Thursday, March 21, 2019

Vipers Alumni Kisio Becomes First Hurricanes Coach To Record 40-Or-More Wins In Three Separate Seasons:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Brent Kisio & the Western Hockey League Lethbridge Hurricanes reached the 40-win mark Saturday, March 16th 2019, for the third time in four years under Kisio as he becomes the only head coach in Hurricanes history to record 40-or-more wins in three separate seasons.

Kisio is in his fourth season with the Western Hockey League Lethbridge Hurricanes, also coached at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2017 Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team that won the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in August 2017. Kisio was also an assistant coach with team Canada at the World Junior hockey Championships & an assistant coach with Team WHL, which competed against Team Russia at the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series.

In his first season with the Hurricanes, Kisio led the team to a 46-24-1-1 record, helping the team back to the post-season after a six year absence. Kisio also led the Hurricanes to their first Central Division Championship since 1996-1997 while being named the Eastern Conference’s nominee for Coach of the Year. Kisio guided the Huricanes last season to 2nd place in the Eastern Conference with a (33-33-6-0) regular season record. 

Kisio was an Assistant, Associate Coach & Assistant General Manager for eight seasons with the Western Hockey League (WHL) Calgary Hitmen before being named the Lethbridge Hurricanes Head Coach June 4th 2015.

Kisio played one season in Vernon (2002-2003) The Vipers acquired Kisio in August 2002 in a trade with the Alberta Junior Hockey League Ft. McMurray Oil Barons. In 59 regular season games with the Vipers Kisio collected (20-goals-46-assists-66-points).

Brent Kisio's Player-Coaches Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=78357

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Ex Vipers Goaltender Shortridge Has The Attention Of NHL Scouts:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Shortridge has the attention of NHL scouts.

Shortridge is in his third season at Quinnipiac University attended the Los Angeles Kings development camp in June 2018. Shortridge played one season in Vernon (2015-16). In 44 games with the Vipers Shortridge went 19-25 with two shutouts posting a 3.15 GAA

Andrew Shortridge's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=191183

This was in the New Haven Register newspaper:

College hockey notes: Quinnipiac’s Shortridge has the attention of NHL scouts

By Chip Malafronte

Monday, February 11, 2019

Quinnipiac junior goalie Andrew Shortridge needed only 23 saves to post his fourth shutout of the season and 10th of his career on Friday night. He did it against archrival Yale, backed by Quinnipiac’s most boisterous home crowd of the year, a game that’s taken on a life of its own and become the campus event of the year.

Among those in the crowd a night later was Carolina Hurricanes president/general manager Don Waddell and at least one member of the team’s ownership. High-ranking NHL brass have been scouting Quinnipiac games all season long, mostly to see Shortridge, considered one of the top undrafted free agents in college hockey.

How good has Shortridge been this season? A rare off night Saturday, a 4-1 loss to Brown, dropped his goals-against average to 1.32 while his save percentage slipped to .949.

With six games left in the season he remains within striking distance of the NCAA single-season record in both categories. Maine’s Jimmy Howard set the Division I records for both with a 1.19 goals-against average and .956 save percentage in 2004.

Following the Yale win, Shortridge had a 1.14 GAA and .955 save percentage.

It’s been quite a run. Despite being Quinnipiac’s primary goalie the past two seasons, Shortridge, a native of Anchorage, Alaska, started the season as Quinnipiac’s No. 2 goalie, behind sophomore Keith Petruzzelli.

“It’s hard to argue with the numbers,” Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said. “Keith was the one early and Shortie wasn’t really playing. He’d get a game here or there. Slowly but surely he’s taken it over. His game has elevated. He’s always moved well but now he’s ahead of the play and making it look easy.”

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Game 4 Interior Division Semi Finals: Vernon 3 Trail 2

Scoring Summary:

1st Period: 

14:15 TRA Owen Ozar (3) ASST: Braeden Tuck (5) 

15:13 TRA Carter Jones (5) ASST: Donovan Buskey (1), Trevor Zins (6) (PP)

[17:17 VER Jagger Williamson (3) ASST: None 

2nd Period:

0:14 VER Trey Taylor (1) ASST: Michael Young (5), Logan Cash (2)

3rd Period:

14:07 VER Jack Judson (3) ASST: Jagger Williamson (7)

Shots were 26-26 Aidan Porter made 24 saves in the win, while Donovan Buskey made 23 saves in the loss.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/9155

Trevor Miller's Trail Smoke Eaters Blog,

https://trasmokeeaters.wordpress.com/

Game Report,

https://lscluster.hockeytech.com/game_reports/official-game-report.php?lang_id=1&client_code=bchl&game_id=9155

Text Boxscore,

https://lscluster.hockeytech.com/game_reports/text-game-report.php?lang_id=1&client_code=bchl&game_id=9155

Game 4 Preview: Interior Division Semi Finals: Vernon @ Trail:

Vernon (5-3) @ Trail (6-2) 7pm

Tonight is the tenth meeting of the season between the Vernon Vipers & Trail Smoke Eaters. The Vipers went 4-2 vs Trail during the regular season

Last Game:

Game 3 Tuesday, March 19th Vernon defeated Trail 4-3

Next Game: 

Game 5 Friday, March 22nd Trail @ Vernon

Here’s a look at the previous seven playoff meetings between Vernon & Trail:

1996-97 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 1 (1st round)
1997-98 Trail defeated Vernon 4 games to 3 (1st round)
2002-03 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 0 (Interior Conference Finals)
2003-04 Trail defeated Vernon 4 games to 1 (1st round)
2006-07 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 1 (Interior Conference Semi finals)
2007-08 Vernon defeated Trail 3 games to 0 (1st round)
2016-17 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 1 (Interior division semi finals)

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Trail Blows Late Lead, Beats Vipers In Overtime:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Trail blows late lead, beats Vipers in overtime

Morning Star Staff

Mar. 20, 2019 

The Trail Smoke Eaters didn’t fret long about blowing a two-goal lead with 66 seconds left in regulation time Saturday.

Owen Ozar’s goal 12 seconds after the puck dropped, on the first – and only – shot of overtime, gave the visiting Smoke Eaters a 5-4 B.C. Hockey League playoff win over the hometown Vernon Vipers in front of 2,063 fans at Kal Tire Place, spoiling a frantic, near improbable comeback by the Vipers.

The victory was Trail’s sixth straight in the playoffs, and gives the Smoke Eaters a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Interior Conference semifinal, with Games 3 and 4 set for the Cominco Arena Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Game 3 Interior Division Semi Finals: Vernon 4 Trail 3

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

3:59 TRA Kent Johnson (5) ASST: Trevor Zins (5), Carter Jones (5) (PP)

11:03 VER Jesse Lansdell (3) ASST: Jack Judson (4) 

2nd Period:

11:59 TRA Kent Johnson (6) ASST: Chase Stevenson (5) 

3rd Period: 

3:09 VER Coleton Bilodeau (1) ASST: Jesse Lansdell (6), Carver Watson (3) 

3:33 VER Connor Marritt (2) ASST: Matt Kowalski (2), Josh Latta (3) 

13:51 TRA Carter Jones (4) ASST: Diarmad DiMurro (3), Braeden Tuck (5) 

18:48 VER Jesse Lansdell (4) ASST: Jagger Williamson (6)

Trail outshot Vernon 33-30 Donovan Buskey makes 26 saves in the loss, while Aidan Porter makes 30 saves in the win.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

https://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/9154

Trevor Miller's Trail Smoke Eaters Blog,

https://trasmokeeaters.wordpress.com/

Game Report,

https://lscluster.hockeytech.com/game_reports/official-game-report.php?lang_id=1&client_code=bchl&game_id=9154

Text Boxscore,

https://lscluster.hockeytech.com/game_reports/text-game-report.php?lang_id=1&client_code=bchl&game_id=9154

Game 3 Preview: Interior Division Semi Finals: Vernon @ Trail:

Vernon (4-3) @ Trail (6-1) 7pm

Tonight is the ninth meeting of the season between the Vernon Vipers & Trail Smoke Eaters. The Vipers went 4-2 vs Trail during the regular season

Last Game:

Game 2 Saturday, March 16th Trail defeated Vernon 5-4 overtime

Next Game: 

Game 4 Wednesday, March 20th Vernon @ Trail

Here’s a look at the previous seven playoff meetings between Vernon & Trail:

1996-97 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 1 (1st round)
1997-98 Trail defeated Vernon 4 games to 3 (1st round)
2002-03 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 0 (Interior Conference Finals)
2003-04 Trail defeated Vernon 4 games to 1 (1st round)
2006-07 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 1 (Interior Conference Semi finals)
2007-08 Vernon defeated Trail 3 games to 0 (1st round)
2016-17 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 1 (Interior division semi finals)

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Vernon Vipers Super Skills Spring Break Camp:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vernon Viper Spring Skills Camp

Ice Times Are as Follows:

Group 1 Novice and graduating Initiation Players to Novice

Tuesday March 19 KTP
4:15-5:15pm

Thursday March 21st KTPN
9:30-10:30am

Friday March 22nd KTPN
9:30-10:30am

Group 2 Atom

Tuesday March 19
5:30-6:30pm KTP

Thursday March 21 KTPN
10:45-11:45am

Friday March 22 KTPN
10:45-11:45am

Group 3 Peewee-Bantam

Wednesday March 20 KTPN
3:45-4:45pm

Thursday March 21 KTPN
12:00-1:00pm

Friday March 22 KTPN
12:00-1:00pm

Monday, March 18, 2019

Sniper's New Ride:

Vernon Vipers mascot "Sniper" has a new ride

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iew47WNOxo

BCHL News & Trades:

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

BCHL News & Trades:

Tongue & Kennedy Commit To Clippers For 2019-20 Season:

The Nanaimo Clippers have announced Devan Tongue and Mike Kennedy have both committed to play for the team for the 2019/2020 BCHL Season. Tongue, who is committed to Bentley University for the 2020-2021 season has spent the last three years at Northfield Mount Hermon (NE Prep), and led the team in scoring the last two seasons with 81 points in 60 games. This season Tongue in 21 games has already posted 33 points. “Tongue is a power forward who we are really looking forward to having on our team.” Mentioned Darren Naylor, Nanaimo Clippers Head Coach and General Manager “He will certainly make a difference in our lineup.” Tongue decided to commit to Nanaimo because of its history of developing players “I know the coaching staff have a vision to develop players to the next level and that is where i’d like to be.” Devan Tongue said. Mike Kennedy who is committed to Princeton University for the 2020-2021 season is a defensemen in his fourth year with Northfield Mount Hermon. He has captained the team for the past two seasons including the teams best season in history. On top of that he has also posted 79 points from the blueline. “Kennedy is a leader on and off the ice and can contribute offensively during games, which is what we like to see from our guys.” Darren Naylor commented “We are excited to have him joining our team.” Kennedy like Tongue chose Nanaimo because of the coaching staffs vision “Nanaimo Coaching Staff have a great reputation and I feel like I will fit in well. I know the BCHL is a great league and has a strong track record of getting player ready for college and beyond.” Kennedy mentioned. The Nanaimo Clippers would like to welcome both Tongue and Kennedy to the Organization and wish them the best of luck in the rest of the season.

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Mayhem Loan Ex Vipers Defenceman Urban To East Coast Hockey League:

The Southern Professional Hockey League Macon Mayhem have loaned former Vernon Vipers defenceman Zach Urban to the East Coast Hockey League Toledo Walleye.

After playing two years at the University of Northern Michigan Urban signed his first professional contract with the Southern Professional Hockey League Macon Mayhem. Urban is in his second season with the Mayhem. In 34 games this season Urban has (1-goals-12-assists-13-points).


Urban played one game as an "AP" affiliated player with the Vipers during the 2010-11 season before bouncing around the league with five different teams (Penticton, Powell River, Victoria, Salmon Arm & Langley).

Zach Urban's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=97103

This was posted on the East Coast Hockey League website:

12/30/18 Urban, Zach (D) loaned to ECHL Toledo

Former Vipers Goaltender Shortridge In Hobey Baker Conversation:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Shortridge is in Hobey Baker conversation.

Shortridge is in his third season at Quinnipiac University attended the Los Angeles Kings development camp in June 2018. Shortridge played one season in Vernon (2015-16). In 44 games with the Vipers Shortridge went 19-25 with two shutouts posting a 3.15 GAA

Andrew Shortridge's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=191183


This was in the Eagle River Star Newspaper:

Eagle River’s Shortridge in Hobey Baker conversation

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Andrew Shortridge has a shot to become the fourth Alaskan — and the third from Eagle River — to be named a finalist for the top award in college hockey.

The Quinnipiac University junior goalie is 17-4-2 this season after leading the No. 5 ranked Bobcats to a 4-1 win over Yale on Saturday. Through March 2, the former Eagle River High star was first in NCAA Division I hockey in goals against average (1.39) and save percentage (.944) and fourth in winning percentage (.783).

Shortridge anchors a defense that has had two of the nation’s top players this season, with Chase Priskie the nation’s top scoring defenseman with 17 goals. In an interview with USCHO.com, Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold said he thinks both players are in the running for the Hobey Baker Award, which goes to the top player in college hockey.

“It’s a unique situation, Chase and ‘Shorty’ could both be in the top four or five in the Hobey right now,” Pecknold said. “They’ve certainly both been instrumental to our success.”

Shortridge would join Anchorage’s Matt Carle, Chugiak’s Brian Swanson and former Eagle River resident Ty Conklin as the only Alaskans named as finalists for the award. Carle became the only Alaskan to win the award in 2006; Swanson was a finalist in 1997 and 1999 for Colorado College; Conklin (who went to West High) was a Hobey Baker finalist in 2000 and 2001 for New Hampshire. All three went on to play in the NHL. Fans can vote for the award at hobeybaker.com. The top 10 finalists for the award will be named March 20.

Game 2 Interior Division Semi Finals Vipers-Smoke Eaters Highlight's:

Here are the game highlight's from Game 2 of the Interior division semi finals between the Vernon Vipers and Trail Smoke Eaters. Braeden Tuck opened the scoring, before the Vipers with two late powerplay goals (Teddy Wooding & Matt Kowalski) took a 2-1 lead heading into the 2nd period. Trevor Zins with the lone goal in the 2nd period 2-2 heading to the 3rd. Trail with two goals (Carter Jones & Kyle Budvarson) in the 3rd were up 4-2 before the Vipers with two late goals (Connor Marritt & Michael Young) forced overtime. Just twelve seconds into the extra frame, Owen Ozar on the Smokies first shot, gives Trail a 5-4 overtime victory and a 2-0 series lead. Aidan Porter made 16 saves in the loss, while Donovan Buskey made 26 saves in the win in front of 2,063 fans at Kal Tire Place.

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

Game 2 Interior Division Semi Finals: Trail 5 Vernon 4 Overtime:

I have had season tickets for 29 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for over thirty five years. I have missed four Vipers home games since 2009 and five Vipers home games since the 1999-2000 season. For anyone who couldn't attend or watch tonight's Vipers game, here are my thought's and view's from tonight's game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own opinion on the game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare game recap from both sides. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Game 2 Interior division semi finals game between the Vipers & Smoke Eaters as Trail defeated Vernon 5-4 in overtime in front of 2,063 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Aidan Porter
Trail: Donovan Buskey

For some reason tonight's game started at 7pm. All Vipers home games start at 6pm.

1st Period: A bit of a minor delay before the opening faceoff as the lights needed an extra few seconds to fully turn back on after the National anthem. It was a little grey in some area's on the ice due to the lights taking a little extra time coming back on. Like in Game 1 the Vipers would take an early penalty, sending the Smokies to an early powerplay just 2:34 into the hockey game. On the man advantage Jesse Lansdell takes an undisciplined penalty, giving Trail a fairly lengthy two man advantage. Early into the two man advantage, Tyler Ghirandosi with a quick release from the slot forced Aidan porter into making a big stop. The Vipers penalty kill was sharp and did a good job, killed off both penalties, getting a large ovation from the Viper faithful inside Kal Tire Place. Just as the penalties expired, Kent Johnson with a quality chance in front couldn't beat Aidan Porter. About a minute and a half later the Vipers would get their first PP of the evening, but struggled with the man advantage as Trail killed off the minor. Just before the midway mark the Smoke Eaters tried sending Hayden Rowan in for the breakaway, but two Viper defenders quick to get back into the play, forced Rowan into shooting from well out and missing the net. Shortly after Jesse Lansdell turned over the puck inside his own zone. Vernon had two chances to get the puck out and couldn't, before losing the puck battle along the wall before Carter Jones setup Braeden Tuck giving Trail a 1-0 lead at 10:09 Carter Jones & Luke Gallagher collected the helpers. Gallagher did all the hard work to win the puck battle, before dishing it off to Jones who then setup Tuck for the games first goal. About a minute later, just past the halfway mark, a Trail defender with a long dump in shot from inside the neutral zone took a few bounces come very close to handcuffing Aidan Porter who kind of had to juggle the puck, to make a bit of a tough save on a long shot from well before centre ice. The Snakes would get their first quality chance of the game with about seven and a half minutes remaining. Coleton Bilodeau driving to the net would be stopped in close before getting another crack on a second opportunity, couldn't solve Donovan Buskey in close. On the following play Vernon would get back to back powerplay's. With only three shots and not looking very good with the man advantage, Carver Watson setup Teddy Wooding tying the game 1-1 at 16:01 Donovan Buskey lost his stick on the play, went directly after the official wanting goaltender interference or a penalty on the play. With no call or discussion, the goal stood. Carver Watson drew the lone assist. Towards the end of the period Teddy Wooding with a great opportunity would be denied in close by Donovan Buskey before Elan Bar-Lev-Wise on the rebound fired wide. Two good looks/chances for Vernon. Tempers heated up a bit inside the final minutes as a few scrums occurred. With the Smokies going to the powerplay, Viper captain Jagger Williamson said something to the referee, would be tossed from the game, picked up a ten minute misconduct. While Williamson tried talking with the referee, the referee skated away, sending Trail to the powerplay. It didn't take long before the Smoke Eaters took a penalty of their own, sending both teams to four on four. The Snakes would get a late powerplay, moved the puck around before Michael Young's point shot would be redirected in front by Matt Kowalski, giving Vernon a late 2-1 lead at 19:41 Young and Jack Judson picked up the helpers. It was 2-1 Vernon after 20 minutes of play. This was a fairly even played period with both hockey clubs getting some looks/opportunities. I thought the Vipers played fairly well, needed some time but were getting more pucks to the net, compared to last night's 1st period. A pretty chippy period with both teams using their sticks. A little intensity shown between the two teams, something we didn't see much of in Game 1. I thought Trail played fairly well didn't create/or generate many chances, had a few looks/opportunities. Vernon outshot Trail 12-8.

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Game 2 Preview: Interior Division Semi Finals: Trail @ Vernon:

Trail (5-1) @ Vernon (4-2) 7pm

Tonight is the eighth meeting of the season between the Vernon Vipers & Trail Smoke Eaters. The Vipers went 4-2 vs Trail this year

Last Game:

Game 1 Friday, March 15th Trail defeated Vernon 3-1

Next Game: 

Game 3 Tuesday, March 19th Vernon @ Trail

Here’s a look at the previous seven playoff meetings between Vernon & Trail:

1996-97 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 1 (1st round)
1997-98 Trail defeated Vernon 4 games to 3 (1st round)
2002-03 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 0 (Interior Conference Finals)
2003-04 Trail defeated Vernon 4 games to 1 (1st round)
2006-07 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 1 (Interior Conference Semi finals)
2007-08 Vernon defeated Trail 3 games to 0 (1st round)
2016-17 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 1 (Interior division semi finals)

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Game 1 Interior Division Semi Finals Vipers-Smoke Eaters Highlight's:

Here are the game highlight's from Game 1 Friday of the Interior division semi finals between the Vernon Vipers & Trail Smoke Eaters. It was scoreless after the first two periods before Ben Sanderson opened the scoring for Vernon at 2:21 Braeden Tuck and Spencer McLean reply for Trail minutes later. Carter Jones adds an empty netter giving Trail a 3-1 lead. Donovan Buskey makes 16 saves in the win, while Aidan Porter makes 21 saves in the loss as Trail defeats Vernon 3-1 to take Game 1 in front of 1,771 fans at Kal Tire Place.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljA6_VKEEM8

Game 1 Interior Division Semi Finals: Trail 3 Vernon 1

I have had season tickets for 29 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for over thirty five years. I have missed four Vipers home games since 2009 and five Vipers home games since the 1999-2000 season. For anyone who couldn't attend or watch tonight's Vipers game, here are my thought's and view's from tonight's game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own opinion on the game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare game recap from both sides. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Game 1 of the Interior Division semi finals Vipers-Smoke Eaters game as Trail defeated Vernon 3-1 in front of 1,771 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Aidan Porter
Trail: Donovan Buskey

1st Period: The visiting Trail Smoke Eaters jumped on the Vipers off the opening puck drop. Trail with a quick shot early, had good pressure and zone time for at least the first minute and a half before the Snakes pushed back with a solid shift of their own. The Smokies would jump on the games first powerplay just 2:42 into the hockey game. Trail had some good pressure, only managed two shots but no real quality chances as Vernon killed off the minor. Two minutes later the Vipers would get their first look with the man advantage but struggled as the Smoke Eaters killed off the minor. Just as the penalty expired Jesse Lansdell took a punch to the head and a crosscheck before giving a crosscheck back would be sent to the sin bin, sending Trail back to the powerplay. Early into the man advantage Trey Taylor tripped up a forward behind the goal, sending the Smokies to a lengthy two man advantage. Hayden Rowan with a quick shot from in close, forced Aidan Porter into making a difficult save with his shoulder, kept this game scoreless as the Vipers with an excellent penalty kill, managed to kill off both penalties and get back to even strength. Trail was outshooting Vernon 7-2 at this point. On the following shift after the two man advantage, Aidan Porter made a quick pad save from well out before stopping former Vernon Vipers forward Chase Stevenson on the second opportunity making a quick left pad save. With about five minutes left in the 1st period, Tyler Ho's shot from the side wall went off Coleton Bilodeau's leg and then the post on a play where it looked like Donovan Buskey was screened with bodies in front. The Snakes coming within inches of opening the scoring towards the end of the period. It was 0-0 after 20 minutes of play. I thought the Smoke Eaters had the extra jump, had a bit more edge in play and a bit more zone time. The Smoke Eaters jumped on Vernon off the opening faceoff, got an early powerplay just minutes into the contest before getting a lengthy two man advantage, couldn't capitalize with the powerplay. Trail racked up a lot of their shots on the PP but I thought played fairly well for most of the 1st. The Smoke Eaters had the better of the scoring chances, as both teams didn't really create/or generate a ton of offensive opportunities. The Smokies defence wasn't letting the Snakes anywhere near the front of the net, took away a lot of the Vipers time and space in the defensive zone. The Vipers didn't get off to a good start, managed to get a few good push back shifts, had troubles creating/& generating chances the first twenty minutes. The Snakes went at least six or seven minutes without a shot on goal, had all kinds of trouble getting pucks to the net and getting any real sustained pressure in the attacking zone. The Vipers weren't connecting on their passes, had pucks bouncing over their sticks, didn't catch any breaks in the opening frame. Trail outshot Vernon 10-4.

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Game 1 Preview: Interior Division Semi-Finals: Trail @ Vernon:

Trail (4-1) @ Vernon (4-1) 7pm

Tonight is the seventh meeting of the season between the Vernon Vipers & Trail Smoke Eaters. The Vipers went 4-2 vs Trail this year

Last Game:

Game 5 Friday, March 8th Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 4-3 triple overtime
Game 5 Friday, March 8th Trail defeated Merritt 4-2

Next Game: 

Game 2 Saturday, March 16th Trail @ Vernon

For the eighth time in franchise history and the second time in three seasons the Vernon Vipers & Trail Smoke Eaters will meet in the BCHL playoffs. The Vipers eliminated Trail in five games in the 1st round of the BCHL playoffs two years ago.

The Vipers went 4-2 vs Trail this season outscoring the Smoke Eaters 17-11 in the six games. The Trail Smoke Eaters finished 7th in the Interior division with a 23-24-8-3 finished one point behind the 6th place West Kelowna Warriors. The 4th place Vernon Vipers finished with a record of 26-21-8-3 finished six points ahead of Trail.

Trail eliminated the 2nd place Merritt Centennials in five games in the opening round of the playoffs, while Vernon eliminated the 5th place Salmon Arm Silverbacks in five games in the first round of the playoffs.

Here’s a look at the previous seven playoff meetings between Vernon & Trail:

1996-97 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 1 (1st round)
1997-98 Trail defeated Vernon 4 games to 3 (1st round)
2002-03 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 0 (Interior Conference Finals)
2003-04 Trail defeated Vernon 4 games to 1 (1st round)
2006-07 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 1 (Interior Conference Semi finals)
2007-08 Vernon defeated Trail 3 games to 0 (1st round)
2016-17 Vernon defeated Trail 4 games to 1 (Interior division semi finals)

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Trail Presents Next BCHL Playoff Hurdle For Vipers:

This is in todays Morning Star newspaper:

Trail presents next BCHL playoff hurdle for Vipers

Morning Star Staff

Mar. 15, 2019 

Local Sports

For the eighth time in their histories, the Vernon Vipers and Trail Smoke Eaters meet in the B.C. Hockey League playoffs.

The Vipers hold a 5-2 series edge as they get set to host the Smokies in Games 1 and 2 of the Interior Conference semifinal Friday and Saturday at Kal Tire Place. Both games start at 7 p.m.

The two teams last met in the post-season in 2016-17, when Vernon dispatched Trail in five games in a best-of-seven series. Vernon also scored wins in 1997, 2003, 2007 and 2008. The Smoke Eaters eliminated Vernon in 1998 and 2004.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Vernon Vipers Alumni Shortridge Named HCA Goaltender Of The Month:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Shortridge was named HCA Goaltender of the Month for the month of January.

Shortridge is in his third season at Quinnipiac University attended the Los Angeles Kings development camp in June 2018. Shortridge played one season in Vernon (2015-16). In 44 games with the Vipers Shortridge went 19-25 with two shutouts posting a 3.15 GAA

Andrew Shortridge's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=191183


This was posted on ncaa.com

College hockey: Craggs, Miller, Shortridge earn national honors

Brian Smith | Hockey East Association | January 8, 2019

Andrew Shortridge named goaltender of the month

Quinnipiac University goaltender Andrew Shortridge (Anchorage, Alaska) takes home HCA Goaltender of the Month honors after not surrendering a single goal during the entire month of December.

The junior netminder posted a 2-0-0 record for the Bobcats in December, playing 114:55 minutes without allowing a puck across the goal line. He made 51 saves in the process, 32 of which came in a win for the Bobcats against then-No. 1 ranked Massachusetts on Dec. 7. At the end of the month, his shutout streak extended to 180:03 of perfect play.

Over the course of the 2018-19 season, Shortridge is one of just two goaltenders with a perfect record, currently sitting at 7-0-0 on the year. He also leads the nation in both goals against average (0.72), and save percentage (.970). His efforts have elevated the Bobcats to as high as No. 3 in the national polls to date.

Ex Viper Maser Reaches 30-Goal Plateau For First Time In WHL Career:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Josh Maser scored twice in the third period Saturday, March 9th 2019, reaching the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his WHL career in a 5-2 victory over the visiting Portland Winterhawks.

Maser is in his third season with the Western Hockey League Prince George Cougars. In 59 games this season with the Cougars, Maser has (30-goals-12-assists-42-points).

Maser attended the Vernon Vipers training camp in August 2016 left camp for the Prince Albert Raiders training camp. Maser was later traded to Prince George October 18th 2016.

Josh Maser's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=299135

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