Monday, March 18, 2019

Sniper's New Ride:

Vernon Vipers mascot "Sniper" has a new ride

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

BCHL News & Trades:

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

BCHL News & Trades:

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

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

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

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

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

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


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

Zach Urban's Player Profile:

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

This was posted on the East Coast Hockey League website:

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

Former Vipers Goaltender Shortridge In Hobey Baker Conversation:

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

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

Andrew Shortridge's Player Profile:

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


This was in the Eagle River Star Newspaper:

Eagle River’s Shortridge in Hobey Baker conversation

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Aidan Porter
Trail: Donovan Buskey

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

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

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

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

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

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

Last Game:

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

Next Game: 

Game 3 Tuesday, March 19th Vernon @ Trail

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

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

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Friday, March 15, 2019

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

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

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

Game 1 Interior Division Semi Finals: Trail 3 Vernon 1

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

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

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Aidan Porter
Trail: Donovan Buskey

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

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

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

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

Last Game:

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

Next Game: 

Game 2 Saturday, March 16th Trail @ Vernon

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

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

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

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

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

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Trail Presents Next BCHL Playoff Hurdle For Vipers:

This is in todays Morning Star newspaper:

Trail presents next BCHL playoff hurdle for Vipers

Morning Star Staff

Mar. 15, 2019 

Local Sports

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

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

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

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Vernon Vipers Alumni Shortridge Named HCA Goaltender Of The Month:

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

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

Andrew Shortridge's Player Profile:

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


This was posted on ncaa.com

College hockey: Craggs, Miller, Shortridge earn national honors

Brian Smith | Hockey East Association | January 8, 2019

Andrew Shortridge named goaltender of the month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Josh Maser's Player Profile:

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

This is posted on the Cougars website:

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Interior Division Semi Finals Playoff Series Preview: Trail vs Vernon:


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

The Vipers went 4-2 vs Trail this season outscoring the Smoke Eaters 17-11 in the six games. The Trail Smoke Eaters finished 7th in the Interior division with a 23-24-8-3 finished one point behind the 6th place West Kelowna Warriors. The 4th place Vernon Vipers finished with a record of 26-21-8-3 finished six points ahead of Trail.
Trail eliminated the 2nd place Merritt Centennials in five games in the opening round of the playoffs, while Vernon eliminated the 5th place Salmon Arm Silverbacks in five games in the first round of the playoffs.

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

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

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Vipers Eliminate Silverbacks In 3OT:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers eliminate Silverbacks in 3OT

Morning Star Staff

Mar. 13, 2019

It was nearly two games in one Friday at Kal Tire Place.

Vernon native Matt Kowalski turned hometown hero, scoring at 16:56 of the third overtime period to give the Vernon Vipers a 4-3 win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in B.C. Hockey League Interior Conference quarterfinal action in front of 2,394 fans at Kal Tire Place.

The goal was Kowalski’s third of the series and eliminated Salmon Arm as the Vipers win the opening round series four games to one to advance to the conference semifinals.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Vipers-Smoke Eaters 2nd Round Playoff Schedule:

Vernon Vipers vs Trail Smoke Eaters Interior division semi final
playoff schedule:

Game 1 Friday, March 15th Trail @ Vernon 7pm
Game 2 Saturday, March 16th Trail @ Vernon 7pm
Game 3 Tuesday, March 19th Vernon @ Trail 7pm
Game 4 Wednesday, March 20th Vernon @ Trail 7pm
Game 5 Friday, March 22nd Trail @ Vernon 7pm
Game 6 Saturday, March 23rd Vernon @ Trail 7pm
Game 7 Monday, March 25th Trail @ Vernon 7pm

Porter Named Honourable Mention For Player Of The Week:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Chenard named POW

March 11, 2019 

Chilliwack Chiefs netminder Daniel Chenard was named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 10, the league announced Monday.

The 19-year-old stopped 147 of 156 shots last week, posting a .942 save percentage and a 1.99 goals-against average, leading the Chiefs to a dramatic Game 7 win after going down 3-0 in their first-round series against the Langley Rivermen.

Chenard had a tough start to the week as he was pulled after letting in three goals in the first period in a 5-0 loss to the Rivermen on Monday night to put his team down 3-0 in the series. He bounced back in a big way after that, starting with Game 4 the following night where he made 38 saves in a 2-1 win in Langley and was named the game’s first star. He put together another solid performance in Game 5 at home, stopping 26 of 27 shots and earning second-star honours in another 2-1 win. Game 6 back in Langley went to overtime where Chenard shut the door, making 36 saves in total and was named third star while backstopping Chilliwack to a 3-2 win in extra time and forcing a seventh and deciding game. Back home for Game 7, the Chiefs were outshot badly 45-21, but it was Chenard again who denied the Rivermen, making 43 saves and was named first star as Chilliwack completed the comeback with a 3-2 win.

Heading into a second-round series with the Prince George Spruce Kings, the Waterloo, Ont. native has a 4-3 record, a .926 save percentage and a 2.39 goals-against average.

Honourable mentions:

Vernon Vipers G Aidan Porter: 3GP, 3W, 102 saves/107 shots, .953 SV%, 1.22 GAA
Powell River Kings F Levi Glasman: 3GP, 5G, 1A, hat trick, OTGWG, 2nd star twice
Wenatchee Wild F Lucas Sowder: 4GP, 3G, 3A, 1st star twice
Langley Rivermen F Mark Gallant: 5GP, 5G, 1A, 4-goal game, GWG, 1st
Trail Smoke Eaters G Donovan Buskey: 3GP, 3W, 96 saves/102 shots, 9.41 SV%, 2.00 GAA, 2nd star, FortisBC Energy Player of the Game
Salmon Arm Silverbacks G Ethan Langenegger: 3GP, 132 saves/140 shots, .943 SV%, 1.94 GAA, 1st star, 2nd star

Monday, March 11, 2019

Vipers Face Smoke Eaters In 2nd Round:



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

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


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

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


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

Here's a look at this years regular season series vs Trail

September 15th Trail @ Vernon: Smoke Eaters won 3-1 
October 17th Trail @ Vernon: Vipers won 4-0
November 14th Vernon @ Trail: Smoke Eaters won 3-2
November 24th Trail @ Vernon: Vipers won 1-0
December 12th Vernon @ Trail: Vipers won 3-2 overtime
February 1st Vernon @ Trail: Vipers won 6-3

Vernon Vipers-Trail Smoke Eaters Playoff Schedule:

Game 1 Friday, March 15th Trail @ Vernon 7pm
Game 2 Saturday, March 16th Trail @ Vernon 6pm
Game 3 TBA Vernon @ Trail
Game 4 TBA Vernon @ Trail

Vernon Junior A Hockey History:

Long time Vernon Lakers/Vipers season ticket holder Paul Beugeling has updated his Vernon Junior A Hockey History website.


Beugeling has gone to great lengths to make this site as accurate as possible by scouring the internet, year books, programs, player/fan submissions and various other means. 

This site is basically divided into two sections, one called, Vernon Teams and the other called, League Years. 

The Vernon Teams section focuses on the Vernon Jr. 'A' Hockey Franchise and its various teams. 

The League Years section provides information for all the seasons of the British Columbia Hockey League and its predecessors. 

There are also a few minor sub-sections and others that have been added.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Vipers Alumni Hammond Shutouts/Snaps Condors 17-Game Winning Streak:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew Hammond made 30 saves in his first start since February 2nd 2019 snapping the Bakersfield Condors 17 game winning streak in a 1-0 victory March 1st 2019.

Hammond is in his first season with the American Hockey League Iowa Wild. In 22 games this season Hammond is 14-7-1 with two shutouts and a 2.67 GAA

The Minnesota Wild signed Hammond July 1st 2018, reassigned Hammond to the Wild October 1st 2018. Hammond played the past five seasons with the Ottawa Senators/American Hockey League Binghamton Senators before being traded to the Colorado Avalanche November 5th 2017. Hammond spent last season in the American Hockey League with the Belleville Senators, San Antonio Rampage & NHL Colorado Avalanche.

After four seasons with Bowling Green University, Hammond signed his first pro contract with the Ottawa Senators on March 20th 2013. Hammond attended the Chicago Blackhawks 2012 development camp and Ottawa Senators 2013 development camp.

Hammond made his NHL debut February 27th 2014 vs the Detroit Red Wings. Hammond was called up that night from the American Hockey League as the backup for Senators starting goaltender Robin Lehner. Hammond would replace Lehner late in the 2nd period who was pulled after giving up six goals on fifteen Detroit shots. Hammond would finish the game playing just over thirty four minutes stopping all eleven Red Wing shots in a 6-1 loss to Detroit. Hammond made his first career NHL start February 18th 2015 vs the Montreal Canadians, recorded 42 saves in a 4-2 win over the Habs for his first career NHL victory. Hammond is the only goaltender in NHL history to earn 21 wins in his first 27 games.

Hammond played parts of two years in Vernon (2007-2009) after coming over in a trade with the Surrey Eagles during the 2007-08 season. In 52 regular season games with the Vipers Hammond posted a (33-15-1) record recording 6 shutouts. 

Andrew Hammond's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38007

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