Sunday, January 25, 2015

Vipers-Express Highlight's:

Here are the game highlight's from the Vipers-Express game Friday night in Coquitlam.  The Express snapped Vernon's six game winning streak with a 5-4 victory.  Special thanks to Eddie Gregory for posting the highlight's on his Coquitlam Expressions blog.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-ts=1421914688&v=JKhJMei4Lk8&x-yt-cl=84503534




Coquitlam Snipers Halt Vipers Six-Game Streak:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Coquitlam snipers halt Snakes’ six-game streak

Published: January 25, 2015

Head coach Mark Ferner’s message was simple enough: “Be aware of who you’re playing against when you’re on the ice.”

The Vernon Vipers apparently missed the memo as they had a six-game B.C. Hockey League win streak snapped in Friday’s 5-4 loss to the Coquitlam Express at Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre.

Doing the damage for the Express was perhaps the most dangerous line in the BCHL – Corey Mackin, Brett Supinski, who are first and second overall in league scoring, and Brendan Lamont, who is 15th. The unit was in on each of Coquitlam’s goals, with first star Supinski recording the hat trick and two assists and second star Mackin earning five helpers.

Lamont added a goal and two assists in support of netminder Chris Tai, who made 40 stops for his 13th win in front of 300 fans.

“That line killed us last week in Vernon (Vipers won 5-3, but the Mackin line scored all three Coquitlam goals), and they killed us (Friday) night,” said Ferner.

“They’re not overly dynamic, but they don’t need to be. They don’t need a lot of opportunities because they’re good at putting the puck in the net. They scored on their chances.”

The Vipers, who stayed overnight in Surrey before visiting the Merritt Centennials Saturday at Nicola Valley Arena, are second in the Interior Division at 28-12-1-2. Coquitlam, earning just their third win in their last 10 outings, is 17-24-1-4.

The third-place Centennials (24-17-0-2), who trail Vernon by nine points, bowed 4-1 to the BCHL leading Penticton Vees (35-7-2-1) Friday at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

The Vipers got off to an ideal road start by scoring twice in the opening five minutes. Colton McCarthy needed just 35 seconds to put Vernon on the board, pocketing his fifth of the season, assisted by linemate Nicolas Rasovic.

“The kicker there is, he had a breakaway before that,” said Ferner, crediting McCarthy for recovering the puck behind the net and coming out front to score.

“He found that quiet area.”

Thomas Aldworth (34th goal), with solid puck support from third star Liam Finlay, made it 2-0 at 4:46. Supinski (36th) replied for Coquitlam just 32 seconds later, and Lamont (18th) equalized at 10:45.

Ferner suggested the Vipers were guilty of being cocky after building the early lead.

“The mentality that we have sometimes is ‘it’s going to be point night,’” he said. “We made too many mistakes. Things we talked about before the game, we ignored.”

Finlay (20th) restored the Viper lead 5:56 into period two after Aldworth hustled to get to a puck before dishing off to the rookie speedster. Finlay finished with a couple of nice moves on the Express d-man and Tai.

Coquitlam took the lead for good on snipes by Jackson Cressey (10th, powerplay) and Supinski (37th), who scored with 35 seconds to go in the middle frame.

Supinski (38th) completed the hatty on a third-period man advantage before Finlay (21st) capped the scoring, assisted by Rasovic and Anthony Latina.

Vernon netminder Danny Todosychuk was relieved by Jarod Schamerhorn after allowing five goals on 17 shots. Schamerhorn recorded three stops.

The Snakes host Merritt Wednesday (7 p.m.) at Kal Tire Place. The Salmon Arm Silverbacks (19-16-3-5) are in Vernon Friday.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Vernon 5 Merritt 1

SCORING SUMMARY

PERIOD 1

1-0 Merritt Centennials at 9:40 - John Schiavo from Josh Teves and Shane Poulsen
1-1 Vernon Vipers at 12:09 - Colton McCarthy (unassisted)
2-1 Vernon Vipers at 19:40 - Ken Citron from Colton McCarthy

PERIOD 2

3-1 Vernon Vipers at 8:39 - Liam Coughlin from Thomas Aldworth
4-1 Vernon Vipers at 10:32 - Brandon Egli from Linden Hora and Nicholas Rasovic

PERIOD 3

5-1 Vernon Vipers at 13:55 - Liam Finlay from Luke Shiplo and TJ Dumonceaux

Vernon outshot Merritt 32-24 Jarrod Schamerhorn made 23 saves in the win, while Jonah Imoo made 14 saves in the loss.

BCHL Boxscore,

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1358436&link=bchl

Game Preview: Vernon @ Merritt:

Vernon (28-12-1-2) @ Merritt (24-17-0-2) 7:30pm

Tonight is the sixth of seven meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Merritt Centennials. The Vipers lead the season series 3-2. You can listen to tonight's game live with Graham Turnbull starting with the pre-game show at 7:15pm on 107.5 Kiss FM

Last Game:

Friday, January 23rd Coquitlam defeated Vernon 5-4
Friday, January 23rd Penticton defeated Merritt 4-1

Next Game:

Wednesday, January 28th Merritt @ Vernon

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 424-230-20-19

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 234-94-11-10 at home

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 191-126-9-9 on the road

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon is 56-18-3-8 vs. Merritt

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon has outscored Merritt 329-217

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

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 23-9-2-5 in Merritt

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Centennials last win at home over Vernon was a 6-3 victory on Friday, December 19th 2014

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




Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The defending Interior Division Conference Champion Vernon Vipers make their third and final visit to the Nicola Valley Arena.  Tonight is the first of a home and home series between these two teams and the final two meetings of the regular season.  Tonight is the second game of a current two game road trip.  The Vipers six game winning streak was snapped last night after a 5-4 loss in Coquitlam.  The Vipers are winless in their last five trips to Merritt going 0-4-1-0  The Vipers last win in Merritt was a 4-3 overtime victory on Friday, November 15th 2013.  Vernon is 7-3-0-0 in their last ten games have just two wins in their last seven road games.  The Vipers sit 2nd in the Division fourteen points back of Penticton and are nine points up on 3rd place Merritt.  Vernon is 6-2 in the month of January have won all three games on home ice vs the Cents but have lost both games in Merritt.  The Centennials won the last meeting between these two teams after a 6-3 win in Merritt on December 19th.   

Thomas Aldworth (34-15-49) leads the team in goals with thirty four while Liam Coughlin (17-36-53) leads the team in points with fifty three.

Vipers goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn played eight games with the Cents last season before coming over in a trade this past summer.

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog

http://vipersvenom1.blogspot.ca/

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 43
Wins: 28
Losses: 12
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 16-5-1-1
Road Record: 12-7-0-1
Overtime Record: 1-2-1
Record vs Interior Division: 14-9-1-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 14-3-0-1
Record in September: 2-2-0-1
Record in October: 5-3-0-0
Record in November 9-2-1-1
Record in December 6-3-0-0
Record in January 6-2-0-0
When the Vipers score first: 19-3-1-1
When the opponents score first: 9-10-0-1
Leading after 1st Period: 14-1-1-1
Tied after 1st Period: 8-4-0-0
Trailing after 1st Period: 6-7-0-1
Leading after 2nd Period: 20-1-0-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 6-1-0-0
Trailing after 2nd Period: 2-10-1-1
Out shooting Opponents: 23-6-0-1
Out shot by Opponents: 4-5-1-1
One goal games: 4-4-0-2
Goals For: 168
Goals Against: 124
Place: 2nd Place
Streak: One game losing streak

-Vernon has the leagues 13th best powerplay

-The Vipers have the leagues 6th best penalty kill

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

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

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

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

Vernon’s Home record vs. Merritt this season:

3-0-0-0

Vernon’s Road record vs. Merritt this season:

0-2-0-0

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Merritt this season:

Liam Coughlin (2-4-6)
Thomas Aldworth (5-1-6)
Liam Finlay (2-3-5)
Luke Shiplo (0-4-4)
Jagger Williamson (0-4-4)
Johnny Coughlin (0-3-3)
Luke Voltin (2-1-3)
Mitch Meek (1-2-3)
Anthony Latina (0-3-3)
Blaine Caton (1-1-2)
TJ Dumonceaux (1-1-2)
Colton McCarthy (1-1-2)
Anthony Latina (0-1-1)
Brandon Egli (0-1-1)
Mitchell Oliver (0-1-1)
Riley Brandt (0-1-1)
Johnny Coughlin (1-0-1)
Riley Guenther (1-0-1)

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


Lets take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

The Merritt Centennials return home after a 4-1 loss in Penticton Friday.  The Centennials have lost back to back games have won three of their last five and are 6-4-0-0 in their last ten games.  Merritt is 2-0 at home vs Vernon this season have won six of their last eight home games.  The Cents sit 3rd in the Interior Division are four points up on Salmon Arm, one point up on West Kelowna and nine points back of Vernon.  Merritt has won five of their eight games in the Month of January have won ten of their last twenty games.  The Centennials have beat Vernon just fourteen times in their last thirty nine home games.

John Schiavo (20-27-47) leads the Centennials in goals with twenty and in points with with fourty seven.

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

Merritt Centennials 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 43
Wins: 24
Losses: 17
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 15-7-0-0
Road Record: 9-10-0-2
Goals For: 156
Goals Against: 157
Place: 3rd Place
Streak: Two game losing streak

-The Centennials have the leagues 5th best powerplay

-Merritt has the league's 8th best penalty kill

Merritt Centennials Returning Players:

Shane Poulsen (94)
Diego Cuglietta (95)
Gavin Gould (96)
James Neil (95)
Jake Clifford (94)
Rhett Willcox (96)
Malik Kaila (96)
Devin Oakes (95)

Merritt Centennials Departing & traded players from last years team:

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

Merritt's Home record vs. Vernon this season:

2-0-0-0

Merritt's Road record vs. Vernon this season:

0-3-0-0

Merritt's scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:

John Schiavo (4-3-7)
Gavin Gould (1-6-7)
Michael Ederer (2-5-7)
Josh Teves (0-6-6)
Colin Grannary (1-3-4)
James Neil (3-0-3)
Diego Cuglietta (0-3-3)
Nick Fidanza (3-0-3)
Brandon Duhaime (1-2-3)
Shane Poulsen (0-2-2)
Devin Oakes (0-1-1)
Braden Fuller (1-0-1)
Matt Foley (0-1-1)
Cole Chorney (1-0-1)
Jake Clifford (1-0-1)

Anthony Pupplo (0-3 Record)
Jonah Imoo (2-0 Record-1 Shutout)

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

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

Merritt Centennials:

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

Friday, January 23, 2015

Coquitlam 5 Vernon 4

SCORING SUMMARY

PERIOD 1

1-0 Vernon Vipers at 0:35 - Colton McCarthy from Nicholas Rasovic
2-0 Vernon Vipers at 4:46 - Thomas Aldworth from Liam Coughlin
2-1 Coquitlam Express at 5:18 - Brett Supinski from Brendan Lamont and Corey Mackin
2-2 Coquitlam Express at 10:45 - Brendan Lamont from Brett Supinski and Corey Mackin

PERIOD 2

3-2 Vernon Vipers at 5:56 - Liam Finlay from Thomas Aldworth
3-3 Coquitlam Express at 16:55 (PP) - Jackson Cressey from Corey Mackin and Brett Supinski
4-3 Coquitlam Express at 19:35 - Brett Supinski from Corey Mackin and Brendan Lamont

PERIOD 3

5-3 Coquitlam Express at 6:30 (PP) - Brett Supinski from Corey Mackin and Chris Tai
5-4 Vernon Vipers at 16:27 - Liam Finlay from Nicholas Rasovic and Anthony Latina

Vernon outshot Coquitlam 44-20 Chris Tai made 40 saves in the win, while Danny Todosychuk made 12 saves in the loss.

BCHL Boxscore,

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1358428&link=bchl

Eddie Gregory's Coquitlam Express blog

http://expressvoice.blogspot.ca/

Vipers Lose Long Time Season Ticket Holder: R.I.P Bruce Bailey (1960-2015)

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

BAILEY, BRUCE Friday, 02 Jan 2015

Vernon Morning Star

Bruce Roney Bailey

March 26, 1960 - Jan. 2, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of our beloved brother.

Bruce is predeceased by his father, William B. Bailey (1982) and his mother, Ruth M. Bailey (2011).

He leaves behind his three sisters, Nola (Ed) Weston of Telkwa, BC, Carol Johnson of Edmonton, AB, and his twin, Sue-Anne Smith of Anchorage, Alaska; nieces, Corry (Marty) Carpino of Terrace, Erin Peacock of Fort St. John, Lindy (Scott) Chambers of Anchorage, Jackalynne of Baltimore, MD, and nephew Gerardo of Anchorage, and numerous great nieces and nephews. He also leaves his treasured daughter Kimberley of Vernon.

Bruce was a kind-hearted man who always had a smile and a twinkle in his eye. He loved to joke and have fun, and always had time to hang out with his friends.

The Vernon Vipers have lost their most loyal fan, who loved to ring the cowbell and cheer on his team.

Bruce was very involved with the Special Olympics. He was an integral member of the Western Canadian Floor Hockey Team in the International Special Olympics Winter Games of 1989. The team went undefeated to win the gold medal in the A Division for Canada.

Bruce worked for the City of Vernon, Vernon Dodge, Kohler and the most recent, Watkin Motors. He took great pride in his work and attention to detail. His friends called him “Mr. Clean”, and when the neighbours heard Shania Twain blasting, they knew he was doing his housework. He even took his mother to see a Shania Twain concert in Edmonton.

Bruce loved to travel, having visited parts of Europe, Egypt, Israel, Alaska, and many points in between. He loved anything nautical, and had a large collection of beautiful wooden ships. He was thrilled to see the “Tall Ships” when they came to Victoria. His other passion was hiking around the valley, but his favorite trails were on Silver Star Mountain.

Bruce will be forever loved and sadly missed by his many friends, neighbours and co-workers.
There will be no service at this time, but the family is planning a hike and Celebration of Life at Sovereign Lake in September, and will provide more information at a later date.

Game Preview: Vernon @ Coquitlam:

Vernon (28-11-1-2) @ Coquitlam (16-24-1-4) 7pm

Tonight is the second and final meeting between the Vernon Vipers & Coquitlam Express. The Vipers lead the season series 1-0.  You can listen to the game live with Graham Turnbull starting with the pre-game show at 6:45pm on 107.5 Kiss FM. 

Last Game:

Saturday, January 17th Vernon defeated Coquitlam 5-3
Sunday, January 18th Prince George defeated Coquitlam 7-5

Next Game:

Saturday, January 24th Vernon @ Merritt
Sunday, January 25th Trail @ Coquitlam

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 424-230-20-19

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 234-94-11-10 at home

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 191-126-9-9 on the road

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 8-2-0-0 vs. Coquitlam

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon has outscored Coquitlam 39-30

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

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

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

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

Vernon's last win at home vs Coquitlam was a 5-3 win on Saturday, January 17th 2015

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

The Vipers went 1-1-0-0 last season vs the Express



Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The defending Interior Division Conference Champion Vernon Vipers make their first and only visit to the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre.  Tonight is the second game of a home and home series with the Vipers & Express as Coquitlam lost 5-3 in Vernon on Saturday.  Vernon begins a two game road trip tonight have won six straight and are 8-2 in their last ten games.  The Vipers have played six of their last eight on home ice will play eight of their next ten on the road.  The Vipers have just one win in their last four games away from home sit in 2nd place in the Interior Division.  The Vipers are twelve points back of Division leading Penticton and nine points up on Merritt and ten points up on West Kelowna. 

Thomas Aldworth (33-14-47) leads the team in goals with thirty three while Liam Coughlin (17-35-52) leads the team in points with fifty two.

Nicholas Rasovic played parts of two seasons with the Express (2013-2014) before being released and then signing with the Vipers on December 1st 2015.

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog

http://vipersvenom1.blogspot.ca/

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 42
Wins: 28
Losses: 11
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 16-5-1-1
Road Record: 12-6-0-1
Overtime Record: 1-2-1
Record vs Interior Division: 14-9-1-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 14-2-0-1
Record in September: 2-2-0-1
Record in October: 5-3-0-0
Record in November 9-2-1-1
Record in December 6-3-0-0
Record in January 6-1-0-0
When the Vipers score first: 19-2-1-1
When the opponents score first: 9-10-0-1
Leading after 1st Period: 14-1-1-1
Tied after 1st Period: 8-3-0-0
Trailing after 1st Period: 6-7-0-1
Leading after 2nd Period: 20-1-0-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 6-1-0-0
Trailing after 2nd Period: 2-9-1-1
Out shooting Opponents: 23-5-0-1
Out shot by Opponents: 4-5-1-1
One goal games: 4-3-0-2
Goals For: 164
Goals Against: 119
Place: 2nd Place
Streak: Six game winning streak

Vernon has the leagues 11th best powerplay

The Vipers have the leagues 16th best penalty kill

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

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

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

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

Vernon’s Home record vs. Coquitlam this season:

1-0-0-0

Vernon’s Road record vs. Coquitlam this season:

0-0-0-0

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Coquitlam this season:

Luke Shiplo (0-3-3)
Thomas Aldworth (1-2-3)
Liam Finlay (1-2-3)
Liam Coughlin (1-1-2)
TJ Dumonceaux (2-0-2)
Anthony Latina (0-1-1)

Jarrod Schamerhorn (1-0 Record)




Lets take a look at the Coquitlam Express:

The defending Fred Page Cup Champion Coquitlam Express are coming off a 7-5 loss in Prince George Sunday afternoon lost both games of their two game road trip.  Tonight is the first game of a current four game home stand.  Coquitlam has played ten of their last thirteen games on the road.  The Express have just four players back from last years Championship team have just one win in their last seven games and are 3-7-0-0 in their last ten.  Coquitlam sits 4th in the Mainland Division are nine points back of Prince George and fifteen points back of Chilliwack.    

Corey Mackin (39-37-76) leads the Express in goals with thirty nine and in points with seventy six.

Eddie Gregory's Coquitlam Express blog

http://expressvoice.blogspot.ca/

Coquitlam Express 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 45
Wins: 16
Losses: 24
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 4
Home Record: 10-9-0-2
Road Record: 6-15-1-2
Goals For: 160
Goals Against: 189
Place: 4th Place
Streak: Two game losing streak

Coquitlam has the leagues 6th best powerplay

The Express has the league's 5th best penalty kill

Coquitlam Express Returning Players:

Corey Mackin (95)
Brendan Lamont (94)
Jackson Cressey (96)
Daniell Lange (95)

Coquitlam Express Departing & traded players from last years team:

Adam Rockwood (95)
Canon Pieper (93)
Ryan Rosenthal (93)
Bo Poeper (94)
Joey Santucci (94)
Marc Biega (94)
Zach Hodder (93)
Jace Henning (95)
Cameron Marks (95)
Cody Boyd (94)
Mark Whiteley (93)
John Saunders (94)
Nicholas Rasovic (96)
Anthony Gardner (95)
Josh Smith (95)
JD Cotroneo (93)
Gordie Defiel (93)
Pierce Dushenko (95)

Coquitlam's Home record vs. Vernon this season:

0-0-0-0

Coquitlam's Road record vs. Vernon this season:

0-1-0-0

Coquitlam's scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:

Brendan Lamont (1-2-3)
Corey Mackin (1-2-3)
Brett Supinkski (1-2-3)

Braden Krogfoss (0-1 Record)

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

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

Coquitlam Express:

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

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lions Sign Former Vernon Viper Magowan:

The DEL Frankfurt Lions have signed former
Vernon Vipers forward Kenny Magowan.

The Frankfurt Lions are a professional men's ice hockey club from Frankfurt, Germany that play in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.  Magowan will join former Vernon Vipers forward Lanny Gare (1997-1999) who is in his third season with the Lions.  Magowan spent the past three seasons with the DEL Adler Mannheim Eagles.  An ice hockey team of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the highest ice hockey league in Germany. The team is based in Mannheim, a city in the north of Baden-Württemberg.  In 25 games last season with the Eagles Magowan collected (2-goals-7-assists-9-points).  Magowan played two seasons in Vernon (1998-2000) played in 118 games with the Vipers collecting (46-goals-62-assists-108-points).

Kenny Magowan's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=15121

This is posted on the Lions website:

Ken Magowan strengthens the lions

22nd October, 2014

DEL-experienced forward celebrates his debut as a lion with the play against home Bietig on Friday.

Ken Magowan strengthens from now on the team of the lions Frankfurt. Last the 33-year-old was active for the eagles Mannheim in the DEL. Already on today's Wednesday Ken Magowan has arrived in Frankfurt.

Sports manager Rich Chernomaz is glad to have the Canadian aboard: „ Ken is fit and hotly on hockey. It is a power Forward with a gate nose and is used to playing on a high level. Also humanely he brings exactly this what we have searched. Hence, we are glad that it is from now on a lion. “

Ken Magowan burns on his first application in this season: „ It was a long summer for me and I am happy to be now here. During my time in Mannheim I was anyway already several times in Frankfurt and, hence, know already the town. Only now I am no more tourist, but a lion. I also know the ice gymnasium of course as a player and I am glad about the first home match on Sunday. “

Ken Magowan was born on the 22nd July, 1981 in Kelowna (Canada) and began his hockey career in 1998 near Vernon Vipers (BCHL). Already in this time the left shooter on strong 68 points came in 58 plays and became in 2000 from New Jersey Devils (NHL) gedraftet.

On his other career way he was used predominantly in the AHL and ECHL, before it pulled him in 2007 first to Germany in the 2 federal league to the SC Riessersee. There he could be convincing right away and was taken a year later by the Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg (DEL) under contract.

Immediately in the first year he matured to an important component of the team and achieved 57 points in 52 plays. Then after three successful years he changed in 2011 to the eagle Mannheim. With the eagles he came up to the end of the season 2013/4 on 64 points in 101 plays.

The DEL-experienced forward and the lions have come to an agreement about a collaboration till the seasonal end with an on both sides option .Gemäß this the lions Frankfurt can solve the contractual relationship up to the 31st January, 2015 again or change Ken Magowan in the period from the 15th December, 2014 to the 31st January, 2015 in a higher league.

With the lions Frankfurt Ken Magowan will receive the number 15 and celebrate his first application as a lion on the Friday evening with the play against league leaders home Bietig Steelers.

Finlay Ranked On NHL Scouting List:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

10 Junior A players, five BCHLers, named in NHL Central Scouting rankings

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

The NHL Central Scouting midterm player rankings are out and five BCHL players are listed among the 10 total players from the CJHL ranks across Canada.

There were 210 North American skaters rated along with 35 North American goalies.

CLICK HERE FOR THE COMPLETE PLAYER LISTING

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=749385&navid=nhl:topheads

The CJHL players listed are as follows (BCHL players in bold):

123. Marcus Vela, forward, Langley Rivermen

161. Jackson Keane, center, Winnipeg Blues

182. Rhett Gardner, forward, Okotoks Oilers

189. Liam Finlay, forward, Vernon Vipers

200. Andrew Peski, defenceman, Brockville Braves

202. Callum Fryer, defenceman, Aurora Tigers

205. Tyler Busch, center, Spruce Grove Saints

208. Vincent Desharnais, defenceman, Chilliwack Chiefs

209. Gabe Bast, defenceman, Penticton Vees

Goalies

22. Stefan Wornig, Powell River Kings

The 2015 NHL Entry Draft will be the 53rd in league history and will be held June 26 and 27 in Sunrise, Fla.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Aldworth Receives Honorable Mention For Player Of The Week:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Imoo backstops Cents to three big wins, earns BCHL POW honours

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - Submitted by BCHL Media

Merritt Centennials goalie Jonah Imoo has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 18, the league announced Monday.

Imoo was in net for all three Cents wins last week and made 97 saves on 103 shots for a .942 save percentage. The Surrey, B.C. product made 27 stops to begin his week in a 5-2 victory over then-Mainland-leading Langley. He followed that up with his busiest and best game of the week with 37 stops and a 1st Star nod in a 4-1 win over league-leading Penticton. The 20-year-old concluded his week making 33 more stops in a 6-3 win over Island-leading Nanaimo.

Honourable mentions this week:

Vernon Vipers F Thomas Aldworth: 4G, 2A, 1st Star, hat trick

Cowichan Valley Capitals D Skylar Pacheco: 2G, 3A, 2nd Star

Prince George Spruce Kings D Cole McCaskill: 3G, 1A, 1st Star, FortisBC Energy Player of the Game

Prince George Spruce Kings Braiden Epp: 4G, 2A, 2nd Star, hat trick

Merritt Centennials F Gavin Gould: 4G, 3A, 2nd Star, 3rd Star

Victoria Grizzlies F Dane Gibson: 3G, 6A, 2nd Star, 3rd Star

Victoria Grizzlies F Brett Gruber: 5G, 3A, hat trick, two 1st Stars, GWG

Chilliwack Chiefs F Jordan Kawaguchi: 2G, 1A, 1st Star, GWG

Vipers Derail Coquitlam Express:

This was in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers derail Coquitlam Express
               
by  Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

posted Jan 21, 2015

They came from behind in four straight games to sweep the Vernon Vipers in last year’s Fred Page Cup championship series.

The Coquitlam Express appeared poised to rally for another stunning win Saturday night until roadrunner T.J. Dumonceaux scored twice as the Vipers posted a 5-3 victory in B.C. Hockey League play before 1,800 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Both teams have just five players who competed in the league playoff round-robin and final series, but Dumonceaux noted the Vipers badly wanted some payback.

“We wanted that one for sure,” said Dumonceaux. “We talked about that before the game: we told everybody it’s a big one. It feels good to beat them.

“We outshot them like crazy (45-23 in opening 40 minutes). Their goalie (rookie Braden Krogfoss) stood on his head and made some really nice saves. I think the score could have been 9-3. It wasn’t our best effort defensively. We fell apart in the third, but it was good to get a win out of it.”

Towering Vernon product Noah Turanski, a rookie forward with the Express, struck iron with a wrister on a breakaway just 27 seconds into the game. The 16-year-old has two goals on the season.

“It was nerve-wracking during the anthem, but coming down the ice on a breakaway first shift and ringing it off the post got the nerves right out,” said Turanski, who played Midget for Pursuit of Excellence in Kelowna last year.

Vernon went up 3-0 before the five-minute mark of the first period. Liam Finlay jumpstarted things by converting his 18th of the year, from Anthony Latina and d-man Luke Shiplo (three assists), 60 seconds after the anthem.

Thomas Aldworth, with his 33rd and Liam Coughlin, with his 17th, pocketed powerplay snipes 78 seconds apart before Brendan Lamont countered for Coquitlam eight minutes later, from linemates Corey Mackin and Brett Supinski. Mackin was cranked behind the net by Viper centre Colton McCarthy just as he delivered a gorgeous feed to Lamont in  the low slot.

The Express, who lost captain Joey Santucci early in the opening 20 when he was levelled by Dumonceaux along the sidewall, looked to their top forward unit for more offence in the third session.

Lamont and Supinski drew helpers as Mackin rang up his league-leading 39th goal of the season on a power play 2:44 into the third. Supinski turned and fired from the high slot and fooled Viper goalie Jarrod Schamerhorn (19-10-1) with the equalizer six minutes later, helpers going to Lamont and Mackin.

Supinski, like Mackin, a Pennsylvania product, has 31 goals. Their line leads the BCHL with 4.7 points a game and have accounted for more than half of Coquitlam’ goals.

Express d-man Jivan Sudhu took a minor for tripping the speedy Aldworth deep in the Coquitlam zone and Dumonceaux dialed up the winner 20 seconds into the powerplay, assisted by Shiplo and Finlay. Just 14 seconds later, Dumonceau converted nicely from Aldworth on a bang-bang play.

“Sometimes, we maybe rely too much on our top line and maybe some guys feel that when they start going, we’ve got it in the bag, but that’s not always the case,” said Coquitlam assistant coach Robert Boyd, an Enderby product. “Turnovers and penalties cost us in the third period.”

Boyd’s nephew, Cody Boyd, an alternate captain, left the Express last week to play for the Cansius College Golden Griffins in Buffalo since he turned 21.

The Vipers’ tornado transition game was too fast for the Express most of the night.

“This is the funnest year of hockey for me ever; I’m loving it,” said Dumonceaux, who should be getting a NCAA scholarship any day now. “Everybody’s so creative and we have so many skilled and fast players, and everybody’s so passionate about the game this year.”

Shiplo has been a rock star since the Christmas break and the former Toronto Lakeshore Patriot also loves the Vipers’ culture and make-up.

“It’s incredible, it’s so much fun. We have so many skilled forwards, but we also have guys who play a role and bang bodies and just do whatever it takes to win,” said the Oakville, Ont. product. “We have a really tight team. There are no cliques and we have a great coaching staff that makes our team that way.”

SNAKE BITES: Finlay was ranked 189th among North American skaters in the NHL Central Scouting midterm report, released Tuesday...The Vipers improved to 28-11-1-2 and visit the Merritt Centennials Saturday...Sapinski had four snipes as the Express lost 7-5 to the host Prince George Spruce Kings Sunday. The Express dipped to 16-24-1-4...Aldworth was stoned by Krogfos on a pair of breakaways, getting two or three rebound whacks both times...Viper grad Kellen Jones had 1+1 as the Oklahoma City Barons lost 8-7 to the visiting Rochester Americans in AHL play Saturday. Ex-Penticton Vee Zac Dalpe netted the shootout winner.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Steelheads Trade Former Viper Forward Eviston To Quad City:

The East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Idaho Steelheads have signed then traded former Vernon Vipers forward Pearce Eviston to the ECHL Quad City Mallards.

Eviston signed a try-out contract with the Steelheads, attended the Steelheads Training Camp never played a game was released on October 13th 2014. Eviston then an unrestricted free agent signed with Idaho on October 22nd 2014 before being traded to Quad City on the same day.  No official press release from the Steelheads but the transaction was posted on the ECHL website/transactions page on October 22nd 2014.

Eviston didnt play hockey last season, played parts of one season in Vernon (2012-13). The Vipers acquired the playing rights of Eviston from the Victoria Grizzlies on Seprember 19th 2011 for Jarryd Ten Vaanholt. Eviston currently playing with the WHL Portland Winterhawks at the time of the trade, joined-signed with the Vipers on August 3rd 2012. Eviston played in 34 regular season games with Vernon before being sent home. The Vipers ended up trading Eviston to Victoria on January 10th 2013 for future considerations.

Pearce Eviston's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=19842




Vipers Ranked 17th In CJHL Weekly Top 20 Rankings:

This is posted on the CJHL website:

CJHL Top 20 Weekly Rankings

CALGARY, Alberta (January 19, 2015)

The Portage Terriers of the MJHL continue to be the country’s top team with an astounding 42-2-2 record and a .935 winning percentage. This past week saw several impressive winning streaks extended. The Spruce Grove Saints of the AJHL have twelve wins in a row, while the Fort Frances Lakers of the SIJHL, and the Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) each have fashioned ten-game winning streaks.

The Penticton Vees are still on top of the Interior Division in the BCHL, but are being chased by the Vernon Vipers. The Merritt Centennials have re-discovered their mojo and posted victories this past week over the Vees and the Nanaimo Clippers. Meanwhile in Alberta, the Saints have a massive 19-point lead in the Viterra AJHL North Division, while the Camrose Kodiaks and Brooks Bandits are in a dogfight for the South Division’s lead.

The Melfort Mustangs and the Kindersley Klippers have emerged as the powers in the SJHL, while in the MJHL, the Steinbach Pistons and the Winnipeg Blues are battling for second place overall. The Fort Frances Lakers have a firm grip on the SIJHL standings, while the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League has the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners virtually deadlocked with the Soo Thunderbirds for first place, with the Gold Miners having one more regulation victory than the Thunderbirds.

By virtue of their long winning streak, the Trenton Golden Hawks are now on top of the overall standings in the OJHL, just a single point ahead of the Aurora Tigers. The Carleton Place Canadians stumbled slightly this past week, and the Pembroke Lumber Kings enter the Pointstreak CJHL Top 20 representing the CCHL.

The College Francais de Longueuil has moved atop the standings in the LHJQ, just ahead of the Cougars de Sherbrooke. The Woodstock Slammers remain at the top of the standings in the MHL, while the Pictou County Weeks Crushers stay in the rankings as an Honourable Mention.

Top 20 Rankings

1.Portage Terriers (MJHL) (1)
2.Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL) (2)
3.Camrose Kodiaks (AJHL) (5)
4.Penticton Vees (BCHL) (3)
5.Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (4)
6.Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) (6)
7.Trenton Golden Hawks (OJHL) (16)
8.Woodstock Slammers (MHL) (6)
9.Aurora Tigers (OJHL) (8)
10.Kindersley Klippers (SJHL) (10)
11.Fort Frances Lakers (SIJHL) (12)
12.Kirkland Lake Gold Miners (NOJHL) (11)
13.Soo Thunderbirds (NOJHL) (13)
14.Brooks Bandits (AJHL) (14)
15.Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (9)
16.Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL) (17)
17.Vernon Vipers (BCHL) (19)
18.Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL) (15)
19.Pembroke Lumber Kings (CCHL) (HM)
20.Le College Francais de Longueuil (LHJQ) (NR)  

Honourable Mention: Merritt Centennials (BCHL), Steinbach Pistons (MJHL), Cobourg Cougars (OJHL), Cougars de Sherbrooke (LHJQ), Pictou County Weeks Crushers (MHL)

About the Pointstreak CJHL Top 20 Rankings - The Pointstreak CJHL Top 20 weekly rankings are produced in conjunction with International Scouting Services (ISS) and are based upon a variety of factors, including the league in which the team plays, winning percentage, win-loss record, total points accumulated, goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc.

About the CJHL - The Canadian Junior Hockey League is a national organization comprised of all 10 Junior A hockey leagues in Canada.  The CJHL represents 129 teams and 2,900 players and has over 2,951 former players furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college level across North America.  For latest CJHL news and features, visit www.cjhlhockey.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/cjhlhockey or @cjhlhockey.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Vernon Vipers November Plays Of The Month:

This is posted on the Hockeytube.net website:

Vipers Plays Of The Month – November ’14

Posted by HockeyTube on Jan 4th, 2015
Watch some of the best plays from the BCHL Vernon Vipers, six time national champions. Highlights include games from the month of November. Soundtrack AC/DC – ‘Rock Or Bust’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eio9EIkJVFo#t=11

Former Viper Connor Jones Named To ECHL All-Star Team:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Connor Jones has been named to the 2015 ECHL All-Star team.  Jones is currently playing with the American Hockey League (AHL) Oklahoma City Barons.

Connor & his twin brother Kellen both played four years in Vernon (2006-2010) are in their first season with the East Coast Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors. The Jones Twins signed their first pro contract with the American Hockey League Oklahoma City Barons on April 3rd 2014. The Barons assigned the Jones Twins to Bakersfield after Training camp this season before recalling the two forwards on December 12th 2014.

In 163 regular season games with the Vipers. Connor collected (80-goals-118-assists-198-points) Connor also is the Vipers all-time franchise points leader (regular season & playoffs) with 228 & all-time franchise goals leader (regular season & playoffs) with 95.

Connor Jones Player Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=113610

This is posted on the Condors website:

Connor Jones named to ECHL All-Star Team

January 8, 2015

by condors

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. - The Bakersfield Condors, owned by the Edmonton Oilers, announced today that C Connor Jones has been selected to the 2015 ECHL All-Star Team for the CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic on Wednesday Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. ET in Orlando, Fla. The game will feature a team of ECHL All-Stars pitted against the Orlando Solar Bears.

JONES – stats

■Currently in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Oklahoma City Barons, theCondors AHL affiliate.

■Bakersfield’s leading scorer with 26 points (10g-16a) and a +3 plus/minus rating in 27 games with the Condors this season

■Registered seven multi-point games with the Condors, including matching a team-high with four points (1g-3a) on Nov. 22 in Stockton

■Notched two overtime game-winning goals for the Condors this season

■Has three points (2g-1a) in seven games with Oklahoma City

■Jones becomes the Condors 19th selection to the ECHL All-Star Classic

■Bakersfield hosted the ECHL All-Star Classic in 2011 and  re-introduced the “Host v. ECHL” concept which has been adopted in the last two All-Star Classics.

■46 players who have played in the ECHL All-Star Classic since 2002 have gone on to play in the National Hockey League (NHL), including two Condors (Connor James, Timo Pielmeier)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Vipers double Warriors 6-3

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers double Warriors 6-3

By Graeme Corbett - Vernon Morning Star

Published: January 18, 2015

There is a strong chance the Vernon Vipers and West Kelowna Warriors could meet in the opening round of the playoffs.

If their regular-season battles are any indication, that’ll be great news for B.C. Hockey League fans, and likely a heavier workload for the team trainers. Watching these teams square off is like watching a pair of Siamese fighting fish get thrown in the tank together – the dislike is both mutual and instant.

“Pen’s (Penticton Vees) always close, but this year the West-K rivalry has been the bigger one,” said Vipers’ captain Riley Guenther, shortly after his team secured a 6-3 comeback win over the Warriors Friday night before 2,000 fans at Kal Tire Place.

“It’s always close, physical, rugged games and they’re fun to be part of. Both teams get heated.”

The Vipers, winners of five straight heading into their Saturday tilt against the Coquitlam Express, have a comfortable hold of second place in the Interior at 27-11-1-2.

The Warriors (21-16-0-5) slipped to fourth after they were overtaken by the Merritt Centennials (23-15-0-2), 4-1 winners over the league-leading Vees Friday.

Leading the Viper rally was Texas forward Thomas Aldworth, who scored the Snakes’ first three goals for his third hat trick of the season to earn first star. The 19-year-old’s 32 snipes are second only to Coquitlam’s Corey Mackin, who has 38.

With Vernon trailing 3-1, Aldworth pulled his team within a goal on a sneaky wraparound on Warriors' netminder Andy Desautels late in the second period. The hard-skating Texan then earned the equalizer 3:23 into the third frame by tapping home the rebound off linemate TJ Dumonceaux's shot from the left circle.

“My legs felt pretty good tonight and I was wheeling, so I knew something was going to happen if I just kept playing the same way,” said Aldworth, who hit one post and was denied twice by Desautels on breakaways in the first period.

“They (West Kelowna d-men) keep taking bad gaps on me and I’d take them wide and beat them. I don’t know why, but I’ll take it.”

Aldworth, committed to the NCAA Division 1 Providence Friars, opened Vernon’s account on a 5-on-3 man advantage after singles by Liam Blackburn and Josh Bly had the Warriors leading 2-0 early in the second frame. Blackburn (15th goal) buried a second chance past Danny Todosychuk 13:28 into the first period. Bly (8th) showed good hands in deflecting Kyle Marino’s high point shot early in the second.

Brayden Gelsinger (14th), who looked dangerous on a unit with Jon Desbiens and ex-WHL pivot Andrew Johnson, recorded West Kelowna's other goal during a second-period powerplay.

Gelsinger, a Regina product who came over to the Warriors in a deal with the Cowichan Valley Capitals in November, said his team strayed from the game-plan in the third period.

“It’s tough to let them come back and get a win like that. It’s pretty frustrating,” said Gelsinger, named third star.

“We just need to play simple and be committed to the dee zone first, and offence will come. We kind of let that go a little bit in the game.”

Referees Bryan Bourdon and Kevin Crowell struggled to maintain order at times as the chippy play carried on after whistles. The duo drew plenty of boos as Vernon played shorthanded eight times, including a pair of 5-on-3s. The Warriors went on the penalty kill four times.

“It was frustrating more than anything for our players,” said Vipers’ head coach Mark Ferner. “At times, we didn’t know what was going to be called.

“They’re kids and their emotions start to go in a wrong direction. Mentally, we’ve got to be stronger.”

Ferner credited his team for persevering to earn an important divisional win.

“West Kelowna had a good start, but we slowly tried to claw ourselves back in the game,” he said. “We started moving our feet, we started to get pucks to the net and we were winning races.

“The effort away from the puck was a lot better for certain guys.”

Vernon really seized the momentum with goals 39 seconds apart by Blaine Caton and Liam Finlay halfway through the third period. Caton (3rd) buried a puck bobbled by Desautels and Finlay (18th) fired a quick one from the slot after Luke Voltin dangled his way into West Kelowna’s zone before feeding Finlay in front.

Voltin (10th) added extra insurance with an empty netter from centre ice.

Todosychuk, earning his ninth win, appears to be finding his groove after several injury setbacks. He finished with 27 saves, including several cross-crease desperation stops.

Desautels, who had 31 saves, was particularly strong in the opening 40 minutes.

SNAKE BITES: Second star Liam Coughlin assisted on two of Aldworth’s goals, and hit the post at the buzzer to end the second period...Finlay has goals in four straight games. Vernon leads the season series with West Kelowna 4-2.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Vernon 5 Coquitlam 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-Express game as Vernon defeated Coquitlam 5-3 in front of 1,792 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Jarrod Schamerhorn
Coquitlam: Braden Krogfoss

1st Period:  The Express got off to a quick start and looked good in the opening few minutes.  Just twenty six seconds into the contest Vernon product Noah Turanski went in for the parcial breakaway beat Jarrod Schamerhorn but hit post on a close call.  Coquitlam had the early jump on the Vipers looked to have a little more energy to start the game.  The Express moving the puck around got pucks and shots to the net were outshooting Vernon early 5-2 at one point.  The Vipers needed five minutes to get their first scoring chance after Liam Coughlin tried sneaking a puck in from the corner that just about handcuffed Braden Krogfoss who had to lean tight against the post to hold onto the puck and wait for a whistle.  Just under six minutes into the frame Vernon would get the games first powerplay that only lasted not even a minute before the Vipers took a penalty, as both teams played a little four on four before the Express would get a late but shortened powerplay.  Four on four the Vipers had the better of the chances.  Thomas Aldworth setup Liam Finlay on a two on one but Finlay couldnt beat Krogfoss.  Vernon with three good opportunities couldnt beat the Express goaltender.  Coquitlam couldnt muster much offensively couldnt capitalize with the man advantage.  Shortly after killing off the minor Vernon exploded really turned on the offence and poured on the pressure.  The Vipers with all kinds of control carried the play were all over the Express.  Riley Brandt, Thomas Aldworth and Liam Coughlin all with good chances couldnt beat Braden Krogfoss who was very solid between the pipes.  Coquitlam having all kinds of trouble getting out of their own end would eventually get out of their own end and get their first scoring chance in several minutes.  Luke Voltin went down in front of the Viper bench was tangled up with a Coquitlam player was slow to get up, went off on one foot.  Was attended too by the Vipers trainer before leaving the bench for the teams dressin room where he wouldnt return.  Former Langley Rivermen forward Brendan Gulka setup leading scorer Corey Mackin on a two on one but Mackin couldnt connect on the pass on a missed opportunity.  Coquitlam would get their second powerplay of the night would get just two shots on goal with very little pressure couldnt open the scoring with the man advantage.  The Express would come on late with a few good shifts before coming close to opening the scoring late.  In the finla thirty seconds Jarrod Schamerhorn had to be sharp made a tough save with traffic in front was able to hold onto the puck.  It was 0-0 after 20 minutes of play.  The Express looked pretty good in the opening five minutes or so had some good jump and energy had the edge in play.  Vernon looked a little slow and making a few turnovers in their own end looked half a sleep on a few shifts needed about five minutes or so to get their game going.  After killing off a shortened Coquitlam PP the Vipers took over the play and basically dominated the Express peppering Braden Krogfoss with 27 shots.  Vernon with lots of pressure had lots of good chances couldnt beat the Express goaltender.  Vernon outshot Coquitlam 27-13.

2nd Period: The Express got the play in deep off the opening draw and attacked early.  Thanvir Bandesha with a redirect in front just missed the far side on a good chance in the opening few seconds.  Coquitlam with good jump off the opening faceoff.  The Vipers were able to clear the zone before Anthony Latina would get into the Coquitlam zone before firing the puck in wich hit and went off Liam Finlay and into the goal giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 1:00 Braden Krogfoss looked to be leaving the crease going for Latina's dump in shot that hit Finlay fooling the Express netminder.  Latina & Luke Shiplo collected the helpers.  Vernon would then get back to back early powerplays and capitalize.  Just thirteen seconds into the first man advantage Liam Coughlin setup Thomas Aldworth who put Vernon up 2-0 at 3:17 Coughlin and Liam Finlay with the assists.  Just twenty five seconds later the Vipers would get their second man advantage but it was Corey Mackin who would break in for the shorthanded parcial breakaway but missed the net before Liam Coughlin would give the Vipers a 3-0 lead at 4:35 Luke Shiplo and Thomas Aldworth picked up the helpers.  Vernon with three quick goals to start the period in less then five minutes.  Thinking the Express down three goals would fold in the towels and call it a night, well wrong.  Coquitlam come back with a strong push back.  The Express really turned up their game as both teams went back and fourth with lots of action at both ends of the rink.  Both teams getting good scoring chances made for an entertaining period.  Brendan Lamont and Daniell Lange would come in on an odd man rush, Lamont would keep and fire beat Vipers starting goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn just graized the post on a close call.  Thomas Aldworth at the other end would get a parcial breakaway but couldnt beat Express starting goaltender Braden Krogfoss who made a nice pad save in tight.  Coquitlam would get their second PP of the evening but couldnt capitalize.  Shortly after the man advantage Corey Mackin spotted a wide open Brendan Lamont in front got the Express on the board.  Mackin with a sweet backhand pass from behind the goal setup Lamont in front at 12:20 Mackin & Brett Supinski collected the helpers.  The Vipers looked to have troubles with the Express speed as Vernon was giving up several odd man rushes before both teams tightened up defensively.  The play went back and fourth for several minutes with no real scoring chances at either ends of the rink.  The Vipers would get a late powerplay that would continue into the 3rd.  Vernon was up 3-1 after 40 minutes of play.  Luke Voltin returned to the Vipers bench for the start of the frame, didnt see a shift but was on the bench.  The Vipers with a quick start jumped out to a early 3-0 lead with three goals in less then five minutes.  Coquitlam responded well with a strong push back as the Express playing their best period of the night had several good chances only managed one goal.  A fairly evenly matched period with both teams getting in on the offensive attack.  The Vipers outshot the Express 19-10.

3rd Period: Vernon started the final frame on the man advantage that was carried over from the end of the 2nd period.  Luke Shiplo walked in from the point, was able to get in close couldnt beat Braden Krogfoss who made a big save with bodies in front.  The Express with a big kill would get back in the game with an early powerplay goal of their own.  The Vipers got into penalty trouble early giving the Express a two man advantage and Coquitlam made em pay.  The Express worked the puck back and fourth down low before Brendan Lamont setup a wide open Corey Mackin at the side of the net who beat Schamerhorn high at 2:34 The Vipers lead was down to 3-2.  Lamont and Brett Supinski with the helpers.  With the Express still on the PP Vernon's penalty kill was very good and was able to kill off the remainder of the second powerplay.  Shortly after Colton McCarthy with a parcial breakaway couldnt hit the net on a chance for the Vipers to re-gain their two goal lead.  Back at the other end Brendan Gulka come close just missing the far corner.  Thomas Aldworth with a great opportunity down low couldnt beat Krogfoss and then on the same shift the Vipers sent Liam Finlay in alone for the breakaway split the two defenders went high and over the net on a missed opportunity.  On the following shift the Express would win the faceoff deep in the Vernon zone.  Brett Supinski beat Jarrod Schamerhorn who looked to be caught off guard tied the game 3-3 at 8:53 Brendan Lamont and Corey Mackin with the assists.  Just over a minute later Coquitlam would get their third PP of the frame but didnt generate much couldnt break the 3-3 tie.  Less then a minute later the Vipers would get a shot with their first powerplay of the 3rd.  Luke Shiplo's shot was deflected in by TJ Dumonceaux giving Vernon a 4-3 lead at 13:32 Shiplo with three assists and Liam Finlay picked up the assists.  Just fourteen seconds later Thomas Aldworth setup Dumonceaux on a two on one for his second of the night gave the Vipers a 5-3 lead at 13:46 Aldworth with the helper.  Two big goals got the crowd back into the game and really fired up the Vipers.  The Express who were basically going with two lines most of the night looked to be getting tired as Coquitlam with very little zone time didnt generate much other then the two goals in the final frame.  The Vipers really showing their speed seemed to get better as the period went along.  Riley Brandt now stepped up the physical play in the game laid out some hard checks.  The Vipers would call a timeout with just under four minutes to go played very well to finish the game.  The Express kept Braden Krogfoss in goal would get a great opportunity late to make this a one goal game.  Corey Mackin setup Brendan Lamont with 1:17 to go couldnt beat Jarrod Schamerhorn who made a big save to keep this a two goal game.  Vernon would hang on for their sixth straight win in a 5-3 victory.  Luke Voltin was on the bench for the 3rd saw a few limited shifts seemed to be skating well and finished the game.  The Express got an early powerplay goal made things very interesting before tying the game couldnt hold on to force overtime gave up two Viper goals in fourteen seconds.  Vernon played very well in the third had some good chances.  The Express scored twice but didnt look as hungry as they played and showed in the 2nd period.  Coquitlam didnt get nearly as much zone time in the 3rd as in the second frame looked to run out of gas late in the period.  The Vipers with two solid 3rd periods this weekend keep rolling along.  Vernon outshot Coquitlam 13-10.

Top Players: (Vernon)

Kenny Citron Played a strong game on the Vernon blueline.  Was very solid all night.

Liam Coughlin (1 goal & 1 assist) Seems to be getting better and better as the season goes along.  The second year Viper forward picked up two points had another strong game for the second time this weekend. 

Riley Guenther I thought played very well on the backend.  The Vipers captain looked calm and steady cleared the zone when needed be, made some smart decisions tonight.

TJ Dumonceaux (2 goals) Another Viper that had a strong weekend played very well again tonight.  Was good on the penalty kill and strong on the forecheck.  Dumonceaux blocked a shot in the 1st period went off with a bit of a limp, stayed in the game.  Two big goals late to finish the game still is without a scholarship in his last season with the Vipers.

Luke Shiplo (3 assists) Has been more then expected this season.  It seems like every game we expect Shiplo to be one of if not the Vipers best d-man.  Picking up three helpers tonight was very solid and at both ends of the rink.  Really likes to carry the puck, get involved in the rush and create plays. 

Thomas Aldworth (1 goal & 2 assists) Played another strong game for a second time this weekend.  Aldworth is amazing to watch, has such power to beat a defender one on one, has a wicked shot and can turn on the jets in a second.  Very hard to knock off the puck, contain and slow down in front.  Really sees the ice well.

Liam Finlay (1 goal & 2 assists) Was a buzzsaw tonight, really used his speed and size to get in and around the more bigger Coquitlam Express lineup.  Finlay was really moving his feet all night, was good with and without the puck.  Had several good chances.

Riley Brandt played another strong game, this kid isnt the biggest kid isnt afraid to hit anyone on the ice.  Laid out some pretty big checks tonight played with a ton of jump and energy.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

The Vipers pick up their seventh straight win on home ice have now won six in a row.  Vernon with a pretty good effort and game played very well in the win.  The Vipers looked half a sleep to start the game, needed five or so minutes to get going then dominated the opening period outshooting the Express 27-13 but the game was scoreless.  If the Vipers get two or three goals in the opening period this may have been a much higher score.  The Vipers peppered Braden Krogfoss couldnt buy a goal would open the flood gates early to start the 2nd with three goals in less then five minutes.  The Vipers looked good for most of the game did give up several odd man rushes in the 2nd had a few mental lapses but responded well in the 3rd with two late goals to come away with the victory.  Vernon's powerplay with three goals tonight has really improved and seems to be getting better each game.  I also liked the Vipers penalty kill tonight, giving up just one PP goal.

Top Players: (Coquitlam)

Taylor Green played very well on the blueline.  Seemed to move the puck and clear the zone in a hurry, made some smart plays with and without the puck.

Nicholas Coltura another defenceman that played well for Coquitlam.  A good skater, also moves the puck in a hurry, makes that good first pass coming out of the defensive zone.

The line of Brendan Lamont (1 goal & 2 assists), Corey Mackin (1 goal & 2 assists) & Brett Supinski (1 goal & 2 assists) was the Express top unit by far.  This line was out every second shift, seeing a ton of icetime.  Coquitlam basically going with two lines most of the night really relied on this line to lead the way.  Very quick, move the puck well, really read and see the ice well are very dangerous and make things happen in a hurry.  Very exciting to watch.  Gave the Vipers all kinds of trouble almost every shift on the ice.

Brendan Gulka was also a bit of a threat at times through out the game.  Didnt record any points but played well, had some opportunities.

Noah Turanski played in front of his hometown come very close to opening the scoring just twenty six seconds into the game hit the post has some good size, dosnt see alot of ice time but I thought hard to play against.  Dished out a few checks in the opening frame looked good in a limited role.

Braden Krogfoss (54 saves) Made 27 saves alone in the 1st period, gave his team a chance to win and kept his club in tonight's game.  This could have easily been a 4 or 5-0 Vernon lead after the opening period if it wasnt for this kid.  Dosnt give up alot of rebounds plays his position well, hard to beat down low, is also quick on his feet.

Game Thought's: (Coquitlam)

A re-match of last season's BCHL Finals the Coquitlam Express made their first and only visit of the season impressed me.  Not knowing much about the Express other then the standings I thought Coquitlam played well and showed they have alot more then their record.  Coquitlam got off to a good start, had good energy and jump on the Vipers early were outplayed pretty good in the 1st.  The Express were very lucky to get out of the opening frame scoreless.  The Express then fell behind 3-0 early to start the 2nd period didnt quit and responded well with their best period of the night, played very hard, created and generated lots of good quality chances only managed one goal.  The Express with a strong attack are lead by their top line of Mackin, Lamont and Supinski.  Basically playing with only two lines the Express didnt have as much jump or energy in the 3rd looked to run out of gas as the 3rd got deeper.  Give Coquitlam credit they batted back down three goals tied the game and looked to maybe force overtime gave up a late powerplay goal and then fell behind two after giving up a second Vernon goal just fourteen seconds later.  The Express with not alot of chances or zone time in the 3rd had troubles with the Vipers speed and offensive attack in the final twenty minutes.  One of the more bigger teams in the league that I have seen this season sure dont use it to their advantage.  This team dosnt play all that physical.  Overall a good entertaining hockey game.

Scratches:

Vernon:

Mitchell Oliver
Jagger Williamson (Injured)

Coquitlam:

Colton Kerfoot
Cameron Bertsch

Energy player of the game:

Liam Finlay (1 goal & 2 assists)

Three Stars:

1st Star: TJ Dumonceaux (2 goals)
2nd Star: Luke Shiplo (3 assists)
3rd Star: Braden Krogfoss (54 saves)

BCHL Boxscore,

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1358415&link=bchl

Eddie Gregory's Coquitlam Express Blog,

http://expressvoice.blogspot.ca/

Schamerhorn Settled In Vipers Pit:

This was in Friday's Morning Star Newspaper:

Schamerhorn settled in Vipers pit

Graeme Corbett

Friday, January 16th 2015

Jarrod Schamerhorn was on the ice a few minutes before practice to work on second scoring chances Wednesday afternoon at Kal Tire Place.

Vernon Vipers' forward Anthony Latina ripped a low shot from the slot, and the 6-foot-2 Kelowna netminder flashed a pad, intentionally directing the rebound off to the side for an awaiting Thomas Aldworth, who was just as merciless in trying to pick the corners as Schamerhorn scrambled to recover.

Having shooters of that calibre constantly testing him has helped him ermerge as a bona fide starter in the B.C. Hockey League.

"The top three lines are all killer guys" said a heavy-breathing Schamerhorn, moments after the drill.

"They all know where to shoot and they're probaly the best players in the league.
"You've got to practice like you play. It's fairly cliche, but the players are trying hard like it's a game situation and it obviously makes me better and more prepared for the games."

When Vernon acquired the lanky tender from the Merritt Centennials for future considerations this summer, it was with the intention that he would caddy for incumbent Danny Todosychuk.

While Todosychuk, 20, has been teriffic, racking up three shutouts and a third-best 2.40 goals-against average in 11 starts, he has been hampered by injury. There was also the matter of a six-game suspension for his part in a late-game line brawl against the West Kelowna Warriors, who visit the Vipers tonight (7:00) at the Big Wheel.
"it's been a bunch of bad luck with Danny," saod Vipers' assistant coachEric Godard. "But I know both goalies are really pulling for each other and they want each other to do well. That's just being good teammates."

Added Schamerhorn: "Danny is a great goaltender. He pushes me in practice all the time and I think that's why it's been so great. He's probably the best goalie partner I've ever had, and we get along really well."

The Snakes, second in the Interior at 26-11-1-2, entertain the Coquitlam Express (15-22-1-4) Saturday at Kal Tire Place. Vernon is riding a four-game win streak, while the Express are on a four-game skid. The third-place Warriors (21-15-0-5) are 5-5 in their last 10.

Schamerhorn was a bit of a goalie vagabond before getting his chance in Vernon, having played for six teams in three different leagues over the three previous seasons. He racked up 14 games of WHL duty between the Portland Winterhawks and Lethbridge Hurricanes before finishing last year with the Centennials.

The 19-year-old Schamerhorn ranks third in BCHL wins (18), sixth in goals-against average (2.78) and seventh in save percentage (.908). His three career shutouts have all come this season.

"It's awesome," said Schamerhorn, of his ice time. "It was obviously a surprise with Danny getting injured, but it's an opportunity and I've taken it and just try to go with the flow."

But just like the rest of the Vipers early in the season, it seemed to take Schamerhorn a while to really settle into his role. On nights when the Snakes struggled in their own end, Godard said Schamerhorn usually kept them competitive.

"At times, it was the whole team that was kind of shaky," said Godard. "During some of those games, he was certainly a calming factor for us.

"He's really stepped up and is playing really well for us. He's putting the work in at practice, and it shows."

Schamerhorn credits head coach Mark Ferner for holding the Vipers more accountable.
"He's a lot harder on guys defensively and everybody's bought in," he said. "He's got everybody playing the best they can, wich is awesome.

"Defensively, all the shots I'm getting are from the perimeter. Very rarely do I get anything from the slot."

When asked what drew him to goaltending, the laid back Schamerhorn laughed: "I loved it just because of the gear. I thought the gear was the coolest thing in the world.
"When I was probably in Atoms, I started being a goalie. I kind of fell in love with it and stuck to it."

The Vipers will have to look out for Coquitlam sniper Corey Mackin, who has a 12-point cushion as the BCHL's scoring leader. The 19-year-old Philadelphia native has 37-32-69 in 42 games.

Coquitlam's Brett Supinski, another Pennsylvania product, is right behind Mackin with 29-28-57 in 42 games.

The Warriors have a pair of top-20 scorers in Liam Blackburn (14-41-55 in 41 games) and Jason Cotton (20--23-43 in 41 games).

SNAKE BITES: The Vipers Liams-Coughlin and Finlay- are ranked eighth and 15th in BCHL scoring. Coughlin, a Boston native, has recorded 16-32--48 in 39 tilts, and the shifty Finlay has amassed 17-28-45 in 37 games. Aldworth is tied with Supinski for second in goal scoring with 29 snipes.

Game Preview: Coquitlam @ Vernon:

Coquitlam (16-22-1-4) @ Vernon (27-11-1-2) 6pm

Tonight is the first of two meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Coquitlam Express. The Vipers split the season series with the Express last season 1-1.

Last Game:

Friday, January 16th Vernon defeated West Kelowna 6-3
Friday, January 16th Coquitlam defeated Powell River 5-3

Next Game:

Friday, January 23rd Vernon @ Coquitlam
Sunday, January 18th Coquitlam @ Prince George

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 423-230-20-19

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 233-94-11-10 at home

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 191-126-9-9 on the road

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Vipers went 1-1-0-0 last season vs the Express



Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The defending Interior Division Conference Champion Vernon Vipers are coming off a 6-3 win over the visiting West Kelowna Warriors Friday have won five straight and seven straight on home ice.  Tonight is the first meeting between these two teams since a four game sweep in the BCHL Finals last season where the Express went on to the Western Canada Cup in Dauphin Manitoba.  The Vipers sit 2nd in the Interior Division are ten points back of Division leading Penticton and nine points up on Merritt and ten points up on West Kelowna.  The Vipers are 7-3-0-0 in their last ten games.

Thomas Aldworth (32-12-44) leads the team in goals with thirty two while Liam Coughlin (16-34-50) leads the team in points with fifty.

Nicholas Rasovic played parts of two seasons with the Express (2013-2014) before being released and then signing with the Vipers on December 1st 2015.

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog

http://vipersvenom1.blogspot.ca/

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 41
Wins: 27
Losses: 11
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 15-5-1-1
Road Record: 12-6-0-1
Overtime Record: 1-2-1
Record vs Interior Division: 14-9-1-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 13-2-0-1
Record in September: 2-2-0-1
Record in October: 5-3-0-0
Record in November 9-2-1-1
Record in December 6-3-0-0
Record in January 5-1-0-0
When the Vipers score first: 18-2-1-1
When the opponents score first: 9-10-0-1
Leading after 1st Period: 14-1-1-1
Tied after 1st Period: 7-3-0-0
Trailing after 1st Period: 6-7-0-1
Leading after 2nd Period: 19-1-0-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 6-1-0-0
Trailing after 2nd Period: 2-9-1-1
Out shooting Opponents: 22-5-0-1
Out shot by Opponents: 4-5-1-1
One goal games: 4-3-0-2
Goals For: 159
Goals Against: 116
Place: 2nd Place
Streak: Five game winning streak

Vernon has the leagues 16th best powerplay

The Vipers have the leagues 9th best penalty kill

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

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

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

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

Vernon’s Home record vs. Coquitlam last season:

1-0-0-0

Vernon’s Road record vs. Coquitlam last season:

0-1-0-0

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Coquitlam last season:

Brett Mulcahy (2-0-2)
Jared Wilson (1-1-2)
Colton Sparrow (1-1-2)
Demico Hannoun (0-2-2)
Riley Guenther (0-1-1)
Michael McNicholas (1-0-1)
Dexter Dancs (0-1-1)
Josh Bryan (0-1-1)
Liam Coughlin (0-1-1)
Brendan Persley (0-1-1)

Austin Smith (1-1 Record)



Lets take a look at the Coquitlam Express:

The defending Fred Page Cup Champion Coquitlam Express make their first and only visit of the regular season.  The Express snapped a four game losing streak are coming off a 5-3 victory over the visiting Powell River Kings last night.  Coquitlam sits 4th in the Mainland Division are five points back of Prince George and thirteen points back of Chilliwack.  The Express have just four players back from last years Championship team have just one win in their last five games and are 5-5-0-0 in their last ten.  Tonight's the first of a two game road trip where the Express have lost three straight away from home. 

Corey Mackin (38-33-71) leads the Express in goals with thirty eight and in points with seventy one.

Eddie Gregory's Coquitlam Express blog

http://expressvoice.blogspot.ca/

Coquitlam Express 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 43
Wins: 16
Losses: 22
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 4
Home Record: 10-9-0-2
Road Record: 6-13-1-2
Goals For: 152
Goals Against: 177
Place: 4th Place
Streak: One game winning streak

Coquitlam has the leagues 6th best powerplay

The Express has the league's 5th best penalty kill

Coquitlam Express Returning Players:

Corey Mackin (95)
Brendan Lamont (94)
Jackson Cressey (96)
Daniell Lange (95)

Coquitlam Express Departing & traded players from last years team:

Adam Rockwood (95)
Canon Pieper (93)
Ryan Rosenthal (93)
Bo Poeper (94)
Joey Santucci (94)
Marc Biega (94)
Zach Hodder (93)
Jace Henning (95)
Cameron Marks (95)
Cody Boyd (94)
Mark Whiteley (93)
John Saunders (94)
Nicholas Rasovic (96)
Anthony Gardner (95)
Josh Smith (95)
JD Cotroneo (93)
Gordie Defiel (93)
Pierce Dushenko (95)

Coquitlam's Home record vs. Vernon last season:

1-0-0-0

Coquitlam's Road record vs. Vernon last season:

0-1-0-0

Coquitlam's scoring leaders vs. Vernon last season:

Marc Biega (1-1-2)
Adam Rockwood (0-2-2)
Corey Mackin (0-2-2)
Zach Hodder (0-1-1)
Ben Israel (1-0-1)
Canon Pieper (1-0-1)
Ryan Rosenthal (1-0-1)
Joey Santucci (0-1-1)
Jace Henning (1-0-1)
Mark Whiteley (0-1-1)
Bo Pieper (0-1-1)

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

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

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

Coquitlam Express:

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

Friday, January 16, 2015

Vernon 6 West Kelowna 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-Warriors game as Vernon defeated West Kelowna 6-3 in front of 2,024 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Danny Todosychuk
West Kelowna: Andy Desautels

1st Period: Off the opening faceoff both teams already started chirping back and fourth, with each team giving a few crosschecks to one another before the puck was even dropped.  The Vipers with a great opportunity just fifteen seconds into the game.  Nicholas Rasovic with a parcial breakaway couldnt hit the net before back come the Warriors.  West Kelowna with the first early pressure of the night.  Two and a half minutes into the game Johnathan Desbiens setup Captain Andrew Johnson going to the net was stopped by Danny Todosychuk.  On the same shift off a faceoff win by the Warriors Kristian Blumenschein's point shot was redirected on its way to the net by Andrew Johnson who again was stopped by Todosychuk.  The Warriors would get the games first powerplay just over three minutes into the contest.  West Kelowna couldnt seem to generate much offence would get a great chance after Johnathan Desbiens was robbed by Danny Todosychuk who come across the crease to make a huge pad save keeping this game scoreless.  Shorthanded Thomas Aldworth with a parcial breakaway couldnt hit the net on a missed opportunity as Vernon with a good penalty kill would kill off the minor.  Shortly after Andy Desautels got caught wandering outside of his crease managed to get back into position to make a huge save off Blaine Caton who thought he had a chance at a wide open cage.  West Kelowna having the better of the play early were outshooting Vernon 8-2 at this point.  The Vipers couldnt get any sustained pressure, were missing the net on lots of their shots.  As the period started to move along so did the Vipers who managed to get a few more chances.  Thomas Aldworth with his second parcial breakaway of the period was stopped by the blocker of Desautels.  Riley Brandt and Johnny Coughlin would get a rare two on one, Brandt decided to keep and shoot but missed the net.  Just past the halfway mark Liam Blackburn would open the scoring.  Blackburn down the right wing was stopped by Todosychuk before finding the back of the net on the rebound giving West Kelowna a 1-0 lead at 13:28 Andrew Johnson & Jason Cotton with the helpers.  Vernon who couldnt get set in the Warriors zone seemed to get a shot off but couldnt hold on for any real sustained pressure.  The Vipers with lots of pucks on goal but had troubles hitting the net missing on several shots.  The Warriors would get a late powerplay but a strong penalty kill by the Vipers would kill off the minor.  West Kelowna was up 1-0 after 20 minutes of play.  The Warriors with a good start to the game, had the better of the play, had good pressure in the Vernon zone was creating and generating chances only managed the one goal.  The Vipers on the other hand couldnt get much offence going.  Three parical breakaways missed the net on two couldnt get anything going offensively.  Vernon with very little zone time missed the net alot this period.  A very chippy period with both teams doing alot of chirping, getting in their shots in and after the stopage in play.  The Warriors had the better of the play outshot the Vipers 13-8.

2nd Period: The Warriors would get their third man advantage of the night just 1:24 into the middle frame.  WK with a few looks couldnt beat Vipers starting goaltender Danny Todosychuk couldnt capitalize on another strong penalty kill by the Vipers.  Just seconds after the powerplay Josh Bly's tip in front put the Warriors up 2-0 at 3:39 Brayden Gelsinger and Kyle Marino collected the assists.  A penalty filled period saw specialty teams go to work this frame.  Just after killing off a penalty the Vipers would get their first look with the PP.  Liam Coughlin with a nice move in close couldnt beat Warriors starting goaltender Andy Desautels who made a huge save.  West Kelowna would go down two men giving Vernon a shortened two man advantage.  The Vipers would capitalize before the first penalty expired.  Thomas Aldworth at 6:36 from the high slot got Vernon on the board cutting the West Kelowna lead to 2-1.  Luke Shiplo and Liam Coughlin with the assists.  Still with the man advantage Vernon was unable to tie the game.  Just as the penalty expired the Warriors spotted Josh Bly coming out of the box, Bly tried going in for the breakaway couldnt get by the Vernon defence who were quick enough to get back into the play.  Bly would stick with the play and end up having the puck come out front where he was able to get off a quick shot from in tight but couldnt beat Danny Todosychuk.  The Warriors would then go back to the powerplay but it would be Luke Voltin who would go in for the breakaway, with a Warriors defenceman hot on his trail Voltin would miss the net on another missed opportunity.  Kylar Hope with two good chances on the man advantage couldnt put the Warriors up by two before West Kelowna would get a shortened two man advantage.  WK with a few looks couldnt beat Todosychuk and another solid penalty kill by the Vipers would kill off both minors.  The Warriors would once again head back to the PP and this time capitalize.  Brayden Gelsinger beat Danny Todosychuk in front put West Kelowna up 3-1 at 13:23 Nicholad Rutigliano and Johnathan Desbiens with the helpers.  Just over a minute and a half later Thomas Aldworth on a wrap around looked to catch Andy Desautels napping scored his second of the night got Vernon to within a goal at 14:56 Liam Coughlin with the helper.  More pushing and shoving through out the game as both teams have a hate on for one another in a pretty chippy game.  The Vipers would get a late powerplay but unable to capitalize.  Vernon seemed to gain a little momentum late come on strong to finish the period.  Anthony Latina with a great opportunity couldnt beat Desautels.  Liam Coughlin with a great chance was stopped by the Warriors netminder who made some big saves late.  Then at the buzzer Liam Coughlin with a shot from the circle beat Desautels but hit the post as the buzzer sounded on a very close call.  West Kelowna was up 3-2 after 40 minutes of play.  A ton of penalties really slowed the game down took away any momentum from either side.  It seemed like as soon as one penalty expired another was called within minutes.  It seemed like anytime a West Kelowna player hit the ice a Vernon penalty was called.  Several poor and missed calls on both sides of the rink.  Neither team could really get much going as specialty teams played most of the 2nd period.  The Warriors up by a goal had a great opportunity to bury the Vipers on the powerplay couldnt capitalize.  The Vipers were able to hang around and only down a goal heading into the final frame.  Vernon outshot West Kelowna 14-12.

3rd Period: The Vipers come strong with a ton of energy jumped on the Warriors early and often.  Vernon playing their most physical period of the night were really laying the body all period.  Getting a ton of pressure in the WK zone Vernon controlled and carried the play.  Thomas Aldworth with his third goal of the game tied the game 3-3 at 3:23 TJ Dumonceaux & Riley Guenther with the assists.  Less then a minute later the Warriors would get an early powerplay.  Another solid penalty kill by the Vipers and would kill off the minor.  Just after the penalty kill Thomas Aldworth and Anthony Latina would get a two on one, Aldworth setup Latina who went back to Aldworth decided to try and go back to Latina couldnt reach the pass on a missed opportunity.  West Kelowna would get a great chance to break the tie after Johnathan Desbiens setup Brayden Gelsinger who was robbed by Danny Todosychuk who come across the crease to make a huge pad save keeping this game tied.  Just minutes later the Vipers would break this game open with two back to back goals in thirty nine seconds.  Mitchell Oliver playing up front was in alone was stopped by Andy Desautels who looked to make the save before Blaine Caton come hard to the net tapped the loose puck from behind the Warriors goaltender put Vernon ahead for the first time tonight giving the Vipers a 4-3 lead at 10:05 Oliver and Mitch Meek picked up the helpers.  Thirty nine seconds later Liam Finlay's shot beat Desautels gave Vernon a 5-3 lead at 10:44 Luke Voltin picked up the assist.  Two quick goals got Kal Tire Place rocking as the Warriors were being outplayed and now down two goals.  Just after Liam Coughlin would be sent in for the breakaway couldnt beat Desautels who just got a peice of Coughlin's shot with the edge of his pad.  On the same play Desautels had to be alert to stop TJ Dumonceaux in close as the Vipers were pouring on the pressure.  Less then two minutes later Kyle Marino pushed Nicholas Rasovic into Andy Desautels.  Right away Desautels went after Rasovic as the two started throwing punches while Marino jumped in.  In come Riley Brandt as tempers heated up in a hurry.  In the end West Kelowna would come out with a powerplay.  The Vipers with another strong penalty kill were able to kill off the minor.  This powerplay seemed to give the Warriors a little life.  At this point it was all Vernon but West Kelowna didnt quit and come on strong for the following few minutes.  The Vipers looking a little too lose had troubles clearing the zone at times.  The Warriors couldnt seem to generate any real threats late would get Desautels to the bench for the extra attacker with 1:48 to go before Luke Voltin sealed the victory with an empty netter at 18:17 Riley Guenther with the assist.  The Vipers would come away with a hard fought 6-3 win.  The Vipers with their best period of the night totally dominated the Warriors for most of the frame.  Off the opening faceoff the Vipers carried the play, had some good chances tied the game early before scoring two quick back to back goals midway through the period to come away with the win.  West Kelowna couldnt get much of anything going didnt have much zone time managed one or two good chances but didnt give Vernon much of a scare in the final twenty minutes.  The Vipers outshot the Warriors 15-5.

Top Players: (Vernon)

The Vipers #1 line of TJ Dumonceaux (1 assist), Thomas Aldworth (3 goals) & Liam Coughlin (2 assists) was by far Vernon's best players.  Aldworth looked to be a man on a mission scored three goals also had two parcial breakaways was all over the rink, giving West Kelowna's defenders all kinds of trouble.  Aldworth was hard to slow down and contain all game.  Dumonceaux was very good on the penalty kill, good on the draw and played a very spirited and physical 3rd period laying out lots of hits.  Dumonceaux was flying all night, played with alot of jump and energy was buzzing.  Coughlin with two assists had lots of good quality chances tonight couldnt find the back of the net.  Couldnt beat Andy Desautels on a 3rd period breakaway, hit the post at the buzzer at the end of the 2nd period was very good down low and in and around the net.

Anthony Latina I thought looked very good at times.  I thought was creative with the puck was hard to contain at times did some of the little things.

Johnny Coughlin played well on the blueline.  I thought didnt do to much with the puck, was quick to clear the zone, played well defensively jumped up into the play at times too.

Danny Todosychuk (27 saves) Played very well through out the game.  Other then Liam Blackburn's opening goal I thought Todosychuk was very good with his rebound control, was good in close and made atleast three big stops tonight.  No bigger then a 1st period save on the penalty kill off Johnathan Desbiens and then a huge game saver off Brayden Gelsnger in the 3rd in a 3-3 tie. 

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

The Vipers didnt look like they were very sharp through the first two periods.  Vernon with just eight shots in the opening period, one of their lowest shot totals for a first period didnt get much zone time were getting lots of shots towards the net but missed on over half of them.  The Vipers couldnt get any real sustained pressure didnt have much puck luck in the 1st period.  Give Vernon's specialty teams credit they played and worked extremely hard through out the game, especially in the 2nd period.  A period that was filled with penalty after penalty.  The Vipers giving up just one powerplay goal were very strong on the penalty kill in the second period but strong overall through out the game.  The Vipers then played their best period of the night in the 3rd and come out strong.  Vernon took it too the Warriors all period were really flying, creating and generating opportunities were playing very physical and with an upbeat tempo.  The Vipers really stepped up their game in the 3rd, down a goal tied the game early before scoring two quick back to back goals to come away with the win.  This was a huge game and a huge win now puts the Vipers ten points up on West Kelowna in the standings.  A strong character win as Vernon wins their fifth in a row.  How hot are the Vipers at home, pick up their seventh straight win at Kal Tire Place.

Top Players: (West Kelowna)

Ryan Yaremko I thought had a strong game on the West Kelowna blueline.  A big strong physical d-man played very well tonight.  Always seems to play tough against the Vipers and did that tonight again. 

Andrew Johnson (1 assist) The Warriors captain was very strong up front, a quick skater moves the puck in a hurry creates and generates chances was always in and around the net.  One of the more dangerous players for West Kelowna had some good looks tonight.

Kristian Blumenschein was another defenceman that I thought was very good for the Warriors.  Was involved in the play, has a quick shot from the point, likes to jump into the play is also quick on his feet, can get back into position in a hurry also has some skill with the puck.

Brayden Gelsinger (1 goal & 1 assist) Was one of the better Warriors this evening.  Put West Kelowna up 3-1 in the 2nd period had a great opportunity to break a 3-3 tie in the 3rd was robbed by Danny Todosychuk.  This kid is quick, can also move the puck, shifty is always on the move.

Josh Bly (1 goal) Played very well, had some chances was going hard to the net.  Another player that has some wheels can really move in a hurry was hard to slow down.

Kylar Hope played with an edge all night, was in the face of the Vipers all night.  Getting under the skin of almost every Vernon player Hope was always in the middle of a scrum or after a stopage in play getting his gloves up in the face, giving a guy a jab with his stick was a superpest tonight.

Johnathan Desbiens (1 assist) Was the Warriors best player tonight, I thought played with a ton of energy was all over the rink.  Stood out in the opening period played with lots of jump, created and generated lots of good chances was a sparkplug for West Kelowna.

Liam Blackburn (1 goal) Had a strong game for the Warriors.  This kid is always dangerous and hard to stop.  Scored the first goal of the game played very well.

Kyle Marino played well on the blueline, played with an edge also wasnt afraid to get under the skin of the Vipers.

Andy Desautels (31 saves) Didnt see alot of action after one period of play made his biggest saves of the night in the second period.  Made some big game savers gave his club a chance to win.

Game Thought's: (West Kelowna)

I thought West Kelowna come ready to play, was in the face of the Vipers all night played with an edge.  The Warriors had the better of the play and alot more zone time over Vernon in the first twenty minutes had some good quality chances only managed one goal.  With alot of powerplays at both ends of the rink the Warriors missed a great opportunity in the 2nd period to really put away the Vipers on the powerplay but couldnt.  West Kelowna failed on the man advantage could have easily been up by three or four goals after fourty minutes of play if the powerplay was clicking.  Im not sure what happened to WK in the 3rd but the wheels fell off.  Only getting five shots on net blew the lead before giving up four goals in the final frame to fall ten points back of Vernon for 2nd place.  West Kelowna cant seem to win in Vernon as the Warriors now have just two wins in Vernon in their last eighteen games.  I thought West Kelowna did a great job at limiting the Vipers time and space in the first two periods boxed the Vipers to the outside shutting down the shooting lanes.  Vernon had troubles generating offence in the first two periods due to some solid defensive play and zone coverage by the Warriors.  Up 3-1 late in the 2nd and up one heading into the 3rd I dont think West Kelowna will be happy with the outcome tonight.

Scratches:

Vernon:

Jagger Williamson (Injured)
Mackenzie Bauer

West Kelowna:

Jordan Masters

Energy player of the game:

Riley Guenther (2 assists)

Three Stars:

1st Star: Thomas Aldworth (3 goals)
2nd Star: Liam Coughlin (2 assists)
3rd Star: Brayden Gelsinger (1 goal & 1 assist)

BCHL Boxscore,

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1358412&link=bchl

Kyle Anderson's West Kelowna Warriors Blog,

http://wkwarriors.blogspot.ca/