.
Note: x - denotes teams who have advanced to the semi-final.

Results

Thunder Bay Flyers defeated Vernon Lakers 8-2
Summerside Western Capitals defeated Thunder Bay Flyers 5-4
Moncton Hawks defeated Vernon Lakers 5-2
Moncton Hawks defeated Summerside Western Capitals 6-3
Thunder Bay Flyers defeated Moncton Hawks 6-2
Summerside Western Capitals defeated Vernon Lakers 5-4 double overtime

Semifinals:

Summerside Western Capitals 3
Moncton Hawks 2

Cetennial Cup Final:

Thunder Bay Flyers 4
Summerside Western Capitals 1

Please note: Semi- Final was won in 14:51 of 3rd overtime period

Awards

Most Valuable Player: Todd Hendersen (Thunder Bay Flyers)

Top Scorer: Greg Johnson (Thunder Bay Flyers)

Most Sportsmanlike Player: Cam Sylven (Vernon Lakers)

All-Star Team

Forward

Greg Johnson (Thunder Bay Flyers)
Ken Murchison (Summerside Western Capitals)
Jason Bortolussi(Thunder Bay Flyers)

Defence

Rodney Gallant (Summerside Western Capitals)
Stephane Duval (Moncton Hawks)

Goal

Darin Baker (Moncton Hawks)

Role of League Champions:

AJHL: Red Deer Rustlers
BCJHL: Vernon Lakers
CJHL: Pembroke Lumber Kings
IJHL:
MJHL: Winnipeg South Blues
MVJHL: Moncton Hawks
NOJHL: Sudbury Cubs
PCJHL: Williams Lake Mustangs
QPJHL: Longueuil College Francais
SJHL: Humboldt Broncos

Vernon Lakers Roster:

Tony Szabo
Duane Dennis
Rob Atkinson
Cory Carlson
Dave Oliver
Garth Geddes
Todd Demchuk
Bill Lindsay
Shawn Hendry
Cam Sylven
Jason Marshall
Scott Salmond
Adrian Markin
Lance West
Mike Dennis
Sandy Renwick
Dean Zayonce
Sean Stewart
Craig Daley
David Zakal
Randy Muise
Kevin Zakal
Kevin Cox
Greg Olson
Rob Shypitka
Paul Faganello
Brian Langlot
Randy McGrew
Curtis Head
Mark Shmigelsky
Jim Inkster
Bart Kuntz
Chris Fairlie
Kevin Baldridge

GM-Owner Mel Lis
Head Coach Ernie Gare
Assistant Coach George Farhger
Assistant Coach Keith Chase

For stats & rosters on Vernon Junior Hockey History, Check out Paul's Vernon Franchise website

http://members.shaw.ca/vernonfranchise/index.html

Friday, April 18, 2014

Vipers-Express Game 4 Highlight's:

The Coquitlam Express eliminated the Vernon Vipers from the BCHL Playoffs after a 4-3 win Tuesday winning the series 4-0 and the teams first Fred Page Cup Championship.

Here are some highlight's from Game 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9O7WciNn8U

Here is the final seconds & celebration from Game 4 as the Coquitlam Express advance to the Western Canada Cup in Dauphin Manitoba

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zL3zXOj5Sis

Vipers Taking Week Reprieve:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers taking week reprieve

Published: April 18, 2014

Head coach/GM Jason Williamson will hide some Easter eggs for his young daughter and visit with in-laws in between checking out the Stanley Cup playoffs on TV.

Captain Ryan Renz will spend Easter with family in the Kootenays, while his teammates will also be home with their loved ones for the holiday.

The Vernon Vipers will digest turkey, ham, chocolate and a crushing loss to the Coquitlam Express in the B.C. Hockey League Fred Page Cup series and then it’s back to the drawing board in preparation for the Royal Bank, May 10-18, at Kal Tire Place. The Vipers open on the Saturday night versus the Eastern representatives.

The Snakes have three weeks to prepare and retool for Canada’s junior hockey title. They held a meeting Wednesday afternoon to determine the plan of attack for their down time.

“It was brief, I decided to give them about a week off. We will start practising again mid-week,” said Williamson.

Said Renz, who will be in Castlegar: “My grandma normally prepares a pretty good meal on Easter, so I’m looking forward to that.”

The Vipers – the first Vernon team to be swept in the finals, in 19 tries – will have a 15-day window to prepare for the RBC Cup following their break. The Vipers have been given a mulligan with an automatic host bid into the RBC Cup.

“We will refine every aspect and make sure our cardio is good to go. We are also bringing in affiliated players for some scrimmages,” said Williamson.

The Vipers plan on keeping an eye on the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup, April 25-May 4, in Dauphin, Man. Williamson might head out for some scouting while Renz is curious to see how Coquitlam fares.

The Western Cup teams were finalized once the Yorkton Terriers swept the Melville Millionaires with a 4-0 win Wednesday night in the Saskatchewan final.

The Spruce Grove Saints won the AJHL Gas Drive Cup Champions by slaying the Drumheller Dragons 2-1 in overtime Tuesday night to sweep the final series and advance to the Westerns.

Spruce Grove topped the Alberta league at 47-10-3, while the Dragons were third in their division, at 35-20-3.

The Winnipeg Blues will represent Manitoba after taking out the Dauphin Kings in five games. Winnipeg was fourth in their division with 31 wins, while the Kings took their division with 40 wins.

The sweep of the Snakes still stings the team days after the Game 4 loss.

“It’s difficult right now; our goal all along was to win the league,” said Williamson.

The Express won 4-3 Tuesday night at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre. Coquitlam captured their first Fred Page Cup since moving from Burnaby in 2010, earning the right to represent the BCHL in Dauphin.

“Three one-goal losses in a row makes it really tough to swallow,” said Williamson.

Coquitlam head coach Barry Wolff noted his crew got a few more bounces in the series. He gave his players the green light to celebrate.

“I’m going to let them enjoy this one. It is something special; a lot of our guys won’t get to experience that again. I’ll give them a few days off to enjoy it before we get back into it. I’m not really going to change anything too much before we head off to Westerns.”

Williamson, a former Viper captain, was part of the Vernon coaching staff for three straight Fred Page Cup victories, over the Powell River Kings, from 2009-11.

Jace Hennig got the night started for the Express in front of 1,500 fans. The lone goal of the first came 3:19 in from Cody Boyd.

“I think we came out a little nervous,” said Renz. “Some guys looked nervous to make a bad play. It took a few good shifts to get going.”

It was the Colton Sparrow and Brendan Persley show Tuesday night as their line – including Brett Mulcahy – tried to single-handedly carry the Vipers to Game 5.

“We felt like we have had a slow series matched up against their top line. We played with desperation and a strong work ethic last night but it just didn’t happen,” said Sparrow, one day after the defeat.

Sparrow tied the game 42 seconds into the second, from Mulcahy and Persley.

Coquitlam’s top players were their top players all series. The Pieper brothers combed for seven goals and three assists. Canon is a year and two days older than Bo.

Canon Pieper  put the Express up 2-1 with his seventh of the playoffs, from brother Bo and Mark Whiteley, 7:15 into the second. Canon Pieper said the Express wanted to avoid going back to Vernon for Game 5.

“We wanted to close it out at home,” said the Minnesota product. “I didn’t imagine it would go like that. It was a very tight series. We came from behind in every game.”

The Express struggled to maintain their composure for the remainder of the second period and Pieper said the team was able to regroup during the second intermission.

“We just talked about simplifying things and getting back to what made us successful,” he said. “I think in doing that it helped everybody relax a little bit.”

The Express struggled to maintain their composure for the remainder of the second period and Pieper said the team was able to regroup during the second intermission.

“We just talked about simplifying things and getting back to what made us successful,” he said. “I think in doing that, it helped everybody relax a little bit.”

Persley scored back-to-back goals, eight-minutes apart in the second half of the second period.

On the first one, Persley cut back to the middle of the ice and roofed it glove side over Gordie Defiel. Persley’s second goal was of the Ryan Smyth  variety. He bared down in front of the net and banged it in. Sparrow assisted on both goals, giving him and Persley three points each.

The Vipers couldn’t close a door this series. They had the lead in the third period each game.

Tuesday night’s third-period margin was short lived as Bo Pieper tied it 1:43 into the third, from Joey Santucci. The Vipers headed to the powerplay with 6:26 to play (Marc Biega off for hooking).

The same league-worst powerplay that saved the day in Game 7 last series in Penticton looked to work its second miracle. On Tuesday, the Viper gods of Connor and Kellen Jones, Lanny Gare and Lennie Rampone, however, couldn’t help out their alumni mates.

D-man Riley Guenther, just returning from injured reserve, lost the puck on his own blueline, on the power play, giving Adam Rockwood a chance to take the lead on a breakaway. Rockwood, the Game 2 hero, punched his team’s ticket to Dauphin with four minutes and change left.

Sparrow appeared to tie it with seconds to play, but the goal was waived off due to a hand pass.

Viper grad Cole Ikkala and the Union College Dutchmen won its first NCAA hockey title Saturday night, scoring three times in a 1:54 span in the first period in a 7-4 victory over Minnesota on Saturday night in Ikkala’s home town of Philadelphia. Ikkala, 23, supplied seven goals and 19 points in four years.

Union, a tiny New York State school of 2,200 students, won its final 12 games and went 16-0-1 in its last 17. Daniel Ciampini scored three goals in the Dutchmen’s 5-4 victory over Boston College Eagles in the semifinals Thursday night. Mat Bodie (Powell River Kings) was the Union captain.

Wrote Ikkala, on Facebook: “I couldn’t have scripted a better ending to my hockey career. Going out on top. Thanks to all the friends, family, and that jungle of fan section that made it to the game. It’s been the best four years of my life playing here.”

Dallas Calvin, a Viper affiliate who could be used in the RBC, supplied 2+2 as the Beaver Valley Nite Hawks stopped the Aldergrove Kodiaks 5-2 in the Cyclone Taylor Cup (provincial Junior B) final Sunday before 730 fans in Nelson.

Beaver Valley opened the Western Keystone Cup Thursday night in Abbotsford with games against the host Pilots and the Saskatoon Quakers.

Vernon’s Cole Sanford scored an empty-netter and set up two goals by linemate Trevor Cox as the host Medicine Hat Tigers grounded the Kootenay Ice 4-1 Wednesday night before 4,000 fans.

The Tigers won the final three games of the WHL Eastern Conference series and will now meet Vernon’s Curtis Lazar and the Edmonton Oil Kings in the finals, starting tonight at Rexall Place.

Sanford has eight goals and 19 points in 13 playoff games, while Lazar has 3-8-11 in nine games.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Royals Sign Former Vernon Viper Santana:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Reading Royals have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Ryan Santana.  Santana was signed on March 9th 2014 just three days after the Royals released the rookie forward.  No official press release from the Royals but the transaction was posted on the transactions page on the ECHL website.

Santana finished his fourth and final year at Boston University last year before signing with the Royals on August 6th 2013.  After playing in just 12 games with the Royals (going pointless) Santana was released on March 6th 2014.

Santana played one season in Vernon (2008-2009) In 56 games with the Vipers collected (12-goals-13-assists-25-points).

Ryan Santana's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38021

Sharks Recall Former Vipers Defenceman Bigos From ECHL:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Worcester Sharks have
recalled former Vernon Vipers defenceman Kyle Bigos from the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Ontario Reign . 

Bigos finished his fourth year at Merrimack College last season before signing with the San Jose Sharks farm club the Worcester Sharks on July, 16th 2013. Bigos attended the San Jose Sharks Training Camp this season but was released going back to the American Hockey League where he was then assigned to the East Coast Hockey League San Francisco Bulls on October, 1st 2013. In 40 games with the Bulls Bigos collected (2-goals-4-assists-6-points) before the team ceased operations in late January.

Bigos become an unrestricted free agent after the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) San Francisco Bulls ceased operations on January 27th 2014. The Bulls folded that day while all players became unrestricted free agents, effective immediately.  Bigos signed with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Ontario Reign on January 29th 2014.
   
Bigos finished his fourth year at Merrimack College last season. In 30 regular season games Bigos collected (4-7-11). Bigos played two seasons in Vernon (2007-2009) collecting (10-40-50) in 166 regular season games with the Vipers. Bigos an assistant captain in his second and final season with the Vipers was drafted 99th overall by the NHL Edmonton Oilers in the 4th round of the 2009 NHL Draft. Bigos attended the Oilers Developement Camp two out of the last three years. The Edmonton Oilers traded Bigos to San Jose for Lee Moffie on July 7th 2013.

Kyle Bigos's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38020

This is posted on the Sharks website:

Worcester Sharks sign Brock Higgs (R.P.I.) to an ATO
Defenseman Kyle Bigos recalled from Ontario (ECHL)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March 14, 2014

WORCESTER, MA – Worcester Sharks (@WorcesterSharks) General Manager Joe Will has announced

the signing of forward Brock Higgs (R.P.I.) to an amateur tryout (ATO) agreement and that the club has recalled defenseman Kyle Bigos from the Ontario Reign (ECHL).

Brock Higgs (5-11, 180lbs)signs an ATO with Worcester after completing four seasons atRenssealer Polytechnic Institute where he recorded 91 points (27-64-91) in 137 games. The 21-year-old native of Kingston, Ontario served as an alternate captain for RPI this season and was 2nd on the club with 29 points (14-15-29) in 37 games. Higgs is expected to skate with the Worcester Sharks on Friday morning and will wear #13.

Kyle Bigos (6-4,235lbs) was recalled from the Ontario Reign (ECHL) where he posted two points (0-2-2) in 11 games along with 29 penalty minutes. Prior to Ontario, the 24 year-old-native from Upland, CA played in 40 games for the San Francisco Bulls (2-6-8) along with 64 penalty minutes. The first year pro attended the San Jose and Worcester Sharks training camps back in September after he completed four seasons at Merrimack College. Bigos is expected to skate with the Worcester Sharks on Friday morning and will wear #6.

For more information please visit www.SharksAHL.com or call 508-929-0500.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Former Vipers Forward Ikkala Wins National Championship:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Cole Ikkala & Union College won its first National Championship after a 7-4 win Saturday over Minnesota.  Ikkala finishes his fourth and final year at Union College, played two seasons in Vernon (2008-2010) playing in 92 games with the Vipers collecting (30-goals-32-assists-62-points).

Cole Ikkala's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38024

This is posted on the Union College website:

Union wins NCAA Div. I Men's Ice Hockey Championship, 7-4 over Minnesota

4/12/2014

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- The NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship Trophy has a new home....Schenectady, NY, and the campus of Union College.

The Dutchmen scored three goals in a span of under three minutes late in the first period, and defeated the University of Minnesota, 7-4 at the Wells Fargo Center in front of 18,742. Union finishes the 2013-14 season with a record of 32-6-4 and the school's first championship since the 1929 men's lacrosse team.

Only 19 seconds into the contest, the Gophers took a penalty. Union had a two on one but after a Mike Vecchione drive from the right circle was stopped by Adam Wilcox, the rebound came out to an open Daniel Ciampini, but he shot it high. Minnesota took a 1-0 lead at 2:37. Nate Condon's shot was stopped by Stevens but the rebound dribbled out in front and Justin Kloos took the bouncing puck to the left of the net and fired it in for his 16th of the season.

Union got another man advantage at 3:11, and had crisp passing but many shots that
were high or wide just missing the net. Minnesota got the man up aMIH t 6:42 and had some chances in close but the Dutchmen killed it off. But at 9:26, Union knotted the game at 1-1. Shane Gostisbehere came in through traffic from the blue line and got a strong shot while covered by two Gophers just inside the blue line that quickly found the back of the net at 9:26. Jeff Taylor and Matt Wilkins got the assists.Just 37 seconds later, Minnesota regained the lead at 2-1. Sam Warning took a shot from an impossible angle on the left goal line that found the inside right part of the net with a host of guys in front of the crease.

Union poured on the pressure with under five minutes remaining in the first and it paid off. Big time, to the tune of three goals in under three minutes. At 15:09, Mike Vecchione capped off four straight shots right outside the crease, picking up the final rebound and slamming home his 14th to tie it at 2-2. At 16:06, Eli Lichtenwald got his own rebound in close and his shot went off the back of the right goalie pad and in for #9 and it was Union's first lead, 3-2. Then, at 17:03, Daniel Ciampini capped off a furious flurry with his 23rd and Union now led, 4-2.

The period ended with 20 Dutchmen shots on the board and 15 for the Gophers. The Union total was the most shot total for any period of a championship game since North Dakota had 23 in the third period in the 2005 title contest.

At 1:13 of the second period, the Gophers got closer and made it 4-3. Justin Kloos, who scored with one second left to beat North Dakota in the semifinal, tried a wraparound that was stopped. Taylor Cammarata tried to knock in the rebound but after the initial save he was successful for his 17th goal. Union got a penalty at 2:25 and during that, a shot from the point came back out to the right post area but Cammarata went high and wide. Later, at 7:13 Gabe Guertler had a wrister from the left circle stopped by Stevens.

The Dutchmen got a power play at 9:33, and during the opportunity, Kevin Sullivan had a clean shot stopped after the shot from between the circles.  Stevens made a great left pad save with five minutes left in the second after Kloos came in from a pretty pass and tried to put it inside the right post. The Gophers had a penalty at 15:39 and after that power play was killed off, Union got a call at 18:06, and shots were 34-33 Union after two periods.

The Dutchmen were 23-2-1 when leading after two periods. They got insurance on the one goal lead at 5:31, as Max Novak had a give and go with Kevin Sullivan. Sullivan dished it back to Novak who directed it in on the go in front for his 15th of the season and a 5-3 Union lead.

Down 2-1 midway through the first period, Union scored three consecutive goals in a span of 1:54 to gain a 4-2 lead. It is the fastest that three goals have been scored in a row in the championship since 1977, when Michigan and Wisconsin combined to score three goals in 1:04. The Dutchmen's trio of goals in 1:54 matched the mark set by Colorado College in the 1957 title game, the last time the same team scored three in such a short span. The Tigers posted three over the duration of 1:54 in the third period. The record for three consecutive goals by one team in the title game is 1:45 by Colorado College, set in the third period of the 1950 championship.

The combined six goals in the first period are the most in the championship since the 1963 final, when North Dakota (5) and Denver (2) totaled seven, which is the record for the opening frame. A combined seven goals in the first period has occurred three times (1956, 1961, 1963). The combined six goals are the most in any period of the championship since 1997 (North Dakota 5, Boston University 1, 2nd).

Express Seek Sweep Of Vipers:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Express seek sweep of Vipers

posted Apr 16, 2014 at 1:00 AM

The Coquitlam Express were trying to make B.C. Hockey League history, while the Vernon Vipers were hoping to avoid making the record book Tuesday night at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre.

Captain Ryan Rosenthal scored 7:46 into overtime as the Express grounded the Vipers 3-2 Monday night before 1,170 fans. Coquitlam took a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Fred Page Cup championship series into Game 4.

A fifth game, if necessary, would go Thursday night at Kal Tire Place in Vernon.

The Express, who won the BCHL and Royal Bank Cup titles as the Burnaby Express, with Kyle Turris, in 2006, have not won a Fred Page Cup in Coquitlam.

Vernon teams have reached the league playoff final 19 times, but have never been swept. The Vipers lost in five games to the Surrey Eagles, in 2005. Vernon has won a dozen playoff crowns.

Viper alternate captain Josh Bryan said the Vipers, who lost 4-3 in overtime Saturday night, were trying to remain calm heading into Game 4.

“We had a meeting at breakfast. The coaches told us that we can’t get stressed out. We just need to go back to our instincts and enjoy it. There is no point in putting pressure on ourselves four hours until game time.”

Rosenthal, a 6-foot-2 New Jersey power winger, forced the extra session when he shot from the right side wall and fooled Vernon goalie Austin Smith with 71 seconds left in regulation. Smith was fabulous in overtime and earned third star.

“I think everyone was expecting him to pass the puck. When he threw it on net, it caught everyone off guard, not just Smith,” said Bryan. “He has saved a lot of games for us this playoffs so we’re are not hanging this one on him at all.”

Said Rosenthal, who leads the Express with 14 playoff snipes: “It was a weird angle. I got a little step on the dee and I wasn’t sure if anybody was going to the net but I was hoping my shot would leave a rebound or go in.”

The Express found their groove in overtime and outshot the Snakes 12-3.

“Overtime was fast-paced,” said Bryan. “They carried some momentum from those late goals and kept it going. We couldn’t really get anything going offensively.”

Corey Mackin drew assists on both Rosenthal goals. Mackin grabbed his own rebound in overtime and fed Rosenthal near the crease paint. Brendan Lamont converted from defenceman Zach Hodder for Coquitlam`s other snipe, at 10:29 of the second period.

The Vipers outshot the Express 34-24 in regulation time and went up 8:15 into the first period when d-man Dylan Chanter moved up and beat Gordie Defiel. Tyler Povelofskie and Mason Blacklock drew assists.

Vernon went up 2-0 at 1:14 of the second period when Liam Coughlin took a nifty feed from Michael McNicholas and found an empty net, on the powerplay.

“We definitely outplayed them the first two periods,” said McNicholas. “We outshot them 28-12 in the first two periods. They got a few bounces but I still think we have been outplaying them most of the series. We just need to keep playing with confidence and see what happens.”

Each team received three minor penalties.

Coquitlam assistant coach Robert Boyd, who used to live in Vernon and Enderby back in the day, has seen Rosenthal find the net flying down the right wing in the past.

“He’s scored a ton of goals from there,” said Boyd. “He’s always trying to score high from there, but this time he put it six, eight inches stick side and it fooled him (Smith).”

Boyd said the Express celebrated the overtime glory but noted “we haven’t won anything yet.” He said the Express are not totally surprised to be leading the series.

“The teams are pretty evenly matched. It’s just one of those things where we could be down 3-0 as well. The coaching staff is a little concerned that it takes our team so long to get into the games.”

It marked the third straight game the Vipers grabbed an early two-goal lead.

“That was probably our best 60-minute game of the series,” added Bryan. “We definitely outplayed them in the first two periods. I thought we deserved enough to win, we just didn’t bury enough of our chances.”

Rosenthal, who used to have season tickets to the NHL Devils, and is a Dallas Cowboys’ fan, knows the fourth game is always the toughest to close.

“Everyone feels really good about how we’re playing, but we know Vernon’s not going to quit.”

He said Defiel, who starred for the Minnesota Wilderness in last year’s RBC, thrives on playoff hockey. Defiel has been brilliant in the finals.

“He’s been talking about the RBC all year,” said Rosenthal. “He’s in the gym all the time and he works really hard in practice. He’s calm back there. He knows if he makes some mistakes, we can score in bunches and we know if we make some mistakes, he can make some big saves.”

In Game 3 Saturday, the Vipers struck first again as Dexter Dancs simply threw the puck on net from below the left faceoff circle when it sneaked past Defiel. D-man Jared Wilson earned the assist.

The Vipers went up by two when Brendan Persley kept the puck on a shorthanded 2-on-1 rush. Persley went short side over Defiel. T.J. Dumonceaux picked up the assist.

Shortly after assisting on the short-handed tally, Dumonceaux was busted for high-sticking. It was Coquitlam’s turn to go to work on special teams.

Canon Pieper scored on the man advantage, from Rosenthal and Marc Biega, 7:13 into the first.

The only goal in the second period came off the head of Dancs. Coughlin threw the puck into a pinball machine at the front of the net and it somehow found its way through. McNicholas registered the other assist.

“I feel like I haven’t changed my game at all. Coquitlam plays a different style of defence which opens up the ice for me,” said Dancs.

Mackin got his third goal of the series, from Adam Rockwood, 46 seconds into the third. Mackin returned the favor later in the period as he set up Rockwood for the equalizer.

Rockwood wasn’t done there. Two minutes into overtime, Rockwood won the game on an unassisted solo mission.

“The puck bounced over the d-man’s stick, then we took off on a rush. I just waited and it kind of took a lucky bounce to go in. It is definitely the most satisfying goal I have ever scored,” said Rockwood.

“I don’t know if anyone would have predicted us to win both games (in Vernon), it’s unreal,” said Express head coach Barry Wolff.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BCHL Fred Page Cup Finals: Game 4: Coquitlam 4 Vernon 3

SCORING SUMMARY

PERIOD 1

Coquitlam Express at 3:19 - Jace Hennig from Cody Boyd 

PERIOD 2

Vernon Vipers at 0:42 - Colton Sparrow from Brett Mulcahy and Brendan Persley 
Coquitlam Express at 7:15 - Canon Pieper from Bo Pieper and Mark Whiteley 
Vernon Vipers at 10:25 - Brendan Persley from Colton Sparrow 
Vernon Vipers at 18:57 - Brendan Persley from Colton Sparrow 

PERIOD 3

Coquitlam Express at 1:43 - Bo Pieper from Joey Santucci 
Coquitlam Express at 15:06 (SH) - Adam Rockwood (unassisted) 

Vernon outshot Coquitlam 38-30 Austin Smith made 26 saves in the loss, Gordie Defiel made 35 saves in the win.  Coquitlam wins the series 4-0 winning the 2014 Fred Page Cup Championship advancing to the Western Canada Cup.  The Vipers now have 25 days off until their first game at the 2014 RBC Cup in Vernon.

For more on tonight's game visit the BCHL boxscore,

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1316017&link=bchl

For more on the Coquitlam Express and tonight's game visit Eddie Gregory's Express blog,

http://expressvoice.blogspot.ca/

Sparrow’s Taken Flight In BCHL Playoffs:

This was in the Vancouver Province Newspaper:

Sparrow’s taken flight in BCHL playoffs

Regular season scoring wasn’t Vipers’ forward’s forte; but this is the post-season ...

By Steve Ewen, The Province April 10, 2014

Colton Sparrow finished seventh on his team in scoring in the regular season.

Heading into the BCHL final, he’s third in the entire league in points.

If you’re searching for a guy who symbolizes what’s going on with the Vernon Vipers this spring, Sparrow is a start.

The Vipers, who are taking on the Coquitlam Express in the Junior A league’s best-of-seven championship starting Friday, have prided themselves on being a playoff-type team all year long. Big, strong, physical, grinding down their opponents at every turn.

Sparrow is one of those guys. Coach Jason Williamson put him together with fellow 20-year-old forwards Brett Mulcahy and Brendan Persley with the idea that they would be Vernon’s shutdown line.

Sure enough, teams are now trying to find checkers to match up against them. Sparrow has seven goals and 18 points in 15 playoffs matchups, after putting up 11 goals and 34 points in 50 regular season games.

Vernon (30-18-4-6) finished third in the Interior Division during the regular season, and needed overtime in Game 7 in the division finals to get by the first-place Penticton Vees (36-16-2-4).

Vernon and Coquitlam (27-26-2-3) outlasted the Victoria Grizzlies (37-15-3-3) in the three-team round-robin semifinals.

“Colton has been a heart and soul guy all year, playing the way we want to play,” said Williamson. “You just know when certain guys are playoff performers and he’s that type of guy. He knows what it takes to win, and he knows, as a 20-year-old, it’s his last kick at the can.”

He knows Vernon, too.

It’s his hometown and he grew up a fan of the Vipers. He remembers as a five-year-old going to watch a 1998-99 Viper team playing home games at old, tiny Civic Arena. That club, featuring the likes of Lanny Gare and Todd Knight, went on to win the Royal Bank Cup national championship that May in Yorkton, Sask.

Kal Tire Place, the current home of the Vipers, opened in 2001.

“I remember one time getting to go in their dressing room, and thinking how loud it was with the stereo blaring,” Sparrow said.

He has parlayed this playoff run into an NCAA scholarship as well. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Sparrow, who’s in his fourth year with the Vipers, recently committed to play next season with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks. Williamson said that he had interest for several schools during the BCHL playoffs.

“As soon as his game took off to another level, I knew it was going to get busy for him,” Williamson said.

Things will stay busy for Sparrow and the Vipers regardless of how this Coquitlam series plays out, since they are the host team for the now-monickered RBC Cup national championship. It runs May 10-18 at Kal Tire.

Williamson is stressing to them that qualifying by traditional channels is more appealing. Sparrow was a rookie on the 2011 Viper team that lost in the RBC finale in Camrose, Alta.

“Winning a national title is a special, special thing, but going about it the right way, and winning your way all the way there, will make it that much more memorable when you look back at it,” he said.

Game Preview: BCHL Fred Page Cup Finals: Game 4: Vernon @ Coquitlam:

Vernon (10-8) @ Coquitlam (13-5) 7pm start

Tonight is the seventh meeting of the season (regular season & playoffs) between the Vipers & Express. The regular season series was tied 1-1 while the Vipers won the only playoff game during the Round Robin playoff Tournament. Coquitlam leads the Fred Page Cup Finals 3-0. You can listen to tonight's game live with Graham Turnbull starting with the pre-game show at 6:45pm on 107.5 Kiss FM

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

December 8th Coquitlam won 4-2
January 11th Vernon won 3-1

Vernon-Coquitlam Regular Season Overall Records-Stats:

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 7-2-0-0 vs. Coquitlam

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon has outscored Coquitlam 34-27

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 5-0-0-0 at home vs. Coquitlam

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 2-2-0-0 in Coquitlam

Vernons last win in Coquitlam was a 7-5 victory back on Sunday, November 18th 2012

Coquitlam's last win at home vs Vernon was a 4-2 win back on Sunday, December 8th 2013

Vernon's last win at home vs Coquitlam was a 3-1 win back on Saturday, January 11th 2014

Coquitlam's last win in Vernon-The Express havnt won in Vernon since before the 2003-04 season. (Due to the stats only going as far back as the 2003-04 regular season I dont know when the last win was)

Vernon-Coquitlam Playoff Overall Records-Stats:

Since the 2003-04 playoffs Vernon is 1-3 vs. Coquitlam

Since the 2003-04 playoffs Vernon has outscored Coquitlam 15-14

Since the 2003-04 playoffs Vernon is 1-2 at home vs. Coquitlam

Since the 2003-04 playoffs Vernon is 0-1 in Coquitlam

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

For more stats & former Vernon Junior Hockey Team rosters & lineups please visit Paul’s Vernon Junior Hockey History website,

http://members.shaw.ca/vernonfranchise/index.html








Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The Vernon Vipers have their backs against the wall, with their season on the line make their third visit of the season (regular season and playoffs) to the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre are down 3-0 in the Fred Page Cup Finals.  The Vipers are coming off a tough 3-2 overtime loss in Game 3 last night need a win tonight to keep their season going.  Vernon has lost three straight and are 0-2 in Coquitlam this season (Regular Season & Playoffs).

Vernon’s Junior Hockey Team’s have now made the BCHL League Finals 19 times since 1970 with a record of 12-6.

Here’s a look back at Vernon’s run to the League Championship:

1970 Vernon Essos defeated Victoria 4-2
1972 Vernon Essos defeated Penticton 4-3
1988 Vernon Lakers defeated Richmond 4-1
1989 Vernon Lakers defeated New Westminister 4-1
1990 New Westminister defeated Vernon Lakers 4-2
1991 Vernon Lakers defeated Powell River 4-0
1992 Vernon Lakers defeated Bellingham 4-0
1996 Vernon Vipers defeated Langley 4-1
1997 Surrey defeated Vernon Vipers 4-1
1999 Vernon Vipers defeated Chilliwack 4-1
2000 Chilliwack defeated Vernon Vipers 4-1
2002 Chilliwack defeated Vernon Vipers 4-2
2003 Vernon Vipers defeated Chilliwack 4-0
2005 Surrey defeated Vernon Vipers 4-1
2007 Nanaimo defeated Vernon Vipers 4-2
2009 Vernon Vipers defeated Powell River 4-2
2010 Vernon Vipers defeated Powell River 4-3
2011 Vernon Vipers defeated Powell River 4-0

Brett Mulcahy (14-3-17) leads the Vipers in playoff goals with fourteen while Colton Sparrow (7-12-19) leads the Vipers in playoff points with nineteen.

Vernon Vipers 2014 Playoff Stats:

Games Played: 18
Wins: 10
Losses: 8
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 5-4
Road Record: 5-4
Overtime Record: 1-2
When the Vipers score first: 6-5
When the opponents score first: 4-3
Leading after 1st Period: 5-5
Tied after 1st Period: 4-1
Trailing after 1st Period: 1-2
Leading after 2nd Period: 8-3
Tied after 2nd Period: 1-2
Trailing after 2nd Period: 1-3
Out shooting Opponents: 5-2
Out shot by Opponents: 4-5
One goal games: 4-3
Goals For: 63
Goals Against: 54
Streak: Three game losing streak

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

Mason Blacklock (94)
Dexter Dancs (95)
TJ Dumonceaux (94)
Logan Mick (96)
Brendan Persley (93)
Ryan Renz (93)
Colton Sparrow (93)
Michael Statchuk (94)
Austin Smith (93)
Danny Todosychuk (94)

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

Liam Board (93)
Brett Corkey (92)
Bryce Eviston (94)
Jason Bird (93)
Andrew Tegeler (92)
Craig Martin (95)
Mitch McAllister (94)
Marc Hetnik (92)
Michael Roberts (95)
Braeden Russell (93)
Geoff Crisfield (93)

Vernon’s Home Playoff record vs. Coquitlam this season

1-2

Vernon’s Road Playoff record vs. Coquitlam this season

0-1

Vernon’s Playoff scoring leaders vs. Coquitlam this season

Dexter Dancs (3-3-6)
Michael McNicholas (1-4-5)
Liam Coughlin (2-3-5)
Brendan Persley (2-2-4)
Demico Hannoun (1-2-3)
Jared Wilson (0-3-3)
Brett Mulcahy (1-1-2)
Colton Sparrow (1-1-2)
Josh Bryan (0-2-2)
Dylan Chanter (2-0-2)
Mason Blacklock (1-1-2)
Riley Guenther (1-0-1)
Logan Mick (0-1-1)
TJ Dumonceaux (0-1-1)
Tyler Povelofskie (0-1-1)

Austin Smith (0-3 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Vernon has the leagues 6th best powerplay

-The Vipers have the BCHL's 8th best penalty kill










Lets take a look at the Coquitlam Express:

The Coquitlam Express have a chance to win their first Fred Page Cup-League Championship in team history tonight are riding a five game winning streak after a 3-2 OT win in Game 3.  The Burnaby Express was the only Express team to win a League Championship back in 2006 when Burnaby won the 2006 RBC Cup.  The Express are very strong at home with a 7-1 home record in these playoffs.  Coquitlam has outscored the visiting team 29-20 at home.

For more on the Coquitlam Express please visit Eddie Gregory's Coquitlam Expressions blog,

http://expressvoice.blogspot.ca/

Ryan Rosenthal (14-7-21) leads the Express in goals during the playoffs with fourteen and in points during the playoffs with twenty one.

Coquitlam Express 2014 Playoff Stats:

Games Played: 18
Wins: 13
Losses: 5
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 7-1
Road Record: 6-4
Overtime Record: 3-1
Goals For: 59
Goals Against: 52
Streak: Five game winning streak

Coquitlam Express's Returning Players:

Adam Rockwood (95)
Joey Santucci (94)
Marc Biega (94)
Zach Hodder (93)
Jace Henning (95)
Cameron Marks (95)

Coquitlam Express's Departing & traded players from last years team:

Justin Georgeson (93)
Bradley Ryan (92)
Zachary Pryzbek (94)
Brandon Morley (94)
Ben Israel (94)
Adam Rossingnol (93)
Travis Stephens (93)
Lars Hepso (92)
Garrett Forster (95)
Will Cook (94)
Cal Hofford (94)
Malcolm McKinney (92)
Mitchell Fyffe (94)
Michael Macaig (92)
Sam Majka (93)
Cole Huggins (92)
Daniel Urbani (95)

Coquitlam's Home Playoff record vs. Vernon this season

1-0

Coquitlam's Road Playoff record vs. Vernon this season

2-1

Coquitlam's Playoff scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season

Corey Mackin (3-3-6)
Bo Pieper (5-0-5)
Canon Pieper (1-3-4)
Zach Hodder (0-4-4)
Ryan Rosenthal (2-2-4)
Adam Rockwood (2-1-3)
Brendan Lamont (1-1-2)
Marc Biega (0-1-1)
Jace Hennig (0-1-1)
Mark Whiteley (0-1-1)
Daniell Lange (0-1-1)

Gordie Defiel (3-0 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Coquitlam has the BCHL's 10th best powerplay

-The Express have the league's 2nd 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

Coquitlam Express:

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=267274

Monday, April 14, 2014

BCHL Fred Page Cup Finals: Game 4: Coquitlam 3 Vernon 2 (Overtime)

SCORING SUMMARY

PERIOD 1

Vernon Vipers at 8:15 - Dylan Chanter from Tyler Povelofskie and Mason Blacklock

PERIOD 2

Vernon Vipers at 1:14 - Liam Coughlin from Michael McNicholas 
Coquitlam Express at 10:29 - Brendan Lamont from Zach Hodder

PERIOD 3

Coquitlam Express at 18:49 - Ryan Rosenthal from Corey Mackin
 
OVERTIME

Coquitlam Express at 12:16 - Ryan Rosenthal from Corey Mackin

Vernon outshot Coquitlam 37-36 Austin Smith made 33 saves in the loss, while Gordie Defiel made 35 saves in the win.  Coquitlam now leads the best of seven series 3-0

For more on tonight's game visit the BCHL boxscore,

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1316016&link=bchl

For more on the tonight's game and the Coquitlam Express visit Eddie Gregory's Express blog,

http://expressvoice.blogspot.ca/

BCHL Fred Page Cup Preview:

The BCHL Fred Page Cup finals have been set. The Six Time National Champion Vernon Vipers will meet the Coquitlam Express in the battle between the Interior and Coastal conferences. Despite both finishing third in their respective divisions, both Vernon and Coquitlam have stepped up in the playoffs and have earned their way to the league Final.Games one and two will be played in Vernon on April 11th and 12th. The series switches to Coquitlam for games 3 and 4 on April 14th and 15th.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynO4AwTl9No

Former Viper Zalewski Makes NHL Debut:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Mike Zalewski made his NHL debut with the Vancouver Canucks Saturday in a 5-2 loss in Edmonton.  Zalewski picked up his first career NHL point (assist) in a 5-1 win over the visiting Calgary Flames Sunday.

Game Recap

http://canucks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=714487&navid=DL|VAN|home

The Canucks signed Zalewski on March 17th 2014.  Zalewski played two season's in Vernon (2010-2012) In 106 regular season games with the Vipers Zalewski collected (50-goals-54-assists-104-points).

Mike Zalewski's Player Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=139391

Game Preview: BCHL Fred Page Cup Finals: Game 3: Vernon @ Coquitlam:

Vernon (10-7) @ Coquitlam (12-5) 7pm start

Tonight is the sixth meeting of the season (regular season & playoffs) between the Vipers & Express. The regular season series was tied 1-1 while the Vipers won the one playoff game during the Round Robin playoff Tournament. Coquitlam leads the Fred Page Cup Finals 2-0. You can listen to tonight's game live with Graham Turnbull starting with the pre-game show at 6:45pm on 107.5 Kiss FM

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

December 8th Coquitlam won 4-2
January 11th Vernon won 3-1

Vernon-Coquitlam Regular Season Overall Records-Stats:

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 7-2-0-0 vs. Coquitlam

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon has outscored Coquitlam 34-27

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 5-0-0-0 at home vs. Coquitlam

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 2-2-0-0 in Coquitlam

Vernons last win in Coquitlam was a 7-5 victory back on Sunday, November 18th 2012

Coquitlam's last win at home vs Vernon was a 4-2 win back on Sunday, December 8th 2013

Vernon's last win at home vs Coquitlam was a 3-1 win back on Saturday, January 11th 2014

Coquitlam's last win in Vernon-The Express havnt won in Vernon since before the 2003-04 season. (Due to the stats only going as far back as the 2003-04 regular season I dont know when the last win was)

Vernon-Coquitlam Playoff Overall Records-Stats:

Since the 2003-04 playoffs Vernon is 1-2-0-0 vs. Coquitlam

Since the 2003-04  playoffs Vernon has outscored Coquitlam 13-11

Since the 2003-04  playoffs Vernon is 1-2-0-0 at home vs. Coquitlam

Since the 2003-04  playoffs Vernon is 0-0-0-0 in Coquitlam

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

For more stats & former Vernon Junior Hockey Team rosters & lineups please visit Paul’s Vernon Junior Hockey History website,

http://members.shaw.ca/vernonfranchise/index.html










Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The Vernon Vipers make their second visit of the season (regular season and playoffs) to the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre.  This is the Vipers first ever playoff game in Coquitlam.  The Vipers are 0-1 in Coquitlam after a 4-2 loss back on December 8th.  For the first time these playoffs the Vipers are down 0-2 in a series.

Vernon’s Junior Hockey Team’s have now made the BCHL League Finals 19 times since 1970 with a record of 12-6.

Here’s a look back at Vernon’s run to the League Championship:

1970 Vernon Essos defeated Victoria 4-2
1972 Vernon Essos defeated Penticton 4-3
1988 Vernon Lakers defeated Richmond 4-1
1989 Vernon Lakers defeated New Westminister 4-1
1990 New Westminister defeated Vernon Lakers 4-2
1991 Vernon Lakers defeated Powell River 4-0
1992 Vernon Lakers defeated Bellingham 4-0
1996 Vernon Vipers defeated Langley 4-1
1997 Surrey defeated Vernon Vipers 4-1
1999 Vernon Vipers defeated Chilliwack 4-1
2000 Chilliwack defeated Vernon Vipers 4-1
2002 Chilliwack defeated Vernon Vipers 4-2
2003 Vernon Vipers defeated Chilliwack 4-0
2005 Surrey defeated Vernon Vipers 4-1
2007 Nanaimo defeated Vernon Vipers 4-2
2009 Vernon Vipers defeated Powell River 4-2
2010 Vernon Vipers defeated Powell River 4-3
2011 Vernon Vipers defeated Powell River 4-0

Brett Mulcahy (14-3-17) leads the Vipers in playoff goals with fourteen while Colton Sparrow (7-12-19) leads the Vipers in playoff points with nineteen.

Vernon Vipers 2014 Playoff Stats:

Games Played: 17
Wins: 10
Losses: 7
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 5-4
Road Record: 5-3
Overtime Record: 1-1
When the Vipers score first: 6-4
When the opponents score first: 4-3
Leading after 1st Period: 5-4
Tied after 1st Period: 4-1
Trailing after 1st Period: 1-2
Leading after 2nd Period: 8-2
Tied after 2nd Period: 1-2
Trailing after 2nd Period: 1-3
Out shooting Opponents: 5-1
Out shot by Opponents: 4-5
One goal games: 4-2
Goals For: 61
Goals Against:  51
Streak: Two game losing streak

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

Mason Blacklock (94)
Dexter Dancs (95)
TJ Dumonceaux (94)
Logan Mick (96)
Brendan Persley (93)
Ryan Renz (93)
Colton Sparrow (93)
Michael Statchuk (94)
Austin Smith (93)
Danny Todosychuk (94)

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

Liam Board (93)
Brett Corkey (92)
Bryce Eviston (94)
Jason Bird (93)
Andrew Tegeler (92)
Craig Martin (95)
Mitch McAllister (94)
Marc Hetnik (92)
Michael Roberts (95)
Braeden Russell (93)
Geoff Crisfield (93)

Vernon’s Home record vs. Coquitlam this season (Regular Season & Playoffs)

2-2-0-0

Vernon’s Road record vs. Coquitlam this season (Regular Season & Playoffs)

0-1-0-0

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Coquitlam this season (Regular Season & Playoffs)

Dexter Dancs (3-4-7)
Demico Hannoun (1-4-5)
Liam Coughlin (1-4-5)
Jared Wilson (1-4-5)
Michael McNicholas (2-3-5)
Brendan Persley (2-3-5)
Brett Mulcahy (3-1-4)
Colton Sparrow (2-2-4)
Josh Bryan (0-3-3)
Riley Guenther (1-1-2)
Logan Mick (0-1-1)
Dylan Chanter (1-0-1)
Mason Blacklock (1-0-1)
TJ Dumonceaux (0-1-1)

Austin Smith (2-3 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Vernon has the leagues 7th best powerplay

-The Vipers have the BCHL's 9th best penalty kill



















Lets take a look at the Coquitlam Express:

The Coquitlam Express come into Game 3 riding a four game winning streak return home after playing the last three games away from home.  The Express come into tonight's game with a 6-1 home record in these playoffs.

For more on the Coquitlam Express please visit Eddie Gregory's Coquitlam Expressions blog,

http://expressvoice.blogspot.ca/

Ryan Rosenthal (12-7-19) leads the Express in goals during the playoffs with twelve and in points during the playoffs with nineteen.

Coquitlam Express 2014 Playoff Stats:

Games Played: 17
Wins: 12
Losses: 5
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 6-1
Road Record: 6-4
Overtime Record: 2-1
Goals For: 56
Goals Against: 50
Streak: Four game winning streak

Coquitlam Express's Returning Players:

Adam Rockwood (95)
Joey Santucci (94)
Marc Biega (94)
Zach Hodder (93)
Jace Henning (95)
Cameron Marks (95)

Coquitlam Express's Departing & traded players from last years team:

Justin Georgeson (93)
Bradley Ryan (92)
Zachary Pryzbek (94)
Brandon Morley (94)
Ben Israel (94)
Adam Rossingnol (93)
Travis Stephens (93)
Lars Hepso (92)
Garrett Forster (95)
Will Cook (94)
Cal Hofford (94)
Malcolm McKinney (92)
Mitchell Fyffe (94)
Michael Macaig (92)
Sam Majka (93)
Cole Huggins (92)
Daniel Urbani (95)

Coquitlam's Home record vs. Vernon this season (Regular Season & Playoffs)

1-0-0-0

Coquitlam's Road record vs. Vernon this season (Regular Season & Playoffs)

2-2-0-0

Coquitlam's scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season (Regular Season & Playoffs)

Bo Pieper (5-1-7)
Corey Mackin (3-3-6)
Canon Pieper (2-3-5)
Adam Rockwood (2-3-5)
Zach Hodder (0-4-4)
Marc Biega (1-2-3)
Ryan Rosenthal (1-2-3)
Jace Hennig (1-1-2)
Mark Whiteley (0-2-2)
Ben Israel (1-0-1)
Joey Santucci (0-1-1)
Brendan Lamont (0-1-1)
Daniell Lange (0-1-1)

Pierce Dushenko (0-1 Record)
Gordie Defiel (3-1 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Coquitlam has the BCHL's 10th best powerplay

-The Express have the league's 2nd 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

Coquitlam Express:

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=267274