Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Former Viper Dale Returns To Chiefs:

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Kelowna
Chiefs have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Brody Dale.

No official press release from the Chiefs but Dale is listed on their roster. In three games this season with the Chiefs, Dale leads the team in scoring with (5-goals-5-assists-10-points).

Dale started last season in Kelowna, played in 26 games with the Chiefs collected (15-goals-24-assists-39-points) was also an "AP" affiliated player with the Vipers last year before signing with the Vipers January 10th 2017. Brody finished last year with the Vipers, was one of thirteen players returning from last year's team, was cut-released after training camp.

Brody Dale's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=392317

Monday, September 18, 2017

Vipers Lose Volunteer-Long Time Fan:

This was in the Morning Star Newspaper:

Martinus Van de Leest

Sat Aug 26th, 2017

Obituaries

June 13, 1942 – August 26, 2017

Martinus “Martin” van de Leest passed away suddenly in Vernon Jubilee Hospital on August 26th, 2017 at the age of 75. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Adriana “Sjaan” van de Leest. He is also survived by two sons, Hank (Victoria) of Kelowna, BC, and Mike of Penticton, BC; six grandchildren: Natalya, Joel, Maggi, Jenna, (and their mother Ingrid), Jackson and Adriana; and six sisters living in Holland.

Martin was born in Holland on June 13, 1942 and immigrated to Canada in May of 1974. He and Adriana lived in Falkland, Squamish, and Revelstoke before making their home in Vernon for the last 35 years. Martin was devoted to and adored by his family. He was a beloved friend to many and he was a respected volunteer in his community. The impact of his loss will be far reaching.

The Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Valley Roman Catholic Church on Saturday, September 2nd, 2017 at 11:00 am with Father Peter Nguyen, Celebrant. A reception will follow at the church.

If friends or family so desire, donations in Martin’s name may be made to Special Olympics – Vernon Branch, or by watching and supporting local amateur sports in your community.

Arrangements have been entrusted to

PLEASANT VALLEY DIGNITY FUNERAL HOME,

4303 P.V. Road, Vernon, B.C. V1T 4M4

Phone: (250) 542-4333. Condolences may be offered at pleasantvalleyfh.com

Pontiacs Trade Former Viper Defenceman Oliver To Alberni Valley:

The Alberta Junior Hockey League Bonnyville Pontiacs
have traded former Vernon Vipers defenceman Mitchell Oliver to the Alberni Valley Bulldogs.

Oliver split last season between the Vipers & Pontiacs. The Vipers
traded Oliver to the Chilliwack Chiefs for forward Jesse Lansdell October 15th 2016. Oliver never played a game with Chilliwack was traded to Bonnyville the same day.

Oliver played parts of three season's in Vernon (2014-2016) played in 117 games with the Vipers collecting (7-goals-32-assists-39-points).

Mitchell Oliver's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=268063

This was posted on the Bulldogs website:

Bulldogs acquire veteran defenceman Oliver from AJHL’s Bonnyville Pontiacs

September 1, 2017

by jeff d

Recent News

20-YEAR OLD BLUELINER ADDED FROM BONNYVILLE IN SWAP FOR THORNE

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are pleased to announce the acquisition of 1997-born defenceman Mitchell Oliver from the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in return for 1999-born forward Lucas Thorne.

Oliver is a Kelowna, BC product who split the 2016/17 season between the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers and the AJHL’s Pontiacs. He combined to score 11 goals and 33 points in 58 regular season games while adding four points in nine playoff games in Bonnyville.

“Mitchell is an experienced veteran defenceman who will give us an immediate boost on the blueline,” says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. “He’s a skilled puck-mover with a hard shot and good size who will contribute positively in all three zones. We’re very happy to add a player of Mitchell’s ability to our defence corps.”

Oliver’s Junior A career began in Vernon in 2014 and he went on to play 117 games in a Vipers uniform over the next two-plus seasons, collecting 39 points. Prior to making the jump to the BCHL, he was part of the Okanagan Rockets major midget squad that represented BC at the Telus Cup.

Oliver will make his Bulldogs’ debut tonight when Alberni Valley hosts the Victoria Grizzlies at 7:00 PM. Admission is $7.00.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

BCHL News & Trades:

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

BCHL News & Trades:

Powell River Kings Main Camp-Exhibition Preview:

The second phase of the Powell River Kings Main Camp kicks in Friday as the team heads to Vancouver Island for three games in as many days. A roster of 27 will make the trip from Powell River for contests against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, Victoria Grizzlies and Cowichan Valley Capitals. Kings Head Coach and GM Kent Lewis has been impressed by the benchmarks players have been able to hit already this young BCHL season and looks for that to continue this weekend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2G-B99puIU

Penticton-Melfort-West Kelowna Trade:

The Penticton Vees Junior ‘A’ hockey club is pleased to announce the acquisition of 1997-born centre Dakota Boutin in a three-team deal involving the Melfort Mustangs and West Kelowna Warriors. The Vees have sent the rights to James Miller to the Melfort Mustangs and defenceman Garrett Ewert has been moved to the West Kelowna Warriors. Boutin, a native of Moosomin, Saskatchewan, has spent the last three seasons with the Mustangs scoring 57 goals and adding 84 assists in 150 games. He was part of back to back SJHL championships with the Mustangs in 2015 and 2016. He scored a goal along with two assists at the 2015 Western Canada Cup, helping the Mustangs reach the RBC Cup, and is committed to play at Northern Michigan University for the Wildcats next season. “After evaluating our needs, the opportunity to add an experienced right-handed centre became available,” Vees head coach and general manager Fred Harbinson said. “Dakota has the experience of winning a Telus Cup in midget and back to back SJHL championships. He’ll create depth to our forward group and we are excited to get Dakota ready to play college hockey.” Ewert dressed in one game as an affiliate with the Vees last season and played in two pre-season games this year. The Vees wish Garrett all the best with the Warriors and thank him for his contributions. Boutin will practice with his new teammates this week before making his Vees debut in the season opener September 8 in Merritt.

Penticton Vees Training Camp Update:

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

Surrey-Salmon Arm Trade:

Salmon Arm Silverbacks General Manager Scott Atkinson today announced the team has traded 20-year-old forward Connor Sundquist for future considerations to the Surrey Eagles. Sundquist who hails from Glastonbury CT had 13 goals and 17 assists for a total of 30 points last year for the Silverbacks. “Trading Connor Sundquist was a difficult decision for the coaching staff, but in the end we felt that to benefit his development he needed to be in an environment that allowed him to be a top six forward”, Stated GM Scott Atkinson. We were able to find that environment in Surrey, reuniting him with a former coach. Connor is a quality young man whom I’m sure will be an offensive force for Surrey and we wish nothing but success there. We wish Connor all the best this year with Surrey.

Bulldogs Team Governor-PAJHS President Ron Paulson Interview:

Interview with Alberni Valley Bulldogs team governor and PAJHS presidant, Ron Paulson. He talks about the progress of hiring head coach and GM, Matt Hughes, what his expectations are for this upcoming season, and most of all what the orgaziation needs to improve on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cry0W0thh14&t=18s

Decisions, Decisions, Goalie Trio Making Life Tough For Grizzlies Coach:

Any hockey fan will tell you, three is company when it comes down to the goaltending position. Victoria Grizzlies general manager and head coach Craig Didmon will have to whittle that scenario down to two as the B.C. Hockey League club nears its complete roster in time for the season opener, Sept. 8 in Powell River. Zack Rose, a recruit out of Lake Forest Academy in Illinois — which has produced former Grizzlies in Cody Van Lierop, Jake Stevens and goalie Sean Cleary — is said to have the inside track on the No. 1 spot. Jonah Capriotti of Salisbury Prep School and local product Shawn Parkinson are entrenched in the three-way battle to protect the net. Current Grizzlies defenceman Dayne Finnson and recent grad Brett Stirling were both recruited out of Salisbury in Connecticut, so Didmon continues to go to the well for recruits. The goaltending choices will obviously be critical after the Grizzlies rode NCAA-bound Matthew Galajda through a strong 2016-17 campaign. “The way I see it is the starting position is open and that’s what I’m here for, to try and take it over,” said Rose, of Paradise, NL. “I’m competing with two other good goalies, trying to take the spot. We’re great friends off the ice, but as soon as we get on, it’s all business.” It’s obviously a step up for Rose, venturing northwest out of Lake Forest Academy near Chicago. So far he’s played a half a game against the Cowichan Valley Capitals, keeping a clean sheet in a 3-1 win. He’ll have more work this week as the Grizzlies head to Nanaimo tonight to take on the Clippers. They also visit Port Alberni on Friday and are back home on Saturday against Nanaimo and Sunday afternoon against the Bulldogs in Sooke. “Obviously, there’s always a bit of pressure because it is a jump up,” said Rose, who recorded goals-against averages of 1.84, 2.08 and 1.78, respectively, the three years in Chicago with consistent save percentages of .911, .914 and .910. “When you get to the next level, there is always a bit of pressure, but personally I don’t feel it. You just have to relax and play your game and do what you’re here to do. “Sure, it’s faster and stronger. Shots are definitely harder. It’s a jump, like I said, but I’m ready to make it. I think I can be that No. 1 guy.” Capriotti, like Rose and Parkinson, is also 18 and recognizes the leap in playing level. “It’s a big step coming to the BCHL. Looking at the talent around, it’s a lot different from playing Prep and even junior back in Ontario,” offered the Hamilton native. “It’s a lot more skilled and physical, but that challenge is what you look forward to every day. “You want to get better every day and having these guys here, in Parkinson and Rose, they push you to do better. Having good talent is great to have around because you always want to challenge yourself to get better. The exposure and coaching has been great so far. I’ve loved it here.” Capriotti is slated to play the entire preseason game tonight in Nanaimo with Parkinson as backup. Capriotti’s introduction to the league was a quick one, facing a breakaway for his first shot against Cowichan Valley. It was the only goal he let in. “That gets you on your toes right away,” he added. Parkinson is also coming off a 42-save performance in a 6-2 exhibition win over Powell River. The six-foot-four, 190-pounder is well known to Grizzlies fans, having affiliated with the club last season while playing with the Westshore Wolves. “I don’t think it gives me either, or,” he said of any advantage or disadvantage to being the lone local. “I’m just letting my skill prove itself. “I’m confident I can be the No. 1, that’s how I feel right now. I’m comfortable and I feel like I deserve a spot. It will be coach Didmon’s decision.” A tough one at that, admitted the bench boss. “Right now I feel like all three of them can compete at this level. It’s just a matter of which two we’re going to take,” said Didmon, whose club is 2-1 so far the preseason. “Obviously, Rose has been solid from the start. We came in with the assumption that he was going to have the No. 1 spot and he has held onto that well. “I’ve been impressed with Shawn. He has shown to have improved his game sense a little bit and he has caught up to the speed of junior A. “Capriotti is real quick and he’s stopping pucks. I don’t know him as well but he has shown me that he he’s a quality goaltender, so these are the good problems to have.”

Bulldogs Coach's Update #2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nW9dlYcY5qU

Chiefs Name Calverley Captain:

Will Calverley will wear the captain’s C for the Chilliwack Chiefs in 2017-18. Head coach Jason Tatarnic gave Calverley the letter last week, and with it a fair amount of pressure. The 19 year old is now the undisputed leader of a team with Royal Bank Cup dreams. And the team’s fanbase has big expectations. But the native of Scarborough, Ont., is ready to embrace the challenge. “Obviously, whenever you’re named captain of any team it’s an honour,” Calverley said. “But for a great organization like this with the great history the Chiefs have, it’s that much more of an honour.” We talked last week about Tatarnic’s willingness to roll with a pair of young pups in net. Naming Calverley captain is also different, because most RBC Cup contenders insist on having a 20 year old wear the C. But Coach T feels Calverley is well suited to the role, no matter what his birth certificate says. “He’s a guy who’s going to take control of the dressing room, and we need that,” Tatarnic explained. “He’ll hold guys accountable. “The players are big guys who can handle being told they can do a better job, and I think Will is going to do that.” Calverley knows that’s part of the role. The captain can’t be everyone’s friend all of the time. Sometimes, things need to be said and he won’t be shy about saying them. “We have a good group of guys here, but every now and then mistakes happen and I’m not going to be afraid to let them know when something’s going wrong,” Calverley noted. “And I expect them to do the same with me.” Calverley enters his second year with the Chiefs. Last season he got to watch Captain K operate, and learned some lessons from Jordan Kawaguchi. “Jordan was a guy who led by example, and when he said something he would do it,” Calverley said. “He made sure guys were always on the same page.” That’s another part of Calverley that Tatarnic feels is a fit. “He plays the game hard, gives you an honest effort and he cares,” the bench boss said. “He takes care of himself and he’s prepared. “And he was with us last year.” Losing in heartbreaking fashion in the BCHL final last spring sucked. Being knocked out a second time by Penticton at the Western Canada Cup sucked even more. The silver lining for Tatarnic is his returning players remember those defeats, know what it took to get that far and know what it will take to go one step further. “Will went through it, and he’s got that sting in him,” said Tatarnic, who hasn’t name his alternate captains yet. Linden Hora, Olivier Arseneau and Kale Kane wore A’s last year. “Kale wasn’t much of a talker but he always came to play, always wanted to win and showed guys what it takes,” Calverley recalled. “Olivier was more of a talker like Gooch and he wasn’t shy to hold guys accountable. “And Linden was another quiet guy like Kale who would just do it and show guys the way.” When this season’s alternates are named, Calverley said they’ll function as one unit to move the team forward. “It’s not going to be just me holding guys accountable,” he said. “We’ll all be doing it. We’ll discuss things together and be as one leadership unit.” l The Chiefs open the regular season this weekend vs a Mainland division rival, playing back to back road games Friday and Saturday at Prince George. The team plays its home opener Sept. 15 vs the Langley Rivermen.

Chilliwack Chiefs New Third Jerseys:



















Clippers Hit The Ground Running With Small Training Camp Roster:

The first day of Clippers training camp looked a lot like a regular season practice. Coach Mike Vandekamp only invited 26 players to main camp, making it the smallest one anyone hanging around Cliff McNabb Arena could remember. With the BCHL expanding rosters to 23 this year, there are very few cuts to be made. New defenseman Jordan Wharrie has played 162 games in the WHL, he says it's the smallest training camp he's ever been to, but that can have some advantages. "It gives us a good chance to get to know the teammates a little bit better. I think Mike has an idea of the team he wants to put together already with the exception of a couple of roles that are up for grabs. It gives us a chance to practice as a team, to know the systems and be prepared once opening night comes," said Wharrie. Typically Nanaimo teams have had a full compliment of six 20-year-olds but that's not the case this year. Wharrie along with returning forward Jamie Collins, and newly acquired (from Prince George) forward Parker Colley, are the only 1997 born players on the current roster. For Port Moody product Wharrie that means even though he's new to the team his experience will make him a leader. "There's a lot of new young faces here and a lot of 16 and 17-year-olds that don't really know how to play a structured game and how to play under a guy like Mike," said Wharrie. "So I'll be there to help them through the ups and downs of the season. For 2017-18 the Clippers have a good crop of returning forwards and Austin Roden is a familiar face in goal, but the defense corps will be almost completely brand new. With only Shawn Guison returning on the blueline Wharrie says the roles are wide open. "There's a lot of competiveness at camp and a lot of people want those top four spots on the backend so there's going to be a lot of competition and I'm just excited to get the season started," Wharrie said. The Clippers will be on the ice for 9 a.m. morning sessions and 3:30 p.m. afternoon practices on Wednesday and Thursday before playing in the annual Rhodesie Cup charity game on Friday at 6 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena. Saturday is the club's preseason opener against Alberni Valley.

Bulldogs Coach's Update #3

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y66VJJ1RFn0

Vees Name Tychonick & Ward Assistant Captains:

The Penticton Vees Junior ‘A’ hockey club is pleased to announce the naming of Taylor Ward and Jonny Tychonick as assistant captains for the 2017-18 season. The two join Owen Sillinger and Grant Cruikshank who will serve as co captains this season, and Chris Klack who is also an assistant captain. “I have been pleased by the way all our returning players have impressed our culture on our new group,” Vees head coach and general manager Fred Harbinson said. “Our leadership is solid with the addition of Taylor who I’ve seen mature during his time with the Vees. With regards to Jonny, he has trusted the process and his actions over the offseason have shown he deserves to wear a letter.” Ward, a Kelowna native, enters his third season as a member of the Vees having played 116 regular season games and scoring 33 points. He played a big role in the Vees Fred Page Cup championship last season, scoring four goals and adding five assists in 21 games. He is committed to attend the University of Nebraska-Omaha in the fall of 2018. Tychonick, from Calgary, begins his second season patrolling the Vees blue line after scoring three times and tallying 20 assists in 48 games. He was also named to Team Canada West for the 2017 World Junior ‘A’ Challenge in Bonnyville, Alberta where he scored once with one assist in four games. He is slated to attend the University of North Dakota next fall.

Rivermen Name Budy Captain:

The Langley Rivermen are proud to announce Brendan Budy as our captain for this upcoming season. Brendan is entering his second season with the Rivermen after an impressive rookie season where he posted 15 goals, 30 assists in 56 games played. “Brendan epitomizes what being a Rivermen is, his infatuation with getting better both on and off the ice is whats going to push his teammates this season, as it already has throughout training camp.” said Bobby Henderson “It’s a huge honour to be captain, having someone like Cooper Leitch last year to lead us and mentor me throughout the season was really key in my development as a leader. I feel like this year I’ve come into camp with a lot of the same methods I learned from the leadership group. Last year, as a 16yr old they made the transition easy for me. My coaches and teammates pushed me to take pride in being held to a higher standard and thats what drove me this off season. We have a great group here, I’m looking forward to getting this season underway.” Brendan is committed to play hockey at the University of Denver NCAA. The Rivermen kick off their season Friday September 8th against the Surrey Eagles at the South Surrey Arena.

Vipers Shut Down Cents 2-0

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers shut down Cents 2-0

Niko Karamanis scored twice as the Vernon Vipers shut out the Merritt Centennials 2-0 Friday night

Kevin Mitchell

Sun Sep 17th, 2017

Playing hockey in the Nicola Valley Arena is much like skating on a postage stamp. Just call it a pinball game experience.

There isn’t much ice for creativity, but the Vernon Vipers somehow found ways to manufacture enough offence in a 2-0 B.C. Hockey League win over the Merritt Centennials

“It’s always ugly in that building,” said Viper head coach Mark Ferner. “It was a typical game in Merritt. Pucks are everywhere and you have no time and no space. It’s frustrating for the players. “

Niko Karamanis, playing on a line with Keyvan Mokhtari and Jordan Sandhu, scored both goals as the Vipers improved to 3-0 before 450 fans.

Karamanis converted at 17:21 of the first period on a fray with Sandhu retrieving the puck out of a pile of bodies to start the play. Mokhtari and d-man Jack Judson were credited with assists.

Karamanis, named first star, took advantage of a goofy bounce after d-man Michael Young’s point shot was stopped by Jake Berger. Mokhtari earned the other helper.

Ty Taylor recorded 29 saves for the shutout and third star, while Berger made 30 saves for second star.

Ferner said Taylor had to be aware of any pucks coming into the Vernon zone.

“A lot of things happen in a hurry. You take one step out of the corner and you’re at the net.”

Connor Marritt drew in for fellow rookie Coleton Bilodeau and played well on the fourth line with first-years Josh Prokop and Alex Swetlikoff. Injured D Sol Seibel and freshman forward Adam Panacci were also out of the lineup.

Anthony Yamnitsky, who starred for the league champion Wenatchee Wild last year, will start in net as Vernon visit the Wild tonight.

“That’s going to be a big challenge in Wenatchee,” said Ferner.

The Vipers will be road warriors until Saturday, Oct. 7 when they host the Penticton Vees.

The Wild shaded the host Trail Smoke Eaters 3-2 in double overtime Friday night with Lucas Sowder supplying the winner at 1:34 of the second OT period. Sowder and Ross Armour of the Smokies each scored twice before 1,917 fans at Cominco Arena.

Rookie Lukas Sillinger pulled the hat trick as Penticton grounded the host Salmon Arm Silverbacks 6-2 in front of 945 fans at the Shaw Centre.

In Nanaimo, the Powell River Kings parlayed 3+2 from Kevin Obssuth into a 9-1 shelling of the Clippers before 990 fans at Frank Crane Arena.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Vernon 5 Wenatchee 1

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

No Scoring

2nd Period:

2:47 VER Jimmy Lambert (3) ASST: Chris Jandric (1)
4:31 VER Alex Swetlikoff (2) ASST: Josh Prokop (2), Chris Jandric (2)
11:23 WEN Jasper Weatherby (2) ASST: AJ Vanderbeck (1), Lucas Sowder (3)

3rd Period:

0:38 VER Brett Stapley (3) ASST: Jimmy Lambert (5) (PP)
5:10 VER Keyvan Mokhtari (1) ASST: None (SH) 
15:58 VER Shane Kelly (1) ASST: Tanner Wishnowski (3), Brett Stapley (4)

Wenatchee outshot Vernon 37-24 Anthony Yamnitsky made 36 saves in the win, while Seth Eisele made 19 saves in the loss.

This was just the Vipers second win over Wenatchee since the Wild joined the BCHL. The Vipers last win over the Wild was a 3-2 overtime victory in Wenatchee November 14th 2015

Boxscore,

http://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/7878

Game Report,

https://lscluster.hockeytech.com/game_reports/official-game-report.php?client_code=bchl&game_id=7878

Text Boxscore,

https://lscluster.hockeytech.com/game_reports/text-game-report.php?client_code=bchl&game_id=7878

Game Preview: Wild Home Opener: Vernon @ Wenatchee:

Vernon (3-0-0-0) @ Wenatchee (2-0-0-0) 7:05pm

Tonight is the first of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Wenatchee Wild. The Wild went 3-0-0-0 vs the Vipers last season

Last Game:

Friday, September 15th Vernon defeated Merritt 2-0
Friday, September 15th Wenatchee defeated Trail 3-2 double overtime

Next Game:

Thursday, September 21st BCHL Showcase: Vernon vs Alberni Valley
Saturday, September 23rd BCHL Showcase: Wenatchee vs Nanaimo

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Vernon 2 Merritt 0

Scoring Summary

1st Period:

17:20 VER Niko Karamanis (1) ASST: Jack Judson (1), Keyvan Mokhtari (1)

2nd Period:

No Scoring

3rd Period:

16:01 VER Niko Karamanis (2) ASST: Jesse Lansdell (3), Finn Evans (3)

Vernon outshot Merritt 32-28 Ty Taylor made 28 saves for the win-shutout, while Jacob Berger made 30 saves in the loss.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

http://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/7867

Merritt Centennials Blog,

http://q101.ca/sports

Game Report,

https://lscluster.hockeytech.com/game_reports/official-game-report.php?client_code=bchl&game_id=7867

Text Boxscore,

https://lscluster.hockeytech.com/game_reports/text-game-report.php?client_code=bchl&game_id=7867

Williamson Plays In Career Game 150

Vernon Vipers fourth year forward-captain Jagger Williamson played his 150th career game tonight in the Vipers 2-0 victory in Merritt.

Jagger Williamson's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=247144

Vipers Third Jersey's:

It looks like the Vipers will be going with the same set of third jersey's they wore last season, as they are wearing them tonight in Merritt.

Cents Looking For A Win Versus Vipers:

This was in yesterday's Merritt Herald Newspaper:

Cents looking for a win versus Vipers on Friday

By Ian Webster on September 14, 2017

It’s still early in the season, and certainly no time to hit the panic button yet.

That said, the Merritt Centennials will be looking to improve their performance considerably this Friday when the Vernon Vipers come to town, following two disappointing Cents’ home-ice losses on the opening weekend of  the BCHL regular season.

The number one need is to stay out of the penalty box. Centennials’ indiscretions in their first two outings resulted in a combined total of 15 power-play opportunities for the opposition. Time spent in the sin bin basically cost the Cents both games.

Players and coaches can moan all they want about the way games are being called in today’s hockey, but it’s the teams that adjust and adapt to the evolving standards that more often than not wind up winners. Fundamental Darwinism at work.

The second need is for a functional powerplay. The Centennials went 0-for-8 with the man advantage on the weekend — and looked terrible in the process. They had difficulty gaining the other team’s zone, struggled to set up when they did get across the blueline, and couldn’t find passing or shooting lanes in order to generate legitimate scoring chances.

All is not doom and gloom, however. The Centennials’ first 120 minutes of hockey also displayed a number of bright spots.

First and foremost was the solid netminding of Merritt’s Jake Berger. Despite allowing four goals each night in the two weekend losses, the 20-year-old Minnesotan looked poised, quick and ready to have an outstanding year. With a very capable Vincent Duplessis waiting in the wings, puckstopping is not going to be the Cents’ Achilles heel this season.

The Centennials’ young and inexperienced blueline brigade made a few glaring errors in week one, but for the most part acquitted themselves well. The opposition only scored four even-strength goals over two games — a testament to the resiliency of Merritt’s defensive corps.

Up front, there’s plenty of speed and individual skill in the forward group, and some solid physicality. They just need to work more cohesively as a team, and get pucks on net. Once the vets and the rookies get on the same page, there definitely could be some sparks fly.

Merritt will be put to the test this Friday by a retooled Vernon team that won both of its weekend games against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Vipers are led by veteran forwards Jimmy Lambert (BCHL Player of the Week with five points in two games), Brett Stapley and Jagger Williamson, along with returning defensemen  Michael Ufberg and Chris Jandric, as well as netminder Ty Taylor.

Friday’s puck drop is at 7 p.m.

Game Preview: Vernon @ Merritt:

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

Tonight is the first of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Merritt Centennials. The Centennials went 4-1-1-0 vs the Vipers last season

Last Game:

Saturday, September 9th Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 6-5
Saturday, September 9th Wenatchee defeated Merritt 5-3

Next Game:

Saturday, September 16th Vernon @ Wenatchee
Saturday, September 16th Merritt @ West Kelowna

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Vipers Hit The Road:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers hit the road

Morning Star staff

Fri Sept 15th 2017

It's road trip time for the Vernon Vipers.

The 2-0 Snakes visit the 0-2 Merritt Centennials tonight to start a stretch of eight away tilts in 22 days. Vernon takes on the defending champion 1-0 Wild Saturday night in Wenatchee.

The Cents lost 5-1 to Wenatchee and 4-2 to the Penticton Vees in home-ice action on opening week-end. They gave up 15 powerplay opportunities while going 0-8 with the man advantage.

Merritt had difficulty gaining the other team's zone, struggled to set up when they did get across the blueline, and couldn't find passing or shooting lanes in order to generate legitimate scoring chances.

All is not doom and gloom, how-ever. The Centennials first 120 minutes of hockey also displayed a number of bright spots.

First and foremost was the solid neminding of Jake Berger. Despite allowing four goals each night in the weekend losses, the 20-year old Minnesotan looked poised, quick and ready to have an outstanding year. With a very capable Vincent Duplessis waiting in the wings, puckstopping is not going to be the Cents Achilles heel this season.

The Vipers, meanwhile don't get a home game until Saturday, Oct. 7 against Penticton. They rang up 11 goals in a pair of wins over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks with goalies Anthony Yamnitsky and Ty Taylor both posting wins. Yamnitsky was the No. 1 tender in Wenatchee last season.

Returning centre Brett Stapley says his line with veteran Jimmy Lambert and newcomer Tanner Wishnowski is meshing well along with the entire team. They pocketed a dozen points in Saturday night's 6-5 win.

"That was a fun game to play in, an offensive game back and fourth a lot," said Stapley. "I think we're starting to get comfortable with one another now and it's good to see that. He's (Wishnowski) fitting in well. We had some nice give-and-goes."

The Vipers will roll four lines most nights and kill teams on the powerplay.

"I have a feeling this team's going to be pretty special," said Stapley. "We havew four lines that are skilled and they can skate."

Meanwhile the grand opening of the BC Hockey Regional Centre-Okanagan is today at the Shaw Centre in Salmon Arm.

The event starts at 3:45pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a Hot Stove panel prior to the Silverbacks-Vees game. All events are open to the pulic.

BC Hockey Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Barry Petrachenko, and Salmon Arm Mayor Nancy Cooper will be present.

The Hot Stove League includes Salmon Arm Sportd Inc. Group president and GM Troy Mick, a former professional player. Petrachenko and Salmon Arm Minor Hockey Association (MHA) president, Yim Giandomenico.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Lake City Casino Goal Of The Game – #23 Jimmy Lambert

This is posted on the Hockeytube.net:

LCC Goal Of The Game – #23 Jimmy Lambert

September 11, 2017 HockeyTube

LCC Goal Of The Game – #23 Jimmy Lambert – Once again we will be bringing you the Vernon Vipers Goal Of The Game sponsored by Lake City Casino.  The first GOTG was a beauty by speedy forward#23 Jimmy Lambert who netted his first goal of the season against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The veteran forward scored a short-handed breakaway goal to tie the game at 5-5. He would also score the game winner a few minutes later. Lambert actually had a five point night including three assists as well.

The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan  product opted to return to the Vipers to play his final year of Junior instead of accepting an NCAA scholarship in Alaska. He’ll be one of the big contributors to the team’s offence this season.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7gVAisaMaE

Vipers Unveil New Home Jersey's:

The Vernon Vipers unveiled their new home jersey's Saturday night in the Vipers home opener vs the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Vipers had been wearing their previous home jerseys since the 2009-10 season. Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 6-5. The Vipers will wear the previous Florida Panther home & away jersey's for the 2017-18 season. The Panthers wore these jersey's from 2006-2016 before coming out with new jerseys-logo last season. The Vipers have yet to unveil their third jersey for this season.

Thanks to Lisa Mazurek for posting some photo's from the Vipers home opener over the weekend.

Follow Lisa on her twitter account,

https://twitter.com/LisaMPhotos?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.vipers.bc.ca%2F







Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Shane Kelly vs Justin Wilson:

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Shane Kelly vs Justin Wilson 9-9-17

September 11, 2017 HockeyTube

Shane Kelly vs Justin Wilson 9-9-17 – Near the end of a BCHL game between the Vernon Vipers and Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Viper defenceman Shane Kelly dropped the gloves to scrap Silverbacks forward Justin Wilson. The 6’5″ Kelly got the better end of the battle as both players let go to launch  bombs but Kelly’s found it’s target leaving Wilson stunned and in a vulnerable state.

You never like to see a player get hurt and to Wilson’s credit he didn’t go down despite taking a huge shot from the Viper blueliner. For Kelly, he’s solidifying himself as a tough customer and someone you want to think twice about going toe to toe with.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=houla1FbsGQ

Lambert Rates BCHL’s Opening-Week POW:

This is in todays Motning Star Newspaper:

Lambert rates BCHL’s opening-week POW

Kevin Mitchell

Wed Sep 13th, 2017

Jimmy Lambert nicely surprised the Vernon Vipers by postponing his college career by a year.

Everybody expects the 20-year-old Saskatoon streak to ring up big numbers in his third B.C. Hockey League season and he took just one game to earn Player of the the Week (POW) honours with five points in the Vipers’ 6-5 win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday night.

Lambert pocketed 2+3, including the winner with 7:21 to play, as Vernon took their home opener before 2,139 fans. Centre Brett Stapley, named second star, added 2+2 and newbie Tanner Wishnowski, a former Kelowna Rocket, produced 1+2 to give the speedy and creative trio a 12-point night.

The Silverbacks went in front 3-2 after 20 minutes, connecting twice on four powerplays.

“We were battling everything,” smiled Lambert. “We were battling ourselves, the refs and the other team tonight. We held on to it and didn’t let the emotions get too much of us. We hung on. Ty (Taylor) may have been struggling in net but he didn’t give up on us and we didn’t give up on him.”

The Vipers, who have 15 players with Junior A or better experience, only rate an honourable mention in the Canadian League’s pre-season top-20. The Penticton Vees, with 16 players on NCAA scholarships, are No. 1, while the Chilliwack Chiefs, 8-2 losers to the Prince George Spruce Kings, are ranked sixth.

Vernon visits the Merritt Centennials Friday night and meet the Wild Saturday night in Wenatchee. The Snakes don’t have another home game until Saturday, Oct. 7 against Penticton.

The Vipers, meanwhile, officially named highly popular Jagger Williamson captain on Monday.

The four-year veteran and Michigan Tech Huskies commit, is a consummate leader who is one game shy of 150 in the BCHL and is coming off a career-high 37-point season.

Williamson, a Lumby product who played Midget Rep in Vernon, is the first local captain of the team since Dave Robinson in 2010-2011.

Joining Williamson as alternates will be Lambert, Shane Kelly and Jesse Lansdell.

Williamson is high on the appointed leadership group while saying several other older players are leaders despite not having a letter.

“I would say I lead by example, but I will definitely be more vocal this year; if somebody’s having a bad shift, I’ll try and pick them up,” said Williamson. “I’ll compete every shift and show the young guys how the Vipers play. I’ll maintain my off-ice habits and make sure the Viper culture is respected as well.”

Viper assistant coach Kevin Kraus, who captained the Royal Bank championship team in the 2009-10 season, says the man known affectionately as ‘Jags’ is a coach’s dream.

“The important thing is that since he came here at 16, he’s been pretty much an extension of the coaching staff,” said Kraus. “He’s a very smart player and has done everything we’ve asked of him. He’s a top-notch kid on and off the ice.”

Williamson registered Vernon’s first goal of the season and his line with Lansdell and Finn Evans did most of the damage in a 5-1 victory Friday in Salmon Arm.

The Gorillas went ahead 5-4 early in the third period Saturday when Logan Mostat fooled Taylor with a wrister from the right flank.

Lambert equalized five minutes later when he beat Bo Didur on a shorthanded breakaway. D-man Shane Kelly and Jordan Sandhu drew assists. Lambert supplied the winner when he banged in a rebound after Wishnowski drove the net hard. Stapley earned the secondary helper.

“They (‘Backs) came out with a better effort tonight,” added Lambert. “You gotta give them credit. They played hard.”

Rookie d-man Josh Prokop made it 4-4 midway through the middle stanza with a shot from the right side which trickled in off the far post. Officials first waved off the goal despite the goal judge turning on the red light, but ruled it a good snipe after a brief discussion.

Defenceman Mitch Stapley, named third star with 1+2, put the Silverbacks in front 4-2 just 2:21 into the second period on a powerplay point shot. Hudson Schandor and Noah Wakeford picked up assists.

Marcus Mitchell, Riley Hayles and Akito Hirose counted first-period goals for Salmon Arm, while Wishnewski, on a nifty spin-around move, and Stapley countered for Vernon. Hirose deflected Hayles’ shot in mid air 39 seconds into a crosschecking minor on Williamson with 16 seconds left in the opening period.

“It was definitely a lot better effort than last night for sure,” said the Silverbacks’ Mitch Stapley, playing against his younger brother, Brett, for the second straight year. “I thought our lateral game was quite a bit better. We were half a step off from where we need to be, but we’re working in the right direction.”

First-year Salmon Arm head coach Scott Atkinson addressed his team for almost 20 minutes following the loss.

“He was saying he was happy with this group, that there is a lot of character in that dressing room and that we’re gonna do great things,” said Stapley.

Kelly and Justin Wilson engaged in a heavyweight scrap with eight seconds remaining near the Viper blueline. Kelly stunned Wilson with a heavy right hand to take the unanimous decision. Wilson shook off the punch and skated off the ice with class.

“That was a nice fight,” said Lambert. “I guess Wilson must have just been a little ticked off from what was going on. He actually picked the fight and Shane-O accepted, and you all saw what happened there…one punch.”

SNAKE BITES: Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 30-24. Didur was wearing jersey No. 20, a regular forward number since the team’s new black sweaters arrived in peculiar sizes…Former Viper Zack Andrusiak, of Armstrong, scored his third and fourth goals of the pre-season as the Seattle Thunderbirds lost 5-3 to the Kootenay Ice in WHL play Saturday…Vernon’s Ben King had a solid camp with the Swift Current Broncos. The towering 15-year-old was a first-round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam draft. He will play for the Okanagan Major Midget Rockets…The birthday club sees Williamson turn 19 next Monday and D Mike Ufberg hit 20 on Sept. 24. Viper head coach/director of player personnel Mark Ferner celebrated his 52nd last Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Vernon Vipers 2017-18 Player Intro Video:

This is posted on Hockeytube.net

Vernon Vipers 2017-18 Player Intro

September 10, 2017 HockeyTube

Vernon Vipers 2017-18 Player Intro – Hockeytube.net is please to announce we’ll be working with the ‘Six Time National Champion Vernon Vipers for another exciting BCHL season. The Junior A hockey team owned by Dr. Duncan Wray has been a perennial powerhouse for the past 25 years and one of the most recognized tier II teams in Canada. This year, the Vipers are a veteran squad with a number of three-year players, BCHL vets  and blue chip recruits.

Here is the intro video we produced for the team’s home opener on September 9th. Looking forward to another exciting year working with this squad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRS1oCLIHOg

Lambert Named Player Of The Week:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Lambert takes 1st BCHL POW of the season

September 11, 2017

Vernon Vipers forward Jimmy Lambert has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 10, the league announced Monday.

Lambert had a five-point night, including the tying and winning goals in the third period, in a 6-5 Vipers home win Sunday. The product of Saskatoon had already assisted on three Vipers goals going into the third period when they fell behind by a goal to Salmon Arm. Lambert tied the game with a shorthanded effort and then got the winner just 2:21 later.

His scoring outburst puts him atop the BCHL scoring leaders after opening weekend. He is committed to NCAA Div. I University of Alaska-Fairbanks for next season.

Honourable Mentions this week:

Surrey Eagles F Johnny Wesley: 3G, 1A, 1st Star

West Kelowna Warriors F Matt Kowalski: 3G, 1A, natural hat trick, GWG, 1st Star

Wenatchee Wild F Lucas Sowder: 1G, 2A, native of Trinity, Fla., 30 minutes from Tampa Bay

Powell River Kings G Mitch Adamyk: W, 54 saves/58 shots, .931 sv%, 1.91 GAA

Chilliwack Chiefs F Will Calverley: 3G, 1A, hat trick, 1st Star

Vipers Receive Honourable Mention For CJHL Top-20 Preseason Rankings:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

CJHL Preseason Top-20

September 7, 2017

CALGARY, Alta. – The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) announced Thursday itsTop 20 preseason rankings for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign with Penticton Vees (BCHL) being slotted in at No. 1 overall.

The preseason rankings, compiled by an independent scouting service, were based upon a variety of factors, which includes the league in which the teams belong to, last season’s results in regular season and playoffs as well as initial recruiting efforts for the upcoming season.

As the quest for the 2018 RBC Cup in Chilliwack, B.C. begins with regular season action getting underway in the coming days across the entire CJHL, the initial Top 20 rankings for 2017-18 will be announced on Monday, Sept. 25.

CJHL PRESEASON TOP 20

NO. 1: PENTICTON VEES (BCHL)
Head Coach/GM: Fred Harbinson

NO. 2: BROOKS BANDITS (AJHL)
Head Coach/GM: Ryan Papaioannou

NO. 3: CARLETON PLACE CANADIANS (CCHL)
Head Coach/GM: Jason Clarke

NO. 4: BATTLEFORDS NORTH STARS (SJHL)
Head Coach/GM: Brandon Heck

NO. 5: COBOURG COUGARS (OJHL)
Head Coach: John Druce
GM: Brent Tully

NO. 6: CHILLIWACK CHIEFS (BCHL)
Head Coach/GM: Jason Tatarnic

NO. 7: OTTAWA JR. ‘A’ SENATORS (CCHL)
Head Coach: Martin Dagenais

NO. 8: LES COBRAS DE TERREBONNE (LHJAAAQ)
Head Coach/GM: Robert Dubuc

NO. 9: FORT MCMURRAY OIL BARONS (AJHL)
Head Coach/GM: Tom Keca

NO. 10: WOODSTOCK SLAMMERS (MHL)
Head Coach: Fabian Joseph
GM: Danny Braun

NO. 11: GEORGETOWN RAIDERS (OJHL)
Head Coach/GM: Greg Walters

NO. 12: DRYDEN GM ICE DOGS (SIJHL)
Head Coach/GM: Kurt Walsten

NO. 13: WHITECOURT WOLVERINES (AJHL)
Head Coach/GM: Gord Thibodeau

NO. 14: COLLÉGE FRANCAIS DE LONGUEUIL (LHJAAAQ)
Head Coach/GM: Pierre Petroni

NO. 15: WENATCHEE WILD (BCHL)
Head Coach/GM: Bliss Littler

NO. 16: PORTAGE TERRIERS (MJHL)
Head Coach/GM: Blake Spiller

NO. 17: PICTOU COUNTY WEEKS CRUSHERS (MHL)
Head Coach/Assistant GM: Doug Doull
Assistant GM: Chad McDavid

NO. 18: POWASSAN VOODOOS (NOJHL)
Head Coach: Beau Moyer
GM: Chris Dawson

NO. 19: STEINBACH PISTONS (MJHL)
Head Coach/GM: Paul Dyck

NO. 20: TORONTO JR. CANADIENS (OJHL)
Head Coach: Jeff Angelidis
GM: Blake Ricci

HONOURABLE MENTION

HM: VERNON VIPERS (BCHL)
Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations: Mark Ferner

HM: VICTORIA GRIZZLIES (BCHL)
Head Coach/GM: Craig Didmon

HM: BURLINGTON COUGARS (OJHL)
Head Coach: Terry Richardson
General Manager: Alex Bezerra

HM: CORNWALL COLTS (CCHL)
Head Coach/GM: Ian MacInnis

HM: ELLIOT LAKE WILDCATS (NOJHL)
Head Coach/GM: Corey Bricknell

ABOUT THE CJHL

The Canadian Junior Hockey League is a national organization comprised of all 10 Junior ‘A’ hockey leagues in Canada.

The CJHL represents 132 teams and over 3,000 players.

They also boast over 2,800 former players furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college level across North America.

CJHL ONLINE & SOCIAL MEDIA

Website: cjhlhockey.com
Twitter: @cjhlhockey
Facebook: /canadianjuniorhockeyleague

Monday, September 11, 2017

Vipers Record League's Highest Attendance Over Weekend:

This is on the Hockeynight In Manitoba twitter account:

Sep 11 2017

Vernon is team to beat for Opening Night Attendance. Many other teams yet to start the season at home.

Vipers Name Williamson Captain:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

September 11, 2017

Vipers Name 2017-18 Captains

by Vernon Vipers

Recent News

VERNON, B.C.  SEPTEMBER 11th, 2017

The Vernon Vipers are proud to announce the leadership group for the 2017-2018 season.

Wearing the ‘C’ this year will be local product and 4-year Viper, Jagger Williamson. The Michigan Tech commit, is a game shy of 150 in the BCHL and is coming off a career high 37 points. He wore an ‘A’ last season and was a key contributor to the leadership of the team alongside last years captain Riley Brandt. Williamson is the first local captain of the team since Dave Robinson in 2010-2011.

Joining Williamson will be Jimmy Lambert, Shane Kelly and Jesse Lansdell.

Jimmy Lambert, who returns for his 20year old season, wore an ‘A’ last season. The Saskatoon product rang up 19 goals last season. Lambert’s ability to make his teammates better is just one of the many attributes he brings to the table. His veteran presence and experience will allow him to help the talented group of younger players on the team.

Shane Kelly was an instrumental part of the team last season and has been rewarded with his hard work and dedication. On the ice, the Orchard Lake, Michigan product, had 3 goals and 9 assists. His defensive play was extremely solid and caught the attention of Air Force, where he will play next season.

Jesse Lansdell joined the Vipers in October of last season and had an immediate impact. As he learned the Viper culture and structure, his play reflected that in his ability to score and defend. The 19 year old from Langley, has had an impressive start to the season with 4 points in 2 games, but also gaining the reputation for a selfless player with a half dozen blocked shots in those games. We would like to congratulate these 4 players on wearing letters this season.

Viper Alumni Ciocco Suffers Unusual Injury:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Josh Ciocco suffered and unusual injury post workout in late August. He became aware that he could not feel or move his leg and went immediately to the hospital.  Doctors diagnosed Josh with something called compartmental syndrome. He had damaged a muscle in his leg so severely portions of the muscle had died and the blood flow to his entire leg had been compromised. He also had a lot of toxins in his blood stream because of the necrosed tissue. Unfortunatley, Josh's kidneys have been unable to filter the toxins and he has had at least two round sof dialysis as of Saturday. Josh has also had two surgery's to deal with the removal of dead muscle tissue. He is not comfortable and is still unable to use his leg as of this post. He is currently in the ICU at Rhode Island Hospital.

For more on the story, Here is a gofundme page for Josh to help cover his medical expenses,

https://www.gofundme.com/joshciocco

Ciocco is in his second season as an Assistant Coach with Brown University.

Ciocco spent the previous three seasons as Assistant Coach with the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves. Prior to joining the Seawolves Ciocco was an Assistant Coach with the Milton Academy varsity hockey team and prime contributor to the U.S. Hockey Report.

Ciocco played parts of two years in Vernon from (2001-2002). The Vipers traded Mark Nelson & Tyler Scofield January 10th 2001 to Prince George for Josh Ciocco, Rod Pelley & Dan Rossi. On November 22nd 2002 the Vipers traded Ciocco to Cowichan Valley for Bryan McGregor. In 39 games with the Vipers Ciocco collected (21-goals-24-assists-45-points).

Josh Ciocco's Player-Coaches Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=74772

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Vipers-Silverbacks Post Game Interviews:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Lambert Scores Two In Win

by Vernon Vipers

Recent News

VERNON, B.C.  SEPTEMBER 9th, 2017

Jimmy Lambert scored twice in the third, including a shorthanded marker, in the space of 2:21 to deliver a 6-5 comeback win at home for the Vernon Vipers over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

The ‘Backs led 3-2 after the first with Marcus Mitchell, Riley Hayles and Akito Hirose tallying while Tanner Wishnowski and Brett Stapley scored for Vernon. Mitch Stapley put the visitors up two early in the second but replies from Brett Stapley and Josh Prokop tied it going to the third.

Logan Mostat put Salmon Arm ahead again early in the third but on a ‘Backs power play in the middle of the final frame, Lambert scored shorthanded to tie it and then followed shortly after with the winner. Lambert also picked up three assists for a five-point night and was named 1st Star.

WATCH IN HD – Make sure you click the gear on the video to watch in 1080P 60fps. High quality!

The Vernon Vipers will now be on the road for nearly four weeks and won’t be back home until October 7th when they play host to the Penticton Vees.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loG9IKJqCAA

Vipers Fall Silverbacks:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers fall Silverbacks

Morning Star September 10 2017

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks let their home opener against the visiting Vernon Vipers get away from them; when the final buzzer sounded the score was 5-1 Vernon.

Vernon opened the scoring just over three minutes into the game as a shot from Jagger Williamson made it past Bo Didur in net for the Silverbacks.

Jesse Lansdell struck again for the Vipers before the end of the opening period assisted by Williamson and Michael Ufberg.

Josh Latta of the Silverbacks had a scoring opportunity on a breakaway in the final minutes of the period but couldn’t solve goaltender Anthony Yamnitsky.

Lansdell scored again after the midway point of the second period — flicking the puck over Didur as he dove for a rebound.

Vernon tallied up two more goals from Jack Judson and Alex Swetlikoff early in the third.

Just seconds after Vernon’s last goal the Silverbacks avoided a shutout with a goal from Justin Wilson, assisted by Max Wutzke and Mitchell Stapley.

The Silverbacks and Vipers face off again in Vernon at 6 p.m. on September 9.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Vipers Home Opener: Vernon 6 Salmon Arm 5

I have had season tickets for the past 28 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for close to thirty five years. I've missed only three home games since 1998-99 season. For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Silverbacks game as Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 6-5 in front of 2,139 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Ty Taylor
Salmon Arm: Bo Didur

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Game Preview: Vipers Home Opener: Salmon Arm @ Vernon:

Salmon Arm (0-1-0-0) @ Vernon (1-0-0-0) 6pm

Tonight is the second of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Vipers lead the season series 1-0

Last Game:

Friday, September 8th Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 5-1

Next Game:

Friday, September 15th Vernon @ Merritt
Friday, September 15th Penticton @ Salmon Arm

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Ex Viper Brushett Scores Overtime Winner In Eagles Debut:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Ryan Brushett scored the overtime winner at 1:41 in his Eagles debut giving the Surrey Eagles a 5-4 overtime win over the visiting Langley Rivermen Friday night.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

http://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/7853

Brushett collected two points in the victory was traded to Surrey September 6th for future considerations. Brushett played parts of last season in Vernon picking up (10-goals-16-assists-26-points) in 50 games with the Vipers.

Ryan Brushett's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=251475

Season Opener: Vernon 5 Salmon Arm 1

I have had season tickets for the past 28 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for close to thirty five years. I've missed only three home games since 1998-99 season. For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Silverbacks season opener as Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 5-1 in front of 913 fans at the Shaw Centre.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Anthony Yamnitsky
Salmon Arm: Bo Didur

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Game Preview: Season Opener: Vernon @ Salmon Arm:

Vernon (0-0-0-0) @ Salmon Arm (0-0-0-0) 7pm

Tonight is the first of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Vipers went 1-0-0-1 vs Salmon Arm in exhibition. The Vipers won last year's regular season series vs Salmon Arm going 5-0-0-2

Last Game:

Saturday, September 2nd Exhibition Vernon defeated Trail 5-3
Saturday, September 2nd Exhibition Salmon Arm defeated West Kelowna 5-1

Next Game:

Saturday, September 9th Salmon Arm @ Vernon

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Vipers Stacked And Ready To Roll:

This is in todays Morning Star newspaper:

Vipers stacked and ready to roll

The Vernon Vipers have a veteran-studded roster as the 56th B.C. Hockey League season opens

Kevin Mitchell

Fri Sep 8th, 2017

They’ve played some basketball and golf in between visits to the beach. It’s now Game On for the Vernon Vipers as the 56th B.C. Hockey League season opens Friday night in Salmon Arm.

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