Thursday, January 19, 2017

Ex Viper MacDonald Plays 150th Career Game:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Ayden MacDonald played his 150th BCHL game with the Cowichan Capitals Friday, January 13th in a 6-3 loss to the Coquitlam Express. In 40 games with the Capitals MacDonald has (16-goals-21-assists-37-points) is third in Capitals scoring.

MacDonald is in his second season with the Cowichan Capitals, started the 2014-15 season with the Vipers played in just five games before being traded to the Victoria Grizzlies October 8th 2014 along with Jake Emilio for Brandon Egli, Mitch Meek & future considerations. MacDonald was recruited by the Vipers went pointless in 5 games. After one season in Victoria the Grizzlies traded MacDonald to Cowichan May 19th 2015.

Ayden MacDonald's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=259174

This was on the Capitals twitter account:

Jan 13 Congrats to Chris Harpur who tonight will play his 100th game as a Capital, and to Ayden MacDonald who'll play his 150th career game.

Grizzlies Add Former Vipers Defenceman Robertson To Training Camp Roster:

The East Coast Hockey League Utah Grizzlies have added former Vernon Vipers defenceman Sean Robertson to their Training Camp roster.

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

Sean Robertson's Player Profile:

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=114072

This was posted on the Grizzlies website:

Grizzlies Add 8 Rookies For Training Camp

09/15/2016

West Valley City, Utah – Utah Grizzlies Head Coach/General Manager Tim Branham announced today eight ECHL rookies that will be joining the team for training camp.

“We will have a lot of new faces this year and I'm excited about it,” said Branham. “These guys all bring a mix of speed and work ethic.”

Forward: Carlos Amestoy: 8 goals and 13 assists for 21 points in 18 games at University of Guelph during senior season.

Defenseman: Billy Eiserman: Played last three seasons at Bentley University. Cousin Ed Hill played for Grizzlies in 2005-2006.

Forward: Daniel Gentzler: Seven games with Elmira of ECHL and 48 games with Macon of SPHL last year after four years of college at Colgate University.

Defense: Travis Howe: 199 penalty minutes last year with Mississippi and Macon of SPHL.

Forward: Colin Martin: Played four years of college hockey at St. Thomas University after four years of major junior hockey for the OHL’s London Knights.

Forward: Mark Meads: Played one game with Manchester of ECHL after three years of college hockey at St. Anselm College and one year at Bentley University.

Defense: Taylor Richart: Played four seasons of college hockey at Miami University (Ohio) and led them with 61 blocked shots last year.

Defense: Sean Robertson: Finished college career with three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 24 games after previously playing at Merrimack College.

The Grizzlies open the 2016-2017 season Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15 against Idaho at Maverik Center.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Merritt 5 Vernon 4

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

I was at tonight's Vipers-Centennials game as Merritt defeated Vernon 5-4 in front of 1,660 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Ty Taylor
Merritt: Jacob Berger

1st Period: The Centennials come close to opening the scoring about two and a half minutes into the contest after beating Ty Taylor rang a shot off the post. Some good back and fourth play from both teams early as the play was fairly evenly matched. The Vipers would open the scoring after Brett Stapley's shot was stopped in close before Steven Jandric banged home the rebound giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 5:06 Stapley with the lone helper. Merritt responded with a good push back, had the Vipers on their heels, had some good sustained pressure, had a few flurries in and around the net, couldn't solve Ty Taylor. Just before the midway mark Niko Karamanis and Steven Jandric both with good quality chances from the slot couldn't beat Jacob Berger. A few shifts later Austin Adamson would step over the blueline before ripping a wicked shot bard down, beating Jacob Berger giving Vernon a 2-0 lead at 9:02 Sol Seibel & Steven Jandric collected the assists. The Centennials responded with another strong push back, Merritt with a good strong forecheck, had some good sustained pressure in on the attack, had a few good looks from in close, couldn't beat Ty Taylor down low. A few shifts later Zachary Zorn setup Chase Bell on a nice two way passing play in front, got the Centennials on the board at 13:43 Zorn with lone helper. A few minutes later Sol Seibel took a stick to the face, went down before getting up, made his way straight to the Viper dressing room, for some attention. With no call on the play, Seibel would get checked out and stay in the hockey game. On the following play, the Cents would get the games first powerplay. Merritt unable to capitalize on the man advantage, would head back to the powerplay inside the final minute. Michael Ufberg was called for tripping after taking down Rylan Van Unen on a parcial breakaway in the final ten seconds. The Centennials would run out of time before the final buzzer. It was 2-1 Vernon after 20 minutes of play. Both teams played/battled hard in a fairly even matched opening period. The Vipers opened the scoring, would grab a two goal lead had their legs going in the 1st. The Cents fell behind two goals before getting on the scoreboard but had some good sustained pressure-opportunities at times through out the period. Merritt outshot Vernon 13-12.

2nd Period: Merritt started the middle frame with the man advantage that was carried over from the 1st period. The Centennials couldn't capitalize on the PP for a second time tonight. Shortly after the penalty expired, Steven Jandric with a burst of speed, cut hard to the front of the net before trying to go around Cents starting goaltender Jacob Berger somehow missed the net from in tight, on a great chance in close. Back come Merritt a few plays later before Aaron Murray setup Henry Cleghorn going to the net, was denied by Vipers starting goaltender Ty Taylor. Vernon would then get some good pressure in on the attack but had troubles getting pucks to the net, after the Centennials defence was solid in and around the net. Merritt's defence was doing a great job at keeping the Vipers to the outside, blocking shots-getting sticks in the way. Vernon with just three shots in the first half of the 2nd period. Just before the midway mark Henry Cleghorn's shot from the blueline hit a body in front, changed direction forcing Ty Taylor to make a quick reaction save, keeping this a one goal game. Taylor looked to be in some discomfort after the save, was talking things over with the referee and two Viper defence, while stretching out his left leg. Taylor seemed to be ok and stayed in the game. On the following shift the Vipers would get their first powerplay of the evening. Vernon moved the puck around, before setting up former Salmon Arm Silverbacks defenceman Cameron Trott wired a lazer of the shot from the circle forcing Jacob Berger into making a quick glove save, flashing the leather. On the following play, Trott setup Jagger Williamson before setting up Hunter Zandee who beat Jacob Berger giving Vernon a 3-1 lead at 10:45 Trott and Williamson picked up the assists. But just over a minute later the Cents responded. Vernon product and Centennials captain Brett Jewell's shot went straight up in the air, going in behind Ty Taylor and into the back of the net, as several players crashed the crease as Merrit cut the Viper lead to 3-2 at 13:52 Nick Fidanza & Tyrell Buckley with the assists. I first thought a Merritt player, put in the rebound but they rewarded the goal to Jewell. A few minutes later Vernon would get their second look with the PP was unable to capitalize with the man advantage. It was 3-2 Vernon after 40 minutes of play. The Vipers would get their second two goal lead of the night, before Merritt stormed back just over a minutes later to get within one. Vernon had some good pressure at times but couldn't muster much for offence, had troubles getting pucks to the net. The Centennials with a strong defensive period, played very well in their own end and in front of Jacob Berger. I thought Merritt had a bit more jump, worked/battled hard, had a slight edge were the better of the two teams. Merritt outshot Vernon 13-8.

3rd Period: Just twenty seven seconds into the final frame the Vipers get called for too many men giving Merritt an early powerplay. On the man advantage, Zach Risteau wired a shot from the circle beat Ty Taylor but went off the crossbar as the Cents come close to tying the game. The Centennials with good pressure, couldn't get the tying goal as the Vipers killed off the minor. Just seconds before the penalty expired, Vernon had a chance to clear the zone, couldn't, as the puck stayed in the attacking zone, the Cents worked the puck around before Zach Risteau wired home a blast from the slot tied the game 3-3 at 2:37 Stephan Seegar with the lone assist. Give credit to Merritt on a hard working shift, to keep the puck-play alive, worked hard to earn the game tying goal. Just thirty one seconds later Hunter Zandee stepped over the blueline before wiring a shot that beat Jacob Berger for his second of the night, giving Vernon a 4-3 lead at 3:08 Niko Karamanis with the lone assist. This goal got some life back into Kal Tire Place and seemed to wake up the Vipers who responded with several hard working shifts following the go ahead go. Following Zandee's goal Steven Jandric, Jimmy Lambert & Brett Stapley all with quality opportunities in front, couldn't solve Jacob Berger as the Vipers were pouring on the attack. Vernon with a ton of jump/energy were coming in waves, had a flurry of chances in and around the net, couldn't grab a third two goal lead on several great opportunities. Merritt would excape after the Vipers took a penalty in their own end, giving the Centennials a powerplay. On the man advantage, Zach Metsa wired home a low shot along the ice with traffic in front, beat Ty Taylor who was slow to react to the shot, tying the game 4-4 at 7:00 Taylor looked to be screened on the play. Stephan Seeger with the assist. Over the following six to seven minutes both teams exchanged penalties within seconds of one another, meaning some four on four hockey. It was the Centennials who had the jump/energy in the 3rd looked to have Vernon back on their heels at times. Merritt with some good looks, had some good opportunities in and around the goal. Ty Taylor had to be alert, was forced into making some key saves in the final frame. The Vipers looked to have some troubles defensively and in their own end, had troubles fending off the Cents with the game tied. With just over five minutes remaining Chase Bell off the faceoff beat Ty Taylor giving Merritt their first lead of the night, 5-4 at 14:47 Bell's goal was unassisted as the Cents battled back twice down two goals, scored three in the 3rd to take the lead. You could hear the F bomb coming from the Viper bench from a few players, as the Vipers bench wasn't happy. The Vipers tried rallying just couldn't seem to muster any real decent threats down the stretch drive. The Centennials strong on the forecheck, were keeping the Viper offence to the outside, were doing a great job at limiting Vernon's time and space. Mark Ferner would call a timeout with 1:43 remaining, get Ty Taylor to the bench for the extra attacker. With some late pressure, the Centennials held Vernon to the outside, closing the shooting lanes as the Vipers unable to get any real quality shots off. Forced to move the puck around, before getting two good looks from the slot inside the final minute, couldn't hit the target missed the net on both chances. Merritt's defence was stong inside the final minute before Joe Martin called a late timeout with sixteen seconds remaining. Merritt would hang on for the 5-4 victory as the Centennials bench poured onto the ice to celebrate with Jacob Berger. The Centennials tied the game early, never quit battling, scored three times in the final frame for their first lead of the night, played very well defensively, worked/battled hard. The Cents never quit, always seemed to fight back after giving up a goal. The Vipers blew two leads in the 3rd had some troubles in their own end and defending. Vernon didn't generate/create enough good chances to have an opportunity to tie the game, didn't seem to play with enough intensity/jump in the final period. A very disappointing 3rd period. The Centennials were the better team in the 3rd played hard, earned their goals and the win. Vernon outshot Merritt 13-10.

Top Player's: (Vernon)

Michael Ufberg I thought was the Vipers best d-man this evening. Other then one turnover, Ufberg carried the puck a ton, was very strong at both ends of the rink, made some very slick plays at both ends of the rink. A very smooth skating defenceman, really sees-reads the ice well. Played a smart game on the backend.

Hunter Zandee (2 goals) Come to play, was flying all night, played with a ton of jump/energy, was really hustling with and without the puck. Was hard to play against, hard to defend against and was in on the puck on almost every play, scored twice, had some good looks-chances for a third.

Steven Jandric (1 goal & 1 assist) Was another forward who I thought come to play, played hard, was going to the net, worked/battled hard, was skating strong, hard to defend against had a strong game.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

For a third straight game the Vipers don't play a full sixty minutes or close to it and it costs them two points. After not showing up in the 1st periods of Friday & Saturday's home games vs Salmon Arm and Merritt, I thought the Vipers come ready to play this evening but not for the entire night. I liked Vernon's opening frame, opened the scoring, before jumping out to a two goal lead, were skating, played with a lot of jump/energy, played well through out the 1st. It was in the 2nd and 3rd periods where I didn't think the Vipers played a full twenty in either of the final two periods. Vernon blows a 2-0 and 3-1 lead then blows two 3rd period leads wich is very uncharacteristic from this hockey team. The Vipers had troubles putting this game away, allowed Merritt to hang around. Leading after the 2nd/or 3rd periods the Vipers have proven-shown they are pretty good with the lead after 2nd-3rd periods. I thought the Vernon defence didn't play well enough in front of Ty Taylor. I thought the Vipers were a little too loose in their own end, had troubles clearing the zone, wich cost them once in the 3rd. I also thought the Vipers didn't have that same drive-same jump/energy they played with in the opening frame. Vernon had some good-hard working shifts in the 2nd and 3rd periods in spurts but were outworked-outskated the other times and it cost them. I don't think the Vipers created/generated enough opportunities, made life fairly easy for Centennials goaltender Jacob Berger who wasn't tested often. Vernon didn't have the same hard work-compete level Merritt showed/played with. You think the Vipers would have remembered Saturday's 2-1 double overtime loss to these same Merritt Centennials? Vipers with two tough games this weekend vs West Kelowna & Powell River. Tonight's loss is the Vipers first regulation loss in their last twelve games and the first regulation loss at Kal Tire Place in their last nine home games. The Vipers are now winless in their last three games. This has been a very weird-strange schedule this season for the Vipers. Vernon started the 2016-17 regular season playing most of their games away from home, will now finish the regular season, with just four road games, will play every Friday-Saturday night at home in January/February minus two Fridays. The past five Vipers home games, the fans have seen two teams (Salmon Arm three times and Merritt twice). Former Viper captain David Robinson was in attendance tonight.

Top Player's: (Merritt)

Zach Risteau (1 goal) Played very well Saturday in Vernon, had another strong night this evening. Scored the game tying goal early into the 3rd reads-sees the ice well, hit the crossbar on the powerplay, was really skating hard, gave the Viper defenders trouble most of the night.

Mike Faulkner I thought was very steady on the blueline, played very well through out the game.

Tyrell Buckley (1 assist) Played well in the overtime victory in Vernon over the weekend, had another solid performance tonight. Plays physical, hard to beat one on one, jumps up into the play at times, played very well at both ends of the rink.

Chase Bell (2 goals) Got the Centennials on the scoreboard in the 1st, scored the game winner with just over five minutes remaining in the 3rd.

Stephan Seeger (2 assists) Played a hard fought game, was always involved in the play, was going to the net, made some nice plays to create/generate some offence.

Henry Cleghorn is another Merritt forward who I thought played well, had some good chances tonight, made things happen.

Game Thought's: (Merritt)

The Centennials come into Vernon and take both games (Saturday & tonight). The Centennials have won four of the six meetings vs Vernon (exhibition & regular season). The Cents have just one regulation loss against the Vipers this season (exhibition & regular season) improve to 5-1-0-1 vs the Vipers (exhibition & regular season). Unlike Saturday's overtime win where I thought Merritt played very well in the opening period, were outplayed in the 2nd and 3rd periods, got some strong goaltending, managed to hang in and pull out the overtime victory, played a much more consistent and sixty minutes in tonight's win. The Centennials who have a much better team then their record shows, come to play tonight and played very well, earning the two points. The Cents worked hard, competed, never quit, battled all night, were very good in their own end. I thought the Centennials defence was very good, did a great job at closing the shooting lanes, limiting the Vipers time & space, kept Vernon to the outside and limited their opportunities through out the night. Merritt played very well in front of goaltender Jacob Berger, limiting the second opportunities. Merritt was down two goals twice, never gave up, seemed to respond well after giving up a goal. The Centennials played with a ton of jump/energy, showed lots of intensity through out the night. With the win Merritt is now tied in points with Trail and now one point behind West Kelowna. These two teams will meet for a final time this season, February 7th in Merritt.

Scratches:

Vernon:

Riley Brandt (Injured)
Luke Gingras (Injured)     

Merritt:

Nicholas Wicks
Michael Van Unen

Energy Player of the Game:

Brett Stapley (1 assist)

Three Star's:

1st Star: Chase Bell (2 goals)
2nd Star: Hunter Zandee (2 goals)
3rd Star: Stephan Seeger (2 assists)

Boxscore-Game Summary,


Game Report,


Text Boxscore,


Game Preview: Merritt @ Vernon:

Merritt (16-17-8-2) @ Vernon (22-13-4-3) 7pm

Tonight is the fifth of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Merritt Centennials. The Centennials lead the season series 2-1-0-1

Last Game:

Saturday, January 14th Merritt defeated Vernon 2-1 double overtime
Sunday, January 15th Alberni Valley defeated Merritt 5-4 overtime

Next Game:

Friday, January 20th Vernon @ West Kelowna
Saturday, January 21st Salmon Arm @ Merritt

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Cents Money In Overtime:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Cents money in overtime

Jan 18, 2017

Morning Star Staff

The Merritt Centennials got to Kal Tire Place late and stayed even later in a 2-1 double overtime win over the Vernon Vipers Saturday night.

Zac Risteau sprung Tyler Ward for a breakaway snipe at 3:11 of 3-on-3 overtime play. The Cents were hemmed in their zone for close to 90 seconds before Ward beat Viper goalie Ty Taylor five-hole for his eighth of the B.C. Hockey League season. Ward, an 18-year-old Kamloops product, is a University of Denver Pioneer commit.

The Vipers (22-13-4-3) and Centennials (16-17-7-2) meet again Wednesday night in Vernon. The Vipers have gained points in their last 11 games.

Taylor, with 37 saves, and Jake Berger of the Cents, with 43 stops, were both magnificent. Berger, a Minnesota native, blocked 23 drives in the second period. Berger was named first star and Taylor, a Richmond product, took second star, in front of 1,938 fans.

Merritt controlled play for the opening seven minutes despite rushing to get a warm-up after arriving at the rink an hour before faceoff, outshooting the Vipers 5-0. Berger registered his save of the year when he robbed Niko Karamanis on a shorthanded 2-on-1. The Cents outshot the Snakes 16-6 in the opening 20.

Connor Clouston of the Vipers tangled with Stephan Seeger in a rousing heavyweight bout 3:33 into the second period with Clouston, a former Medicine Hat Tiger d-man, scoring the takedown on the Connecticut product in a scrap which energized both benches.

Karamanis opened the offence 13 minutes later on a rebound. Brett Stapley and Fortis Energy Player of the game Stephen Jandric drew assists on Karamanis’ 15th.

The Cents replied 64 seconds later when Risteau fed Cade Gleekel for his 14th of the season.

Merritt couldn’t connect on a powerplay when Austin Adamson took a high sticking penalty with 1:24 left in regulation. Vernon outshot the Cents 12-6 in the third period.

Vipers’ head coach/GM Mark Ferner was taking some positives from gaining a single night for the second straight game, but still wants a better showing in the early going.

“Another poor start by our hockey team,” said Ferner. “The second period was obviously better and we had some good looks but couldn’t capitalize. Once you get in overtime, anything can happen. On the winning goal, we had three guys go too low and a turnover’s gonna go the way other way as a breakaway.

“Give Merritt credit. They played a good road game and they capitalized when they had their opportunities.”

Cents’ head coach/GM Joe Martin was stoked with his team’s play.

“Really proud of the guys tonight,” said Martin. “Credit to Ty Taylor and the Vernon defence tonight, but we never quit. Glad Tyler didn’t deke on the winner and just shot it.”

Shots in the third period were 12-6 for Vernon. In OT, neither team scored, and the game went into double OT. In the extra frame, Risteau sprung Tyler Ward after being hemmed in the defensive zone for over a minute and a half, and Ward scored the game winner on a breakaway as he beat Taylor five hole.

SNAKE BITES: Vernon product Ethan King made his debut for the Centennials. The 6-foot-7 d-man played sparingly and did not get a shift in overtime. Martin says King, a recent cut by the WHL Lethbridge Hurricanes, will see more ice time as the season progresses…Vernon’s Blaine Caton scored 12 seconds after the opening faceoff as the Smoke Eaters shelled the Surrey Eagles 19-3 Saturday night before 1,361 fans at Cominco Arena. The league record for fastest goal from the start of a game is eight seconds, set in 1995 by Corey Stock of Surrey versus Chilliwack. Caton, an ex-Viper, has a dozen goals. The record for goals by one team is held by the Penticton Knights, 28-5 winners over Salmon Arm Totems in February, 1985…The Eagles dealt their starting netminder Michael Botiz to the Manitoba League’s Mirimachi Timberwolves last week. Backup Daniel Davidson allowed 14 goals, while Major Midget call-up Lukas Shaw gave up five.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Blog Hits 1,200,000 Viewers:

Sometime Wednesday morning January 11th 2017 this blog hit 1,200,000 (1.2 million) viewer's-page views.

I wanted to take this time to thank all of you, the viewers who check out my blog.  Without you the fans/viewers, this blog would not be possible.  It's you the fans-viewers who keep this site going. 

I first created my Vipersdiehardfan blog in December of 2008 and since then have had over 1.2 million viewer's visit this site. To follow the viewer count, check out the counter on the left hand side of this blog.

I have a website that tell's me how many viewer's I get per month, per day, as well as per week. During the Vipers season, I average between 450-800 viewers a day but have also had up to 1000 viewers plus a day depending on the day and time of year. Last summer I averaged between 200-350 viewers per day. I started getting 400-600 viewers closer to Vipers Training Camp and once Camp hit I was getting 700-1100 per day.

The site also tell's me where the viewer's are from and how they contacted this blog. I get people from all across the world visiting this blog daily. I had 21,506 viewers visit this blog for the month of December.

Thank you again and thanks for the support. If you would like to leave a comment, there's a comment box at the bottom of this post.

Thanks, Vipersdiehardfan

Connor Clouston Fights Stephan Seeger:

This is posted on the Hockeytube.net website:

Connor Clouston Fights Stephan Seeger

Posted by HockeyTube on Jan 15th, 2017

Vernon Viper defenceman #25 Connor Clouston is making a name for himself in the heavyweight division when it comes to dropping the mitts. The 20-year-old blueliner from Medicine Hat also had a big time scrap in November. The former Medicine Hat Tiger also spent a few seasons playing with the WHL Kamloops Blazers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy4pN5cX3Pk

Monday, January 16, 2017

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:

Cowichan-Lloydminster Trade:

The Cowichan Valley Capitals have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Jake Keremidschieff(98)(D) to the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL in exchange for future considerations.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Cent’s Berger Makes Huge Save:

This is posted on Hockeytube.net

Cent’s Berger Makes Huge Save

Posted by HockeyTube on Jan 15th, 2017

During a BCHL game between the Vernon Vipers and the Merritt Centennials January 14th 2017, #31 Jacob Berger makes a terrific save on a 2-on-1 rush. Berger throws himself across the crease to rob Viper forward #21 Niko Karamanis from scoring a shorthanded goal. Just seconds later Vernon goalie Ty Taylor also makes a fantastic save to keep the game scoreless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plxjU45BlgI

Jagger Gets Vipers Moving:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Jagger gets Vipers moving

by  Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Jan 15, 2017

Already pretty famous for a goal which made TSN’s Top-100 plays of 2016, Jagger Williamson registered two more sweet snipes Friday night as the Vernon Vipers salvaged a 3-3 double overtime tie with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Merritt 2 Vernon 1 Double Overtime

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

I was at tonight's Vipers-Centennials game as Merritt defeated Vernon 2-1 in double overtime in front of 1,938 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Ty Taylor
Merritt: Jacob Berger

1st Period: The Centennials jumped on the Vipers early. Merritt got off to a quick start, attacked Vernon early and often. Chase Bell couldn't beat Ty Taylor on a wrap around about a minute and a half into the opening frame. Minutes later Cade Gleekel wired a quick shot from the circle that was stopped by Ty Taylor before Zach Risteau couldn't bury the rebound as Merritt was out in front in shots 5-0 just minutes in. A carbon copy of last night's game vs Salmon Arm the Vipers didn't get off to a great start, were a little slow moving their feet, played a lot of

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Game Preview: Merritt @ Vernon:

Merritt (15-17-7-2) @ Vernon (22-13-3-2) 6pm

Tonight is the fourth of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Merritt Centennials. The season series is tied 1-1-0-1

Last Game:

Friday, January 13th Vernon tied Salmon Arm 3-3
Friday, January 13th Merritt defeated Penticton 3-2

Next Game:

Wednesday, January 18th Merritt @ Vernon

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Vernon 3 Salmon Arm 3

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

I was at tonight's Vipers-Silverbacks game as Vernon tied Salmon Arm 3-3 in front of 2,125 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Darion Hanson
Salmon Arm: Nic Tallarico

1st Period: The Silverbacks come out of the gates strong, jump on Vernon early and often carrying the better of the play off the opening faceoff, would force the Vipers into taking an early penalty, giving the Backs an early powerplay 2:24 into the contest. Salmon Arm would get five shots with the man advantage unable to capitalize as the Vipers would kill off the minor. SA was outshooting the Vipers 7-0 early at one point before the Silverbacks would get the games first quality opportunity. Darion Hanson would get caught behind his goal after a Viper defender through the puck out front to a wide open Grayson Constable who couldn't beat Darion Hanson six

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Game Preview: Salmon Arm @ Vernon:

Salmon Arm (16-21-2-1) @ Vernon (22-13-3-2) 7pm

Tonight is the seventh and final regular season meeting between the Vernon Vipers & Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Vipers lead the season series 5-0-1

Last Game:

Wednesday, January 11th Vernon defeated Prince 5-3
Saturday, January 7th Trail defeated Salmon Arm 5-2

Next Game:

Saturday, January 14th Merritt @ Vernon
Saturday, January 14th Langley @ Salmon Arm

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Vernon Vipers Alumni-College Hockey On TSN:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Liam Finlay (2014-2016) & the Denver Pioneers take on former Vernon Vipers forward Aaron Hadley (2010-2013) & the Western Michigan Broncos today at 3:30pm on TSN 2

Bus-Bogged Vipers Deliver Win:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Bus-bogged Vipers deliver win

by  Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Jan 13, 2017

No head coach. No captain. No big deal.

The red-hot Vernon Vipers extended their winning streak to five by stopping the host Prince George Spruce Kings 5-3 before 1,189 B.C. Hockey League fans Wednesday night at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

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:

Powell River Signs Cairns:

The Powell River Kings have acquired 1998-born defenseman Matthew Cairns from the Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League. Cairns, from Mississauga, Ontario, had played 17 games for the Force this season with 4 assists. Prior to playing for the Force, Matt played for the Georgetown Raiders in the Ontario Junior Hockey League scoring nine goals and added 24 assists in 46 OJHL games last season. He improved on those totals in the playoffs, putting up 19 points in 22 postseason contests. He was named that league’s top prospect. Matt also went in round 3 #84 overall by Edmonton Oilers in the 2016 NHL Draft. “Being drafted by the Oilers was one of the most amazing moments in my hockey career,” says Cairns,

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Vernon 5 Prince George 3

Scoring

1st

2:18 PG Hunter Luhmann (5) ASST: Parker Colley (7)
19:22 VER Chris Jandric (2) ASST: Brett Stapley (25), Steven Jandric (14) (PP)

2nd

12:09 VER Cameron Trott (5) ASST: Jagger Williamson (20), Hunter Zandee (13) (PP)
15:01 PG Hunter Luhmann (6) ASST: Parker Colley (8), Travis Schneider (13)
18:27 VER Brett Stapley (7) ASST: Austin Adamson (7)

3rd

1:39 VER Jimmy Lambert (14) ASST: Steven Jandric (15), Michael Ufberg (21)
11:20 PG Chong Hyun Lee (13) ASST: Travis Schneider (14), Connor Russell (18)
18:07 VER Jimmy Lambert (15) ASST: Hunter Zandee (14), Connor Clouston (5) (EN)

Prince George outshot Vernon 37-35 Darion Hanson made 34 saves in the win, Tavin Grant made 30 saves in the loss.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

http://bchl.ca/game-summary?game_id=7555

Game Report,

https://lscluster.hockeytech.com/game_reports/official-game-report.php?client_code=bchl&game_id=7555

Text-Boxscore,

https://lscluster.hockeytech.com/game_reports/text-game-report.php?client_code=bchl&game_id=7555

Vipers Sign Dale & Sagissor:

This is posted on the Morning Star website:

Vipers add two forwards

Jan 11, 2017

The Vernon Vipers have added a pair of forwards at the B.C. Hockey League trading deadline.

Brody Dale, 17, of Kelowna, and Simon Sagissor, 19, of Stillwater, Minn., are now in the Snakepit.

Dale, who has played eight games with the Vipers as an affiliate from the Junior B Kelowna Chiefs, rang up 15 goals and 39 points in 26 KIJHL games, third best on the Chiefs. The rugged 5-foot-7, 150-pound winger amassed 77 penalty minutes.

Sagissor has split this season between the North American Hockey League Madison Capitals (2G in 17 games) and Coulee Region Chill (1-3-4 in 10 games). He had 10 penalty minutes.

The 5-foot-11,175-pounder scored 17 times in 49 games with Stillwater over two high school seasons.

The Vipers play the Spruce Kings tonight in Prince George and then host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Friday and the Merritt Centennials Saturday night.

Simon Sagissor's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=353796

Brody Dale's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=392317

Game Preview: Vernon @ Prince George:

Vernon (21-13-3-2) @ Prince George (19-16-2-2) 7pm

Tonight is the first of two regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Prince George Spruce Kings. The two teams split the season series 1-1 last season.

Last Game:

Saturday, January 7th Vernon defeated Penticton 4-2
Sunday, January 8th Prince George defeated Nanaimo 4-1

Next Game:

Friday, January 13th Salmon Arm @ Vernon
Friday, January 13th Chilliwack @ Prince George

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Vipers Sign Dale:

The Vernon Vipers have signed 17 year old forward Brody Dale.

Dale who was playing with the KIJHL Kelowna Chiefs played eight games as an "AP" affiliated player with the Vipers this season. In 26 games with the Chiefs this season Dale has (15-goals-24-assists-39-points).

Brody Dale's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=392317

This was on the Chiefs twitter account:

KChiefsCoach

@KChiefsCoach

All the best to @BrodyDale9 who's signed with the @VernonVipers Brody is a fantastic player and person. Well earned and deserved.

Vipers Roll Clutch Win:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers roll clutch win

by  Emanuel Sequeira - Vernon Morning Star

Jan 11, 2017

PENTICTON – Three first-period goals and a 37-save performance by Ty Taylor gave the Vernon Vipers a 4-2 win over the Penticton Vees before 2,959 B.C. Hockey League fans Saturday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Former Viper Demers Recieves Honourable Mention For Player Of The Week:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Cole Demers receives honourable mention for Player of the week.

Demers started the season with the Vipers, played in 12 games (3 wins-8 losses 3.20 GAA) was released November 23 2016 before signing with the West Kelowna Warriors January 6th 2016.

Cole Demers Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=245574

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Betts busts out, earns BCHL POW nod

January 9, 2017

Powell River Kings forward Kyle Betts has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 8, the league announced Monday.

Betts racked up nine points on five goals and four helpers as the Kings won twice on home ice. The native of Flesherton, Ont. started out with two goals and two assists in a 10-4 win over Prince George where he was the FortisBC Energy Player of the Game and he topped that the next night with a hat trick and two helpers and 1st Star in a 12-1 win over Coquitlam.

Committed to Cornell University for next season, Betts’ 13 goals and 16 assists put him currently sixth on the Kings in scoring with 29 points.

Honourable Mentions this week:

Trail Smoke Eaters F Ross Armour: 3G, 1A, 1st Star, 3rd Star, GWG

Wenatchee Wild F AJ Vanderbeck: 5G, 2A, two 1st Stars, 4G game, GWG

Alberni Valley Bulldogs D Trevor Cosgrove: 2G, 2A, 1st Star, GWG

West Kelowna Warriors F Connor Sodergren: 4G, 1A, 2nd Star, GWG

West Kelowna Warriors G Cole Demers: 2W, 1st Star, 2nd Star, 72 saves/75 shots, .973 sv%, 1.00 GAA

Powell River Kings F Jonny Evans: 3G, 5A, 2nd Star, 3rd Star, GWG

Victoria Grizzlies F Cole Pickup: 6G, 2A, 1st Star, two 2nd Stars, hat trick

Monday, January 9, 2017

Vernon-Alberni Valley Trade:

This is posted on The Hammers Bulldogs Blog:

BULLDOGS TRADE FOR VETERAN FORWARD

PRESS RELEASE

January 9, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have acquired forward Nicholas Rasovic from the Vernon Vipers in exchange for Future Considerations.

Rasovic comes to the Bulldogs with 128 Games of “Junior A” experience and will add much needed depth to the forward group. The 5-foot-10 native of Anmore, BC is an alumnus of the Vancouver North East Chiefs Major Midget program and will finish his final junior season as a Bulldog.

The Bulldogs are currently without defender Malik Kaila and forward Braydon Nelson who have sustained injuries that will keep them out of action for a lengthy period of time.

Nicholas Rasovic's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=153255

Warriors Acquire Former Viper Goaltender Demers:

The West Kelowna Warriors have signed-added former Vernon Vipers goaltender Cole Demers.

Demers started the season with the Vipers, played in 12 games (3 wins-8 losses 3.20 GAA) was released November 23 2016.

Demers made his Warriors debut Friday stopping 38 of 39 shots, was named 1st star in West Kelowna's 4-1 victory over the visiting Merritt Centennials. Demers stopped 72 of 74 Merritt shots over the weekend home & home series vs the Centennials, improved to 2-0 with the Warriors.

Cole Demers Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=245574

This is posted on the Warriors website:

Warriors add new goaltender

January 6, 2017

by trevorm

Recent News

West Kelowna was dealt yet another blow on the season as the team learnt that 17-year-old goaltender Shane Farkas would be leaving to head to Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL). To fill the spot in goal will be another 17-year-old as the Warriors have signed goaltender Cole Demers from the Okanagan Rockets of the BC Major Midget League. Demers, a North Vancouver native, played in two games with the Rockets after being released by the Vernon Vipers earlier this season. Demers had very good numbers with the Vipers in his first Junior ‘A’ season, leaving with a 3-8-0 record along with a 3.20 GAA and a .905 SV%.

In addition to Demers, the Warriors will have another new face dawning big pads and goaltender equipment as goaltender Dorian Laganiere will join the team for the weekend as an affiliate. The Granby, Quebec native has split time between the Revelstoke Grizzlies and with the Golden Rockets of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) this season. In 7 games with the Rockets, Laganiere owns a 0-6-1 record with a 3.70 GAA and a .902 SV%.