Monday, February 27, 2017

Ex Viper Goaltender Musico Re-Joins Swamp Rabbits:

The American Hockey League Hartford Wolf Pack have assigned former
Vernon Vipers goaltender PJ Musico to the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

Musico attended the New York Rangers Training Camp in October, was assigned to the American Hockey League Hartford Wolf Pack before joining the Swamp Rabbits.

After playing four years of University at Penn State, Musico signed his first professional contract with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Greenville Swamp Rabbits October 13th 2015 before being traded February 9th 2015 to the ECHL Quad City Mallards. The American Hockey League (AHL) Chicago Wolves signed Musico February 27, 2016 where he would finish the season. Musico would head back to Greenville signing with the Swamp Rabbits July 7, 2016.

Musico attended the Vernon Vipers 2008 Training Camp before being released.

PJ Musico's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=59168

This was in the Greenville Newspaper:

Swamp Rabbits shake up roster as season nears

Oct. 11, 2016

Four days after their final exhibition and four days before the season opener, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits made a seismic shift of their roster.

Greenville, which opens Friday at Florida, announced today it has added nine players and released 12 from the roster that completed its preseason at 1-1 with a 5-1 win Friday at Atlanta.

Perhaps the most intriguing newcomer is Brandon Halverson, a 6-foot-4 goaltender who is rated among the New York Rangers' top 20 prospects by almost every site covering the NHL organization. Halverson, 20, is a pro rookie who was New York's second-round pick in the 2014 NHL draft.
Assigned to the team by the Rangers, Halverson will compete with Swamp Rabbits veterans Jeff Malcolm, who is on loan by the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack, and P.J. Musico, who is coming off a 34-save effort in the preseason win at Atlanta.

Also of note joining the team is forward Alan McPherson, who scored 72 points in 71 games with ECHL rival Elmira the past two seasons. He was released from a tryout with Hartford.

The Rangers also reassigned 6-foot-7 defenseman Troy Donnay to Greenville, where he played played 61 games during the 2015-16 season. The other players added to the roster were forward Tommy Thompson and defensemen Joe Houk, Matt Prapavessis, Spiro Goulakos and Zach Loesch.

None of the released players were on the Swamp Rabbits' roster during the 2015-16 season. Among those released were brothers Matt, Peter and Nick Plesa.

Although the roster could change before the opener, Greenville has an ECHL-maximum 21 players, 18 of whom can be active for any game.

Forwards (10): McPherson, Thompson, Brandon Alderson, Tyler Brown, Bretton Cameron (captain), Andrew Dommmett, Trevor Gerling, Matt Johnson, Angelo Miceli, Paul Zanette.

Defensemen (8): Donnay, Goulakos, Houk, Loesch, Prapavessis, Desmond Bergin, Chad Duschene, Tyler Elbrecht.

Goaltenders (3): Halverson, Malcolm, Musico.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Smokies Burn Vipers:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Smokies burn Vipers

by Staff Writer - Vernon Morning Star

Feb 26, 2017

It was a game that meant everything to the Trail Smoke Eaters, and nothing to the Vernon Vipers.

The hometown Smokies scored three times in the second period to beat the Vipers 3-1 in B.C. Hockey League action Friday before 1,889 fans at the Cominco Arena.

The two teams met Saturday at Kal Tire Place to close out the regular season.

The Vipers have secured second place in the Interior Division and a first-round playoff bye.

Trail, going into the final weekend, was in a battle with the West Kelowna Warriors for third place and home-ice advantage in the opening round against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

Friday’s win, combined with West Kelowna’s 8-3 loss to the Centennials in Merritt (Vernon’s Brett Jewell scored twice for the Centennials), left Trail alone in third place, two points ahead of the Warriors, who finished the season Saturday in Salmon Arm.

A West Kelowna win and a Trail loss would give the Warriors third place.

Merritt ended its regular season Friday and will finish fifth. The Cents will play Trail or West Kelowna.

The highest remaining seed after the first round will face the pennant-winning Penticton Vees, while the lowest seed remaining gets a date with the Vipers starting March 17.

The Vees went into Chilliwack and shutout the Chiefs 3-0 Friday.

After a scoreless first period, the Smoke Eaters opened the scoring at 8:55 as Kale Howarth notched his 30th of the year on a powerplay. Troy Ring would make it 2-0 with his seventh on the man advantage at 15:05 and Josh Laframboise scored his 25th at 19:31 to give Trail a 3-0 lead entering the third period.

Jimmy Lambert broke Linden Marshall’s shutout bid with his 19th of the year for the Vipers at 8:55.

Marshall finished with 39 saves as Vernon outshot Trail 40-24. Ty Taylor took the loss for the Vipers.

Vernon defenseman Michael Ufberg is the Interior Division’s finalist for the league’s top defenceman award.

Ufberg, a 19-year-old out of Philadelphia, has seven goals and 36 points in 56 games. The slick 5-foot-9, 185-pounder often anchors the powerplay. He is up for the award along with the Island Division’s Jake Stevens of the Victoria Grizzlies and the Mainland Division’s Tyler Anderson of the Prince George Spruce Kings.

Finalists for the Vern Dye Memorial Award as league MVP are Penticton Vees goalie Mat Robson; goalie Matthew Galajda of the Grizzlies and forward Brendan Harris of the Wenatchee Wild.

The finalists from each of the league’s three divisions were decided on by a first-round of voting by league coaches.

Another round of coaches voting will decide the winner for each trophy and the results will be announced before the playoffs begin.

The New York Islanders have signed Viper grad Connor Jones to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract for the remainder of the 2016-17 season. He has been loaned to the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Jones, 26, has played 47 games with the Sound Tigers this season, recording 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) and a plus-10 rating. The third-year pro initially signed a professional tryout (PTO) with Bridgeport at the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign and notched 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 51 games with the Sound Tigers last season. In addition, he appeared in three Calder Cup Playoff games with Bridgeport in 2015-16.

Prior to turning pro, Jones played four seasons at Quinnipiac University alongside his twin brother and fellow Sound Tigers forward, Kellen Jones.

The twins helped Vernon win back-to-back Royal Bank Cups in 2009-10.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Vernon 7 Trail 1

I have had season tickets for the past 27 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for well over thirty years. Ive 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-Smoke Eaters game as Vernon defeated Trail 7-1 in front of 2,122 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Ty Taylor
Trail: Zach Dyment

1st Period: Off the opening faceoff, Jimmy Lambert drove hard to the goal was denied in front by former Vernon Vipers goaltender Zach Dyment who made a huge save from in close, was forced to come across the crease to try and stop Brett Stapley at the side of the goal on the rebound who beat Dyment but rang his shot off the post. Vernon with two quality chances inside the opening minute. The Vipers would jump on an early powerplay, just fifty three seconds into the game. Jesse Lansdell in tight couldn't beat Zach Dyment down low as the Snakes with just two shots couldn't capitalize with the man advantage. The Vipers went back to the powerplay thirty five seconds later and would find the back of the net. Cameron Trott setup Steven Jandric at the side of the net, giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 3:47 Trott & Jimmy Lambert with the assists. The Vipers with good pressure, had several good looks in and around the Trail goal, forced Zach Dyment into making some key saves, keeping this a one goal game. Just minutes before the halfway mark Simon Sagissor took a big hit along the side wall, wasn't pleased with the check, tried going after a Trail player, while Connor Clouston was egging on Korbyn Chabot into dropping the gloves. Two altercations going on inside the Smokies zone, before the play was blown dead. Clouston & Chabot were sent to the penalty box. Just before the midway mark Ryan Brushett, Austin Adamson and Brett Stapley all had great scoring chances, couldn't solve Zach Dyment. Just past the halfway mark Brett Stapley would get another two quality opportunities, couldn't beat Dyment. Dyment was keeping his club in the hockey game at this point with the Snakes rolling. Later in the second half the Smoke Eaters would get their first look with the powerplay. Ty Taylor made his biggest save of the night to this point, kicking out a big pad save off a quick shot from the high slot before Connor Brown-Maloski setup Luke Santerno at the side of the net, hit the open cage tying the game 1-1 at 17:30 Brown-Maloski and Kale Howarth picked up the helpers. Steven Jandric tried to deke out Zach Dyment as he cut towards the front of the goal, was hauled down giving the Snakes a powerplay with only nine seconds remaining in the opening frame. The Vipers won the draw deep in the offensive zone, setup at the point before Cameron Trott's point shot was redirected in on it's way to the goal by Brett Stapley, giving Vernon a 2-1 lead at 19:56 Trott and Michael Ufberg collected the assists. A hit along the side wall at the buzzer drew a large crowd as everyone jumped in as a big scrum broke loose at the buzzer. Lots of pushing and shoving before the melay was broken up. Trail would come out with a powerplay to start the 2nd period. It was 2-1 Vernon after 20 minutes of play. The Vipers jumped on the Smokies early, looked very good in the opening period. I thought the Snakes were by far the better of the two teams, had a ton of quality chances, carried most of the play, had lots of good pressure, were moving the puck well. The Smoke Eaters played a lot of the 1st in their own end, didn't generate much for offence, had very little time in the offensive zone. Zach Dyment kept his team in the game, giving them a chance to win. If it wasn't for some big stops, the Snakes could have easily had a four or five goal lead going into the middle frame. Vernon outshot Trail 12-10.

2nd Period: The Smokies started the second period on the powerplay, just their second of the evening. Luke Santerno with a great opportunity in front was robbed by a diving Ty Taylor who made his biggest save of the night. Taylor and the Vipers defence couldn't clear the front of the net, as the puck was lying in the blue paint a mad scramble informed in and around the Viper goal. Former Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Josh Laframboise wired a quick shot from the top of the circle beat Vipers starting goaltender Ty Taylor but hit the crossbar as the Smokies come very close to tying the game. Trail with a ton of pressure, had the Snakes scrambling inside their own end, were firing everything towards the Vernon net but couldn't tie the game on the powerplay. Less then three minutes later the Smoke Eaters went back to the powerplay, again had some good looks, couldn't solve Ty Taylor. Taylor made some big stops as the Snakes were able to kill off the minor. The Vipers would then jump on the powerplay but struggled with the extra man as it was all Trail to start the 2nd period. Steven Jandric couldn't hit the net on a wrap around just as the penalty expired. Just before the midway mark Austin Adamson setup Ryan Brushett in front who scored on the Vipers first shot of the period, giving Vernon a 3-1 lead at 9:49 Adamson with the lone assist. This was a big momentum changer as the Snakes got life and turned the game around. The Vipers slowly got their game going and started rolling. Vernon would take over the edge in play and get some good looks but had troubles getting pucks to the net. With just over five minutes remaining Josh Laframboise couldn't beat Ty Taylor on a three on one, back come the Vipers. Jimmy Lambert setup Brett Stapley who beat Zach Dyment, giving Vernon a 4-1 lead at 14:51 Lambert & Steven Jandric drew the helpers. A big save at one end before a goal at the other end of the rink. A tough break for the Smokies. Trail would get a late powerplay but unable to capitalize. Just seconds before the penalty expired the Vipers would get another penalty, sending the Smoke Eaters back to the powerplay to finish the period. Shorthanded Jagger Willamson and Riley Brandt lead the two on one attack, Williamson kept and fired missing the goal. The Smoke Eaters would run out of time as it was 4-1 Vernon after 40 minutes of play. Trail with a great start, jumped on the Snakes early and often. The Smokies with a ton of pressure-chances on an early powerplay, couldn't solve Ty Taylor who was large for Vernon on the penalty kill. The Smoke Eaters took it too Vernon for most of the first half, but couldn't capitalize on their chances. The Vipers needed almost ten minutes to get their first shot of the frame, made it count, scoring on their first shot of the 2nd giving them a 3-1 lead. Vernon seemed to build off this goal and play much better into the second half. I thought Trail was by far the better team in the first ten minutes, while Vernon was the better team in the second half. Trail outshot Vernon 15-6.

3rd Period: The Smokies started the final frame with the powerplay that was carried over from the 2nd period. The Vipers able to kill off the remaining seconds. Four minutes into the 3rd Josh Laframboise beat Ty Taylor with a blast from the circle ringing his shot off the far post as Trail come within inches of getting to within two goals. Just over five minutes into the 3rd Jesse Lansdell dropped the mits with Kyle Chernenkoff as the two were tossed for fighting. About a minute and a half later Brett Stapley setup Steven Jandric after some nice three way passing, giving Vernon a 5-1 lead at 6:46 Stapley and Jimmy Lambert picked up the helpers. This goal really looked to take the life out of the Trail Smoke Eaters. On the following play Trail would jump on the powerplay but shorthanded Riley Brandt and Austin Adamson in on the two on one rush, Brandt was stopped by Zach Dyment. The Smokies would get some good looks but couldn't find the back of the net as the Snakes killed off the minor. Just over two minutes later Connor Clouston sprung Jagger Williamson for the breakaway, beat Zach Dyment fivehole giving Vernon a 6-1 lead at 11:45 Clouston drew the lone assist. On the following play, Steven Jandric was stopped in close as the Vipers had a few good chances in close. About a minute and a half later Sol Seibel spotted Brett Stapley who ripped a lazer that beat Zach Dyment far side giving Vernon a commanding 7-1 lead at 13:14 Seibel with the lone assist. This was the end of the night for Dyment who gave up seven goals on thirty four Vernon shots, was replaced by Linden Marshall. On the following play the Smokies with a goal mouth scramble, tried jamming home the loose puck before Ty Taylor looked to knock the net off, giving him a penalty, sending Trail to another powerplay. The Smoke Eaters with some good looks-chances couldn't solve Ty Taylor who was on his game this evening. The Snakes would kill off the minor. Trail still pushing had some good pressure late, were unable to find the back of the net. In the dying seconds Luke Santerno couldn't beat Ty Taylor on the wrap around just before the buzzer. Vernon would finish the regular season with the 7-1 victory. The Snakes put this game away with three 3rd period goals, chased Zach Dyment from the nets. The Smoke Eaters even down and out, didn't quit, kept battling, had some good pressure at times, had several good looks-opportunities just couldn't catch a break-or capitalize on their chances. Vernon outshot Trail 16-9.

Following the game the Vipers held their annual year end awards banquet on the ice.

Most Popular Player- Riley Brandt
Leading Scorer- Steven Jandric
MVP- Darion Hanson
Rookie Of The Year- Michael Ufberg
Most Sportsmanlike- Niko Karamanis & Austin Adamson
Unsung Hero- Jimmy Lambert
Bill Brown Award for Academic Excellence- Brett Stapley
Most Improved- Ty Taylor
Blue Liners Academic Scholarship- Connor Clouston
Renee Holland Community Service Award- Jagger Williamson
Wayne Buck Memorial Award- Brett Stapley
Inspirational Leader- Hunter Zandee

Top Player's: (Vernon)

Michael Ufberg (1 assist) I thought had a real strong game on the blueline. Really saw-read the ice well, moved the puck well, made some heads up plays through out the win.

The line of Brett Stapley (3 goals & 1 assist), Jimmy Lambert (3 assists) & Steven Jandric (2 goals & 1 assist) combined for ten points tonight between the three. This line was deadly tonight and very dangerous through out the night. It seemed like everytime any of these three touched or were near the puck, it went in. Brett Stapley with a huge game, collected the hat trick, looked very strong.

Austin Adamson (1 assist) I thought played very well. Made some nice plays, was skating hard, moving the puck well.

Riley Brandt Played with a lot of jump-energy, played physical at times, was very good.

Connor Clouston (1 assist) Played with an edge, had a strong game on the backend. Was mixing it up through out the night, was good in his own end.

Chris Jandric I thought also was very good on the point, played well at both ends of the rink.

Ty Taylor (33 saves) Was very good between the pipes, stopping thirty three of thirty four Trail shots. Didn't see much rubber-action in the 1st but was the difference to start the 2nd period. Taylor was forced into several big stops on the penalty kill and five on five with the Smokies pressing. Again in the 3rd even with the game out of reach, come up with several key stops. Looked-played very well in the victory.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

Other then the first half-ten minutes or so of the 2nd period I thought the Vipers come to play and played very well in a statement game. After a tough-disappointing 3-1 loss in Trail last night, the Snakes rebounded with a big 7-1 victory this evening. These two teams could meet in the second round of the playoffs, so the Vipers wanted to send a message, saying it wont be easy and especially in our rink. I thought all four lines played hard-well, contributed through out the night. I thought Vernon showed a lot of hustle-energy, played with some emotion and didn't back down from the after the whistle activities. The Vipers offence-skill was just too much for Trail to handle-defend against. Vernon was really firing on all cylinders tonight, the forwards were really clicking. The Snakes played a much more consistent game tonight over the past few games. Tonight's turning point come after the Smokies had all kinds of pressure-opportunities, couldn't capitalize on their chances, carried the better of the play for the first half of the 2nd period before Ryan Brushett's goal gave Vernon a 3-1 lead just before the midway mark. Trail had a ton of pressure-quality chances early to start that middle frame couldn't solve Ty Taylor. The Snakes win the season series 5-2 finish the 2016-17 regular season 2nd in the Interior Division with a record of 30-19-5-4 will get the first round bye in the playoffs. This is the thirty sixth time a Vernon junior hockey team has recorded atleast thirty wins or more in a regular season. The Snakes will now be off for three weeks, wont play until the second round March 17th & 18th in Vernon. This is a terrible playoff format-schedule. The entire Vipers regular season schedule was brutal through out the season.

Top Player's: (Trail)

Ryan Warner I thought played well on the Smokies blueline.

Luke Santerno (1 goal) Had a few looks-opportunities, was buzzing in and around the net on several occasions. Good skater, always going to the net.

Connor Brown-Maloski (1 assist) Played hard, battled-competed.

Andre Ghantous Played with an edge, was getting under the skin of several Vipers through out the night. Really mixing it up in the 3rd, was a pest all game.

Kale Howarth (1 assist) I thought was one of if not Trails best forward-player in the loss. A very good skater-puck handler, moves the puck well, creates-generates chances, dangerous with and without the puck.

Zach Dyment (27 saves) Was replaced by Linden Marshall in the 3rd after giving up seven goals on thrity four Vernon shots. I don't think you can blame the Smoke Eaters goaltender tonight, saw a lot of rubber, kept his team in the game in that opening frame, making some huge saves, giving his team a chance to win early. Without Dyment this game could have been well out of hand after the 1st period.

Game Thought's: (Trail)

After a very hard fought emotional win last night over the Snakes, the Smoke Eaters couldn't keep Vernon off the score sheet tonight. You have to wonder if the Smoke Eaters didn't use up all their energy-emotion in last night's 3-1 victory, simply emptying the tanks Friday. Trail had some quality chances, couldn't capitalize on their opportunities-also couldn't solve Ty Taylor who was big between the pipes for the Vipers. The Smoke Eaters couldn't seem to catch a break-or a bounce all night. Giving up the second goal with just four seconds remaining in the 1st was a big blow and then giving up the third goal just before the halfway mark of the 2nd period was another killer, especially after Trail was the better of the two teams in the first half, looked to have the Vipers on the ropes. The Smokies missed some opportunities with the powerplay, battled-competed, couldn't keep the puck out of their own net. Other then the first half of the 2nd and different shifts in the 3rd Vernon was the better of the two teams and it showed on the scoreboard. Give the Smoke Eaters credit, they didn't fold the tents, kept battling-playing hard till the final buzzer, just didn't seem to have that extra step in their game come the 3rd period. With the loss Trail will finish 3rd in the Division with a record of 26-26-5-1 two points up on West Kelowna. With the Warriors loss in Salmon Arm tonight, the Smokies will clinch 3rd and host the Silverbacks next weekend in round one of the BCHL playoffs. Penticton Vees assistant coach Jason Becker was in attendance.

Scratches:

Vernon:

Cooper Watson (Mono)
Hunter Zandee (Injured)
Luke Gingras

Trail:

Mitchell Stapley (Injured)
Carter Cochrane
Ryan Moon
Ross Armour

Energy Player of the Game:

Brody Dale

Three Star's:

1st Star: Brett Stapley (3 goals & 1 assist)
2nd Star: Steven Jandric (2 goals & 1 assist)
3rd Star: Jimmy Lambert (3 assists)

Boxscore-Game Summary,


Game Report,


Text-Boxscore,


Game Preview: Trail @ Vernon:

Trail (26-25-5-1) @ Vernon (27-19-5-4) 6pm

Tonight is the seventh and final regular season meeting between the Vernon Vipers & Trail Smoke Eaters. The Vipers lead the season series 4-2

Last Game:

Friday, February 24th Trail defeated Vernon 3-1

Next Game:

Friday, March 3rd Trail vs (waiting for opponent)
Friday, March 17th Vernon vs (waiting for opponent)

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


Friday, February 24, 2017

Trail 3 Vernon 1

Scoring

1st Period:

No Scoring

2nd Period:

8:55 TRA Kale Howarth (30) ASST: Luke Santerno (31), Josh Laframboise (29) (PP)

15:05 TRA Troy Ring (7) ASST: Andre Ghantous (36), Blaine Caton (18) (PP)

19:31 TRA Josh Laframboise (25) ASST: None

3rd Period:

8:55 VER Jimmy Lambert (19) ASST: Brett Stapley (32), Cameron Trott (18)

Vernon outshot Trail 40-24 Linden Marshall made 39 saves in the win, while Ty Taylor made 21 saves in the loss.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

http://bchl.ca/game-summary?game_id=7698

Game Report,

http://rscluster.hockeytech.com/game_reports/official-game-report.php?client_code=bchl&game_id=7698

Text-Boxscore,

http://rscluster.hockeytech.com/game_reports/text-game-report.php?client_code=bchl&game_id=7698

Game Preview: Vernon @ Trail:

Vernon (27-18-5-4) @ Trail (25-25-5-1) 7:30pm

Tonight is the sixth of seven regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Trail Smoke Eaters. The Vipers lead the season series 4-1

Last Game:

Saturday, February 18th Vernon defeated Alberni Valley 4-1
Saturday, February 18th Merritt defeated Trail 4-2

Next Game:

Saturday, February 25th Trail @ Vernon

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

Vernon Vipers Alumni-WHL Hockey On Sportsnet:

Former Vernon Vipers "AP" forward Dante Hannoun (2013-14) & the Victoria Royals take on the Vancouver Giants in Langley tonight at 7:30pm on Sportsnet.

Awards Finalists:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Awards Finalists

February 23, 2017

After the first round of voting by coaches, the finalists from each of the BCHL’s three divisions have been determined for the annual league awards.

Another round of coaches voting will decide the winner for each trophy and the results will be announced next week before the playoffs begin.

Here are the finalists for the 2016-17 BCHL awards:

MVP (Vern Dye Memorial Trophy)

Island: Matthew Galajda, goaltender, Victoria Grizzlies

Mainland: Brendan Harris, forward, Wenatchee Wild

Interior: Mat Robson, goaltender, Penticton Vees

Rookie of the Year (Bruce Allison Memorial Trophy)

Island: Cam Donaldson, forward, Powell River Kings

Mainland: Brendan Budy, forward, Langley Rivermen

Interior: Zach Risteau, forward, Merritt Centennials

Top Defenceman Trophy

Island: Jake Stevens, Victoria Grizzies

Mainland: Tyler Anderson, Prince George Spruce Kings

Interior: Michael Ufberg, Vernon Vipers

Most Sportsmanlike Player (Bob Fenton Trophy)

Island: Cam Donaldson, forward, Powell River Kings

Mainland: Brendan Harris, forward, Wenatchee Wild

Interior: Grant Cruikshank, forward, Penticton Vees

Coach of the Year (Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy)

Island: Craig Didmon, Victoria Grizzlies

Mainland: Bliss Littler, Wenatchee Wild

Interior: Fred Harbinson, Penticton Vees

The BCHL’s goaltender awards are not voted on. The Goaltending Award will go to the goalie with lowest goals-against average and at least 1,000 minutes played. The Wally Forslund Award for best goalie tandem goes to the goalie teammates with the lowest combined goals-against average.

Other league awards that are not voted on are the Brett Hull Award for top scorer and the Ron Boileau Memorial Trophy for the team with the best regular-season record.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ex Viper Stevenson Recieves Honourable Mention For Player Of The Week:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Chase Stevenson receives honourable mention for Player of the Week.

Stevenson is in his first season with the West Kelowna Warriors, attended the Vipers training camp in August. Stevenson never played any exhibition games was injured during camp, before being placed on the injured reserve to start the regular season. Stevenson was released early into the regular season. The Warriors signed Stevenson November 9th 2016. In 31 games this season, Stevenson has (10-goals-10-assists-20-points).

Chase Stevenson's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=299156

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Kozlowski almost flawless in BCHL POW turn

February 20, 2017

Salmon Arm Silverbacks goaltender Trevin Kozlowski has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending February 19, the league announced Monday.

Kozlowski was in net for two of the team’s three wins for the week and he was named 1st Star both games. His first outing was a 5-1 win over Interior-leading Penticton where he made 35 saves and he topped that with a shutout including 29 saves in a 1-0 home win over Merritt. Committed to Army West Point for next season, Kozlowski wound up making 64 saves on 65 shots for a .985 save percentage and 0.50 goals-against average.

Honourable Mentions this week:

Penticton Vees G Mat Robson: 2W, SO, 1st Star, 3rd Star, 53 saves/54 shots, .981 sv%, 0.49 GAA

Wenatchee Wild F Brian Williams: 5G, 3A, 2nd Star, GWG

Wenatchee Wild F Matt Baker: 2G, 5A, 1st Star, FortisBC Energy Player of the Game

Chilliwack Chiefs D Connor McCarthy: 2G, 3A, 1st Star

Chilliwack Chiefs F Kohen Olischefski: 4G, 2A, two 3rd Stars, GWG

West Kelowna Warriors F Chase Stevenson: 4G, 2nd Star, 2 GWGs

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stapley Commits To Denver University:

This is posted on Hockeytube.net

Brett Stapley Commits to Denver University

Posted by HockeyTube on Feb 20th, 2017

Vernon Viper second year forward Brett Stapley has committed to the University of Denver for the 2018-19 season. The talented forward made the decision earlier this week to join the NCAA school after what will be his 3rd year playing Junior A hockey with the BCHL Vipers.  Stapley talks about what weighed in his decision to join the Denver University Pioneers in the future.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQKGC76nJtU

Brett Stapley

Position: F
5’10 / 165lbs
Shoots: R
Birthdate: 1999-02-23
Birth place:
Home town: Campbell River, BC, Canada
2016-17 Regular Season:
GP 50 G 13 A 31 PTS 44 Pt/G 0.88

Vipers Giving Away Free Playoff Tickets:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers giving away free playoff tickets

by Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Feb 22, 2017

A loud and energized crowd is sometimes worth a goal for the home team come playoff time.

The Vernon Vipers are banking on some youthful enthusiasm when they open the B.C. Hockey League post-season.

The Vipers are giving free tickets to all children and students during round two of the playoffs, thanks to sponsorship from Hytec, Kiss FM and The Morning Star.

“Hytec and Kohler are thrilled to continue on with our partnership with the Vernon Vipers in finding ways to give back to the community,” said Michael Sanfilippo, Hytec business manager.

“We saw this as an excellent opportunity to partner with Kiss FM and The Morning Star to continue to make an impact and get the kids out to see some great playoff hockey. Go Vipers.”

There is no purchase necessary. However, each child or student will require a game ticket to be admitted.
The Vipers are stoked to be part of this campaign with the three companies.

“Now let’s fill the building,” said Todd Miller, Vipers executive vice-president.

The Vipers have secured a first-round bye. They are scheduled to begin the playoffs Friday, March 17 and March 18 at Kal Tire Place (both 7 p.m. starts).

Tickets for the playoffs will go on sale at the Vipers office Feb. 27 at 10 a.m.

Season-ticket holders will have until noon on game day to pick up their seats or they will be released for general sale. Adult tickets for round two will be $16, while seniors will be $14.

Meanwhile, the Vipers will be down a defenceman when they finish the regular season with a home and home series against the Trail Smoke Eaters starting Friday in the Kootenays.

“We just found out Cooper Watson has mono,” said Viper head coach/GM Mark Ferner. “He was at practice yesterday (Monday) but couldn’t finish. We’re going to shut him down for a while.”

The towering Watson, 20, missed both games last weekend after feeling sick to his stomach. He had blood work done Saturday.

F Hunter Zandee (knee) has been back skating and should be ready for the playoffs. The 20-year-old was injured Jan. 25 in a 3-3 double overtime tie with the Vees in Penticton.

Captain Riley Brandt scored twice as the Vipers bounced the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 4-1 before 2,089 fans Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

Brandt, named first star, converted powerplay tallies two minutes apart late in the first period. The Trail product has nine snipes on the season. Jagger Williamson and d-man Chris Jandric drew helpers on both goals.

Luke Gingras registered his fourth of the year with one second left in the opening 20, while D Connor Clouston netted his second early in the third. Alex Macdonald replied for the Dawgs 4:09 into the second stanza.

“We were fortunate to have the lead, but I didn’t think we played that well,”said Ferner. “I thought our effort was much better the night before and we lost (4-2 to Victoria Grizzlies).”

Ex-Viper F Keith Anderson took on D Shane Kelly in a non-eventful scrap with 2:24 left in the game.

Alberni Valley, who will miss the playoffs, outshot Vernon 36-30. Darion Hanson improved to 14-14-4 with a 1.84 GAA. Carson Schamerhorn, a Kelowna product, dipped to 4-12.

The Wenatchee Wild ran over the Langley Rivermen 6-1 Saturday and took the BCHL title, becoming the first American team to do so since the Bellingham Blazers (1975 and ‘79). Wenatchee is 43-9-4-0.

The Interior Division final four spots won’t be decided until this weekend with the Smokies and West Kelowna Warriors tied for third with 56 points, four ahead of the Merritt Centennials, who are a deuce in front of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

Salmon Arm surprised the first-place Vees 5-1 Saturday before 4,225 fans at the South Okanagan Events Centre and iced Merritt 1-0 Sunday. Californian Trevin Kozlowski was in net for both wins.

Vernon’s Brett Jewell supplied an empty netter as the Cents doubled the Smokies 4-2 Saturday. Jewell has 13 goals.

D James Miller connected at 3:34 of overtime as the Vees shaded the Grizzlies 2-1 Sunday.

F Zach Risteau of the Cents has committed to the St. Lawrence University Saints for the 2018-19 season.

The 18-year-old Minnesota native leads Merritt with 48 points (25 G) in 48 games. Risteau has 13 multiple-point games this season.

Viper grads Kellen and Connor Jones assisted on former Smoke Eater/Vee Travis St. Denis’ ninth of the year as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers toppled the visiting Hershey Bears 5-1 in American League play Sunday afternoon before 3,456 fans at the Webster Bank Arena.

Connor has five goals and 17 points, while Kellen has 3-8-11. The twins are 26 and in their first year with Bridgeport, the top affiliate of the New York Islasnders. Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves for the Sound Tigers, third in the Atlantic Division at 33-16-1.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

HYTEC To Sponsor Free Vipers Tickets:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

HYTEC To Sponsor Free Tickets

February 20, 2017

by Vernon Vipers

The final weekend of the BCHL regular season is upon us and the Vernon Vipers have some exciting news regarding the playoffs.

Vernon is scheduled to begin playoff action on Friday March 17 and Saturday March 18 at Kal Tire Place. The Vipers will have to wait until the conclusion of round one to find out who their opponent will be as the Snakes have secured a first round playoff bye. Due to a scheduling conflict at Kal Tire Place both the Friday and Saturday games will be 7pm starts.

Tickets for the playoffs will go on sale at the Viper Office beginning on Monday February 27th at 10am. Season ticket holders will have until 12 noon on game day to pick up their seats or they will be released for general sale. Adult tickets for round two will be $16.00 while seniors will be $14.00.

The Vernon Vipers are very pleased to announce that all Children and Students tickets in Round two will be FREE. Hytec, 1075 Kiss FM and The Vernon Morning Star are pleased to make this possible. There is no purchase necessary however each child or student will require a game ticket to be admitted.

Hytec a Kohler Company is very pleased to offer this opportunity to local youth and families in the North Okanagan, Michael Sanfilippo is the Business Manager for Hytec, “Hytec and Kohler are thrilled to continue on with our partnership with the Vernon Vipers in finding ways to give back to the community. We saw this as an excellent opportunity to partner with Kiss FM and the Vernon Morning Star to continue to make an impact and get the kids out to see some great playoff hockey. Go Vipers”.

Hytec is a full line manufacturer of gelcoat and acrylic bathtubs and showers as well as many other items with their head office being located in Armstrong.

The Vipers would like to thank Hytec, The Vernon Morning Star and 1075 Kiss FM for this great initiative to open the playoffs for the Snakes. Now let’s fill the building!!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Fred Page Cup Championship Schedule:

This was in my BCHL Newsletter-email

Fred Page Cup Championship Schedule

The 2017 Fred Page Cup playoff format will see 14 teams qualify – four from the Island Division, four from the Mainland Division and six from the Interior Division. (This means all Interior teams are in the playoffs, unless the fifth-place team from the Mainland has more points in the standings than Interior sixth place. In that case, the Mainland team will cross over and play as the No. 6 seed in the Interior).

Also of note for the Interior, the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will have a first-round bye. The Mainland and Island winners will meet in Round 3 to determine who will go to the Finals against the winner of the Interior.

Each round sets up as a best-of-seven series.

The dates for each round will be as follows:

Round 1 – Must be completed between Friday, March 3 and Sunday, March 12

Round 2 – Must be completed between Friday, March 17 and Sunday, March 26

Round 3 – Must be completed between Friday, March 31 and Sunday, April 9

Round 4 (Fred Page Cup Finals) – Must be completed between Friday, April 14 and Sunday April 23

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Vernon Vipers Press Conference Set For Monday:

This is on the Vernon Vipers twitter account:

February 19th 2016 

We'll be making a major announcement regarding playoffs tomorrow morning! Exciting news!

Grizzlies Brush Back Vipers 4-2

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Grizzlies brush back Vipers 4-2

by Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Feb 19, 2017

Two teams with aspirations of long playoff runs blessed with loads of speed and solid structure on defence. Something had to give between the Vernon Vipers and Victoria Grizzlies Friday night at Kal Tire Place.

The Grizzlies’ 747 start was the difference as they grounded the Vipers 4-2 in an entertaining B.C. Hockey League tilt before 1,743 fans.

Tim Friedmann (15th), d-man Cody Van Lierop (4th), first star Keyvan Mokhtari (19th) and Nathan Looysen (19th), into an empty net with 20 seconds remaining, scored for Victoria (36-11-3-4).

Friedmann and Van Lierop supplied goals 61 seconds apart early in the opening period with Mokhtari making it 3-0 with 84 seconds left in the stanza.

Said Mokharti, a Burnaby product who scored with a quick wrister wheeling down the left wing: “We knew they were gonna come out hard and we had to weather the storm at the beginning, but that lead we got in the first period helped us to calm down for the rest of the game, and even when we were only up by one, we were very confident we could get the job done.

“They’re a really good team; they’re second in their division. They’ve got a lot of speed and grit and you can see they like to hit and play physical so we tried to stay out of the stuff after the whistles and make sure we played our game and not fall into their trap.”

Ryan Brushett, with his ninth, and Brett Stapley, with his 13th, on powerplays seven minutes apart in the third period, answered for Vernon (28-18-5-4).

Vernon captain Riley Brandt showed great poise along the right sidewall to keep a loose puck inside the Victoria zone before d-men Cameron Trott and Michael Ufberg moved the puck to Brushett from five feet out.

The Vipers outshot the Grizzlies 37-26 with all-star Matthew Galajda improving to 24-9 with a marvellous showing. Ty Taylor dropped to 12-11.

Victoria took four of six minor penalties. Stapley, who just committed to the Denver University Pioneers for the 2018-19 season, was named the Fortis Energy Player of the game for Vernon. He supplied the goal of the night, taking a feed from Jimmy Lambert in stride and juking and jiving in front before going top shelf. Ufberg drew the secondary assist.

Ufberg’s high shot from the left point bounced high off Galajda’s chest and rolled away from the crease as Vernon pressed for the equalizer with six attackers in the final 83 seconds. Looysen grabbed a loose puck just outside the blueline, skated past centre and buried a wrister for the empty netter.

“That was a tough loss,” said Ufberg, chosen second star. “We didn’t come out of the gate too strong but after the first 10 minutes or so, we came together and outplayed them the rest of the game. All the guys put in a good effort tonight.”

On Victoria, Ufberg said: “They’re a good team, You gotta give them credit. They’ve kind of got all the tools: a lot of skill up front and some big bodies that can hit, some skill on the back end and their goalie played phenomenally tonight. It’s a team that we may see again if we end up winning our division, in the Fred Page Cup.”

Brandt tossed the two heaviest hits of the night, levelling d-man Dayne Finnson with an open-ice smash with two minutes and change left in the first period and later rocking Mokhtari to the ice on a late Victoria powerplay in the third.

The Vipers carried most of the play in the second period, outshooting the Grizzlies 15-8 and enjoying a few Grade A scoring chances. Vernon product Coleton Bilodeau played on the Viper fourth line with Simon Sagissor and Brody Dale and just missed in the low slot after a sweet pass by Lambert late in the period. Jesse Lansdell came inches away from converting a wraparound on Galajda shortly after.

Mokharti believes the Grizzlies have the moxy to reach the league finals. They clipped the Penticton Vees 2-1 in OT at home and have played the Wenatchee Wild tough.

“We have strength from the back,” said the 5-foot-8, 160-pound roadrunner. “We’ve got a really good dee core and our goaltending’s really good. It makes it easy for us forwards since we can get out of our zone pretty easy most of the time and we can go down and create some offence.”

The Vipers host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs Saturday at 6 p.m., while the Grizzlies visit the West Kelowna Warriors at Royal LePage Place. The Salmon Arm Silverbacks shut out the Dawgs 4-0 Friday night at Shaw Centre, while the Warriors lost 5-0 to Penticton.

Vernon product Blaine Caton registered his 14th and 15th goals of the season as the Trail Smoke Eaters dispatched the Merritt Centennials 8-5 before 1,407 fans at Cominco Arena. The Smokies are third in the Interior with 56 points, two more than West Kelowna and four in front of the Cents. The Silverbacks clinched the crossover playoff spot and have 46 points.

The Vipers finish the regular season next weekend with a home and home series with the Smokies and then get a 20-day break before the playoffs.

Vernon was without injured F Hunter Zandee and ill D Cooper Watson. Alternate captain Jagger Williamson was given the night off.

Prince George Spruce Kings’ D Tyler Anderson, who was traded by West Kelowna after six games this year, has signed a letter of intent with Lake Superior State Lakers. The towering Manitoba native has 18 goals and 47 points.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Vernon 4 Alberni Valley 1

I have had season tickets for the past 27 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for well over thirty years. Ive 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-Bulldogs game as Vernon defeated Alberni Valley 4-1 in front of 2,089 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Darion Hanson
Alberni Valley: Carson Schamerhorn

1st Period: Off the opening faceoff former Vernon Vipers forward Nicholas Rasovic broke in for the parcial breakaway, beat Darion Hanson before ringing his shot off the post. The Dogs would get the games first powerplay of the game, just over a minute into the 1st. The Bulldogs jumped on the Vipers early with several scrambles in and around the goal, had some pressure-looks but couldn't capitalize with the man advantage. Alberni Valley kept the pressure going, had the Snakes hemmed in their own end, back on their

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Game Preview: Alberni Valley @ Vernon:

Alberni Valley (16-29-7-2) @ Vernon (27-18-5-4) 6pm

Tonight is the second and final regular season meeting between the Vernon Vipers & Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The Bulldogs lead the season series 1-0

Last Game:

Friday, February 17th Victoria defeated Vernon 4-2
Friday, February 17th Salmon Arm defeated Alberni Valley 4-0

Next Game:

Friday, February 24th Vernon @ Trail
Sunday, February 19th Alberni Valley @ Coquitlam

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Victoria 4 Vernon 2

I have had season tickets for the past 27 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for well over thirty years. Ive 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-Grizzlies game as Victoria defeated Vernon 4-2 in front of 1,742 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Ty Taylor
Victoria: Matthew Galajda

1st Period: Just twenty four seconds into the opening frame, Jamie Rome going hard to the net couldn't beat Ty Taylor at the top of the crease on a quality chance inside the opening minute for the Grizzlies. Back come the Vipers about a minute and a half later, Ryan Brushett with a good chance in close, couldn't beat Matthew Galajda. The Grizzlies would open the scoring after a wicked shot from well out. T.J. Friedmann lazer of a shot went top corner crossbar and in beating Ty Taylor giving Victoria a 1-0 lead at 3:30 Keyvan Mokhtari picked up

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Game Preview: Victoria @ Vernon:

Victoria (35-11-3-4) @ Vernon (27-17-5-4) 7pm

Tonight is the second and final regular season meeting between the Vernon Vipers & Victoria Grizzlies. The Grizzlies lead the season series 1-0

Last Game:

Saturday, February 11th Vernon defeated West Kelowna 3-1
Sunday, February 12th Victoria defeated Salmon Arm 5-3

Next Game:

Saturday, February 18th Alberni Valley @ Vernon
Saturday, February 18th Victoria @ West Kelowna

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Denver Super High On Viper Centre Stapley:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Denver super high on Viper centre Stapley

by Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Feb 17, 2017

Brett Stapley averages approximately 24 minutes ice time a game with the Vernon Vipers. He would play the full 60 if head coach Mark Ferner would let him.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Vipers vs Warriors Bad Blood:

This is posted on Hockeytube.net

Vipers vs Warriors Bad Blood

Posted by HockeyTube on Feb 13th, 2017

Vipers vs Warriors Bad Blood – The Vernon Vipers and West Kelowna Warriors wrapped up their regular season series with some more last second bad blood. The game which had some chippy moments saw some fireworks on a literal last second rush by West Kelowna’s Chase
Dubois who first took a slash from one Viper and then a huge body check from #4 Cameron Trott.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8x5yFt1YGwc

This is not the first time these two teams engaged in some rough stuff near the end of the game.

Bad Blood Part 1

http://www.hockeytube.net/2014/12/11/bad-blood-vernon-vs-west-kelowna/

Bad Blood Part 2

http://www.hockeytube.net/2014/10/21/vernon-vipers-west-kelowna-brawl-10-18-2014/

Former Vernon Viper Hora Suspended:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Linden Hora has been suspended.

Hora was recruited by the Vipers, played one season in Vernon (2014-15). Hora attended the Vipers 2015 training camp, played in a few exhibition games before being traded before the start of the 2015-16 regular season. The Vipers traded Hora & Tak Anholt to Chilliwack September 9th 2015 for Darren Rizzolo. In 54 games with the Vipers Hora collected (1-goal-3-assists-4-points). In 51 games this year with Chilliwack Hora has (8-goals-9-assists-17-points).

Linden Hora's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=180500

This is posted on the BCHL website:

11-Feb-17 The Chilliwack Chiefs Linden Hora is suspended 2 games for receiving his 3rd minor penalty for goaltender interference.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Stapley Commits To Denver University:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Stapley Commits to Denver University

February 14, 2017

by Vernon Vipers

Recent News

The Vernon Vipers are pleased to announce that Brett Stapley has committed to Denver University, a NCAA Division I school in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference.

Stapley in his second season with the Vipers has 12 goals and 31 assists for 43 points in 48 games this season.

The 5-foot-10 native of Campbell River, British Columbia is a quick footed forward that has a tenacious work ethic and high compete level.

“We are extremely excited for Brett and he has worked very hard to earn this opportunity,” said Viper’s Head Coach Mark Ferner. “It’s a fantastic school with a top notch hockey program and the team couldn’t be happier for him.”

Stapley will also join former Vernon Viper Liam Finlay, who is currenty in his freshman season with the Denver Pioneers.

Vipers Happy With Crease Cops:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers happy with crease cops

by Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Feb 15, 2017

With four games left until the playoffs, the Vernon Vipers are clearly confident in the crease with Darion Hanson and Ty Taylor.

Hanson drew the start Saturday night and took second star with 38 saves as the Snakes shut down the West Kelowna Warriors 3-1 in B.C. Hockey League action before 1,582 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Hanson is the No. 1 goalie in the 17-team BCHL at 13-4-0-2 with a scorching 1.89 goals against average and .944 save percentage. The Minnesota product turns 20 in April and has brought leadership and moxy to the Snakepit since arriving in November.

Taylor, who won’t be 18 until July, is ninth in netminding stats at 12-10-0-2 with a 3.03 GAA and .907 save percentage.

“It”s a treat to not have to worry about your goaltending; that’s a huge part of our success,” said Viper winger Jimmy Lambert. “You need good goaltending to win a championship and I think we have the goaltenders to do it.”

The Vipers will finish second in the Interior Division behind the Penticton Vees. Both teams receive first-round playoff byes.

Vernon hosts the Island Division-leading Victoria Grizzlies Friday night and entertain the Alberni Valley Bulldogs Saturday before ending the regular season with a home and home series the Trail Smoke Eaters starting Friday, Feb. 24 at Cominco Arena.

The Smokies lost 5-4 to the first-overall Wenatchee Wild before a packed house of 1,342 Sunday afternoon in Trail. The Smokies are third, two points in front of the Warriors and four ahead of the Merritt Centennials. The sixth-place Salmon Arm Silverbacks iced the Bulldogs 3-0 Saturday night on the Island and hold a six-point margin on the Surrey Eagles of the Mainland Division for the final crossover playoff berth.

The Vipers opened the scoring midway through the first period as Brett Stapley buried his 12th on a nice feed from behind the goal-line by Steven Jandric. Stapley beat former Viper goalie Cole Demers glove side. Demers recorded several clutch stops as Vernon outshot West Kelowna 15-5 in the opening 20.

Chase Dubois equalized with 1:39 left in the second period on a powerplay (Michael Ufberg off for tripping). Parm Dhaliwal circled behind the net, and from the left face-off circle, spotted an open Dubois on the blocker side for his 17th goal of the season.

Ryan Brushett responded just 48 seconds later with the winner, converting his eighth from the top of the right hash marks over Demers’ shoulder. Jandric and d-man Connor Clouston drew assists.

West Kelowna outshot Vernon 23-8 in the second period with Hanson in brilliant form.

Chase Stevenson, a former Viper prospect, was hauled down by Jagger Williamson and given a penalty shot while the Warriors were shorthanded early in the third period. Stevenson made a move to his backhand and beat Hanson through the legs but the puck slid by the blocker side post.

Just three minutes later, Austin Adamson re-directed a Shane Kelly right point shot for his 16th tally of the season. Ufberg – named first star – earned the secondary helper.

Viper captain Riley Brandt, playing his second game after spending almost six weeks on injured reserve, was chosen the Fortis Energy Player of the Game.

Wenatchee lost 2-0 to the Vees before 4,142 fans at the South Okanagan Events Centre Saturday night and are three points ahead of the Chilliwack Chiefs in the race for the league banner. Wenatchee is bidding to become the first American franchise to claim the BCHL championship since the Bellingham Blazers (1975 and 1979). The Wild and Chiefs each have five games remaining.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Austin Adamson BDO Goal Of The Game:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

#10 Austin Adamson BDO Goal Of The Game 2-11-17

by Vernon Vipers

February 11, 2017

Home Goal Of The Game

Vernon Vipers forward #10 Austin Adamson finds himself in the right place at the right time during a power play opportunity Friday against the Wenatchee Wild. #4 Cameron Trott teed up a blast from the high sclot that deflected off a body and slid to the side of the net allowing Adamson to tap it in.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvfG0veb2z0