Saturday, November 18, 2017

Vernon Vipers Match Game – Stapley & Williamson

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Match Game – Stapley & Williamson

November 13, 2017 HockeyTube

Match Game – Stapley and Williamson – The BCHL Vernon Vipers are doing a new feature this year called ‘The Match Game’ with their players sponsored by Match Eatery and Public house. Simple concept that is a lot of for the players and fans of the team. Each week the players will see how many questions they agree on.

Fans also get in on the action by trying to predict how many correct matches they will have on the team’s Facebook page. Everyone who correctly guesses will have their name put into a draw for game tickets and other prizes.

This week it’s team ‘Jett’ featuring Brett Stapley and Jagger Williamson. The team to beat right now is Ufberg and Kelly who matched on 13 out of 16 questions.

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:

Chilliwack Chiefs Make Roster Moves:

The Chiefs made a series of roster moves today involving five players. Signed to the active roster is 19 year old defenseman Kyle Yewchuk. The 6’5 214 pound native of Calgary Alberta spent the last two full seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Edmonton Oil Kings and Lethbridge Hurricanes. He had one goal and nine assists in 74 games with Edmonton, and four assists in 26 games with Lethbridge. Acquired from the Trail Smoke Eaters are the Canadian Hockey League rights to 19 year old forward Dawson Martin in exchange for the CHL rights to 20 year old defenseman Brennan Riddle. Martin, from Winnipeg Manitoba, has played 127 games with the Calgary Hitmen and Red Deer Rebels of the WHL, scoring 12 goals and adding 14 assists. In 65 games with Red Deer last season he scored 10 goals and added six assists. In the third move of the day, the Chiefs announced that 19 year old defenseman Nick Ormon has been traded to the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations. In 16 games with the Chiefs this season, Ormon scored one goal. In today’s final move the team announced that 19 year old forward Jordan Roy has left the team for personal reasons. Both Martin and Yewchuk are expected to be in the Chiefs lineup this weekend.

Merritt-Nanaimo Trade:

The Merritt Centennials today announced the acquisition of goaltender Austin Roden from the Nanaimo Clippers in exchange for future considerations. The 19-year-old has a 2-4-1 record with the Clippers this season along with a 3.17 goals-against-average and a .905 save percentage. “We’re happy to add another experienced goalie to our roster. We didn’t plan on Jake Berger play every single game for us so early in the season,” said Cents GM and Head Coach Joe Martin. “Jake has played outstanding for us, but our plans are to have healthy competition at all positions.” Roden – who’s from Victoria, BC – has a career BCHL record of 11-14-2 with a 3.17 GAA, a .901 SV% and two shutouts in 34 games. He is a graduate of the South Island Royals of the BC Major Midget League, where he played 47 games between 2014 and 2016. “We fully expect Jake and Austin to push each other to be better every day, which we feel will be good for both of them. Austin is ready to play now and provides immediate help as we head out on a road trip to Vancouver Island this weekend,” added Martin.

Coquitlam-Winkler Trade:

The Coquitlam Express have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Oliver Lester(97)(D) from the Winkler Flyers of the MJHL in exchange for future considerations

Nanaimo-Trenton Trade:

The Nanaimo Clippers have traded 19 year old defenceman Shawn Guison to the Trenton Golden Hawks of the OJHL in exchange for defenceman Brandon Marinelli. The Clippers would like to thank Shawn for his commitment and hard work both on and off the ice and wish him the best of luck in Trenton. Brandon comes to the Clippers having played two seasons with the Golden Hawks. In both seasons he and the Hawks competed in the Royal Bank Cup.

Schleppe Commits To Prince George For 2018-19 Season:

The Prince George Spruce Kings signed 16-year-old forward Tyler Schleppe for the 2018/2019 season. The 6’3” 175 pound forward is from Vancouver and currently plays for the Burnaby Winter Club Academy Midget Prep team. He has 6 goals and 8 assists for 14 points in 12 games played. Tyler attended Spruce Kings training camp in August and remained with the team through the exhibition season. He is currently an affiliate player with the team. “We are excited to commit Tyler Schleppe to the Spruce Kings for the 2018/2019 Season. Tyler exemplifies a great skill set and brings an element of size and strength that we are looking for. He has produced at every level, his game will translate well into the Junior A level. In addition, he possesses the characteristics that align with our team culture, which we put a lot of value on when looking at perspective players. We would like to welcome Tyler to the Spruce Kings family for next season” said Spruce Kings Head Coach Adam Maglio.

Salmon Arm-Sherwood Park Trade:

Salmon Arm Silverbacks General Manager Scott Atkinson today announced the team has traded for 19-year-old goaltender Kyle Dumba for future considerations from the Sherwood Park Crusaders of the AJHL. We are excited to have Kyle Dumba join the club at the goaltender position. Kyle is a very skilled goalie; with an extremely high compete level. In 2013 the Calgary Hitmen drafted him with the 68th overall pick in the WHL bantam draft. The following year he was named the top midget goalie in the CSSHL while playing for the Edge School for Athletes in Calgary. In addition, because I have coached Kyle previously I know he is a great teammate. Kyle will be on the ice today for practice and will make his debut with the Backs as they head on the road for games Friday in Surrey, Saturday in Cowichan and then finally finishing up the road trip with an afternoon tilt versus the Victoria Grizzlies.

Kings Get First Win In Penticton Since 2003

For the first time since December 14th, 2003, a span of 5074 days, the Powell River Kings earned a road win in Penticton as the 2017/2018 version of the Kings scored shorthanded, on the powerplay and twice even strength for a 4-2 win over the Vees on Saturday night.

Donaldson Commits To Smoke Eaters For 2018-19 Season:

The Trail Smoke Eaters are pleased to announce the commitment of Sean Donaldson for the 2018-2019 season. Donaldson — a 5’10” forward is a product of the Burnaby Winter Club — marks the first recruitment for the Trail Smoke Eaters 2018-2019 season. The team is pleased to secure a high-end player out of an elite program, well in advance of the upcoming season. Donaldson spent last year for the BWC Elite 15’s, where he registered 20 goals and 37 points in 30 games for the club. This season, Donaldson has played for the BWC Prep team and currently sits second in team scoring, tallying 13 points in 10 games in the highly competitive Canadian Sport School Hockey League. Donaldson visited Trail earlier this season, when he suited up for the Smoke Eaters for a home game against Powell River. Sean had a very positive experience during his visit to Trail which helped make his decision. “Getting up to Trail was an awesome experience, seeing the amazing facilities first hand, as well as getting a feel for the historic town. Playing in that building in front of the best fans in the BCHL really gave an extra drive and excitement to play. That opportunity gave me a great taste of what the league is like and showed me the work that I have to do in the next ten months to come in to the league as an impact players next season,” said Donaldson. The Smoke Eaters organization would like to welcome Sean and his family to our team and look forward to following his progress for the remainder of this season with the Burnaby Winter Club and are excited to see him wear a Smoke Eaters Uniform next fall.

Surrey Considering ‘7,000’ To ‘10,000’ Seat Hockey Arena:

With Surrey’s population rapidly increasing, is it time for the city to consider building a large arena? Local investment banker Inde Sumal seems to think so. Sumal is leading a group that wants to build a new 7,000-10,000 seat arena in Bridgeview, near Scott Road Station. While Bridgeview is the main option, there are two other areas in Surrey that Sumal’s group is looking at. If construction of the arena goes through, it would stand to be the largest arena and entertainment centre in Surrey. “The purpose of the arena will be for a hockey team, with the ability to host concerts and community events.” said Sumal. Sumal said his group “has a team looking to relocate,” but he would not comment on which team is looking at moving into the proposed arena. Aside from hockey, Sumal wants the facility to be an entertainment venue for concerts. “If there’s an artist that is too small for Rogers arena, they could make their way out here,” he said. One of the main attractions for Sumal’s group is the rapid population growth of Surrey. According to city estimates, Surrey’s population has grown by nearly 100,000 people over the last 10 years. “We look at population growth when we do our research,” said Sumal. “We thought that perhaps Surrey could be the next hub for a large sports facility.” He said the other benefit of the Bridgeview area is that it’s home to a major transit hub. “Surrey has the transit, enabling the residents of Greater Vancouver to make their way Surrey,” said Sumal. “From a land-value perspective, it’s also advantageous.” Both Sumal and Mayor Linda Hepner stress that discussions are in the preliminary stages. “Sumal feels that the addition of a grade A calibre arena and entertainment facility would be a welcome amenity for a growing metropolis such as Surrey,” Hepner said. “Discussions with the city are in the preliminary stages, but we’re encouraged with the responses that we are receiving from the city,” Sumal. Currently, the largest seated arena in Surrey is South Surrey Arena, home to the BCHL’s South Surrey Eagles. That arena holds 1,240 people. Aside from Rogers Arena, Vancouver has two large facilities with the Pacific Coliseum and Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Arena at UBC. The largest arenas outside of Vancouver are Langley Events Centre, with 5,276 seats, and Abbotsford Centre, which has a maximum capacity of 8,500. Based on Sumal’s comments, Surrey could be home to the largest arena in the Lower Mainland outside of Vancouver. This project is entirely separate from the proposal to build an outdoor soccer stadium in Surrey, which came to light earlier this month. Canadian Premier League soccer franchise pitches new outdoor stadium plan in Surrey Potential franchise operators with the new Canadian Premier League want to build and operate an “outdoor spectator stadium” on city-owned land here. The CPL is working with ownership groups to establish professional soccer franchises in key markets across Canada, according to league spokesperson Greg McIsaac.

Coquitlam-Humboldt Trade:

The Coquitlam Express have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Brock Hamm(97)(G) from the Humboldt Broncos of the SJHL in exchange for the CJHL playing rights to Mitch Newsome(97)(F)

Silvertips Acquire Ormsby:

The Everett Silvertips have acquired F Luke Ormsby, 18, from the Seattle Thunderbirds for a ninth-round selection in the 2018 WHL bantam draft. Ormsby was born in Port Angeles, Wash., and has lived in Everett and Bellingham. He also played in Everett’s minor hockey ranks. “We’re excited to welcome an individual like Luke to the Silvertips family, who brings proven experience at this level and a is homegrown player as well,” Garry Davidson, Everett’s general manager, said in a news release.“His hard work, beginning in Everett Youth Hockey, gave him the necessary tools to improve each year and reach the WHL level. He gets around the ice very well, and shows up to play with emotion and intensity.” This season, Ormsby was pointless in 11 games with Seattle. Last season, he had six goals and five assists in 11 regular-season games, then added one assist in 13 playoff games. The Thunderbirds selected him in the ninth round of the 2014 WHL bantam draft. Ormsby had left the Thunderbirds on Monday and was to have joined the BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild. At the time, Seattle general manager Russ Farwell said: “He is going to Wenatchee to play. We are releasing him. It was a mutual decision.”

Dorsey Set To Join Wild:

The Calgary Hitmen have dropped F Matt Dorsey, 18 from their roster, and he is expected to join the BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild. Dorsey, who is from Wenatchee, was a third-round selection by Calgary in the 2014 bantam draft. However, his progress has been hampered by knee problems. . . . Dorsey had three goals and three assists in 34 games last season, but had yet to get into a game this season.

Merritt-Nepean Trade:

The Merritt Centennials announced today that 19-year-old forward Alex Bourhas has been traded to the Nepean Raiders of the Central Canada Hockey League for future considerations. “With Chase Bell coming off injured reserve, we needed to make room on our roster for a forward,” said Cents GM and Head Coach Joe Martin. “I’m certain that Alex will do very well with the opportunity in Nepean. Our entire organization wishes him all the best and thank him for his time in the Nicola Valley.” Bourhas played 17 career BCHL games in Merritt, posting five points (three goals, two assists) and 14 penalty minutes. The L’Île-Bizard, QC native was recruited by the Centennials from The Hotchkiss School hockey team in Lakeville, Connecticut.

Prince George-Coquitlam Trade:

The Prince George Spruce Kings are very excited to announce that they have acquired 19-year-old forward Blake Hayward from the Coquitlam Express in exchange for the rights to 20-year-old forward Nicholas Holowko. Hayward is from Vancouver and played the previous two seasons for the Express. Last season he tallied 8 goals and 21 assists for 29 points in 51 games played. He began this season with the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League (USHL) but recently had returned to the Express. Hayward has twice played in the World Junior A Challenge for Team Canada West and is committed to play NCAA division 1 hockey at Union College next year. Nicholas Holowko is a veteran of 208 Western Hockey League (WHL) games over the past four seasons and most recently had played for the Kamloops Blazers. “Blake is a veteran BCHL player who brings a great skill set to our team. He also plays with an edge which will be a nice addition to the group. He will be leaned heavily upon to help provide leadership on and off the ice” said Spruce Kings General Manager Mike Hawes. Hayward will join his new Spruce Kings team mates as they start a 3 game road trip in Trail Friday night. In a separate move, the team has reassigned Reid Perepeluk to the Kamloops Storm of the Kootenay International Hockey league (KIJHL).

Wild Name Mitzel New Account Executive:

The Wenatchee Wild, proud members of the British Columbia Hockey League are pleased to announce the hiring of Daryl Mitzel in the position of Account Executive. She has been working with the club as an intern since early September and has earned her way into a full-time position. Also joining the Wild staff in a part time capacity is Erin Roberts. Daryl holds a Bachelors in Sports Management from Grand Canyon University and is currently pursuing her MBA online in Business Administration with an emphasis in Sports Management. She’s a native of Colorado, which has helped make for a natural transition to the Wenatchee Valley. She has enjoyed the beauty of the valley and is looking forward to more adventures in the area. People describe Daryl as outgoing, detail-oriented and goal-driven. She loves working with others in a fast-paced environment and strives to continuously grow and learn new things, then apply those experiences to her personal and professional life. As an Account Executive for the Wenatchee Wild, she hopes to bring a new home game experience to the Wenatchee Wild. She hopes to create a night out that involves the whole community including those that are not die-hard hockey fans. She looks forward to connecting with our community and taking the time to highlight brand new marketing opportunities bringing a new life to the Wenatchee Wild. Daryl will be focusing her efforts on specialty nights such as Teddy Bear Toss (Dec. 16), Superhero Night (Jan. 13), Guns N Hoses (Jan. 27), and Year 10 Night (Feb. 17). Additionally, she will help organize prime nights like Black Friday (Nov. 24), Ladies Night (Dec 15), WAHA Night (Dec. 30), and Faith and Family Night (Feb. 3). Also, she will keep an emphasis on group sales, creating memorable game night experiences. Erin Roberts joins the Wild part time, a full time married mother of three who also billets a Wild player. She has a strong professional background in human resources, holding an Associate of Arts degree and a B.A. in Business Administration. She will assist in the area of group sales, and is excited to help grow the sport she loves in the town she calls home. In a separate personnel change, Katie Lenerville has accepted a position outside the organization. The Wild wish Katie well in her future endeavors and thank her for her service over the last year. Gretchen Littler will move into the role of Director of Sales and Marketing, and will continue to work with our corporate sponsors as well as maintain her contacts with area schools and groups. “I’m excited to work with our sponsors and the community as we continue to strengthen our position in the Wenatchee Valley.”

Fundraising Campaign Starts For New Kings Bus:

Most of you know by now that the team bus broke down on its way to Wenatchee. Right now it’s sitting at a Richmond repair shop and we will get a verdict of what went wrong, but we don’t expect good news. The expenses for this road trip were substantially more than usual. Plus the fact we will have to return to Wenatchee and play a make-up game in the future. Fortunately the team was able to regroup and continue on to Penticton where they won their first game since 2003 in Penticton. At this time we need to use this set back as motivation to communicate, by any which way possible, to people of our town to help us fill the Hap and come out to the games and also to purchase the Dream Lottery Tickets. However, we understand from quite a few of you that are not BC residents that you would like a way to help out as well. This gofundme page is set up for those of you living outside of BC, who want to help the Kings be able to get a new bus and to help us recoup some of these larger costs of this past trip and future trip. We are going to have to look at alternatives for this upcoming weekend of travel, most likely having to rent a charter again until we can purchase a new bus. Preliminary calls have already been made for a replacement bus. We ask all of our outside BC Fans, Parents and Alumni to help the Kings out in getting a new bus. Let’s start off our 30th year without this huge debt hanging over our team. The Kings ask for your support and thank you for any donations that are made as every dollar helps!

Alberni Valley-Truro Trade:

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have transferred the CJHL playing rights to Graham Rutledge(98)(D) to the Truro Bearcats of the MHL in exchange for future considerations

Salmon Arm-Calgary Trade:

Salmon Arm trades 1997-born defenseman Mitchell Stapley to Calgary Canucks (#AJHL) for future considerations.

Prince George-Carleton Place Trade:

The Prince George Spruce Kings have traded 18-year-old forward Shawn Kennedy to the Carleton Place Canadians of the Central Canada Hockey League in exchange for the CJHL rights to 19 year old goaltender Tavin Grant and future considerations. Kennedy was acquired by the Spruce Kings during the off season from Carleton Place in exchange for Grant and future considerations. Kennedy had tallied 2 goals and 8 assists for 10 points in 25 games this season for the Spruce Kings.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Vernon 3 Merritt 2

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

7:56 VER Jordan Sandhu (9) ASST: Chris Jandric (10), Jimmy Lambert (22)

2nd Period:

0:45 MER Henry Cleghorn (8) ASST: Zach Zorn (11) (PP)

10:30 VER Josh Prokop (9) ASST: Jesse Lansdell (15) 

18:07 VER Jimmy Lambert (11) ASST: Brett Stapley (20), Chris Jandric (11)

3rd Period:

5:22 MER Brendan Schneider (5) ASST: Bradley Cocca (6), Chase Bell (4)

Vernon outshoots Merritt 56-23 Anthony Yamnitsky makes 21 saves in the win, while Austin Roden makes 53 saves in the loss.

Boxscore-Game Summary,

Merritt Centennials Blog,

Game Report,

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Vernon Vipers Alumni-College Hockey On TSN:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Liam Finlay (2014-2016) & the Denver Pioneers take on North Dakota tonight at 6pm on TSN 3

Game preview: Vernon @ Merritt:

Vernon (16-5-0-4) @ Merritt (8-11-2-1) 7pm

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

Last Game:

Wednesday, November 15th Vernon defeated West Kelowna 3-2 double overtime
Saturday, November 10th Salmon Arm defeated Merritt 5-3

Next Game:

Wednesday, November 22nd Vernon @ Wenatchee
Saturday, November 18th Alberni Valley @ Merritt

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Vipers Win In Double OT:

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Vipers win in double OT

Kevin Mitchell

Nov. 17, 2017

Jimmy Lambert missed a huge twinbill against the Penticton Vees last weekend as he nursed an upper-body injury. And the Vernon Vipers sorely missed the Saskatoon streak in collecting just one of four possible points.

The third-year roadrunner returned to the lineup Wednesday night and converted 64 seconds into 3-on-3 double overtime as the Snakes grounded the West Kelowna Warriors 3-2 in B.C. Hockey League play before 1,669 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Lambert, a Michigan Wolverine commit, picked up a loose puck outside the Vernon blueline and sped down the right sidewall with Warrior defenceman Stephen Kleysen forcing him to the outside. Lambert turned on a nickel and cruised into the West Kelowna zone before burying a high wrister from the deep slot past second star Cody Porter, who recorded 47 saves.

“(Head coach Ferner) Mark always says, in overtime, don’t miss the net high and wide, and they did that exactly that,” said Lambert. “I was in a footrace with Kleysen and kind of stopped up at the blueline, cut across the middle and kind of shot one through a screen and it found the back of the net. Everything worked out well there, that’s for sure.”

Vernon improved to 16-5-0-4 as they surpassed the Trail Smoke Eaters into the Interior Division penthouse. The Warriors, who dropped three games in Vernon in 18 days, dipped to 14-9-1-0, good for third place.

Jesse Lansdell (fifth) and Keyvan Mokhtari (9th) supplied the other Vernon goals, both on the powerplay, while Kleysen (6th) and fellow d-man Michael Ryan (2nd) countered for the Warriors, who led 2-1 until late in the second period.

“Mark always says every game against these guys is going to be a grind and that was definitely the definition of that game,” said Lambert. “It was a tough, hard-fought battle.”

Ty Taylor was stellar for Vernon with 29 saves for his 10th win against one loss.

Both teams enjoyed Grade A chances on the penalty kill with Lansdell getting stuffed by Porter on a breakaway five-hole attempt and Ryan just missing on a slot shot. It was hardly thrill-a-minute hockey, but both teams went hard.

West Kelowna, without five regulars due to injury or suspension (newly acquired Spencer Hora), gave the Vipers seven powerplays.

“I thought we played well, but obviously, you can’t give those guys too many chances on the powerplay,” said Warrior captain Jared Marino. “We definitely were taking too many trips to the box. In the end, we had a decent effort but we didn’t get the result we wanted.”

Marino believes the Warriors still have enough depth to win despite injury woes and he looks forward to welcoming the Vipers to Royal LePage Place.

West Kelowna blueliner Jake Harrison was assessed a minor and game misconduct for a blow to the head after he rocked Viper Niko Karamanis just inside the Warrior blueline with 30 seconds left in regulation.

The Vipers, who visit the Merritt Centennials Friday night, were without F Tanner Wishnowski and D Sol Seibel, both on injured reserve.

“West K’s a team that really works hard so we knew coming in, we’d have to outwork them,” said Viper d-man Michael Ufberg. “The fact that we came back and won it in double overtime is a credit to everybody.”

In other action Wednesday night, Grant Cruikshank pocketed 2+1 as the Vees ambushed the Surrey Eagles 7-1 before 2,833 fans at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Penticton moved into a tie for fourth place with the Wenatchee Wild, one point behind the Warriors.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Stapley Listed By Central Scouting:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

8 BCHLers listed by Central Scouting

November 15, 2017

NHL Central Scouting unveiled its players-to-watch list this week and of the 18 Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) players included, eight are from the BCHL.

Penticton defenceman Jonny Tychonick is listed as a B-level prospect, meaning a possible second- or third-round selection.

Wenatchee defenceman Slava Demin is listed as a B-level prospect.

Chilliwack Chiefs defenceman Powell Connor is listed as a C-level prospect, meaning a possible fourth-, fifth- or sixth-round selection.

Langley Rivermen forward Brendan Budy is listed as a C-level prospect.

Langley Rivermen forward Angus Crookshank is listed as a C-level prospect.

Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Max Crozier is listed as a C-level prospect.

Trail Smoke Eaters defenceman Seth Barton is listed as a C-level prospect

Vernon Vipers forward Brett Stapley is listed as a C-level prospect.

CLICK HERE to read the complete list of CJHL players

There were just five BCHLers listed on the Central Scouting report published in early October. Added for this latest ranking are Crookshank, Barton and Stapley.

The 2018 NHL Entry Draft will be held June 22 and 23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Vernon Vipers Alumni Calvin Named BCIHL Player Of The Month:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Dallas Calvin has been named the BCIHL Player of the Month.

Calvin is in his third season at Selkirk College. In 10 games this season Calvin has (8-goals-16-assists-24-points).

Calvin was an affiliated player "AP" with the Vipers during the 2012-13 season playing in one game before committing to the Vipers for the 2013-14 season. Calvin left the Vipers on October 5th 2013 after just 11 games for personal reasons before joining the KIJHL Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Calvin re-joined the Vipers after Christmas as an "AP" for the remainder of the season, playoffs & Royal Bank Cup. In 12 games with the Vipers Calvin recorded (3-goals-6-assists-9-points). Calvin didn't return to the Vipers the following season, committed to-played with the Trail Smoke Eaters for the 2014-15 season.  

Dallas Calvin's Player Profile:

This is posted on the BCIHL website:

Calvin named Player of the Month for October

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - Submitted by BCIHL Media

The British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League has unveiled its award winners for the month of October:

Player of the Month - Dallas Calvin, Selkirk College

It took little time for one of the BCIHL's most dynamic players to get back to business after having his 2016/17 season derailed by injury. The 23-year old scored goals in all but one September contest and began the season on a six-game point streak. His 17 points on the month were six more than his nearest competitor and he helped lead a rookie-laden Saints squad to top spot in the league standings with a 6-0 record.

Avalanche Looking To Trade Ex Vipers Goaltender Hammond:

Former Vernon Vipers goaltender Andrew
Hammond will remain with the American Hockey League's Bellville Senators until the Colorado Avalanche trade Hammond.

The Ottawa Senators traded Hammond to Colorado November 5th 2017.

Hammond has played the past five seasons with the Ottawa Senators/American Hockey League Binghamton Senators. Hammond has spent this season in the American Hockey League with the Belleville Senators.

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 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:

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Nov 7, 2017

Report: Avs looking to flip G Hammond Staff

Andrew Hammond's stay with the Colorado Avalanche could be a short one.

According to James Gordon of The Athletic, Hammond will remain with the AHL's Belleville Senators on loan from the Avalanche while general manager Joe Sakic looks to trade the newly acquired netminder.

The Avalanche received Hammond, along with prospects Shane Bowers, Samuel Girard, Vladislav Kamenev and three draft picks in return for sending Matt Duchene to the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night. The Senators also traded centre Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators as part of the three-team deal.

Hammond owns a $1.35 million cap hit in the final season a three-year deal signed with the Senators in 2015. He currently counts for $325,000 against the Avalanche cap while he plays in the AHL.

The 29-year-old appeared in just six games with the Senators last season, posting an 0-2 record with a 4.08 goals-against average and an .837 save percentage.

He's off to a strong start in the AHL this season, though, and owns a .925 save percentage with a 2.61 goals-against average for a 2-2-1 record.

The Avalanche will continue to move forward with goaltenders Semyon Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier on their NHL roster and Spencer Martin, Ville Husso and Joe Cannata at the AHL level on the San Antonio Rampage.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Vernon 3 West Kelowna 2 Double Overtime

I have had season tickets for the past 28 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for close to thirty five years. I've missed only three home games since 1998-99 season. For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Warriors game as Vernon defeated West Kelowna 3-2 in double overtime in front of 1,669 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Ty Taylor
West Kelowna: Cody Porter

1st Period: The Vipers jumped on the Warriors early and often as Vernon carried the better of the play off the opening draw. The Snakes using their speed and skill, were flying early, had some looks but no real grad a opportunities. West Kelowna would get the games first powerplay just minutes before the halfway mark. The Warriors with just a single shot couldn't capitalize on the man advantage as the Vipers killed off the minor. Shortly after killing off the penalty, Ty Taylor was forced to making a tough save in close on a goal mouth scramble. A few minutes later Taylor made two big stops after a Warriors forward tried beating the Vernon goaltender on a wrap around. The Snakes would get their first look with the powerplay, only needing nine seconds. On a goal mouth scramble Jesse Lansdell beat Cody Porter at the top of the crease giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 12:21 Shane Kelly and Josh Prokop collected the assists. Cody Porter was up immediately waiving his arms, saying a Viper pushed the puck in with his hands-arm. Warriors captain Jared Marino skated straight to an official to also complain about the goal. After a short delay the officials ruled the play-goal a good goal. Rylan Ferster still not happy with call, wanted to talk to an official about the goal-call. Vipers with a 1-0 lead. Less then three minutes later the Snakes went back to the powerplay. Late in the PP Josh Prokop alone at the top of the blue paint, would be robbed by Cody Porter who somehow got across with his goal stick to make a highlight reel save, keeping this a one goal game. The puck would en up coming out front to Jack Judson on the same play, Judson with a quick snipe from the slot would be denied by Porter. The Warriors netminder with two big stops. The Tribe would kill off the remainder of the penalty. About a minute and a half later the Warriors would get their second man advantage of the night. The Vipers would get out of the period beating the buzzer. It was 1-0 Vernon after 20 minutes of play. I really liked the Vipers game to start the 1st period. I thought the Snakes jumped on West Kelowna early and often, didn't generate much for offensive chances but carried a lot of the play, had some looks. The Warriors battled back, had a few opportunities but overall I thought Vernon was the better of the two teams. The Vipers skating hard, were really flying early, had more puck possession and zone time. Vernon outshot West Kelowna 15-7.

2nd Period: The Warriors started the PP that was carried over from the opening frame. The Snakes killed off the remainder of the minor. Shortly after killing off the penalty Michael Ryan's quick wrister from the point somehow beat Vipers starting goaltender Ty Taylor blocker side tying the game 1-1 at 2:57 Lucas Cullen & Cavin Tilsley drew the helpers. Taylor back in his net, may have been screened on the play, judging by his late reaction to making the save. The Warriors playing with a ton more jump/energy in the middle frame, looked good early. WK carrying the better of the play early. Six minutes in Mitch Andres carried the play up ice before ripping a low shot forcing Warriors starting goaltender Cody Porter into kicking out a big rebound, before Brandon Whistle ripped a quick shot forced Porter to flash the leather, making a big glove save off the former Bonnyville Pontiac. On the following play the Snakes in on a three on two rush, setup Whistle who was denied by Porter shortside. Back come the Warriors the other way. West Kelowna with a quick turn around sprung Cavin Tilsley who used his speed to break in on the two on one, Tilsley setup a Warrior going to the net would be stoned in front by Ty Taylor who come up with a huge save. With Taylor down and out, the Vipers quickly cleared the puck from the crease. The puck come up the middle of the ice, landed on the stick of Stephen Kleysen who fired home the puck into the open cage giving West Kelowna a 2-1 lead at 6:51 Kleysen's goal was unassisted. Two big stops by Cody Porter at the other end, a quick turn around and a big save-goal at the other end of the rink. The Tribe with their first lead of the night. Just over a minute later WK would get a powerplay. The Vipers with an aggressive penalty kill, were able to shut down the Warriors man advantage and kill off the minor. Just over three minutes later the Warriors would head back to the PP. But again another strong penalty kill from Vernon as the Snakes killed off the second of back to back penalties. With just over seven minutes remaining, a minor delay after Cody Porter needed some repairs on his mask. Chris Jandric with a nice move inside the blueline forced Cody Porter into coming way out to the top of the blue paint, made a big stop off the Viper defenceman. Late in the period the Snakes would get their first powerplay of the 2nd. But shorthanded two Warriors were quick to get behind the Vernon defence both breaking out for the breakaway. Michael Ryan would grab the loose puck, break in alone before being stopped by Ty Taylor. Taylor with a huge shorthanded save. Still on the PP Niko Karamanis's shot would be redirected in front by Keyvan Mokhtari tying the game 2-2 at 17:42 Karamanis & Jack Judson picked up the assists. In the dying seconds on the attack West Kelowna would take a late penalty giving the Vipers a powerplay with just seven seconds remaining. It was tied 2-2 after 40 minutes of play. The Tribe responded with a much better period. West Kelowna with a good start, tied the game early and continued to press. The Warriors were the better of the two teams in the first half would eventually take their first lead of the evening. WK was very strong on the draw. The Snakes didn't have their legs going early, were outplayed in the first half. Vernon responded after two big penalty kills, seemed to get some life and gain some momentum, got their legs going and played much better in the second half. The Snakes with a big goal late on the powerplay to tie the game. Both teams played a tight checking game, were both limited to chances. Vernon outshot West Kelowna 14-9.

3rd Period: The Vipers started the 3rd on the man advantage that was carried over from the middle frame. Michael Ufberg lost his footing allowing Cavin Tilsley to break in two on one was stopped by Ty Taylor. Still on the PP a shot from the blueline would be redirected by Brandon Whistle in front that just missed the far corner. Whistle with a good opportunity in front. The Warriors with a big kill, would kill off the minor. Shortly after "AP" Mitchell Gove stole the puck broke in down the left wing, on an odd man rush would be denied by Ty Taylor. A few minutes later Vernon would get their second powerplay of the frame. With an aggressive forecheck, the Warriors come close to stealing the puck at the blueline. West Kelowna with a aggressive-strong penalty kill, killed off the minor. Jimmy Lambert took a big check along the side wall, went down and didn't get up. The play continued before being stopped. The Vipers trainer attended Lambert, who was able to get up on his own, skated off the ice and stayed in the game. A huge high of relief from the Viper bench and fans. Minutes later the Snakes would jump back on the powerplay but again WK come very close to stealing the puck at the line. The Vipers with some looks, didn't generate much in a second missed opportunity. The Tribe killing off another penalty. Two Vipers went hard into the crease/net on a rush to the front of the net. Cody Porter was a little slow getting up, looked to be in some discomfort, eventually got up but shaking his left leg before having a quick chat with the official. Porter then slowed down the faceoff by taking a drink of water before settling into his crease. On the following few shifts Porter looking to be in some discomfort was down on his knees stretching between whistles and shaking his left leg. Porter seemed to be fine as the game continued and stayed between the pipes. RJ Murphy on a wrap around couldn't solve Ty Taylor who had to be alert, made a big stop with two minutes remaining. Inside the final minute former Viper Chase Stevenson with a good opportunity from the high slot, was stopped by Ty Taylor. Warriors with two good chances late. Vernon would get a late powerplay after the Warriors took a late penalty inside the final minute. West Kelowna would lose Jake Harrison for the remainder of the night, after being given two minutes for checking to the head and an automatic ten minute misconduct. The Vipers struggled to take the lead would run out of time before the buzzer. The Tribe excape and pick up at least an extra point heading to overtime. It was tied 2-2 after 60 minutes of play. I thought the Snakes were the better of the two teams, carried a lot of the play, had more puck possession, spent a lot of time with the puck in the Warriors end. Vernon with four powerplay's in the final twenty minutes, couldn't capitalize with the man advantage. The Snakes carried a lot of the play but had very limited chances through out the period. Give the Warriors full credit for battling hard on the penalty kill. WK forced to kill off four minors, spent much of the 3rd on the PK. West Kelowna saw a lot of the third in their own end, used their aggressive forecheck and quickness to get at least three or four odd man rushes but unable to capitalize. I really liked the Tribes penalty kill while West Kelowna took time and space away from Vernon, limiting their chances. WK kept the Snakes to the outside most of the 3rd, forced the Vipers shots from well outside. The Warriors doing a great job at shutting down the Vipers top unit. Vernon outshot West Kelowna 13-7.

Overtime: The Snakes started overtime on the powerplay, that was carried over from the 3rd period. Vernon struggled with the man advantage, come in on the three on two attack, before backing off, getting the puck back to the point, where the Vipers passed the puck around and around killing off a lot of the clock themselves. Ty Taylor iced the puck on the PP as Vernon looking slow and very disorganized with the man advantage. The Warriors give up just one shot on the penalty kill, escape and kill off the minor. West Kelowna would eventually get control of the puck, move the puck around had two or three good looks, forced Ty Taylor into making a big save in OT. The Tribe pressing late. It was tied 2-2 after 65 minutes of play. Vernon didn't look good at all in the extra frame, were very slow, looked tentative with and without the puck. The Snakes looked nervous at times. The Warriors pressed hard in the final minute or so, had several good looks. West Kelowna outshot Vernon 6-4.

Double Overtime: Jimmy Lambert with speed carried the puck through the neutral zone before ripping a high shot blocker side across the blueline beat Cody Porter top corner giving Vernon a 3-2 double overtime victory at 1:04 Lamberts goal was unassisted as the Vipers poured off the bench. Vernon outshot West Kelowna 2-1.

Top Player's: (Vernon)

Jesse Lansdell (1 goal) Laid out several big checks, was physical all night, finished his checks, played hard, battled hard down low, was strong with and without the puck. W real workhorse in the win. One of the hardest working Vipers tonight.

Keyvan Mokhtari (1 goal) Was another Viper that worked-played hard. Really used his speed, opening up the ice. Was dangerous with and without the puck, gave the Warriors defenders trouble through out the game. Generated/created chances through out the night.

Mitch Andres I thought played a heck of a game on the backend. Played with a ton of confidence, carried the puck, made plays, was in on the attack, joined the rush. Was very strong at both ends of the rink.

Brandon Whistle I thought played his best game as Viper. Wasn't noticeable in the home and home series vs Penticton, was involved in the play-had several opportunities tonight. Had at least three or four quality chances this evening, was going to the net.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

Overall I thought Vernon was the better of the two teams. I thought the Vipers were the better of the two teams in the 1st and 3rd periods. In the 1st and 3rd periods I thought the Snakes carried the better of the play, had more puck possession, were getting pucks to the net, had several good looks, played with some jump-energy. It was the first half of the 2nd period where the Warriors got the early jump on the Vipers. Vernon didn't have their legs going, ended up giving up two goals less then seven minutes into the middle frame. The Vipers responded after two big back to back penalty kills, seemed to gain some life-momentum and build in the second half of the 2nd period. Vernon played much better in the final ten minutes of that middle frame. I don't like the Viper powerplay lately. Its slow, allowing the defenders to setup-read the play. Vernon passes the puck around and around, kills off a lot of the penalty on their own doing. Tonight I thought the Snakes struggled with the man advantage at times, could have put the game away on the PP. What was up with the Vipers in overtime? Talk about nerve racking.... Vernon looked slow-sluggish and very disorganized for a lot of the overtime-powerplay in OT. Jimmy Lambert with a huge goal in the second overtime, gives Vernon the win. The Snakes had to earn the two points, battled hard for the win. This game wasn't easy for either team in a very tight checking-defensive game. Both teams were limited to their opportunities. The Vipers had several good looks but not a whole lot of quality chances. I thought the Vipers had to really earn their opportunities. Michael Ufberg and Michael Young struggled on the backend. Ufberg lost his edge-footing several times through out the game, coughed up/turned over the puck. Ty Taylor didn't look sharp, looked to be a bit off tonight. Didn't look confident between the pipes. Jimmy Lambert, Jesse Lansdell and Alex Swetlikoff returned to the lineup tonight. Final shots on the shot clock showed 46-29 at the end of the game, the boxscore on the league website reads 50-31. A pretty small-quiet crowd on hand for the midweek game. Viper fans have seen the Warriors three times in the last nineteen days, but have yet to see Trail or Merritt this year. With the win the Vipers improve to 16-5-0-4 moving one point ahead of the idle Trail Smoke Eaters into 1st in the Interior Division and #1 overall.

Top Player's: (West Kelowna)

Cavin Tilsley (1 assist) I thought was West Kelowna's best forward/player in the overtime loss. Tilsley really used his speed, had at least two odd man rushes, was all over the rink tonight. Played hard, was aggressive on the forecheck, forced several turnovers. Had a strong game.

Stephen Kleysen (1 goal) Was another Warrior who I thought stood out-played very well. Was good at both ends of the rink, moved the puck, made some nice plays. A good strong skater.

Michael Ryan (1 goal) Was stopped on s 2nd period shorthanded breakaway, was quick on his feet, forced at least one turnover, was skating hard, created/generated chances in the loss.

Mitchell Gove (AP) Making his Warriors debut tonight played well. I didn't really notice him until about halfway through the game, but impressed me late in the 2nd and into the 3rd periods. Played with a lot of hustle, was quick on his feet, forced a turnover-odd man rush early in the 3rd, played well.

Cody Porter (43 saves) Recently returning to the Warriors after playing in the WHL/QMJHL. After leaving the Warriors during the 2013-14 season for the Western Hockey League's Vancouver Giants, Porter has spent the previous three seasons with the Vancouver Giants and Calgary Hitmen before a short stint with the QMJHL Saint John Sea Dogs this season. The veteran goaltender was solid between the pipes. Didn't have much trouble stopping most of the fourty six Vernon shots, was forced into making a few big saves through out the night. Porter looked calm, confident and played his position well, cutting down his angles, didn't give the Snakes much room. Played well in just his second game this season.

Game Thought's: (West Kelowna)

Making their third and final visit to Vernon this season the Warriors played a hard nosed road game, battled hard, limited the Vipers time & space, did a good job at shutting down Vernon's top line, earned a point in the loss. Just like the Snakes, the Warriors were pressed for offensive chances. The Tribe never got ten shots in a period, had several odd man rushes, were very strong/aggressive on the forecheck, forced Vernon into several turnovers. The Warriors didn't generate a whole lot of chances but seemed to capitalize on their few opportunities. WK gave up 46 shots but a lot of those shots were from well outside. The Tribe kept the Vipers to the outside often, played well down low. This was a very tight checking game with not a lot of room. This game could have easily gone either way at times. Since the 2010-11 regular season the Warriors have just five regular season wins at Kal Tire Place. Tonight was the third meeting vs the Vipers in the last nineteen days. Vernon leads the season series 3-0. These two teams will meet again on the 26th in West Kelowna. West Kelowna is an impressive 10-2 at home but four games below 500 on the road with a 4-8 record. The Tribe have lost six straight away from home, have just two wins in their last eight road games. West Kelowna wearing their third jersey's tonight. With the loss the Warriors fall to 14-9-1-0 remain 3rd in the Division two points up on Wenatchee & Penticton.



Sol Seibel (Injured)
Tanner Wishnowski (Injured)

West Kelowna:

Matt Kowalski
Linden Hora (suspended)
Bennett Norlin
Nik Amundrud

Energy Player of the Game:

Jesse Lansdell (1 goal)

Three Star's:

1st Star: Jimmy Lambert (Overtime winner)
2nd Star: Cody Porter (43 saves)
3rd Star: Keyvan Mokhtari (1 goal)

Boxscore-Game Summary,

Trevor Miller's West Kelowna Warrior's Blog,

Game Report,

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Game Preview: West Kelowna @ Vernon:

West Kelowna (14-9-0-0) @ Vernon (15-5-0-4) 7pm

Tonight is the third of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & West Kelowna Warriors. The Vipers lead the season series 2-0

Last Game:

Saturday, November 10th Penticton defeated Vernon 4-1
Sunday, November 12th West Kelowna defeated Prince George 4-3

Next Game:

Friday, November 17th Vernon @ Merritt
Friday, November 17th Penticton @ West Kelowna

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Vees Make A Statement vs. Vipers:

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Colton Davies - Nov 14, 2017

Entering play on Nov. 10 against the Vernon Vipers, the Penticton Vees had dropped three straight games in regulation — something that hasn't happened to the team in five seasons.

But the Vees bounced back in a big way in their marquee home-and-home series with the Vipers.

Penticton out-chanced Vernon on Nov. 10 in a 2-2 tie at the SOEC, and made a statement with a 4-1 road win the following night at Kal Tire Place.

The Vees now sit 11-5-1-2 through their first 19 games, and are undefeated in four meetings with the Vipers who are 15-5-0-4 through 24 games.

Head coach and general manager Fred Harbinson said his club's preparation was strong heading into their two matchups with Vernon last week.

"We just got back to some of the basic details of the game that for whatever reason we got away from a little bit, not to make any excuses. But you could just see it," he said.

Penticton now gets set for its busiest stretch of game action so far this season, playing 12 games in the next 25 days — three games each week, for the next four weeks.

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Vipers Rate HM In Top-20:

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Vipers rate HM in top-20

Nov. 15, 2017

Despite having their unbeaten streak close at eight games, the Vernon Vipers rated an honourable mention in the Canadian Junior A Hockey League rankings released Monday.

The Trail Smoke Eaters, who are first overall and one point ahead of the Vipers in the 17-team B.C. Hockey League, are No. 15. The Thief River Norskies of Minnesota, who are 17-0 in the Superior International League, are No. 1.

The Snakes lost 4-1 to the Penticton Vees before 2,187 fans Saturday night at Kal Tire Place. Vernon entertains the West Kelowna Warriors tonight before visiting the Merritt Centennials Friday and the Wenatchee Wild next Wednesday.

It was the first victory in November for the Vees. Both teams were missing several regulars due to injuries and the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge, and while there were a few heavy hits, the intensity normally shown was somewhat lacking. Penticton and Vernon tied 2-2 Friday night for the second time this season. The Vees edged the Vipers 3-2 earlier in the schedule.

Captain Jagger Williamson liked the way the Vipers played in the home-and-home series.

“Obviously, we were shorthanded and everybody was getting lots of ice but I thought we played well tonight,” said Williamson, a 19-year-old Vernon product. “We were on a bit of a streak there and obviously, it’s going to come to an end sometime. Now, we have try to get back on point and get the wheels going, straight forward.”

The three-point Remembrance Day weekend was just what the Vees needed as they reach the one-third section of the season.

“First of all, it was a great weekend for us,” said Penticton captain Grant Cruikshank, when asked to assess Saturday night. “Last night was for sure a building block, especially for what we’ve been going through the past month. Going into this game, we wanted to carry in how we played the last game and that was pay attention to detail and focus on the dee zone. If we do those things, it’s going to translate into offence like it showed tonight.”

Cruikshank said the Vees kept things simple, knowing full well what their opposition was capable of accomplishing.

“They’re always a good team, a skilled, fast and upbeat team and this is a huge rivalry. We have no trouble getting up for these games.”

The 19-year-old Wisconsin winger says the Vees, who only played four games in September, are primed to find their identity as the schedule gets busier.

“It’s time to really dial in the details, assess our group and figure out our roles on the team. This weekend was a huge stepping stone.”

Taylor Ward took first star Saturday with a goal and one assist with his father, Dixon Ward, a former NHLer, in the building, Blueliners Jonny Tychonick, Jordan Henderson and Ryan O’Connell, into an empty net with 79 seconds left, also converted for the Vees.

Henderson beat Viper goalie Anthony Yamnitsky with a high shot from the right point to make it 3-0 Vees late in the second period. The 20-year-old pride of Surrey was playing his second game with the Vees after a three-year career in the Western League.

Ward jumpstarted the offence by deflecting a Nicky Leivermann point shot past Yamnitsky on a late first-period powerplay for his third snipe of the year. Jared Nash earned the secondary helper.

The Vipers enjoyed a couple of decent scoring chances in the opening stanza with Josh Prokop swiping the puck from d-man Kenny Johnson at the Penticton blueline, cruising down the left flank and flipping a backhander on third star Adam Scheel.

Vernon d-man Michael Young rushed the Vees’ net and went backdoor, just missing after a sweet corner feed by Keyvan Mokhtari.

Tychonick upped the Vees’ lead on a powerplay at 16:24 of the second period as he moved to the middle lane and buried a point shot with four seconds remaining in Mokhtari’s tripping penalty. Ward pocketed the assist.

Viper rookie forward levelled Ben Allen into the boards near the Viper bench with the monster hit of the night. Allen got up in a hurry, unhurt.

Vernon towering blueliner Shane Kelly tossed a series of checks along the sidewall by the Penticton bench and seconds later, fooled Scheel from the side of the net for his second of the season with 30 seconds left in the frame. Williamson and Prokop produced assists.

“I was just buzzing down the wall and threw it on net and it was a lucky bounce but sometimes it happens that way, but I’ll take it,” said the soft-spoken 6-foot-5 Kelly, one of the league’s meanest rearguards.

Kelly, who hails from Michigan and turns 20 just 10 days before Christmas, wasn’t totally distraught after the loss.

“I still think we did some pretty good things, but there’s some stuff we need to work on, like keeping our dump-ins away from their goalie because he’s pretty good playing those. The result wasn’t what we wanted but the process was there.”

Mokhtari wheeled down the right sidewall, cut hard to the crease and just missed six minutes into the final 20 minutes. Vernon rookie Connor Marritt fanned on a loose puck which somehow popped into the deep slot with no defenders in sight.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

BCHL Report:

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DAILY DISH: BCHL REPORT - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017

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The BCHL Report is a weekly look at Canada’s British Columbia Hockey League. The BCHL Insider is exactly that...a coach, or employee, with incredible insight into the league.


Powell River (12-5-2-2) – Head Coach Kent Lewis’ Kings are sitting pretty atop the Island Division thanks to that double overtime win over Cowichan Valley. Victoria visits this week in what should be one of the best match-ups from the world of junior hockey.  BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The Kings have shown they’re human lately but still have the ability to do some damage. The matchup with Victoria will serve to make a statement.

Victoria (12-8-3-0) – Craig Didmon’s Grizzlies look to be back on track after losing four in a row at home. That Saturday night barnburner win over Powell River is going to leave a mark. Speaking of the Kings, the Griz visit the Hap Parker this weekend.   BCHL INSIDER SAYS: There may have been something in the soup that had the Griz reeling, but they’ve got their legs back under them and feel they need to make up for lost ground.

Nanaimo (12-9-1-1) – Head Coach Mike Vandekamp and the Clips are winners in four straight and will have their work cut out for them this weekend if they are to continue the streak. Nanaimo hits Prince George, Chilliwack, and Langley on consecutive nights starting Friday. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: All three of these Mainland opponents are playing well, and jockeying for position. The Clippers have newfound energy and will be a tough out every night.

Alberni Valley (7-10-2-3) – Matt Hughes’ Bulldogs need to show a little teeth before things get really out of hand. The next six games are all on the road beginning with visits to Trail, Merritt, and Coquitlam this week. BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  The ‘Dogs will continue to bark but don’t have enough bite to keep up with the top three in this division. They’re in trouble in Trail and Merritt, but will probably squeeze out a 1-goal win over the Express.

Cowichan Valley (2-16-3-1) – The Caps have looked very good in the last three games and could be a problem for Salmon Arm, Penticton, and Chilliwack this week.  BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Give the Caps credit, they refuse to lie down. However, two points out these three games is an ambitious goal.


Trail (17-5-1-0) – Not sure if it’s true or not, but I’m hearing that Smoke Eaters’ Head Coach Cam Keith is having a hard time buying his own lunch in Trail. That could be an embarrassing problem but understandable considering the community’s love for the team and game. Alberni Valley visits Friday before the Smokies hit the trail to Salmon Arm.  BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The Smokies are making things happen, but in their own division there are a lot of “anything can happen” games. Probably not so with Alberni Valley. Trail likely stays atop the division this week.

Vernon (15-5-0-4) – Vipers’ Head Coach Mark Ferner has to hate all things Penticton. Enough is enough already, this was supposed to be the Vipers’ year to get the best of the Vees. The Warriors visit tomorrow before the snakes go to Merritt on the 17th.  BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The Vipers have got the pieces to be successful when it matters, so they’re not terribly concerned. As long as they stay healthy, they pose a problem for everyone.

West Kelowna (14-9-0-0) – Coach Rylan Ferster’s Warriors rebounded from the big loss at Wenatchee with a well-timed 4-3 win over Prince George at home. Tomorrow’s trip to Vernon starts a hectic week that has the Warriors hosting the Vees Friday before the long trek to Prince George for Saturday. BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  It helped having a day off before facing the Spruce Kings. Prince George will be ready when they arrive Saturday, and Penticton is driven to start moving up in the standings.

Wenatchee (13-7-0-1) – Head Coach Bliss Littler and the Wild took care of business at home against West Kelowna and Prince George last week. The boys hit the road again with games scheduled at Coquitlam (11/17), Langley (11/18) and Surrey (11/19). BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  The Wild made mincemeat out of these Mainland Division clubs last year, but Langley and Surrey are much improved. There’s no room for lack of focus or they’ll be headed home disappointed.

Penticton (11-5-1-2) – Head Coach Fred Harbinson’s Vees picked up valuable points in both games over the weekend. Surrey and Cowichan Valley visit tomorrow and Saturday. The Vees visit West Kelowna on Friday. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Depending which Vees team shows up, they should have a chance to win each night. Surrey and West Kelowna are both capable of making them pay if they don’t come ready to play.

Salmon Arm (8-11-2-1) – Head Coach Scott Atkinson’s Silverbacks beat Merritt and lost to both West Kelowna and Trail last week. No, winning just a third of the games is not going to cut it; regardless of all that, this is a good hockey team in the making. Cowichan Valley and Trail visit this week.  BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The ‘Backs should handle the Caps, but will need to suffocate Trail, and that’s easier said than done.

Merritt (8-11-2-1) – Head Coach Joe Martin’s Cents CAN play with anyone on the schedule, the issue is that the schedule is about as rough as it gets. With no dogs in the Interior Division pony show, it means there are no nights off for the Cents. Vernon and Alberni Valley visit this week.  BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Merritt is better than they were last year, but so is just about everyone else. Home ice counts big for the Cents, and if they use it, could come out of the weekend with four points.


Langley (11-4-9-0) – Head Coach Bobby Henderson’s Rivermen picked up points in two of the three games last week. Coquitlam, Wenatchee, and Nanaimo visit this week. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The Rivermen get a sampler platter this week with an opponent from each division. Three game weeks are hard, even when they’re home. They’ll take 2 of the 3.

Chilliwack (12-9-2-2) – Head Coach Jason Tatarnic’s Chiefs took just one of three games last week against Langley and Surrey. Chilliwack is at Surrey Friday before hosting Nanaimo and Cowichan Valley. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Chilliwack has been struggling to figure out who they are and it’s been a rollercoaster. Was supposed to be an easy year, loaded for the RBC run. Hasn’t been that easy.

Surrey (12-9-2-1) – Brandon West’s Eagles just keep winning, what’s not to love about that? If they take the next three games, I’ll be really impressed. BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  The Eagles have some potent weapons but a tough schedule this week. The real test will be seeing how their defense performs.

Prince George (11-9-2-3) – Head Coach Adam Maglio’s Spruce Kings won at Trail Friday before getting worn down at Wenatchee and West Kelowna. Nanaimo and West Kelowna visit this week. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Home sweet home for the Spruce Kings, and they’ll be ready to sink their teeth into their road weary guests.

Coquitlam (3-16-1-1) – We could go on and on about how close Barry Wolff’s Express team is when it comes to competitiveness. That just a nice way of saying they are not winning, and have not won for a long time. Barry is a good coach, and much better than the last few seasons of results indicate, so what gives? He needs help and can’t do it all on his own. The Express visit Langley on the 16th before hosting Wenatchee and Alberni Valley later in week.  BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The fact that he keeps his players interested and motivated through a dismal season is a testament to how good a coach he is. Expect a low scoring overtime game vs Alberni Valley.

Vipers Recieve Honourable Mention In CJHL Top 20 Weekly Rankings:

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CJHL Weekly Top-20

November 13, 2017

CALGARY, Alta. – Rolling right along, the Thief River Falls Norskies (SIJHL) have won 17 straight to begin their season and remain No. 1 in the Canadian Junior Hockey League Top 20 rankings.

MHL: The surging South Shore Lumberjacks have jumped to 10th in the rankings this week with the Edmundston Blizzard being tabbed 19th in the 132-team CJHL.

LHJAAAQ: At 19-2 in LHJAAAQ play les Cobras de Terrebonne is now slotted No. 3 nationally while 16-3-2 College Français de Longueuil comes in at No. 18.

CCHL: Despite having a 14-game win streak snapped with a shootout loss, the Carleton Place Canadians are 15-0-1 in their past 16 and remain No. 2 in the CJHL. Meanwhile the Fred Page Cup-host Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators moved to No. 13 in the nation.

OJHL: The Georgetown Raiders boast the best winning percentage in the OJHL and have moved up to No. 9 in the rankings. Joining them in the listings are Toronto Patriots (9th) and Wellington Dukes (Honourable Mention).

NOJHL: The NOJHL-leading Powassan Voodoos move to sixth in the CJHL this week as that league’s front-runner sits with an 18-3-0-1 overall record.

SIJHL: With five straight road games to begin November, the Norskies won all of them to remain perfect. The Dudley-Hewitt Cup host Dryden GM Ice Dogs are 11th.

MJHL: It’s tight atop the MJHL standings with the Steinbach Pistons (No. 5) tied with the OCN Blizzard (HM) while the Winkler Flyers (No. 16) are two points back.

SJHL: Battlefords sports the best win mark in the SJHL at .833 and are eighth in the CJHL. Meanwhile the Melfort Mustangs secured a Honourable Mention nod.

AJHL: The Okotoks Oilers picked up a No. 4 ranking with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons tabbed seventh and the red-hot Whitecourt Wolverines have reeled off 10 consecutive victories and jumped to No. 12 in the CJHL.

BCHL: Staying 15th in the weekly listing is the Trail Smoke Eaters. They pace the 17-team BCHL with 35 points. One point in arrears of Trail is the Vernon Vipers who garnered a honourable mention selection.

CJHL 2017-18 TOP 20 (As of Nov. 13/17)


1. Thief River Falls Norskies (SIJHL) (1)
2. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (2)
3. Les Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJQ) (4)
4. Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) (5)
5. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (6)
6. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (7)
7. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (8)
8. Battlefords North Stars  (SJHL) (3)
9. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (16)
10. South Shore Lumberjacks (MHL) (HM)
11. Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL) (10)
12. Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL) (19)
13. Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL) (14)
14. Toronto Patriots (OJHL) (9)
15. Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL) (15)
16. Winkler Flyers (MJHL) (17)
17. Oakville Blades (OJHL) (HM)
18. College Français de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (11)
19. Edmundston Blizzard (MHL) (12)
20. Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners (MHL) (13)

Honourable Mention: Vernon Vipers (BCHL); Spruce Grove Saints (AJHL); Melfort Mustangs (SJHL); OCN Blizzard (MJHL); Wellington Dukes (OJHL)


Selected by an independent scouting service, the rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including winning percentage; win-loss record; point totals; goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc., and the league they compete in.


The Canadian Junior Hockey League is made up of the 10 Junior ‘A’ leagues across Canada.

Representing 132 teams and over 3,000 players, the CJHL also boast over 2,800 alumni furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college level across North America.

73's Trade Ex Viper Osik To Kings:

The Central Canada Hockey League Kemptville 73's have traded former Vernon Vipers forward Derek Osik to the Powell River Kings.

In 22 games this season with the 73's Osik has (2-goals-8-assists-10-points).

Osik was recruited by the Vipers, played in 15 games with the Vipers last year, was released to the Chilliwack Chiefs November 3rd 2016. In 15 games with the Vipers Osik picked up (2-goals-3-assists-5-points).

Derek Osik's Player Profile:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

27-Oct-17 The Powell River Kings have acquired the CJHL playing rights to Derek Osik (98)(F) from the Kemptville 73’s of the CCHL in exchange for future considerations

Monday, November 13, 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:

Merritt-St. Michael's Trade:

The Merritt Centennials announced the acquisition of forward Brad Cocca from the St. Michael’s Buzzers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League in exchange for future considerations. He is committed to attend Harvard University in September 2018. The 18-year-old spent the 2016-17 season with the Youngstown Phantoms of the US Hockey League, where he scored five points (two goals, three assists) in 34 games. He had no points in four playoff games with the Phantoms. “Brad was a big scorer in his final year of midget and had good numbers as a 16-year-old in his first season of junior hockey. We think he’ll be an impactful player for us here in Merritt,” said Cents GM and Head Coach Joe Martin. Cocca, who’s from Mississauga, Ontario, had 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) in 54 games with the Buzzers as a 16-year-old during the 2015-16 season.  He was selected by the Kingston Frontenacs in the 10th round, 200th overall, of the 2015 OHL Priority Selection. Cocca made his Centennials debut this past Friday at home vs. Penticton, wearing number 26.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Vipers-Vees Highlight's:

Here are the game highlight's from Kal Tire Place Saturday night in Vernon. Taylor Ward scored once and added an assist, helped the Vees hold period leads of 1-0 and 3-1 before Grant Cruikshank's shorthanded empty netter giving Penticton a 4-1 win over the Vipers. Penticton leads the season series 2-0-0-2 Adam Scheel made 29 saves in the win, while Anthony Yamnitsky made 21 saves in the loss. Vernon falls to 15-5-0-4 while Penticton improves to 11-5-1-2

Vees Dump Vipers 4-1 In Rematch:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vees Dump Vipers 4-1 In Rematch

November 12, 2017

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The Vernon Vipers 8 game unbeaten streak came to a close on Saturday night as they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Penticton Vees. Shane Kelly was the only Viper able to get one past Adam Scheel who stopped 29 shots to propel his team to the win.

It was a bit of a tentative start to the hockey game as both teams played a tight checking game that didn’t result in many shots or scoring chances. The game started to open up a bit midway through the period. The Vipers peppered the Vees goal while on a powerplay and Adam Scheel made a handful of big saves to keep the game scoreless. The Vees broke the tie as Taylor Ward deflected home a puck at the side of the goal to make it 1-0 Penticton. The Vipers had a good push back, but could get one and the period would end 1-0 Penticton.

It was a pretty choppy first half of the period as a lot of pucks found their way out of play. There was no real flow, despite the fact that it was even strength for most. Play didn’t pick up until the midway mark as finally both teams were able to skate with a bit more space, but no scoring until the last 5 minutes of the frame. Johnny Tychonick on a powerplay was able to score to make it 2-0. Just 90 seconds later, Jordan Henderson made it 3-0 on a shot with bodies in front. The Vipers were finally able to get luck on their side as Shane Kelly from the goaline scored his 2nd of the year in the ifnal minute. The score was 3-1 Penticton after 2.

In the third period, the Vipers pushed to get within one. They had a handful of grade A scoring chances, but ran into some hot goaltending the Vees crease. Connor Marritt nearly converted in the blue paint shortly before a promising rush from Keyvan Mokhtari was stopped. Time would become the enemy of the Vipers as the Vees would ice it into an empty net, with Vernon up a man. The Viper unbeaten streak would end at an impressive 8, with a 4-1 loss to Penticton.

The Vipers will welcome the West Kelowna Warriors on Wednesday night for their third meeting in just over three weeks at the friendly confines of Kal Tire Place.

Post game interview's-Highlight's,

Point Puts Vipers Atop Interior Standings:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Point puts Vipers atop Interior standings

Nov. 11, 2017

Jordan Sandhu’s eighth goal of the season midway through the third period gave the Vernon Vipers a 2-2 draw with the Penticton Vees in B.C. Hockey League action in front of 3,053 fans at the South Okanagan Events Centre Friday.

The two rivals, who have played three times with Penticton winning once and the other two games ending in draws, met again Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

The single point moved the Vipers (15-4-0-4) into sole possession of first place in the Interior Division with 34 points, one point ahead of the Trail Smoke Eaters, 3-1 losers at home to the Prince George Spruce Kings. Vernon is unbeaten in eight games.

Penticton (10-5-1-2) sits fifth in the division with 23 points.

Sandhu’s goal came at 9:17, set up by Michael Ufberg and Brett Stapley, as the Vipers rallied from a 2-1 second-period deficit.

There was no scoring in the opening frame.

Ufberg, the game’s second star, scored the opening goal, his fifth of the year, with newly acquired Brandon Whistle and Jesse Lansdell drawing assists, 95 seconds after the ice clean.

The lead lasted less than 40 seconds as Grant Cruikshank scored his sixth for the Vees at 2:09.

Penticton took the lead at 15:36 with Jack Finley scoring his first.

Ty Taylor stopped 34 of 36 shots for the Vipers while Adam Scheel was named the game’s first for making 31 saves on 33 shots for the Vees.

In the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Friday, Alec McLeod scored twice as the North Okanagan Knights dumped the Summerland Steam 4-1 at the Nor-Val Sports Centre. Ben Jossinet and Brady Marzocco had the other goals for North Okanagan, who received a 32-save performance from Zac Willms.

North Okanagan (4-11-1-3) took on the Grizzlies in Revelstoke Saturday.

SNAKE BITES: Vipers forward Alex Swetlikoff and Canada White played the Czech Republic for bronze Saturday at the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge in Dawson Creek. The U.S. pounded Canada White 9-1 in semifinal play Friday. Vees forward Massimo Rizzo had a goal and an assist as Canada Black doubled Sweden 4-2 in the seventh-place game. Penticton defenceman Luke Reid also played for Canada Black.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Penticton 4 Vernon 1

I have had season tickets for the past 28 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for close to thirty five years. I've missed only three home games since 1998-99 season. For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from tonight’s game. You may agree or disagree but we all have our own view and opinion on any game we watch. This is my opinion and my thoughts on how I saw tonight’s game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thanks for stopping by & visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Vees game as Penticton defeated Vernon 4-1 in front of 2,187 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Anthony Yamnitsky
Penticton: Adam Scheel

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