Sunday, December 10, 2017

Stapley-Canada West Drop Opening Game To Czech's:

Vernon Vipers forward Brett Stapley went pointless in a 5-2 loss to the
Czech Republic in Sunday's opening game at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

TRURO, N.S. – David Kofron scored a pair of goals and Jachym Kondelik added a goal and an assist, pacing the Czech Republic to a 5-2 win over Canada West in the curtain-raiser Sunday at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

The Czechs won their tournament opener for the first time in six appearances, and sent West to its first Day 1 loss since 2014.

Lukas Rousek converted on the first Czech Republic power play just past the eight-minute mark, driving to the net and going five-hole on Canadian goaltender Mitch Adamyk to make it 1-0.

Kofron doubled the advantage just 1:26 later, knocking a one-time feed from Pavel Kousal through Adamyk to send the Europeans to the dressing room up by a pair.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

Former Vernon Vipers forward Finn Evans went pointless in Canada Easts 5-1 loss to Russia in Sundays game at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

TRURO, N.S. – Alexander Romanov and Ivan Morozov scored two goals each, and Russia rode its special teams to a 5-1 win over Canada East in the opening game for both Sunday night at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

The Russians scored twice on the power play, once shorthanded and once at 6-on-5 on a delayed penalty, beating the easterners for the sixth time in nine all-time meetings.

Grigory Denisenko added a goal and two assists for Russia, while Amir Miftakhof stopped 27 of 28 shots.

Romanov scored first at the 16-minute mark, hammering a point shot through traffic and past Canadian goaltender Jett Alexander with Miftakhof on the bench for an extra attacker.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

Vipers Shut-Out Vees 4-0

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers Shut-out Vees 4-0

December 10, 2017

by Vernon Vipers

Recent News

Teddy Bear Toss, Saturday night and the Penticton Vees were the ingredients for a fantastic performance from start to finish for the Vernon Vipers. Niko Karamanis scored the teddy bear toss goal and Ty Taylor stopped all 20 shots he faced for his third shutout to propel the Vipers to a 4-0 win.

There was an enery in the building to start the hockey game and it really looked like it impacted the home team in the first period. The Vipers were flying in the period, putting 15 shots at the Penticton goal and drawing 4 penalties including a lengthy 5 on 3 powerplay. The Vipers weren’t able to convert on the first three, but what they were able to do was get momentum on their side. Adam Scheel was very solid in net stopping 14 of 15, but the last shot of the period was the one that went in as Niko Karamanis tipped in a point shot for his 7th of the year and marked the second straight year that he caused the flurry of teddies that followed and give the Vipers a 1-0 lead after 1 period.

The Vipers were able to duplicate their effort from the first to the second periods. The Vipers pressure paid off as Jagger Williamson increased the lead ripping home his 11th of the year from the slot to make it 2-0. The Viper forecheck was front and center through the first 40 and it directly led to the third goal as Brandon Whistle caused a turnover and fed Sam Anzai for his 2nd of the year to make it 3-0. Just 14 seconds later, Jimmy Lambert slid in his 14th of the year after being hauled down. He pushed the puck at the net and it fooled Adam Scheel to make it 4-0.

In the third period, the Vipers dialed up the defense as they minimized the Penticton Vees scoring chances. Ty Taylor was sharp when needed turning aside all 8 shots in the frame. It was simple hockey from a team that had a lead forcing Penticton to come the full 200 feet for their scoring chances. Despite a late gasp by the Vees to break the shutout bid, the Vipers withstood it and skated off with a 4-0 win for their 23rd win of the year and 51st point.

The Vipers will now welcome the Merritt Centennials for the first time to the friendly confines on Friday night.

Post game interviews-highlight's,

Vipers Edge Backs:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers edge Backs

Dec. 10, 2017

The Vernon Vipers were still alone in first place in the B.C. Hockey League’s Interior Division entering a Saturday showdown at home with the scorching Penticton Vees.

Both teams won Friday: the Snakes went to Salmon Arm and tamed the Silverbacks 3-1 while the Vees, unbeaten in 13, won their 12th straight, 5-2 at home over the West Kelowna Warriors.

The Vees and Vipers meet at Kal Tire Place at 6 p.m. in the Vipers’ annual Kiss-FM Teddy Bear Toss Game. Penticton is two points back of the Vipers, and have won two of the four meetings between the rivals this season. The other two games ended in ties.

Vernon fell behind 1-0 in the first period Friday on a powerplay goal from Hudson Schandor, then Ty Taylor and the team shut the door the rest of the way.

Keyvan Mokhtari, with his 10th at 15:37 of the second period, and Chris Jandric with the powerplay winner at 17:59, his fourth on the year, gave the Vipers the lead. Sam Anzai sealed the two points with an empty net goal with five seconds remaining. Taylor finished with 21 saves.

Salmon Arm goalie Reid Cooper made 23 stops.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Vernon 4 Penticton 0

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

I was at tonight's Vipers-Vees game as Vernon defeated Penticton 4-0 in front of 2,180 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Ty Taylor
Penticton: Adam Scheel

1st Period: Both teams looked a little tentative off the opening faceoff. The Vees would get into penalty trouble early, as the Vipers would get a full two man advantage just over four minutes into the hockey game. The Snakes would struggle with the two man advantage, only managed two shots while being held to the outside as Penticton would get a huge penalty kill and kill off both minors. Vernon playing with a lot of jump early and often carried the better of the play early and through out the period. The Vipers had a ton of pressure in the offensive zone but didn't generate much for offence. Just before the midway mark the Snakes would get their third powerplay of the evening. It would be the Vees who had more puck possession and zone time. The Vees would get two shots shorthanded as the Vipers saw very little zone time, didn't record a shot with the man advantage as Penticton killed off the minor. The Vipers were outshooting Penticton 6-1 at the halfway mark. Minutes after killing off the penalty, the Vees would get their first quality chance of the night. Massimo Rizzo looked to have a wide open cage, somehow missed the goal, firing wide on a missed opportunity. Kenny Johnson laid out the biggest hit of the night, leveling Keyvan Mokhtari to the ice, Mokhtari looked to be alright, bounced back up but went to the Viper dressing room before returning shortly after. With just ten seconds left in the frame, the Vipers would get their fourth powerplay of the game. Chris Jandric's point shot was redirected in front beating wich looked like a screened Adam Scheel giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 19:58 as the teddy bears hit the ice, on the Vipers annual Christmas teddy bear toss. Alex Swetlikoff & Chris Jandric collected the helpers. Instead of waiting to clear all the stuffed animals off the ice, the officials called the 1st period, added the final 2.3 seconds onto the 2nd period, as both teams made their way to the dressing rooms. After a fairly lengthy delay collecting all the teddy bears, the Zamboni was able to clear the ice. It was 1-0 Vernon after 20 minutes of play. It was all Vipers from basically start to finish, as the Snakes were by far the better of the two teams. Vernon with a ton of pressure, had a ton of puck possession, played most of the 1st in the offensive zone. The Vipers skating well, were moving the puck around, had troubles offensively creating/generating chances. Vernon with very few opportunities in that period. The Snakes struggled with the man advantage went 0-4. The Vees got into penalty trouble early and just couldn't get their game going. Penticton saw most of the frame in their own end, struggled offensively getting the puck into the offensive zone, weren't clicking on their passes. Adam Scheel come within inches on two plays, where the goaltender come way out of his crease to play the puck, fired the puck up ice, banking it off the glass, was very close on both plays not shooting the puck up and over the glass. Vernon outshot Penticton 15-6.

2nd Period: The teams started the middle frame with 2.3 seconds on the clock, the same 2.3 seconds that were carried over from the opening period. After a quick faceoff, the buzzer sounded before both teams lined up at centre for another faceoff, this time with a full twenty minutes on the clock. The Vipers jumped on the Vees early and often, once again were the better of the two teams early. Michael Young spotted a wide open Jagger Williamson in the slot, that beat Vees starting goaltender Adam Scheel giving Vernon a 2-0 lead at 6:47 Young drew the lone assist. Penticton needed seven minutes to record their first shot of the period. Just before the halfway mark Jimmy Lambert with some slick moves cut in and out from the boards before ripping a quick shot from the high slot, forced Adam Scheel into making a large save, keeping this a two goal game. Minutes later Brandon Whistle did all the work, behind the net setup Sam Anzai in front, beat Adam Scheel giving Vernon a 3-0 lead at 12:27 Whistle picked up the assist. Sixteen seconds later Jimmy Lambert was hauled down on a parcial breakaway, with a penalty coming to the Vees, Lambert somehow managed to chip the puck forward, got the puck on goal that somehow got through the legs of Adam Scheel, giving Vernon a 4-0 lead at 12:43 Lambert's goal was unassisted. Adam Scheel would like to have this goal back. This was the end of the night for Scheel who was pulled in favor of Nolan Hildebrand. Scheel allowed four goals on twenty eight Vernon shots. Off the following faceoff the Vees would get their first powerplay of the night. Penticton with a ton of pressure, forced the play. Captain Owen Sillinger with a quality chance in close couldn't solve Vipers starting goaltender Ty Taylor who come up large. Still on the man advantage Taylor had to be sharp, made a big save off a shot from the slot, somehow kept the puck out with traffic in front. Penticton with several good looks, had two solid opportunities. The Vipers excape and kill off the minor. This powerplay seemed to wake Penticton up and give the Vees a bit of life. The Vees seemed to feed off the powerplay, picked up the pace and their game, slowly started coming on. Penticton would slowly take over the play-game for the next few minutes. The Snakes would keep their cool and eventually get their game going late to finish the period. It was 4-0 Vernon after 40 minutes of play. It was all Vipers early and often as Vernon would open the game wide open with three second period goals, chasing Adam Scheel from the goal. The Snakes were once again the better of the two teams for the first half at least. The Vees seemed to regroup and after a strong powerplay, didn't get on the board, the Vees built off that and carried a lot of the momentum into the second half of the frame. I thought the Vees played much better and would get a slight edge in play in the second half. Vernon outshot Penticton 15-6.

3rd Period: The Penticton Vees jumped on the Snakes early, before taking a penalty just over a minute into the final frame. The Vipers with an early man advantage, again struggled with the powerplay. The Vees would kill off the minor. Seconds after coming out of the box, Taylor Ward would break in for the breakaway, couldn't solve Ty Taylor who come across the blue paint, making a huge stop off the veteran forward. It looked like Vernon took their foot off the gas as the Vees carried the better of the play at times early in the 3rd. Penticton had more puck possession and lots of zone time, had some good looks, but no real grade a chances. The Vipers played a smart, yet defensive 3rd limiting Penticton's opportunities. When the Vees had their chances, Ty Taylor was solid between the pipes. Just before the midway mark Jimmy Lambert caught Nolan Hildebrand napping, Lambert fired a shot from the corner, as the puck come close to hitting Hildebrand, but went through the crease and out the other side. The Vees had at least two or three quality chances in the second half but couldn't beat Ty Taylor. Late in the contest Dakota Boutin would get tossed from the game, got involved with a fan on his way to the dressing room. Boutin looked to take a swing at the fan leaning over the tunnel, heading to the dressing room, before returning to exchange words with the fan. The two exchanged words while Boutin challenged the fan, before a member of the Vees staff confronted Boutin, sending him to the dressing room. In the final two and a half minutes Joseph Leahy and Jesse Lansdell got tangled up in the corner, before the two exchanged words. Lansdell took a good run at Leahy the same shift before Leahy gave Lansdell a slash before the two starting exchanging words again. The officials jumped in and tossed the two from the game. Fred Harbinson not too pleased with his team was exchanging words with one of the officials. Inside the final two minutes Kenny Johnson was chirping back and fourth with several Vipers, as the long time rivalry was heating up with just over a minute remaining. The Snakes would hold Penticton inside their own end, for the final minute before the final buzzer as Vernon would defeat Penticton 4-0. Up four goals, it looked like the Snakes took their foot off the gas, saw a lot of the 3rd in their own end, played well defensively, limiting the Vees opportunities. Ty Taylor was also sharp, making a few key saves. Vernon with very little zone time, played a lot of dump and chase, anytime they hit centre. The Vees pressing hard for at least a goal, to try and get on the scoreboard, carried most of the play, didn't generate too much but had some good looks and a few chances. Both teams with very limited opportunities. Penticton outshot Vernon 8-6.

Top Player's: (Vernon)

Michael Ufberg I thought had another strong night on the Viper backend. Played very well in Salmon Arm Friday, continued his strong play in the victory tonight.

Jagger Williamson (1 goal) The Viper captain was another forward who played well on back to back nights. I thought Williamson played strong last night, had another good effort-game this evening. Played hard, made some smart plays at both ends of the rink, was physical and in the face of the Vees through out the game.

The line of Connor Marritt, Brandon Whistle (1 assist) & Alex Swetlikoff (1 assist) were very good. This line played very well, played with a ton of confidence against a strong Penticton team. Made things happen through out the game, opened the ice, & created/generated some offence. I thought Connor Marritt was very strong, played hard, worked hard, had one of his better games of the season. I thought Brandon Whistle played his best game as a Viper since being acquired from the AJHL Bonnyville Pontiacs. Whistle in my mind has done nothing so far, played very well tonight. Was skating, going hard for the puck, made things happen. It was Whistle who did all the work behind the goal, to setup Sam Anzai on Vernon's third goal. Lets hope Whistle can build off tonight, get some confidence and contribute more.

Keyvan Mokhtari Really used his speed and skill to generate/create plays. Really opens the ice and makes plays happen. Played very well.

Niko Karamanis (1 goal) Opened the scoring, also scored the first goal for the Snakes on last years teddy bear toss night. Played very hard at both ends of the rink. Really battles hard game in and game out. Was another strong forward for the Vipers.

Sam Anzai (1 goal) Played with some energy-jump, showed some hustle, played well. Another kid who hasn't impressed me much since being acquired from the AJHL Drayton Valley Thunder.

Mitch Andres Made a few mistakes but overall I thought did very well against a strong Vees team. Played well through out the night.

Chris Jandric (1 assist) Had a heck of a game on the point. Was skating hard, really saw the ice well, made things happen. Was good at both ends of the rink. Showed a lot of hustle, getting back in the play, jumped up into the play on several occasions.

Ty Taylor (20 saves-Shutout) Picking up his third shutout of the season, was tested much in the 1st but was key in goal in the 2nd and 3rd periods. The second year Viper made two big stops on the penalty kill in the 2nd period, had to be alert and sharp with Penticton pressing. Then in the 3rd with the Vipers up four, Taylor was strong in the final twenty minutes. Playing with a ton of confidence this year, has been very good for Vernon.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

This is one of the more complete games I have seen the Snakes play in the last two months and one of if not one of their more complete games of the year. I thought the Vipers were the better of the two teams for most of the night. Vernon struggled with the man advantage going 0-4 in the 1st didn't generate much for offence, carried the bulk of the play. Opening the scoring was huge but getting that 2nd and then 3rd goal in the middle frame, was the difference. The Vipers playing with a ton of jump/energy were skating and skating circles around the Vees at times. The Snakes had a bit of a lull in the second half of the 2nd period, after killing off a penalty, the Vees built off the powerplay and gained some momentum, took over the edge in play, but give Vernon credit, for bending but not breaking. The Vipers looked to take their foot off the gas in the 3rd but played very well defensively. Gave up some looks-chances but overall, did a great job at limiting Penticton's opportunities. Adam Scheel who was undefeated against the Snakes this season, had played very well against Vernon. I thought the Vipers did a good job at getting bodies to the net, making Scheel have to work and fight to see the puck, chased the Penticton netminder after their fourth goal. With the Vees pressing, the Snakes held Penticton to just eight shots in the final frame. The Vipers could have blown this game wide open if it wasn't for a struggling powerplay. The Vipers went 1-6 with the man advantage. Give Vernon credit for playing disciplined, gave up just one powerplay. Tonight was a huge game-two points for both clubs. Tonight was the Vipers first win over Penticton this season, in a statement game. These kind of games-wins can really build the confidence of a team, and can also be a huge character victory. A game like tonight, can go a long way for the Vipers. Vernon was 0-2-0-2 vs Penticton this season and only two points ahead in the standings. The winner of tonight's contest would take over top spot in the Division and overall standings. A great crowd on hand saw a great game. Since the 2011-12 regular season the Vipers are 10-28-4-3 vs Penticton. The Vipers get just their second win in the last twelve games vs the Vees. With the win Vernon improves to 22-7-1-4 sit atop the Interior Division-overall standings are now six points ahead of Wenatchee and four points up on Penticton.

Top Player's: (Penticton)

Jordan Henderson I thought played well on the Vees backend. Was moving the puck, tried jumping into the play at times.

Massimo Rizzo I thought had a few strong shifts, didn't stand out a lot but had some good shifts through out the game.

Owen Sillinger I thought played well, had some looks-opportunities, was one of the more dangerous Penticton forwards.

Game Thought's: (Penticton)

The Penticton Vees were the hottest team in the league, come into town riding a twelve game winning streak and thirteen game unbeaten streak, sure didn't show it. I didn't think the Vees played very well. The Vipers jumped on Penticton early and often and after getting into penalty trouble early, the Vees just couldn't recover. I thought the Vees passing was off, missing often. I didn't think Penticton was skating at all, was outskated for a lot of tonight's contest. The Vees struggled offensively, didn't generate-create many grade a opportunities. I thought Penticton took too many penalties, more then they usually take, just couldn't get much of anything going. I thought the Vees finally got some momentum and got going in the second half of the middle frame, but again didn't really generate any real quality chances. The Vees were held to the outside often, as the Snakes limited Penticton's shots & chances through out the game. Dont forget Penticton was missing several key veterans. A small handfull of Vees fans in attendance. Penticton leads the season series 2-1-0-2 with the final regular season meeting going February 10th in Penticton.  Since the 2011-12 regular season the Vees are 15-5-0-1 in Vernon. Prior to tonight, Penticton's last loss was November 4th 4-2 to the visiting Powell River Kings. With the loss Penticton drops to 22-6-1-2 sit 2nd in the Division are two points up on Wenatchee and four points back of Vernon, with four games in hand. A turning point in the season, may come after the Christmas break. The Vipers have a home & home series with Slmon Arm, while Penticton plays back to back games in Wenatchee.



Brett Stapley (Playing at the World Junior A Challenge)
Tanner Wishnowski (Injured)
Jordan Sandhu (Injured)
Jack Judson (Injured)


Jonny Tychonick
Grant Cruikshank
Ryan O'Connell
Chris Klack

Energy Player of the Game:

Sam Anzai (1 goal)

Three Star's:

1st Star: Niko Karamanis (1 goal)
2nd Star: Ty Taylor (20 saves-Shutout)
3rd Star: Jagger Williamson (1 goal)

Boxscore-Game Sumary,

Game Report,


Game Preview: Teddy Bear Toss: Penticton @ Vernon:

Penticton (22-5-1-2) @ Vernon (22-7-1-4) 6pm

Tonight is the fifth of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Penticton Vees. The Vees lead the season series 2-0-0-2

Last Game:

Friday, December 8th Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 3-1
Friday, December 8th Penticton defeated West Kelowna 5-2

Next Game:

Friday, December 15th Merritt @ Vernon
Friday, December 15th Penticton @ West Kelowna

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Vernon 3 Salmon Arm 1

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

I was at tonight's Vipers-Silverbacks game as Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 3-1 in front of 973 fans at the Shaw Centre.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Ty Taylor
Salmon Arm: Reid Cooper

1st Period: The Silverbacks jumped on the Vipers early and often. Salmon Arm got the early jump on Vernon, with pressure early. About two and a half minutes in Trey Thomas's shot from the top of the circle was redirected in front just missing the far corner on an early opportunity from Salmon Arm. On the following play the Backs setup Tanner Campbell in front whos shot missed the net, on a missed opportunity. About five minutes in SA with some slick three way passing, eventually setup Ryan Hogg in the high slot, who was denied by Ty Taylor on a nice save with the Silverbacks on the attack. On the following shift-play Keyvan Mokhtari and Jimmy Lambert broke in on a two on one rush, Lambert setup Mokhtari in the slot, instead of shooting decided to pass it back to Lambert who wasn't thinking pass, couldn't connect on the pass that went way ahead. A missed opportunity for the Snakes. The Vipers needed just over six minutes to record their first shot of the frame. Shortly after the Silverbacks would get the games first powerplay. Hudson Schandor's quick shot from the top of the circle beat Ty Taylor going post and in giving Salmon Arm a 1-0 lead at 8:41 Trevor Adams collected the assist, as the teddy bears poured onto the ice, on the Silverbacks annual Christmas teddy bear toss. A fairly lengthy delay stopped the game, giving time for crews to collect all the stuffed animals on the ice. The Backs in full control, were outshooting the Snakes 4-1 at this point. The lengthy delay seemed to help Vernon, who regrouped and come back with a strong push back. The Vipers with a good bounce back shift, got their legs going, started moving the puck, creating-generating plays down low, had a ton of good pressure in the attacking zone. The Vipers didn't generate a lot of chances but carried the better of the play. With about 3:50 remaining Michael Young beat Reid Cooper but not the post, as Vernon come within inches of tying the game. The Snakes would get their first look with the man advantage, late to finish the period. The Vipers with some good looks, couldn't capitalize before the buzzer. It was 1-0 Salmon Arm after 20 minutes of play. The Silverbacks with a strong start, were the better team early. Salmon Arm with a strong attack, had lots of pressure, and some quality chances early. The Backs opened the scoring, but it was all Vernon after the opening goal. The Snakes carried the better of the play for the remainder of the 1st period. The Vipers had some good looks, couldn't catch a break. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 10-5.

2nd Period: The Vipers started the middle frame on the man advantage that was carried over from the opening frame. With less then thirty seconds remaining, Salmon Arm would kill off the remainder of the penalty. For a second straight period the Silverbacks jumped out to a quick start. SA had some good pressure early, before Vernon got into some penalty trouble. Salmon Arm with back to back powerplays couldn't capitalize with the man advantage. Captain Jagger Williamson with a huge shot block, couldn't change, managed to get back on his feet before eventually getting to the bench. The Vipers would kill off both minors. Vernon product Coleton Bilodeau would get tangled up with a Salmon Arm player. Both players hit the ice as Bilodeau was a little slow skating off, looked to be in some discomfort. The first year Viper went to the dressing room before retrning within minutes. The Backs were the better of the two teams early, carried the better of the play for the first half. Minutes past the midway mark the Vipers would jump on the powerplay. Vernon unable to really do much with the extra attacker, would strike seconds after the penalty expired. Jimmy Lambert in the slot setup former Victoria Grizzlies forward Keyvan Mokhtari at the circle, ripped a shot past Silverbacks starting goaltender Reid Cooper tying the game 1-1 at 15:37 Lambert & Michael Young drew the assists. A lone teddy bear was thrown on the ice after Mokhtari's goal. Two minutes later Chris Jandric's seeing eye shot from the point somehow found its way through a maze of players, beat wich looked like a screened Reid Cooper giving Vernon a 2-1 lead at 17:38 Jesse Lansdell picked up the helper. Inside the final minute Mitch Andres took a crosscheck from behind into the end boards, with no call on the play, the play continued before Chris Jandric levelled Grayson Constable with a crosscheck into the end boards. Constable went hard into the boards, before several players jumped in. Jagger Williamson then skated over, before dishing out a crosscheck as tempers heated up with under a minute to go. Fans at the Shaw Centre were letting the officials know the Vipers should be getting two penalties on the play, while the Salmon Arm bench was also giving the officials an ear full. The Backs would get just one PP out of the hits, getting a late powerplay. In the dying seconds Nick Unruh went strong to the net, would be stoned in close by Vipers starting goaltender Ty Taylor who stayed with the play, battled off traffic in front, somehow was able to track Unruh and the puck, making the big stop late. It was 2-1 Vernon after 40 minutes of play. It was all Backs early and often as Salmon Arm was the better of the two teams for most of the period. The Silverbacks carried most of the play, had some good looks but not many quality chances. The Snakes with two early penalty kills, kept the game at 1-0 before scoring two quick back to back goals two minutes apart late in the period. Vernon had troubles getting control of the puck, had troubles getting through the neutral zone, didn't get a lot of zone time. SA was the better team. Salmon Arm outshot Vernon 12-7.

3rd Period: The Silverbacks started the final frame on the powerplay, that was carried over from the 2nd period. The Snakes with a solid penalty kill, killed off the remainder of the penalty. About a minute later Vernon would get an early powerplay. The Vipers struggled with the man advantage, couldn't grab a two goal lead as the Backs killed off the minor. About a minute and a half later Tanner Campbell cut hard to the goal, couldn't solve Ty Taylor in close, on a quality chance. The play really opened up in a hurry as two solid chances at either ends as both teams come close to scoring. Minutes before the halfway mark the Snakes would get their second PP of the 3rd. But again Vernon struggled getting pucks to the net-creating opportunities. The Backs with several blocked shots killed off the penalty. Three minutes after killing off a second penalty, SA would get caught with too many men, sending the Vipers back to the powerplay. Josh Prokop looked to have a sure goal, was robbed. Former Coquitlam Express goaltender Reid Cooper stretched across the blue paint, to flash the glove up, making a glove save off Prokop at the top of the crease. Cooper keeping this a one goal game. Salmon Arm with a strong penalty, would kill off the minor. With just over two minutes remaining Grayson Constable went through two Vernon defenders, before cutting hard to the goal, would be slashed on the way in, would be denied by Ty Taylor in close, coming up with a large save late, keeping this game at 2-1. The Backs would draw the late powerplay, before calling a timeout. With possession and pressure in the attacking zone, the Silverbacks would get Reid Cooper to the bench for the two man advantage with 1:20 left in the hockey game. SA with all kinds of pressure, forced Ty Taylor into making at least two maybe three big stops inside the final minute. With the Snakes back on their heels, were hemmed in their own end, couldn't get control of the play, The Silverbacks missed the net on two opportunities before Jagger Williamson with a hard shift, chased down his defender into the SA zone, before stealing the puck, setup Jesse Lansdell in the high slot who nailed the open cage, giving Vernon a 3-1 lead at 19:55 as the Viper bench erupted. Lansdell's goal was unassisted. While Williamson was getting up off the ice Tanner Campbell looked to jump Williamson as the two got tangled up as the officials jumped in between the two. Williamson tried getting away, to celebrate the goal with Lansdell before Williamson and the Salmon Arm bench were exchanging words. Campbell not finished, tried going back at Williamson a second time, was eventually ejected from the game. The Silverbacks back very upset was really giving it to the officials and several Vipers. Before the puck was dropped, Rhett Kingston was also tossed from the bench after being very vocal towards the Vipers/or officials. Both players made their way to the dressing room. The final faceoff would be had, while the final five seconds wound down with no more altercations, as Vernon would hang on for the 3-1 victory. Both teams exchanged powerplay's early, with no scoring on either PP the play went back and fourth with not a lot of quality chances. Both teams had some good looks, but no real solid opportunities for several minutes. Both teams PK was very strong. The Vipers had three powerplay's to try and put this game away or at least take a two goal lead, but couldn't capitalize. The Silverbacks come on hard late on the man advantage, had a ton of pressure, forced Ty Taylor into at least two maybe three big stops, couldn't get the game tying goal with the goaltender out. A very entertaining period with some good play at both ends of the rink. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 9-5.

Top Player's: (Vernon)

Michael Ufberg I thought was one of if not Vernon's best d-man this evening. Ufberg looked calm, confident and very steady on the blueline.

Jagger Williamson I thought played with a lot of hustle, worked hard, played hard-battled through out the game. Made a strong play for the loose puck inside the final minute, really worked hard to get the puck to Jesse Lansdell for the empty netter.

Jesse Lansdell (1 goal & 1 assist) I thought played a strong game, was banging and crashing, worked-competed through out the contest.

Niko Karamanis Was another forward who I thought played hard. Come up with a few big shot blocks in tonight's game, really sacrificed his body, stepped up his play, showing his leadership.

Jimmy Lambert (1 assist) Was really skating, had some good looks, had troubles hitting the net, but really used his speed/quickness to make plays happen. Really opens up the ice.

Ty Taylor (21 saves) Played very well between the pipes. Made several key/big stops through out the night, keeping his team in the game. I thought was the difference early in the opening period and through out the 2nd period when the Snakes were outplayed. Made some big stops in the 3rd to preserve the victory.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

After their worst effort-performance of the season Wednesday in a 3-2 overtime loss to the visiting Coquitlam Express, I thought the Vipers responded with a hard fought victory on the road tonight. The Snakes didn't get off to a good start, really seemed to regroup-build some momentum after giving up the games first goal. Vernon seemed to bounce back and really pick up their game as the 1st went on. I thought the Vipers were the better of the two teams after giving up the opening goal. Vernon was outplayed for most of the 2nd period but got some timely saves from Ty Taylor and come up with a few big penalty kills. Kayvan Mokhtari with a huge goal late to tie the game, before Chris Jandric's seeing eye shot, gives Vernon their first lead of the night two minutes later. The Vipers battled and fought hard in the 3rd, couldn't convert on three powerplays but played well defensively at times, limiting the Silverbacks time and space. When Salmon Arm did get any opportunities, Ty Taylor was their for the big saves. The Snakes played as a team tonight, were making plays happen at times, also played well defensively. The Vipers had several good looks, couldn't catch a break-bounce all night. This was a must win for the Snakes, who after losing to Coquitlam Wednesday, couldn't lose to last place Salmon Arm. The Vipers needed to come home with two points tonight. The Vipers are not as deep a team without Tanner Wishnowski, Brett Stapley and Jordan Sandhu. So far Im not too impressed with Brandon Whistle and Sam Anzai. Both players haven't done much since coming to Vernon. I think former Viper Adam Panacci is a much better player, then both Whistle or Anzai. Looked like just a small group of Viper fans in attendance. With the win Vernon improves to 22-7-1-4 still sit atop the Interior Division-overall league standings. The Snakes are two points up on Penticton and four points up on Wenatchee. 1st place will be on the line tomorrow night as the red hot Penticton Vees take their twelve game winning streak into Vernon. The winner will come away 1st in the Division-league.

Top Player's: (Salmon Arm)

Rhett Kingston Was one of the Silverbacks more dangerous forwards. A big body that was always involved in the play. Used his size to open up the ice, made things happen. Was strong with the puck. Hard to defend against.

Nick Unruh I thought had several opportunities, was quick on his feet, not the biggest kid but worked hard-played with a lot of jump/energy.

Tanner Campbell I thought was another forward that had a strong night. Went pointless but had several quality chances through out the game. Played-battled hard, was going to the net often. Created/generated several opportunities.

Hudson Schandor (1 goal) I thought played hard, had a good game. Scored the lone Silverbacks goal, was involved in the play often.

Noah Wakeford I thought stood out-played well. Another kid who is quick, can really open up the play, played with a ton of energy-jump, was all over the rink.

Justin Wilson really used his size, was banging bodies, played physical, played hard.

Reid Cooper (23 saves) Played well, made some big stops. I think Ty Taylor was the busier of the two netminders, withb Reid not having to make as many game savers. Made his biggest save in the 3rd on the PK.

Game Thought's: (Salmon Arm)

I really like the Backs start. I thought Salmon Arm jumped on Vernon early and often, had several good looks-chances early, before opening the scoring. The lengthy delay for the teddy bear toss, wasn't good for the Silverbacks who couldn't keep up the pressure. Instead they allowed the Snakes to regroup and bounce back, playing a lot of the remainder of that period in their own end. SA was up in shots 4-1 at one point, fell behind 10-5 to end the 1st. I thought the Silverbacks regrouped-responded with another quick start to the middle frame. The Backs were all over Vernon for most of that 2nd period, couldn't get that next goal. Up 1-0 that next goal could change everything, instead the Vipers score two quick back to back goals, late to finish the 2nd with the lead. These two goals were costly as SA couldn't muster enough offence in the 3rd to force overtime. The Silverbacks had some looks-chances only mustered five 3rd period shots, not nearly enough in a period where they needed at least one if not two for the winner. I thought SA played hard most of the night, gave the Vipers a good run but overall could only manage the one goal. Salmon Arm has struggled offensively the last handful of games. The Silverbacks have scored one goal a game in three of their last four games, while being shutout in the other game. SA has gone six straight games without scoring more then two goals a game. The Backs didnt look like a last place team tonight, showed more then a 7th team in the standings. Vernon has won all four regular season meetings with Salmon Arm and five out of the six meetings (exhibition & regular season). The Backs are winless in eleven straight games vs Vernon. The Silverbacks last win over Vernon was a 6-1 victory on January 30th 2016. These two teams will meet again in a home & home series in three weeks. Salmon Arm has now lost four straight and six of their last seven. With the loss Salmon Arm falls to 12-17-3-0 sit last in the Division are tied in points with Merritt.



Brett Stapley (At the World Junior A Challenge)
Tanner Wishnowski (Injured)
Jordan Sandhu (Injured)
Jacj Judson (Injured)

Salmon Arm:

Logan Mostat
Josh Latta
Marcus Mitchell

Energy Player of the Game:

Noah Wakeford

Three Star's:

1st Star: Hudson Schandor
2nd Star: Rhett Kingston
3rd Star: Ty Taylor (21 saves)

Boxscore-Game Summary,

Game Report,


Stapley Collects Assist In Canada West Win Over Russia:

Vernon Vipers forward Brett Stapley collected one assist in Canada
West's 4-2 pre-tournament win over Russia.

Ethan de Jong scored the game-winning goal early in the third period, helping Canada West complete the comeback from a two-goal, first-period deficit to beat Russia 4-2 in pre-tournament action in Amherst, N.S., ahead of the World Junior A Challenge.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

Former Vernon Vipers forward Finn Evans went pointless in Canada East's 7-0 pre-tournament loss to the United States.

Jack Dugan scored a pair of goals and added an assist, and Ryan Bischel and Jake Kucharski shared a 20-save shutout, helping the United States to a 7-0 win over Canada East in pre-World Junior A Challenge action in Truro.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

Game Preview: Teddy Bear Toss: Vernon @ Salmon Arm:

Vernon (21-7-1-4) @ Salmon Arm (12-16-3-0) 7pm

Tonight is the fourth of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Vipers lead the season series 3-0

Last Game:

Wednesday, December 6th Coquitlam defeated Vernon 3-2 overtime
Wednesday, December 6th Penticton defeated Salmon Arm 5-1

Next Game:

Saturday, December 9th Penticton @ Vernon
Saturday, December 9th Salmon Arm @ Merritt

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Express Shock Vipers:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Express shock Vipers

Dec. 8, 2017

Morning Star Staff

It’s a single point the Vernon Vipers might regret let slipping away at some point this B.C. Hockey League season.

The Coquitlam Express – they of the four wins in 29 games – rolled into Vernon and knocked off the league-leading Vipers (21 wins) 3-2 in overtime in front of 1,550 stunned fans at Kal Tire Place Wednesday.

Eric Linell scored his team-leading 17th goal at 2:48 of the first five-minute extra period, beating Anthony Yamnitsky for the game-winner.

The Vipers got a point thanks to the effort of veteran forward Jesse Lansdell.

With his team trailing 2-0 and killing a penalty with seven minutes left to go, Lansdell scored two shorthanded markers. The first was on a penalty shot as he beat Express goalie Brock Hamm at 13:00, just 10 seconds after Keyvan Mokhtari was sent off for cross-checking.

Lansdell scored his second shorthanded goal on the Express man advantage 1:21 later to tie the game 2-2.

Lansdell has seven goals on the season, three of them shorthanded.

Sam Kozlowski staked Coquitlam to a 2-0 lead with his fourth and fifth goals of the year, one in each of the first two periods.

Coquitlam went 0-6 with the man advantage, Vernon was 0-5.

The Express are now 2-1-1 under new head coach Jason Fortier, who took over Nov. 27 when Barry Wolff was fired (former Enderby resident Rob Boyd remains as an Express assistant coach).

Fortier is now 1-1 in his career against the Vipers. He was the coach of the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots when the Vipers hosted the 2014 Royal Bank Cup, and the Patriots lost their last round-robin game, 3-2 to the Vipers, also in in overtime.

The loss eliminated the Patriots from the tournament.

With the single point, the Vipers stay in first place in the Interior Division, two points ahead of the red-hot Penticton Vees, who won their 11th straight Wednesday, 5-1 at home over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Vees are unbeaten in 12.

Vernon visits Salmon Arm Friday, then host the Vees Saturday at 6 p.m. in the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss game.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Vipers-Express Highlight's:

Here are the game highlight's from Kal Tire
Place Wednesday night in Vernon. Sam Kozlowski scored twice for the Express, while Jesse Lansdell scored twice for the Vipers. Eric Linell scored the overtime winner giving Coquitlam the 3-2 overtime victory, their first win on the road in front of 1,550 fans.

Arena Parking Challenged:

This letter to the editor was in Wednesday's Morning Star Newspaper:

Arena parking challenged

LETTER: New arena limits handicap parking

Dec. 6, 2017

It seems that being as we are still in the fiasco re: Kin Race Track, the parking for handicap citizens at the arena is less than something to be desired. We now have 12 or so parking stalls in the new front lot but we lost about the same amount plus 10-15 at the back of the arean.

I have made a suggestion to Doug Ross that we should get the original places in front of the arena (east) back plus the new ones on 43rd Avenue. As it is now you have to go about an hour or more ahead of game time or you are out of luck. Extending the new section west would be a disaster as its quite a slope and eventually somebody is going to fall or slip and city will have a law suit. In fact I did see an elderly guy come out of the west door and go down the slope to the lot and injured himself on a car mirror. I notice also that there is no steps to the parking lot from the west exit.

I know the Vipers management is not that happy about it either. Surely the who’s who could come up with a better solution for us old buggers. If you’re one of these handicapped fans and not happy with the situation send an email to with your concerns. After 50 years of being involved one way or another let’s take a look at the situation. Thanks for listening.

Bill Roth


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Coquitlam 3 Vernon 2 Overtime

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

I was at tonight's Vipers-Express game as Coquitlam defeated Vernon 3-2 in overtime in front of 1,550 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Anthony Yamnitsky
Coquitlam: Brock Hamm

1st Period: The Vipers needed a few minutes before getting some good early pressure in on the attack. The Snakes didn't crate or generate any real opportunities but had good possession of the play-puck for a solid few minutes. The Express would eventually even out the play before getting the games first powerplay just about eight minutes in. Halfway through the man advantage, the BCHL's player of the week, Eric Linell with a quick shot from the slot, forced Anthony Yamnitsky into making a good stop on the penalty kill. Coquitlam with loads of pressure were moving the puck around, had some looks but Vernon would kill off the minor. The Express kept coming and even though it was five on five, Coquitlam looked like they were still on the PP. The Snakes with a ton of turnovers inside their own end, were having all kinds of defensive let downs. The Express were outshooting the Vipers 7-3 at one point as it was all Coquitlam. Minutes past the midway mark Riley Johnson's shot would be redirected on it's way to the goal by Sam Kozlowski, giving Coquitlam a 1-0 lead at 13:27 Johnson & Joshua Wildauer drew the assists. Less then a minute later the Snakes would get their first powerplay. The Vipers with several good looks, would get four shots on goal with the PP but couldn't capitalize. Just as the penalty expired, Michael Young's point shot would get redirected on it's way to the net, but somehow Brock Hamm was able to make the stop with traffic in front. Fourty four seconds later the Express jumped on their second PP of the opening frame. Alex Ambrosio looked to have his side of the net open, beat Anthony Yamnitsky hitting the bottom of the post, as Coquitlam come within inches of grabbing a two goal lead on the road. Another solid powerplay from the Express, but couldn't capitalize. It was 1-0 Coquitlam after 20 minutes of play. The Express dominated the opening period, were hungry, strong on the puck, on the forecheck, battled-competed, won most of the races, were by far the better of the two teams. Coquitlam come ready to play and outworked and outskated the Vipers for most of the 1st period. The Snakes had a couple of good shifts in the opening few minutes and had some looks on their one and only powerplay, but overall weren't ready for tonight's matchup. Vernon wasn't skating, were losing battles, races for the puck, were turning over the puck in their own end constantly, giving away the puck shift after shift, were being outhit, outworked and outplayed. Vernon outshot Coquitlam 11-9.

2nd Period: The Express jumped on Vernon early and often. About a minute ten into the middle frame, Riley Johnson tried beating Vipers starting goaltender Anthony Yamnitsky on a wrap around but the former Wenatchee Wild goaltender made a big stop early. Fout minutes into the period former Salmon Arm Silverback Landon Fuller's shot from the point would beat Anthony Yamnitsky before going off the post. This was Coquitlam's second post of the evening. It was all Coquitlam early. On the following play-shift the Snakes would get an early powerplay. The Vipers couldn't get much of anything going as the Express killed off the minor. Coquitlam playing with a ton of speed and jump, were taking it too Vernon. Just past the halfway mark the Express would jump on the powerplay. Nineteen seconds later Coquitlam would take a penalty of their own, as both teams played a little four on four. Michael Young's shot from the blueline was tipped on it's way to the goal by Niko Karamanis who forced Express starting goaltender Brock Hamm into making a difficult save, as the Coquitlam netminder had to look behind him. Off the following rush,  Eric Linell looked to have a goal but would be robbed at the top of the crease, after Anthony Yamnitsky come up with his biggest save of the night, flashing the leather, making a huge glove save off Linell. Shortly after Anthony Yamnitsky was forced to make a big pad save off Sam Kozlowski. The puck went off Yamnitsky's pad-toe and somehow into the back of the goal, giving Coquitlam a 2-0 lead at 14:09 Kozlowski would be credited with the unassisted goal. Three minutes later the Express would get a late powerplay, but it was assistant captain Jimmy Lambert who would be denied on a parcial odd man rush shorthanded, on a missed opportunity. The Snakes would kill off the penalty. It was 2-0 Coquitlam after 40 minutes of play. For a second straight period it was all Coquitlam as the Express didn't take their foot off the gas. Coquitlam jumped on Vernon early and often, once again were by far the better of the two teams. The Express outworked, outhustled and outskated the Snakes for most of the period. Coquitlam was again winning the battles, races for the puck and hungrier. The Vipers for a second period weren't skating, showed very little to none intensity, had no jump/energy were simply outplayed. Coquitlam outshot Vernon 10-7.

3rd Period: For a third straight period the Express get off to a better start then the Snakes. Jesse Lansdell would leave the ice in a lot of discomfort, making his way to the Viper bench, before almost falling over. Lansdell would hobble straight to the dressing room, before returning later. Vernon would get an early powerplay. The Vipers moved the puck around, setting up Michael Ufberg's one-timer that beat Brock Hamm but not the crossbar/post as the puck looked to being going top corner before ringing its way off the crossbar/post and out. The Vipers come very close to getting on the scoreboard. Before the penalty expired, the Snakes would take a penalty, evening up the play. The Express would get a shortened powerplay but it was the Vernon penalty kill, that went to work. Niko Karamanis and Keyvan Mokhtari with a solid PK were able to kill off the remainder of the penalty, with some hard work. This seemed to give the Snakes some life, as Vernon slowly started coming on just before the halfway mark. The Vipers finally showing some urgency and intensity, looked to have a little life in them. With Coquitlam on the man advantage, Jesse Lansdell tried going in for the breakaway before being hooked-slashed on the way to the net. Lansdell would get a shot off as the puck was slowly going through the blue paint, an Express defender cleared the puck from going across the goal line. Lansdell was awarded a penalty shot on the play. Lansdell would score on the penalty shot cutting Coquitlam's lead to 2-1 at 13:00 This goal got the crowd back into the game and got the Viper bench back into the game. Still on the penalty kill, the Vipers really forcing the play before Jesse Lansdell turned on the jets went racing in for a losse puck-the breakaway, Brock Hamm come way out of his crease to play the puck, before Lansdell had to really stretch and reach his way around the Coquitlam goaltender, before firing the puck into the wide open cage, tying the game 2-2 at 14:21 Lansdell's goal was unassisted, sending Kal Tire Place into a frenzy. The Viper bench erupted as the Express blow a two goal lead, giving up back to back shorthanded goals 1:21 apart. The Snakes with all the momentum now, would kill off the remainder of the penalty. Late in the period Sam Kozlowski went to the Express dressing room for some attention, before returning to the bench. The Vipers riding high, put the pressure on in the five minutes, getting several good looks in front. Coquitlam come back with a few good looks-chances of their own. Both teams and everyone in the building a little nervous with time winding down. The Vipers would get a late powerplay with fifteen seconds remaining after Joshua Bruce was tossed from the contest for a check to the head. Bruce would get two minutes for checking to the head and an automatic ten minute misconduct. With Vernon unable to score in the dying seconds, it was tied 2-2 after 60 minutes of play. The Express had some of the early play-pressure, before the Vipers seemed to rally and gain some life-momentum after a huge penalty kill just before the halfway mark. Jesse Lansdell with two huge back to back shorthanded goals 1:21 apart to tie the game, gave the Snakes a ton of momentum down the stretch. The Vipers seemed to wake up, carried a lot of the play in the second half. Had more puck possession, created/generated some chances, their most of the night in the second half. Coquitlam was seven minutes away from the victory were heading to overtime. Vernon outshot Coquitlam 12-4.

Overtime: The Snakes started the extra frame on the man advantage that was carried over from the 3rd. Vernon moving the puck around and around, were real slow moving the puck, allowed Coquitlam a ton of time to close the shooting lanes. Josh Prokop couldn't connect on a shot that was directed towards the front of the goal, as the Vipers come close to putting the game away. The Express would kill off the minor with a massive penalty kill in overtime. Back come Coquitlam, getting some zone time, the Express were able to setup in the offensive zone, before Eric Linell's shot from the circle went in and off a Viper defender in front, giving Coquitlam the 3-2 overtime victory at 2:48 as the Express bench erupted onto the ice. Jordan Schulting drew the only helper. The Vipers blew an opportunity on the powerplay, with a chance to win the game. The Express with just a lucky bounce-break in OT come away with the win. Coquitlam outshot Vernon 2-1.

Top Player's: (Vernon)

Jesse Lansdell (2 goals) Lansdell didn't show much through out the night, until scoring two back to back shorthanded markers 1:21 apart tied the game.

Niko Karamanis Was one of if not the only Viper that was skating tonight. Karamanis showed a lot of hustle through out the game, worked hard in a losing effort.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

Until the a few minutes before the halfway mark of the 3rd period the Vipers never showed up for tonight's game. The Snakes were outplayed, outworked, outskated for two and a half periods. Vernon wasn't skating, had no intensity, jump or energy in their game, looked almost disinterested in the game at times. The Vipers turned over the puck a ton of times in the first two periods, were having all kinds of troubles defensively. The Vipers struggled offensively, were having all kinds of troubles getting in across the Express blueline. If Vernon did get into the attacking zone, they either kept the puck or passed it off instead of shooting. The Snakes lost most of the battles along the boards/down low, races to the puck, were being outhit and looked scared to hit. The Vipers didn't make Brock Hamm work tonight, until the midway mark of the 3rd Hamm wasn't tested much through out the game, was seeing everything. It wasn't until just minutes before the halfway mark of the 3rd when the Vipers decided to start playing. The Viper penalty kill seemed to give the team a spark, showed a lot of hustle, killing off a penalty just before the midway mark, seemed to give Vernon some life/momentum. This then later resulted in Jesse Lansdell's two shorthanded markers. The Snakes had some good looks-opportunities late in the 3rd were close, before having a great opportunity to put the game away on the powerplay in overtime. This is where the Vipers needed to put this game away. Instead they give the opportunity away with a terrible powerplay. Vernon was very lucky to get a single point didn't deserve the win. This was the worst I have seen the Vipers play this season. This was by far their worst effort-performance of the season. Maybe this is a wakeup call to the Vipers, who now have the hottest team in the league (Penticton) breathing down their necks, are just two points back. Vernon needs to come ready to play, no matter what team their facing. You cant look at the standings and decide to take the night off. This is why they play the games. With the loss the Vipers fall to 21-7-1-4 still remain atop the Interior Division-overall league standings are just two points up on Penticton who were 5-1 winners over Salmon Arm tonight. The Vees with their eleventh straight victory, have four games in hand, are in town Saturday. A pretty small crowd on hand for tonight's game. The lit up advertising rink boards that are hanging from the rafters were shut off tonight, making it pretty dark in areas around the rink. One row of lights above the penalty box were also out, making it dark on the ice on that side of the rink. Former Vipers assistant coach/head coach Joe Oliver was in attendance tonight.

Top Player's: (Coquitlam)

Jonathan Sheardown I thought played with a lot of jump. Not the biggest kid but quick on his feet.

Riley Johnson (1 assist) Played very well, created/generated some looks-chances.

Landon Fuller Had a strong night on the Express backend. A big body, gets pucks to the net, played well at both ends of the rink.

Eric Linell (Overtime winner) The BCHL player of the week, I thought was Coquitlam's best player. This kid was up and down the rink, played with a ton of jump/energy, really used his speed and quickness to win the races. Was first to the puck on almost every play. Worked hard-competed.

Game Thought's: (Coquitlam)

For a team with just four wins on the season, you would have never guessed watching tonight's game. The Express come into tonight picking up their first win in sixteen games Sunday with a win over visiting Victoria. With a new head coach and maybe some new life in the dressing room, Coquitlam didn't come into Vernon wanting to get blown out, instead they were ready to play and showed Vernon you need to come ready to play, no matter what the other teams record is. The Express jumped on Vernon and outplayed, outhit, outworked & outskated the Vipers for two and a half periods. The Express with an aggressive forecheck, were hard on the puck, won most of the races, won the battles, were forcing the Snakes into a ton of turnovers, especially in the first two periods. Coquitlam looked hungry and were up for tonight's contest. The Express with several big bodies, move the puck, have a relentless work ethic and make plays happen. The Express were about seven minutes away from a win vs the league's top team, but the wheels fall off. Coquitlam gives up two back to back shorthanded goals, allowing Vernon to tie the game. The Express were tied for last in the league with Cowichan, didn't quit. A huge penalty kill late in the 3rd and then into overtime, gives the team momentum, before putting the game away. Give credit to the Express were had six regulars out of the lineup. This was Coquitlam's first win on the road this year are now 1-15-0-1 away from home. Tonight was also Coquitlam's second win in Vernon since the 2003-04 regular season. Coquitlam's last regular season win in Vernon was a 4-3 overtime victory on September 18th 2015. This was the Express first win in Vernon since before the 2003-04 regular season. (Due to stats only going as far back as the 2003-04 regular season). Jason Fortier has now helped the Express win back to back games. With the victory the Express improve to 5-22-1-2 sit last in the Mainland Division. These teams will meet again January 21st in Coquitlam. Christian Sanda faced his former team for the first time. Sanda attended the Vipers training camp, played in one exhibition game before being cut-released, before joining the Express.



Brett Stapley (At the World Junior A Challenge)
Tanner Wishnowski (Injured)
Jordan Sandhu (Injured)
Jack Judson (Injured)


Nic Holowko
Oliver Lester
Jake Toor
William Lawrence
Jack Graham
Aiden Wagner

Energy Player of the Game:

Jimmy Lambert

Three Star's:

1st Star: Sam Kozlowski (2 goals)
2nd Star: Jesse Lansdell (2 goals)
3rd Star: Eric Linell (Overtime winner)

Boxscore-Game Summary,

Eddie Gregory's Coquitlam Express Blog,

Game Report,

Text Boxscore,

Game Preview: Coquitlam @ Vernon:

Coquitlam (4-22-1-2) @ Vernon (21-7-0-4) 7pm

Tonight's the first of two regular season meetings between the Coquitlam Express & Vernon Vipers. The Vipers won last year's season series 2-0

Last Game:

Saturday, December 2nd Vernon defeated Victoria 3-1
Sunday, December 3rd Coquitlam defeated Victoria 6-2

Next Game:

Friday, December 8th Vernon @ Salmon Arm
Friday, December 8th Chilliwack @ Coquitlam

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Vipers Host Express:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers host Express

Dec. 6, 2017

Morning Star Staff

The last time Jason Fortier was in Kal Tire Place, his team's hockey season came to an ebrupt end.

Fortier was the head coach of the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots, who made their way to the Royal Bank Cup in Vernon in May 2014, only to lose the last round-robin game, 3-2 to the Vipers, on an overtime goal by Dexter Dancs. The loss eliminated the Patriots from the tournament.

Fortier returns to Vernon tonight as the head coach of the B.C. Hockey \league's Coquitlam Express, who face the Vipers (7 p.m. Kal Tire Place). Fortier took over from Barry Wolff Nov. 27, and has a win, loss and tie in three games.

The Express are in the basement of the Mainland Division at 4-22-1-2. They're 23 points behind fourth place Chilliwack (2018 Royal Bank Cup hosts) but...tied for the last league playoff spot with the Island Division's Cowichan Capitals (3-22-3-2).

The Vipers picked up their league-leading 21st B.C.Hockey League win of the season Saturday, downing the Victoria Grizzlies 3-1 in front of 1,643 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Defenceman Mitch Andres with his first BCHL goal, Niko Karamanis and Jagger Williamson scored for the Vipers.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Stapley & Ex Viper Evans Selected To Team Canada West/East:

Vernon Vipers forward Brett Stapley was selected to Team Canada West, while former Vernon Vipers forward Finn Evans was selected to Team Canada East.

Evans was traded to the CCHL Ottawa Jr Senators October 28th 2017 for future considerations. Evans left the Vipers for personal reasons. Evans was acquired in a trade with the Ontario Junior Hockey League St. Michaels Buzzers for future considerations August 16th 2017. In 8 games with the Vipers Evans collected (0-3-assists-3-points).

This is posted on the BCHL website:

WJAC rosters

December 5, 2017

CALGARY, Alta. – The rosters for Team Canada East and Team Canada West are set for the 2017 World Junior A Challenge in Truro, N.S., Dec. 10-16.

Team Canada East Roster,

Team Canada West Roster,

Of the 22 players selected to represent Team Canada East following a four-day selection camp in Etobicoke, Ont., which wrapped up Tuesday, five (Evans, Girduckis, Johnston, McBain, Theocharidis) were part of last year’s team that captured silver.

On Team Canada West, four players (Gaber, Johnson, Turnbull, Tychonick) return to the line-up – including Carter Turnbull (Nanaimo, B.C./Powell River, BCHL), who will make his third tournament appearance. The players were selected from among 60 who attended the Calgary selection camp.

“We’ve seen some great Canadian hockey talent over the four days of camps, and both teams had difficult decisions to make to pare it down to 22 players per roster,” said Brent Ladds, president of the Canadian Junior Hockey League. “This will be a great event, and the two teams will make Canadians very proud.”

The 2017 World Junior A Challenge is presented by Hockey Canada, the CJHL, and Hockey Nova Scotia, in partnership with NHL Central Scouting.

Team Canada East will open this year’s tournament against Russia in prime time on Sunday, Dec. 10, when the World Junior A Challenge returns to Atlantic Canada this December. Team Canada West will open its tournament against the Czech Republic at 3:30 p.m. AT on Dec. 10.

The RECC Arena in Truro will also host two pre-tournament games on Friday, Dec. 8. At 3:30 p.m. AT, the Czech Republic will take on the Truro Bearcats, while Team Canada East will play Team USA at 7:30 p.m. that same evening. Team Canada West and Russia will travel to nearby Amherst for a 7:30 p.m. pre-tournament game on Dec. 8 as well as a warm-up to the official puck-drop on the World Junior A Challenge on Dec. 10.

The World Junior A Challenge is made possible thanks to the partnership between Hockey Canada, the CJHL, and NHL Central Scouting, and features two Canadian teams, representing East and West, as well as four international teams vying for a gold medal. Nine of the 11 gold-medal games at the World Junior A Challenge have featured at least one Canadian team. Team Canada West won gold at the first two tournaments, in 2006 and 2007, and also took home gold in 2011 and 2015. The team also won silver medals in 2008, 2009, and 2012, as well as bronze in 2013. Team Canada East won silver medals in 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2016, as well as claiming the bronze medal in 2008.

For more information on the World Junior A Challenge, visit or follow along via social media at Facebook or Twitter.

BCHL Report:

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DAILY DISH: BCHL REPORT - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 5 Dec 2017

By: Stephen Heisler  |  Web site:

The BCHL Report is a weekly look at Canada’s British Columbia Hockey League.  The BCHL Insider is exactly that...a coach, or employee, with incredible insight into the league.

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Vipers Ranked 19th In CJHL Top 20 Weekly Rankings:

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CJHL Weekly Top 20

December 4, 2017

CALGARY, Alta. – Rolling right along, the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) remains the No. 1 ranked team in the Canadian Junior Hockey League and they are the first CJHL club to 30 wins this season.

MHL: The Edmundston Blizzard won all three of their games last week and sit first overall in the MHL while being tabbed 17th in the CJHL. The second place South Shore Lumberjacks secured an Honourable Mention.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Marksmen Sign Ex Viper Defenceman Robertson:

The Southern Professional Hockey League Fayetteville
Marksmen have signed former Vernon Vipers defenceman Sean Robertson.

Robertson started the season with the East Coast Hockey League Reading Royals. Robertson signed with Reading on September 29th was in training camp with the Royals on a tryout agreement never played a game before being released.

Robertson spent last season with the East Coast Hockey League Utah Grizzlies & Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) Fayetteville FireAntz.

Robertson played In 11 games with Merrimack College during the 2012-13 season before leaving for the University of Guelph. Robertson spent his first six seasons playing for the Victoria Grizzlies before being traded to Vernon in his final year of Junior hockey. On December 12th 2011 the Vipers traded Zach McPhee and future considerations to Victoria for Robertson.  In 31 games with the Vipers Robertson collected (0-goals-4-assists-4-points).

Sean Robertson's Player Profile:

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Fayetteville Marksmen > Blog > News > OPENING NIGHT ROSTER ANNOUNCED

October 18, 2017

Fayetteville, N.C-  Head Coach Nick Mazzolini and Director of Hockey Operations, Ryan Cruthers announced the opening night roster for the Fayetteville Marksmen, the team announced Wednesday.

This season’s team features six returners, including fan-favorite Brad Drobot, as well as Jake Hauswirth, Chris Porter, Max Cook, Sean Robertson, and Brad Campagna.

The opening night roster consists of nine forwards, seven defensemen, and two goalies, and will also see the professional careers of three players start in Fayetteville with Shane Bennett, PJ Hefferin, and Ray Boudiette.

The Marksmen begin their inaugural season on Friday, October 20 in a tilt against the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, before returning to Fayetteville for the Home Opener on October 27.  Tickets for that contest against the Huntsville Havoc are on sale now! Fans can purchase tickets at

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The Fayetteville Marksmen are owned and operated by Union Pro Hockey Group and play their home games at Crown Coliseum. The Marksmen are a committed community asset, designed to provide premium entertainment to families and individuals in Cumberland County and surrounding areas.

Tickets Selling Fast For Civic Celebration:

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Tickets Selling Fast For Civic Celebration

Vernon, BC, Canada / 1075 KISS FM

Pete McIntyre

December 04, 2017

Fans have been lining up to get tickets for the final Junior A game at the Vernon Civic Arena next month.

The Vipers will host Prince George Spruce Kings Jan 6 at 6 pm.

Todd Miller from the Vipers says there’s been a lot of interest in the game since it was announced last week.

“It’s getting a ton of attention and there is a big lineup here this morning. Our marketing manager said it felt a lot like playoffs this morning, so there is lots of excitement around our office and around the city,” Miller told Kiss FM.

Miller says there first person in line was at 7:45 am, with the tickets going on sale at 9 am.

“We don’t get that kind of attention that often, unless it’s a playoff game.”

About 1-thousand tickets will be sold for the game which will be held on the 80th anniversary of the first event at the arena.

Another 1,100 are being set aside for season ticket holders.

Todd Miller from the Vipers says 250 tickets are left.

They started the day with 1,000.

“It looks like we will sell out by the end of the week. If we do, there is a chance we will sell some tickets on the day of the game, so we encourage people to contact our office once we do sell out to get their name on a list,” Miller tells Kiss FM.

It will be a benefit to the North Okanagan Youth and Family Service Society.
The city plans to tear down the building once a new arena opens at Kal Tire Place next fall.

Vipers Lose Loyal Fan-Season Ticket Holder:

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Glen Court Gates

Nov 7, 2017    Obituaries

Jul 21, 1926 – Nov 7, 2017

Glen Court Gates – July 21, 1926 – Flint Michigan, U.S.A – November 7, 2017

Glen Court Gates, Veteran, WW II, Vernon Legion #25, member for 65 years. He departed with a great sense of humor, sweet smiles, hugs and throw kisses for the ladies (Care Aides, medical staff & friends) and pleasing conversation to the last day.

Survived by his loving wife Anastasia, Vernon, and daughter Glenda of Alberta, Mckenzie family, David, Sandie (Glinsbockel), Reid & Drew of Vernon & cousins in B.C., Alberta & U.S.A.

Predeceased by parents and grandson Darrel Shane (21).

Thank you to Dr. George Borchert, Dr. April Sanders & Dr. Jack Szudek.

Private Cremation. No Memorial as per Glen’s wishes.

Donations can be made to Vernon Hospice, V.J. Hospital or a charity of your choice.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Vernon Canadians Allen Cup/Wayne Dye Vernon Hockey Legends Banners Raised To Rafters:

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December 1 2017

The 1956 Allan Cup Canadian Senior Hockey champion Vernon Canadians, and Vernon junior hockey’s all-time leading scorer, the late Wayne Dye, were honoured before Friday’s game with a special banner raising ceremony.

Vernon Downs Victoria 3-1

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Vernon Downs Victoria 3-1

December 2, 2017

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Mitch Andres scored his first BCHL goal and Anthony Yamnitsky was close to perfect stopping 24 of 25 for his 10th win as the Vernon Vipers defeated the Victoria Grizzlies 3-1 at Kal Tire Place.

The first period had a few ups and downs with both teams fighting to get momentum. The Vipers owned the momentum for the first 6 minutes as they got out to a 9-1 shot advantage. That proved important as Mitch Andres was able to score his first BCHL goal to make it 1-0. The Grizzlies responded well after that chipping into the shot deficit and testing Anthony Yamnitsky with a couple of chances. The Vipers settled down after that and really kept the Grizz to the outside. The period would conclude 1-0 Vernon.

The Vipers got a few big saves from Anthony Yamnitsky early in the period and that really seemed to spark the team. Just as a powerplay was expiring Niko Karamanis deflected in his 6th of the year to make it 2-0. Shortly after that Jagger Williamson kept a puck in, walked down the middle and ripped home his 10th of the year to make it 3-0, while the Vipers were up a man. The rest of the period was fairly defensive as the Vipers didn’t allow the Grizzlies much time and space into the zone. Shots finished relatively even, but the Viper PK was very solid killing off all 3 Victoria chances.

In the third, the Grizzlies pushed to cut into the deficit. A few more powerplays for Victoria generated some momentum, but as was the case all night long, the PK was slowing up the breakout of the Grizzlies and when Victoria got in, Anthony Yamnitsky was up to the challenge. On the final man advantage, the Grizzlies finally broke through following a phenomenal save from Yamnitsky, the puck found Justin Michaelian in the slot and he snapped home his 12th of the year. The Vipers snuffed out any more offensive chances and took home a 3-1 win for their 21st of the year.

The Vipers will wrap up the four game homestand on Wednesday when they host Coquitlam at 7pm

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Vipers' Banner Powerplay Night Beats Trail:

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Vipers' banner powerplay night beats Trail

Roger Knox

Dec. 3, 2017

Josh Prokop channeled his inner Wayne Dye Friday.

The Vernon Vipers forward didn’t know a lot about the late all-time leading scorer in Vernon junior hockey history, who recorded more than 320 points in four years with the Vernon Essos back in the 1960s and 70s.

Dye’s Essos’ No. 8 was finally retired to the rafters at Kal Tire Place Friday, and then Prokop – the Vipers’ current No. 8 – went out and scored three times to lead the home team to a 6-3 B.C. Hockey League win over the Trail Smoke Eaters in front of 1,946 fans.

“It’s kind of ironic, kind of cool,” said Prokop of his second BCHL hat trick. “Obviously I didn’t
know too much about Wayne Dye but when the announcer was talking about his history and what he did as an athlete, it’s pretty incredible. I thought it was pretty cool to get a hat trick tonight.”

All six Vernon goals came on the powerplay as the Smoke Eaters endured a barrage of penalty trouble over the first 40 minutes. Trail was whistled for 14 infractions on the night compared to just two for the Vipers.

Prokop, Vernon coach Mark Ferner, play-by-play man Graham Turnbull and Vipers’ former voice and now team executive vice-president Todd Miller couldn’t remember the team scoring six times with the man advantage in one game..

“Overall, this year, I think our powerplay has been pretty good,” said Prokop. “We got a lot of chances to showcase our powerplay tonight and we executed well. Usually we’re on the other side (of the penalty ledger) so it was nice that we got the bounces.”

Vernon built a 2-0 first perod lead on a one-timer from Brett Stapley, his team-leading 17th and Prokop’s first.

The Smoke Eaters tied the game in the opening minute of the second period with goals 20 seconds apart from Seth Barton and Tyler Ghirardosi, whose pass from behind the net hit a Vipers’ defenceman’s skate and went past goalie Anthony Yamnitsky.

Prokop’s second came when his shot from the left wing eluded Trail goalie Brandon Wells, who got a fair chunk of the shot but not enough, at 7:16.

The Smokies thought they’d tied the game at 8:57 on a powerplay but the whistle blew shortly before the puck crossed the line as Trail forward Spencer McKnight was called for slashing. McKnight disputed the call and got an additional two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Trail did tie the game with the teams playing four-on-four on a goal from Connor Jones at 9:57.

Chris Jandric popped the winner at 15:42, taking a shot from Jimmy Lambert off the end boards and depositing into an open net, which led to Trail head coach Cam Keith being ejected and given a gross misconduct for tossing a water bottle onto the ice.

Prokop completed his hat trick 24 seconds into the third period, banging a puck in the crease past Well, which led to two hats being thrown on the ice from the fans. Lambert finished the scoring at 1:07.

Wells made 32 saves, Yamnitsky picked up his ninth win with a 21-save effort.

“It was hard for our guys to get into a rhythm,” said Keith. “We got into a lot of penalty trouble and played a lot of the game shorthanded. The boys battled pretty hard and we stayed with them as long as we could but in the end we couldn’t stay out of the box and that hurt us on the scoresheet.”

A special banner raising ceremony was held before the game honouring Dye, as well as the 1956 Allan Cup champion Vernon Canadians. The ceremony was conducted by the Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame, emceed by director Kevin Mitchell.

Dye’s two daughters, grandchildren and three sisters represented the family on the ice.

“It’s a really special night,” said Dye’s sister Wendy Gilroy. “We’re really proud of Wayne and we miss him everyday. We’ve had so many people come to us and say this is really nice and it’s long overdue.”

The four surviving members of the Canadians – Odie Lowe, Tom Stecyk, Walt Trentini and Merv Bidoski – were on hand to see a championship banner raised in the team’s honour for the first time. There was never any such pennant hanging in the Vernon Civic Arena, where the team beat the Chatham (Ont.) Maroons four games to one in 1956, and more than 10,000 people lined the streets of Vernon for the victory parade.

“It brings back memories of an exciting time for the City of Vernon,” said Bidoski, 84. “Seeing the banner go up, it’s better late than never I guess. It was fun when we did it, exciting, and then it kind of just disappears. Like every sporting event, it’s good when it happens, and then it slowly dies. And this one kind of died. But it’s nice to be remembered.

“It’s too bad there aren’t more of the fellas around. It would have been nice to have more of the team but such is life.”

The Vipers took on the Victoria Grizzlies Saturday at Kal Tire Place. Victoria fell 2-1 Friday in Prince George to the Spruce Kings.

Vernon (20-7-0-4) entered play Saturday with a three-point lead in the Interior Division over the Penticton Vees, who vaulted into second place with a 2-1 win in Nanaimo. The Vees have four games in hand on Vernon.

Trail is tied for third with Wenatchee, who went into Salmon Arm Friday and dumped the Silverbacks 4-1.