Thursday, January 17, 2019

NCAA TV Schedule:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Broadcast add-ons for Canada

January 8, 2019

As the march to the NCAA Frozen Four gets going, TSN has added five more television broadcasts in the month of January.

The six televised games in the next six weeks are:

Fri., Jan. 11 – Vermont at Massachusetts (TSN2, 4 p.m. PT)
Sat., Jan. 12 – Colorado College at North Dakota (TSN, 5 p.m. PT)
Mon., Jan. 21 – Merrimack at Boston University (TSN, 1 p.m. PT)
Fri., Jan. 25 – Northeastern at Providence (TSN, 4 p.m. PT)
Sat., Jan. 26 – St. Cloud State at North Dakota (TSN, 5 p.m. PT)

In those five games alone, the teams included have 35 BCHL alumni among them.

These broadcasts are in addition to the 47 games that will be broadcast on either the TSN website, Big Ten Network and CBS Sports Network.


Also being featured on the Canadian TV schedule are Colorado Avalanche first-round pick Cale Makar (Massachusetts), Ottawa Senators first-rounder Jacob Bernard-Docker, Canadian World Junior team members Shane Bowers and Dante Fabbro (Boston University) as well as Senators second-round pick and Penticton Vees alum Jonny Tychonick.

“The upcoming TSN games showcase some tremendous talent and exciting on-campus settings,” said College Hockey Inc. Executive Director Mike Snee. “We are thrilled that our partnership with TSN can bring these games to a Canadian audience.”

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Vipers Still In Thick Of Playoff Push:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers still in thick of playoff push

Morning Star Staff

Jan. 16, 2019 

Local Sports

Even riding a three-game winning streak, the Vernon Vipers can’t make much headway in the B.C. Hockey League’s Interior Conference standings.

A 4-1 win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Friday, followed by a 5-2 thumping of the Powell River Kings Sunday, both at Kal Tire Place, saw the Vipers (17-16-7-3) remain in sixth place with 44 points.

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BCHL Report:

This is posted on Juniorhockey.ca 

DAILY DISH: BCHL REPORT Canadian Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 15 Jan 2019   

By: Stephen Heisler, JuniorHockey.com

We are getting down to the nitty gritty nail-biting time of the season when teams, players, and coaches are feeling the pressure of the post-season looming. Yes, Chilliwack remains at the top of the heap, but there are five other teams within striking distance of the Chiefs. Hey, I could not be more excited about the expected photo-finish.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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:

Bulldogs Sign Zary:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have made their final roster addition prior to the January 10th trade deadline with the signing of 2001-born forward Josh Zary. Zary joins the Bulldogs from the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Nanaimo Buccaneers, where he led the team in scoring with 21 goals and 17 assists in 28 regular season games. His  21 goals tie him for the league lead while his 38 points are tops amongst VIJHL rookies and rank fifth overall amongst all skaters. “Josh is a highly skilled, intelligent offensive player who has made a seamless transition to junior hockey with the Buccaneers,” says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. “We’re excited to have him join us and continue his development in the BCHL, and we think he has a bright future ahead of him in a Bulldogs uniform.” With the Bulldogs, Zary will be reunited with former North Island Silvertips linemate Ethan Jones. The duo finished in the top-10 in B.C. Major Midget League scoring last season, combining for 111 points. The Bulldogs made one other move prior to the trade deadline, dealing the Junior A rights to 1999-born defenceman Jonathan Smart to the Penticton Vees in return for future considerations. Smart had been listed by the Bulldogs earlier in the season while playing for the Western Hockey League’s Kootenay Ice.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Porter Receives Honorable Mention For Player Of The Week:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Kimens named POW

January 14, 2019

Coquitlam Express forward Regan Kimens has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 13, the league announced Monday.

Kimens tallied four goals in his team’s four-game home stand this week, three of which were game-winners. He also added five assists, leading the Express to three wins and an overtime loss.

The 19-year-old Merrimack College commit started off his week by scoring the eventual game-winning goal and adding a pair of assists in his team’s convincing 8-1 win over the West Kelowna Warriors on Monday night. He was named the game’s second star. Two nights later, Kimens chipped in another two assists as Coquitlam dropped a 5-4 decision in overtime to the Merritt Centennials.

On Friday, the Concord, Ont. native scored the deciding goal just under four minutes into overtime and was named first star as the Express beat their division rivals the Chilliwack Chiefs 5-4. He finished off his impressive week on Sunday afternoon by potting another two goals, including his third game-winner of the week, and added one assist as the Express put up eight goals for the second time in a week and beat the Alberni Valley Bulldogs 8-4.

In his second season in the BCHL, Kimens sits fourth in team scoring with 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points in 38 games.

Honourable mentions:

Vernon Vipers G Aidan Porter: 3GP, 3W, 66 saves/70 shots, .943 SV%, 1.33 GAA
Victoria Grizzlies F Alex Newhook: 3GP, 3G, 3A, GWG, 1st star, 2nd star
Penticton Vees F Massimo Rizzo: 2GP, 2G, 3A, GWG, 1st star
Penticton Vees F Eric Linell: 2GP, 2G, 3A, 2nd star
Salmon Arm Silverbacks F Matthew Verboon: 3GP, 3G, 2A, 1st star


Oil Kings Trade Former Viper Tryout Goaltender Bilous To Prince Albert:

The Western Hockey League Edmonton Oil Kings traded former Vernon Vipers goaltender Boston Bilous to the Prince Albert Raiders.

The Oil Kings drafted Bilous 80th overall in Round 4 of the 2016 Western Hockey League draft.

Bilous played sixteen games last season, went 0-10 with a 4.72 GAA is in his second season with the Oil Kings, signed with the Oil Kings July 27 2016.

Bilous attended the Vernon Vipers training camp in August 2015, was released due to his age (14). 

Boston Bilous's Player Profile:


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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Vernon 5 Powell River 2

I have had season tickets for 29 years and been following junior hockey in Vernon for over thirty five years. I have missed four Vipers home games since 2009 and five Vipers home games since the 2002-03 season. For anyone who couldn't attend or watch this afternoon's Vipers game, here are my thought's and view's from today's game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own opinion on the game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare game recap from both sides. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog.

I was at today's Vipers-Kings game as Vernon defeated Powell River 5-2 in front of 1,782 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Aidan Porter
Powell River: Matteo Paler Chow

1st Period: The Snakes jumped on the visiting Powell River Kings off the opening faceoff. With good pressure in the offensive zone, the Vipers tried setting up Connor Marritt a minute into the period but couldn't connect on his pass in the slot. Vernon kept the play alive before Matt Kowalski spotted Josh Latta in front who beat Matteo Paler Chow giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 1:13 Kowalski and Connor Marritt picked up the assists. The Kings responded with a good push back and applied some pressure of their own over the next minute or two. The Snakes would get the games first powerplay and capitalize. Teddy Wooding gave Vernon a 2-0 lead at 4:17 Ben Sanderson & Brendan Kim drew the helpers. The Vipers with two goals on two shots as Matteo Paler Chow remained in goal for Powell River. Minutes later former Vernon Vipers forward Ryan Brushett with a solid defensive play in his own end, created a turnover, collecting the puck rushed back up ice, setup Mitchell Williams going to the net who redirected the puck just past Aidan Porter and wide of the goal. Minutes later Connor Marritt with a quality chance couldn't beat Matteo Paler Chow. At the halfway mark Vernon product Nick Cherkowski with a solid look-opportunity in front would be denied in close as the Vipers with several good looks-chances in the first half. In the second half Teddy Wooding on a two on one couldn't get his pass across after a big defensive play from one of the Kings defenders broke up Vernon's odd man rush. Matteo Plater Chow was forced to make a quick pad save off a shot from the blueline. Late in the second hald Matteo Paler Chow was forced to make a tough save on a goal mouth scramble, as the Snakes couldn't find the loose puck at the top of the Kings crease. The Kings would get their first look with the man advantage towards the end of the 1st period. The Kings couldnt capitalize before the buzzer. It was 2-0 Vernon after 20 minutes of play. The shots may have not shown it but the Vipers were the better of the two teams. I thought Vernon carried a lot of the play, had a ton more puck possession and a lot of very good chances through out the opening period. The Kings had a few good shifts now and again but didn't have much time with the puck in the offensive zone. The Kings defence was fairly busy, blocking shots or breaking up opportunities. Powell River had a few looks but not many chances. Powell River outshot Vernon 8-7.

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Game Preview: Powell River @ Vernon:

Powell River (25-15-1-0) @ Vernon (16-16-7-3) 2pm

Today is the second and final regular season meeting vs the Powell River Kings. The Kings lead season series 1-0

Last Game:

Friday, January 11th Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 4-1
Saturday, January 12th Powell River defeated Salmon Arm 4-3 Shoot Out

Next Game:

Friday, January 18th Vernon @ West Kelowna
Friday, January 18th Victoria @ Powell River

Vernon's record & stats vs the Kings since 2003

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Victoria Royals Trade Former Viper "AP" Hannoun To Raiders:

The Western Hockey League Victoria Royals have traded former Vernon Vipers "AP" affiliated forward Dante Hannoun to the Prince Albert Raiders.

Hannoun is the younger brother of former Vernon Vipers forward Demico Hannoun (2013-14) is in his fifth season with the Royals, played one game as an "AP" (affiliated player) with the Vipers during the 2013-14 season. 

Dante Hannoun's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=245570 

This was posted on the Royals website:

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Vipers-Silverbacks Highlight's:

Here is Coleton Bilodeau's breakaway goal in the 1st period opening the scoring for the Vipers.

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/1083938439702097920

Here is Josh Latta's 1st period shorthanded goal, giving the Vipers a 2-0 lead.

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/1083941613892624384

Here are some game highlight's from Friday's night game in Vernon between the Vipers & Silverbacks.

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

Vernon Vipers Alumni Finlay Named NCHC Player Of The Week:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Liam Finlay was named the NCHC Player of the week.

Finlay is in his third season with the University of Denver, played parts of two years in Vernon (2014-2016) after coming over in a trade with the Penticton Vees. In 96 games with the Vipers Finlay collected (39-goals-69-assists-109-points).

Liam Finlay's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=202405

This was posted on the Pioneer's website:

Finlay, Ward Named NCHC Players of the Week

Men's Ice Hockey 1/7/2019

DENVER – Denver Pioneers men's hockey junior forward Liam Finlay and freshman forward Tyler Ward have been named NCHC Forward and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for Dec. 24 – Jan. 6, the NCHC announced on Monday.  
 
In four games, Finlay paced the NCHC with six points (2-4-6) and two power-play points. The Kelowna, B.C. native scored the Pioneers' game-winning goal on Dec. 28 at Merrimack, then played an integral role in Denver's sweep of Wisconsin on Jan. 4-5 with one goal and four assists in the non-conference series. In addition to his conference-leading point totals, Finlay fired nine shots and logged a +3 plus/minus rating.  
 
Ward led NCHC freshmen with two goals and two assists in the four-game stretch. The Kamloops, B.C. native scored in both of Denver's games against Wisconsin, notching the game-winner on Jan. 5. Ward had a +3 rating and nine shots during the stretch.


Spruce Kings Trade Ex Viper Forward Worth To West Kelowna:

The Prince George Spruce Kings have traded former Vernon Vipers forward Garrett Worth to the West Kelowna Warriors.

The Vipers signed Worth November 13th 2018. Worth played in four games before being traded to Prince George November 27th 2018 for Bradley Cooper & future considerations.

Garrett Worth's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Warriors website:

NEWS: WARRIORS BOLSTER LINEUP WITH PAIR OF DEADLINE ACQUISITIONS

January 10, 2019

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Vernon 4 Salmon Arm 1

I have had season tickets for 29 years and been following junior hockey in Vernon for over thirty five years. I have missed four Vipers home games since 2009 and five Vipers home games since the 2002-03 season. For anyone who couldn't attend or watch tonight's Vipers game, here are my thought's and view's from tonight's game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own opinion on the game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap from both sides. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Silverbacks game as Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 4-1 in front of 2,357 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Aidan Porter
Salmon Arm: Matthew Armitage

1st Period: Just thirty eight seconds into the contest former Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Josh Latta with a quality chance couldn't beat Matthew Armitage inside the opening minute. A minute later Michael Young's point shot would be kicked out by Matthew Armitage who made a big pad save before a goal mouth scramble at the top of the Silverbacks crease. Several Vipers banging away at the loose puck, with Matthew Armitage scrambling around trying to smother the loose puck. Vernon couldn't capitalize after several chances in and around the blue paint. The Snakes jumped on the Backs early and often were quickly outshooting SA 4-1 just minutes in. The Silverbacks responded with a few solid shifts of their own the other way. Five minutes in, Justin Wilson with a good look-opportunity from the slot would be denied by Aidan Porter. Salmon Arm now outshooting Vernon 6-4 at this point. Just before the halfway mark John Little on a two on one decided to shoot couldn't solve Aidan Porter, before Matthew Verboon would be stopped in close on the rebound. Two big stops from Aidan Porter. Less then a minute later, Matthew Armitage would get caught way out of the blue paint as the puck took a funny bounce off the end wall, coming out front before Vernon product Coleton Bilodeau couldn't hit the open cage with a backhand from the high slot as the S'Backs catch a huge break on a missed opportunity from Bilodeau. At the midway mark Ben Sanderson returning to the lineup made some slick moves in close before being denied by Matthew Armitage. The Silverbacks goaltender couldn't control the loose puck before a goal mouth scramble as several Vipers banging away couldn't find the back of the net. On the play Vernon would come out with the games first powerplay. The Snakes with a solid PP moved the puck around, found some looks, created some chances but unable to capitalize as SA killed off the minor. Shortly after Coleton Bilodeau on the breakaway beat Matthew Armitage giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 14:51 Bilodeau's goal would be unassisted. Less then a minute later the Apes would get their first look with the man advantage but shorthanded Connor Marritt sprung Josh Latta in for the parcial breakaway who ripped a low shot inside the post and in, beating Matthew Armitage, giving Vernon a 2-0 lead at 16:50 Marritt drew the lone assist. With Salmon Arm still on the PP Aidan Porter made a large save at the side of the goal, couldn't recover in time before John Little spotted Matthew Verboon in front who beat Porter, cutting Vernon's lead to 2-1 at 18:16 with just seven seconds remaining on the penalty. Inside the final minute the S'Backs spotted Noah Wakeford who's shot just went high and over the crossbar on a quality chance before the final buzzer. It was 2-1 Vernon after 20 minutes of play. The Snakes jumped on Salmon Arm early and often, had some good looks-opportunities before the Silverbacks responded with a good push back shift. Both teams had some good looks-chances but overall I thought the Vipers were the better of the two teams. Vernon had more chances and more offensive zone time. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 17-14.

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Game Preview: Salmon Arm @ Vernon:

Salmon Arm (19-16-4-0) @ Vernon (15-16-7-3) 7pm

Tonight is the sixth and final regular season meeting vs the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Silverbacks lead the season series 5-0

Last Game:

Tuesday, January 8th Vernon defeated Surrey 4-1
Sunday, January 6th Penticton defeated Salmon Arm 5-3

Next Game:

Sunday, January 13th Powell River @ Vernon
Saturday, January 12th Powell River @ Salmon Arm

Vernon's record & stats vs the Silverbacks since 2002

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Vipers Score Road Win In Surrey:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers score road win in Surrey

Morning Star Staff

Jan. 11, 2019 

Sports

The Vernon Vipers moved into a tie for sixth place in the seven-team B.C. Hockey League Interior Division with a big 4-1 win over the Eagles in Surrey Tuesday.

It was the lone game in the league Tuesday.

The two points gives Vernon (15-16-7-3) 41 points, the same as the Trail Smoke Eaters (16-19-5-3), but the Vipers have two games in hand on the Smokies. Both teams are two points back of the fifth-place Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

The victory also avenged a pair of overtime losses to the Eagles earlier in the season, one at Kal Tire Place, the other at the league’s Showcase tournament in Chilliwack.

Teddy Wooding opened the scoring for Vernon at 11:05, the only goal of the frame, set up by Ryan Upson.

The Vipers extended the lead to 3-0 after 40 minutes on markers from Elan Bar lev wise, from Nicholas Cherkowski and Dylan Anderson, at 6:05, and from Josh Latta on a powerplay at 11:50, with Connor Marritt and Michael Young drawing assists.

Ty Westgard got the home team on the board at 8:50 of the third period before Tylor Ho finished the scoring for the Vipers at 12:39, assists going to Young and Trey Taylor.

Adian Porter made 17 saves for the win in the Vipers goal.

Vernon returns to action Friday when they host Salmon Arm for the final time this season. Game time is 7 p.m. at Kal Tire Place.

The Vipers will host the Powell River Kings Sunday at 2 p.m.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Vipers Sign Zablocki:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers Add Zablocki from WHL

January 10, 2019

Vernon, BC:  Ahead of the 3pm BCHL Trade Deadline, the Vernon Vipers added Zablocki from the Western Hockey League.

Vernon has added 20 year old forward Lane Zablocki from the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL.  Zablocki is a 3rd round pick of the Detroit Red Wings and has played in 22 games with the Rockets this season registering 4 goals and 8 assists.

“We felt with the trouble we’ve had scoring, the addition of Lane will really help fill that void,”  Ferner says.  “He’s a proven scorer that we feel will come in and make a big impact.”

The Vipers would like to welcome Will and Lane to the Vipers and wish Mitch all the best in Chilliwack.


The Vipers face the Salmon Arm Silverbacks tomorrow night at 7pm at Kal Tire Place.

Lane Zablocki's Player Profile:


Vernon-Chilliwack Trade:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers Make a Deal 

January 10, 2019

Vernon, BC:  Ahead of the 3pm BCHL Trade Deadline, the Vernon Vipers have made a deal.

The Vipers have sent 20 year old Defenceman Mitch Andres to the Chilliwack Chiefs in exchange for 18 year old Defenceman Will Dow Kenny.  The 18 year old from Abbotsford was originally traded by the Vipers in the off season in exchange for Carver Watson.  He has 1 goal and 7 points in 34 games with the Chiefs.


“Its always tough to make a trade.  In this case Mitch Andres was a warrior for us and was a big piece to our blue line,”  says Head Coach and GM of the Vipers, Mark Ferner.  “We know what we’re getting in Will and we know that Mitch is going to a great organization in Chilliwack.”

Mitch Andres Player Profile:


Will Dow-Kenny's Player Profile:


Trade Deadline Looming For BCHL Teams:

This was posted on the Morning Star website:

Trade deadline looming for BCHL teams

Trade watch will heat up as the roster freeze deadline is on Jan. 10 

Kristi Patton

Jan. 9, 2019 

Sports

The trade deadline is looming for BCHL teams.

Seven weeks remain in the regular season and trade watch will heat up as the roster freeze deadline is at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10. After this deadline has passed, no transaction will be approved until June 1, 2019.

According to the league, teams will only be allowed to release information on transactions to media once all players involved in the transaction have been notified. Any team found to have released transaction information prior to player notification is subject to a fine.

As of Wednesday morning, the Chilliwack Chiefs and Prince George Spruce Kings (both Mainland Division teams) sit atop the entire league tied with 54 points. The Penticton Vees have 53 points, putting them in first place in the Interior Division and one point ahead of the Merritt Centennials. The Victoria Grizzlies are first in the Island Division with 52 points, holding a three point lead over the second place Powell River Kings.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Bulldogs Trade Former Vipers Defenceman Rizzolo To Salmon Arm:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have traded former Vernon Vipers defenceman Darren Rizzolo to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

The Vipers acquired Rizzolo September 9 2015 from the Chilliwack Chiefs for Linden Hora & Tak Anholt. Rizzolo played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2015-2016) collecting (3-goals-7-assists-10-points) in 50 games with the Vipers before being traded to the  Alberni Valley Bulldogs September 29 2016 for future considerations.

Darren Rizzolo's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=247472

This is posted on the Bulldogs website:

Bulldogs deal Rizzolo to Salmon Arm, add McLaughlin

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