Sunday, October 23, 2016

Niko Karamanis BDO Goal Of The Game:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

#21 Niko Karamanis BDO GOAL OF THE GAME 10-16-16

October 22, 2016

by Vernon Vipers

Home Goal Of The Game

The BDO Home Goal Of the Game was scored by #21 Niko Karamanis who was able to pot the winner to give the Vernon Vipers a 3-2 win over the Chilliwack Chiefs. Honourable mention goes to teammate #9 Ryan Brushett who carried the puck for about 20 seconds before dishing off to Karamanis. Michael Ufberg also assisted on the goal, giving him three helpers on the night.

Smoke Eaters Rally To Edge Vipers:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Smoke Eaters rally to edge Vernon Vipers 4-3
by Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star

Oct 23, 2016

For Trail, it was Smoke Eaters’ hockey.

For Vernon, it was a shift away from the Vipers’ trademark.

The visiting Trail Smoke Eaters rallied from a two-goal first-period deficit to edge the Snakes 4-3 in B.C. Hockey League action Friday night before 1,837 fans at Kal Tire Place.

The two teams met again Saturday at the Cominco Arena in Trail.

The Vipers took a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes on goals from Jimmy Lambert and Trail native Riley Brandt, which needed a conference among the four on-scene officials to confirm Brandt’s sharp-angle shot crossed the goal line behind Trail goalie Linden Marshall.

“Falling behind 2-0 after the first period in this building is very tough to come back from,” said Trail assistant coach Curt Toneff.

“We’ve done it a few times this year against some pretty good hockey clubs. We just got back to Smoke Eater hockey in the second, crawled back into the game, and it could have gone either way. Our goalie made some key saves at key times and our guys blocked a few more shots than normal.”

Smoke Eaters hockey, said Toneff, is a hard-and-heavy-style of game, protecting pucks in the offensive zone and playing as a group.

“Simple hockey,” he said. And Trail did that in the second period, scoring three unanswered goals from first star Kale Howarth, defenceman Kyle Chernenkoff (first BCHL goal) and Josh Laframboise.

The line of Howarth, Laframboise and Luke Santerno combined for six points.

Vernon tied it four minutes into the third when a point shot from Chris Jandric hit Jagger Williamson and bounced past Marshall.

Howarth scored his second 75 seconds later, unassisted, going coast-to-coast down the left wing before firing a laser of a wrist shot over  Cole Demers’ left shoulder and into the top corner.

Marshall was named third star for his 45 save effort. Trail outshot Vernon 48-38.

Vipers defenceman Michael Ufberg had two assists to earn second star honours.

“We seemed a little bit lackadaisical out there,” said Lambert of the Vipers’ effort. “We didn’t have much energy or jump to get on the pucks, and we were not as physical as we needed to be. That’s our trademark, be very physical, work hard and we didn’t do that for a full 60 minutes tonight.”

The win moved Trail to within a point of the third-place Vipers in the Interior Division. Trail has picked up points in six of its last eight games, winning five of them.

“The division is going to be tight all year,” said Howarth. “They’re all good teams in this division.”

Vipers head coach/general manager Mark Ferner made his third and fourth roster moves in a week Friday, picking up former Victoria Royals rugged forward Kenny Anderson from the WHL and sending forward Levi Johnson to the Alberta Junior Hockey league’s Drumheller Dragons for future considerations.

Anderson, 6-foot-4 and 205-pounds, played in 33 games with the Royals last season before being cut this year.

“From what I’ve been told, he’s a big, heavy body who has some skill and plays hard,” said Ferner.

“He may be lacking a little bit of confidence right now. He skates well and he’s a really friendly and personable kid.”

Anderson, from Hermiston, Ore., played Friday on a line with Hunter Zandee and Austin Adamson, and nearly scored on his first BCHL shot, one-timing a pass in the slot from Zandee that Marshall got his blocker on.

Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 201-pound Vernon native who rang up 19 points in 45 Junior B Kamloops Storm games last year, recorded one goal and one assist in 11 games with the Snakes.

SNAKE BITES: Vernon played without injured defencemen Connor Clouston (concussion) and Cooper Watson (broken hand), and injured forward Nic Rasovic. D-man Jack Judson was summoned from the Delta Hockey Academy. Judson had been at the Vipers’ training camp...Trail defenceman Mitch Stapley crunched Vernon forward – and younger brother – Brett Stapley into the boards two minutes into the game and received a boarding minor.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Vernon 2 Trail 1


1st Period:

2:46 TRA Kale Howarth (10) ASST: Ethan Martini (2)

2nd Period:

10:12 VER Riley Brandt (5) ASST: Jesse Lansdell (6), Jagger Williamson (7) (PP)
13:06 VER Keith Anderson (1) ASST: Michael Ufberg (10)

3rd Period:

No scoring

Vernon outshot Trail 47-25 Ty Taylor made 24 saves in the win, while Zach Dyment made 45 saves in the loss.

BCHL Boxscore-Game Summary,

Game Preview: Vernon @ Trail:

Vernon (7-6-2-0) @ Trail (7-7-1-0) 7pm
Tonight is the second of seven final regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Trail Smoke Eaters. The Smoke Eaters lead the season series 1-0.

Last Game:

Friday, October 21st Trail defeated Vernon 4-3

Next Game:

Friday, October 28th Penticton @ Vernon

Friday, October 28th Salmon Arm @ Trail

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

Friday, October 21, 2016

Trail 4 Vernon 3

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 Trail defeated Vernon 4-3 in front of 1,837 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Cole Demers
Trail: Linden Marshall

1st Period: The Vipers would get an early powerplay just fourty three seconds into the opening period. Vernon with two good quality chances couldn't capitalize with the man advantage. Shane Kelly stepped into a hard shot from the point that just missed the far corner about halfway through the PP before Christian Cakebread at the end of the powerplay couldn't beat Linden Marshall down low in the dying seconds as Trail would kill off the minor. A few shifts later Kale Howarth lead a Smokies two on one attack but missed the net. A few shifts-plays later the Vipers would open the scoring, Jimmy Lambert ripped a low shot along the ice that beat Linden Marshall giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 5:22 Michael Ufberg and Brett Stapley collected the helpers. The Vipers with good pressure early carried the better of the play had a 6-2 lead in shots at this point. Just past the halfway the Smoke Eaters would get their first look with the powerplay. Troy Ring with a great look at the open cage hit a body in front couldn't tie the game as Vernon would kill off the penalty. A few plays later Spencer McLean with a parcial breakaway couldn't handle the puck before losing it in close on a missed opportunity by Trail. Shortly after captain Riley Brandt surprised most fans in the seats after beating Linden Marshall from a weird angle even looked to fool the referee and goal judge went high and beat Marshall from an impossible angle that somehow found its way into the back of the net, giving Vernon a 2-0 lead at 14:14 Brandt and the Vipers celebrated as the play continued before the referee's stopped play. Both referee's gathered in front of the penalty box to talk about the play-goal. In the mean time the goal light didn't come on after Brandt's shot-goal while the goal judge was shaking his head behind the goal as if to say the puck didn't go in. After a short discussion the referee called the goal on the ice a goal. Brandt would get credited with the goal at 14:14 with Sol Seibel & Jesse Lansdell picking up the assists. Shortly after Kale Halwarth and Luke Santerno broke out on a two on one rush, Howarth tried setting up Santerno who couldn't handle the pass on a missed chance in front. The Smoke Eaters stayed with the play-puck before Howarth and Santerno would both get grade a chances in front both denied by Cole Demers before former Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Josh Laframboise on a third attempt was stopped in close as Trail with three solid chances couldn't beat Demers who stood tall between the pipes for Vernon. Trail playing much better in the second half, was now the better of the two teams and carrying a lot of the play. The Vipers responded late getting some pressure in the offensive zone. Jimmy Lambert with a great chance couldn't give the Vipers a three goal lead was stopped by Linden Marshall. It was 2-0 Vernon after 20 minutes of play. The Vipers got off to a good start, opened the scoring just over five minutes into the period carried the better of the play and were the better of the two clubs in the first half. Trail even though down 2-0 battled back and played much better in the second half, carried the play and were the better team in the final ten minutes. Vernon outshot Trail 14-13.

2nd Period: Vernon would jump on an early powerplay just twenty eight seconds into the middle frame. But it was the Smokies penalty kill that went to work. Trail was outshooting Vernon 2-0 on the penalty kill didn't give up any real good chances were able to easily kill off the minor. The Vipers carried the play early on but were a one man team, were getting stopped at the Smoke Eaters blueline every time. The Vipers tried doing it all themselves were stood up at the line. The Smoke Eaters defence was solid, shutting down Vernon's offence early and often. Trail did a great job at clogging up the neutral zone limiting the Vipers time and space. It didn't take long before Trail changed the momentum of the game and took over full control. The Smokies would get an early powerplay and capitalize. Josh Laframboise with a clean draw setup Ross Armour whos shot was redirected in front by Kale Howarth cutting the Vernon lead to 2-1 at 5:02 Armour and Laframboise with the helpers. The Smokies kept coming were skating circles around the Vipers who were standing still. Trail with lots of jump-energy was by far the better team and it showed. The Vipers quit skating, were basically standing around watching the Smoke Eaters make plays. Trail who carried the majority of the play, had troubles generating any real good chances. Vernon on the other hand was having all kinds of trouble getting into the offensive zone, were taking most of their shots from well outside the zone. Smoke Eaters starting goaltender Linden Marshall was seeing everything with no traffic in front. The Vipers one and only real quality chance come just past the midway mark off the stick of Ryan Brushett who went high after a quick shot from the circle that was either stopped by the shaft of Marshalls goal stick or just missed the far corner. Shortly after Kevin Chernenkoff's shot from an almost impossible angle beat Cole Demers high tied the game 2-2 at 12:31 on a goal Demers would like to have back. Luke Santerno with the lone assist. A few plays later Demers made a big pad save off a shot from in close couldn't control the rebound before stopping Kale Howarth on the second opportunity. The Smoke Eaters would eventually take their first lead of the night after a goal mouth scramble. Josh Laframboise was able to bang home the loose puck with a ton of traffic in and around the Viper crease gave Trail a 3-2 lead at 16:59 Luke Santerno with the helper. Vernon's defence didn't help out Cole Demers basically stood around allowed the Smokies several attempts at the loose puck before finding the back of the net. It was 3-2 Trail after 40 minutes of play. Brett Stapley's older brother Mitchell Stapley missed a few shifts after being looked at by the team trainer. Stapley was having his arm-elbow taped up during the game but stayed in the game. Connor Brown-Maloski took a big hit near centre ice was very slow to get up, couldn't put any weight on one leg, was helped down to the dressing room and didn't return. It was all Trail for most of the 2nd period as the Smoke Eaters dominated the play. Trail playing with a lot of jump-energy were skating, using their speed, outplayed and outworked Vernon this period. The Smokies didn't generate a lot for offensive chances, scored on their opportunities. The Vipers fell asleep and forgot to show up in the 2nd period were not very good. Vernon quit skating, were standing around, not playing as a team, were doing a lot of individual plays. The Vipers struggled offensively couldn't get through the neutral zone, were being stood up at the Trail blueline. Vernon with very little opportunities were shooting from well outside the zone. The Vipers blew a two goal lead now down a goal going into the 3rd. Vernon outshot Trail 20-15. There is no way the Vipers registered twenty shots on goal that period.

3rd Period: Inside the opening minute former Chilliwack Chiefs forward Jesse Lansdell with a great opportunity in front, couldn't connect on the loose puck in front of the Smokies goal, missing on a quality chance in front. A few plays later Kale Howarth with a great chance in close couldn't beat Cole Demers who extended his body to make a huge save keeping this a one goal game. The Vipers really stepped up their play and intensity come the 3rd come out flying. Vernon with several good looks-opportunities in and around the net couldn't get a bounce or break for the puck to go in. Either missing the net, having the shot blocked or Linden Marshall making the save. Jagger Williamson with a good look in front couldn't get enough on his shot, stuck with the play as the Vipers poured on the pressure. Chris Jandric's point shot would hit someone or something on its way to the net before going in and off Williamson in front tying the game 3-3 at 4:06 Jandric and Michael Ufberg drew the assists. Just 1:09 later Steven Jandric on a wrap around looked to give Vernon a 4-3 lead as the Vipers celebrated. But just like the Vipers second goal the referee's gathered near the penalty box before saying the puck didn't go into the goal, calling off the goal. The goal light was even turned on but it would stay tied 3-3. On the following shift Kale Howarth beat Judson Jack along the wall before roofing his shot past Cole Demers giving Trail a 4-3 lead at 5:21 This was another goal I think Demers would like to have back. Howarth's goal was unassisted. Jack the "AP" didn't see a shift after the goal for the remainder of the night. You think this goal would change the tides and the momentum would shift Trail's way. Well it didn't. Vernon responded with another strong forecheck, once again pouring on the pressure. Once again the Vipers with several good looks-chances in close, couldn't burry their opportunities. Vernon would get a powerplay at the halfway mark. The Vipers with atleast three or four quality chances couldn't beat Linden Marshall who was solid the final twenty minutes come up with some key saves. The Vipers with a strong powerplay, had their chances couldn't convert as the Smokies excape killed off the penalty. Luke Santerno and Kale Howarth would both get good opportunities couldn't give Trail a two goal lead. It was basically all Vernon as the Vipers played hard, couldn't find the back of the net. Several missed opportunities in tight as the Smokies were lucky on a few occasions. The Vipers would get Cole Demers to the bench with 1:17 for the extra attacker, couldn't seem to connect on a few plays in close. Trail come very close to sealing the victory just missed the open net at the other end of the rink. Mark Ferner would call a late timeout but the Vipers would run out of time as Trail hung on for the 4-3 win. The Vipers responded with a much better effort and performance come the 3rd stepped up their play, showing a lot of jump-energy couldn't capitalize on several quality chances. Vernon carried most of the play. The Smoke Eaters got some big saves and key blocks at times were a little lucky but hung on for the victory. Trail with a few chances of their own were outplayed most of the period. Vernon outshot Trail 14-10.

Top Player's: (Vernon)

The line of Brett Stapley (1 assist), Jimmy Lambert (1 goal) & Steven Jandric was by far Vernon's best line-unit going tonight. These three played with a ton of jump-energy, were flying all night. Lambert was really going, winning several races to the puck, created-generated chances through out the game. Stapley was in hard along the forecheck, not backing down while Jandric was going to the net often. It looked to me like Jandric's wrap around-non goal went in. Even the goal judge turned on the goal light. Tough break for the Vipers on that play.

Carter Stephenson played very well on the point. Was involved in the play, made some smart plays tonight.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

I liked the start tonight, thought Vernon played very well in the first half of the opening period, didn't play as well in the second half but overall looked-played well in the 1st period. Just like the game vs Chilliwack Wednesday the Vipers decide to take a period off. The Vipers took the 1st period off vs the Chiefs Wednesday decided not to show up in the 2nd period tonight. Up 2-0 after the first twenty minutes, you think this is where you hit the gas and put Trail away. Your playing at home and facing a team that had to make the long bus ride into town. You have the Smokies right where you want them. Don't give them a sniff. The Vipers give up three goals in the 2nd looked pretty bad. Vernon quit skating, weren't hitting, showed a lot of individual play, didn't play like a team, had troubles getting through the neutral zone and creating-generating chances. The Vipers recorded twenty shots in the 2nd period (I find that hard to believe) but most if not all of those shots were from well outside. Vernon needed to push back with a strong performance in the 3rd but ran out of time. The Vipers cant take a period off and expect to still win the hockey game. Vernon basically handed Trail the win in that 2nd period. This is when and where the Vipers need to put teams away not let them back in the game and then give away the win-two points. If Vernon plays a full sixty minutes like they played in the 3rd this game is over and the Vipers win. The Vipers responded with a much better effort come the 3rd and poured on the pressure, getting a ton of chances couldn't catch a break or burry their opportunities. "AP" Jack Judson struggled almost every shift. Was more of a liability and cost the Vipers the game winning goal in the 3rd. I'm wondering why was he even on the ice in a 3-3 game at this stage of the game? I also thought Cole Demers didn't have one of his sharpest games tonight. Seemed to be fighting the puck a few times and would like to have Trails 2nd and 4th goals back. Why does newcomer Jesse Lansdell still missing his name bar on the back of his jersey? He was traded to Vernon last Saturday, giving the team a whole week to get his name on his jersey. All the other newcomers from this week have their names on their jerseys. Hmmm...  This team has been very inconsistent as of late and cant seem to play sixty minutes. Vernon has yet to put together a strong of wins-strong performances this year. This weekend is a big weekend for the Vipers who travel to Trail tomorrow are just a single point up on the Smokies for 3rd in the Division. The Vipers need to come ready to play for all three periods.

Top Player's: (Trail)

Luke Santerno (2 assists) Played with a lot of energy, was always involved in the play. Going to the net, was creating-generating opportunities through out the contest.

Kale Howarth (2 goals) Was by far the Smoke Eaters best player tonight. Played with a lot of jump-energy was flying all night. Was dangerous with and without the puck, always on the attack, lead the attack for Trail tonight.

Spencer McLean played well up front for the Smokies.

Josh Laframboise (1 goal & 1 assist) The former Salmon Arm Silverback picked up two points in the win, had a strong game. Was another kid who was going to the net, battled in and around the goal, played hard through out the game.

Linden Marshall (45 saves) Wasn't tested often in the first two periods saw most of his action come the final frame. Marshall made several key-big saves giving his team a chance to win. Was very solid on the penalty kill making some big stops on the Vipers lone powerplay of the 3rd period. 

Game Thought's: (Trail)

Give full props to the Trail Smoke Eaters who improve to 500 with the victory tonight. The Smokies facing Vernon for the first time, give the Vipers a good run. I didn't think the Smoke Eaters got off to a good start but improved as the opening frame got going. Trail played-looked much better in the 2nd half of the 1st period, played their best in the 2nd taking it too the Vipers. The Smokies with a ton of pressure in the middle frame come all the way back from down 2-0 to heading into the 3rd with the lead. The Smoke Eaters give up an early goal to start the 3rd then look to fall behind on a non goal call a minute later, respond with a quick goal of their own just seconds later, hold onto win a hard fought game. Give credit to the Smokies defence who were very solid in the 2nd and 3rd periods. Trail's defence did a great job at clogging up the neutral zone in the 2nd period really took away a lot of open ice from the Vipers who struggled offensively. Come the 3rd the Smokies defenders saw a lot of action were hemmed in their own end for most of the period, come up with several big shot blocks as well as strong defensive plays down low. ie tying up a guys stick in front of the net etc. This team has some size this year and can move the puck. Trail has some speed up front and a few kids that look to have some skill. Give this team credit, down 2-0 on the road in a rink they have struggled over the years could have easily folded the tents and took a beating but hung in their, got some timely goals, come back for the victory. Trail has now won five of their last six games and five of nine road games this year. The Smokies get just their ninth win in Vernon since the 2002-03 regular season. Since the 2002-03 regular season Trail is 9-35 in Vernon.



Cooper Watson (Injured)
Derek Osik
Nicholas Rasovic (Injured)
Connor Clouston (Injured)


Tyson Slater
Jeremy Lucchini
Jack Sitzman
Dominic Dumas

Energy Player of the Game:

Jimmy Lambert (1 goal)

Three Star's:

1st Star: Kale Howarth (2 goals)
2nd Star: Michael Ufberg (2 assists)
3rd Star: Linden Marshall (45 saves)

BCHL Boxscore-Game summary,


Vipers Trade Johnson To AJHL-Sign Anderson:

This is posted on the 107.5 Kiss FM website:

Vipers Trade One, Add One

Posted on 10/21/2016

by Pete McIntyre

Vernon Vipers have made a couple of roster moves as they get set to host the Trail Smoke Eaters tonight.

Forward Levi Johnson has been traded to the Drumheller Dragons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League for future considerations.

In 11 games this season Johnson recorded one goal and one assist.

The Vipers have added forward Keith Anderson, a 19 year old from Hermiston Oregon, who played 33 games for the WHL's Victoria Royals last season before being released earlier this year.

Vipers fans are reminded it's a $5 Friday tonight as the Vipers entertain the Smoke Eaters at 7pm. All kids and students get in for $5.

Levi Johnson's Player Profile:

Keith Anderson's Player Profile:

(Article from the Victoria Royals website) Royals Sign Anderson,

Josh Thrower vs Keith Anderson scrap,

This is posted on the Morning Star website:

Anderson makes Viper debut tonight
by Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

posted Oct 21, 2016

Mark Ferner says towering winger Keith Anderson plays hockey the right way.

And after watching the 19-year-old Oregon farm boy practise the last 10 days in Vernon, Ferner like Anderson’s hustle and grit so much he signed him and released 19-year-old local product Levi Johnson.

The rugged Anderson, released by the Major Junior Victoria Royals, will play left wing on a line with fellow WHL veteran Austin Adamson and Hunter Zandee tonight as the Vipers entertain the Trail Smoke Eaters in B.C. Hockey League action. Cole Demers gets the start in net.

“From what I’ve been told, he’s a big, heavy body who has some skill and plays hard,” said Viper head coach/GM Mark Ferner, of Anderson. “He may be lacking a little bit of confidence right now. He skates well and he’s a really friendly and personable kid.”

Vernon traded Johnson to the Drumheller Dragons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations.

Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 201-pound Vernon native who rang up 19 points in 45 Junior B Kamloops Storm games last year, recorded one goal and one assist in 11 games with the Snakes.

Johnson was dealt since the BCHL only allows a 22-man roster and the Vipers had to make room for Anderson.

Anderson, of Hermiston, Ore., pocketed six points and 37 penalty minutes with Victoria last year and was released after three tilts this season. He is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound right winger.

Anderson compiled 52 points in 46 Midget games with Compete Hockey prep in Spokane over two seasons.

It’s another $5 Friday tonight for all kids and students. Game time is 7:00.

Vernon visits Trail Saturday night. The Smokies have ex-Viper Blaine Caton and North Okanagan Knights’ grad Zach Dyment in their lineup and are fourth in the Interior Division at 6-7-1, three points back of the Vipers.

Caton, a Vernon resident, has one goal and three points, while Dyment, an Abbotsford product, is 4-6 with a 3.28 GAA and .908 save percentage.

Vernon Vipers vs Trail Smoke Eaters Game Promo Video:

The Vernon Vipers host the Trail Smoke Eaters Tonight 7PM @ Kal Tire Place.

Game Preview: Trail @ Vernon:

Trail (6-7-1-0) @ Vernon (7-5-2-0) 7pm

Tonight is the first of seven final regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Trail Smoke Eaters. The Vipers won the season series 5-2 last season.

Last Game:

Wednesday, October 19th Vernon defeated Chilliwack 3-2 in double overtime
Friday, October 14th Nanaimo defeated Trail 4-3

Next Game:

Saturday, October 22nd Vernon @ Trail

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Brushett Goes Big For Vipers:

This was in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Brushett goes big for Vipers
by  Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Oct 21, 2016

Ryan Brushett looks to be the game-breaker the Vernon Vipers appeared to be lacking early this B.C. Hockey League season.

The Verdun, Que. centre flashed magic twice as the Vipers clipped the Chilliwack Chiefs 3-2 in double overtime before 1,500 fans Wednesday night at Kal Tire Place.

Brushett, an 18-year-old USHL castoff appearing in his sixth Viper game, ragged the puck for about 20 seconds deep inside the Chiefs’ zone before dishing to Niko Karamanis just inches from goalie Mark Sinclair. Karamanis made a quick deke before sliding in his fifth snipe of the season with 2:07 left in three-on-three OT.

Brushett earlier used some major wheels and deals before wiring a wrister from the left hashmark for the 2-2 equalizer.

The teams were tied 1-1 after one period and 2-2 after 40 minutes in a highly physical tilt which featured dozens of monster hits and loads of playoff-like emotion. Chilliwack ambushed the Snakes 7-2 Saturday night at home.

“I was just waiting ‘till there was a double-team and then I just passed to one of the guys for an open look,” said Brushett, on the winner. “It worked out and we got the win.”

Vernon improved to 7-5-2, good for third place in the Interior Division. The Chiefs, who have pocketed points in seven straight games, went to 9-3-2, second in the Mainland Division.

Viper d-man Michael Ufberg, who rang up two assists, says Brushett shows regular moves like Jagger  in practice.

“He’s got some silky mitts,” said Ufberg, a Philadelphia product. “He had a really good game. It was nice having him back because he was injured there for a little bit. He kind of helped us come together but we all really battled so it was a real nice win as a group.”

The league’s FASTHockey TV channel required extremely quick cameras to catch all the heavy hits in the final regular-season meeting between the two teams.

Newbie blueliner Connor Clouston knocked down Chief forward Nolan Zweep with a huge open-ice check near centre, seconds after Clouston almost put the puck in his own zone on a transition.

Chilliwack centre Will Calverley, playing without a helmet at the time, rocked Viper captain Riley Brandt at centre late in the third period.

In between, everybody was finishing their checks like they were earning bounty money and Cole Demers and Sinclair were making marvellous saves every few shifts. It was hardly a mid-week sleeper and the Vipers were clearly focussed on being better than four nights prior.

“It (7-2 loss) wasn’t acceptable for our team,” said Ufberg. “Obviously we’re a much better team than what we showed last week. It was important for us to get back to how we can play. We had a few team meetings and (head coach Ferner) Mark helped guide us to this win tonight. We just knew that we couldn’t have that happen again.

“It was a bit of a grudge match tonight. There was definitely some high emotions from the last game. We almost kind of built up a rivalry with that team the last week just from two games. The fans helped keep us in it tonight; they were really great. The emotion was high and we prevailed and we were the better team. It was one of the most fun games that I’ve played because of the fan experience and the guys were just so excited to be  out there and again, to win that type of game was fantastic.”

Vernon minor hockey grad Powell Connor, 16, enjoyed a fabulous showing for the Chiefs, throwing several checks and clearing traffic in front of Sinclair. Connor pinned the bruising Brandt up against the back boards with a hip check the fans felt rated a penalty.

“He (Brandt) likes to mix it up so I like to get in his grill. He challenged me but I wasn’t going to go ‘em,” said Connor. “We could have skated a little harder here. We’re fast team and we could have executed a little better. They like to play a physical game and we just gotta outskate them.”

Connor, who played for the Okanagan Major Midget Rockets in Kelowna last season, loves being a Chief.

“It’s been fun so far, it’s a good challenge. It’s quicker so it’s adjusting to that and a little timing. The coaches want me to keep things simple, make easy plays.”

Former Viper and Vernon-born Linden Hora, in his third and final Junior A season, skated miles and played with an edge all night for Chilliwack.

“I thought we played with a lot of energy but made a couple of mistakes,” said Hora, whose younger brother, Spencer, plays for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. “We just work hard every shift, put pucks deep and go to the dirty areas. We’re not the biggest team, but everyone does their part. We can all skate and hit. They played better and were a little more physical than Saturday.”

On Connor’s rookie days, Hora said: “He’s doing really good and always with a smile on his face. He plays tough every game and gets in the dirty areas.

Viper first-line winger Steven Jandric, with his sixth of the season, converted with 32 seconds remaining in Austin Chorney’s first-period holding penalty, burying a rebound in the crease after Ufberg and Carter Stephenson went point to point before Stephenson unleashed a shot from the left side.

Jordan Kawaguchi (9th) and California newbie Justin Dixson (1st) supplied goals for the speedy Chiefs. Kawaguchi connected on a 10-foot wrister on a 5-on-3 man advantage in the opening 20, while Dixson fooled Demers from a tough angle, putting the Chiefs up 2-1.

Sinclair stymied Jagger Williamson with a marvellous leg save from gimme range just 50 seconds into the first overtime session. Brandt delivered a sweet pass from the left corner. Hora shot high over the net on a Grade A scoring chance two minutes later.

Dixson, who has an NCAA commitment with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst  Minutemen, just joined the Chiefs from the USHL’s Tri-City Storm.

The Chiefs also added forward Josh Borynec of the AJHL Bonnyville Pontiacs, dealing d-man Mitchell Oliver hours after grabbing Oliver from the Vipers for winger Jesse Lansdell.

Brushett split last season between the Sioux Falls Stampede and Bloomington Thunder.

“It’s a little more defensive in the USHL and a little more offensive here and I think it suits my game a little bit more so I’m liking the transition so far,” he said.

“We’re a pretty fast team. We play hard and we play good defensively. We’re trying to work on making sure that we’re a good defensive team so we can go play hockey. That’s our identity.”

The Chiefs visit the 4-8-0-1 Prince George Kings tonight, while the Vipers host the Trail Smoke Eaters Friday night. Chilliwack entertains the first overall Wenatchee Wild Saturday night.

In other Wednesday action, it was: Coquitlam Express 3 West Kelowna Warriors 2; Cowichan Valley Capitals 3 Nanaimo Clippers 1.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Vipers Brushett Scores Highlight Goal:

This is posted on the website:

Vipers Brushett Scores Highlight Goal

October 20 2016

During a BCHL game Wednesday, between the Vernon Vipers and the Chilliwack Chiefs, Vernon forward Ryan Brushett pulls of a highlight goal to tie the game at 2-all and force OT. The talented forward from Verdun, Quebec already has three goals since joining the Vipers. The 18-year-old spent last season in the USHL with the Bloomington Thunder.

Vernon Viper fans will likely only get to enjoy this skilled player for this season as he’s already committed to play NCAA hockey with Providence Collge next season.

Former Viper Goaltender Voth Ties The Knot:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Blake Voth tied the knot with his future wife Chelsea this past July. The Voth's had their big day July 2nd 2016. Congrats you too! 

Voth played two seasons in Vernon (2009-2011) In 64 games with the Vipers Voth went 46-13-3 collecting 7 shutouts.  Voth was traded May 26th 2011 to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Battlefords Stars as part of the future considerations in the trade that sent Dane Muench to the Vipers on the January 10th 2011 trade deadline. Voth never played with the Stars before signing with the United States Hockey League Muskegon Lumberjacks & Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Melville Millionaires. Voth would finish his Junior hockey career with the Millionaires spent the previous four years attending the University of Sasktahcewan, playing with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.

Blake Voth's Player Profile:

Here is the Voth's wedding website,

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Vernon 3 Chilliwack 2 Double Overtime

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-Chiefs game tonight as Vernon defeated Chilliwack 3-2 in double overtime in front of 1,497 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Cole Demers
Chilliwack: Mark Sinclair

1st Period: The Chiefs jumped on the Vipers early and often in the opening few minutes. Even though Vernon held an early 2-1 shot lead it was the visiting Chilliwack Chiefs who got off to a quick start. The Chiefs carried a lot of the play and with some early pressure held Vernon in their own end in the opening few minutes. Chilliwack unable to generate-create many chances, were held to the outside. Kale Kane made his way to the Chiefs dressing room in the opening few minutes was spotted down in the tunnel being checked out by the teams

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Game preview: Chilliwack @ Vernon:

Chilliwack (9-3-1-0) @ Vernon (6-5-2-0) 7pm

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

Last Game:

Saturday, October 15th Chilliwack defeated Vernon 7-2
Sunday, October 16th Chilliwack defeated Alberni Valley 4-1

Next Game:

Friday, October 21st Trail @ Vernon
Thursday, October 20th Chilliwack @ Prince George

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New-Look Vipers Fall 7-2 To Chiefs:

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New-look Vipers fall 7-2 to Chiefs

Oct 19, 2016

Morning Star Staff

On cookie night, the Chilliwack Chiefs dunked the Vernon Vipers.

The Chiefs scored seven unanswered goals from seven different players on Score Six Saturday in coasting to a 7-2 B.C. Hockey League win over the Vipers at Prospera Centre.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Stingrays Sign Vernon Viper Alumni Weinstein:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) South Carolina Stingrays
have signed former Vernon Vipers defenceman Steve Weinstein.

Weinstein finished his first full professional season last year, started the 2015-16 season with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Cincinnati Cyclones after signing with the Cyclones July 15, 2015. Weinstein signed with the American Hockey League (AHL) Lake Erie Monsters December 27th 2015. After playing in four games with the Monsters Weinstein picked up one assist before returning to Cincinnati. In 52 games last season with the Cyclones Weinstein collected (3-goals-19-assists-22-points). The Cyclones traded Weinstein to South Carolina June 3rd 2016.

Weinstein finished his fourth and final year with Bentley University in 2014-15 before signing an amateur try-out contract with the American Hockey League (AHL) Springfield Falcons on March 23rd 2015. Weinstein had just one assist in three games with the Falcons.

Weinstein played three seasons in Vernon (2008-2011) in 153 regular season games with the Vipers collected (10-goals-49-assists-59-points).

Steve Weinstein's Player Profile:

This is posted on the ECHL website:

Stingrays agree to terms with Weinstein

July 28, 2016

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – The South Carolina Stingrays, ECHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, have agreed to terms with defenseman Steve Weinstein, Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Ryan Warsofsky announced.

Weinstein completed his rookie season with Cincinnati last year. He skated in 52 games with the Cyclones, scoring 22 points (3g-19a). The Los Angeles native also appeared in four games with Lake Erie of the American Hockey League, skating for Stingrays Hall of Famer Jared Bednar’s squad. He notched one assist for the Monsters.

The 25-year-old played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Bentley College, skating in 145 games and registering 105 points (14g-91a). He served as an alternate captain during his senior season, and was named the Atlantic Hockey Association’s Best Defenseman during the 2014-15 campaign. He was a two-time member of the All-Atlantic First Team. Prior to his time in the NCAA, Weinstein helped the Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League to three straight championships.

Raiders Sign Former Viper Andrusiak:

The Western Hockey League Prince Albert
Raiders have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Zach Andrusiak.

The Vipers signed Andrusiak October 1st 2015 after being released from the WHL Tri-City Americans. Andrusiak played in 11 games picking up two assists before being released November 5th 2015. Andrusiak signed with the KIJHL North Okanagan Knights before being traded to the Kamloops Storm November 12th 2015.

Zach Andrusiak's Player Profile:

This was posted on Gregg Drinnan's Blog:

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Prince Albert Raiders have signed F Zack Andrusiak, an 18-year-old list player from Yorkton, Sask. He had 51 points, including 32 goals, in 32 games with the junior B Kamloops Storm last season. He also played in 15 games with the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers, recording two assists. In 2014-15, he was pointless in seven games with the Tri-City Americans, while putting up 38 points, 14 of

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Swamp Rabbits Sign Ex Vipers Goaltender Musico:

The  East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Greenville Swamp Rabbits have signed former Vernon Vipers goaltender PJ Musico.

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 attended the Vernon Vipers 2008 Training Camp before being released.

PJ Musico's Player Profile:

This is posted on the ECHL website:

Musico heads back to Swamp Rabbits

July 7, 2016

Greenville, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced the club has signed goaltender P.J. Musico for the 2016-17 season.

Musico, 26, began his professional career with the Swamp Rabbits last season and led the team with seven victories despite making just 13 appearances. Overall, he posted a 7-3-1 record with a 2.35 goals-against-average and .925 save percentage. He earned a victory in his pro debut against South Carolina on Oct. 23 and notched his first pro shutout on Nov. 25 with a 26-save effort at Norfolk.

A native of Orange, Calif., Musico was dealt to Quad City on Feb. 9 and made his final 10 appearances of the 2015-16 regular season with the Mallards. He continued a successful rookie campaign with a 6-3-1 record, 2.66 goals-against-average and .913 save percentage. He also played one postseason contest with Quad City.

Prior to turning pro, Musico spent three seasons at Penn State University from 2012-15, posting a record of 10-15-1 with a 3.31 goals-against-average and .899 save percentage in 30 games. On Oct. 13, 2012, he earned the program’s first-ever win at the NCAA Division I level with a 32-save performance against AIC. He also collected a 34-save shutout against Army on Oct. 26, 2012, the first shutout in Penn State’s NCAA history.

Chiefs Trade Ex Viper Oliver-Sign Former Viper Goaltender Barry:

The Chilliwack Chiefs have traded former Vernon Vipers
defenceman Mitchell Oliver to the Alberta Junior Hockey League Bonnyville Pontiacs and signed former Vernon Vipers goaltender Brendan Barry.

Oliver was in his third season with the Vipers before being traded to Chilliwack October 15th 2016. In 118 games with the Vipers Oliver collected (7-goals-32-assists-39-points).

Mitchell Oliver's Player Profile:

Barry played last season with the Penticton Vees & Vernon Vipers. The Vees sent Barry home September 12th 2015 for violation of team policy, was later released after playing in just one game with Penticton. The Vipers signed Barry October 1st 2015 played in 13 games with the Vipers last season going 4-6 posting a 4.24 GAA. Barry was a no show at Vipers training camp in August, was released before signing with the Nanaimo Clippers August 22nd 2016. Barry played one game this season with Nanaimo before no longer being listed on the Clippers roster. Barry was taken off the Clippers roster after Nanaimo acquired goaltender Evan DeBrouwer from the Smith Falls Bears September 15th 2016. No official word if Barry was released or traded.

Brendan Barry's Player Profile:

This is posted on the Chiefs website:

Chiefs make series of roster moves

October 15, 2016

by jbchiefs

Recent News

The Chiefs made a series of roster moves today involving seven players.

In the first transaction the Chiefs acquired defenseman Mitchell Oliver (1997) from the Vernon Vipers in exchange for forward Jesse Lansdell (1998).

The Chiefs then acquired forward Josh Borynec (1998) from the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in exchange for Oliver and goaltender Robert Jacobson (1997).

In the third transaction of the day, the Chiefs acquired forward Justin Dixson (1998) from the Tri City Storm of the United States Hockey League in exchange for future considerations.

The Chiefs also signed free agent goaltender Brendan Barry (1997) and released forward David Jankowski (1997).

Dixson and Barry are expected to be available for this weekend’s games.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Vipers-Chiefs Highlight's:

Here are the game highlight's from Prospera
Centre in Chilliwack Saturday. The Chilliwack Chiefs defeated the Vernon Vipers 7-2

Penguins Assign Viper Alumni Gill To American Hockey League:

The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned former Vernon Vipers forward
Sahir Gill to the American Hockey League Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Gill was invited to the Pittsburgh Penguins Training camp made his NHL pre-season debut September 28th 2016 went pointless in the Penguins 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Gill has spent the past three seasons in the American Hockey League & East Coast Hockey League. Gill left Boston University after three seasons to sign with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers in 2013. Gill attended the Montreal Canadians Training Camp in 2014 before being released played last season with the AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins & the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. In 21 games with the Penguins Gill recorded (5-goals-9-assists-14-points) & in 24 games with the Nailers Gill picked up (3-goals-15-assists-18-points).

Gill played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2008-2010). Gill left the Vipers in July 2009 for the United States Hockey League (USHL) Chicago Steel but after playing in 26 games returned to Vernon in mid January 2010 to finish his Junior hockey career with the Vipers. In 71 regular season games with the Vipers Gill collected (21-goals-30-assists-42-points).

Sahir Gill's Player Profile:

This was posted on the Penguins website:

Penguins Assign 17 Players to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

by Pittsburgh Penguins

October 3rd, 2016

The Pittsburgh Penguins have assigned 17 players to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Players assigned to WBS include: goaltenders Casey DeSmith and Leland Irving; defensemen Tim Erixon, Ethan Prow, Stuart Percy, Cameron Gaunce, Reid McNeill, Steve Oleksy and Chad Ruhwedel; and forwards Oskar Sundqvist, Adam Krause, Ryan Haggerty, Sahir Gill, Josh Archibald, Dominik Simon, Garrett Wilson and Jean-Sebastien Dea.

Erixon, Percy, Gaunce, McNeill, Oleksy, Ruhwedel and Wilson all have to clear waivers on Tuesday at noon before they can join WBS.

Click here to see Pittsburgh's current 31-man camp roster.

The Penguins, who have won three-straight preseason games all via shutout, return home to host the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, October 5 at 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Vernon-Chilliwack Trade:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Oliver & Lansdell Switch Teams Before Game

October 15, 2016

by Vernon Vipers

Recent News

The Vernon Vipers have made a number of roster moves ahead of tonight’s game in Chilliwack versus the Chiefs.

Vernon has traded Defenceman Mitch Oliver to the Chilliwack Chiefs in exchange for 18 year old Forward Jesse Lansdell. The 5’11 206 pound Center had 44 points in 55 games last season and has recorded 5 points in the first 9 games of this year.

Lansdell is committed to Notre Dame for next season. Oliver leaves the Snakes after appearing in 117 regular season games over three seasons. The Kelowna product had 5 points in 12 games this season.

The Vipers have also added 20 year old Defenceman Connor Clouston from the Medicine Hat Tigers of the WHL. Clouston who hails from Medicine Hat is a veteran of 158 Western Hockey League Games and brings size to the Vipers blue line at 6’3 205.

In Order to make room for Clouston the Vipers have released forward Tyler Maser.

The Vipers would like to wish Mitch and Tyler the best of luck while welcoming Jesse and Connor.

Both Lansdell and Clouston are expected to make their Viper Debuts tonight in Chilliwack. The Chiefs will be in Vernon on Wednesday October 19th.

For tickets or more information please contact the Viper Office at 250-542-6022.

Chilliwack 7 Vernon 2


1st Period:

1:54 VER Niko Karamanis (4) ASST: Hunter Zandee (4), Austin Adamson (2)
5:24 CHW Jordan Kawaguchi (8) ASST: Kale Kane (8), Colin Bernard (2)
16:40 CHW Jake Smith (4) ASST: None (SH)
19:00 CHW Kale Kane (4) ASST: Powell Connor (4), Olivier
Arseneau (4)

2nd Period:

13:20 CHW Tommy Lee (5) ASST: Jordan Kawaguchi (9), Colin Bernard (3)
15:37 CHW Kohen Olischefski (5) ASST: Justin Dixson (1)

3rd Period:

2:39 CHW Aaron O'Neill (4) ASST: Colin Bernard (4)
12:35 CHW Connor McCarthy (5) ASST: Kohen Olischefski (8), Carver Watson (4) (PP)
17:17 VER Levi Johnson (2) ASST: Chris Jandric (8), Brett Stapley (7) (PP)

Chilliwack outshot Vernon 45-27 Mark Sinclair made 25 saves in the win, while Ty Taylor made 25 saves in the loss.

BCHL Boxscore-Game summary,

Game Preview: Vernon @ Chilliwack:

Vernon (6-4-2-0) @ Chilliwack (7-3-1-0) 7pm

Tonight is the first of two regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Chilliwack Chiefs. The two teams split the season series last season going 1-1.

Last Game:

Wednesday, October 12th Merritt defeated Vernon 4-1
Saturday, October 9th Chilliwack defeated Victoria 3-1

Next Game:

Wednesday, October 19th Chilliwack @ Vernon
Sunday, October 16th Alberni Valley @ Chilliwack

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Friday, October 14, 2016

BCHL News & Trades:

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

BCHL News & Trades:

West Kelowna-Prince George Trade:

The West Kelowna Warriors has acquired forward Braiden Epp (’96) from the Prince George Spruce Kings in exchange for defensemen Tyler Anderson (’96). Epp, 20, is a veteran of 166 career BCHL games and playing the last three seasons with the Prince George Spruce Kings. Epp has amassed 41 goals and 80 points over that span with the Spruce Kings, including 6 points in 19 playoff games with PG. Epp had his best season in 2014/15 where he collected 24 goals and 43 points in all 58 games of the regular season. The Prince George, BC native has spent his entire hockey career up north, playing his Major Midget hockey with the Cariboo Cougars. Anderson, 20, spent last season with the Warriors while appearing in every game with the club, collecting three goals and nine points over the course of 58 games. In 24 playoff games, the Niverville, Manitoba native had a goal and six points en route to a BCHL championship. He then went on to play 11 games between the WCC and RBC Cup Championship. “Moving Tyler was tough,” commented Warriors head coach and general manager Rylan Ferster on dealing Tyler Anderson, “He is a quality person that has done everything we have asked of him. But in this business you have to give to get.” “We needed a veteran forward and Braiden fits that role,” continued Ferster, “A gritty guy that has a nose for the net.” In another move, the Warriors have traded defensemen Daly Hamilton (’98) to the Canmore Eagles of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) in exchange for future considerations. Hamilton, 18, appeared in three games with the Warriors this season with no points. The Calgary, Alberta native spent last season with the Calgary Flames Midget AAA team. The Warriors would like to thank Tyler and Daly for their time with the Warriors and would like to welcome Braiden Epp to West Kelowna. Epp will make his debut for the Warriors on Friday night when West Kelowna hosts the Penticton Vees.

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Cents' Sandpaper Line Sinks Vipers:

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Cents' sandpaper line sinks Vipers

Oct 14, 2016

Morning Star Staff

The Merritt Centennials looked to their sandpiper line for offence Wednesday night in a 4-1 B.C. Hockey League win over the injury-riddled Vernon Vipers before 500 fans at Nicola Valley Arena.

Zach Zorn, Henry Cleghorn and Nick Fidanza accounted for three of the goals as the 6-4-1-1 Cents moved into a share of second place with 6-4-2 Vernon in the Interior Conference.

The threesome have accounted for five of Merritt’s last seven goals over two games. Cleghorn supplied 2+1, while Zorn earned 1+1 and took on d-man Mitchell Oliver in a third-period scrap.

The Vipers were without forwards Christian Cakebread and Ryan Brushett, with injuries, and  winger Hunter Zandee, suffering from the flu. Kelowna product Hayden Dick, 17, was summoned from the Junior B Kamloops Storm and played well. Dick is second in Storm scoring with 5-7-12 in 10 games. He amassed 15 goals and 90 penalty minutes with the Major Midget Okanagan Rockets last year.

“We lost a couple of battles and the puck ended up in the back of our net,” said Viper head coach Mark Ferner. “We have to be more assertive. We had some good efforts, but not enough guys made an impact. We’re still not paying enough attention to detail.”

After surrendering an early powerplay goal to Vernon blueliner Michael Ulfberg at 9:11 of the first period, Merritt upped the tempo and never stopped. Riley Brandt and Jimmy Lambert drew helpers on the goal.

Zorn pulled the Cents even just under four minutes later, taking the puck hard to the net and beating Vernon goaltender Cole Demers. Assists went to Cleghorn and Tyrell Buckley.

The score stayed 1-1 until past the midway mark of the second stanza, when the Centennials exploded for two quick goals. First, Cleghorn scored at 14:58 from Zorn and Michael Faulkner, and then 64 seconds later, Chase Bell tallied his fourth of the season from linemates Zach Court and Rylan Van Unen.

The Centennials maintained their two-goal lead throughout the third period, until Cleghorn counted an empty netter with 46 seconds left in regulation.

Cents’ starting netminder Jake Berger looked great in turning aside 38 shots to record his fifth win of the young season. He was first star.

Vernon’s Sol Seibel was tagged with a major and game misconduct for head contact with 19 seconds remaining.

The Vipers outshot the Cents 38-35 and took six of eleven penalties. Vernon has the second best penalty kill and powerplay in the league.

Ferner will likely start rookie goalie Ty Taylor Saturday night in Chilliwack. The Chiefs are second in the Mainland Division at 7-5-1.

The Cents added 19-year-old D Zachary Bleuler from the Langley Rivermen for future considerations.

“We’re really happy to add Zachary to our team as he gives us a more solid look on our back end,” said Cents head coach/GM Joe Martin.

Bleuler is a veteran of 105 career BCHL games – all with Langley. He’s posted 34 points and 32 penalty minutes with the Rivermen.

The Penticton Vees iced the Rivermen 3-1 Wednesday night before 2,682 fans at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Grant Cruickshank, Taylor Ward and Jonny Tychonick converted for Penticton, tops in the Interior at 10-1. Trevor Ayre replied for Langley (3-7-1-1).

The Trail Smoke Eaters celebrated new ownership by stretching their win streak to four games by grounding the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 4-1 Wednesday night before 725 fans at Cominco Arena.

Minnesota businessman Rich Murphy has agreed to a $600,00.00 deal and 90 per cent ownership of the Smokies. The Smoke Eater Society, through a limited partnership company, will retain 10 per cent of the team.

“The move to sell the team is a positive step for the community” said president Tom Gawryletz.  “Rich has a tremendous amount of respect for the community and the hockey history. He’s not about money, he’s about the kids and the community.”

The Smoke Eaters have struggled with mounting debt over the past five years, a result of increasing expenses, fewer fundraising funds, and declining numbers at the gate making the future of the Smokies all but untenable.

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” said Gawryletz.  “Right now we’re sitting at roughly $400,000.00 in debt, and we find this basically our only way out.”

Murphy is prepared to spend his own money for improvements to the dressing facilities and he is negotiating a long term lease with the City of Trail.

n The NHL Central Scouting Service has published its preliminary list of player ratings and there are 14 Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) players listed, including three from the BCHL: Alec Capstick, D, Langley, Griffin Mendel, D, Penticton; Kyle Betts, F, Powell River Kings.

Cale Makar, D, of the Brooks Bandits and Ian Mitchell, D, of the Spruce Grove Saints are the only B-rated prospects, meaning they could be selected in the early rounds of the 2017 entry draft in Chicago.