Sunday, December 21, 2014

Centennials Jolly After Interior Wins:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Centennials jolly after Interior wins

Published: December 20, 2014

The Merritt Centennials will have a little extra holiday cheer as they head into the Christmas break.

The Cents knocked off the B.C. Hockey League’s top two Interior teams to end their pre-holiday schedule, icing the Penticton Vees 5-1 Wednesday before doubling the Vernon Vipers 6-3 Friday night at Nicola Valley Arena.

Merritt, fourth in the six-team Interior at 19-13-0-2, nearly blew a 3-0 lead, but banked a trio of third-period snipes just over three minutes apart to secure the win.

“There were definitely some ups and downs for us in that game,” said Merritt assistant coach Joe Martin told Black Press. “The first period, we were very good. The second, we weren’t. Fortunately, things came together again in the third, and we managed to come away with a win.

“I give a lot of credit to our guys for putting the second period behind them at the intermission, and coming out and manufacturing a win.

“These last two games set you up for a good (Christmas) break or bad break. Our guys have shown that they deserve to be here, and that they can compete with the top guys and the top teams.”

Merritt’s line of Michael Ederer (first star), Colin Grannary (second star) and Brandon Duhaime, accounted for four of the Centennials’ goals, with Duhaime (4th goal) and Ederer (10th) pegging the hosts to a 2-0 first-period lead.

“We don’t win that hockey game without them in the lineup,” said Martin. “Those guys should feel pretty proud of themselves. They won us a hockey game against a good goalie (Jarrod Schamerhorn, 32 saves), a good defence, a good team. They were throwing the puck around really nice.”

A powerplay goal snipe by Nick Fidanza, his eighth of the year, had the Cents up by three 6:52 into the second frame before the 21-10-1-2 Vipers mounted a comeback.

Thomas Aldworth, powering his way up the wing before beating Jonah Imoo for his team-leading 25th goal, jumpstarted Vernon’s attack in the second half of period two.

Third star Liam Coughlin, capitalizing on a neutral-zone turnover, made a nice move on a Merritt defender and scored five-hole for his 14th. Captain Riley Guenther, with his second, on a powerplay, walked the blueline and fired a high one past a screened Imoo (27 saves).

Ederer (11th) and Grannary (10th) took advantage of some sloppy defensive turnovers by Vernon to put the game away in the third period. John Schiavo (18th), Merritt’s top point-getter with 18-21-39 in 34 games, fired on an empty net to complete the attack.

“Our start wasn’t good, but we found a way to crawl back into it,” said Vipers’ head coach Mark Ferner. “We turned pucks over in areas we can’t turn pucks over and it cost us the hockey game.”

Ferner has been disappointed by his team’s erratic play of late, and especially by its lack of commitment in the defensive zone.

“They’re chasing the puck like it’s a girl at the bar at last call,” said Ferner. “Anyone can play defence, they just have to want to do it.

“If these kids want to move on to the next level, the determination needs to be there.”

Ferner joked the Vipers had better bring a better effort in their final game before the break, which went Saturday against the Powell River Kings (15-11-0-7) at Kal Tire Place, or he might have to vent his frustration by bag-skating the kids he is coaching in a holiday hockey school.

“They (Vipers) can’t have a just-when-I-feel-like-it attitude,” he said. “Right now, we’re like a box of chocolates – we really don’t know what we’re going to get from one night to the next.”

The Snakes return to action Friday, Jan. 2 to face the Vees (27-5-2-1) at the South Okanagan Events Centre. They begin a three-game home stand at The Big Wheel against the Trail Smoke Eaters (12-18-0-2) Saturday, Jan. 3.

In other BCHL play Friday night, the Vees rebounded from their loss to Merritt by grounding the West Kelowna Warriors 4-2.

Cody DePourcq and Lewis Zerter-Gossage paced Penticton’s attack with a goal and assist each. Josh Bly bagged a deuce for the 18-11-0-5 Warriors.

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks built a two-goal lead and held on for a 4-3 win over the Smokies at the Shaw Centre.

Taro Hirose supplied the winner 4:37 into the final period. Vernon product Harlan Orr, a 19-year-old forward with Trail, cut the lead to one with 5:06 to play.

The ‘Backs, winners of two straight, improved to 12-13-3-5, while the Smoke Eaters have dropped eight straight.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Vernon 5 Powell River 2

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

I was at tonight's Vipers-Kings game as Vernon defeated Powell River 5-2 in front of 1,691 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Jarrod Schamerhorn
Powell River: Stefan Wornig

Tonight's game was delayed fourty minutes as the referees got stuck in traffic in Kelowna in a major accident this afternoon. 

1st Period: The Vipers come out hard and strong took it to Powell River early and often out of the gate.  Just a minute and a half into the opening period the Vipers were buzzing in the Kings end, Colton McCarthy with a great opportunity couldnt beat Stefan Wornig who made a big save early.  A few minutes later Wornig was forced to make another big save off Luke Voltin in the slot.  The Kings back on their heels couldnt get out of their own end as Vernon playing with a ton of jump had all kinds of pressure deep in the Powell River zone.  Outshooting the Kings 7-0 Powell River would open the scoring on their first shot of the night.  Kings leading scorer Jacob Pritchard with a hard working shift deep in the Vipers zone won the battle along the wall, spotted a wide open Jarid Lukosevicius who went upstairs on Jarrod Schamerhorn getting the Kings on the board first at 4:33 Pritchard with the lone assist.  Vernon come right back with a strong push back, Liam Finlay with a nice pass in the slot setup Riley Brandt who was stopped by Stefan Wornig, within a few minutes Wornig then made a huge save off TJ Dumonceaux as the Kings netminder was keeping Powell River in the game early making some big stops.  Off Dumonceaux's save Powell River come right back the other way, veteran JJ Coleshaw with a wrap around couldnt beat Jarrod Schamerhorn.  Mitch Meek's point shot was redirected in front couldnt beat Wornig who again made another difficult save with traffic in front.  The Vipers were all over Powell River in the first half outshooting the Kings 16-3 at this point.  Just minutes past the midway mark Johnny Coughlin made a big defensive play breaking up JJ Coleshaw's pass on a Kings two on one rush.  Vernon didnt generate nearly as much offence in the second half of the period still carried the majority of the play but were now having troubles getting pucks through to the net.  Vernon with several good looks at the net, missed on most of their shots shooting high and missing the goal.  With just over four minutes to go, the Vipers were able to clear the zone with Powell River putting on some late pressure got the puck to Thomas Aldworth who ripped a lazer of a shot past Stefan Wornig tying the game 1-1 at 16:06 Liam Coughlin with the helper.  In the final minute Wornig stopped Thomas Aldworth at the side of the net with traffic in close had to be sharp made a tough save down low keeping this game tied.  It was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes of play.  It was all Vernon in the opening frame as the Vipers dominated the period.  Vernon carried the play, outplayed the Kings the entire frame.  The Vipers with lots of great scoring chances were stopped by Stefan Wornig who kept the Kings in the contest making several big saves.  Powell River with very little pressure got very limited zone time in the Vipers end were lucky to be tied.  Vernon outshot Powell River 20-4.

2nd Period: The Kings stormed out of the period on fire as Powell River come out hard taking it to the Vipers early and often.  The Kings looking like a different team after the opening period had lots of jump were buzzing in and around the Viper goal early.  Vipers starting goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn was solid early made atleast three or four big saves in the opening minutes off of scrambles in front of the Viper goal.  Colton McCarthy come back the other way lead an odd man rush couldnt convert on an open cage as the puck come out front Stefan Wornig went the other way as McCarthy just missed the open cage.  Powell River would get the games first powerplay of the evening, early to start the period.  Again Jarrod Schamerhorn was very good for the Vipers made several big saves down low with bodies in and around the top of the crease.  It was now Vernon's goaltending that was keeping the Vipers in the game early.  Vernon was able to kill off the Kings PP.  Just as the penalty expired the Vipers responded come back just seconds later to take a two goal lead.  Jagger Williamson setup Luke Voltin going to the net gave Vernon a 2-1 lead at 5:11 Williamson with the lone assist.  Powell River playing a much better game in the first half of the period had a slight edge in play but as the period went on the Vipers slowly started to get rolling and took over the edge in play.  Luke Voltin with a great opportunity in front couldnt beat Wornig, the Kings goaltender then made a big save off Liam Coughlin in front.  At the halfway mark the Vipers would get their first look with the man advantage.  TJ Dumonceaux with a great opportunity couldnt beat the quick glove of Kings starting goaltender Stefan Wornig who made a big glove save.  Shorthanded JJ Coleshaw one on one forced Jarrod Schamerhorn to make a big glove save at the other end of the rink.  The Vipers couldnt capitalize as the Kings would kill off the minor.  Just as the penalty expired Vernon would respond with a quick goal.  Liam Coughlin with a nice pass from the corner spotted TJ Dumonceaux in front put Vernon up 3-1 at 13:56 Coughlin & Anthony Latina collected the assists.  In the final minute the Vipers were once again buzzing, Luke Shiplo with a nice move found some open ice, went hard to the net rang a shot off the mask of Wornig before stopping Liam Coughlin with a nice pad save.  Vernon with some pressure and chances late were up 3-1 after 40 minutes of of play.  Powell River responded with a much better period, come out strong.  The Kings with some early pressure had the Viper defence back on their heels were all over Vernon early and often.  Jarrod Schamerhorn was very good made several big saves in the opening minutes keeping this game tied.  Schamerhorn also made a few big saves on a penalty kill, wich the Vipers were able to kill off before coming right back to take their first lead of the night.  Powell River with a good first half to the period couldnt hold off the Vipers for long as Vernon really come on strong in the second half, taking it to the Kings.  The Vipers with two goals once again were the better team.  Shots were even 15-15.

3rd Period: In the opening minutes Mitch Meek setup Anthony Latina going to the net, redirected his shot just wide of the open cage as Vernon come close to taking a three goal lead.  The Vipers with a strong start, come out hard once again were buzzing early and often.  The Kings couldnt seem to get much going early were held in their own end.  Luke Voltin with a strong play, kept the play alive took a big hit in the Kings zone allowed Liam Coughlin to spot TJ Dumonceaux in the slot beat Stefan Wornig for his second of the night, gave Vernon a 4-1 lead at 4:00 Coughlin and Johnny Coughlin with the helpers.  Coughlin with an amazing stretch pass was able to thread the puck through a Kings defender landed the puck on Dumonceaux's stick before in the back of the net.  Within a few shifts Thomas Aldworth come very close to giving Vernon a 5-1 lead after ripping a wicked wrist shot from the circle was stopped by the knob of Stefan Wornig's goal stick.  Liam Coughlin then with a great chance couldnt beat Wornig down low.  The Vipers with all kinds of pressure looked very dangerous early.  The Vipers were really skating hard early and often had the edge in play before getting into penalty trouble.  Powell River would get a very late two man advantage.  Vernon was able to kill off the first PP but within seconds Jarid Lukosevicius with his second of the game ripped a wicked wrist shot from the high point beat Jarrod Schamerhorn high got the Kings to within two goals.  But less then a minute later the Vipers responded and re-took a three goal lead.  Thomas Aldworth setup Liam Finlay at 11:12 gave the Vipers a 5-2 lead.  Aldworth and Johnny Coughlin with the assists.  Off the following faceoff the Kings would get into penalty trouble taking a minor and losing Jarid Lukosevicius for the next ten minutes.  Powell River was able to kill off the minor.  From here on in the Vipers basically played dump and chase, would kill off alot of valuable time off the clock didnt allow the Kings to really try and get anything going for a late third period comeback.  Vernon's defence was very solid in the final frame really shutdown the Kings attack.  Powell River with a few good looks couldnt beat Schamerhorn who was solid all night.  The Kings looked to be a little tired late in the period, didnt seem to have much left in the tank to finish the game.  The Vipers with a few late chances would hold on for the 5-2 victory and sweep the season series with the Kings.  Vernon with a strong start, got off to a good start attacked the Kings zone early and often.  A big goal four minutes into the period put the Vipers ahead by three as they never looked back.  The Kings with not alot offence in the period had a late two man advantage couldnt capitalize.  Vernon kept coming and didnt back off played very well defensively.  The Vipers outshot the Kings 14-6.

Top Players: (Vernon)

The line of Liam Coughlin (3 assists), TJ Dumonceaux (2 goals) & Thomas Aldworth (1 goal & 1 assist) Was very strong tonight.  This line played very hard, saw alot of ice and was hard to contain all night.  Coughlin was very good with and without the puck, was skating hard at both ends of the rink, made some really nice passes for goals tonight.  Made atleast two defensive plays to break up a Kings rush.  Dumonceaux was really flying, played with a ton of jump and energy. was physical was a real buzzsaw.  Aldworth was hard to slow down and contain was hard to stop one on one.

The line of Anthony Latina (1 assist), Colton McCarthy and Luke Voltin (1 goal) also had a very strong night.  I was very impressed with McCarthy's play.  Id say played his best game as a Viper tonight.  Was really skating, working hard, was all over the rink.  Involved in the play, created and generated opportunities, was going to the net looked very good.  Latina looked to get under the skin of the Powell River Kings as on several occassions several Powell River players went after the Viper forward during stopages in play.  Voltin played a hard two way game this evening, was another Vernon player that was really skating hard-going to the net, worked and competed all night.  Played with alot of jump and energy.

Luke Shiplo Played very well on the Viper defence.  I thought Shiplo was very strong at both ends of the rink, saw alot of icetime was good with and without the puck.  Generated some offensive chances was quick on his feet, made some smart plays.

Riley Brandt was another kid who was flying all night, played physical, seemed to be hitting everybody in his way.  Was really buzzing, skating hard, created and generated some offensive chances, was involved in the play.  This kid dosnt back down from no one, adds alot of jump and energy to the Vipers lineup.

Johnny Coughlin (2 assists) Played very well on the backend.  Made a big defensive play in the first period, broke up a Kings two on one attack.  Was steady all game.

Jarrod Schamerhorn (23 saves) Has played alot of hockey the past two months with Danny Todosychuk out of the lineup.  Schamerhorn made his biggest saves in the 2nd period when the Kings were on the attack.  Made several big saves early to start the 2nd period when the game was tied 1-1. 

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

After a dissapointing 6-3 loss in Merritt last night, the Vipers were ready to play tonight and responded with close to a sixty minute effort-performance tonight.  Vernon come out of the gates hot, jumped on Powell River who played in Langley Friday were all over the Kings the entire 1st period.  However Powell River would get on the board first on their first shot of the night, but this didnt set Vernon back.  Instead they come right back with a strong push back, kept coming in waves eventually tied the game late.  I thought the Vipers were the better team for most of the night, outplayed the Kings most of the night had the much better scoring chances and carried most of the play.  Give Powell River some credit they did jump on Vernon early to start the 2nd period but the Vipers got some solid goaltending wich allowed them to stay in the game before taking the lead after a big penalty kill and then grabbing a two goal lead.  The Vipers were outplayed at times early to start the second but as the period went on, got better and took over the play.  I really liked Vernon's third period, the Vipers didnt sit on a two goal lead, instead they jumped on the Kings early, getting an early goal just minutes into the period to take a three goal lead and never looked back.  Vernon was strong on the forecheck all night, won the battles, created and generated lots of good quality chances could have easily walked away with a 8-2 victory if it wasnt for Stefan Wornig.  The Vipers now head into the Christmas break with a two week layoff.  Former Viper forward Colton Sparrow was at tonight's game.

Top Players: (Powell River)

Jarid Lukosevicius (2 goals) Lead the Kings attack with both goals on the night.  Lukosevicius has a wicked shot and seems to find the open ice.  A good skater, played hard, physical and was involved in the play.

JJ Coleshaw I thought had most of the Kings scoring chances, seemed to be one of their better players tonight.  A bigger body, can skate, move the puck and get pucks to the net.  Created and generated chances but couldnt beat Jarrod Schamerhorn.

Stefan Wornig (44 saves) One of the bigger goaltenders Ive seen play this season kept his team in the game all night, gave the Kings a chance to win.  Making fourty four saves kept Powell River in the game, espeically in the 1st period, making several big saves in a period where the Kings were lucky to get out of tied 1-1.  Wornig has a very quick-good glove covers alot of the net, was very strong tonight between the pipes.

Game Thought's: (Powell River)

The Kings coming off an 8-5 loss in Langley Friday are on a seven game road trip where tonight they didnt generate much offence in a game where they were basically outplayed most of the night.  The Kings had a much better start-period in the middle frame but couldnt keep up any sustained pressure or attack for the full twenty minutes.  Powell River all over Vernon off the opening draw to start the second couldnt beat Jarrod Schamerhorn who kept the Vipers in the game with some solid goaltending.  Powell River really needed a break or a lucky bounce here to take the lead, but would eventually give up an early goal fell down two goals heading into the 3rd.  The Kings played most of the third in their own end couldnt get much going at all, had troubles with Vernon's speed and forecheck all night.  The Kings with five regulars out of the lineup had troubles producing offence most of the night.  Powell River couldnt seem to get any real sustained pressure for more then a few minutes.  Any pressure or chances the Kings would get, they allowed the Vipers to come back the following shift and give up a goal, taking any momentum away from them.  The Kings with just two wins in Vernon since the 2003-04 season.

Scratches:

Vernon:

Trevor Fidler (Injured)
Makenzie Bauer (Injured)
Blaine Caton

Powell River:

Kurt Keats
Stephen Hiff
Austin Kamer
Jonny Evans
Carmine Buono

Energy player of the game:

Luke Voltin (1 goal)

Three Stars:

1st Star: TJ Dumonceaux (2 goals)
2nd Star: Jarid Lukosevicius (2 goals)
3rd Star: Liam Coughlin (3 assists)

BCHL Boxscore,

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1358352&link=bchl

Alex Rawnsley's Powell River Kings Blog,

http://kingsofthecastle.wordpress.com/

Game Preview: Powell River @ Vernon:

Powell River (15-11-0-7) @ Vernon (21-10-1-2) 6pm

Tonight is the second and final meeting of the season between the Vernon Vipers & Powell River Kings. Vernon leads the season series 1-0.  You can listen to tonight's game live with Graham Turnbull starting with the pre-game show at 5:45pm on 107.5 Kiss FM

Last Game:

Friday, December 19th Merritt defeated Vernon 6-3
Friday, December 19th Langley defeated Powell River 8-5

Next Game:

Friday, January 2nd Vernon @ Penticton
Saturday, December 27th Powell River @ Alberni Valley

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 418-229-20-19

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 229-94-11-10 at home

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 190-125-9-9 on the road

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 11-8-0-1 vs. Powell River

Since the 2003-04 regular season Powell River has outscored Vernon 62-59

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 7-2-0-0 at home vs. Powell River

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 4-8-0-0 in Powell River

Vernon's last win in Powell River was a 4-3 victory on Friday, December 12th 2014

Powell River's last win at home vs Vernon was a 3-0 victory on Saturday, December 21st 2013

Vernon's last win at home vs Powell River was a 3-2 victory on Friday, January 21st 2011

Powell River's last win in Vernon was a 7-2 victory on Saturday, January 12th 2013

The Vipers went 1-1-0-0 vs Powell River last season



Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The defending Interior Division Conference Champion Vernon Vipers are coming off a 6-3 loss in Merritt last night.  Tonight is the final game before the Christmas break.  Since a 4-3 win in Powell River on December 12th the Vipers are 2-2.  Vernon sits in 2nd place in the Interior Division are twelve points back of Division leading Penticton and four points up on West Kelowna.  The Vipers are also five points up on 3rd place Merritt.  Vernon has won three of their last five and are 7-3-0-0 in their last ten.  The Vipers are 9-2-0-1 vs the Idland and Mainland Division teams this season.

Thomas Aldworth (25-10-35) leads the team in goals with twenty five while Liam Coughlin (14-25-39) leads the team in points with thirty nine.

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog

http://vipersvenom1.blogspot.ca/

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 34
Wins: 21
Losses: 10
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 11-5-1-1
Road Record: 10-5-0-1
Overtime Record: 1-2-1
Record vs Interior Division: 12-8-1-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 9-2-0-1
Record in September: 2-2-0-1
Record in October: 5-3-0-0
Record in November 9-2-1-1
Record in December 5-3-0-0
When the Vipers score first: 16-2-1-1
When the opponents score first: 5-9-0-1
Leading after 1st Period: 11-1-1-1
Tied after 1st Period: 5-2-0-0
Trailing after 1st Period: 5-7-0-1
Leading after 2nd Period: 14-1-0-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 6-1-0-0
Trailing after 2nd Period: 1-8-1-1
Out shooting Opponents: 16-4-0-1
Out shot by Opponents: 4-5-1-1
One goal games: 4-3-0-2
Goals For: 128
Goals Against: 97
Place: 2nd Place
Streak: One game losing streak

Vernon has the leagues 14th best powerplay

The Vipers have the leagues 10th best penalty kill

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

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

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

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

Vernon’s Home record vs. Powell River this season:

0-0-0-0

Vernon’s Road record vs. Powell River this season:

1-0-0-0

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Powell River this season:

Liam Coughlin (1-2-3)
Riley Guenther (1-0-1)
TJ Dumonceaux (0-1-1)
Trevor Fidler (1-0-1)
Luke Shiplo (0-1-1)
Thomas Aldworth (1-0-1)
Liam Finlay (0-1-1)

Jarrod Schamerhorn (1-0 Record)



Lets take a look at the Powell River Kings:

The Powell River Kings make their first and only visit of the regular season to Kal Tire Place tonight.  The Kings are coming off a 8-5 loss in Langley Friday are playing their fourth game of a current seven game road trip.  Powell River sits 2nd place in the Island Division are ten points back of Division leading Nanaimo and two points up on Victoria and three points up on Alberni Valley.  The Kings have lost three of their last five games and are 4-4-0-2 in their last ten games.  Since the 2003-04 season Powell River has just won twice in Vernon.

Kurt Keats (22-16-38) leads the Kings in goals with twenty two while Jacob Pritchard (21-21-42) leads the Kings in points with fourty two.

Alex Rawnsley's Powell River Kings Blog,

http://kingsofthecastle.wordpress.com/

Powell River Kings 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 33
Wins: 15
Losses: 11
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 7
Home Record: 9-4-0-2
Road Record: 6-7-0-5
Goals For: 114
Goals Against: 118
Place: 2nd Place
Streak: One game losing streak

Powell River has the leagues 5th best powerplay

The Kings has the league's 12th best penalty kill

Powell River Kings Returning Players:

Jarid Lukosevicius (95)
Kurt Keats (95)
Stephen Hiff (94)
JJ Coleshaw (94)
Jeremy Leclerc (95)
Curtis McCarrick (96)

Powell River Kings Departing & traded players from last years team:

Drew Dorantes (94)
Ryan Scarfo (94)
Luke Nogard (94)
Jarryd Leung (94)
Brian Rideout (94)
Jordan Burns (95)
Aiden Wright (93)
Matt Scrath (93)
Kyle Chatham (93)
Luke McCaw (96)
Luke Ripley (94)
Lucas Grayson (94)
Brendyn Smith (95)
Cole Arcuri (96)
Jeff Smith (95)
Jonah Imoo (94)

Powell River's Home record vs. Vernon this season:

0-1-0-0

Powell River's Road record vs. Vernon this season:

0-0-0-0

Powell River's scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:

Jarid Lukosevicius (0-2-2)
Jonny Evans (0-2-2)
Jacob Pritchard (1-1-2)
Austin Kamer (1-0-1)
Adam Tracey (1-0-1)

Brett Magnus (0-1 Record)

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

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

Powell River Kings:

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

Friday, December 19, 2014

Merritt 6 Vernon 3

SCORING SUMMARY

PERIOD 1

Merritt Centennials at 6:17 - Colin Grannary from Josh Teves and Brandon Duhaime 
Merritt Centennials at 18:10 - Michael Ederer from Brandon Duhaime and Colin Grannary 

PERIOD 2

Merritt Centennials at 6:52 (PP) - Nick Fidanza from Michael Ederer and Diego Cuglietta 
Vernon Vipers at 8:28 - Thomas Aldworth from Liam Finlay and Johnny Coughlin 
Vernon Vipers at 13:01 - Liam Coughlin from Anthony Latina and Colton McCarthy 
Vernon Vipers at 18:34 (PP) - Riley Guenther (unassisted) 

PERIOD 3

Merritt Centennials at 14:51 - Michael Ederer (unassisted) 
Merritt Centennials at 15:04 - Colin Grannary from Michael Ederer 
Merritt Centennials at 18:01 - Diego Cuglietta (unassisted) 

Merritt outshot Vernon 35-30 Jonah Imoo made 27 saves in the win, while Jarrod Schamerhorn made 29 saves in the loss.

BCHL Boxscore,

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1358345&link=bchl

Game Preview: Vernon @ Merritt:

Vernon (21-9-1-2) @ Merritt (18-13-0-2) 7:30pm

Tonight is the fifth of six meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Merritt Centennials. The Vipers lead the season series 3-1.  You can listen to tonight's game live with Graham Turnbull starting with the pre-game show at 7:15pm on 107.5 Kiss FM

Last Game:

Wednesday, December 17th Vernon defeated Surrey 9-0
Wednesday, December 17th Merritt defeated Penticton 5-1

Next Game:

Saturday, December 20th Powell River @ Vernon
Wednesday, December 31st Coquitlam @ Merritt

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 418-228-20-19

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 229-94-11-10 at home

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 190-124-9-9 on the road

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon is 56-17-3-8 vs. Merritt

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon has outscored Merritt 326-211

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 27-6-1-4 at home vs. Merritt

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 23-8-2-5 in Merritt

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

The Vipers are 2-5-2-1 in their last ten games on the road vs. the Centennials

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

The Vipers last win at home vs Merritt was a 7-3 victory on Wednesday, November 26th 2014

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

The Vipers last win in Merritt was a 4-3 overtime victory on Friday, November 15th 2013

The Centennials last win at home over Vernon was a 4-0 victory on Friday, October 3rd 2014

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




Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The defending Interior Division Conference Champion Vernon Vipers make their second of three visits to the Nicola Valley Arena.  The Vipers have just two wins in their last ten visits to Merritt.  The Vipers are coming off a 9-0 victory over the visiting Surrey Eagles Wednesday have won three out of the four meetings vs the Centennials this season.  The lone lose to the Cents was a 4-0 loss in Merritt on October 3rd.  Vernon has won four of their last five games and are 8-2-0-0 in their last ten.  The Vipers have won seven of their last nine games on the road.  The Vipers are ten points back of Division leading Penticton are four points up on West Kelowna and seven points up on Merritt.  Vernon won the last three meetings with Merritt all on home ice.  Tonight is the second last game before the Christmas break.

Thomas Aldworth (24-10-34) leads the team in goals with twenty four while Liam Coughlin (13-25-38) leads the team in points with thirty eight.

Vipers goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn played eight games with the Cents last season

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog

http://vipersvenom1.blogspot.ca/

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 33
Wins: 21
Losses: 9
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 11-5-1-1
Road Record: 10-4-0-1
Overtime Record: 1-2-1
Record vs Interior Division: 12-7-1-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 9-2-0-1
Record in September: 2-2-0-1
Record in October: 5-3-0-0
Record in November 9-2-1-1
Record in December 5-2-0-0
When the Vipers score first: 16-2-1-1
When the opponents score first: 5-8-0-1
Leading after 1st Period: 11-1-1-1
Tied after 1st Period: 5-2-0-0
Trailing after 1st Period: 5-6-0-1
Leading after 2nd Period: 14-1-0-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 6-0-0-0
Trailing after 2nd Period: 1-8-1-1
Out shooting Opponents: 16-4-0-1
Out shot by Opponents: 4-4-1-1
One goal games: 4-3-0-2
Goals For: 125
Goals Against: 91
Place: 2nd Place
Streak: One game winning streak

-Vernon has the leagues 14th best powerplay

-The Vipers have the leagues 10th best penalty kill

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

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

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

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

Vernon’s Home record vs. Merritt this season:

3-0-0-0

Vernon’s Road record vs. Merritt this season:

0-1-0-0

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Merritt this season:

Liam Coughlin (1-4-5)
Thomas Aldworth (4-1-5)
Luke Shiplo (0-4-4)
Jagger Williamson (0-4-4)
Liam Finlay (2-2-4)
Johnny Coughlin (0-3-3)
Luke Voltin (2-1-3)
Blaine Caton (1-1-2)
Mitch Meek (1-1-2)
TJ Dumonceaux (1-1-2)
Anthony Latina (0-2-2)
Trevor Fidler (1-0-1)
Anthony Latina (0-1-1)
Brandon Egli (0-1-1)
Mitchell Oliver (0-1-1)
Riley Brandt (0-1-1)
Colton McCarthy (1-0-1)
Johnny Coughlin (1-0-1)

Danny Todosychuk (1-0 Record)
Jarrod Schamerhorn (2-1 Record)


Lets take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

The Merritt Centennials will be looking to snap a three game losing skid vs the Vernon Vipers.  The Centennials are coming off a 5-1 victory over the visiting Penticton Vees Wednesday night are playing their third game of a current five game home stand.  Tonight is the final game of 2014 before the Centennials head into the Christmas break.  Merritt sits in 4th place eight points up on Salmon Arm and three points back of West Kelowna and seven back of Vernon.  The Cents have won three of their last five games and are 4-4-0-2 in their last ten.  The Centennials have just two wins in their last six home games have lost just five regulation games at home this season. 

John Schiavo (17-21-38) leads the Centennials in goals with sevnteen and in points with with thirty eight.

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

Merritt Centennials 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 33
Wins: 18
Losses: 13
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 10-5-0-0
Road Record: 8-8-0-2
Goals For: 120
Goals Against: 119
Place: 4th Place
Streak: One game winning streak

-The Centennials have the leagues 4th best powerplay

-Merritt has the league's 7th best penalty kill

Merritt Centennials Returning Players:

Shane Poulsen (94)
Diego Cuglietta (95)
Gavin Gould (96)
Sam Johnson (94)
James Neil (95)
Jake Clifford (94)
Daniel Nachbaur (95)
Adam Tracey (95)
Rhett Willcox (96)
Malik Kaila (96)
Devin Oakes (95)

Merritt Centennials Departing & traded players from last years team:

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

Merritt's Home record vs. Vernon this season:

1-0-0-0

Merritt's Road record vs. Vernon this season:

0-3-0-0

Merritt's scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:

John Schiavo (3-3-6)
Gavin Gould (1-5-6)
Josh Teves (0-5-5)
James Neil (3-0-3)
Michael Ederer (0-3-3)
Shane Poulsen (0-2-2)
Nick Fidanza (2-0-2)
Devin Oakes (0-1-1)
Braden Fuller (1-0-1)
Matt Foley (0-1-1)
Diego Cuglietta (0-1-1)
Cole Chorney (1-0-1)
Jake Clifford (1-0-1)

Anthony Pupplo (0-3 Record)
Jonah Imoo (1-0 Record-1 Shutout)

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

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

Merritt Centennials:

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

Vipers Stuff Sorry Eagles 9-0

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Snakes stuff sorry Eagles 9-0

By Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Published: December 19, 2014

The Vernon Vipers were laughing and singing along to loud country music in their dressing room Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place.

It was a mild celebration considering they had just ambushed the last-place Surrey Eagles 9-0 before 1,450 fans.

Things get much tougher tonight when they visit the Merritt Centennials, 5-1 upset winners over the B.C. Hockey League leading Penticton Vees Wednesday. Vernon entertains the Powell River Kings Saturday (6 p.m.) before taking a two-week Christmas break.

Texan Thomas Aldworth pulled the hat trick as the Vipers built up period leads of 6-0 and 9-0 before head coach Mark Ferner played his third and fourth lines most of the final frame. Surrey dropped to 4-24-0-3.

“In the first period, we tried to keep them to the least number of shots as we could and then we kind of got away from that,” said Viper alternatre captain T.J. Dumonceaux, who earned 2+1. “It’s tough to get up for those games, but we’ll be ready for Merritt; it’s always hard to play there.”

The Eagles, who have 13 rookies after winning the Fred Page Cup two seasons ago, gave up six goals on 18 shots in the first period. The final shots tally was 44-33 Vernon.

Christian Shortt started in the Surrey net after being on injured reserve for almost seven weeks. The 19-year-old Ontario product, who was on NHL Central Scouting’s radar last year playing Prep school in New England, was relieved briefly by 16-year-old Daniel Davidson after Vernon went ahead 3-0 just seven minutes in.

Shortt played the final 40 minutes, earning a solid shutout in the third period when the shots were even at 12.

The Vipers, coming off an 8-2 thumping to the host Nanaimo Clippers in a Sunday matinee, got 1+2 from Liam Finlay and other goals from d-man Mitch Meek, Jagger Williamson and Riley Brandt.

Jarrod Schamerhorn pocketed his third shutout with 33 saves, including a handful of huge stops in the evenly-played third period. Vernon went 1-for-4 on the powerplay, while Surrey did not enjoy a man-advantage opportunity.

The Eagles, who made the return bus trip in the same day, looked decent in the early going but lost energy forward Spencer Meyer at 4:01 after he checked Brandt from behind into the side boards in Vernon’s zone. That left Surrey with 10 forwards, including two 17-year-old affiliates. Meyer, who turns 19 in January, joined Surrey 16 games ago after playing 32 games with three teams in the Western League.

Blaine Neufeld, 27, was promoted from director of player personnel to head coach when former NHLer Peter Schaefer stepped down after Chuck Westgard bought out his partners to become sole owner of the Eagles in May. The fallout from the move included Schaefer losing his title as team president.

Neufeld, a former WHL goalie who was a back-up with the 2007 Memorial Cup champion Vancouver Giants, says the Eagles are a fragile bunch who have lost a number of close games. He din’t like what he saw in warmup and realized the lengthy bus trip was foreign territory for his group.

“We assess things piece by piece,” said Neufeld, who hails from Winkler, Man. “We’re in a rebuild mode in terms of our culture and everything. Things you stress in that type of situation is attention to detail and preparation, and it wasn’t there today.”

Neufeld said the Eagles are not a team that holds a pity party after losses.

“You can’t expect it (morale) to be all that great. I think our kids do a fairly good job of kind of hitting the reset button. Nobody’s talking right now after this type of game and it’s not fun to be a part of. There’s a lot of anger and there should be. You don’t want kids to just roll over and allow it to happen.”

Big forward Quinn Lenihan, who netted 14 goals with the Junior B Grandview Steelers last year, said the Eagles are doing their best to be competitive.

“It’s a learning experience for everyone. We’re just trying to make the best of it, improve every week, week by week, game by game, shift by shift. That’s all you can do.”

He was impressed with his first glimpse of the Vipers, who have allowed just 91 goals, second best in the BCHL.

“Good speed, big physical players. I’d say they’re a bit faster, more skilled version of Langley.”

Vernon, not wishing to run up the score, played their young rookies a lot in the third period, trying hard to set up Linden Hora for his first career snipe. The Vipers, who are 9-2 in their last 11 games, improved to 21-9-1-2, 10 points behind the Vees.

First-line winger Liam Coughlin rang up three assists and leads the Vipers with 25 helpers. Aldworth has a team-high 24 snipes.

“Coach said to just keep playing hard no matter who we play,” said Coughlin. “We played well and hopefully it turns over into the two games we have this weekend games.”

Coughlin, an Oiler draft who gets regular calls from Edmonton GM Craig MacTavish, is anxious for a retreat at home in South Boston.

“I’m real excited to see my family, can’t wait. I’m taking my bag so I can get some skating in. The real hockey starts after Christmas. Last year when we came back, it was definitely more intense; everybody was going.”

SNAKE BITES: D Jordan Burns, a Vernon product, has been traded to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks for futures. Burns, a third-year veteran, has 3-13-16. He has a scholarship to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks next fall. Said Silverback head coach Brandon West: “Jordan is an experienced BCHL defenceman that brings a well-rounded game. I’ve coached Jordan in the past with the Okanagan Rockets (Major Midget) and it’s been great to watch him develop as a player. We’re confident he will have an immediate impact on our team.”...The Vipers were without F Trevor Fidler (concussion), while D Mitchell Oliver was a healthy scratch...Aldworth, on a solo rush and deke, and Meek, on a wrap-around, produced the nicest goals of the night...D-men Luke Shiplo and Johnny Coughlin each recorded two helpers...Jonah Imoo made 33 saves as the Cents (17-13-0-2) moved within three points of the third-place West Kelowna Warriors.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Oilers Release Former Viper Forward Santana:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Tulsa Oilers have released former Vernon Vipers forward Ryan Santana. The Oilers are in their first season in the ECHL after coming in this season as an expansion team after playing in the now defunct Central Hockey League.

The Oilers signed Santana on October 11th 2014.  Santana never played a game with Tulsa before being released on October 15th 2014.  No official press release by the Oilers but the transaction was posted on the ECHL website/transactions page.

Santana finished four years at Boston University before signing his first pro contract with the East Coast Hockey League Reading Royals on August 6th 2013. After playing in just 12 games with the Royals (going pointless) Santana was released on March 6th 2014 before being re-signed on March 9th 2014 and just three days later was released on March 12th 2014 for a second time last season.

Santana was picked up off waivers on March 15th 2014 by the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) South Carolina Stingrays where he would finish the season. In 12 games last season with South Carolina Santana collected two assists.

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

Coughlin Receives Honorable Mention For Player Of The Week:

Vernon Vipers forward Liam Coughlin receives honorable mention for BCHL Player of the Week.  Coughlin leads the Vipers in scoring with (13-goals-22-assists-35-points).

Liam Coughlin's Player Profile:

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

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Carrier leads Clips to trio of wins with six points and earns BCHL POW nod

Monday, December 15, 2014 - Submitted by BCHL Media

Nanaimo Clippers forward Nicolas Carrier has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 14, the league announced Monday.

Carrier helped his club to three wins in as many games and racked up six points along the way. He set up a pair of goals and was named 3rd Star in a 3-1 road win over the Cowichan Valley Capitals to begin his week. The Delson, Que. product followed that with two goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-2 win over the Alberni Valley Bulldogs where he took 1st Star and concluded his spree with a goal and an assist for 2nd Star in an 8-2 win over the Vernon Vipers.

Honourable mentions this week:

Chilliwack Chiefs F Brandon Potomak: 4G, 3A, 1st Star, PS GWG

Langley Rivermen F Erik Udahl: 4G, 3A, 1st Star, two GWGs, hat trick

Langley Rivermen D Jacob Kearley: 2G, 3A, 1st Star, 3rd Star

Nanaimo Clippers F Brett Roulston: 2G, 3A, 1st Star, 2nd Star, two GWGs

West Kelowna Warriors D Kristian Blumenschein: 1G, 1A, 1st Star, OT GWG

Vernon Vipers F Liam Coughlin: 3G, 4A, 1st Star, 3rd Star, GWG

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vernon 9 Surrey 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 Vipers-Eagles game as Vernon defeated Surrey 9-0 in front of 1,446 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Jarrod Schamerhorn
Surrey: Christian Short

1st Period: Off the opening draw Surrey come out hitting, laying out some heavy checks on the Vipers.  The Eagles had their eyes on several different Vernon players early, going after a few Vipers.  The Vipers would get a great opportunity just less then two minutes into the game after Liam Finlay on a two on one tried feathering a pass out front, Finlay's pass ended up going off a Surrey defenceman before goaltender Christian Short had to be alert made the save off his own team mate on Vernon's first shot of the night.  The Eagles carried the early edge in play before the Vipers would get the games first powerplay.  Spencer Meyer would get tossed from the game after checking Riley Brandt from behind.  Brandt was a little slow to get up but was ok and stayed in the game.  Just four minutes into the opening period Vernon setup on the man advantage, Liam Finlay setup TJ Dumonceaux in front who shot low to the ice beat Short at 4:15 put Vernon up 1-0.  Finlay & Luke Shiplo collected the helpers.  Just fifteen seconds later Johnny Coughlin looked to have an open cage fired a quick shot towards the goal was stopped by Short before Liam Finlay pounced on the rebound gave the Vipers a early 2-0 lead at 4:30 Coughlin and Jagger Williamson with the assists.  Less then three minutes later Thomas Aldworth looked to bank his shot off Christian Short and in giving Vernon a 3-0 lead at 7:19 Brandon Egli with the helper.  This was the end of the night for Short who was pulled after giving up three goals on eleven Vernon shots, was replaced by backup goaltender Daniel Davidson.  Just over two minutes later Thomas Aldworth would pick up his second of the night giving the Vipers a 4-0 lead and in full control at 10:33 after a nice give and go with Liam Coughlin.  Coughlin and Luke Shiplo picked up the assists.  The Vipers were outshooting the Eagles 11-2 at this point and were in full control.  Surrey managed to come back with a bit of a push got some of their first real pressure in the Vernon zone didnt really generate any offence.  Brandon Egli with a quick shot from the point was redircted on its way to the net forced Davidson to make a tough save.  TJ Dumonceaux with his second of the period gave the Vipers a 5-0 lead at 17:52 Liam Coughlin with the helper.  Less then two minutes later Riley Brandt gave Vernon a 6-0 lead at 19:26 Colton McCarthy & Mitch Meek picked up the assists.  Vernon was up 6-0 after 20 minutes of play.  The Eagles come out hitting, played physical but also played with a bit of an edge were in the faces of the Vipers most of the period.  Surrey with a ton of stick work were working over the Vipers during the play as well as between stopages stiring up the pot on several occasions.  The Eagles with very little offence were outplayed and dominated most of the opening period other then a few minutes of pressure as it was all Vipers.  Vernon opened the scoring early and never looked back were all over the last place Eagles.  The Vipers outshot the Eagles 18-5.

2nd Period: Christian Short started the frame in goal for Surrey replacing Daniel Davidson who replaced Short during the 1st period.  Davidson gave up four goals on seven Viper shots.  Twenty seconds into the middle frame Thomas Aldworth with his third of the evening put the Vipers up 7-0 at 0:20 after a wicked wrist shot from the circle.  TJ Dumonceaux and Liam Coughlin with the assists.  Vernon looked to take their foot off the gas as Surrey slowly gave the Vipers a strong push as the Eagles with a ton of pressure had the Viper defence skating in circles.  For several minutes Vernon couldnt clear the zone as the Eagles were pressing.  Jarrod Schamerhorn just about got caught out of position come back to make a huge save off Cole Plotnikoff.  Schamerhorn had to be good made several saves with Surrey on the attack.  Just a few minutes later Latrell Charleson's point shot either hit someone or was deflected on its way to the net went up and over landing on top of the Vernon net before bouncing off and behind the goal on a weird shot-play.  The Vipers would eventually respond come back with a strong shift.  Jagger Williamson at the side of the net put the Vipers up 8-0 at 8:33 Riley Guenther & Liam Finlay picked up the assists.  Just less then three minutes later Mitch Meek with a nice rush beat Eagles starting goaltender Christian Short on a wrap around gave Vernon a 9-0 lead at 11:30 Johnny Coughlin with the assist.  Surrey had a bit of an edge outplayed Vernon for several minutes in the first half.  Tempers heated up in a hurry just past the midway mark as a mini line brawl took place with almost everyone on the ice, minus the goaltenders were going at one another.  Atleast two minor scrums-fights took place as the Eagles were really getting under the skin of the Vernon players.  Three Surrey players were all over Thomas Aldworth wich started this mess.  The Vipers would come away with the man advantage.  Vernon would struggle as the Eagles gained more control of the puck shorthanded then the Vipers on the PP.  Surrey was able to kill odd the minor as both teams went back to five on five.  The Eagles once again come back with a bit of a push had a few good looks on goal but no real scoring threat.  The Vipers with a strong surge to finish the period had a couple of opportunities.  Luke Voltin looked to beat Christian Short with four and a half minutes remaining but hit the post.  With two minutes to go Colton McCarthy setup Blaine Caton on a two on one but Caton couldnt beat Short in close.  The Vipers with a few good shifts ended the second period on a good note, were up 9-0 after 40 minutes of play.  The Vipers took their foot off the gas, played their third and fourth lines lots, sat back on a 6-0 lead before scoring three times in the first twelve minutes.  The Eagles had a few hard working shifts, had their best scoring chances of the night generated some offence and pressure but were unable to beat Jarrod Schamerhorn.  For the second straight period the Eagles played physical and with an edge were very chippy through out the game.  Several minutes went by with not alot of anything going on as both teams really slowed down the pace, making it look like a pond hockey game at times.  I thought Surrey had the better of the play gave up three goals were down by nine heading into the final frame.  Surrey outshot Vernon 16-14.

3rd Period: The Vipers would get an early powerplay but for the second straight man advantage couldnt get much of anything going as the Eagles penalty kill didnt look to bad.  The Vipers showing off their speed had several good looks-opportunities come very close on several occasions to reaching double digits but couldnt beat Christian Short.  Nicholas Rasovic with a parcial breakaway couldnt beat the Eagles goaltender.  Riley Brandt and Jagger Williamson with good looks couldnt put Vernon up by ten.  Surrey managed to get a few opportunities but no real quality chances couldnt get the puck past Jarrod Schamerhorn.  For the second straight period Vernon took their foot off the gas at times, played lines 3 & 4 lots.  Again not alot of action at both ends of the rink seemed to really slow down the pace making for some pretty boring hockey.  The Vipers would get a late powerplay but for the third time couldnt capitalize.  Vernon would come away with the convincing 9-0 victory.  Not much fight from either team in a 9-0 game.  The Vipers showed spurts getting some good looks at the net, created a few good opportunities come close but couldnt get goal #10.  The Eagles also had a few good looks at the Viper goal but Jarrod Schamerhorn made the routine saves to collect the shutout.  Shots were even 12-12.

Top Players: (Vernon)

Mitch Meek (1 goal & 1 assist) I thought played a strong game on the Viper blueline. 

The line of Liam Coughlin (3 assists), TJ Dumonceaux (2 goals & 1 assist) & Thomas Aldworth (3 goals) was the Vipers top line going tonight.  The Eagles had troubles all evening containing these three who collected nine points between the three.  This line was really clicking, made some nice passing plays-created some nice scoring plays.

Jagger Williamson (1 goal & 1 assist) Was a little spark plug tonight, was really using his wheels and team speed to generate and create chances.  Scored once, added an assist was really buzzing.  This kid has come a long ways from the start of the pre-season-regular season to where he is today.  Has really improved, got better and been playing very well as of late.

Liam Finlay (1 goal and 2 assists) Collected three points was another speedster up front for the Vernon Vipers.  Finlay was skating hard, generated and created some good opportunities tonight.

Riley Brandt (1 goal) Played and worked very hard all night, again was flying, played with alot of jump and energy was going hard up and down the wing added that speed to the Viper lineup, also wasnt afraid to get mixed up in the physical play from time to time.

Jarrod Schamerhorn (33 saves-Shutout) Picked up his third shutout of the season.  Didnt see alot of rubber but made the saves when called apon.  I thought was tested a few times in the 2nd period when the Eagles were all over Vernon for a few minutes, Schamerhorn was forced to make atleast two big saves played well all night.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

After a 8-2 loss in Nanaimo Sunday afternoon the Vipers responded well with a 9-0 victory over the Surrey Eagles.  These games can be very tough on teams like the Vipers knowing the Eagles are in last place, have just four wins on the season, have yet to win on the road and have just one win in their last twenty games.  Give the Vipers credit they jumped on Surrey early and often and were out to a 6-0 lead after the opening period.  The Vipers let up on the offensive attack during the 2nd and 3rd periods, taking their foot off the gas had little spurts of scoring chances but basically sat back on a six goal lead.  At times Vernon sat back too comfortably and were lucky they didnt allow a goal but responded well with a strong push back.  For most of the game Vernon dominated the game in all aspects from top to bottom.  From a fans point of view this wasnt much of a hockey game, other then the Vipers padding some of their own personal stats.  Once Vernon sat back, and took their foot off the gas this was more like a beer league or pond hockey game at times.  The Vipers will now finish off 2014 with two tough games vs Merritt and Powell River this weekend before the Christmas break. 

Top Players: (Surrey)

Latrell Charleson saw a ton of icetime tonight, logged alot of minutes was almost out there every second shift played well on the Eagles defence.  This kid towered over several Viper players played with a bit of an edge, had a bit of a mean streak in his game.

Ben Vikich didnt really do much offensively did play with alot of speed, seemed to always be involved in the play-rush but just didnt generate any real chances for the Eagles.  I thought he skated well, played hard and competed.

Joseph Drapluk I thought was Surrey's most dangerous player.  Another kid who was involved in the play when the Eagles had posession of the play-puck.  Seemed to have a nose for the net.  The Eagles didnt have alot of offensive chances, but Drapluk was always in and around the net.

Game Thought's: (Surrey)

The Eagles have a big hockey club, played physical but also played with an edge.  This Eagles team was very chippy most of the night, taking several deliberate hits-stick work to several different Vernon players through out the game.  Surrey started or tried starting several altercations after the whistle during the 1st and 2nd periods.  The Eagles with lots of stick work tried going after the Vipers most of the night.  The Eagles who were outplayed and dominated after the 1st period had alot more puck posession and more zone time with the Vipers sitting back.  The Eagles played much better in the 2nd period outshot the Vipers but couldnt find the back of the net.  Surrey's better scoring opportunities were in the middle frame didnt generate a whole lot of offensive attack in all three periods.  The Eagles had troubles most of the night slowing down and containing the Vipers top line as well as Vernon's speed.  This was a long night for Surrey who is in for a very long season.  This team isnt very good and was outplayed most of the night.  Both goaltenders were hung out to dry on alot of Vernons goals.   

Scratches:

Vernon:

Mitchell Oliver
Trevor Fidler (Concussion)
Mackenzie Bauer (Injured)

Surrey:

Trevor McLean
Ty Westgard
John Wesley
Brian Drapluk

Energy player of the game:

Liam Finlay (1 goal & 2 assists)

Three Stars:

1st Star: Thomas Aldworth (3 goals)
2nd Star: TJ Dumonceaux (2 goals & 1 assist)
3rd Star: Jarrod Schamerhorn (33 saves-Shutout)

BCHL Boxscore,

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1358339&link=bchl
      

Game Preview: Surrey @ Vernon:

Surrey (4-24-0-3) @ Vernon (20-9-1-2) 7pm

Tonight is the first of two meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Surrey Eagles.  The Vipers won the season series last season 2-1. 

Last Game:

Sunday, December 14th Nanaimo defeated Vernon 8-2
Sunday, December 14th Langley defeated Surrey 6-5

Next Game:

Friday, December 19th Vernon @ Merritt
Friday, December 19th Prince George @ Surrey

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 417-228-20-19

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 228-94-11-10 at home

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 190-124-9-9 on the road

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 15-6-0-0 vs. Surrey

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon has outscored Surrey 78-60

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 6-3-0-0 at home vs. Surrey

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 8-3-0-0 in Surrey

Vernon's last win in Surrey was a 4-1 win on Friday, September 27th 2013

Vernons last loss in Surrey was a 5-3 loss on Friday, October 19th 2012

Surrey's last win in Vernon was a 7-4 victory on Saturday, September 28th 2013

Surrey's last loss in Vernon was a 3-2 overtime loss on Saturday, November 10th 2012

The Vipers went 2-1-0-0 last season vs Surrey


Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The defending Interior Division Conference Champion Vernon Vipers return home from a three game road trip where they went 2-1 over the weekend.  The Vipers are coming off a 8-2 loss in Nanaimo Sunday afternoon snapped a four game winning streak.  Vernon sits 2nd place in the Interior Division are twelve points back of 1st place Penticton.  The Vipers are four points up on West Kelowna and seven points up on Merritt.  Vernon has won four of their last five and are 8-2-0-0 in their last ten games.  The Vipers have just five regulation losses on home ice will finish 2014 with two of their final three games at home.  Vernon won two of the three meetings vs the Eagles last season will play in Surrey on January 11th 2015.

Thomas Aldworth (21-10-31) leads the team in goals with twenty one while Liam Coughlin (13-22-35) leads the team in points with thirty five.

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog

http://vipersvenom1.blogspot.ca/

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 32
Wins: 20
Losses: 9
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 10-5-1-1
Road Record: 10-4-0-1
Overtime Record: 1-2-1
Record vs Interior Division: 12-7-1-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 8-2-0-1
Record in September: 2-2-0-1
Record in October: 5-3-0-0
Record in November 9-2-1-1
Record in December 4-2-0-0
When the Vipers score first: 15-2-1-1
When the opponents score first: 5-8-0-1
Leading after 1st Period: 10-1-1-1
Tied after 1st Period: 5-2-0-0
Trailing after 1st Period: 5-6-0-1
Leading after 2nd Period: 13-1-0-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 6-0-0-0
Trailing after 2nd Period: 1-8-1-1
Out shooting Opponents: 15-4-0-1
Out shot by Opponents: 4-4-1-1
One goal games: 4-3-0-2
Goals For: 116
Goals Against: 91
Place: 2nd Place
Streak: One game losing streak

Vernon has the leagues 14th best powerplay

The Vipers have the leagues 10th best penalty kill

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

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

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

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

Vernon’s Home record vs. Surrey last season:

0-1-0-0

Vernon’s Road record vs. Surrey last season:

2-0-0-0 (One game played in Chilliwack @ BCHL Showcase)

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Surrey last season:

Demico Hannoun (2-3-5)
Dexter Dancs (3-1-4)
Liam Coughlin (2-1-3)
Mason Blacklock (3-0-3)
Craig Martin (1-2-3)
Jason Bird (0-3-3)
Michael McNicholas (2-1-3)
Dallas Calvin (1-2-3)
Brendan Persley (0-2-2)
Josh Bryan (0-1-1)
Ryan Renz (0-1-1)
Mark Hamilton (1-0-1)
Matty Saharchuk (0-1-1)

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




Lets take a look at the Surrey Eagles:

The Surrey Eagles make their first and only visit of the regular season to Kal Tire Place this evening.  The Eagles are coming off a 6-5 loss to the visiting Langley Rivermen Sunday afternoon.  Surrey comes into tonight's contest having lost three straight.  Surrey sits last in the Mainland Division and last overall in the League with just four wins.  The Eagles come into tonight's game without a win on the road going 0-12-0-2 this season away from home.  The Eagles has just one win in their last five and are 1-9-0-0 in their last ten games.  Surrey has just one win in their last twenty games.  The Eagles have scored a league low 78 goals this season while giving up a league worst 168 goals.

Darius Davidson (14-11-25) leads the Eagles in goals with eleven while Joseph Drapluk (12-14-26) leads Surrey in points with twenty six.

Surrey Eagles 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 31
Wins: 4
Losses: 24
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 3
Home Record: 4-12-0-1
Road Record: 0-12-0-2
Goals For: 76
Goals Against: 168
Place: 5th Place (Mainland Division)
Streak: Three game losing streak

Surrey has the leagues 15th best powerplay

The Eagles has the league's 15th best penalty kill

Surrey Eagles Returning Players:

Joseph Drapluk (94)
Darius Davidson (96)
Zane Schartz (94)
Brian Drapluk (94)

Surrey Eagles Departing & traded players from last years team:

Danton Heinen (95)
Jonah Renouf (94)
Anthony Conti (95)
Braeden Russell (93)
Matthew Dawson 996)
Nathan Renouf (94)
Kale Bennett (95)
Chase McMurphy (94)
Mitchell Fyffe (94)
Austin Ferguson (95)
Philippe Johansson (94)
Colton Mackie (93)
Michael McEachern (96)
Danny Vlanich (93)
Domenic Masellis (97)
Devon Fordyce (94)
Bo Didur (97)

Surrey's Home record vs. Vernon last season:

0-2-0-0 (One game played in Chilliwack @ BCHL Showcase)

Surrey's Road record vs. Vernon last season:

1-0-0-0

Surrey's scoring leaders vs. Vernon last season:

Jonah Renouf (3-2-5)
Ryan Fraser-Lee (2-2-4)
Nicolas Pierog (2-1-3)
Brett Mulcahy (1-1-2)
Braeden Russell (2-0-2)
Matthew Dawson (0-2-2)
Jonah Renouf (0-1-1)
Colton Mackie (0-1-1)
Philippe Johansson (0-1-1)
Mitchell Fyffe (1-0-1)
Danton Heinen (0-1-1)

Victor Adamo (1-1 Record)
Bo Didur (0-1 Record)

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

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

Surrey Eagles:

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=224093

Vipers Set For Surrey Eagles:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers set for Surrey Eagles

Published: December 17, 2014

Just call it a week-long, pre-Christmas cruise with stops in Powell River, Port Alberni and Nanaimo along with a pair of excursions at Kal Tire Place.

And while there wasn’t any seven-course dinners or penthouse hot tubbing, the cruise turned out to be pretty pleasurable for the Vernon Vipers.

Three wins, one loss and a date with the last-place Surrey Eagles tonight at The Big Wheel has the Vipers in decent shape well into the second-half of the B.C. Hockey League season.

The Vipers, blown out 8-2 by the Nanaimo Clippers Sunday afternoon at Frank Crane Arena, are fourth overall in the 16-team BCHL and second  in the Interior Division at 20-9-1-2. Vernon is 8-2 in their last 10 games.

The Shipmen rang up six third-period goals – two on the powerplay – as they improved to 23-10-0-1, second overall behind the Penticton Vees.

“They were at the end of a road trip, so we knew if we came at them hard, they were going to give up sooner or later,” said Clipper forward Brett Roulston. “I think that’s what we did. We pushed them all game and eventually they broke.”

And they did so still without three of their top-four scorers in Devin Brosseau, Sheldon Rempal and Jake Jackson. Rempal is at the World Junior Hockey Challenge in Kindersley, Sask., while Brosseau and Jackson are injured.

Clipper head coach Mike Vandekamp, who won a Fred Page Cup with Vernon,  said the key was not to let the Vipers carry any momentum.

“We felt like if we were good in the first half, we might be able to take ‘er over in the second half and run them out of gas a little bit and I think that’s probably how it played out,” said Vandekamp.

Aggressive forechecking and finishing checks, Vandekamp said, are ways to wear down opponents.

“If anything, I think it’s just a matter of not making anything easy on them,” the coach said.

Assistant coach Kevin Kraus said the Vipers were hoping to finish the road trip with a strong third period.

“We had a decent first two periods for our fourth game in five nights, but we just collapsed in the third period,” said Kraus. “We looked tired, we were frustrated, we took some penalties and we folded our tent and got complacent which is something we will address.”

Nanaimo took a 2-1 lead into the third period and then scored goals 10 seconds apart early in the frame. Vernon responded right away, making it 4-2, but the Clippers kept coming.

Brendan Taylor (2), Anthony Rinaldi (1+2),  Nick Guerra, Player of the Week Nicolas Carrier, Roulston, Cole Maier and Jacob Hanlon handled the Clipper attack. T.J. Dumonceaux, with his 12th of the year, and Riley Brandt, with his fifth, on a gorgeous roof daddy, responded for the Vipers.

Vernon product Spencer Hewson pocketed three assists for Nanaimo, earning the Fortis Energy Player of the Game.

Guillaume Decelles, whose .927 save percentage is the highest in the league, made 32 saves for his 20th win. He’s in his first year with Nanaimo after playing 42 games in the Quebec Major League over two seasons.

“Basically we just played a team game. All lines were firing,” said Roulston. “We’re short-staffed right now, so it was real important that everyone was going.”

Vandekamp coached the Vipers for two years, guiding them to the 2003 Fred Page Cup with a sweep over the Chilliwack Chiefs.

“I’ve been gone from there for a long time, but there’s still a personal connection to those people and the old jersey. It’s good memories for me,” he said. “So yeah, I think they’re always a little special, probably the ones back in their rink even more so.”

Jarrod Schamerhorn gave up six goals before giving way to call-up Gunnar Neilsen in front of 1,100 fans.

In Port Alberni, the Vipers grabbed a 2-0 lead on goals from Thomas Aldworth (his 21st) and another top-shelf beauty from Brandt, who celebrated his 18th birthday Friday, in a 5-3 win over the Bulldogs.

Chris Schutz, with his 17th, and Eric Margo, with his third, levelled the score late in the second period. Liam Coughlin netted his 12th to put the Snakes up by one with 46 seconds left in the period.

Mitch Makin equalized, shorthanded, 6:34 into the third before Coughlin responded four minutes later, from Dumonceaux and Aldworth.

Dumonceaux added an empty netter with three seconds to play, assisted by Coughlin and Aldworth.

The Dawgs, who just lost second-leading scorer Evan Tironese for the season with a shoulder injury, outshot Vernon 37-24 before 958 fans at Weyerhaeuser Arena.

“It was a good road win,” said Kraus. “They are a big, physical team and we tried to match them while also using our skill. It’s a pretty loud building.”

SNAKE BITES: Winger Trevor Fidler suffered a concussion Friday night in Powell River and is listed day-to-day...Former Vipers Connor and Kellen Jones made their season debuts Saturday night with the AHL Oklahoma City Barons, who clipped the Grand Rapids Griffins 3-2 at the Cox Convention Centre. The twin brothers were a combined minus-2, with Connor registering three shots, and Kellen two. They battled a familiar foe in ex-Salmon Arm Siverback sniper Mark Zengerle...Former Viper Marcus Basara earned 1+1 as the Alaska Nanooks shut out the Alabama-Huntsville Chargers 4-0 in NCAA Division 1 play Saturday at the Carlson Center. Basara is second in team scoring with 8-7-15 in 18 games. Nanooks’ freshman Colton Sparrow, a Vernon minor hockey product and ex-Viper, has 1-3-4 in 14 games...Vernon’s Colton Thibault rang up 1+3 as the Silverbacks iced the host Merritt Centennials Saturday night. Thibault has 9-7-16 in his second season.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Moser Medical Graz 99ers Sign Former Vipers Forward Scofield:

The Moser Medical Graz 99ers have signed former Vernon Vipers
forward Tyler Scofield.  The Moser Medical Graz 99ers are an Austrian ice hockey team from Graz, Styria that play in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga hockey league.

Scofield spent the past four seasons in Austria with Klagenfurter Athletiksport.  Klagenfurt AC is a professional ice hockey team from Klagenfurt, Carinthia, Austria that plays in the Austrian Erste Bank Hockey League.

In 49 games last season Scofield collected (18-goals-10-assists-28-points). Scofield played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2000-2002) before being traded to Prince George during the 2001-2002 season. The Vipers sent Scofield and Mark Nelson to the Spruce Kings in return for Rod Pelly, Dan Rossi & Josh Ciocco. In 79 games with the Vipers Scofield collected (21-goals-19-assists-40-points).

Tyler Scofield's Player Profile:

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

This was posted on the Graz 99ers facebook page:

October 6th 2014

TYLER SCOFIELD! So just landed Tyler in Graz and we must present our recent acquisition with EBEL - experience! For the time being is our new No. 13 to tryout in Graz!

Thunder Trade Former Viper Robin To SJHL:

The Alberta Junior Hockey League Drayton Valley Thunder
traded former Vernon Vipers forward Landon Robin to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Melfort Mustangs.

Robin was recruited by the Vipers started the 2012-13 season with Vernon before being traded to Powell River on November, 29th 2012 for future considerations. In 23 games with the Vipers Robin collected (1-4-5).  The Kings traded Robin to the MJHL Winnipeg Blues on August 23rd 2013 before even playing a single game, the Blues turned around trading Robin to the SJHL La Ronge IceWolves on August 27th 2013.  The IceWolves traded Robin to the AJHL Drayton Valley Thunder over the off season.

Landon Robin's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=84455

This is posted on the Mustangs website:

Mustangs Acquire 20 Year Old Forward

11/04/2014

By Mustangs Press Release

Bring in Landon Robin from the AJHL

November 4, 2014

The Melfort Mustangs have acquired 94 born forward Landon Robin from the Drayton Valley Thunder of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

Robin, a Saskatoon product played his AAA with the Beardy’s Blackhawks before joining the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL in 2012.

After one season in BC, Robin was traded to the La Ronge Ice Wolves where he put up 34 points in 55 games last season.

An off-season trade saw his rights moved to Alberta prior to this season. In Drayton Valley he appeared in 16 games, collecting 4 points.

He is expected to be in Melfort in time for tomorrow night’s game vs the Battlefords North Stars. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dumonceaux Surprises Dad:

This is posted on the Hockeytube.net website:

Hockey Player Surprises Dad

Posted by HockeyTube on Dec 1st, 2014

HOCKEY PLAYER SURPRISES DAD

It was a special night for Vernon Vipers forward TJ Dumonceaux who was able to surprise his father with a special Movember presentation before a BCHL game against the Trail Smoke Eaters. Earlier this year Dumonceaux’s father Perry was diagnosed with prostate cancer and TJ wanted to use the team’s Movember fundraiser to do something special for his Dad.

So with the help of his teammates and an online campaign, the Kelowna native quietly went to work to try to raise $3,000.00 to donate to Cancer research on behalf of his father. On Saturday, November 29th the team convinced the senior Dumonceaux to come onto the ice to supposedly present his son a ‘community award’. Instead TJ surprised his dad with his framed Movember jersey and a cheque for $5,641.00 to be donated to the Canadian Cancer society. But the story doesn’t end there, the veteran forward would go on to score two goals and was named the game’s first star!

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

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Nanaimo 8 Vernon 2

SCORING SUMMARY

PERIOD 1

Nanaimo Clippers at 7:30 - Nick Guerra from Ryan Forbes 

PERIOD 2

Vernon Vipers at 0:48 (PP) - TJ Dumonceaux from Liam Finlay and Liam Coughlin 
Nanaimo Clippers at 11:11 (PP) - Nicolas Carrier from Anthony Rinaldi and Brett Roulston 

PERIOD 3

Nanaimo Clippers at 2:56 - Brett Roulston from Cole Maier and Nicolas Carrier 
Nanaimo Clippers at 3:06 - Anthony Rinaldi from Brendan Taylor and Spencer Hewson 
Vernon Vipers at 3:15 - Riley Brandt from Colton McCarthy and Anthony Latina 
Nanaimo Clippers at 11:10 - Brendan Taylor from Spencer Hewson and Jordan Low 
Nanaimo Clippers at 15:12 (PP) - Cole Maier from Yanni Kaldis 
Nanaimo Clippers at 16:01 (PP) - Brendan Taylor from Anthony Rinaldi and Spencer Hewson 
Nanaimo Clippers at 19:25 - Jacob Hanlon from Trent Bell and Nick Guerra 

Shots were even 34-34 Guillaume Decelles made 32 saves in the win, while Jarrod Schamerhorn made 25 saves in the loss.

BCHL Boxscore,

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1358333&link=bchl

Game Preview: Vernon @ Nanaimo:

Vernon (20-8-1-2) @ Nanaimo (22-10-0-1) 3pm

Today is the first of two meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Nanaimo Clippers. Both teams split the season series last season winning a game each. You can listen to tonight's game live with Graham Turnbull starting with the pre-game show at 2:45pm on 107.5 Kiss FM

Last Game:

Saturday, December 13th Vernon defeated Alberni Valley 5-3
Friday, December 12th Nanaimo defeated Alberni Valley 5-2

Next Game:

Wednesday, December 17th Surrey @ Vernon
Friday, December 19th Cowichan @ Nanaimo

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 417-227-20-19

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 228-94-11-10 at home

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 190-123-9-9 on the road

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 13-5-0-2 vs. Nanaimo

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon has outscored Nanaimo 66-55

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 10-0-0-1 at home vs. Nanaimo

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 3-5-0-1 in Nanaimo

The Vipers are 8-1-0-1 in their last ten games vs. Nanaimo

The Vipers are 9-0-0-1 in their last ten games at home vs. the Clippers

The Vipers are 3-5-0-1 in their last nine games on the road vs. the Clippers

The Vipers last win in Nanaimo was a 6-4 victory back on Friday, January 18th 2013

The Clippers last win at home vs Vernon was a 3-0 win back on Saturday, October 19th 2013

Nanaimo’s last victory in Vernon was a 4-3 double overtime win back on Friday, January 16th 2009

The Vipers last win at home vs Nanaimo was a 3-2 win on Saturday, January 4th 2014

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



Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The defending Interior Division Conference Champion Vernon Vipers make their first and only visit of the season to the Frank Crane Arena.  Today is the third game of a three game where the Vipers have won the first two games.  The Vipers sit 2nd in the Interior Division are four points up on West Kelowna and seven points up on Merritt.  Vernon has won four straight and four of their last five games.  The Vipers are 8-1-0-1 in their last ten games have won five straight on the road and seven of their last eight away games.

Thomas Aldworth (21-10-31) leads the team in goals with twenty one while Liam Coughlin (13-21-34) leads the team in points with thirty four.

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog

http://vipersvenom1.blogspot.ca/

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 31
Wins: 20
Losses: 8
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 10-5-1-1
Road Record: 10-3-0-1
Overtime Record: 1-2-1
Record vs Interior Division: 12-7-1-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 8-1-0-1
Record in September: 2-2-0-1
Record in October: 5-3-0-0
Record in November 9-2-1-1
Record in December 4-1-0-0
When the Vipers score first: 15-2-1-1
When the opponents score first: 5-7-0-1
Leading after 1st Period: 10-1-1-1
Tied after 1st Period: 5-2-0-0
Trailing after 1st Period: 5-5-0-1
Leading after 2nd Period: 13-1-0-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 6-0-0-0
Trailing after 2nd Period: 1-7-1-1
Out shooting Opponents: 15-4-0-1
Out shot by Opponents: 4-4-1-1
One goal games: 4-3-0-2
Goals For: 114
Goals Against: 83
Place: 2nd Place
Streak: Four game winning streak

Vernon has the leagues 14th best powerplay

The Vipers have the leagues 8th best penalty kill

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

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

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

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

Vernon’s Home record vs. Nanaimo last season:

1-0-0-0

Vernon’s Road record vs. Nanaimo last season:

0-1-0-0

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Nanaimo last season:

Liam Coughlin (0-2-2)
Josh Bryan (1-0-1)
Michael Statchuk (1-0-1)
Michael mcNicholas (0-1-1)
Demico Hannoun (0-1-1)
Dexter Dancs (1-0-1)
Colton Sparrow (0-1-1)
Ryan Renz (0-1-1)

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


 
Lets take a look at the Nanaimo Clippers:

The Nanaimo Clippers won their second straight after a 5-2 win over the visiting Alberni Valley Bulldogs Friday evening.  The Clippers sit atop the Island Division second overall in the BCHL nine points back of league leading Penticton.  Nanaimo is ten points up on 2nd place Powell River has lost three of their last five games and are 6-3-0-1 in their last ten.  The Clippers are lead by former Vernon Vipers Head Coach-GM Mike Vandekamp who is in his fourth season with Nanaimo.  Tonight is the first of two meetings between these two teams as Nanaimo will travel and play in Vernon on February 14th. 

Sheldon Rempal (17-15-32) leads the Clippers in goals with seventeen while Jacob Jackson (14-20-34) leads the Clippers in points with thirty four.

Nanaimo Clippers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 33
Wins: 22
Losses: 10
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 13-4-0-1
Road Record: 9-6-0-0
Goals For: 130
Goals Against: 94
Place: 1st Place (Island Division)
Streak: Two game winning streak

Nanaimo has the leagues 8th best powerplay

The Clippers has the league's 13th best penalty kill

Nanaimo Clippers Returning Players:

Sheldon Rempal (95)
Brendan Taylor (95)
Devin Brosseau (95)
Jacob Hanlon (95)
Edwin Hookenson (95)
Nicholas Gushue (94)
Spencer Hewson (96)
Corey Renwick (95)
Ryan Forbes (95)
Austin Dick (94)

Nanaimo Clippers Departing & traded players from last years team:

Bo Brauer (95)
Scott Prier (93)
Korey Morgan (95)
Anthony Sabitsky (94)
Mason Mitchell (94)
Luke Sandler (93)
Shay Laurent (93)
Colton Dahlen (93)
Josh McArdle (94)
Nick Guerra (96)
Jason Argue (93)
Tanner Kovacs (94)

Nanaimo's Home record vs. Vernon last season:

1-0-0-0

Nanaimo's Road record vs. Vernon last season:

0-1-0-0

Nanaimo's scoring leaders vs. Vernon last season:

Nicholas Gushue (0-2-2)
Bo Brauer (2-0-2)
Brendan Taylor (2-0-2)
Spencer Hewson (0-1-1)
Eric Margo (1-0-1)
Anthony Sabitsky (0-1-1)
Corey Renwick (0-1-1)
Josh McAedle (0-1-1)
Korey Morgan (0-1-1)
Tanner Kovacs (0-1 Record)
Jayson Argue (1-0 Record)

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

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

Nanaimo Clippers:

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