Friday, December 9, 2016

Game Preview: Vernon @ Salmon Arm:

Vernon (15-13-3-0) @ Salmon Arm (14-17-1-0)

Tonight is the third of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Vipers lead the season series 2-0

Last Game:

Wednesday, December 7th Penticton defeated Vernon 3-1
Tuesday, December 6th Salmon Arm defeated West Kelowna 4-3

Next Game:

Saturday, December 10th Trail @ Vernon
Wednesday, December 14th Salmon Arm @ Vernon

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Vernon Vipers Alumni-NCAA Hockey On TSN:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Liam Finlay (2014-2016) & the Denver
Pioneers take on the Minnesota Deluth Bulldogs at 6pm tonight on TSN 3 & TSN 4

Vees Brush Back Vipers:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vees brush back Vipers

Dec 9, 2016

Emanuel Sequeira

Black Press Sports

PENTICTON – Grant Cruikshank sniped the winner and Mat Robson turned aside 28 shots as the Penticton Vees stopped the Vernon Vipers  3-1 Wednesday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

It was the Vees’ third win in four B.C. Hockey League games against their Interior Division rival and they improved to 25-5-1 with three new additions on their blue line.

Penticton native Greg Brydon and affiliate players Konsta Jaske of the Summerland Steam and Jackson Van de Leest, 15, of Kelowna who plays for the Okanagan Hockey Academy midget prep White team, bolstered the Vees’ back end.

“I liked that we had basically half a new D-core and a tough situation for them to come in. In my 10 years here, probably the best AP performances I’ve seen,” said Vees’ coach Fred Harbinson, whose team is ranked No. 4 in the Canadian Junior Hockey League. “They hung in there and battled hard.”

The Vipers had chances in the final frame to make things tighter but the Vees did what they needed to in blocking passes, clearing the puck out or sacrificing the body, especially captain Nicholas Jones, who blocked a shot in the final minute.

“I thought our whole group played a real smart game,” said Harbinson, “That’s what we challenged our guys to win battles. I thought we won just as many battles or more than the team that we played against and I thought special teams were good and most importantly we played really smart.”

Vipers’ captain Riley Brandt put himself in position for a shorthanded breakaway, but he was turned away by Robson. Ryan Brushett had a chance on a one-timer which Robson blocked with a right-pad save.

“It wasn’t a bad effort, but it’s tough off the start there getting that penalty (a bench minor to goalie Darion Hanson for staying on the ice a few seconds past the end of warmup) but, I thought it took us a while to get our feet into it,” said Brandt. “Other than that, it wasn’t too bad of a game. Their goalie played well and we just didn’t put the pucks in the net when we needed to.”

The crowd of 2,725 were given one final piece of action to talk about going home. Jones got into a heated exchanged with Cooper Watson, while Ryley Risling and Niko Karamanis rolled around on the ice trying to land shots on each other. Nicholas Rasovic was assessed a misconduct penalty at 19:59 while Jones received two for roughing.

At 6:51 of the second period, Matt Gosiewski intercepted the puck, raced into the Vipers zone and fired a wrist shot with precision high blocker past Hanson, who finished with 20 saves.

It was Gosiewski’s first goal as a Vee in 13 games. The Vipers (15-13-3) responded at 7:30 when Brett Stapley buried a shot from the slot for his sixth of the season.

Near the midway mark of the period, Jimmy Lambert had a partial breakaway going hard to the Vees’ net, but as he got close, Duncan Campbell knocked him off his skates and Lambert went crashing hard into the net.

The intensity amped up in the second period as Risling exchanged words when Rasovic and Gosiewski got involved in a shoving match with Connor Clouston and Austin Adamson. Taylor Ward was involved as well.

“Both teams battle hard against each other,” said Brandt, “It’s been a culture like that for God knows how long. It’s a physical game and it was fun to play in.”

The Vees outshot the Vipers 9-6 in the opening 20 and got goals from Risling, his 10th of the season, two minutes in just as the Vipers’ penalty expired, and Cruikshank. Cruikshank’s 19th tally came on the power play.

ICE CHIPS: Penticton defencemen Jonny Tychonick and Griffin Mendel made the Team West roster. Vernon G Ty Taylor was at the trials but did not get chosen. Team West opens the World Junior A Hockey Challenge Sunday in Bonnyville, Alta. versus Switzerland. Team West has five returnees from last year’s gold-medal lineup...Connor Webb of Vernon (Junior B North Okanagan Knights) backed up Hanson...Vees’ D Mitch Meek, a one-time Viper,  returned to the lineup after missing two games with an injury... Injured F Jagger Williamson and D Chris Jandric were Viper scratches...Vernon visits the Salmon Arm Silverbacks tonight and entertain the Smoke Eaters Saturday night...Charlie Combs registered his 32nd and 33rd goals as the Wenatchee Wild ambushed the host Coquitlam Express 12-0 Wednesday night. The Express lost their 14th straight..The Silverbacks clipped the West Kelowna Warriors 4-3 Tuesday night at Royal LePage Place.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Vipers-Vees Highlight's:

Here are the game highlight's from the South Okanagan Events
Centre Wednesday in Penticton. The Vees jumped out to a 3-0 lead while Matthew Robson made 28 saves in the win as Penticton defeated the Vernon Vipers 3-1. The Vees improve to 3-1 vs the Vipers this season.

Penticton 3 Vernon 1

I have had season tickets for the past 27 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for well over thirty years. Ive missed only three home games since 1998-99 season. For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Vees game as Penticton defeated Vernon 3-1 in front of 2,725 fans at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Darion Hanson
Penticton: Matthew Robson

Before the game the Vees inducted former Penticton Vees forward Kevin Maxwell (1976-1978) into the Penticton Vees ring of honour.

1st Period: Before the game started the Vipers were given a two minute minor for delay of game (staying on the ice after the buzzer sounded to end warmup) as the Vees started the game on the powerplay. Penticton moved the puck around, didn't really generate any real great chances on the man advantage as Vernon was able to kill off the minor. Just as the penalty was coming to an end Turner Ripplinger setup Ryley Risling in the slot who beat Darion Hanson fivehole a second after the penalty expired giving Penticton a 1-0 lead at 2:01 Ripplinger & Ty Amonte collected the assists. The Vipers come right back with a strong push back after giving up the early goal. Vernon with good early puck possession slowly started to carry the play. The Vipers with some good early pressure were able to get some pucks to the net early, generated a few good looks. Vernon with the early edge in play, had the better of the play for a good chunk of the first half. Just before the midway mark Ryley Ripplinger come close to picking up his second goal of the night. Nine minutes in Darion Hanson was forced to make a pad save off a shot from the point, that was quickly steered into the corner, Ripplinger fired the puck towards the goal as Hanson was caught out of position had to be sharp making a quick pad save off the rebound. A few shifts later the Vees would get their second shot with the powerplay. Vees captain Nicholas Jones with a great opportunity in front couldn't beat Darion Hanson low before Duncan Campbell spotted Grant Cruikshank in the slot who beat Darion Hanson fivehole giving Penticton a 2-0 lead at 11:42 Campbell and Chris Klack picked up the helpers. This goal seemed to give the league leading Penticton Vees some momentum as the Vipers struggled offensively after giving up the second goal. Vernon went several minutes without a single shot on goal as the Vees carried the better of the play. Late in the 1st period Kenny Johnson took out Steven Jandric before a few players started pushing and shoving. It didn't take long before everyone grabbed a hold of someone. Tempers heated up pretty quick, with a scrum in the corner boards. Both teams would have to be separated with the Vipers coming out on top, getting their first look with the man advantage. Midway through the powerplay former Salmon Arm Silverbacks defenceman Cameron Trott leaned into one from the top of the circle beat Matthew Robson fivehole as the puck come out the other end just missing the far corner on a close call, as Trott come close to getting Vernon on the scoreboard. The Vees would kill off the minor. In the final fifteen seconds Matthew Robson had to be sharp was forced to make a quick pad save off Steven Jandric just before the buzzer. Vernon with just two shots in the second half. Penticton was up 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Vipers didn't get off to the start they wanted. Giving Penticton a powerplay to start the opening frame, the Vees jump out to a 2-0 lead in where I thought the Vipers played well in the first half and had a slight edge in play. The Vees responded and were the better team in the second half as both teams were fairly evenly matched. Not a lot of scoring chances at either ends of the rink. Penticton outshot Vernon 9-6.

2nd Period: Fifteen seconds into the middle frame Steven Jandric with a quick shot from the high slot handcuffed Vees starting goaltender Matthew Robson who couldn't hold onto the puck attempted the glove save as the puck bounced in and out of his glove. On the following play, Jimmy Lambert with a quick shot from in close forced Robson to make a nice save as Vernon with two good quality back to back chances inside the opening minute. The Vipers with a good start to the period. The Vees come very close to a 3-0 lead after Kenny Johnson beat Vipers starting goaltender Darion Hanson but hit the post just four and a half minutes into the 2nd period. Shortly after Shane Kelly tried carrying the puck up ice through his own end turned over the puck inside the neutral zone, allowing Matt Gosiewski to steal the loose puck and break in for the four on one rush. Gosiewski decided to keep and shoot ripped a rocket of a shot from the circle beating Darion Hanson topshelf for his first goal as a Vee giving Penticton a 3-0 lead at 6:51 Gosiewski's goal was unassisted. The Vipers responded just thirty nine seconds later, Jimmy Lambert setup Brett Stapley in the slot beat Matthew Robson cutting the Penticton lead to 3-1 at 7:30 Lambert and Cooper Watson with the assists. Just over a minute later the Vees would get their first powerplay of the 2nd. But shorthanded the Vipers come close to getting within a goal after somehow missing on an open net on a goal mouth scramble. On the same penalty kill Jimmy Lambert one on one tried going hard to the net, was checked-hit off the puck took out the net before crashing into the end boards, was slow to get up, looked to be in some discomfort but stayed in the game. Just before the penalty expired Nicholas Rasovic took a swing at a Penticton forward who gave Darion Hanson a tap with his stick after the whistle. Some pushing and shoving occurred before a second scrum broke loose this game. Both Rasovic and Cooper Watson come flying into the pile of players as everyone was getting involved as once again tempers heated up. Once the scrum was broken up the Vipers would kill off the remaining few seconds of the penalty. It was shortly after that Ty Amonte setup Grant Cruikshank in front couldn't connect on the pass on a missed opportunity in close. Shortly after the Vipers would miss on another open cage after the puck rolled through the crease on a goal mouth scramble. The Vees carried a lot of the play in the second half, as it was 3-1 Penticton after 40 minutes of play. Vernon had some chances early and looked good before falling behind three goals on a poor decision from Shane Kelly. This goal was a killer as just thirty nine seconds later the Vipers get on the board but are still down two goals. Kelly not the quickest defenceman cant be trying to rush up ice in a situation like this. Play it safe and dish the puck off to a winger or dump it into the offensive zone. Both teams had some good chances as Penticton had a slight edge in play, more so in the second half. Vernon outshot Penticton 12-8.

3rd Period: The Vipers get the early jump but have troubles getting through the neutral zone as Penticton was doing a good job at clogging up the neutral zone, sitting on a two goal lead. Jesse Lansdell with a great chance just a few minutes into the final frame couldn't solve Matthew Robson who come up with the big save keeping this 3-1. Vernon needed a few minutes to get going before got some good pressure early before the Vees would get an early PP. Grant Cruikshank on the wrap around couldn't beat Darion Hanson before captain Riley Brandt come down the right wing, unloaded a hard shot from the circle was denied by Robson. The Vipers with a good penalty kill, had a strong forecheck killed off most of the minor hemming the Vees inside their own zone. The Vipers back to even strength once again poured on the attack, held the early edge in play. Penticton once again looked to be sitting on a two goal lead. The Vipers with a few good looks, couldn't beat Matthew Robson. Vernon would get just their second powerplay of the night in the second half, but a strong defensive game from the Vees and the Vipers couldn't capitalize with the man advantage. The Vipers with some good pressure, had troubles getting pucks through the maze of players in front of the net. The Vees who played most of the 3rd in their own end saw a strong final push from Vernon. The Vipers with a ton of momentum were moving the puck around, put on all kinds of pressure late in the period. The Vipers with several good chances in and around the net couldn't get the bounce or were stopped by Matthew Robson. Hunter Zandee with a strong shift, was stopped twice in close with a Vees defender draped all over his back. Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Mitch Meek with a huge shot block late in the period, was in discomfort, limping on one leg couldn't get off the ice with the Vipers on the attack. Meek would finish the shift before the Vees could clear the zone. Meek would be ok and stay in the game. With three and a half minutes remaining Austin Adamson with a parcial breakaway couldn't beat Robson. Vernon would get Darion Hanson to the bench with two minutes remaining for the extra attacker. The Vipers with lots of sustained pressure either couldn't get the shot through or were denied by Robson as Penticton's defence was solid in the final few minutes. Vernon with several great opportunities in and around the net couldn't get the bounce. The Vipers come very close to getting within a goal after two or three goal mouth scrambles. In the dying seconds Kenny Johnson looked to have Riley Brandt's stick or arm tied up before Brandt started taking shots at the back of the head of Johnson before Matthew Robson jumped in. The referee was forced to jump in between the three, pulling aside Brandt. While this was going on a scrum in front of the two benches lead to some fireworks at the buzzer as tempers heated up at the end of the game. Both teams-benches were exchanging words, lots of pushing and shoving. Nicholas Jones & Cooper Watson got engaged while Niko Karamanis and Ryley Risling got tangled up hitting the ice in a wrestling match. While the Vipers slowly started to make their way off the ice, Mark Ferner was talking with one referee while the Vipers were really giving it too the Penticton Vees as they come out to salute the crowd. In the end Penticton come away with the 3-1 victory. A strong 3rd period from Vernon who couldn't find the back of the net after lots of sustained pressure and quality chances. The Vipers carried the better of the play, outplayed Penticton but also struggled at times getting pucks-opportunities to the net, as the Vees looked to be sitting on a two goal lead. The Vees who played most of the period in their own end, got solid goaltending from Matthew Robson and some big defensive play from their defence. The Vees did a good job at shutting down the Viper attack. Vernon outshot Penticton 11-6.

Top Player's: (Vernon)

Sol Seibel I thought has slowly started to come on and into his own the past few games had a strong night on the Viper blueline tonight. Wasn't afraid to carry-rush the puck up ice, was steady through out the game at both ends of the rink.

Brett Stapley (1 goal) Has been one of Vernon's most consistent forwards this year, played very well in the loss. Scored the Vipers lone goal, was strong with the puck in the offensive zone.

Riley Brandt I thought was the Vipers best player tonight. The captain stepped up and lead by example showing a ton of hustle and determination on every shift. Was flying all night, played physical, didn't back down from the rough stuff, played hard, on the edge, was good with and without the puck, had a few good scoring chances, was also good on the PK. One of the hardest working Vipers tonight.

Nicholas Rasovic was another Viper who played hard, physical and in your face, played with an edge most of the night. Rasovic was finishing his checks, was in the face of several Vees through out the night, got involved in a lot of the after the whistle activities. Showed a lot of hustle, played hard.

Steven Jandric's point streak come to an end but didn't fall short of trying. The second year Viper forward had several good looks, couldn't find the back of the net. Had a strong game up front. Created/generated opportunities, was going to the net, played hard.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

The Vipers three game winning streak comes to an end in a game where I thought they battled-played hard. Obviously taking a penalty before the games even started, playing shorthanded off the opening faceoff is difficult but these are penalties that cant be taken, especially in a big game-vs the leagues top team. I thought Vernon played well for most of the night, but falling behind 2-0 just halfway through the 1st period vs the leagues top team in their own rink, is going to be hard to try and come back. The Vipers cant put themselves in this hole vs Penticton. The Vees are very strong and very good on home ice. The Vipers had some good looks-chances but didn't get a lot of grade a chances through out the night. There grade a chances come in spurts. I don't think Vernon went to the net as much as they would have liked. I think Matthew Robson saw a lot if not most of the Vipers 29 shots. The Vipers didn't get the bounces, especially in the 3rd down two goals. The Vipers missed a few open nets on goal mouth scrambles and then couldn't get the bounce-break in front on a loose puck in and around the net. Give Vernon credit after falling down 3-0 they didn't fold the tent, kept plugging away, tried battling back with a solid 3rd period just come up short. If the Vipers had any chance to beat Penticton, tonight was the night. The Vees had five regulars out of the lineup, four of those being defenceman. The Vipers now fall to 1-5 vs the Vees this season (exhibition & regular season). The Vipers have struggled in Penticton in previous years. Since the 2011-12 regular season Vernon has just four wins at the South Okanagan Events Centre in their last 20 games going 4-13-3-0. 

Top Player's: (Penticton)

Joseph Leahy I thought was one of the Vees better defenceman tonight. Saw a lot of minutes, played a huge shutdown roll in the 3rd was very reliable on the backend. A solid night on the blueline through out the game.

Mitch Meek was another defenceman that played very well on the point. The former Vipers d-man had a strong game vs his former team after returning to the lineup tonight. Meek missed the previous three games saw a lot of minutes.

Grant Cruikshank (1 goal) I don't think stood out for the full sixty minutes but looked good at different times through out the game. Seemed to be most dangerous with the puck on his stick, had a few good looks in and around the net.

Kenny Johnson Hit the post in the 2nd period was another Vees defender who had a solid night. This kid has some size, dosnt back down from the rough stuff, likes to get involved, was very solid at both ends of the rink.

Turner Ripplinger I thought played well in the win. Was skating hard, making some plays.

Matthew Robson (28 saves) Was very good in goal for Penticton. Didn't see a lot of rubber in the opening frame, saw more action in the 2nd and 3rd periods, making some big-key saves in the final frame. Dosnt give up a lot of rebounds, plays his position well, sees the puck-reads the play well, also got some help from his defence.

Game Thought's: (Penticton)

The Vees improve to 5-1 vs the Vipers this season (pre-season & regular season).  Since the 2011-12 regular season the Vees have dominated the Vipers. Penticton has won thirty of the last thirty eight regular season meetings vs Vernon going 30-8-0-0. The Vees have won fifteen of the last seventeen games vs the Vipers. Jumping out to the quick-early 1-0 lead was big, it gets the crowd into the game early, gets the Vipers off their game early and then gives the home team the early momentum. Penticton jumped out to a 2-0 lead didn't dominate any of the first two periods, capitalized on their chances. I wouldn't say the Vees had a ton of opportunities offensively, rather stood out more between the pipes and on the blueline. In the 2nd and 3rd periods the Vees defence was pretty solid. Penticton did a great job at clogging up the neutral zone before closing the shooting lanes-collapsing in front of the goal & blocking shots. The Vipers had troubles getting pucks through and through to the front of the net. When pucks did manage to find their way through, Matthew Robson was their to make the saves. I thought Penticton's defence played very well through out the night. Penticton plays a very disciplined game, not taking many penalties. Here's a team that has four d-men out of the lineup, five kids overall out of the lineup, are playing with two "AP"s and play very well, only giving up one goal in the win. A huge win with a depleted blueline. Guys really come to play tonight and stepped up their play with five regulars out of the lineup. I would say overall I don't think both teams had a lot of grade a chances but played well. Were the Vees outplayed in the 3rd or were they sitting on a two goal lead? I think it was a bit of both, but give credit for battling hard, not backing down from the after the whistle activities and playing strong in front of your goaltender. With the win the Vees improve to 12-2-0-1 vs the Interior Division this year. A great turnout-crowd on hand for a Wednesday night-midweek game. Close to 3000 people wich made for a great atmosphere. Love the live band playing music between whistles, also adds a great feel to the rink-great atmosphere. I also like the new addition to the South Okanagan Events Centre by adding the Penticton Vees ring of honour this year. There has to be atleast ten or more Vees alumni added to the ring of honour wich is displayed around the top of the rink above the skyboxes. What a great way to show off your past history-great alumni. Here is something the Vipers can maybe take a look at-look into for Kal Tire Place. Penticton fans sure hate Viper captain Riley Brandt. Heard several fans near and around me, yelling towards Brandt everytime he touched the puck. One fellow yelled out, he should be kicked out of the league.

Here is a sneak peak of the Vees ring of honour,

Ring of honour takes shape,



Jagger Williamson (Injured)
Chris Jandric (Injured)
Ty Taylor (Attending the World Junior A Challenge)


Gabe Bast (Injured)
James Miller (Injured)
Jamie Armstrong (Mono)
Jonny Tychonick (Attending the World Junior A Challenge)
Griffin Mendel (Attending the World Junior A Challenge)

Energy Player of the Game:

Jared Nash

Three Star's:

1st Star: Matthew Robson (28 saves)
2nd Star: Mitch Meek
3rd Star: Brett Stapley (1 goal)

BCHL Boxscore-Game Summary,

Fraser Rodgers Penticton Vees Blog,

BCHL Game Report,

BCHL Text-Boxscore,

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Game Preview: Vernon @ Penticton:

Vernon (15-12-3-0) @ Penticton (24-5-1-0) 7pm

Tonight is the fourth of seven regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Penticton Vees. The Vees lead the season series 2-1

Last Game:

Friday, December 2nd Vernon defeated West Kelowna 6-1
Saturday, December 3rd Penticton defeated Powell River 3-1

Next Game:

Friday, December 9th Vernon @ Salmon Arm
Saturday, December 10th Cowichan @ Penticton

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Brett Stapley BDO Goal Of The Game:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

December 6, 2016

#7 Brett Stapley BDO Goal Of The Game 12-2-16

by Vernon Vipers

Home Goal Of The Game

#7 Brett Stapley scores a beauty breakaway goal against the West Kelowna Warriors to give the team a 5-1 in the third period. #27 Steve Jandric made an awesome play inside the Vipers blueline to spring Stapley free who also had to fight off a decent slash on his right arm to score the pretty goal!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Taylor Invited To World Junior A Challenge Selection Camp:

Vernon Vipers goaltender Ty Taylor has been invited to the 2016 World Junior A Challenge selection camp.

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Invitees announced for tryout camps

November 24, 2016

CALGARY, Alta. – Working in partnership with Hockey Canada, the Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) has extended invitations to 100 players from across the country to selection camps in advance of the 2016 World Junior A Challenge.

In Leduc, Alta., 60 players will gather Dec. 5 to 8 to take part in intrasquad games and practices in the hopes of cracking Team Canada West’s final line-up. The Leduc Recreation Centre will host all scheduled games and practices in advance of the final roster selections for Team Canada West.

“Coaches from all five leagues representing Team Canada West assisted in identifying players which will make for a fast-paced, very competitive selection camp,” said Trevor Alto (White Rock, B.C./B.C. Hockey League), director of operations for Team Canada West. “The focus is on competition for the 22 roster spots; however, the staff is dedicated to providing each invitee every opportunity to not only put their best foot forward, but to also enjoy the opportunity to represent Team Canada West.”

Team Canada West players are selected from among the league’s five western Junior A leagues: the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).

Barry Wolff (Kelowna, B.C./Coquitlam, BCHL) returns to Team Canada West, this time as head coach, alongside fellow 2015 Team Canada West assistant coach Mike Reagan (Flin Flon, Man./Flin Flon, SJHL), Marc Berry (Britle, Man./Dauphin, MJHL) and Rick Swan (Sherwood Park, Alta./Bonnyville, AJHL).

Forty players will vie for a spot on the Team Canada East roster when they report to selection camp at the MasterCard Centre in Etobicoke, Ont., Dec. 3-7. The camp schedule includes three games – Dec. 4, 5, and 6 – as well as practices. Team Canada East’s coaching staff and scouts Jack Ferguson, Paul Currie, and Patrice Bosch will use the camp as a final opportunity to evaluate the prospects before selecting their final World Junior A Challenge roster.

“Our entire staff has done an incredible job executing our player identification and evaluation plan since the beginning of September by scouring the five eastern CJHL leagues and its 70 teams,” said Brent Garbutt (Nepean, Ont./Ontario Junior Hockey League), director of operations for Team Canada East. “With the number of talented hockey players to choose from, it made this task extremely difficult in selecting only 40 players to attend selection camp. However, our staff is thrilled with the players we’ve invited, and are looking forward to an ultra-competitive camp as we finalize this process with the selection of players to earn one of 22 spots to represent Team Canada East.”

Jason Clarke (Carleton Place, Ont./Carleton Place, CCHL) will lead the coaching staff for Team Canada East, supported by assistant coaches Jeff Flanagan (Dublin, Ont./Milton, OJHL), Marc Lafleur (Hearst, Ont./Kirkland Lake, NOJHL), Martin Dagenais (Embrun, Ont./Ottawa, CCHL) and Stefan Blanchet (Terrebonne, Que./Longueil, LHJQ).

The CJHL leverages its five eastern Junior A leagues – the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL), Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), Central Canada Hockey League (CCHL), Ligue de hockey junior du Qu├ębec (LHJQ), and Maritime Hockey League (MHL) – to select players to represent Team Canada East.

The 2016 World Junior A Challenge, which features two Canadian and four international teams, takes place from Dec. 11-17 at the R.J. Lalonde Arena, part of the Bonnyville District and Centennial Centre. Full-tournament ticket packages can be purchased online, and include all 13 games at R.J. Lalonde Arena.

But first, both Canadian teams will take part in pre-tournament action on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. MT when Team Canada West meets Team USA at the Cold Lake Energy Centre in Cold Lake, Alta., and Team Canada East plays Russia at the Clancy Richard Arena in St. Paul, Alta. Tickets to the pre-tournament games will be available at the door for $10; kids 17-and-under are free.

Team Canada West has won gold four times (2006, 2007, 2011 and 2015), captured a silver medal three times (2008, 2009 and 2012) and won bronze in 2013. Team Canada East has won four silver medals (2006, 2007, 2010 and 2011), and took bronze in 2008. Since the first event in 2006, more than 260 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament.

For more information on the 2016 World Junior A Challenge, please visit, or follow along via social media on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, December 5, 2016

BCHL News & Trades:

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

BCHL News & Trades:

Penticton-Nanaimo Trade:

The Penticton Vees Jr. A Hockey Club has traded defenceman David Eccles (96) to the Nanaimo Clippers for future considerations, the team announced Wednesday. The Vees were forced to make the move with fellow 20-year-old defenceman Gabe Bast coming off the Injured Reserve; the team was sitting at seven 20-year-olds on their roster, one over the BCHL maximum. President, General Manager and Head Coach Fred Harbinson says it was a hard move to make, “This was an extremely difficult decision, but it ultimately came down to a numbers game. David is a tremendous young man, who will be missed but we’re happy we can send him to a great organization in the Clippers. I know Mike Vandekamp is thrilled to have a player of his quality and character, and I know he’ll be a key piece for them moving forward.” Eccles, 20, played parts of two seasons in Penticton, appearing in 73 career regular season games, picking up a pair of goals and 13 points, to go along with 23 penalty-minutes, playing in a primary shutdown role; he also played in all 11 of the Vees’ playoff games last spring. The Ancaster, Ontario, product came to Penticton in September of last season, after playing with the Carleton Place Canadians in the Central Canadian Hockey League (CCHL). Eccles helped the Canadians to berth in the Final of the 2015 RBC Cup in Portage, Manitoba. The Vees organization would like to thank David for his contributions to the team on and off the ice in the past two seasons, and wish him all the best in his future with the Clippers.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Vipers Stuff Warriors For Charity:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers stuff Warriors for charity

by  Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Dec 4, 2016

Send your head coach to Arizona. Hold the charity Teddy Bear Toss. Start your red-hot new American goalie.

All of the above paid off for the Vernon Vipers in a 6-1 dispatching of the West Kelowna Warriors before 2,048 B.C. Hockey League fans Friday night at Kal Tire Place.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Vernon Vipers 2016 Teddy Bear Toss Video:

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Vipers 2016 Teddy Bear Toss

Posted by HockeyTube on Dec 3rd, 2016

Vipers 2016 Teddy Bear Toss – The BCHL Vernon Vipers hosted their annual Teddy Bear Toss game in support of KISS FM’s Santa Toy Club charity.  Fans tossed more than a thousand stuffed toys onto the ice following Niko Karamanis’ tying goal early in the first period against the West Kelowna Warriors.

Vernon Vipers Alumni-College Hockey On TSN:

Former Vernon Vipers forwards Logan Mick (2012-2014) Craig Martin (2012-2014) Thomas Aldworth (2014-15) former Vernon Vipers defenceman Luke Shiplo (2014-15) former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Shortridge (2015-16) & the Quinnipiac Bobcats take on former Vernon Vipers goaltender Joe Young (2012-13) & the Union Minutemen at 4pm on TSN 2

Friday, December 2, 2016

Vernon 6 West Kelowna 1

I have had season tickets for the past 27 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for well over thirty years. Ive missed only three home games since 1998-99 season. For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Warriors game as Vernon defeated West Kelowna 6-1 in front of 2,048 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Darion Hanson
West Kelowna: Nik Amundrud

1st Period: The Vipers would get the games first good opportunity early. Just two and a half minutes into the opening frame the Vipers couldn't convert on a goal mouth scramble as Nik Amundrud somehow managed to keep his eye on the puck and keep the game scoreless. The Warriors would get the games first powerplay just less then four minutes in. Chase Dubois couldn't convert on a pass at the side of the net, after somehow missing the wide open cage. I think Sol Seibel managed to get a stick on Dubois at the last second. The Warriors would eventually open the scoring after Michael Ryan's point shot beat a screened Darion Hanson fivehole giving West Kelowna the 1-0 lead at 4:22 Stephen Kleysen and Chase Stephenson collected the helpers. Vernon pushed right back after Jimmy Lambert would get denied on an odd man rush was stopped by Nik Amundrud who come across the blue paint to make the big glove save, keeping this a one goal game. Shortly after Niko Karamanis went high beating Nik Amundrud tying the game 1-1 at 5:59 as the teddy bears hit the ice on the Vipers annual teddy bear toss. Ryan Brushett & Christian Cakebread with the assists. This goal seemed to get the Vipers going as Vernon responded with a strong forecheck getting some solid zone time before jumping on their first powerplay of the evening. The Vipers couldn't capitalize with the man advantage as West Kelowna killed off the minor. Just after the penalty expired, Cooper Watson's point shot forced Nik Amundrud into making a huge pad save with Jimmy Lambert on the doorstep couldn't bury the rebound in close. Vernon took over the play in the second half and carried the better of the play, getting lots of pucks to the net. The Vipers with a strong forecheck and work ethic dominated the play along the boards and down low. Nik Amundrud had to be sharp made several big saves. The Vipers would grab their first lead of the night late in the period. Sol Seibel with a nice rush up ice setup Niko Karamanis in front who buried his second of the night gave Vernon a 2-1 lead at 17:22 Seibel with the lone helper. It stayed 2-1 Vernon after 20 minutes of play. Other then the powerplay and a few hard working shifts I thought the Vipers were the better team and carried the better of the play. Vernon fell behind early responded with the game tying goal less then two minutes later were really skating, dominated the boards and the front of the net. The Vipers with good looks and chances played very well in the 1st period. The Warriors opened the scoring but didn't generate much offence, played a lot of the period in their own end. Vernon outshot West Kelowna 15-7.

2nd Period: The Vipers looked to grab a two goal lead inside the opening two minutes couldn't convert on a wrap around before getting a good chance in close on a goal mouth scramble. WK would get an early powerplay. On the man advantage Vernon would get caught with two many men sending the defending champions to a lengthy five on three. Darion Hanson making his home debut had to be alert and was solid on the penalty kill making several key stops. The Vipers and Hanson with a strong penalty kill would kill off both minors. A few minutes later Riley Brandt and Scott Allen got tangled up in the corner before punches were thrown. A scrum broke loose with several players getting involved. On the play the Vipers would get called again for too many men sending WK back to the powerplay. Connor Sodergren looked to tie the game after batting in a high pass in front. One of the linesmen went to one of the officials before both linesmen and referee's gathered in front of the penalty box before calling off the goal. The goal was disallowed after Sodergren batted the puck into the net. Still on the PP former Viper Chase Stephenson would get stoned by Vipers starting goaltender Darion Hanson. Hanson come across the crease to make a huge blocker save before flashing the leather on the second attempt. Stephenson with two back to back quality chances couldn't solve Hanson. Hanson and Vernon's penalty kill was once again solid killing off the penalty. The Warriors with three powerplays in the first half were firing everything towards Hanson and the Viper net, were outshooting Vernon 14-3 at this point. The Vipers went a good five to six minutes without a single shot on goal. Vernon seemed to build off the PK battled back and showed a good push back in the second half. The Vipers with a good forecheck once again showed that strong work ethic. Riley Brandt would get robbed with five and a half minutes to go after Warriors starting goaltender Nik Amundrud stopped Brandt on the wrap around. West Kelowna with a strong push back come on late to finish the middle frame. With two and a half minutes left, Braiden Epp looked to have Darion Hanson beat was denied in tight on a great opportunity. The Tribe looking for that long stretch pass spotted Chase Dubois inside the final minute, couldn't beat Hanson on the breakaway. With 2.5 seconds remaining Connor Sodergren couldn't beat Darion Hanson who flashed the leather, making a big glove save in the final seconds. West Kelowna with some solid opportunities late couldn't beat the Viper goaltender. Vernon was up 2-1 after 40 minutes of play. The Warriors with an early two man advantage couldn't capitalize on the powerplay. WK with three powerplay's in the first half had some very good looks-chances couldn't beat Darion Hanson. West Kelowna carried the better of the play in the first half due to three straight powerplays before the Vipers responded with a good pushback in the second half. I thought the Warriors were the better team, carried the better of the play and had most of the opportunities that period. How big was that disallowed goal on the powerplay? Instead of 2-2 going into the 3rd, its still 2-1 Vipers. Give Vernon some credit for getting some big saves from Darion Hanson and a big penalty kill. West Kelowna outshot Vernon 18-10.

3rd Period: The Vipers would get that all important two goal lead early to start the 3rd. Brett Stapley setup a wide open Jimmy Lambert in the crease for the easy tap in gave Vernon a 3-1 lead at 1:15 Stapley and Cameron Trott with the assists. Then the parade to the penalty box. Both teams basically rotated taking penalties as lots of four on four action or very shortened powerplays. The referees calling lots of penalties early and often took a lot of the flow away from the game, making for a very slow and scrambled 3rd. The Vipers would come away with a two man advantage but spent most of the five on three passing the puck. With only two shots the Vipers moved the puck around very slowly, waisted a key five on three as WK killed off both minors. Shortly after Vernon would jump back on the powerplay but again struggle with the man advantage. The Warriors digging themselves a huge hole got into penalty trouble before the Vipers would eventually respond. Austin Adamson on a goal mouth scramble gave Vernon a 4-1 lead at 12:13 Hunter Zandee & Nicholas Rasovic picked up the helpers. About a minute and a half later Steven Jandric kept his point streak going after springing Breatt Stapley for the breakaway. Stapley with a nice dangle in front found the back of the net giving Vernon a 5-1 lead at 13:46 Jandric with the lone assist. A few minutes later tempers heated up as Tyler Jutting went after Austin Adamson as the two dropped the gloves. At the same time Nicholas Rasovic and Stephen Kleysen started exchanging words before both players threw a few punches at each other before the linesmen jumped in separating the two. Adamson and Jutting were both tossed from the game. On the following shift Nik Amundrud made an awkward save down low, was very slow getting up, stayed down on his knees for several seconds after making the save before getting up looking to be in some discomfort. Amundrud looked to be in some discomfort for the following few shifts toughed it out, stayed in the game. Late in the game on a goal mouth scramble after getting a few wacks at the loose puck, Ryan Brushett was last to bang home the rebound giving Vernon a 6-1 lead at 17:54 Jesse Lansdell collected the assist. At this point of the night West Kelowna looked like they just wanted to hit the showers and go home. In the end Vernon would hang on for the 6-1 victory. The Vipers got that all important third goal they needed, early to start the 3rd. A penalty filled period, really slowed the game down, dragged the 3rd period on, making for very scrambled play. It seemed like neither team could get much of anything going in the first half with lots of stopages in play-penalties being called. West Kelowna then got into penalty trouble and played most of the 3rd shorthanded-in their own end. The Vipers carried a lot of the play, had lots of offensive zone time struggled with the man advantage in the 3rd but put the game away with a convincing win with four 3rd period goals. Vernon outshot West Kelowna 17-6.

Top Player's: (Vernon)

Sol Seibel (1 assist) I thought played very well at both ends of the rink. The rookie defenceman played with a lot of confidence, saw a lot of ice time.

Brett Stapley (1 goal & 1 assist) Played very well in the win. Was skating, working hard, made some nice heads up plays through out the night.

Ryan Brushett (1 goal & 1 assist) I thought was really skating well, had the puck on his stick a lot, was going to the net, created-generated chances through out the night.

Austin Adamson (1 goal) Played with a lot of jump-energy, was good on the penalty kill, blocked atleast two shots while on the PK. Played hard through out the night. Didn't back down after Tyler Jutting went after him in the 3rd.

Jesse Lansdell (1 assist) Was another forward I thought played very well. Played physical, was laying the body, played with a lot of jump, had a strong game.

Jimmy Lambert (1 goal) Was really hustling tonight, played with a ton of jump-energy, was skating hard, going to the net, was another kid who created/generated opportunities.

Darion Hanson (30 saves) Started his third straight game, made his home debut tonight was stellar in the victory. Didn't see much action in the 1st and 3rd periods but was at his best in the middle frame. Was one of if not the Vipers best penalty killer, coming up with some game savers on the PK. Hanson was solid between the pipes made some key saves in that 2nd period to keep it a one goal game.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

This was a hard fought win that the Vipers fully deserved. Vernon winning their third straight for just a second time this season and the first since opening the season winning their first three games. Other then the 2nd period I thought the Vipers were the better of the two teams for two out of the three periods. Vernon played very well in the opening frame, had to come up big on the penalty kill in the 2nd period, got some key saves from Darion Hanson on the PK built off the penalty kill. How big was the disallowed goal on the powerplay in the middle frame? The Warriors score here and its tied 2-2, instead its 2-1 Vipers after 40 minutes of the play. The TSN turning point? Ive said it a few times tonight, how big was Jimmy Lambert's goal 1:15 into the 3rd? The Vipers get that all important two goal lead and then bury the defending champs with three more to come away with the convincing 6-1 victory. The Vipers seemed to keep their emotions in check in that 3rd period, didn't get caught up in anything more then they needed too. A very strong 3rd with four goals. I really liked the Vipers work ethic, forecheck and penalty kill tonight. I thought Vernon showed a lot of hustle, hard work and domination along the boards and in front of the net. The Vipers were going to the net a lot and it paid off, getting some big goals in front. I thought the Vipers were skating hard for most of the night, were getting pucks to the net and going to the net. I thought Vernon did a good job at limiting West Kelowna's snipers. Did a good job at shutting down some of the Warriors offensive players. The Vipers showed and played with a lot of energy tonight and it come from all four lines. I thought the powerplay struggled, a lot of puck movement but no shots. It looks like the Vipers are slowly coming together and finally getting on a roll. Winning three straight and four of their last five, have really picked up their consistency as of late. Maybe all these roster moves lately are helping? Congrats to Kevin Kraus who was running the bench tonight with Mark Ferner on a scouting trip in Arizona. Nice to see a big crowd, a much more exciting atmosphere. With the win the Vipers move into 2nd place, two points up on 3rd place Trail.

Top Player's: (West Kelowna)

Tyler Jutting I thought played well on the blueline. Played with an edge, dropped the gloves with Austin Adamson in the 3rd period.

Jake Harrison Was another d-man that I thought played well. Took a big hit from Nicholas Rasovic and didn't seem to return to the ice. Atleast I didn't see him much or at all in the 3rd.

Quin Foreman Carried the puck often, especially in the first two periods. Was dangerous at times, seems to play well vs the Vipers didn't dominate or get those grade a chances he normally does. Seemed to have troubles creating-generating chances at times.

Braiden Epp I thought played well through out the game, had a few good looks-chances. Not the biggest kid but was going to the net often, looking for opportunities in tight.

Peter Tomaras I thought was consistent through out the game, played very well. Was involved in the play, was skating hard, played with energy.

Nik Amundrud (36 saves) Played very well in goal for West Kelowna. Was busy all night, made some big stops through out the game. Quick on his feet, played his position well. Couldn't be faulted on any of the six goals.

Game Thought's: (West Kelowna)

The Warriors struggled offensively tonight, didn't generate much for offence in the 1st and 3rd periods. Played a lot of time in their own zone. West Kelowna opened the scoring on an early powerplay but had trouble solving Darion Hanson for the rest of the night. It was in that 2nd period when the Tribe had a five on three had several good looks-chances couldn't find the back of the net. WK with several quality chances couldn't beat Hanson who was the difference in that middle frame. Other then that 2nd period I thought West Kelowna was outplayed most of the night. Didn't get a lot of sustained pressure or zone time, played a lot of the game in their own end, got into penalty trouble come the 3rd. Giving up that 3rd goal early to start the 3rd really hurt. West Kelowna couldn't recover and Vernon added three more to put the game away. The Warriors finish their four game road trip with just one win, host Alberni Valley tomorrow night. West Kelowna has struggled in Vernon. Since the 2010-11 regular season the Warriors have just four wins in Vernon. The season series is now tied 2-2 as these two teams will meet again January 20th in West Kelowna. With the loss the Warriors are now tied for last with Salmon Arm.



Jagger Williamson (Injured)
Chris Jandric (Injured)

West Kelowna:

Cavin Tilsley

Energy Player of the Game:

Austin Adamson (1 goal)

Three Star's:
1st Star: Niko Karamanis (2 goals)
2nd Star: Darion Hanson (30 saves)
3rd Star: Brett Stapley (1 goal & 1 assist)

BCHL Boxscore-Game summary,

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