Monday, October 12, 2015

Vernon Vipers - BCHL Report:

Vernon Vipers - BCHL Report

Shaw TV Okanagan

Sep 15, 2015

With a big roster of new players, and some solid returning ones, the Vipers are hoping for a successful season ahead!

Ex Viper Povelofskie Comes Out Of Retirement:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Tyler Povelofskie has come out of retirement to join-sign with the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) 100 Mile House Wranglers. In three games with the Wranglers Povelofskie has (1-goal-2-assists-3-points).

Povelofskie played last season with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs before announcing his retirement on June 18th 2015 to pursue a post-secondary opportunity.  In 26 games with the Bulldogs last year Povelofskie picked up (6-goals-9-assists-15-points). 

Povelofskie played one season in Vernon (2013-14) was traded to Alberni Valley on May 22nd 2014.  Povelofskie was the future considerations the Vipers owed the Bulldogs from a previous trade.  On October 1st 2013 the Vipers sent Craig Martin & future considerations (Tyler Povelofskie) to Alberni Valley for Jared Wilson.  In 53 games with the Vipers Povelofskie collected (2-goals-3-assists-5-points).      

Tyler Povelofskie's Player Profile:

This was in the Williams Lake Tribune Newspaper:

Wranglers stocked with lakecity talent

by  Greg Sabatino - Williams Lake Tribune

Sep 15, 2015

The 100 Mile House Wranglers have added some lakecity talent to its ranks to kick off the Junior B hockey season.

Returning player Justin Bond (forward), and newcomers Kolten Carpenter (defenceman) and Tyler Povelofskie (forward) will suit up for the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League squad as the regular season ramps up.

And coach Dale Haldun is happy with the early direction of the team following its main camp, two exhibition games and season opener — a 4-3 overtime loss to the Chase Heat on Sept. 12 that saw Bond light the lamp and Povelofskie and Carpenter each add an assist in the effort.

Carpenter joins the squad after playing for the Cariboo Cougars of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League, while Haldun referred to the 19-year-old Povelofskie, who played Junior A hockey in Vernon and Alberni Valley, as a new bright spot at forward, especially noting his efforts during the team’s two exhibition games against the Kamloops Storm.

“Here’s a player that has played two years in Junior A, had zero to prove, and he blocked shots covering his face to win in exhibition,” Haldun said.

“If that is the character he’s bringing to us — we’re going to be a championship team.”

In 40 games last season Bond, 18, scored eight times and added seven helpers for a 15-point campaign. Carpenter, a six-foot-one, 175-pound stalwart on the blueline, had a goal and four assists in 22 games played with the Cougars last season.

Looking forward, Haldun said fans can expect a “hell of a season.”

“The guys are talking the right way … There are a lot of hungry guys.”

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Team Effort Lifts Vipers Past Clippers:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Team effort lifts Vipers past Clippers
by  Roger Knox - Vernon Morning Star

Oct 11, 2015

Goals from six different players, solid goaltending and a great overall team effort helped the Vernon Vipers dole out some revenge on the Nanaimo Clippers.

First star Joey Cipollone had a goal and an assist and goalie Andrew Shortridge made 32 saves to earn third-star honours as the Vipers dumped the Clippers 6-2 in B.C. Hockey League action Friday night before 1,823 fans at Kal Tire Place.

It was the Vipers’ first home game in nearly three weeks, and the win came six days after Vernon dropped a 5-2 decision to the Clippers on Vancouver Island.

“As a team, we bounced back from a tough weekend last weekend (1-2), everyone bought in to what we had to do today and we came out with a big win,” said Cipollone.

“We just wanted to prove to ourselves that we can be the team we showed out there tonight. We got the job done. Everyone was willing to work for each other.”

The Vipers (5-5-0-1) took on the Prince George Spruce Kings Saturday night at KTP.

Vernon led 1-0 after one period as rookie Brett Stapley scored his first BCHL goal, snapping a shot from the slot that Clippers goalie Jonathan Reinhart – who entered the game with a 6-1 record and a 2.01 goals against average – got a piece of before the puck trickled through his pads and over the goal line.

The Vipers upped their lead to 4-0 after 40 minutes.

Joe Sacco deflected a Mac Ferner point shot over Reinhart’s glove at 6:32, the goal coming on a powerplay with Vernon product Spencer Hewson in the penalty box serving an interference minor.

Odeen Tufto made it 3-0 at 10:42 on a penalty shot, awarded after he was hauled down in the clear by a Clippers defenceman. Tufto made a couple of stick moves before firing the puck through Reinhart’s legs for his fifth of the season.

Cipollone (fourth) chased Reinhart in favour of Jakob Walter just 30 seconds after Tufto’s goal, when he crashed the net and banged in a rebound of a Ferner shot on a two-on-one.

The Clippers (6-4-0-0) got goals 20 seconds apart in the first 1:19 of the third from Zach Court and Devin Brosseau to cut the lead in half.

Jimmy Lambert – robbed minutes earlier by Walter with a fabulous glove save in close – scored his third of the year at 17:24 when he wired a shot from inside the blue line over Walter’s  left shoulder.

Defenceman Griffin James scored his first of the season at 19:19 on a powerplay, ripping a point shot off the post which caromed into the net off Walter’s back.

“I don’t think we saw the best out of our goalie early in the game and he believes that too,” said Clippers coach Mike Vandekamp after the defeat.

“I don’t think we were very disciplined, below average to say the least. We didn’t do a very good job of sticking with it and showed a lot of immaturity tonight, for sure.”

The Vipers were 2-9 with the man advantage, Nanaimo went 0-6.

Hewson was kept off the Clippers’ scoresheet.

Ferner set up two goals and was named the game’s second star.

Shortridge was very steady, making a number of key stops, in improving his record to 4-3 on the year.

“It was really important to get a win and get back on a streak here,” said Shortridge. “We needed to get back to doing the right things and get on a roll. The guys were excellent in front of me tonight. They bailed me out a couple of times and I tried to do the same for them.”

The Vipers lost sparkplug Riley Brandt early in the third period.

Moments after levelling Nanaimo defenceman Will Reilly with a solid check inside the Clippers blueline, Brandt went to the net looking for a rebound when he ran into Walter, who took exception and hit Brandt in the face with his goalie stick.

Brandt suffered some damage to his teeth and required dental surgery after the game, though it was believed he would be available to play Saturday.

Walter received a four-minute high sticking minor on the play.

The Vipers continue their four-game home stand with a mid-week contest against the Trail Smoke Eaters Wednesday at 7 p.m.

In other action Friday, the hometown Smokies scored six times in the final 40 minutes to whip the Spruce Kings 7-3.

Former Vipers Matty Saharchuk and Luke Voltin each scored once and Nickolas Trenciansky made 37 saves as the Langley Rivermen blanked the Wenatchee Wild 3-0.

Scott Conway scored 13 seconds into overtime to give the Penticton Vees a 4-3 win over the visiting West Kelowna Warriors. The Vees have won nine straight.

Former Vipers d-man Mitch Meek had two assists to pace the Cowichan Valley Capitals to a 3-2 win over the Victoria Grizzlies.

Powell River Kings edged the Coquitlam Express 4-3 in overtime and the Chilliwack Chiefs thumped the Surrey Eagles 6-1.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Prince George 4 Vernon 3

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-Spruce Kings game as Prince George defeated Vernon 4-3 in front of 1,711 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Brendan Barry
Prince George: Liam McCloskey

1st Period: Off the opening faceoff Liam Finlay couldnt beat Liam McCloskey in close who come across the crease to make a big save off the former Penticton Vees forward. On the same shift Steven Jandric wired a hard shot from the hashmarks was stopped by McCloskey before the Vipers would get an early powerplay just twenty five seconds into the 1st. Riley Brandt with a slapshot from the top of the circle couldnt beat Liam McCloskey who had to be sharp as Vernon had some good pressure on the man advantage. The Spruce Kings held off the Viper powerplay until the final ten seconds when Viper captain Colton McCarthy tipped Riley Brandt's shot home past Liam McCloskey giving Vernon an early 1-0 lead at 2:15 Brandt & Mac Ferner picked up the helpers. It was Vernon for the entire period as the Vipers who come out with alot of jump and intensity jumped on a Prince George Spruce Kings team that played last night in Trail (Lost 7-3). The Vipers speed and skill was no match for PG who had troubles containing Vernon most of the opening frame. The Spruce Kings needed six minutes to record their first shot of the night. Brendan Barry who made his Vipers debut saw very limited shots-action this period. Liam Finlay with another good opportunity couldnt beat Liam McCloskey who was giving out alot of rebounds this period did play very well was holding his team in the game. The Vipers would get their second look with the PP and for a second time tonight connect with the powerplay. Odeen Tufto put Vernon up 2-0 at 6:45 Joe Cipillone and Bo Pellah with the assists. PG would mount their first and only real ammount of pressure just before the midway mark, would get a good two or three minutes in the offensive zone but unable to create or generate any real scoring chances. The Spruce Kings who had troubles staying out of the penalty box got into more penalty trouble in the second half, as Vernon would get a two man advantage. Adam Burnett would get tossed from the game for checking Hunter Zandee from behind. Zandee was ok and stayed in the contest. Liam Finlay who had several good opportunities in the opening period was robbed by Liam McCloskey who come across the blue paint to stone Finlay with the blocker keeping this a 2-0 game. Prince George would come up with a solid penalty kill, all due thanks to their goaltender Liam McCloskey who stood tall making several big saves as PG would kill off both penalties. This could have been a turning point in the hockey game. The Vipers get one or even two powerplay goals here and its now a 3-0 or 4-0 game.  But its still 2-0 as the Spruce Kings are just barly holding on. Vernon was up 2-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Vipers who dominated the 1st period were all over the Spruce Kings. PG with very little offence played most of the period in their own end. Prince George played most of the 1st shorthanded. The Vipers peppered Liam McCloskey only managed two goals were unable to put away PG. Vernon outshot Prince George 20-5.

2nd Period: What a difference a period makes. The Vipers who were in full control of this game come out to start the middle frame flat. Prince George would get an early powerplay, their first of the night and capitalize. A scramble down low in front of Brendan Barry and the Viper goal, nobody seemed to know where the puck was as several PG players were banging away at the loose puck before Barry was able to cover up and hold onto the puck. On the following play another mad scramble in and around the Vernon net. Again the Spruce Kings were banging away at the loose puck but at the sametime looked to have bumped-pushed Vipers starting goaltender Brendan Barry back into the net, while at the sametime the puck somehow found its way into the back of the net. With the goal light on but no official call from the referee the Spruce Kings were celebrating as if they got on the board. Both referee's would get together and talk things over while the Vipers were complaining Barry was pushed into the net. The goal would count and get PG on the scoreboard. Cavin Tilsley on the PP at 3:14 from Alex Stoley and Jake LeBrun. Just seconds later the Spruce Kings would get a scare after Liam McCloskey come way out of his crease, charging for the loose puck colided with a Vernon player and Jarod Hovde. McCloskey was down for several minutes while being attended by the team trainer. The PG goaltender was ok and stayed in the hockey game. Vernon would come out of the collision getting their fifth powerplay of the night but struggled with the man advantage. The Vipers couldnt capitalize as PG would kill off the minor. As the period went along the Vipers just couldnt get much of anything going. Both teams actually couldnt muster much for offence this frame but the Spruce Kings were playing much better. Vernon on the other hand went to sleep, playing down to the level of Prince George. PG may have not had alot of scoring chances but were working hard and competing. The Vipers playing with very little intensity and emotion looked like a totally different team after the 1st period. Shots were fairly close-even this period with very little emotion and chances at either ends of the rink. PG was holding their own before tying the game in the second half. Braiden Epp on a two on one decided to keep and shoot went high and over the net as the puck come around the boards Corey Hoffman's shot would go in and off a Viper stick on its way to the net beating Brendan Barry high tied the game 2-2 at 11:44 Kyle Johnson & Braiden Epp with the assists. A few minutes later Prince George with a hard fought shift once again had a mad scramble in and around the Viper goal, as everyone was trying to find the loose puck. Riley Brandt would go to the ice covering the puck with his hand while in the crease, wich awarded the Spruce Kings a penalty shot. Corey Hoffman come in but fired wide on a missed opportunity. A few shifts later the Vipers would get their first and only decent scoring chance of the period. Joe Cipillone stepped into a pass from behind the net was stopped by Liam McCloskey who made a quick reaction save low keeping this game tied. The Vipers come very close to grabing a lead late. Mitchell Oliver's point shot with about a minute and a half remaining was redirected on its way to the net by a PG player just missed the far corner on a close call. The Vipers would get a late powerplay in the final minute that would carry over into the 3rd. It was tied 2-2 after 40 minutes of play. PG who was totally outplayed the entire first period had a much better 2nd period. The Spruce Kings with an early powerplay goal, got some life and changed the momentum of the hockey game. The Spruce Kings didnt generate alot of grade a scoring chances but battled and worked hard, scored twice to tie the game. Vernon on the other hand come out flat, wasnt in the game at all. No jump or energy, couldnt get anything going were playing down to the Spruce Kings level. Vernon with just one decent scoring chance, didnt generate much for offence. A very poor effort by the Vipers. Vernon outshot Prince George 13-9.

3rd Period: Vernon started the final frame with the man advantage that was carried over from the 2nd. Another poor powerplay as PG would kill off the minor. The Vipers would then get trapped in their own end allowed Braiden Epp to give Prince George their first lead of the night at 1:59 Rylan Bechtel & Kyle Johnson with the helpers. On the play Riley Brandt jumped in the middle of the PG goal celebration and threw a punch at one PG player. Brandt would get called for roughing taking a very undisaplined penalty. The Spruce Kings with just their third powerplay capitalized. The Vipers got caught chasing the puck before Adam Brubacher hit the wide open cage after Brendan Barry was way out of position as Prince George took a 4-2 lead at 2:27 Bryan Basilico and Rylan Bechtel collected the assists. Mark Ferner and the Vipers would call a timeout to try and re-group the troops. Just a few minutes later the Spruce Kings looking for a three goal lead made some nice tic tac toe passing on an odd man rush couldnt find the top of the open cage after getting Brendan Barry to commit way out of his crease on a missed opportunity. With a two goal lead PG clogged up the neutral zone, played well defensively didnt give Vernon any time or space. PG now playing more of a defensive game didnt allow the Vipers to get much of anything going. The Spruce Kings would get a great chance to put the game away with their second man advantage of the night couldnt capitalize. The Vipers would kill off the penalty and still have some time left to go for the tie. The Vipers stepped up their game in the second half, finally turned up the pace a bit but had troubles getting any real offensive threat going. Again the Spruce Kings defence did a great job at keeping Vernon to the outside while Liam McCloskey was seeing everything was catching most pucks-shots in the chest. The Vipers now firing everything on goal were either missing the net or not getting alot of quality chances. Vernon would get one or two flurries late before getting a late powerplay. With just thirt six seconds to go with the man advantage, the Vipers would get Barry to the bench for a two man advantage. It worked as Mac Ferner's shot from the blueline would go in and off Colton McCarthy for his second of the night getting the Vipers to within a goal at 19:01 Ferner and Mitchell Oliver picked up the assists. On the following faceoff the Vipers would get Brendan Barry back to the bench for the extra attacker. But it was a hard working PG line-defenders that did a great job at tying up the loose puck along the boards, killing off valuable time off the clock on atleast three different scrums along the end wall. The Vipers just couldnt win the battles along the boards were running out of time, in the final seconds a shot from the point would get redirected down low but not enough to get near the net before the final buzzer would sound as PG would pick up just their second win of the season come away with a huge 4-3 victory. Just like last night, the visitors get two quick back to back goals in the opening few minutes of the third to get back into the game. But tonight it was a bit of a different story as the Spruce Kings two goals were to grab and take the lead wich both proved to be the game winner. Once out to a two goal lead PG did a great job at shutting down Vernon's offence weapons, really slowed the game down, tied the puck up along the wall, took some time off the clock and boxed out the Vipers from the front of the net, allowing Liam McCloskey to see and save all sixteen Viper shots this period. Another poor performance by Vernon who didnt look very good for a second straight period. The Vipers would come on late in the second half but didnt really muster much for good opportunities. Most of the Viper shots were from well outside, Liam McCloskey didnt really have to break much of a sweat in the third making several routine saves in the final period. Vernon outshot Prince George 16-7.

Top Players: (Vernon)

Mitchell Oliver (1 assist) I thought played very well on the Vernon blueline. Oliver who looks a little more confident this season, his second with the Vipers saw lots of ice time tonight, made some strong defensive plays.

Colton McCarthy (2 goals) The Viper captain played hard, was going to the net and was rewarded with two powerplay goals. 

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

After coming home from a five game road trip with just two wins this Viper team didnt look like they played very well on the road. A huge win and statement game last night after a 6-2 victory over one of the Island Division top teams, the Nanaimo Clippers and you gotta wonder where did this Vipers team come from? & then tonight the Viper team that I saw play on fast hockey the past two weeks on the road come back tonight. After a great start, jumping out to a two goal lead the Vipers went flat. After PG's 1st goal early in the 2nd period the Vipers couldnt recover and it cost them. Vernon who was playing with a ton of energy, had lots of jump and intensity in the first twenty minutes didnt show much of anything in the final fourty minutes. The Vipers had several chances to burry PG in the 1st with a two man advantage and several powerplays couldnt put the Spruce Kings aways. Vernon allowed Prince George to hang around and claw their way back into tonight's game. A lack luster final two periods give up two points with the loss.  The Vipers didnt show or play with enough grit tonight, they took their foot off the gas after the 1st and almost coasted for the final two periods. A win tonight and the Vipers could have jumped into 2nd place depending on what the other teams did tonight. But a loss to the last place PG Spruce Kings and you have to wonder. Mark Ferner wont be pleased at all with the effort and performance tonight. I know the fans werent. We have seen this in past years, when a last place team or a team with a below 500 record come into town the Vipers cant seem to play a full sixty minutes and end up playing down to the level of the visitors. Five on five I didnt think the Vipers generated much offence and even though they scored three powerplay goals I thought Vernon struggled with the PP going 3-9. The Vipers move-pass the puck around killing off most of the powerplay, with very little to no shots. The Vipers really needed a veteran or older player to step up in tonight's game and nobody did. Riley Brandt didnt do his team much good after taking a very undisaplined penalty on the 3rd PG goal. Very dissapointing. Brendan Barry made his Viper debut tonight, I dont think could be blamed for the four goals but looked a little rusty at times. Gave out some big rebounds, was caught out of position and swimming around his crease at times. Dont forget this kid hasnt played since the Penticton Vees season opener in Salmon Arm on opening night. The Vipers have struggled this season and after last night's big win I thought this was a turning point. With PG in town tonight and Trail here Wednesday here are two big games with four points for you to have as long as you play hard and play sixty minutes, the Vipers have a chance to climb up the ladder in the standings. These are the games you need-have to win if you want to be sucsessful. A very dissapointing loss for sure.

Top Players: (Prince George)

Adam Brubacher (1 goal) I thought played very well on the backend. 

Kyle Johnson (2 assists) Played very well picking up two points. Seemed to be involved in the play, read the ice well.

Rylan Bechtel (2 assists) Was another Spruce Kings forward that played-looked very good.

Braiden Epp (1 goal & 1 assist) Also played very well, really stepped up his play as the game went along. 

Liam McCloskey (46 saves) Gave his team a chance to win and held his team in the game, especially after the opening period. Making 18 saves in the 1st McCloskey really settled down as the game went on. As the game went on the PG goaltender really controlled his rebound control. Didnt face the near amount of scoring chances in the final two periods but made the saves when called apon. A big boost-win for him and the team.

Game Thought's: (Prince George)

The Spruce Kings come into tonight's game riding a four game losing streak, were beat pretty good 7-3 in Trail Friday looked to be handed another loss tonight after the way the opening period went-looked. The Spruce Kings with a much better game-approach in the 2nd and 3rd didnt get alot of great opportunities but worked hard, battled, competed and earned their goals. The Spruce Kings went to the net, looking for the rebounds, the garbage goals if you want to call it, they dont have alot of flashy players but played hard and earned tonight's victory. PG with several goal mouth scrambles, were looking for the greasy goals and earned a few tonight. Give the Spruce Kings a ton of credit for not folding the tents, they got an early goal to start the 2nd period on the man advantage, this goal gave them some life and confidence. Two big back to back goals put the Vipers back on their heels and gave PG confidence to finish the game. The Spruce Kings defence played much better and very well down the road in the 2nd and 3rd periods, limiting the Viper shots-chances. Prince George also got some incredible goaltending from Liam McCloskey who was very solid in the 1st. McCloskey gave his team a chance to win, didnt see as much shots-Vernon opportunities in the 2nd and 3rd but was solid through out the game. 



Jagger Williamson (Injured)
Callum Volpe

Prince George:

Cooper Prechel
Ryan Fritz
Rider Stoglin
Oliver Trachsel

Energy Player of the Game:

Bo Pellah (1 assist)

Three Stars:

1st Star: Liam McCloskey (46 saves)
2nd Star: Colton McCarthy (2 goals)
3rd Star: Braiden Epp (1 goal & 1 assist)

BCHL Boxscore,

Ryan Lep's Prince George Spruce Kings blog

Rivermen Trade Ex Vernon Viper Voltin To Penticton:

The Langley Rivermen have traded former Vernon Vipers forward Luke
Voltin to the Penticton Vees.

Voltin played in seven games with the Rivermen this season collecting (1-goal-1-assist-2-points) played last year with the Vipers before asking for a trade was traded to Langley on August 27th 2015 for future considerations. In 44 games
last year with Vernon Voltin picked up (10-goals-16-assists-26-points).

Luke Voltin's Player Profile:

This is posted on the Vees website:

Vees, Rivermen Familiar Trading Partners

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - Submitted by Vees Staff

The Penticton Vees Jr. ‘A’ Hockey Club has acquired forward Luke Voltin (95) from the Langley Rivermen, in exchange for the playing rights of CHL listed player Griffin Foulk (95), the team announced Saturday.

Voltin, 20, had a goal and two points in seven games with the Rivermen this season, after coming over from the Vernon Vipers in an off-season trade. Last year, the 6’0, 195 pound forward had 10 goals and 26 points in 44 games with the Vipers. Voltin started his junior career in the USHL, splitting time between the Des Moines Buccaneers and the Lincoln Stars. The Blaine, Minnesota, native is a graduate of the U.S. National Development Program out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was a member of Team USA at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

The addition of Voltin now fills out the Vees 22-man roster and he’ll wear number 11 and make his debut tonight in Chilliwack.

Foulk, 20, is currently playing in the Western Hockey League with the Swift Current Broncos.

Game Preview: Prince George @ Vernon:

Prince George (1-7-0-1)  @ Vernon (5-5-0-1) 6pm 

Tonight is the first of two regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Prince George Spruce Kings. The Vipers went 2-0-0-0 vs Prince George last year.

Last Game:

Friday, October 9th Vernon defeated Nanaimo 6-2
Friday, October 9th Trail defeated Prince George 7-3

Next Game:

Wednesday, October 14th Trail @ Vernon
Sunday, October 11th Prince George @ Salmon Arm

My game previews take up close to a full page, this is why I have had to shorten the front page.  In order to read the full page-game preview, click on the "read more" near the bottom left corner of this post.

Brandt Takes Stick To Teeth:

This is posted on the website:

Viper Riley Brandt Takes Stick To Teeth

Posted by HockeyTube on Oct 10th, 2015

During a BCHL game between the Vernon Vipers and the Nanaimo Clippers, Vernon forward Riley Brandt took a slash across the face from Nanaimo net-minder #30 Jakob Walter. Brandt, a hard hitting forward
had just moments early dished out a clean hit got more than he bargained for when he tried to drive the net. Not only did he take a punch from the defenceman but goalie brought his stick, edge first into Brandt’s face.

Brandt lost at least two teeth and could lose more as a dentist was brought in last night to assess the damage done to the Trail, B.C. native. Meanwhile the ref only assessed a four minute penalty for high-sticking. No word if the Vernon Vipers will be taking this to a higher level for ruling.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Vernon 6 Nanaimo 2

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

I was at tonight's Vipers-Clippers game as Vernon defeated Nanaimo 6-2 in front of 1,823 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Andrew Shortridge
Nanaimo: Jonathan Reinhart

1st Period: Just fifty one seconds into the opening frame Liam Finlay with a burst of speed come into the Clippers zone before setting up Steven Jandric who ripped a quick high shot couldnt beat Jonathan Reinhart to made a big blocker save on a good scoring opportunity by Vernon in the opening minute. On the next play-shift Nanaimo would get the games first powerplay, just 1:20 into the game. The Clippers had trouble getting pucks to the net didnt get a single shot on the man advantage until DJ Petruzzelli walked in down low couldnt beat Andrew Shortridge who made a big save in the dying seconds of the PP before Vernon would kill off the minor. Seconds after the powerplay expired the Vipers come back with a good hard working shift. Michael Roberts got the play in deep before Joe Cipollone setup Brett Stapely in front who beat Jonathan Reinhart down low for his first career BCHL goal, giving Vernon an early 1-0 lead at 3:37 Cipillone & Roberts collected the assists. Vernon product Spencer Hewson come right back for Nanaimo but was denied by Andrew Shortridge who come up with a big save in close as the Clippers were pressing right after the Viper goal. Riley Brandt looked to give the Vipers a 2-0 lead just over five minutes in. Brandt's long hard shot was stopped by Jonathan Reinhart before two Vipers went hard to the net, the puck somehow went in and under Reinhart with bodies in the crease before the net was knocked off. It looked to me as if the puck went in and the goal light went off before the net was dislodged. The play was blown dead with a faceoff inside the Clippers zone. I was surprised the Vipers coaching staff didnt talk to the referee's as it was still 1-0 Vernon. About a minute later the Shipmen would get their second PP of the period, with some pressure the Clippers couldnt capitalize were 0-2 with the man advantage. Vernon was up 4-1 in shots early but it was now 9-6 in favor of the Clippers. Just before the halfway mark Corey Renwick would lead a two on one, decided to keep and shoot couldnt beat Shortridge who made another good save keeping this a one goal game. These two teams had a bit of a chippy afair in Nanaimo last weekend got into the after the whistle activities again this evening. At the stopage in play at the halfway mark Andrew Shortridge and a Nanaimo player bumped into each other after the Clipper forward gave him a tap on the pads on the way to the bench. Some pushing and shoving occured while both teams got a little excited. Shortridge had a bit of traffic in his face-crease in the opening period as the Clippers were going to the net alot tonight. In the second half the Vipers would their first look with the powerplay. Vernon would struggle with back to back powerplays. The Vipers would get some good pressure but unable to get shots on goal, moving the puck around killed off alot of the PP with no shots. Late in the frame Brendan Shane got a lucky break when the puck bounced off a Vernon defender Shane was able to break out on the odd man rush, Shane decided to go hard to the front of the net before getting Andrew shortridge to go down somehow couldnt find the open cage missing the goal going high and over the net on a missed opportunity by the Clippers. Jimmy Lambert come very close to giving the Vipers a two goal lead wound up and wired a rocket of a shot beat Jonathan Reinhart but hit the crossbar on a close call. In the final minute newcomer Zach Andrusiak making his Vipers home debut forced Reinhart into making a big pad save, kicking out Andrusiak's shot with the right pad with twenty five seconds to go in the period. Vernon was up 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Vipers returned home after a five game road trip, played their first game on home ice in three weeks come out with alot of energy and jump. This was a very good opening 1st period with chances at both ends of the rink. I thought the Clippers had a slight edge in play but Vernon had the lone goal. Nanaimo did a great job at using their size boxing the Vipers out from the front of the net, most of the period. Both clubs struggled with the man advantage going 0-2. Andrew Shortridge had to be sharp as the Clippers were going hard to the net all period-all game. Vernon outshot Nanaimo 13-12.

2nd Period: The Clippers got off to a quick start, moving the puck around Nanaimo looked to be on a powerplay but werent as the Shipmen with a strong forecheck off the opening faceoff were all over the Vipers early and often. Vernon back on their heels early, had all kinds of trouble with the Clipper attack. Viper captain Colton McCarthy would break up the play before getting off a quick shot from the top of the circle, forced Clippers starting goaltender Jonathan Reinhart into flashing the leather, making a big glove save in the opening minutes. Nanaimo carried the play early but couldnt generate any real grade a scoring chances would have to kill off a penalty early in the middle frame. Former West Kelowna Warriors defenceman Mac Ferner's shot would get redirected in front by Joe Sacco giving Vernon a 2-0 lead at 6:32 Ferner and Zach Andrusiak with the assists. Less then thirty seconds later the Clippers would get a long two man advantage. But it was a very determinded Vipers penalty kill that went to work, come up with several big blocked shots and Vipers starting goaltender Andrew Shortridge also had to be at his best made some big saves but none better then robbing Zach Court coming across the blue paint to stop the puck with the shaft of his goal stick. Vernon would kill off both penalties on wich would end up being the TSN turning point. About a minute and a half later Odeen Tufto tried splitting the Nanaimo defence was hauled down on his way to the goal would be rewarded with a penalty shot. Tufto skating in very slow beat Jonathan Reinhart fivehole giving Vernon a 3-0 lead at 10:42 Tufto's goal was unassisted. Just thirty seconds later the Vipers would strike again, on a odd man rush Jonathan Reinhart come up with a huge save before Joe Cipillone scored on the rebound giving Vernon a 4-0 lead at 11:12 Mac Ferner with the helper. This was the end of the night for Clippers starting goaltender Jonathan Reinhart who was pulled in favor of backup goaltender Jakob Walter. Reinhart who defeated the Vipers 5-2 in Nanaimo Saturday was done for the night giving up four goals on seventeen Viper shots. Thirty seconds later tempers heated up inside the Vernon blueline. Nanaimo captain Devin Brosseau lost his cool, started throwing punches at Riley Brandt. As the referee and linesmen jumped in, Sheldon Rempal's stick got caught inside the linesmen's visor. With the linesmen trying to remove the stick, Rempal who I dont think had any idea his stick was caught in the linesmen's visor was yanking-pulling his stick from the melay along the boards. Everyone got involved with lots of pushing and shoving. Both teams exchanging words. Once the scrum was broken up the Shipmen would come out on top with the PP. The Clippers once again couldnt capitalize with the man advantage as the Vipers would kill off the minor, Vernon would get a bit of a scare after Mac Ferner's shot from the point would catch Odeen Tufto in the side of the head-helmet-face before going down to the ice in a hurry. Tufto would skate off to the Viper bench, get looked at by the team trainer before staying in the hockey game. Vernon would get a late powerplay but unable to get anything going as Nanaimo would kill off the penalty. Vernon was up 4-0 after 40 minutes of play. The Clippers with a strong start to the middle frame took it too the Vipers off the opening faceoff. Nanaimo with a ton of pressure early on couldnt muster any offence. After the Vipers held off Nanaimo's pressure-forecheck, The Vipers would get a huge powerplay goal to give them a two goal lead before the Clippers would get a long two man advantage. Vernon with a great penalty kill would kill off both minors would gain some momentum before scoring two quick back to back goals thirty seconds apart to give them a 4-0 lead and chase Nanaimo starting goaltender Jonathan Reinhart. This was a period where it was all Nanaimo but Vernon would catch some breaks and capitalize on their chances. The Vipers did come back late in the period and played much better. Nanaimo outshot Vernon 12-10.

3rd Period: The Vipers would get hemmed in their own end off the opening faceoff, had troubles clearing the zone before the Clippers would get on the board early. Andrew Shortridge come up with a huge pad save before a pile of players crashed the net inwich the goal light would come on. Zach Court would get Nanaimo's first goal of the game at :49 breaking Shortridge's shutout bid. Corey Renwick with the assist. Nanaimo didnt stop, as the Shipmen kept coming. With a ton of pressure Devin Brosseau's shot beat Shortridge cutting Vernon's lead to 4-2 at 1:19 Sheldon Rempal & Matthew Hoover with the helpers. Mark Ferner and the Vipers would call a timeout. Just over two minutes later Riley Brandt with a big open ice hit would go hard to the net would take a high stick to the face from Clippers goaltender Jakob Walter. Brandt would hit the ice before Will Reilly crosschecked Brandt while he was down on the ice. Brandt would leave the ice bleeding and not return. Walter would get a double minor for high sticking as Mark Ferner lost his cool at the Vernon bench. Ferner was really giving it to the one referee for a good minute or two before Mike Vandekamp then lost his cool with one of the referees. The Vipers couldnt put the Clippers away once again struggled with the PP as Nanaimo would kill off the double minor. Lots of chippy stuff going on during and after the play as the Clippers started to come unglued at times. It looked like Vernon was getting under the skin of Nanaimo in the 3rd. As the period went on Vernon seemed to carry the play a little more before.  The Shipmen didnt get alot of scoring chances while the Vipers peppered Jakob Walter with eighteen shots in the third forcing the Clipper netminder to make some good saves keeping his team in the game. The Vipers would put this game away after Jimmy Lambert with a rocket beat Walter from well out gave Vernon a 5-2 lead at 17:24 Lambert's goal was unassisted. The Clippers then come out hitting and hitting hard, going after the Vipers. Vernon would take advantage of some undisaplined penalties by Nanaimo.  Griffin James with his first career BCHL goal scoring a late powerplay goal giving the Vipers a 6-2 lead at 19:19 was assisted by Hunter Zandee. The Clippers falling apart took another undisaplined minor late to finish the game as Vernon come away with the 6-2 victory evening the season series 1-1. Nanaimo gave the Vipers and most of the fans at Kal Tire Place a scare with a strong start to start the 3rd period. The Shipmen with two quick back to back goals in the first 1:19 got to within two goals before falling apart with several undisaplined penalties. The Vipers got off to a slow start but settled down as the period went on, played very well to finish the frame scoring two late goals for insurance. Vernon outshot Nanaimo 18-10.

Top Players: (Vernon)

Austin Cho played very well on the Vernon blueline tonight. The rookie d-man played well in all situations was very reliable.

The Vipers top line of Odeen Tufto (1 goal), Steven Jandric and Liam Finlay were by far Vernon's best unit tonight. This line played with alot of jump, energy and really used their speed. I thought the Clippers defence did a great job at boxing out these three early to start the game but gave the Nanaimo defence troubles all game. A big scare in the 2nd period when Odeen Tufto took a Mac Ferner shot-puck to the head. Great to see Tufto stay in the game and finish the game. This kid is very exciting to watch, good hands, really sees and reads the ice well. Im very impressed with Steven Jandric, had a heck of a game, threw his weight around on a few big checks along the boards, was skating hard, going to the net, played very well. Liam Finlay was once again flying around all night.

Griffin James (1 goal) I thought played well on the point. A little slow and sluggish at times played well.

Jimmy Lambert (1 goal) Had a shot go off the crossbar in the 1st period had a strong night. Really skating hard, another player that sees and reads the ice well. Has some nice moves.

Darren Rizzolo was another defenceman that I thought played well on the blueline.

Mac Ferner (2 assists) Kept his cool tonight, played hard and strong picked up two helpers in a strong game at both ends of the rink.

Andrew Shortridge (32 saves) Looked to be in the zone tonight, made some big saves in the first two periods gave his team a chance to win. Dosnt give up alot of rebounds or second opportunities was very solid on the penalty kill.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

After returning home with just two wins on their five game road trip the Vipers won their second straight after making a statement with their 6-2 win over a very strong Nanaimo hockey team. I really liked the Vipers start to the game, I thought Vernon played with alot of jump and energy, used their speed and got some solid goaltending. It was key to get on the board first, were able to hold their own with the Clippers until the 2nd period. Nanaimo really took it to the Vipers early and often to start the 2nd period but give Vernon credit, they got some big saves from Andrew Shortridge and then got a key powerplay goal to get a big two goal lead. The TSN turning point was killing off a long two man advantage in the 2nd. Just as the penalties expired the Vipers get two quick back to back goals to grab a 4-0 lead. These two goals also seemed to change the pace of the game as Vernon played and looked better in the second half. The Vipers got a bit of a scare in the third after two quick Nanaimo goals but give the Vipers credit as the period went on I thought the Vipers played smart hockey, they got Nanaimo into taking some very undisaplined penalties. The Vipers outshot the Clippers in the 3rd had the better of the scoring chances played very well. I thought the Vipers were outplayed for most of the 2nd period and early in the 3rd but didnt break, kept plugging away and battled through it. This was a big turn around after some so so hockey on the five game road trip. I thought the Viper defence played very well this evening. These two teams dont like each other and it showed again tonight. A very chippy game.I thought the Vipers powerplay struggled, even though they did get two PP goals. The Vipers move the puck around way too much-dont get enough pucks-shots on goal. I really like the Viper penalty kill so far this season and again tonight they played-did very well against a strong team like Nanaimo. After struggling on the road the past few weeks this was a huge win and a great way to start off this home stand. This team needs to pull together a string of wins here to get on a bit of a roll and gain some confidence.

Top Players: (Nanaimo)

Yanni Kaldis was by far the Shipmen's best defenceman tonight. Played a ton, saw a ton of ice, was very good with and without the puck. A good skater, reads and sees the ice well, gets that quick shot off from the point in a hurry. 

Edwin Hookenson also was solid on the Clippers blueline.

Lucas Finner was good on the draw most of the night, a shifty player that goes to the net alot.

Brendan Shane looked good up front, good skater, handles the puck alot, creates and generates offensive chances. Played very well.

Corey Renwick (1 assist) Was another Clipper forward who stood out, I thought played well at both ends of the rink.

Zach Court (1 goal) Had a good game, got the Clippers on the board early to start the 3rd played very well.

Jakob Walter (20 saves) Took over for Jonathan Reinhart who allowed four goals on 17 Viper shots. Played well to finish the game. Gave up just two goals, both late in the 3rd dosnt give up alot of rebounds. Quick on his feet, plays his position well.

Game Thought's: (Nanaimo)

Nanaimo played well for most of the night until taking some very undisaplined penalties in the 3rd. The Clippers who couldnt score on their chances didnt get any breaks tonight. Nanaimo Struggled with the PP had a chance to get back into the game and take control of the game on several different powerplays, couldnt capitalize on their chances. Not scoring on the long two man advantage in the 2nd period was a killer but also giving up two quick back to back goals just thirty seconds apart just after the two man advantage was the back breaker. Down 4-0 on the road in a building where you havent had much sucsess the past few seasons is going to be tough to mount a comeback. The Clippers who sit 2nd in the Island Division are one of the top teams in the league, do have a very strong, bigger, skilled hockey team. Nanaimo moves the puck well, takes the body, finishes their checks, good transition game, really likes to use the defencemen on the point. This team is pretty chippy, yes I know all teams are chippy now and again. but It just seemed like the Clippers were always giving a late wack or punch to a Viper after a whistle, going hard to the net and not stopping bumping into Andrew Shortridge on several plays should have been called for alot more penalties. & yes the Vipers got away with their fare share but not as much as Nanaimo. The Clippers started alot of the after the whistle activities. Once the game was out of hand, typical Mike Vandekamp sends out his boys to try and mix things up late in the game. I wonder why Jakob Walter wasnt given a five minute major after Riley Brandt was high sticked in the 3rd? The Clippers last win in Vernon was a 4-3 double overtime victory on January 16th 2009. 



Jagger Williamson (Injured)
Callum Volpe 


Matt Creamer
Adam Pilotte
Jordan Low

Energy Player of the Game:

Odeen Tufto (1 goal)

Three Stars:

1st Star: Joe Cipollone (1 goal & 1 assist)
2nd Star: Mac Ferner (2 assists)
3rd Star: Andrew Shortridge (32 saves)

BCHL Boxscore,

Game Preview: Nanaimo @ Vernon:

Nanaimo (6-3-0-0) @ Vernon (4-5-0-1) 7pm

Tonight is second of two meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Nanaimo Clippers. The Clippers lead the season series 1-0.

Last Game:

Sunday, October 4th Vernon defeated Victoria 4-1
Saturday, October 3rd Nanaimo defeated Vernon 5-2

Next Game:

Saturday, October 10th Prince George @ Vernon
Saturday, October 10th Nanaimo @ Salmon Arm

My game previews take up close to a full page, this is why I have had to shorten the front page.  In order to read the full page-game preview, click on the "read more" near the bottom left corner of this post.

Vipers Check Out Cakebread:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers check out Cakebread

Oct 9, 2015

Morning Star Staff

Not quite done tweaking his roster, Vernon Vipers head coach/GM Mark Ferner has a new forward in town.

Arizona product Christian Cakebread skated this week with the Vipers, who entertain the Nanaimo Clippers tonight and the Prince George Spruce Kings Saturday to start a four-game B.C. Hockey League homestand.

“We’re taking a look at him,” said Ferner, of the 18-year-old Cakebread. “I saw him play for the Arizona Bobcats when he was 14, the same team Auston Matthews played for. He’s a big body who can skate and has a strong skillset. He’s pretty smart.”

Matthews is the projected No. 1 overall choice in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Cakebread, a 6-foot, 190-pound right winger, spent the last two years with Fargo Force of the United States Hockey League (USHL), collecting 11 goals and eight assists. He didn’t play in any of Fargo’s first three games this season.

If the Vipers (4-5-0-1) do sign Cakebread, they would have to release one player off their roster.

Second-year forward Jagger Williamson will be in the press box tonight nursing a hip flexor. Rookie Jimmy Lambert takes his place on the second line with Colton McCarthy and Riley Brandt.

McCarthy’s unit will spend most of tonight bothering the league’s hottest line of Sheldon Rempal, Devin Brosseau and Matthew Hoover.

Rempal, a 20-year-old Calgary product headed to the Clarkson Golden Knights next year,  leads the BCHL with 7-11-18.

Hoover, a 19-year-old Brantford, Ont. native was named the Player of the Week after ringing up seven points. He has 7-9-16 and a schollie to Canisius College Griffins in New York.

Brosseau, who has 2-13-15, is a 20-year-old from Saint Lambert, Que. who also has a scholarship to Clarkson. The trio has 18 of the 27 Clipper goals. Nanaimo (6-3) has won three straight.

Andrew Shortridge starts in goal tonight for the Snakes, while Brendan Barry is expected to make his Viper debut Saturday against the 1-6-0-1 Kings.

Prince George just welcomed back 19-year-old Florida d-man Matt Stief from a short stint in the USHL.

Last season in his first BCHL campaign with the Spruce Kings, Stief appeared in 58 games and pocketed three goals and 30 assists.

In the off-season, the 5-foot-9, 170-pounder was drafted 185th overall by the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL.

“We’re fortunate to have a player with Matt’s ability and character rejoining our team. He’s excited to be back and I know how he will bolster our defensive group,” said King GM Mike Hawes.

Meanwhile, the Interior Conference-leading Penticton Panthers improved to 8-1 by grounding the last-place Trail Smoke Eaters 5-3 before 2,000 fans Wednesday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Former Penn State sniper Scott Conway bagged two goals for the Vees, while projected NHL draft first-round pick Tyson Jost, Jason Lavalee and Owen Sillinger (empty-netter) added singles. Sillinger also committed to the Arizona State Sun Devils for the 2017-18 season.

Ryan Forbes and Nick Jermain, on a powerplay with 43 seconds left, gave the Merritt Centennials a 2-1 win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks before 838 fans at the Shaw Centre. Vernon product Colton Thibault scored for Salmon Arm (5-2-2).

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Former Vipers Defenceman Farynuk Inducted Into A.L. Fortune Secondary Wall Of Fame:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Brad Farynuk has been inducted into the A.L. Fortune Secondary School's Wall of Fame.

Farynuk played five of the past six years in Asia with the Tohoku Free Blades before retiring at the end of last season. After playing four seasons at R.P.I. University Farynuk played three seasons (2006-2009) with six different teams (Dayton, Syracuse, Stockton, Springfield, South Carolina & Quad City) in the American Hockey League & East Coast Hockey League. 

Farynuk played three years in Vernon (1999-2002) In 135 regular season games with the Vipers Farynuk collected (29-goals-76-assists-105-points).

Brad Farynuk's Player Profile: 

This is posted on the Kiss FM website:

Wall of Fame Inductees For Enderby

Posted on 10/8/2015 by Ron Manz

It's a special night at A.L. Fortune Secondary School in Enderby.

For the first time in over a decade two new members are being inducted onto the schools 'Wall of Fame".

Former students Paola Konge and Brad Farynuk are being honored, according to principal Gene Doray.

"Really they are people who have done some outstanding things within the community but also outside. They graduated from our school and went on to greater accomplishments and representative of the individuals and passions that they followed."

Konge became a lawyer and Crown Counsel, who was part of the war crimes tribunal in Sierra Leone.  Farynuk is a former captain of the Vernon Vipers who went on to earn an engineering degree while on scholarship in New York.  He then played hockey internationally and now is a practicing engineer in Enderby.

"They are going to be presented by some of the teachers and administrators from their time at A.L. Fortune and everybody from the committee who chose them had nothing but great praise for them."

Doray says the Wall of Fame had taken a beating over the years and had become largely forgotten until he got a committee together to revitalize what he feels is an important part of the school's history.

"The Wall initially certainly wasn't something that would catch your eye.  Wall of Fame was definitely a struggle to suggest that's what it looked like, so we spent some money and we've created something that now is worthy of being called a Wall of Fame."

Everyone is invited to the induction ceremony taking place at 7 pm tonight at the school.