Thursday, September 18, 2014

Former Vipers Head Coach-GM Williamson Joins Nanaimo Clippers:

The Nanaimo Clippers have named former Vernon Vipers
Head Coach-GM Jason Williamson new Director of scouting & recruitment.

This is on the Clippers Twitter account:

Jason Williamson has joined the Nanaimo Clippers as the Director of Scouting and Recruitment.

Jason Williamson's Player-Coaching Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=74839

Vipers Coaching Candidates Down To Shortlist:

This is posted on the Kiss FM website:

Vipers Coaching Candidates Down To Shortlist

Written by Peter McIntyre Thursday, 18 September 2014

Getting close -- but nothing finalized.

That's how Vernon Vipers owner Duncan Wray sums up his search for a new head coach

Wray says he had 28 applicants for the job, and now has it down to a shortlist.

"There's more than one, and less than five (candidates)," Wray tells Kiss FM.

Wray expects to make his decision by next week.

"I want to go with someone who has knowledge of the league."

Wray says the applicants have been from across Canada, along with some from the U-S, and one from overseas.

"The sheer number is a little overwhelming, but it's good. The quality of some is higher than Junior A. I've had two who are assistants in the East Coast League and the NCAA."

Wray says he's been talking about some of the applicants with Vipers assistant GM Todd Miller and interim head coach Kevin Kraus, but the final decision will be up to him.

"You get to a point where you know what you want, not only in coaching skills, but with inter-personal skills, and the ability to communicate with people other than the players."

Wray says it's doubtful he will have someone hired before the BCHL's regular season starts Friday at the Showcase in Chilliwack.

"I doubt you'll hear anything before Friday," says Wray.

The position suddenly opened September 8 when fourth year coach/GM Jason Williamson resigned for personal reasons.

The Vipers and Cowichan Valley Capitals will open the new season at the Showcase Friday, playing at 3:30 pm.

Kiss FM is again the voice of the Vipers, featuring play by play with Graham Turnball.

Listen to Johnston Meier Vernon Vipers hockey on Kiss FM starting with the pre-game show at 3:15 pm Friday.

Red Wings Re-Sign Former Vernon Viking Goaltender Holland:

The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed former Vernon Vikings
goaltender Ken Holland.

Holland played one season with his hometown Vernon Vikings (1973-74) before leaving for the Western Hockey League's Medicine Hat Tigers.  Holland was drafted in the 12th round 188th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft.  Holland never played a game with the Leafs, played with Detroit & Hartford before joing the Red Wings as a scout in Western Canada.

Ken Holland's Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=6433

This is posted on the Red Wings website:

Red Wings announce new four-year deal for executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland

Red Wings have won more regular-season and postseason games than any other NHL team during Holland’s tenure

Thursday, 08.14.2014

By Todd Beam  - Detroit Red Wings Communications Director

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings announced today that the team has signed executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland to a new four-year contract that will keep him with the organization through the 2017-18 season.

“Ken is regarded as one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League and has been instrumental in the success of the Red Wings over the last two decades,” Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said. “Marian and I are extremely pleased that he will continue to lead our hockey club over the next four years. We feel strongly that stability is key to the success of any organization and having this new agreement in place with Ken is important to the organization and its future.”

Holland, 58, has served as Detroit’s general manager for the past 17 seasons. Since taking the helm in July 1997, Holland-led teams have won more regular-season games (746) and postseason games (115) than any other NHL team.

The Vernon, British Columbia, native has contributed to four Stanley Cup championships in Detroit – three as the team’s general manager (1998, 2002 and 2008) and one as assistant general manager (1997).

During Holland’s tenure as Detroit’s general manager, the Red Wings have qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs in all 17 seasons (1997-2014). In addition, the Red Wings have won four Presidents’ Trophies, five regular-season Conference titles, 10 Division titles and have produced 13 100-point seasons.

Prior to his role in team management, Holland was a Red Wings player and scout. He has been with the organization in various capacities for the past 31 seasons.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vipers Wrap Up Exhibition Season With Road Draw:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers wrap up exhibition season with road draw
                   
Sep 17, 2014

The Vernon Vipers finished their successful exhibition season 3-1-1 following a 4-4 tie with the Prince George Spruce Kings in B.C. Hockey League play Saturday night at the Prince George Coliseum.

“It was a game filled with powerplays and penalty kills; there wasn’t much five-on-five played,” said Vipers’ interim coach Kevin Kraus. “It was a weird way to work on our special teams.”

The Vipers clipped the Spruce Kings 4-3 in overtime Friday night at Kal Tire Place.

Both teams came to an agreement both nights to play the unscheduled extra frames. With no winner after the first five-minute, four-on-four period on Saturday, the game ended in a stalemate after five minutes of three-on-three.

Vipers’ goal scorers in Prince George were Trever Fider, Anthony Latina, Mackenzie Bauer and Linden Hora.

Jarrod Schamerhorn started both games in net against the Spruce Kings, but Kraus has already given the nod to Vernon product Danny Todosychuk for the opener.

“We will see how it goes; we are going to use both guys this year,” said Kraus.

The Vipers play for keeps Friday afternoon against the Cowichan Valley Capitals in Chilliwack at the Prospera Centre during the BCHL Showcase.

“It’ll be good. The Showcase is always exciting for our players. All the teams in our league will be there along with plenty of NCAA and NHL scouts,” said Kraus, who played for the Vipers from 2008-2010. “It’s also provides a great chance for us to see all the other teams in our league before we get to play them.”

The Vipers will also meet the Victoria Grizzlies Saturday afternoon in Chilliwack.

Kraus, who stepped in as head coach following Jason Williamson’s departure, has liked the way his team looked in the preamble to the regular season.

“We are a hard-working team with an offensive ability. We work hard, we’re gonna score and take care of it on defence as well,” said Kraus. “We still haven’t really seen Liam (Coughlin) or Luke Shiplo in games yet and I know they are going to be a big add to our team.”

Shiplo has committed to Western Michigan Mustangs for next season and second-year Coughlin has been sidelined nursing bumps and bruises.

The Vipers’ brass made their final cuts, releasing defencemen Chris Harpur from Ontario and Liam Feeny from Massachusetts.

Spruce Kings’ grad Jujhar Khaira had a goal and a fight in the first 40 minutes while Jackson Houck (fourth rounder in 2013), Mitch Holmberg, who put up 118 points with the Spokane Chiefs last year, and Kyle Platzer also scored as the Edmonton Oilers lost 5-4 to the Winnipeg Jets Monday at the NHL Young Stars camp in Penticton. The Oilers rookies, including former Vipers Connor and Kellen Jones, face the University of Alberta Golden Bears tonight in Edmonton. The Oilers went 2-1 in Penticton.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Follow Your Favorite BCHL Team Blog:

With a new BCHL regular season getting underway this weekend, the league will see several new bloggers following there favorite BCHL teams.  Kyle Anderson replaces Jon Zacks as the new voice of the West Kelowna Warriors, Jeff Sargeant replaces Dustin Forbes as the new voice of the Cowichan Capitals.  Ian Douglas has brought the the Salmon Arm Silverback fans a team blog, after the Backs had no blog last season.  All of these young men have made a blog wich allows fans, players, family and parents a chance to follow their team with some of the best indepth coverage of their team. If you would like to follow your favorite team or follow the BCHL please visit one of the following blogs.

Brian Wiebe's BCHL Blog, http://bchlbriansbanter.blogspot.ca/

Fraser Rodger's Three Vees Penticton Vees Blog, http://pentictonvees.wordpress.com/

Alex Rawnsley's Kings Of The Castle Powell River Kings Blog, http://kingsofthecastle.wordpress.com/

Hammer's The Hammer Alberni Valley Bulldogs Blog, http://www.hammersdogs.blogspot.com/

Kyle Anderson's Battle Cries West Kelowna Warriors Blog, http://wkwarriors.blogspot.ca/

Eddie Gregory's Coquitlam Expressions Coquitlam Express Blog, http://expressvoice.blogspot.com/

Ian Douglas's Backs Talk Salmon Arm Silverbacks Blog, http://backstalk.wordpress.com/

Dustin Scafe's Merritt Centennials Blog, http://dustinscafe.blogspot.ca/

Jeff Sargeant's Speak Cowichan Capitals Blog, http://sargeantspeak.wordpress.com/

Langley Rivermen Blog, http://langleyrivermen.wordpress.com/

Vernon Vipers Diehard Fan Vipersdiehardfan Blog, http://vipersdiehardfan.blogspot.com/

Monday, September 15, 2014

Vernon Vipers All-Time Leaders:

The Vernon Lakers become the Vernon Vipers to start the 1995-96 season, meaning this year is the 20th season with the Viper name.  Here is a look at the Vipers All-Time Leaders.

Vernon Vipers All-Time Points Leaders:

1. Mark Nelson (2001-2005) GP-209 G-92 A-115 Pts-207
2. Connor Jones (2006-2010) GP-163 G-80 A-118 Pts-198
3. Hunter Bishop (2005-2008) GP-140 G-93 A-84 Pts-177
4. Lanny Gare (1997-1999) GP-117 G-67 A-107 Pts-174
5. Kellen Jones (2006-2010) GP-154 G-39 A-134 Pts-173

Vernon Vipers All-Time Goals Leaders:

1. Hunter Bishop (2005-2008) GP-140 G-93 A-84 Pts-177
2. Mark Nelson (2001-2005) GP-209 G-92 A-115 Pts-207
3. Connor Jones (2006-2010) GP-163 G-80 A-118 Pts-198
4. Kori Davison (1996-2000) GP-213 G-72 A-99 Pts-171
5. Lanny Gare (1997-1999) GP-117 G-67 A-107 Pts-174

Vernon Vipers All-Time Assists Leaders:

1. Kellen Jones (2006-2010) GP-154 G-39 A-134 Pts-173
2. Connor Jones (2006-2010) GP-163 G-80 A-118 Pts-198
3. Mark Nelson (2001-2005) GP-209 G-92 A-115 Pts-207
4. Mike Ullrich (2004-2007) GP-142 G-49 A-115 Pts-164
5. Lanny Gare (1997-1999) GP-117 G-67 A-107 Pts-174

Vernon Vipers All-Time Pims Leaders:

1. Chris Crowell (2005-2009) GP-213 G-33 A-57 Pts-90 Pims-596
2. Kori Davison (1996-2000) GP-213 G-72 A-99 Pts-171 Pims-580
3. Jake Wilkens (2000-2004) GP-164 G-14 A-38 Pts-52 Pims-373
4. Troy Cherwinski (2004-2006) GP-106 G-6 A-16 Pts-22 Pims-371
5. Jason Williamson (1999-2002) GP-117 G-33 A-45 Pts-78 Pims-352

Vernon Vipers All-Time Games Played Leaders:

1. Rob Short (2005-2010) GP-229 G-61 A-76 Pts-137
2. Kori Davison (1996-2000) GP-213 G-72 A-99 Pts-171
3. Chris Crowell (2005-2009) GP-213 G-33 A-57 Pts-90
4. Mark Nelson (2001-2005) GP-209 G-92 A-115 Pts-207
5. Colton Sparrow (2010-2014) GP-188 G-32 A-55 Pts-87

Vernon Vipers All-Time Points Per Game Leaders:

1. Vic Sharma (1996-97) GP-54 G-37 A-67 Pts-104 PPG-1.926
2. Ryan Bayda (1998-99) GP-45 G-24 A-58 Pts-82 PPG-1.822
3. Curtis Fraser (2002-03) GP-60 G-53 A-52 Pts-105 PPG-1.750
4. Dean Strong (2004-05) GP-56 G-35 A-56 Pts-91 PPG-1.625
5. Sean Patchell (1996-97) GP-52 G-34 A-50 Pts-84 PPG-1.615

Vernon Vipers All-Time Points Per Season Leaders:

1. Lanny Gare (1998-1999) GP-57 G-46 A-65 Pts-111 Pims-60
2. Curtis Fraser (2002-03) GP-60 G-53 A-52 Pts-105 Pims-116
3. Vic Sharma (1996-97) GP-54 G-37 A-67 Pts-104 Pims-93
4. Hunter Bishop (2007-2008) GP-60 G-57 A-40 Pts-97 Pims-45
5. Mike Santorelli (2003-04) GP-60 G-43 A-53 Pts-96 Pims-26

Vernon Vipers All-Time Goals Per Season leaders:

1. Hunter Bishop (2007-2008) GP-60 G-57 A-40 Pts-97 Pims-45
2. Curtis Fraser (2002-03) GP-60 G-53 A-52 Pts-105 Pims-116
3. Lanny Gare (1998-1999) GP-57 G-46 A-65 Pts-111 Pims-60
4. Bryan McGregor (2002-03) GP-58 G-44 A-46 Pts-90 Pims-41
5. Mike Santorelli (2003-04) GP-60 G-43 A-53 Pts-96 Pims-26

Vernon Vipers All-Time Assists Per Season Leaders:

1. Vic Sharma (1996-97) GP-54 G-37 A-67 Pts-104 Pims-93
2. Lanny Gare (1998-1999) GP-57 G-46 A-65 Pts-111 Pims-60
3. Ryan Bayda (1998-99) GP-45 G-24 A-58 Pts-82 Pims-15
4. Brent Dodginghorse (1996-97) GP-58 G-34 A-57 Pts-91 Pims-137
5. Dean Strong (2004-05) GP-56 G-35 A-56 Pts-91 Pims-28

Vernon Vipers All-Time Pims Per Season leaders:

1. Ryan Singer (2000-2001) GP-54 G-9 A-11 Pts-20 Pims-267
2. Troy Cherwinski (2004-2005) GP-55 G-2 A-5 Pts-7 Pims-244
3. Cole Byers (2003-04) GP-52 G-2 A-13 Pts-15 Pims-235
4. Luke Pierce (2003-04) GP-53 G-7 A-21 Pts-28 Pims-223
5. Chris Crowell (2006-2007) GP-58 G-12 A-6 Pts-18 Pims-205

Vernon Vipers All-Time Winningest Coaches:

1. Mark Ferner (2007-2011) Wins-165 Losses-51 Ties-7
2. Troy Mick (1997-2000) Wins-161 Losses-45 Ties-0
3. Rob Bremner (1992-1996) Wins-137 Losses-93 Ties-2
4. Mike Vandekamp (2001-2004) Wins-117 Losses-48 Ties-1
5. Jason Williamson (2011-2014) Wins-81 Losses-70 Ties-6

Vernon Vipers All-Time Winningest Teams:

1. 1998-99 Vernon Vipers Wins-52 Losses-6 Ties-0
2. 2009-10 Vernon Vipers Wins-51 Losses-6 Ties-0
3. 2002-03 Vernon Vipers Wins-47 Losses-12 Ties-0
4. 1995-96 Vernon Vipers Wins-43 Losses-13 Ties-4
5. 2004-05 Vernon Vipers Wins-42 Losses-9 Ties-3
5. 2008-09 Vernon Vipers Wins-42 Losses-14 Ties-1

Vernon Vipers All-Time Previous Captains:

2014-15 Riley Guenther
2013-14 Ryan Renz
2012-13 Brett Corkey
2011-12 Patrick McGillis
2010-11 David Robinson
2009-10 Kevin Kraus
2008-09 Chris Crowell
2007-08 Chris Crowell
2006-07 Mike Ullrich
2005-06 Andy Zulyniak
2004-05 Mark Nelson
2003-04 Jake Wilkens
2002-03 Chad Murray
2001-02 Jason Williamson
2000-01 Jason Williamson
1999-00 Kori Davison
1998-99 Lennie Rampone
1997-98 Adam Stewart
1996-97 Vic Sharma
1995-96 Jeff Cheeseman

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Vipers In Good Hands:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers in good hands

by  Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Sep 14, 2014

Who’s going to be the next head coach of the Vernon Vipers? If I pocketed a toonie for every time I was asked that, I could buy shares in the new Las Vegas NHL team.

The BCHL Vipers are receiving e-mailed resumes every 10 minutes and owner Duncan Wray is conducting interviews by phone from his primary home in Victoria and preparing a shortlist.

Or is he simply going through the process to see who’s out there and waiting for Mark Ferner to leave the Kamloops Blazers as an associate coach with Don Hay? Ferner, if you just moved here, guided the Snakes to three straight Royal Bank Cup appearances, winning two titles and losing 2-1 in the final of the third try.

Some say the Vipers would have won the RBC on home ice if Ferner was at the helm and not the much younger Jason Williamson, who had served under Ferner.

Maybe, but Williamson, who has a great eye for talent and pulled off some excellent trades, somehow got the Vipers past the highly favoured Penticton Vees in the Interior Conference final. In Game 7 on the road. Pretty impressive.

It wasn’t Williamson’s fault his No. 1 goalie, Austin Smith, had his worst first period of the season, in a semifinal loss to the eventual champion Yorkton Terriers.

This would have been Willy’s year to prove he was worthy of the job. Through solid recruiting and some luck – Thomas Aldworth – landed here after confusing Langley with Vernon, the Vipers are young, but skilled. Reaching the playoffs was realistic and would have taken some superior coaching by Willy.

Williamson, who owns a teacher’s degree from Niagara University in New York State, will take time to get his personal life sorted out. I hope somebody gives him another chance down the road.

In the meantime, Wray has the luxury of talented 25-year-old Kevin Kraus and ex-NHLer Eric Godard running the show. From all reports, Kraus did a fabulous 70-hour a week job as head coach/GM of the Revelstoke Grizzlies for two years.

Kraus and Godard, who practised daily with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin for more than two years in Pittsburgh, are both head coaching material, but must pay their dues. Whether it’s Ferner coming home or somebody else with a five-star background, the Vipers are in good shape.

Vipers Win Short Overtime:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers win short overtime

by  Tyler Lowey - Vernon Morning Star

Sep 14, 2014

The two coaches looked at each other, shrugged their shoulders and said, “Game on.”

The Vernon Vipers edged the Prince George Spruce Kings 4-3 in overtime during B.C. Hockey League exhibition play Friday night at Kal Tire Place.

Normally, if exhibition games are tied after regulation, the game ends. The 300 fans in attendance were treated to a little free hockey, all of 13 seconds of it.

Thomas Aldworth brought the puck into the Spruce Kings’ zone, missed the net and the puck rattled around to Luke Voltin. Voltin could have  drove a mack truck through the centre of the ice, walking in on net and beating Kings’ netminder Jesse Jenks over the shoulder.

“I thought we fared very well,” said Vipers’ captain Riley Guenther. “We gave up a three-goal lead but we got it done in OT and that’s all that matters.”

The Vipers moved to 3-1 in the exhibition season with their final preseason game going Saturday night against the Spruce Kings at the Prince George Coliseum.

The Vipers seemed to have this game by the gills, leading 3-0 part way into the second period.

One of the 16 new Vipers and local product, Blaine Caton, bagged a beauty on a shorthanded break.

“Linden (Hora) got the puck, chipped it out and we were off. I’m not sure how he slid the puck to me on the two-on-one, but he did, and I put it five-hole,” said Caton.

Caton has impressed the coaching staff while playing with longtime friend Jagger Williamson.

“Jagger and I have been playing together since Bantam. It always helps when you have someone out there you can trust,” Caton said.

They aren’t the biggest pairing in the BCHL Williamson is well below six foot and Caton is 170 pounds soaking wet.

“I’ve got to adapt to the speed and the bigger guys, but I am getting used to it and feeling good out there,” said the Caton.

With the regular season right around the corner, the Vipers were tested against the Kings, who made the playoffs last season with 32 wins in the Mainland division.

“Prince George is a big physical team and they bring it every night. Our guys were up to the task tonight,” said assistant coach Eric Godard.

Added Guenther, “It was competitive, but games like that are fun for us.”

And physical it was, with scrums after several whistles and a pair of third period hits that will induce repercussion.

Ayden MacDonald of the Vipers seemed to drive his shoulder into the head of Rider Stoglin in the corner. Mintues later, Vernon’s Johnny Coughlin pushed Braiden Epp head first into the boards. Coughlin’s hit seemed a lot worse than it ended up to be. Both Vipers were handed a five-minute major and a game misconduct. By the book, players that receive a game misconduct are to be suspended two games. The league has yet to rule on MacDonald and Coughlin.

“I didn’t think any of the hits were malicious. The second one, the guy was going to retrieve a puck and he lost an edge before he hit him,” said Godard.

Epp skated off the ice and returned for a shift before leaving for the dressing room.

“I got them out for precautionary reasons. It’s exhibition and we want to be on the safe side with these things,” said Kings’ assistant coach Colton Buffe.

Lost in the game misconducts was the play of journeyman goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn. Schamerhorn was solid making 23 saves. He had to be sharp as the Vipers spent most of the third period killing majors.

“He has been solid all camp, battling, making big saves. It is a little out of my pay grade; that decision will be left to Kevin (Kraus),” said Godard, on who will be the opening night netminder.

Schamerhorn is competing with local product Danny Todosychuk.

The Vipers open their regular season next Friday in Chilliwack during the BCHL Showcase, when they battle the Cowichan Valley Capitals. Their home opener goes Saturday, Sept. 27, when they face the West Kelowna Warriors.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Exhibition: Vernon 4 Prince George 4

Thanks to the Prince George Spruce Kings twitter account for the great play by play report from tonight's game.

Game Summary:

1st Period:

Prince George Spruce Kings Taylor Allen from Michael Buonincontri & Brent Lashuk
Vernon Vipers (No goal report)
Prince George Spruce Kings Jeremiah Luedtke (PP) from Justin Rai & Matt Stief
Prince George Spruce Kings Justin Rai (PP) from Jeremiah Luedtke & Chad Staley

Vernon outshot Prince George 14-11

2nd Period:

Vernon Vipers (No goal report)

Vernon outshot Prince George 24-23

3rd Period:

Vernon Vipers Powerplay goal (No goal report)
Prince George Spruce Kings Taylor Allen from Michael Buonincontri
Vernon Vipers Powerplay goal (No goal report)

No shot total after 3rd period

Overtime (Three on three)

No Scoring

Vernon outshot Prince George 50-36 overall

Three Former Vipers Faceoff In Battle Of Alberta:

Thanks to Sport Check Viper fans get a chance to watch three former Vernon Vipers play tonight as the Calgary Flames prospects battle the Edmonton Oilers prospects in the 2014 Young Stars Classic live from Penticton.  Former Vipers forwards Kellen & Connor Jones (2006-2010) are playing for the Oilers while former Vipers defenceman Curtis Gedig (2009-10) is playing for Calgary.  Game starts at 7:30pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw-kIWk67k8

Game Preview: Exhibition: Vernon @ Prince George:

Vernon (3-1-0-0) @ Prince George (0-2-0-1) 7pm start

Tonight is the second game of a home and home series between the Vernon Vipers & Prince George Spruce Kings.  Vernon took game 1 last night 4-3 in overtime.  The Spruce Kings went 1-0-1-0 vs Vernon last season.

Last Game:

Friday, September 12th Vernon defeated Prince George 4-3 in overtime

Next Game:

Friday, September 19th (BCHL Showcase) Vernon vs Cowichan
Saturday, September 20th (BCHL Showcase) Prince George vs Nanaimo

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon is 37-19-2-4 vs. Prince George

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon has outscored Prince George 245-176

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 14-5-2-4 at home vs. Prince George

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 15-11-0-1 in Prince George

The Vipers are 6-2-1-1 in their last ten games at home vs. the Spruce Kings

The Vipers are 6-4-0-0 in their last ten games on the road vs. the Spruce Kings

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

The Vipers last win at home over Prince George was a 7-3 win on Sunday, March 4th 2012

Prince George's last win in Vernon was a 5-2 victory on Friday, September 28th 2012

The Vipers last win in Price George was a 5-4 overtime win on Friday, March 1st 2013

Prince George's last win at home over Vernon was a 3-0 victory on Friday, October 4th 2013

The Vipers went 0-1-1-0 vs Prince George last season

Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The Interior Division Conference Champion Vernon Vipers will finish the pre-season tonight in Prince George.  The Vipers are playing the second game of a home and home series with the Spruce Kings, took game 1 in Vernon last night 4-3 in overtime.  With the victory the Vipers improve to 3-1 in Exhibition action.  Vernon will start the regular season next weekend Friday and Saturday in Chilliwack at the BCHL Showcase when they take on Cowichan & Victoria.

Brett Mulcahy (30-15-45) lead the Vipers last season in goals with thirty

Michael McNicholas (23-46-69) lead the Vipers last season in points with sixty nine

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog

http://vipersvenom1.blogspot.ca/

Vernon Vipers 2013-14 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 58
Wins: 30
Losses: 18
Ties: 4
Overtime Losses: 6
Home Record: 17-6-3-3
Road Record: 13-12-1-3
Goals For: 187
Goals Against: 175
Place: 3rd Place
Streak: Finished the season with a two game losing streak

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Pre-Season Stats:

Games Played: 4
Wins: 3
Losses: 1
Ties: 0
Home Record: 3-0-0-0
Road Record: 0-1-0-0
Goals For: 15
Goals Against: 11
Streak: Two game winning streak

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

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

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

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

Vernon’s Home record vs. Prince George last season:

0-0-1-0

Vernon’s Road record vs. Prince George last season:

0-1-0-0

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Prince George last season:

Liam Coughlin (1-2-3)
Michael McNicholas (2-0-2)
Dexter Dancs (0-2-2)
Jared Wilson (0-1-1)
Tyler Povelofskie (1-0-1)
Jason Bird (0-1-1)

Danny Todosychuk (0-1 Record)
Austin Smith (0-0-1 Record)

-Vernon finished last season with the leagues 16th best powerplay

-Vernon finished last season with the leagues 9th best penalty kill



Lets take a look at the Prince George Spruce Kings:

The Prince George Spruce Kings return home for their first game on home ice this pre-season.  The Spruce Kings fell to 0-3 in the pre-season after Friday night's loss to the Vernon Vipers.  PG has surrendered twenty one goals in their three games open the BCHL Showcase next Saturday vs the Nanaimo Clippers.  Prince George has eleven players returning from last season's hockey team.

Chad Staley (29-33-62) lead the Spruce Kings last year in goals with twenty nine and in points with sixty two

Prince George Spruce Kings 2013-14 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 58
Wins: 32
Losses: 20
Ties: 4
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 17-10-1-1
Road Record: 15-10-3-1
Goals For: 192
Goals Against: 158
Place: 2nd Place (Mainland Division)
Streak: Finished the season with a two game losing streak

Prince George Spruce Kings 2014-15 Pre-Season Stats:

Games Played: 3
Wins: 0
Losses: 2
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 0-0-0-0
Road Record: 0-2-0-1
Goals For: 10
Goals Against: 21
Streak: Three game losing streak

Prince George Spruce Kings Returning Players:

Braiden Epp (96)
Riley Hawes (95)
Brent Lashuk (94)
Jake LeBrun (95)
Brogan O'Brien (97)
Stephen Penner (95)
Justin Rai (94)
Chad Staley (94)
Cole Todd (95)
Karan Toor (94)
Jesse Jenks (95)

Prince George Spruce Kings Departing & traded players from last years team:

Jeremiah Luedtke (94)
Christian Weidauer (93)
Mitch Eden (94)
Bryant Christian (93)
Skylar Pacheco (94)
Cooper Rush (93)
Danny Kiraly (95)
Marco Ballarin (95)
Matt Painchaud (96)
Sean Landrey (93)
Alex Murray (93)

Prince George’s Home record vs. Vernon last season:

1-0-0-0

Prince George’s Road record vs. Vernon last season:

0-0-1-0

Prince George’s scoring leaders vs. Vernon last season:

Chad Staley (3-2-5)
Jeremiah Luedtke (1-2-3)
Karan Toor (0-3-3)
Mitch Eden (1-1-2)
Christian Weidauer (2-0-2)
Jake LeBrun (0-1-1)
Bryant Christian (0-1-1)
Justin Rai (0-1-1)
Braiden Epp (0-1-1)

Alex Murray (1-0-1 Record)

-Prince George finished last season with the leagues 15th best powerplay

-The Spruce Kings finished last year with the league's 10th best penalty kill

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

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

Prince George Spruce Kings:

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=224095

Friday, September 12, 2014

Exhibition: Vernon 4 Prince George 3 Overtime

For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's BCHL Exhibition Vipers-Spruce Kings game as Vernon defeated Prince George 4-3 in overtime in front of a small crowd at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Jarrod Schamerhorn
Prince George: Jesse Jenks

1st Period: The Vipers come out with alot of jump early and often.  Jordan Low made a big defensive play early breaking up Ayden MacDonald's two on one.  Vernon showing their speed really carried the edge in play before getting an early five on three powerplay.  The first PP of the contest.  The Vipers with good puck control moved the puck around but didnt generate alot of great opportunities missing the net on several plays.  Late in the powerplay Thomas Aldworth with the only real good quality chance couldnt beat Jesse Jenks who made a big save as Vernon would get atleast six shots with the man advantage before PG would kill off the two man advantage.  The Vipers were all over the Spruce Kings in a very physical opening period with lots of hitting through out the period.  Vernon was outshooting the Spruce Kings 10-3 at the halfway mark.  Prince George would slowly get their game going in the second half, Michael Buonincontri and Cole Todd with two good opportunities would be denied by former Merritt Centennials goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn.  The Spruce Kings would get a late flurry of action inside the Viper zone playing a little better as the period went on.  Things heated up late in the period as both teams got into a mini scrum inside the PG blueline with several players getting involved.  Chad Staley speared Thomas Aldworth as the two were going to the penalty boxes.  Staley and Cole Todd were exchanging words in the penalty boxes with Aldworth and Kenny Citron.  After both teams were sperated Vernon would come out on top with their second powerplay of the evening.  TJ Dumonceaux would get stopped in the slot after Jenks made a nice save.  With time winding down in the man advantage the score clock stopped for several seconds while the play continued, The Vipers moved the puck around before Johnny Coughlin's point shot was redirected in front by TJ Dumonceaux giving Vernon a late 1-0 lead at 18:22 Coughlin & Riley Guenther collected the assists.  At the time of the goal the score clock was still not working, as the play was stopped after the Vipers goal as the score keepers tried fixing the score clock.  On the next play the score clock would stop working for a second time before it was fixed.  PG would get their first powerplay with just four seconds to go, giving them a man advantage to start the 2nd period.  It was 1-0 Vernon after 20 minutes of play.  Other then a few shifts the Vipers carried most of the play and had the better of the scoring chances.  The Vipers really used their speed but really didnt create alot of scoring chances.  The Spruce Kings were limited with the puck, didnt have alot of pressure in the Vernon zone.  The Vipers with a very good opening period.  The Vipers outshot the Spruce Kings 16-9.

2nd Period: Prince George started the period with the man advantage that was carried over from the opening period.  The Spruce Kings moved the puck around couldnt generate any real scoring chances, were limited in shots couldnt tie the game as Vernon would kill off the minor.  Shortly after PG would head back to the powerplay and again didnt get any real good looks with the man advantage as Vernon was able to kill off the powerplay.  The Spruce Kings looked much better this period carried the better of the play as the Vipers quit hitting and couldnt generate any offence.  Brent Lashuk with a great opportunity couldnt beat Vipers starting goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn.  Thomas Aldworth put the Vipers up by two after a quick low shot beat Jesse Jenks blocker side giving Vernon a 2-0 lead at 10:03 Linden Hora and Blaine Caton picked up the helpers.  Vernon who didnt seem to have the same jump or intensity they played with in the 1st did get two good chances shortly after Aldworth's goal.  MacKenzie Bauer couldnt beat Jenks at the side of the net before Trevor Fidler was stopped in front on a three on one.  Fidler would get sent to the penalty box on the play giving the Spruce Kings their third man advantage of the period.  But it was the Viper penalty kill that went to work, shorthanded Linden Hora setup Blaine Caton on a two on one giving the Vipers a 3-0 lead at 14:40 Hora with the only assist.  Vernon seemed to play a little better after getting two quick back to back goals but PG responded and had some good pressure just couldnt generate any real offensive chances.  The Vipers would get caught in their own zone late in the period, having troubles getting the puck out the Spruce Kings had Vernon hemmned in their own zone before getting on the board late.  Chad Staley fed a wide open Just Rai in the slot who beat Schamerhorn shortside at 19:10 as PG was down by two.  Staley and Michael Buonincontri picked up the helpers.  The Vipers were up 3-1 after 40 minutes of play.  Prince George started the period off with two early man advantages seemed to gain some confidence and played a much better period.  Even though the Vipers were outplayed for most of the second period, Vernon capitalized with back to back goals around the halfway mark jumped out to a comfortable three goal lead.  But the Spruce Kings didnt quit and got on the board late to get within two with one period remaining.  PG outshot Vernon 12-9.

3rd Period: The Spruce Kings come out with some good jump early come very close to getting within a goal after Jarrod Schamerhorn was caught out of his net in the opening minutes coughed up the puck as a PG player through the puck out front but luckily for the Vipers no Spruce Kings were open.  The Vipers come very close to re-taking a three goal lead.  Three minutes into the period Branden Wagner setup Ayden MacDonald on a two on one but MacDonald couldnt finish in close.  On the same play MacDonald would get tossed from the contest after given a five minute major for checking to the head.  A scrum broke loose after the hit as the Spruce Kings went after MacDonald.  PG would also pick up a penalty on the melay after the check as both teams played four on four before Prince George would get a full three minute powerplay.  Jeremiah Luedtke on the man advantage spotted Brogan O'Brien in the slot beat Schamerhorn cutting the Vernon lead to within a goal at 6:54 Luedtke & Brent Lashuk with the assists.  Less then two minutes later the Justin Rai tied the game 3-3 at 8:24 Chad Staley and Valik Chichkin with the helpers.  The Vipers come right back on a two on one couldnt capitalize missing the goal.  Vernon started to pick up the physical play laying out some big checks, come very close to some marginal hits on a few checks.  Both teams had a few flurries of chances but it was the Vipers with the better quality chances.  With just over six minutes remaining the Vipers would get their second five minute major of the night, lost Johnny Coughlin for checking from behind as the Spruce Kings with a huge powerplay to almost finish the game.  But another strong penalty kill by the Vipers ate up alot of time off the clock with a big penalty kill.  TJ Dumonceaux setup Anthony Latina who couldnt beat Spruce Kings starting goaltender Jesse Jenks in the final few minutes before PG would take a late penalty sending both teams to four on four before Vernon would get a late powerplay.  Unable to capitalize the Vipers with a hard working last few shifts come on strong late were really buzzing in and around the Prince George net tried setting up a few late opportunities couldnt quite finish in front before the buzzer sounded.  The game was tied 3-3 after 60 minutes of play.  Both teams with a few good chances but it was the Vipers that had the better of the opportunities.  PG didnt quit scored two quick back to back goals forced overtime.  The Vipers with a few undisaplined penalties couldnt stay out of the penalty box this period.  The Vipers outshot PG 13-5.

Overtime: Off the opening faceoff Justin Rai with a great chance in close couldnt beat Jarrod Schamerhorn in front before the Vipers broke out.  Thomas Aldworth carried the puck up ice before setting up Luke Voltin in the slot went glovehand past Jesse Jenks for the OT winner giving Vernon the 4-3 lead at :38 Aldworth with the lone assist on the game winner.  Vernon outshot Prince George 2-1.

Top Players: (Vernon)

Jake Emilio I thought played very well on the Vipers blueline.

Trevor Fidler played with alot of jump and energy.  Was really skating hard, played well tonight.

MacKenzie Bauer was another rookie that played and worked hard all game.

Linden Hora (2 assists) I thought looked fairly good through out tonight's game.

Thomas Aldworth (1 goal & 1 assist) Is going to be the Vipers best player this season.  This kid stands out from the rest of the group, a real strong skater, moves the puck up ice, soft hands, a bigger body thats hard to knock off the puck.  Has really been impressive during Training Camp and these pre-season games.

Luke Voltin (OT Winner) I thought really battled and competed hard all night, this kid worked hard, was always on the fly, banging and crashing down low.  Played with alot of energy.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

I really liked the Vipers game in the 1st, I thought Vernon come out of the gates with a very strong effort.  The Vipers really used their speed and slick passing to create a few good opportunities didnt generate alot of chances in that opening period, did manage to get pucks to the net.  The Vipers carried most of the play outplayed PG but were only rewarded for one goal.  I didnt think Vernon looked as good in the 2nd period but give credit to the Spruce Kings who seemed to tighten up a bit and eventually get some pressure in the Viper zone.  Even though PG outplayed the Vipers in the middle frame, give credit to Vernon who scored twice jumping out to a 3-0 lead.  The Vipers couldnt seem to get through the neutral zone, were caught deep in their own zone had troubles coming out of their own end.  Vernon would give up two early back to back goals in the third didnt panic managed to create and generate some good looks, got into penalty trouble in the 3rd but were able to hold on and get the win in the extra period.  Vernon played hard all night and competed, this is what we want to see.  The Vipers didnt back down from the phycial play or the scrums.  Overall I thought tonight was a pretty good entertaining Exhibition game with lots of big hits, a few scrums and some nice goals at both ends.  Give full credit to Kevin Kraus and Eric Godard who only taking over from Jason Williamson last weekend, looked to have this team playing with some systems.  I was impressed with their passing, especially in the 1st and their breakout.  The powerplay even though didnt generate alot did have good puck possesion and good puck movement.  The penalty kill even though giving up a powerplay goal scored once shorthanded and created several shorthanded oportunities.  The Vipers were very aggresive on the penalty kill limited PG's opportunities.  The Vipers generated alot of odd man rushes and the kids looked to gel together tonight.  I saw alot of good things on the ice as well as behind the bench through out the game.  With the win the Vipers improve to 3-1 during the pre-season.

Top Players: (Prince George)

Justin Rai (2 goals) Didnt notice him much in the 1st period but as the game went on, seemed to stand out and get involved in the play.  Has a quick release, goes to the net alot.

Michael Buonincontri (1 assist) Was one of PG's better forwards tonight.  A good skater seemed to get involved in the play through out the game.

Cole Todd played a fiesty yet physical game, throwing his weight around I thought looked good for the Spruce Kings.

Brent Lashuk (1 assist) Also impressed me tonight.  A bigger body that was hard to contain down low played well.  Goes to the net, had a few chances tonight from in close.

Jordan Low played very well on Prince George's blueline.  Made several smart heads up plays on the backend.  Saw alot of icetime.

Jesse Jenks (36 saves) Played well between the pipes for PG.  Kept the Spruce Kings in the contest in that opening period after Vernon fired 16 shots on the goaltender.  Couldnt be faulted on any of the Vipers four goals.

Game Thought's: (Prince George)

The Spruce Kings fall to 0-3 in Exhibition play didnt get off to a great start.  I thought PG was physical early and often had troubles containing the Vipers speed and skill.  The Spruce Kings were lucky they were only down just a goal after the first twenty minutes.  PG was outplayed in the first period but come on and seemed to get their game going in the 2nd and 3rd periods but just didnt seem to have that offensive touch getting very little great opportunities.  PG managed a few good chances but overall didnt get alot of pressure in the Vernon zone.  The Spruce Kings gave up way too many odd man rushes couldnt capitalize with two five minute majors in the 3rd.  Give Prince George credit they didnt quit, they battled and played hard all night tied the game in the 3rd but couldnt put the Vipers away with the powerplay.  For two teams that dont see much of each other during the regular season, sure played with alot of emotion tonight in a very fiesty game with several scrums breaking out.  Tomorrow's rematch in PG should be very interesting.

They didnt announce the scratches or three stars

Here is tonight's lineup-rosters

Vernon:

Danny Todosychuk
Jarrod Schamerhorn

Kenny Citron
Ryley Booth
Mitchell Oliver
Jake Emilio
Liam Coughlin (didnt play)
Riley Guenther
Blaine Caton
Anthony Latina
Jagger Williamson
TJ Dumonceaux
Trevor Fidler
MacKenzie Bauer
Linden Hora
Luke Shiplo (didnt play)
Thomas Aldworth
Luke Voltin
Riley Brandt
Branden Wagner
Ayden MacDonald
Johnny Coughlin

Prince George:

Jesse Jenks
Bailey Depalma (didnt play)
Alex Brooks-Potts

Stephen Penner
Alexander Stoley
Jake McCarthy
Frankie Spellman
Jake LeBrun
Justin Rai
Karan Toor
Michael Buonincontri
Riley Hawes
Jeremiah Luedtke
Cole Todd
Marco Ballarin
Matt Stief
Brent Lashuk
Kyle Lohmann
Chad Staley
Brogan O'Brien
Rider Stoglin
Valik Chichkin
Jordan Low
Braiden Epp
Taylor Allen

Vipers Flooded With Coaching Interest:

This is posted on the Kiss FM website:

Vipers Flooded With Coaching Interest

Written by Peter McIntyre Friday, 12 September 2014

There's no shortage of interest in the Vernon Vipers coaching job.

Team owner Duncan Wray says he's had close to two dozen people state an interest in the coach/GM position, vacated by Jason Williamson for personal reasons Monday.

"There are people coming from places I've never heard of, that are looking for this job. Vernon must be a great place to be because they're all wanting to be here," Wray tells Kiss FM.

Pictured: Duncan Wray, Vernon Vipers owner

Wray says it's not the best time to be looking for a coach, given that most hockey programs are underway.

"But there are a lot of people still willing to make a move," he says, adding some of the applicants are out of work, while others are with teams.

Wray says finalizing a deal may take a while.

"I think the negotiations with whoever I decide will be somewhat protracted, but we'll see. I don't think it will be 'Okay, the job is yours.' I think we will have to sit down and discuss what the job entails and what I expect. It could take a while, or it could come next week."

Wray says he's not necessarily looking for one person to be coach and GM

"We've kind of restructured the whole organization for the last couple of coaches I've had. It's probably coach and director of hockey operations. The management and business of the team is more (assistant GM) Todd (Miller's) area."

Mark Ferner's name has been mentioned but Wray would not officially confirm if he's a candidate as he currently works for the Kamloops Blazers.

"Is he in the mix? Well, we will see," states Wray.

Ferner coached the Vipers to back to back RBC Cups in 2009 and 2010.

Wray says interim head coach Kevin Kraus is also being considered.

The Vipers (2-1) close out the BCHL pre season this weekend with games against the Prince George Spruce Kings (0-2) tonight in Vernon and Saturday in PG.

They start the regular season next Friday against the Cowichan Valley Capitals at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack.

Game Preview: Exhibition: Prince George @ Vernon:

Prince George (0-2-0-0) @ Vernon (2-1-0-0) 7pm start

Tonight is the first game of a home and home series between the Vernon Vipers & Prince George Spruce Kings.  The Spruce Kings went 1-0-1-0 vs Vernon last season.

Last Game:

Saturday, September 6th Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 4-2
Tuesday, September 9th Salmon Arm defeated Prince George 8-5

Next Game:

Saturday, September 13th Vernon @ Prince George

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon is 37-19-2-4 vs. Prince George

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon has outscored Prince George 245-176

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 14-5-2-4 at home vs. Prince George

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 15-11-0-1 in Prince George

The Vipers are 6-2-1-1 in their last ten games at home vs. the Spruce Kings

The Vipers are 6-4-0-0 in their last ten games on the road vs. the Spruce Kings

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

The Vipers last win at home over Prince George was a 7-3 win on Sunday, March 4th 2012

Prince George's last win in Vernon was a 5-2 victory on Friday, September 28th 2012

The Vipers last win in Price George was a 5-4 overtime win on Friday, March 1st 2013

Prince George's last win at home over Vernon was a 3-0 victory on Friday, October 4th 2013

The Vipers went  0-1-1-0 vs Prince George last season




Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The Interior Division Conference Champion Vernon Vipers are playing their final home exhibition game tonight vs the visiting Prince George Spruce Kings.  Thursday the Vipers released their 22 man roster for this season as Vernon will play the final two pre-season games with their regular season roster.  The Vipers are coming off a 4-2 win over the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday, splitting the home and home series with the Backs.  Vernon is 2-1 this pre-season are 2-0 at home.

Brett Mulcahy (30-15-45) lead the Vipers last season in goals with thirty

Michael McNicholas (23-46-69) lead the Vipers last season in points with sixty nine

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Vernon Vipers 2013-14 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 58
Wins: 30
Losses: 18
Ties: 4
Overtime Losses: 6
Home Record: 17-6-3-3
Road Record: 13-12-1-3
Goals For: 187
Goals Against: 175
Place: 3rd Place
Streak: Finished the season with a two game losing streak

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Pre-Season Stats:

Games Played: 3
Wins: 2
Losses: 1
Ties: 0
Home Record: 2-0-0-0
Road Record: 0-1-0-0
Goals For: 11
Goals Against: 8
Streak: One game winning streak

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

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

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

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

Vernon’s Home record vs. Prince George last season:

0-0-1-0

Vernon’s Road record vs. Prince George last season:

0-1-0-0

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Prince George last season:

Liam Coughlin (1-2-3)
Michael McNicholas (2-0-2)
Dexter Dancs (0-2-2)
Jared Wilson (0-1-1)
Tyler Povelofskie (1-0-1)
Jason Bird (0-1-1)

Danny Todosychuk (0-1 Record)
Austin Smith (0-0-1 Record)

-Vernon finished last season with the leagues 16th best powerplay

-Vernon finished last season with the leagues 9th best penalty kill



Lets take a look at the Prince George Spruce Kings:

The Prince George Spruce Kings are coming off a 8-5 loss in 100 Mile House to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.  PG has yet to win a game this pre-season are 0-2 will finish the exhibition schedule this weekend with a home and home series vs the Vernon Vipers.  The Spruce Kings have been outscored 17-7 in both pre-season games have eleven players returning from last year's team.  After tonight Prince George will make just one visit to Vernon during the regular season in early January.   

Chad Staley (29-33-62) lead the Spruce Kings last year in goals with twenty nine and in points with sixty two

Prince George Spruce Kings 2013-14 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 58
Wins:  32
Losses: 20
Ties: 4
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 17-10-1-1
Road Record: 15-10-3-1
Goals For: 192
Goals Against: 158
Place: 2nd Place (Mainland Division)
Streak: Finished the season with a two game losing streak

Prince George Spruce Kings 2014-15 Pre-Season Stats:

Games Played: 2
Wins: 0
Losses: 2
Ties: 0
Home Record: 0-0-0-0
Road Record: 0-2-0-0
Goals For: 7
Goals Against: 17
Streak: Two game losing streak

Prince George Spruce Kings Returning Players:

Braiden Epp (96)
Riley Hawes (95)
Brent Lashuk (94)
Jake LeBrun (95)
Brogan O'Brien (97)
Stephen Penner (95)
Justin Rai (94)
Chad Staley (94)
Cole Todd (95)
Karan Toor (94)
Jesse Jenks (95)

Prince George Spruce Kings Departing & traded players from last years team:

Jeremiah Luedtke (94)
Christian Weidauer (93)
Mitch Eden (94)
Bryant Christian (93)
Skylar Pacheco (94)
Cooper Rush (93)
Danny Kiraly (95)
Marco Ballarin (95)
Matt Painchaud (96)
Sean Landrey (93)
Alex Murray (93)

Prince George’s Home record vs. Vernon last season:

1-0-0-0

Prince George’s Road record vs. Vernon last season:

0-0-1-0

Prince George’s scoring leaders vs. Vernon last season:

Chad Staley (3-2-5)
Jeremiah Luedtke (1-2-3)
Karan Toor (0-3-3)
Mitch Eden (1-1-2)
Christian Weidauer (2-0-2)
Jake LeBrun (0-1-1)
Bryant Christian (0-1-1)
Justin Rai (0-1-1)
Braiden Epp (0-1-1)

Alex Murray (1-0-1 Record)

-Prince George finished last season with the leagues 15th best powerplay

-The Spruce Kings finished last year with the league's 10th best penalty kill

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

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

Prince George Spruce Kings:

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=224095

Zalewski On NHL Mission:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Zalewski on NHL mission
               
by  Emanuel Sequeira - Vernon Morning Star

Sep 12, 2014

PENTICTON – Mike Zalewski got the rookie treatment by the Vancouver Canucks in his pro debut.

It was April 12 at Rexall Place as the Canucks were set to face the Edmonton Oilers. The former Vernon Viper was the lone skater doing pre-game laps.

“It was funny. I kind of saw it coming,” said Zalewski as his Canuck teammates watched him from the tunnel before joining. “It’s a pretty fun time. One of the cooler experiences I’ve had. I think they let me go for three or four laps. By the end I felt a little uncomfortable and was really hoping they would just join me. Everybody gets a good laugh out of that. I think it’s a pretty cool thing for them to do.”

Zalewski, 22, also dressed for the final regular season game against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena and collected his first NHL assist in 12:28 of ice time.

“It was really an unbelievable month I had,” said Zalewski, who signed with the Canucks as a free agent following a two-year career with the NCAA Rensselair Polytech Institute Engineers.

“A really cool experience. Spend a month playing with the players at that level. Overall it was just a blast. Hoping to do the same this year.”

When Zalewski takes to the ice with the Canucks for their first game against the Edmonton Oilers in the Young Stars Classic tonight at the South Okanagan Events Centre, he’s using what he’s learned to impress the new Canuck brass.

“It’s a great opportunity to give them a first look how I can play the game,” said Zalewski, who earned a silver medal with the Vipers at the RBC Cup in 2010-11. “How I can play in every zone.”

Zalewski is coming in with confidence and focused to play his game.  In 71 games with the Engineers, the New Yorker rang up 21 goals and 47 points.

The big forward said the difference from college is that “everybody is on the same level when you get to the NHL.

“Everybody is so good. So skilled and so smart in the way they play. Things happen fast and it definitely took a little bit of getting used to.”

Coming back to Penticton gives him flashbacks of the intense games he had with the Vipers against the Vees.

“I’m pretty excited for the opportunity. “I know some people form Vernon that will be able to come down and watch. I’m really looking forward to that.”

Vernon and the offensive-minded BCHL hold a special place for Zalewski

“It allows guys to play more creative and open and gain confidence,” he said. “My second year I benefited from that the most. Good competition, playing in some fun atmospheres. Being there for two years was great.”

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Roster:

The BCHL listed the Vernon Vipers 2014-15 roster on the league website today, Here's a look at this year's Vipers.

Goaltenders:
 
Danny Todosychuk (94) 5'11 181 lbs Vernon, BC (Returning for forth season)
Jarrod Schamerhorn (95) 6'2 183 lbs Kelowna, BC (Acquired in July from Merritt)
 
Defence:
 
Kenny Citron (95) 6'1 181 lbs Hartsdale, NY (Returning for second season)
Riley Guenther (94) 6'0 181 lbs Calgary, AB (Returning for second season)
Johnny Coughlin (95) 6'3 201 lbs Fairport, NY (Committed for this season)
Riley Booth (96) 6'1 174 lbs Armstrong, BC (Committed for this season)
Jake Emilio (94) 6'0 190 lbs Woodbridge, ON (Acquired in August from Cobourg Cougars)
Mitchell Oliver (97) 6'0 175 lbs Kelowna, BC (Committed for this season)
Luke Shiplo (95) 5'9 183 lbs Oakville, ON (Committed for this season)

Forwards:
 
TJ Dumonceaux (94) 5'9 159 lbs Kelowna, BC (Returning for third season)
Thomas Aldworth (95) 6'0 181 lbs Keller, TX (Committed for this season)
MacKenzie Bauer (96) 5'9 165 lbs Three Hills, Alberta
Linden Hora (96) 5'9 161 lbs Kelowna, BC (Committed for this season)
Blaine Caton (97) 6'0 160 lbs Vernon, BC (Committed for this season)
Riley Brandt (96) 5'8 185 lbs Trail, BC
Liam Coughlin (94) 6'3 201 lbs South Boston, MA (Returning for second season)
Branden Wagner (96) 5'7 126 lbs Kelowna, BC (Committed for this season)
Jagger Williamson (98) 5'7 150 lbs Lumby, BC (Committed for this season)
Luke Voltin (95) 6'0 195 lbs Blaine, MN
Trevor Fidler (95) 5'10 174 lbs Watertown, MA (Committed for this season)
Anthony Latina (94) 5'10 189 lbs Toronto, ON (Acquired in August from Carleton Place Canadians)
Ayden MacDonald (96) 6'4 195 lbs Langley, BC (Committed for this season)
 

Behind The Bench With Former Vernon Viper Forward Luke Pierce:

Learn about Former Vernon Vipers forward Luke Pierce's road to coaching his hometown Centennials and being named Assistant Coach to Team Canada West at the 2014 World Junior A Challenge.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnZZ25a2q40&index=1&list=PLva3LnqNleuON75lgh7FGEDkaDqK5YxRz

Pierce played his final year of Junior hockey in Vernon (2003-04) after being aquired from the Merritt Centennials for future considerations on June, 10th 2003. In 53 regular season games with the Vipers Pierce collected (7-goals-21-assists-28-points).

Luke Pierce's Player-Coaches Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=136883

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vipers Moving On After Major Change:

This is posted on the Kiss FM website:

Vipers Moving On After Major Change

Written by Peter McIntyre

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Vernon Vipers are getting back on track after a shocking start to the week.

Fourth year head coach and general manager Jason Williamson left the BC Hockey League team for personal reasons on Monday.

Assistant coach Kevin Kraus was named the interim head coach, and Kraus has decided on the final player cuts, to get the roster down to a season-ready 22.

Defencemen Chris Harper and Liam Feeney were released Tuesday, while d-men Jordan Bolton and Mathieu Jallabert along with forward Kyle Tanev, the 20 year old brother of Vancouver Canuck Chris Tanev, were cut earlier.

Kraus says their goalies will be Vernon product Danny Todosychuk, who the coach says will be the number one, and former WHL'er 19 year old Jarrod Schamerhorn, a Kelowna native.

"We're very confident in our goaltending. We've got two veteran guys. Danny is in his fourth year and Schamerhorn has Western League experience (14 games last season with Portland and Lethbridge)

Kraus talked to Kiss FM about suddenly being thrust into the interim head coaching role with Williamson's resignation.

"It was unexpected by everyone here, and it came as a shock, but we're trying to move forward and keep things as normal as possible," says Krause, a 25 year old from Garden Grove California, a member of the Vipers RBC Cup winning teams in 2009 and 2010.

Kraus says he's not making any big changes from what Williamson had in place.

"Jason did a great job of setting this team up. This is basically the team he had going, and I'm just going to keep coaching them."

Team owner Duncan Wray is looking for a permanent replacement for both jobs, and Kraus has let Wray know, he would be interested in become the permanent head coach.

"He (Wray) is obviously fielding resumes, but as far as I know, he's still just fielding them, and hasn't made a decision. I definitely let him know I'd be interested. If he would be comfortable with that, then I would as well," says Kraus who is helped out by assistant coach Eric Godard, a former NHL'er.

Vipers Search For New Head Coach:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers search for new head coach
       
Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Sep 10, 2014

Duncan Wray conducted three phone interviews before lunch Tuesday morning as the search for a new head coach/GM of the Vernon Vipers begins.

Jason Williamson left the B.C. Hockey League franchise Saturday for personal reasons. Wray, the team’s longtime owner, addressed the Vipers after their exhibition win over the Salmon Arm SilverBacks Saturday night.

“It boggles my mind how many resumes we are getting from all over North America,” said Wray. “We’re going to get something done in the next while, as long as it takes to get the right man.”

Williamson, 33, was set to enter his fourth year as the bench boss and eighth season overall with the Vipers’ coaching staff.

Last season, the former Viper captain guided the team to the Interior Conference title and a semifinal appearance at the RBC Cup.

Added Wray: “Jason has decided he needs some time away from the game to get his affairs in order and I respect that. He has been great for our hockey club and will be missed, however, we must move forward.”

Assistant Kevin Kraus is the interim head coach/GM, while Eric Godard will increase his role as an assistant coach.

“I’m confident in what Kevin can do in the short-term with Eric’s help, but it’s unlikely to be a permanent thing, and he’s content with that,” said Wray.

Kraus, a Californian, served as head coach/GM of the KIJHL Revelstoke Grizzlies for two years before working as an assistant coach under Troy Mick with the BCHL Salmon Arm SilverBacks last season.

“I think I’m ready to handle the load,” said Kraus, who was captain of the 2009-10 Royal Bank Cup champion Snakes. “None of us expected this to happen, but Jason did a good job recruiting and setting up the team for success.”

Said Viper captain Riley Guenther: “It was a little bit of a shock to us; we weren’t really expecting this. We know he has his reasons and we respect him for doing what he has to do.

“The mood is fine with everyone; we need to keep moving forward. Nothing changes for us; we need to keep focused on what we are doing. The morale is OK.”

Guenther said the sudden coaching switch won’t  change his role.

“I don’t think so. I’m here to make sure guys are still on board with what we have going on. Duncan told us he is trying to get it done sooner than later. But we are ready to go with Krauser for now.”

Kraus and Godard both played in the Western Hockey League and with Kraus being a d-man and Godard a forward, they should bring a solid dynamic to the bench.

Kraus isn’t going to rewrite the Vipers’ playbook now that he’s in charge.

“We’re just getting the team ready for the Showcase (Sept. 19 in Chilliwack versus Cowichan Valley Capitals). We want to be a puck-possession team. We don’t want to give up too many goals, but we don’t want to limit our offence.”

The Vipers play a final pair of exhibition games this weekend with Prince George Spruce Kings visiting Friday at 6 p.m. The teams battle Saturday night in Prince George.

Aldworth Chains Up SilverBacks:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Aldworth chains up SilverBacks

Tyler Lowey - Vernon Morning Star

Sep 10, 2014

More than 3,400 kilometres away from his home in Texas, Thomas Aldworth was bearing a bike chain necklace that UFC fighter Rampage Jackson would have been proud of and celebrating a win with his new teammates.

Aldworth’s two goals and one assist carried the Vernon Vipers to a 4-2 victory over the Salmon Arm SilverBacks in B.C. Hockey League exhibition play Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

“I was using my speed well on their deemen, driving wide and working with my linemates well tonight,” said the five-foot-11 Aldworth.

With the Vipers trailing by one in the second frame, Aldworth took a feed inside the blue line and ripped it blocker side, top shelf from inside the right faceoff dot.

Aldworth added an empty-netter and was awarded the player of the game bike chains by captain Riley Guenther after the game. The Snakes outshot the Backs 37-30.

“My linemates were great tonight, (Luke) Voltin and (Linden) Hora were great,” said Aldworth. “We are starting to come together as a team and hang out off the ice. It has been really fun so far.”

The Vipers responded from surrendering three third-period goals the night before as the SilverBacks iced the Snakes 3-2 in Salmon Arm.

“We simplified our game more tonight. We weren’t trying to go through guys at the offensive blue line, instead, we drove more pucks in deep and on the net,” said interim Vipers’ head coach Kevin Kraus.

Kraus was named the interim head coach on Monday following Jason Williamson’s departure from the organization for personal reasons.

Guenther was given credit for the game winner, but he admits that he was making his way off the ice when the puck went in.

“(Jake) Emilio actually scored the winner. I dumped the puck to Alds (Aldworth) and he cycled it, the puck got thrown on net and Emilio got a nice rebound in the slot and it went top corner,” said Guenther.

Local product Danny Todosychuk started between the pipes for the Vipers in his graduating year. After allowing a powerplay goal early in the first, Todosychuk stood tall the rest of the way with 30 saves.

The Vipers (2-1) are entering their third week of camp and the team is beginning to develop an identity with a few more roster selections to be made.

“We will be a lot different than last year,” said Guenther, who enters his second season with the Snakes. “We need to be a lot more simple this year and hard-working. Once we start to gel, we can be a bit more creative, but for now, we need to stick to the basics.”

The Snakes are close to figuring out their final roster. They released Matthew Jallbart, Kyle Tanev and Jordan Boulton. They have 24 players made up of 13 forwards, nine defencemen and a pair of goalies.

“We need to cut two more defencemen and I haven’t figured out what I am doing with that last forward spot,” said Kraus. “I’m not sure if the moves will be made this week or after the final two games.”

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Indians Release Former Viper Morgan:

The Cleveland Indians have released former Vernon
Vipers defenceman Nyjer Morgan.

Morgan was in his first season with the Indians, signed a Minor League contract with the Indians on January 16th 2014 before earning a roster spot with the Major League Club on March 24th 2014. Morgan returned to the Majors after playing last season in Japan where he spent the 2013-14 season with the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) Yokohama DeNa BayStars.

Morgan signed with the BayStars on January 23rd 2013 after spending the previous two seasons with the MLB Milwaukee Brewers before electing free agency, a day after the Brewers hastened his departure by outrighting him from the 40-man roster.

Morgan was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 33rd round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. On September 1st 2007 Morgan made his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Milwaukee Brewers as a late-season call-up. On June 30 2009 Morgan was traded to the Washington Nationals along with pitcher Sean Burnett in exchange for outfielder Lastings Milledge and pitcher Joel Hanrahan. On March 27 2011 Morgan was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for prospect Cutter Dykstra (son of baseball player Lenny Dykstra). Morgan played for three MLB teams, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Washington before heading to Japan.  Morgan attended the Vernon Vipers Training camp in 1996-97.  Morgan played as an "AP" as a 16 year old with the Vipers during the (1996-1997) season while playing with the KIJHL North Okanagan Kings.

Nyjer Morgan's Player Profile:

http://cleveland.indians.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=460579#gameType='R'&sectionType=career&statType=1&season=2014&level='ALL'

This is posted on the MLB.com website:

Knee woes lead to Morgan's release by Tribe

Tomlin recalled; rookie outfielder Holt optioned to create roster space

By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com | August 5, 2014

CLEVELAND -- Nyjer Morgan brought energy and offense during his brief stint with the Indians early this season. An unfortunate knee injury led to an extended stay on the disabled list, ending Morgan's season and ultimately leading to his release.

Prior to Tuesday's game against the Reds, the Indians activated Morgan from the 60-day disabled list and promptly released the veteran outfielder, making him a free agent. Cleveland also recalled right-hander Josh Tomlin from Triple-A Columbus to start against Cincinnati.

"He's not going to be available for the rest of the year," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Morgan. "So, [general manager Chris Antonetti] talked to him, and it was a mutual cutting of the cord."

To clear room for Tomlin on the active roster, the Tribe optioned rookie outfielder Tyler Holt back to Columbus. During his two stints in the Majors, Holt's locker had "T. Hush" written on tape over his nameplate. That was a play off Morgan's alter ego, "Tony Plush."

The 34-year-old Morgan made Cleveland's Opening Day roster as a non-roster Spring Training invitee, giving the club insurance while center fielder Michael Bourn dealt with a left hamstring injury. Bourn is again on the 15-day DL with a hamstring issue, but Michael Brantley has handled center and Cleveland acquired Chris Dickerson in a trade with the Pirates last month to play left.

In 15 games with the Indians this season, Morgan hit .341 (14-for-41) with one home run, six RBIs and eight runs scored. The outfielder's stellar start with the Tribe hit a serious snag on May 14, when Morgan sprained his right knee on an awkward catch attempt during Cleveland's 15-4 road win over Toronto.

"He really helped us," Francona said. "He gave us a spark, especially at the beginning of the season when he was playing center field and leading off. He was getting on base a ton. It was unfortunate for him that that happened, because I think he felt like he had a lot to prove. He came back and was proving it."

Monday, September 8, 2014

Vernon Vipers GM/Head Coach Resigns:

This is posted on the Hockeytube website:

Vernon Vipers GM/Head Coach Resigns

Posted by HockeyTube on Sep 8th, 2014

Vernon Vipers GM & Head Coach Jason Williamson announced this morning that he would be stepping down from his position with the six time National Champion Vernon Vipers. Citing personal reasons, Williamson informed owner Dr. Duncan Wray that he would not be continuing with the team.

Click the link below for an interview with Vipers owner Duncan Wray,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkM_jLzkOo0

OFFICIAL TEAM PRESS RELEASE

The Vernon Vipers would like to announce that General Manager and Head Coach
Jason Williamson has stepped down from his position due to personal reasons.
Williamson was set to enter his 4th year as the bench boss and 8th season overall.
Last season he guided the team to a conference title and a semi final appearance at
the RBC Cup.

Vernon Vipers President and Owner Duncan Wray respects the decision. “Jason has
decided he needs some time away from the game to get his affairs in order and I
respect that. He has been great for our hockey club and will be missed however we
must move forward”

The club will immediately begin the search for Williamson’s replacement in the
mean time Kevin Kraus has been named interim Head Coach while Eric Godard will
increase his role as an assistant coach.

The Vipers will play a final pair of exhibition games this weekend with Prince
George visiting Friday (7pm) and the return match-up in Prince George on Saturday.
The regular season home opener for Vernon is September 27th vs West Kelowna.

Rockets Add Former Vernon Viper Soleway To Teams Prospects List:

Alan Caldwell over at small thoughts at large (WHL Blog) posted every WHL team's 2014-15 prospects list. This only includes players who were not WHL regulars last year. If a kid played more than 20-30 games or so in the WHL last year, he's not on these lists.

The WHL Kelowna Rockets have former Vernon Vipers forward Jedd Soleway as one of fourty three players listed on their 2014-15 prospects list.

Soleway is entering his second season with the University of Wisconsin Badgers this coming season, attended the Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Pre-Draft combine last year and the Arizona Coyotes development camp in July. In 35 games last year with the Badgers Soleway collected (1-goal-7-assists-8-points). Soleway played a season and a half in Vernon (2011-2012) before being traded to Penticton in his second season with the Vipers on December 5th 2012 for forward Dexter Dancs. In 84 games with the Vipers Soleway collected (18-goals-24-assists-37-points). Soleway was drafted 193rd overall in the 7th Round by the Phoenix Coyotes at the 2013 NHL entry Draft.

Jedd Soleway's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=102264

Sunday, September 7, 2014

SilverBacks Shade Vipers:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

SilverBacks shade Vipers

Sep 7, 2014

The Salmon Arm SilverBacks’ third-period push was too much to handle as they iced the Vernon Vipers 3-2 in B.C. Hockey League exhibition play Friday night at the Shaw Centre.

“They put the pedal down in the third and separated from us and we made mistakes. Our younger dee struggled a bit and that is something we will work on,” said Vipers’ GM/head coach Jason Williamson.

The Vipers (1-1) carried a lead into the final frame on goals from Hartsdale, N.Y. native Kenny Citron and Texan Thomas Aldworth.

Keller, Tx. isn’t normally a breeding ground for BCHL hockey players, but Aldworth was spotted while at the same  prep school as Liam Coughlin out East.
Coughlin finally arrived at Vipers’ camp Thursday afternoon.

The South Boston product saw some ice time, but there was evident rust on his skates after missing the first half of camp.

“Coughlin needs to be better,” said Williamson.

Last year’s Rookie of the Year earned 18 goals and 45 points for the Snakes last season.

Despite being eligible to return to the Vipers this year, Michael McNicholas will be attending the University of New Hampshire instead.

Williamson has been aiming to finalize his roster this weekend, but some of the bubble players are making the decision a difficult one.

“Some of those guys played really well last night and some didn’t. This is going to be tough,” said Williamson.

New netminder Jarrod Schamerhorn played all 60 minutes and has logged time in the WHL and BCHL over the past two years. He played in 14 games last season with the Portland Winterhawks and Lethbridge Hurricanes with a .849 save percentage. He has also played in 10 games over the past two years with the Nanaimo Clippers and Merritt Centennials.

The Vipers and SilverBacks danced again Saturday night at Kal Tire Place, one day after new assistant coach Kevin Kraus’ 25th birthday.

The Vipers have a final home and home exhibition series with the Prince George Spruce Kings starting Friday at Kal Tire Place before the games count for real. The Vipers open their season Sept. 19 against the Cowichan Valley Capitals in Chilliwack at the BCHL Showcase.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Exhibition: Vernon 4 Salmon Arm 2

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 Exhibiton game as Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 4-2 at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Danny Todosychuk
Salmon Arm: Angus Redmond

1st Period: The Vipers looked to get an early jump on the Silverbacks, Vernon seemed to be firing pucks on goal early in the opening few minutes before the Silverbacks would get the games first powerplay before the five minute mark.  Just fourteen seconds into the man advantage Phil Middleton's point shot come off the back glass hitting Andy Chugg in front going past Danny Todosychuk at 4:29 giving Salmon Arm the early lead.  Middleton & Mitch Hutchinson collected the helpers.  This goal seemed to give the Backs a little momentum.  Seven minutes into the contest #18 (wasnt on the lineup sheet) beat the Salmon Arm d-man along the boards cut left before going hard to the net on a parcial breakaway but couldnt control the puck looked to have Angus Redmond beat but lost the puck going to the net on a close call.  Just a few minutes later Trever Fidler setup Liam Feeney on a two on one but Feeney couldnt hit the net from in close.  On the same shift the same two come right back on another odd man rush, this time Fidler setup Feeney in front who was robbed by Silverbacks starting goaltender Angus Redmond who come across the crease to make a big pad save off the Vernon defenceman.  The following play Mitch Hutchinson lead the Backs on an odd man rush snapped a quick shot from the circle couldnt beat Vipers starting goaltender Danny Todosychuk who made a nice blocker save.  In the second half Salmon Arm would get their second PP of the night, with some good pressure the Backs had a scramble in front but Todosychuk come up big as Vernon killed off the minor.  The Silverbacks slowly started to come on and take over the edge in play. Vernon was outshooting SA 5-2 at one point before the Silverbacks rattled off a handful of shots climbing back now were outshooting the Vipers 11-6.  Salmon Arm carried the better of the play in the second half but the Vipers did manage to come back in the final two minutes with a couple of hard working shifts.  It was 1-0 Silverbacks after 20 minutes of play.  Vernon come out getting lots of pucks on net but fell behind early before the Backs carried the edge in play and outplayed the Vipers in the second half.  Salmon Arm outshot Vernon 12-7.

2nd Period: The Silverbacks had a strong start to the second period, created two good chances in front of the Vipers goal but couldnt beat Danny Todosychuk.  The Vipers responded on the following shift and eventually tied the game at one.  Chris Harpur sprung Thomas Aldworth for the parcial breakaway who beat Redmond low as the puck went off the post and into the back of the cage tying the game 1-1 at 2:41 Harpur with the assist.  Vernon with a very strong hard working period was really skating and creating several opportunities this period.  Ayden MacDonald with a parcial breakaway couldnt beat Angus Redmond on a shot where I dont think he got all of it.  Luke Voltin come close to giving Vernon their first lead of the evening after beating Angus Redmond but hitting the post.  On the same shift Thomas Aldworth lead a Viper two on one didnt setup Voltin decided to wait before feeding a pinching Riley Guenther who walked in from the slot was stoned by Redmond who come up with some big saves this period as the Vipers were charging.  Just before the midway point with Vernon going on their first powerplay, the Backs replaced Angus Redmond with backup goaltender Zach Dyment.  Redmond allowed one goal on nineteen Vernon shots.  The Vipers with a smooth looking powerplay had one minor letdown as Cam Coutre was left alone in front recieved a nice pass from behind the net couldnt beat Danny Todosychuk who made a big shorthanded save from in close.  Vernon couldnt convert as SA would kill off the remainder of the minor.  The Silverbacks would eventually respond with a few hard working shifts couldnt manage much of an attack tonight.  Under five minutes remaining Anthony Latina fed TJ Dumonceaux with a beauty of a pass, Dumonceuax went upstairs over a sprawling Zach Dyment giving Vernon a 2-1 lead at 14:19 Latina & Trever Fidler picked up the assists.  The Vipers with a very physical game continued the physical play, finishing most checks through out the contest.  Salmon Arm come back with a few hard working shifts would head to the penalty box for a second Viper powerplay.  The Vipers couldnt capitalize before the period ended meaning they would start the third on the man advantage.  Vernon had a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.  Vernon responded very well after being outplayed most of the opening period with a very solid hard working 2nd period.  The Vipers were really skating, creating and generating lots of good chances were really moving the puck well.  Vernon scored twice outshot the Backs 18-10.

3rd Period:  The Vipers started the final frame with the man advantage that was carried over from the second period.  Salmon Arm would kill off the shortened powerplay.  The Backs with a few good early looks couldnt beat Danny Todosychuk who made a nice glove save off Logan Mostat.  The Vipers still laying the body played a physical period outhitting the Backs carried the early edge in play.  TJ Dumonceaux with a good opportunity in the slot was stopped by Dyment who played well.  The Vipers carried the edge in play before the Silverbacks responded.  Salmon Arm didnt have the same jump-intensity as the Vipers and couldnt really settle the play down in Vernon's zone for too long.  Both teams exchanged powerplays before the Silverbacks would eventually tie the game late.  Clive Rozdeba's point shot was stopped by Todosychuk before Cam Coutre's put the rebound fivehole tying the game at 13:28 Rozdeba with the lone helper.  With just under six minutes to go Blaine Caton setup Thomas Aldworth on an odd man rush, was going hard to the net but couldnt beat Dyment who made a big save keeping this game tied.  The Vipers got a late powerplay, Johnny Coughlin with a nice setup spotted Jake Emilio who ripped a rocket of a shot high under the crossbar knocking the water bottle off the top of the net giving Vernon a 3-1 lead at 17:01 they announced the goal as Riley Guenther's but it was Emilio who took the shot and scored.  Guenther wasnt even on the ice at the time of the goal.  Coughlin and Thomas Aldworth picked up the helpers.  Salmon Arm would pull Zach Dyment for the extra attacker with 1:22 remaining.  The Silverbacks couldnt really setup before Thomas Aldworth hit the back of the net from centre ice for his second of the night, giving Vernon a 4-2 lead at 19:35 Aldworth's goal was unassisted.  In the end the Vipers would come away with the 4-2 victory.  Just like the middle frame I thought Vernon played very well, the Vipers carried the better of the play laid out several checks.  Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 12-8.

Top Players: (Vernon)

Liam Feeney who played very well last night looked solid again tonight.  A bigger kid has some good size is very mobile on the Vipers backend.  Played a very solid defensive game.  Was good one on one and in his own end also jumped up into the rush on several occassions.  Had two great scoring opportunities in the opening period.

Anthony Latina (1 assist) Didnt really stand out but I thought was really skating hard, played hard and competed all night.

Trever Fidler (1 assist) Caught my attention tonight, seemed to battle hard all game.  Isnt the biggest kid but played hard every chance I saw him on the ice.

#18 (wasnt on the lineup sheet) I think is Riley Brandt played hard tonight.  This kid isnt the biggest kid but plays big, dosnt back down.  Has some quick wheels, can really fly and isnt afraid of throwing his weight around.

Thomas Aldworth (2 goals & 1 assist) Was by far Vernon's best player.  Aldworth collected a goal and an assist in last night's 3-2 loss is very strong with and without the puck.  A smooth skater is very strong up the middle of the ice.  Really sees and reads the ice well.  Had several chances tonight, really opens the ice and makes things happen.

Luke Voltin The more I watch this kid play, the more I like the way he plays.  Another kid who plays hard, competes and dosnt back down.  Adds a little size up front likes to bang and crash as well as create opportunities.

Johnny Coughlin (1 assist) Other then one turnover I thought was solid on the Viper backend.  Adds some size, was hard to beat one on one.

Danny Todosychuk (28 saves) I thought played very well between the pipes in his first pre-season action.  Didnt see alot of rubber but made the saves when called apon.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

With the win the Vipers improve to 2-1 in Exhibition action.  This was a much better performance and effort tonight, after watching last night's 3-2 loss in Salmon Arm.  I thought the Vipers looked a hundred times better compared to last night's game.  Without Jason Williamson behind the bench Kevin Kraus & Eric Godard ran the Vipers bench this evening.  I really liked the Vipers defensive play, thought it was much better after last night and a much improved breakout that was really flying tonight.  The Vipers looked good moving the puck, much better passing, created and generated lots of scoring chances.  Vernon competed and worked hard and were rewarded.  I thought last night the Vipers backed off the physical play after the 1st period but tonight Vernon with a very physical pressence laid the body-finished their checks in all three periods outhit Salmon Arm all game.  The Vipers outchanced the Backs all night, creating several good opportuities.  Vernon with lots of odd man rushes were really making things happen in a hurry at times.  For just their third Exhibition game I thought the Vipers looked pretty good.  Overall a pretty entertaining pre-season game for the small crowd that was on hand to catch tonight's game.  The Vipers mentioned earlier in the week, they will make their final cuts this weekend and have their roster set for next weekends home and home series with Prince George.

Top Players: (Salmon Arm)

Chase Priskie I thought looked ok on the Backs blueline.

Mitch Hutchinson (1 assist) Was another Salmon Arm player that caught my eye through out tonight's game.  I thought played fairly well.

Rory Neary I thought was the Silverbacks best player, really stood out in my eyes.  Played with alot of jump and energy, seemed to always have the puck and made things happen offensively. 

Angus Redmond (18 saves) Started the hockey game will be the Backs #1 go to guy between the pipes this season played well.

Zach Dyment (11 saves) I thought also played well between the pipes in relief for Redmond.

Game Thought's: (Salmon Arm)

The Silverbacks suffered their first loss of the pre-season fall to 2-1 wasnt the same team that I watch defeat the Vipers on home ice Friday.  The Backs didnt seem to have the same jump-compete level as last night, as well as didnt get nearly as many scoring opportunities tonight either.  Overall this was a totally different looking hockey team.  With 32 kids still in camp Im sure several changes were made lineup wise but I didnt think SA looked all that good tonight.  I thought the Backs had good goaltending between Dyment and Redmond, created a few good chances but overall were outhit and outplayed most of the night.  I didnt think Salmon Arm played with the same pace and skill level as last night's game.  The Backs were outskilled tonight.   

Three Stars:

1st Star:  Thomas Aldworth (2 goals & 1 assist)
2nd Star: TJ Dumonceaux (1 goal)
3rd Star: Andy Chugg (1 goal)

Here is a look at tonight's lineups-rosters

Vernon:

Danny Todosychuk
Jarrod Schamerhorn

Mitchell Oliver
Chris Harpur
Liam Feeney
Jake Emilio
Liam Coughlin (Didnt play tonight)
Riley Guenther
Blaine Caton
Anthony Latina
Jagger Williamson
TJ Dumonceaux
Trever Fidler
Linden Hora
#18 Had no name (wasnt listed on the lineup sheet)
Thomas Aldworth
Luke Voltin
Mackenzie Bauer
Branden Waggner
Ayden MacDonald
Johnny Coughlin

Salmon Arm:

Angus Redmond
Zach Dyment

Clive Rozdeba
Phil Middleton
Chase Priskie
Will Scherer
Andy Chugg
Steven Jandric
Logan Mostat
Mitch Hutchinson
Connor Brown-Maloski
Carson Bolduc
Thomas Plese
Nick Josephs
Rory Neary
Colton Thibault
Anthony Siderio
Cam Coutre
Marcus Rusell
Bennett Morrison

For more on tonight's game visit Ian Douglas's Salmon Arm Silverbacks Blog,

http://backstalk.wordpress.com/