Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vernon Vipers – West Kelowna Warriors Brawl Highlight's:

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Vernon Vipers – West Kelowna Brawl

Posted by HockeyTube on Oct 18th, 2014

The Vernon Vipers and West Kelowna Warriors got into a BCHL dust up at the end of Saturday's game and a mini line brawl broke out. A couple of players dropped the gloves but Vernon Viper’s goalie Danny Todosychuk grabbed the spotlight by dropping the mitts with West Kelowna’s Kade Kehoe with both players chucking  some bombs. Not sure how many suspensions will be coming out of this one. Play by Play by Vipers Voice Graham Turnbull and footage from West Kelowna crew. Great job with the videos guys!

Hannoun Headlines Vees’ Attack:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Hannoun headlines Vees’ attack

By Graeme Corbett - Vernon Morning Star

Published: October 19, 2014

The Vernon Vipers are well aware of the magic tricks Demico Hannoun can work with a puck.

If they needed a reminder, they got one Friday night at Kal Tire Place as their former teammate torched them for a pair of goals to lead the Penticton Vees to a 3-1 win before 2,000 B.C. Hockey League fans.

“Cheeks (Hannoun’s nickname), he’s a good guy, he’s a friend of mine, but you never want to see that,” said Vipers’ captain Riley Guenther, smiling as he shook his head.

The Vipers, now 5-4-0-1, must have wondered what they did to cross the hockey gods as they outplayed the league-leading Vees (9-1) for 19 of the first 20 minutes, hemming them in their own end and generating some decent scoring chances.

However, it was Penticton who got on the board first with 36 seconds to play in period one, on a greasy road goal by Hannoun. Vernon netminder Jarrod Schamerhorn went behind his net to play the puck and, on a miscommunication with his d-man, shoveled it straight to Penticton forward Steen Cooper, who relayed it out front to a wide open Hannoun.

“We came out a little sluggish,” said the 19-year-old Hannoun. “You could tell in the dressing room we weren’t really prepared but we just got better as the game went on.

“It’s a little different being on the other (players’ bench), but it was a good crowd here, good atmosphere and it was a good game.

“We’re off to a great start, and we’ve got a lot of chemistry with all the lines right now.”

Hannoun, a soft-handed North Delta product, leads Penticton with eight snipes, and is headed to the NCAA Michigan Tech Huskies next fall. Following last season, he was sent back to the Surrey Eagles from Vernon as future considerations for the deal that brought Brett Mulcahy to the Snake Pit at the trade deadline.

Penticton picked him up in the offseason in exchange for d-man Alexandre Coulombe and future considerations.

Vees’ head coach Fred Harbinson had a sense his team was a little off in its morning skate.

"We were a little quiet and it carried over into the game,” he said. “Fortunately for us, our goaltender made the saves that he had to, and we were fortunate to score late in the period."

Vees’ keeper Hunter Miska (33 saves), named third star behind Hannoun and Vernon’s Thomas Aldworth, was sharp throughout, particularly in flashing his pads to deny a number of Vernon shots destined for the low corners.

Aside from the gaffe behind his net, Schamerhorn was impressive in the Vernon crease for the third straight game. He thwarted Vees’ forward Lewis Zerter-Gossage a number of times from point-blank range.

Danny Todosychuk, who has been nursing a sore groin, was expected to start Saturday night as Vernon visited the 5-4-0-1 West Kelowna Warriors at Royal LePage Place.

The Snakes struggled to gain any momentum in the second period as they spent most of it in the penalty box. Fortunately for them, the Vees’ powerplay has been uncharacteristically disorganized this season. Vernon looked more dangerous shorthanded than the Vees did with the man advantage, generating a rare 3-on-1 rush that was botched when Liam Coughlin fanned on a cross-ice pass.

Shortly after, Aldworth earned a penalty shot when he was hauled down on a shorthanded breakaway, but the strong-skating Texan had the puck roll on his stick as he went in on Miska, and he misfired over the net.

“It’s (powerplay) never been a problem for us, but tonight some of Vernon’s best chances were when we were on the powerplay,” said Harbinson. “It really could have turned the game.

“I said at the beginning of the year that you need patience with this team, and everybody assumes you’re talking about wins and losses. We’re lucky to be 9-1, and there’s parts of the game where we’re going to have to keep working with them.”

The Vees finally made good on their fourth powerplay attempt as Hannoun snapped a point shot through a crowd, beating a helpless Schamerhorn, post-and-in.

“The first goal, it was just a miscommunication behind the net,” said Guenther. “The second one, we needed a block there.

“I thought we played well, we just couldn’t find a way to get any more past Miska. It just comes down to us bearing down on those chances. We’ve got to score when we get those opportunities.”

Aldworth, with his team-leading sixth goal, pulled Vernon within one with 3:46 to play when he swatted home a Coughlin rebound before Miska could reposition himself.

Vernon pulled Schamerhorn for an extra attacker, but couldn’t bury the equalizer. Instead, Matt Serratore (4th goal) put the game away with a last-second empty netter.

Said Vernon head coach Mark Ferner: “We generated enough chances, but we’ve got to bear down. I’m not sure if it’s a confidence thing, squeezing the stick a little bit, but we’ve got to find some secondary scoring here. We can’t just rely on the one line.”

SNAKE BITES: Aldworth has earned game stars in three consecutive outings...The Trail Smoke Eaters, featuring ex-Vipers Craig Martin and Dallas Calvin, boast the league’s top powerplay at 30.56 per cent. Penticton’s (15.38) is fourth-last and Vernon’s is dead-last at a meager 2.22 per cent.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Vernon 7 West Kelowna 4

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 7-4 in front of 942 fans at Royal Le Page Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Danny Todosychuk
West Kelowna: Andy Desautels

1st Period: Just a minute into the hockey game Michael Buonincontri with a quick low shot along the ice from inside the faceoff circle forced Danny Todosychuk to make a tough pad save kicking the puck into the corner on a good quality shot-scoring chance from the Warriors in the opening minute.  Two minutes later Thomas Aldworth was stopped by Andy Desautels before Liam Coughlin jumped on the rebound couldnt beat the Warriors goaltender in close as the Vipers come back with a quick opportunity of their own.  A shift or two later TJ Dumonceaux forced Desautels to get in the butterfly position making a tough save off a hard shot from the top of the circle as Desautels had troubles containing the rebound.  Vernon looked good in the opening minutes had a slight edge in play but it was West Kelowna who would open the scoring.  Nick Rutigliano's point shot looked to be going wide of the net hit league leading scorer Liam Blackburn at the side of the net, Blackburn was able to tap in the rebound into the open cage giving the Warriors a 1-0 lead at 6:57 Rutigliano & Jason Cotton picked up the assists.  The Vipers responded with a hard working shift, Liam Coughlin was able to get in alone put a nice move on Andy Desautels in tight but couldnt beat the veteran twenty year old goaltender who made a huge save off the second year Viper forward in close.  WK would come right back and jump ahead by two.  Michael Buonincontri was left alone in the high slot ripped a high hard shot over Todosychuk's shoulder-glove side gave West Kelowna a 2-0 lead at 10:29 Liam Blackburn and Kristian Blumenschein with the helpers.  Just less then three minutes later the Warriors would get the first powerplay of the night, but it was the Vernon penalty kill that went to work.  Anthony Latina used his speed come down the right wing along the boards cut hard to the net, got inbehind the defence was stopped by Andy Desautels in close before Liam Coughlin jumped on the rebound putting the puck up and over Desautels who was down and out got the Vipers on the board shorthanded at 14:26 Latina with the lone assist.  The Vipers were able to kill off the remainder of the man advantage.  Just under two minutes later the Vipers looked to have tied the game on an odd man rush.  I couldnt see who was in front of the net but Anthony Latina fired the puck on goal and two Vipers rushed the front of the net before the puck went in.  The play was called a goal on the ice but as soon as the puck went in, Andy Desautels and the Warriors argued the call.  The linesmen/referee gathered before waiving the goal off, saying it was gloved in.  West Kelowna was up 2-1 after 20 minutes of play.  Both clubs had chances early in the opening few minutes before the Warriors jumped out to a quick two goal lead.  The Vipers responded to get back in the game with a shorthanded marker have looked dangerous on the penalty kill the last few games.  Both teams looked fairly even after the opening period.  The Warriors outshot the Vipers 11-9.

2nd Period: Just over four minutes into the second frame WK would lose Nick Rutigliano after getting tossed from the hockey game for checking from behind.  TJ Dumonceaux went hard into the end wall behind the Warriors goal was very slow to get up, needed help off the ice went straight to the Vipers dressing room.  Dumonceuax would later return to the Viper bench.  Vernon would get an early five minute powerplay after the hit from behind.  The Vipers with a league worst powerplay only generated three shots on the five minute major but were able to capitalize tied the game after Mackenzie Bauer's quick shot from the circle beat Warriors starting goaltender Andy Desautels at 5:50 Luke Shiplo & captain Riley Guenther picked up the helpers.  Still on the man advantage West Kelowna would get into penalty trouble giving Vernon a short five on three.  Mitch Meek's point shot beat Desautels but went off the crossbar as the Vipers come close to taking their first lead of the evening.  Vernon would get five more shots on the PP but couldnt take the lead.  Shorthanded Brett Mennear with a parcial breakaway got off a low shot that was stopped by Vipers starting goaltender Danny Todosychuk who made a pad save keeping this a tied game.  West Kelowna with a solid penalty kill blocked several shots, got in the shooting lanes gave the Vipers very limited time and space to create/generate offence as the Warriors would kill off the remainder of the penalties gave up one goal.  The Vipers didnt stop and kept coming in waves as Vernon carried most of the play were outshooting West Kelowna 11-1 at the midway mark.  The Warriors having all kinds of trouble couldnt get through the neutral zone or into the attacking end playing most of the period in their own end.  The Vipers would get their first lead of the night after Mackenzie Bauer setup Anthony Latina at 10:46 Bauer with the lone assist.  But less then two minutes later a defensive turnover would get the Warriors back in the game.  Johnny Coughlin turned the puck over behind his own net, allowing Jason Cotton to rip a high shot past Todosychuk tying the game at three at 12:31 Michael Buonincontri with the assist.  WK would finally get going late in the period, as the Warriors come on strong to finish the 2nd.  West Kelowna would get a late powerplay but it was the Vipers penalty kill that would strike again.  Liam Coughlin setup TJ Dumonceaux on a two on one, Dumonceuax went high over Andy Desautels gave Vernon a 4-3 lead at 16:46 Coughlin with the helper.  The Vipers got into penalty trouble as West Kelowna would get a two man advantage but again the Vipers penalty kill went to work.  Liam Coughlin setup TJ Dumonceaux on another Vernon odd man rush, Dumonceaux couldnt handle the pass on a great opportunity for the Vipers shorthanded.  The Warriors controlled the puck, moved the puck around got a few shots in on the Viper net but couldnt generate a whole lot of offence as Vernon's penalty kill was very good killing off the one minor, having just seconds left in the second penalty before the buzzer sounded.  Vernon was up 4-3 after 40 minutes of play.  Both teams got into penalty trouble but it was the Vipers that capitalized.  Scoring on the powerplay were able to tie the game before scoring shorthanded to take the lead heading into the 3rd.  This was all Vernon in the 2nd period as the Vipers dominated the play.  Vernon outchanced, outworked and outshot West Kelowna.  The Warriors did come on strong late to finish the period but gave up a shorthanded marker as well as two shorthanded odd man rushes.  The Vipers outshot West Kelowna 17-6.

3rd Period:  The Vipers started the period shorthanded with just a handful of seconds remaining before getting off to a strong start.  Vernon with a very strong forecheck had the Warriors back on their heels in the opening two minutes before WK would return the favor come back with a hard working forecheck, had the Vipers back on their heels for a few minutes.  Vernon would strike early getting the all important two goal lead.  Trevor Fidler setup Luke Voltin whos shot from the circle looked to handcuff Andy Desautels who got a piece of it before the puck went into the back of the net giving Vernon a 5-3 lead at 5:52 They announced Trevor Fidler who scored the goal in the rink but it was clearly Luke Voltin who shot and scored.  Fidler & Johnny Coughlin with the assists.  This goal seemed to take the life out of the Warriors as Vernon seemed to pour it on as the period went on really taking it too West Kelowna.  The Vipers with a strong forecheck, really bottled up the neutral zone, didnt allow the Warriors any room for offence.  A strong defensive game by Vernon in the 3rd really limited the Warriors scoring chances as the Vipers carried the play early and often.  West Kelowna got into penalty trouble as Vernon went on their second five on three of the night.  Trevor Fidler beat Desautels put the Vipers up 6-3 at 9:43 Johnny Coughlin & Luke Voltin picked up the helpers.  West Kelowna still on the penalty kill looked much better on the second penalty kill, shutdown Vernon's powerplay killing off the remainder of the second penalty.  The Vipers with a strong defensive game in the third really shutdown the Warriors top players.  Rylan Ferster would get Andy Desautels to the bench with 4:13 remaining.  After an icing call the Warriors would win the draw, keep the play alive in the Vernon zone before Jordan Masters banged home the loose puck down low cut the Viper lead to within two goals at 16:03 Kyle Marino and Michael Buonincontri collected the assists.  WK would get Desautels back to the bench again on the next shift for another six on five, with some good pressure early the Vipers were able to clear the zone, before a hard working shift by Anthony Latina would chip the loose puck into the open cage while falling giving Vernon a 7-4 lead at 17:06 Latina's goal was unassisted.  The final three minutes seemed to drag on with several whistles/stopages in play.  The frustration really showed as several West Kelowna players were egging on the Vipers.  Two Warriors looked t try to get the two Viper players to drop the gloves but the Vernon players skated away.  Lots of pushing and shoving in between whistles.  With thirty four seconds to go, Kyle Marino's point shot beat Danny Todosychuk but went off the crossbar.  With a faceoff deep in the Viper zone with just five seconds remaining, a mini line brawl broke loose at the final buzzer.  Lots of pushing and shoving took place while two fights broke loose, before Danny Todosychuk jumped in the mix dropping the gloves with a West Kelowna player.  Both benches erupted, Warriors goaltender Andy Desautels rushed up ice as Rylan Ferster was yelling from the bench for him to stay back, two Warriors players on the bench were yelling at their goaltender to join the melay at the other end of the rink.  Desautels skated all the way up to centre ice where he stood and watched before giving a mouth full to Danny Todosychuk and the Vernon bench.  The mely was eventually broken up with gloves and sticks lying all over the ice.  The Vipers would come away with a 7-4 victory.  Vernon come out strong with a solid forecheck, had the Warriors back on their heels early before getting that all important two goal lead under six minutes into the frame.  This goal really took the wind out of the sails of the Warriors, changing momentum in the game.  From here on in it was all Vipers as they basically shutdown the Warriors offence.  WK looked very frustrated taking back to back penalties, were caught exchanging words after the stopage in play, were really getting off their game plan.  Vernon outshot West Kelowna 9-6.

Top Players: (Vernon)

Liam Coughlin (1 goal & 1 assist) Had a very strong game for Vernon.  Coughlin who played very well last night in a 3-1 loss to Penticton was dangerous with the puck, had several good scoring opportunities.  Was really skating hard, forcing the play, hard to defend against, created and generated lots of offensive chances. 

Anthony Latina (2 goals & 2 assists) Picked up four points in the win looked to get under the skin of several West Kelowna Warriors.  On almost every whistle several Warriors were chirpping away with the Viper forward.  Latina who also looked good last night, played a hard strong game on the wing tonight, playing with lots of energy/jump.  This kid can really skate-move the puck when he turns on the wheels.  Made several smart plays tonight.

TJ Dumonceaux (1 goal) Took a scary looking check from behind early in the second period, went to the Vipers dressing room holding his neck but would return to the game played very well up front for the Vipers.  Another player who is dangerous when using his speed, was also hard to defend against.   Plays with a ton of energy really makes things difficult for the opponents defence.

Trevor Fidler (1 goal & 1 assist) I thought played a strong game.  Another Viper who played hard, competed and battled, earning his icetime and was rewarded with two points tonight.

Luke Shiplo (1 assist) Had a strong game on the Viper blueline.  Joined the rush alot, was involved in the play, was good at both ends of the rink, a good skater, really moves the puck in a hurry, plays smart and makes that first good pass coming out of the zone.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

After a tough 3-1 loss at home to the Penticton Vees Friday, where the Vipers couldnt buy a goal Vernon responded well with seven goals in tonight's win.  Vernon capitalized on their chances.  I thought Vernon looked very good through out the game and got better as the game went on.  I thought both teams were fairly even after the opening period but I thought the Vipers were the better team in the 2nd and 3rd periods.  Vernon really dominated the play in the 2nd, outchanced, outshot and outworked West Kelowna most of the middle frame.  In the 3rd the Vipers with a strong relentless forecheck had the Warriors back on their heels, played very well defensively limited WK's chances.  The Vipers with a strong shutdown period in the 3rd.  With a league worst PP it was nice to see the Vipers get rewarded with two powerplay goals tonight.  How about the Vipers penalty kill.  Wow!  Over the last three or four games Vernon's penalty kill has been very dangerous and it showed again tonight.  The Vipers with a few good shorthanded opportunities scored twice on the penalty kill.  It looked like the Vipers were getting under the skin of the Warriors, getting West Kelowna off their game.  Several top players for the Warriors were more involved in pushing and shoving after the whistle, then concentrating on the game.  I thought the Vipers come ready to play, worked and played hard all night, really competed and earned the win in a building where they havnet got alot of wins over the last few seasons.  Nice to see a fairly large crowd of Vernon fans at the game.

Top Player's: (West Kelowna)

Rylan Yaremko played well on the Warriors backend.  A bigger kid was a force tonight, was intimidating most of the night, getting involved in all the after the whistle activities.  Was in the face of several Viper players through out the game.

Michael Buonincontri (1 goal & 2 assists) Was by far the Warriors best and most dangerous player tonight.  Picking up three points Buonincontri was very strong up front for WK.  Really has a nack for the net, gets pucks on goal and goes to the net.  Worked very hard all night.

Liam Blackburn (1 goal & 1 assist) Looked good in the opening period but as the game went along wasnt very noticable.  The league's leading scorer seems to always do well against the Vipers.

Game Thought's: (West Kelowna)

I thought the Warriors played very well in the 1st period, jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead.  West Kelowna was really skating well early, created some chances but couldnt put Vernon away getting the two goal lead.  Instead the Warriors give up a shorthanded marker late in the period, gets the Vipers back in the game, maybe gives them some momentum and gets the crowd out of the game.  The Warriors with several undisaplined penalties tonight, gave up two powerplay goals.  Specialty teams was the difference as the Warriors went 0-4 while Vernon scored twice with the man advantage and picked up two shorthanded goals.  Rylan Ferster wont be happy with the powerplay, they gave the Vipers penalty kill too much room.  The Warriors were outplayed most of the 2nd period were able to tie the game quickly after the Vipers took the lead but again gave up a late shorthanded goal to end the period down a goal.  Dumonceaux's shorthanded goal late in the 2nd period to give the Vipers the lead was a turning point.  West Kelowna had troubles containing the Vipers speed and skill on the penalty kill.  The 3rd period West Kelowna couldnt get anything going, had all kinds of troubles with Vernon's forecheck and defensive coverage.  West Kelowna just couldnt muster much offence after the 1st period, getting very little opportunities in the 2nd and 3rd.  Going down two goals early to start the 3rd really took the momentum away from the Warriors, taking the life out of the team.  You could see the emotion and frustartion on the West Kelowna bench and on the players on the ice.  I thought the Warriors top players, were not very good tonight, several top players were more involved in the scrums-pushing and shoving after the whistle.  Your never going to win hockey games when your top players are getting involved after the stopages.  I didnt see enough from the Warriors top-better players for them to have a chance to win.  West Kelowna didnt look very good in the final two periods, really needed a save from Andy Desautels on Vernon's fifth goal.  The Warriors have lost four straight.



Kenny Citron (Injured)
Mitchell Oliver

West Kelowna:

Hunter Zandee
Ryan Ivey
Greydon Robinson

Energy player of the game:

Michael Buonincontri (1 goal & 2 assists)

Three Stars:

1st Star: Anthony Latina (2 goals & 2 assists)
2nd Star: Liam Blackburn (1 goal & 1 assist)
3rd Star: Trevor Fidler (1 goal & 1 assist)

BCHL Boxscore,

Kyle Anderson's West Kelowna Warriors Blog,

Former Vipers Forward Mick Suspended:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Logan Mick has been suspended two games by the league.

Mick played two years in Vernon (2012-2014) before being traded to the Merritt Centennials on May 29th 2014 as part of the future considerations from a trade in January. On January 3rd 2014 the Vipers sent defenceman Jason Bird & future considerations (Logan Mick) to Merritt for defenceman Dylan Chanter. In May the United States Hockey League (USHL) expansion Bloomington Thunder selected Mick 400th overall in Round 25 of Phase two of the USHL draft.  On June 20th the Merritt Centennials traded Mick to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks for Luke Bertolucci & future considerations.

Logan Mick's Player Profile:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

18-Oct-14 The Salmon Arm Silverbacks #9 Logan Mick is suspended 2 games for receiving a major penalty for goaltender interference.

Game Preview: Vernon @ West Kelowna:

Vernon (5-4-0-1) @ West Kelowna (5-4-0-1) 7pm

Tonight is the third of seven meetings between the Vernon Vipers & West Kelowna Warriors.  The two teams have split the first two games of the season each winning on the road.  You can listen to tonight's broadcast live with Graham Turnbull starting with the pre-game show at 6:45pm on 107.5 Kiss FM

Last Game:

Friday, October 17th Penticton defeated Vernon 3-1
Friday, October 17th Merritt defeated West Kelowna 5-4 in overtime

Next Game:

Friday, October 24th Merritt @ Vernon
Friday, October 24th West Kelowna @ Nanaimo

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 403-223-20-18

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 221-92-11-10 at home

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 182-121-9-8 on the road

Since the 2006-07 regular season Vernon is 27-22-3-3 vs. West Kelowna

Since the 2006-07 regular season Vernon has outscored West Kelowna 153-151

Since the 2006-07 regular season Vernon is 16-8-2-2 at home vs. West Kelowna

Since the 2006-07 regular season Vernon is 11-14-1-1 in West Kelowna

The Vipers are 5-4-1-0 in their last ten games vs West Kelowna

The Vipers are 2-8-0-0 vs West Kelowna in their last ten games at Royal Le Page Place

The Vipers have two wins in their last ten games at Royal Le Page Place

The Vipers are 7-2-1-0 in their last ten games at Kal Tire Place vs West Kelowna

Since the 2010-11 regular season the Warriors have two wins in their last sixteen games at Kal Tire Place (February 9th 2013 & September 27th 2014)

Vernon's last win at home vs West Kelowna was a 3-2 overtime win on Saturday, February 15th 2014

West Kelowna's last regular season victory at Kal Tire Place was a 4-0 win on Saturday, September 27th 2014

Vernon's last win at Royal Le Page Place was a 4-1 win on Friday, September 26th 2014

West Kelowna's last win at home vs Vernon was a 5-3 win on Friday, January 17th 2014

The Vipers went 4-2-1-0 last season vs the Warriors

Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The defending Interior Division Conference Champion Vernon Vipers are coming off a 3-1 loss to the visiting Penticton Vees last night snapped a three game winning streak.  Tonight is the third meeting of the season between the Vipers & Warriors as Vernon makes their second of four visits to Royal Le Page Place.  The Vipers defeated West Kelowna in the Warriors home opener 4-1 on September 26th have just two wins in their last ten games in West Kelowna.  Vernon is the second lowest scoring team in the BCHL with twenty five goals, onlt two goals up on Surrey who sits last in scoring. 

Thomas Aldworth (6-3-9) leads the Vipers in goals with six and in points with nine

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 10
Wins: 5
Losses: 4
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 3-3-0-1
Road Record: 2-1-0-0
Overtime Record: 1-1
Record vs Interior Division: 2-3-0-0
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 3-1-0-1
Record in September: 2-2-0-1
Record in October: 3-2-0-0
When the Vipers score first: 4-0-0-1
When the opponents score first: 1-4-0-0
Leading after 1st Period: 2-0-0-1
Tied after 1st Period: 2-0-0-0
Trailing after 1st Period: 1-4-0-0
Leading after 2nd Period: 2-0-0-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 2-0-0-0
Trailing after 2nd Period: 1-4-0-0
Out shooting Opponents: 5-3-0-0
Out shot by Opponents: 0-1-0-1
One goal games: 3-0-0-1
Goals For: 25
Goals Against: 31
Place: Tied for 3rd Place with West Kelowna
Streak: One game losing streak

Vernon has the leagues 16th best powerplay

The Vipers have the leagues 13th best penalty kill

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

TJ Dumonceaux (94)
Danny Todosychuk (94)
Riley Guenther (94)
Kenny Citron (95)
Liam Coughlin (94)

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

Dexter Dancs (95)
Michael McNicholas (94)
Brett Mulcahy (93)
Demico Hannoun (95)
Jared Wilson (94)
Colton Sparrow (93)
Mason Blacklock (94)
Josh Bryan (93)
Brendan Persley (93)
Logan Mick (96)
Ryan Renz (93)
Michael Statchuk (94)
Tyler Povelofskie (96)
Matty Saharchuk (95)
Austin Smith (93)
Dylan Chanter (95)

Vernon’s Home record vs. West Kelowna this season:


Vernon’s Road record vs. West Kelowna this season:


Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. West Kelowna this season:

Makenzie Bauer (2-1-3)
Mitchell Oliver (1-0-1)
Ryley Booth (1-0-1)
Jake Emilio (0-1-1)
Anthony Latina (0-1-1)
Jagger Williamson (0-1-1)

Danny Todosychuk (1-1 Record)

Lets take a look at the West Kelowna Warriors:

The West Kelowna Warriors are coming off a 5-4 overtime loss in Merritt Friday have lost three straight.  West Kelowna is tied with Vernon for 3rd place are one point up on Trail & Salmon Arm and are only a point back of 2nd place Merritt.  Following tonight's game the Warriors hit the road for a four game road trip.  The Warriors split a home and home series with the Vipers in late September shutting out the Vipers in Vernon 4-0 on the 27th.  The Warriors have won eight of their last ten home games with Vernon.  Former Vernon Vipers forward Michael Roberts who started the season with the Warriors is no longer listed on the teams roster.  No word on where the Vernon native has landed.  The Warriors recently added 20 yr old forward Andrew Johnson who was recently let go by the WHL Swift Current Broncos.  Johnson collected 102 pts in 263 games with Swift Current, Moose Jaw & Seattle.  Johnson made his Warriors debut in last night's loss to the Merritt Centennials. 

Warriors Head Coach-GM Rylan Ferster played one season in Vernon (1989-90) with the Centennial Cup Champion Vernon Lakers.

Liam Blackburn (7-13-20) leads the Warriors in goals with seven and in points with twenty

Kyle Anderson's Battle Cries West Kelowna Warriors blog

West Kelowna Warriors 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 10
Wins: 5
Losses: 4
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 2-3-0-0
Road Record: 3-1-0-1
Goals For: 37
Goals Against: 35
Place: Tied with Vernon for 3rd Place
Streak: Three game losing streak

West Kelowna has the leagues 5th best powerplay

The Warriors has the league's 4th best penalty kill

West Kelowna Warriors Returning Players:

Liam Blackburn (96)
Jason Cotton (95)
Brett Meanner (96)
Kylar Hope (95)
Mac Ferner (95)
Ryan Ivey (94)
Jordan Masters (94)
Adam Osczevski (95)
Andy Desautels (94)

West Kelowna Warriors Departing & traded players from last years team:

Seb Lloyd (94)
Carl Hesler (94)
David Pope (94)
Matt Anholt (94)
Tyson Dallman (93)
Reid Simmonds (93)
Adam Plant (95)
Taki Pantziris (93)
Braden pears (93)
Ben Tegtmeyer (94)
Nathan Craft (94)
Ryan Fraser-Lee (93)
Cody Porter (97)

West Kelowna's Home record vs. Vernon this season:


West Kelowna's Road record vs. Vernon this season:


West Kelowna's scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:

Jason Cotton (0-4-4)
Liam Blackburn (1-2-3)
Kristian Blumenschein (0-2-2)
Jordan Masters (2-0-2)
Brett Mennear (1-0-1)
Kylar Hope (1-0-1)
Jonathan Desbiens (0-1-1)
Mac Ferner (0-1-1)

Andy Desautels (1-1 Record)

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

West Kelowna:

Friday, October 17, 2014

Penticton 3 Vernon 1

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 3-1 in front of 2,036 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Jarrod Schamerhorn
Penticton: Hunter Miska

1st Period: The Vipers would get the games first scoring chance early.  Just less then two minutes into the hockey game TJ Dumonceaux setup Vipers leading scorer Thomas Aldworth on a two on one who couldnt beat Hunter Miska who come across the blue paint to make a big pad save.  Vernon playing with alot of energy and jump early looked to have a bit of edge on the Vees in the opening few minutes.  The Vipers out to a quick 4-0 lead in shots before Penticton would get their first puck on goal four minutes into the period.  Vernon had the better of the play early before the Vees come back with a hard working shift just before the halfway mark.  Penticton with their first bit of pressure deep in the Vernon zone cycled and moved the puck well but didnt really get any quality scoring chances.  The Vipers were able to hold off the Vees for a few minutes before a wild play just about got the Vipers on the board early.  With just over eight minutes to go Brandon Egli's long dump in shot took a funny bounce off the corner glass coming right out front of the Vees goal and through the crease as Hunter Miska had fled the net to retrieve the dump in.  Penticton was lucky the puck didnt go in the empty cage on a close call.  On the same shift Trevor Fidler with a quick shot from inside the circle tried beating Miska blocker side was stopped before Anthony Latina jumped on a rebound couldnt beat the Penticton Vees tender on two great chances for Vernon.  A few minutes later the Vees would get the games first powerplay, but the Vipers were able to kill off the man advantage.  Penticton with not alot of scoring opportunities had their best chance of the period late.  Jarod Hilderman's point shot was redirected in front but stopped by Schamerhorn.  In the final minute Penticton would open the scoring.  Steen Cooper  caught the Vipers out of position setup a wide open Demico Hannoun in front found the open cage giving the Vees a 1-0 lead at 19:24 Cooper with the lone helper.  Penticton was up 1-0 after 20 minutes of play.  I thought the Vipers got off to a strong start, couldnt capitalize on a two on one less then two minutes into the game had some good chances but just couldnt find the back of the net.  I thought Vernon had a slight edge in play, had the better scoring opportunities.  Both teams were fairly even at times, but Vernon had more offensive zone time.  The Vees didnt generate much offence in the opening period scored the lone goal of the period.  The Vipers outshot the Vees 12-11.

2nd Period: The Vees come at the Vipers hard off the opening draw as Penticton with a strong forecheck pressed Vernon with some early pressure.  But less then two minutes in TJ Dumonceaux set Liam Coughlin on a Viper odd man rush but again Hunter Miska was there for the big save.  A few minutes later Penticton would get their second shot with the man advantage.  But it was the Vipers aggresive penalty kill that lead to some great shorthanded opportunities.  Hunter Miska with another big save off another Vernon odd man rush then stopped Thomas Aldworth shorthanded who was hauled down on his way to the net was awarded a penalty shot.  With Miska way out of his crease to challenge, Aldworth come in on an angle went high glove side shot up and over the net.  Vernon's penalty kill was very strong killing off the minor.  Less then a minute later the Vipers would get their first look with the powerplay.  Blaine Caton at the side of the net would get two cracks at the puck but couldnt beat Vees starting goaltender Hunter Miska who made two big stops as Penticton with a very aggresive forecheck would kill off the penalty.  Less then a minute later the Vees would jump back on their second powerplay of the period.  Vipers starting goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn had to be sharp was forced to make several saves while down off Vees leading scorer Tyson Jost.  Jost with atleast three or four wacks at the loose puck couldnt get the puck up and over Schamerhorn who may have got some help from his defenceman as Penticton with several good chances early on the man advantage.  The Vipers aggresive penalty kill went back to work, as Liam Coughlin lead the attack with a three on one.  Coughlin tried going for the pass out front couldnt get the shot through as Dante Fabbro lost an edge fell but recovered making a huge defensive play blocking Coughlin's pass.  Still on the PP former Vernon Vipers forward Demico Hannoun's point shot looked to get redirected along the way found the back of the net from the blueline gave the Vees a 2-0 lead at 11:06 Hannoun would get credit for the goal giving him two on the night.  Dante Fabbro with the lone assist.  The Vees come on strong in the second half took over the edge in play and carried the better of the play.  Penticton would get their fare chances.  Matt Serratore was stopped by Schamerhorn and then Josh Laframboise couldnt beat the Vernon goaltender who come across the crease to make a nice pad save.  The Vipers who got into penalty trouble put Penticton back on the man advantage for a third time this period.  In the final minute Schamerhorn come up with a huge pad save keeping the Vees from going up by three.  The Vees with back to back powerplays to finish the 2nd couldnt capitalize.  Penticton was up 2-0 after 40 minutes of play.  The Vipers with several good opportunities in the first half couldnt buy a goal.  For the second straight period Vernon with an odd man rush in the opening two minutes couldnt solve Hunter Miska and then shorthanded get atleast three or four good quality chances, including a penalty shot didnt have the finish around the net.  Vernon with some missed opportunities fell behind 2-0 after giving up a powerplay goal.  The Vees who for a second straight period were outchanced come on strong in the final ten minutes.  Penticton carried the edge in play, had several good scoring chances also couldnt find the back of the net as both goaltenders were playing well.  The Vees outshot the Vipers 16-8.

3rd Period: Penticton would start the frame with the man advantage that was carried over from the 2nd period.  Brandon Egli's long dump in shot would take a few funny hops along the ice before fooling Hunter Miska just going over the crossbar on a weird play.  With only seconds remaining the Vipers were able to kill off the penalty.  Up two goals and just twenty minutes away from their sixth straight victory the Vees come at the Vipers early and often giving Vernon's defence all kinds of trouble.  Penticton then started to sit back with three players clogging the neutral zone gave the Vipers offence all kinds of trouble getting pucks into the Vees zone.  The Vipers down two goals couldnt get much of anything going offensively as the Vees defensive coverage and tight checking game shutdown Vernon's offensive weapons.  The Vees with a very solid shutdown period really slowed the game down, making things very difficult for the Vipers.  Vernon with no real pressure or offensive zone time were limited to shots and opportunities most of the first half.  Just past the midway mark Liam Coughlin would get a great chance at the side of the net, almost on the goal line looked to have Hunter Miska beat but went high ringing his shot off the crossbar.  A few minutes later Mitch Newsome and Riley Alfred lead the attack with a Vees two on one, Newsome kept and fired but couldnt beat Jarrod Schamerhorn who played the shot well absorbing the puck with no rebound in sight.  As the period went on it didnt look very good for Vernon who couldnt muster any offensive chances but with about six minutes to go the Vipers come on late with some good pressure.  Several hard working shifts and the Vipers were starting to click.  Thomas Aldworth with a hard working shift won the battle, stole the puck from the Penticton d-man went hard to the net before banging in a loose puck in front getting the Vipers on the board cutting the Penticton lead to within a goal at 16:14 Liam Coughlin & TJ Dumonceaux collected the assists.  This goal got the crowd back into the game as well as the Vipers.  Vernon would call a late timeout with 1:34 to go, getting Schamerhorn to the bench for the extra attacker the Vipers couldnt generate anything nor could they keep hold of the puck as a strong defensive game from the Vees late forced the Vipers into coughing up the puck or turning it over inside the Vees zone.  A long shot from the neutral zone just missed the empty net before Matt Serratore put the game away with an empty netter at 19:57 Riley Alfred & Dante Fabbro picked up the helpers.  Penticton would win their sixth straight after a 3-1 victory on the road.  The Vees with a solid defensive game in the final period almost put the Vipers and fans to sleep.  Vernon had all kinds of troubles getting through the neutral zone, getting pucks on goal and creating some chances.  The Vipers would get a late serge and come on strong to finish the game would get within a goal couldnt for overtime for a second straight game.  Vernon outshot Penticton 11-8.

Top Players: (Vernon)

Brandon Egli I thought was one of Vernon's better d-men tonight.  In just his third game with the Vipers Egli looked good with and without the puck.  Plays a calm and steady game on the Viper backend.  A smooth skater just about caused some panic for the Vees on two long dump in plays that took a favorable bounce on both long shots. 

The line of Liam Coughlin (1 assist), Thomas Aldworth (1 goal) & TJ Dumonceaux (1 assist) was by far the Vipers top unit.  All three played very well together, created and generated some great opportunities but just couldnt solve Hunter Miska-have any finish in and around the net.  I thought Coughlin really worked hard tonight, was really skating.  Aldworth had another strong game up front for the Vipers.  This kids a work horse, forces the opponents into turning over the puck on several occasions, is very strong on the forecheck and hard to knock off the puck once he gets it.  Dumonceaux played with a ton of jump, was really flying tonight was also good with and without the puck.  Setup atleast two odd man rushes had a very strong game up front.

Anthony Latina was another player that come to play, played with alot of energy.  Was skating hard created and generated some chances.

Johnny Coughlin I thought had a very strong game on the blueline.  The first year Viper was good with and without the puck, making several heads up plays through out the game.  On a few plays it looked like the rookie defenceman was going to lose the puck or the one on one battle but ended up coming out on top.

Jarrod Schamerhorn (30 saves) Made his sixth straight start for the Vipers played well between the pipes.  Wasnt faced with a ton of shots-opportunities but made some key-big saves through out the game.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

The Penticton Vees snapped the Vipers three game winning streak in a game I thought the Vipers held their own and battled the Vees from start to finish.  This was a game the Vipers could have won if they burried their chances.  Neither team pulled away in a very evenly matched game.  In no way was this a convincing win for Penticton.  I really liked the Vipers start, getting a two on one just minutes into the game had several good chances in both the first two periods couldnt buy a goal.  Vernon is really missing some secondary scoring after their first line.  The Vipers have a very hard working team but need to get some scoring from the 2nd and 3rd lines.  I think the Vipers need another one or two kids who can put the puck in the net.  Vernon just dosnt have the depth in the scoring department.  So far from what I have seen early in the season the Vipers dont have any finish around the net.  Game after game we are seeing the Vipers miss several good quality scoring chances are coming up empty handed each game.  In a game like tonight vs the top team in the league, these are going to come back to haunt you.  Vernon outchanced Penticton most of the night, you look at all the Vipers missed scoring chances and this is easily a 6 or 7-2 Viper victory.  Vernon didnt get the bounces and thats the way it goes sometimes.  I really liked the Vipers penalty kill, even though they gave up a powerplay goal, the Vipers penalty kill was very dangerous tonight.  Getting atleast three or four quality chances shorthanded.  This is where Vernon needed a goal, at the time were only down 1-0.  This could have been a turning point.  For the first game in atleast the last four games tonight was the first I didnt think Vernon's younger kids stood out.  During the Vipers three game winning streak I thought Vernon's rookie's-younger players really stepped up their play and game and it showed through out the three games.  Im not saying these kids didnt come to play tonight, they just didnt stand out as in the previous three games.  Hunter Miska made 33 saves and played well but was seeing almost all of Vernon's 34 shots in a game where the Vipers didnt get any traffic or bodies in and around the second year Penticton goaltender.  Miska's going to make those saves nine out of ten times, the Vipers need to get bodies and traffic in front, go hard to the net, get in the grey area's and make Miska's night difficult.  Miska was picking off the Viper shots with his glove hand like he was picking cherries.  Dont get me wrong the kid played well, come up with some big saves but was seeing everything wich makes life a little more easier.  With the loss the Vipers drop from 2nd to 4th place (tied with West Kelowna for 3rd).  Former Vipers Troy Cherwinski & Cody Bostock were at tonight's game.

Top Players: (Penticton)

Dante Fabbro (2 assists) I thought played very well on the Vees backend.  One of the more stand out defencemen tonight was very strong on the blueline.  Lost an edge on a three on one shorthanded but recovered nicely to make a huge defensive play on Liam Coughlin in the 2nd period. 

Patrick Newell not one of the biggest kids but caught my eye tonight.  Played with alot of jump and energy was always on the fly. 

Matt Serratore (1 goal) Played a strong game up front for the Penticton Vees.  Serratore had a few good opportunities played hard all night.

Lewis Zerter-Gossage was another kid who played well and looked well.  A bigger body played hard all night, was going hard to the net, was strong with and without the puck.  Looked good.

Josh Laframboise I thought also looked very good up front for the Vees.  A good skater had atleast two good looks at the net was skating hard, played with alot of jump in his game was noticable.

Hunter Miska (33 saves) Was forced to make a big save off Thomas Aldworth in the opening few minutes made the big saves when called apon gave the Vees momentum and confidence.  Miska who was seeing everything tonight didnt have much if any traffic in front was getting a good look at most of Vernon's shots.  May have had a little puck luck with him played well.

Game Thought's: (Penticton)

The Vees win their sixth straight and improve to a league best 9-1 after a hard fought 3-1 victory in Vernon.  A bounce here or there and Penticton could have been down two or three goals after the opening period or even more after the 2nd period.  I thought the Vees played hard in the opening two periods but didnt get nearly as many scoring opportunities as Vernon.  As I stated earlier this could have easily been a 6 or 7-2 victory by the Vipers if they capitalize on their chances.  I Vernon carried a slight edge in play in the 1st and had the better of the scoring chances.  In the 2nd the Vipers rattled off atleast five or six good chances in the first half but the Vees slowly pulled away in the second half with a much better performance.  Penticton with four powerplays in the middle frame only scored once gave up several shorthanded opportunities.  The Vees are very quick, move the puck well are very evenly matched with the Vipers this year.  I liked Penticton's penalty kill, even though they only had to kill off one minor the Vees are very aggresive on the point-player with the puck.  The Vees were missing some key players from their lineup tonight (Cody DePourcq & Patrick Sexton).  I didnt see much from Vees leading scorer-rookie Tyson Jost who with a flurry of chances on the PP didnt stand out.  I also didnt see much from former Vipers forward Demico Hannoun.  Yes he scored twice but I didnt think he was very noticable.  Give credit to the Vees who played very well in the third, a strong shutdown defensive game by Fred Harbinson and his crew made things very difficult for the Vipers who couldnt get much of anything going until late.  Penticton limited the Vipers chances in the 3rd, played very well defensively and clogged up the neutral zone.  Both teams battled and worked hard, played well made for a good hockey game.  These same two teams will meet next Saturday in Penticton. 



Kenny Citron (Injured)
Ryley Booth


Cody DePourcq
Patrick Sexton

Energy player of the game:

Thomas Aldworth (1 goal)

Three Stars:

1st Star: Demico Hannoun (2 goals)
2nd Star: Thomas Aldworth (1 goal)
3rd Star: Hunter Miska (33 saves)

BCHL Boxscore,

Fraser Rodger's Penticton Vees Blog,

Game Preview: Penticton @ Vernon:

Penticton (8-1-0-0) @ Vernon (5-3-0-1) 7pm

Tonight is the first of seven regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Penticton Vees.  Vernon defeated Penticton 5-3 in pre-season action on August 30th. The Vipers went 3-3-0-1 vs Penticton last season.

Last Game:

Saturday, October 11th Vernon defeated Chilliwack 5-4 in overtime
Saturday, October 11th Penticton defeated West Kelowna 4-0

Next Game:

Saturday, October 18th Vernon @ West Kelowna
Saturday, October 18th Victoria @ Penticton

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 403-222-20-18

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 221-91-11-10 at home

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 182-121-9-8 on the road

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 38-30-2-6 vs. Penticton

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon has outscored Penticton 231-222

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 20-11-1-1 at home vs. Penticton

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 15-15-1-2 in Penticton

Vernon is 2-6-0-2 in their last ten visits to Penticton

Penticton is 6-4-0-0 in their last ten visits to Vernon

The Vipers are 4-5-0-1 in their last ten games vs. Penticton

Vernon's last win at home vs Penticton was a 4-3 victory on Saturday, February 22nd 2014

Penticton's last win at the Kal Tire Place was a 6-1 victory on Friday, January 24th 2014

Vernon's last win at the South Okanagan Events Centre was a 2-1 victory on Friday, February 14th 2014

Penticton's last win at home vs Vernon was a 5-2 victory on Wednesday, November 20th 2013

The Vipers went 3-3-0-1 vs Penticton last season

Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The defending Interior Division Champion Vernon Vipers are coming off a 5-4 overtime win over the visiting Chilliwack Chiefs Saturday have won three straight.  With the win the Vipers climbed to second spot in the Interior Division are five points back of Division leading Penticton.  In a close and tight Division the Vipers are only a single point up on the remainder of the teams who all are even with ten points each.  Tonight is the first of seven regular season meetings between the Vipers & Vees.  Tonight is the final game of a four game home stand before Vernon travels to West Kelowna tomorrow evening.  The Vipers and Vees wont wait long to meet again as Vernon will travel to Penticton on the 25th. 

Thomas Aldworth (5-3-8) leads the Vipers in goals with five and in points with eight

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog,

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 9
Wins: 5
Losses: 3
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 3-2-0-1
Road Record: 2-1-0-0
Overtime Record: 1-1
Record vs Interior Division: 2-2-0-0
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 3-1-0-1
Record in September: 2-2-0-1
Record in October: 3-1-0-0
When the Vipers score first: 4-0-0-1
When the opponents score first: 1-3-0-0
Leading after 1st Period: 2-0-0-1
Tied after 1st Period: 2-0-0-0
Trailing after 1st Period: 1-3-0-0
Leading after 2nd Period: 2-0-0-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 2-0-0-0
Trailing after 2nd Period: 1-3-0-0
Out shooting Opponents: 5-2-0-0
Out shot by Opponents: 0-1-0-1
One goal games: 3-0-0-1
Goals For: 24
Goals Against: 28
Place: 2nd Place
Streak: Three game winning streak

Vernon has the leagues 16th best powerplay

The Vipers have the leagues 14th best penalty kill

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

TJ Dumonceaux (94)
Danny Todosychuk (94)
Riley Guenther (94)
Kenny Citron (95)
Liam Coughlin (94)

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

Dexter Dancs (95)
Michael McNicholas (94)
Brett Mulcahy (93)
Demico Hannoun (95)
Jared Wilson (94)
Colton Sparrow (93)
Mason Blacklock (94)
Josh Bryan (93)
Brendan Persley (93)
Logan Mick (96)
Ryan Renz (93)
Michael Statchuk (94)
Tyler Povelofskie (96)
Matty Saharchuk (95)
Austin Smith (93)
Dylan Chanter (95)

Vernon’s Home record vs Penticton last season:


Vernon’s Road record vs Penticton last season:


Vernon’s scoring leaders vs Penticton last season:

Demico Hannoun (0-5-5)
Dexter Dancs (3-2-5)
Logan Mick (1-4-5)
Josh Bryan (1-3-4)
Brendan Persley (2-2-4)
Michael McNicholas (1-2-3)
Riley Guenther (1-1-2)
Matty Saharchuk (0-2-2)
Mason Blacklock (1-1-2)
Liam Coughlin (0-2-2)
Jared Wilson (1-1-2)
TJ Dumonceaux (2-0-2)
Ryan Renz (1-1-2)
Mark Hamilton (1-0-1)
Kenny Citron (1-0-1)
Michael Statchuk (0-1-1)
Colton Sparrow (0-1-1)

Danny Todosychuk (1-2 Record)
Austin Smith (2-2 Record)

Lets take a look at the Penticton Vees:

The defending Interior Division Pennant Winning Penticton Vees are making their second visit to Kal Tire Place.  The Vees lost 5-3 in exhibition action here in Vernon on August 30th.  Tonight is the first of three regular season visits to Vernon.  These two teams met in last year's BCHL Playoffs as Penticton lost in seven games in the Interior Division Finals to the Vernon Vipers. Penticton has eight players coming back this season from last years squad have also brought on a new Assistant Coach behind the bench.  The Vees are coming off a 4-0 shutout victory in West Kelowna last weekend will wrap up the two game road trip tonight in Vernon.  Penticton has won five straight sit atop the BCHL standings with a league best record of 8-1.  Penticton's lone loss of the season was a 5-0 loss in Merritt on September 27th.  The Vees have outscored their opponents 13-5 in the last three games.

Demico Hannoun played 47 games in Vernon last season collecting (15-29-44) in his only season with the Vipers before being traded to Surrey in the off season.  Hannoun is third in team scoring with ten points (6-4-10).

Tyson Jost (6-7-13) leads the Vees in goals with six and is tied in points with Lewis Zerter-Gossage (5-8-13) with thirteen each

Fraser Rodgers Three Vees blog,

Penticton Vees 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 9
Wins: 8
Losses: 1
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 4-0-0-0
Road Record: 4-1-0-0
Goals For: 39
Goals Against: 20
Place: 1st Place (Overall)
Streak: Five game winning streak

Penticton has the leagues 14th best powerplay

The Vees have the leagues 11th best penalty kill

Penticton Vees Returning Players:

Riley Alferd (95)
Steen Cooper (95)
Cody DePourcq (95)
Jarod Hilderman (97)
Jack Ramsey (95)
Matthew Serratore (94)
Patrick Sexton (94)
Hunter Miska (95)

Penticton Vees Departing & traded players from last years team:

Brad McClure (93)
Brett Beauvais (94)
Nicolas Pierog (93)
Ben Dalpe (94)
Max Coatta (94)
Travis Blanleil (94)
Erik Benoit (93)
Paul Stoykewych (95)
Cam Amantea (94)
Alexandre Coulombe (95)
Shane McColgan (93)
Christopher Rygus (93)
Josh Blanchard (96)
Olivier Mantha (93)

Penticton’s Home record vs. Vernon last season:


Penticton’s Road record vs. Vernon last season:


Penticton’s scoring leaders vs. Vernon last season:

Cody DePourcq (6-3-9)
Brett Beauvais (1-5-6)
Brad McClure (3-3-6)
Max Coatta (4-1-5)
Anthony Conti (1-4-5)
Travis Blanleil (1-3-4)
Ben Dalpe (0-4-4)
Shane McColgan (2-2-4)
Erik Benoit (2-2-4)
Nicolas Pierog (1-3-4)
Josh Blanchard (1-2-3)
Steen Cooper (0-3-3)
Paul Stoykewych (0-2-2)
Riley Alfred (0-1-1)
Jared Hilderman (1-0-1)
Jack Ramsey (0-1-1)
Christopher Rygus (0-1-1)
Patrick Sexton (1-0-1)

Olivier Mantha (2-2 Record)
Hunter Miska (2-1 Record)

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

Penticton Vees:

Latina Loving Life In Viper Den:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Latina loving life in Viper den
Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Oct 17, 2014

Anthony Latina spent his summer handling a hammer for his father Angelo’s construction company and setting up tables and booths for his mother Diana’s trade show business.

Latina is also a work of art on the art of work at the rink. His toolbox is packed 24-7 as Vernon Vipers’ fans have witnessed nine games into the B.C. Hockey League season.

The 20-year-old right winger from Scarborough, Ont. is with his fifth Junior A team, fitting in half a season with Major Junior Quebec Remparts on the resume.

“On and off the ice, I’m a well-rounded individual and I think I owe it to all the coaches that I have had over the years,” said Latina, recruited by Jason Williamson after skating with the Carleton Place Canadians in the Royal Bank Cup in Vernon.

“I just try and learn from whoever I can. Being around these great hockey guys and different teams, I try and learn everyday from all of them so it’s been good.”

The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder also spent a few moments in the off-season disecting a devastating loss to the Yorkton Terriers in the RBC final and considering his next hockey destination.

“Being in the town, I knew it would be a great fit for me. I knew it was a real good hockey community and I couldn’t wait to get here and I’m glad I did.”

As one of six 20-year-olds, he is expected to provide leadership. He makes a point of hanging out with rookies and showing them proper behaviour while inserting some fun within coach Mark Ferner’s fast-paced practices.

“I think we’re a hard-working team,” added Latina, the oldest of four siblings. “We’re a little smaller than what the Vernon community is used to. It’s gonna be an adjustment period. Even though we’re small, we’re just gonna have to work twice as hard to skate a little harder and outwork the bigger guys. Mark has put down a really good structure for us and once we perfect it there won’t be any team that we can’t beat.”

Viper d-man Luke Shiplo was a Latina teammate when the two were rookies with the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots in 2011.

“He’s a pretty nice guy and he gets along with all the players,” said Shiplo. “On the ice, he’s definitely a real good player and helps the team a lot. He’s always working hard in practice and he’s great to be around in the room. He can be funny if he wants to be.”

Latina scored once in the RBC, but is better known for taking an enormous bodycheck from bruising Viper blueliner Josh Bryan in preliminary play.

“Everybody asks me about the hit,” smiled Latina. “I don’t remember much from after the hit took place. I remember getting to the bench and just kind of wondering where I was. I went into a dark room after that and then I watched the hit and thought it was a little late. I sat out for the next game and came back the game after that. Probably a bit too soon, but it was the RBC Cup so you gotta do what you gotta do.”

Said Viper alternate captain T.J. Dumonceaux: “I didn’t see it until he was on the ice and then I watched the replay later. I just remember him (Bryan) getting a penalty and hearing him say he shouldn’t have got one. It’s funny to look back at it now.”

Dumonceaux says Latina, who is second in Viper scoring with four goals and seven points, brings a variety of positives to the den.

“He’s a more vocal guy for sure. It’s really good to have him here. It shows a lot about our organization having him come all this way to play. We’re excited to have him; he’s a big part of our team. He’s scored some big goals for us already. He works hard and he’s showing up in the gym and doing all the right things as a 20-year-old.”

Latina attended the all-boys St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School from Grades 9-12 and also took some classes at the University of Toronto. He’s a Leafs’ fan who played the midfield in soccer, outfield in baseball and scrum half in rugby.

He has been a trade-deadline upgrade a few times, last year collecting two goals and four points with the Remparts before ringing up 15 points in 10 regular-season tilts and another nine points in 16 playoff games for Carleton Place.

Performing in front of huge crowds in hockey-crazed Quebec City was a huge thrill.

“They don’t have an NHL team in Quebec City and Montreal is about two and a half hours away so we were the real deal I guess. It was great, the support, the fans, it was a great hockey community. Vernon’s great in a different way. I like it here a lot. Ten thousand fans or 2,500 or 2,000 that we get here, it’s all good.”

The 5-3-0-1 Vipers entertain the 8-1 Penticton Vees tonight. The Vees, who are ranked No. 4 in Canada, have 13 players with U.S. scholarships, including 16-year-old Tyson Jost, their leading pointgetter with 13.

D-man Dante Fabbro, 16, has nine points with the Vees. He was the 2013 HockeyNow B.C. Minor Hockey Player of the Year. and racked up 61 points with the Major Midget Vancouver Northwest Giants last year. Ex-Viper Demico Hannoun has 6-4-10.

SNAKE BITES: Viper 16-year-old Jagger Williamson is playing like a veteran. “I’m feeling great out there,” he said. “The jump from Midget Triple A is big, but I try to slow the pace down to my level and just move the puck and don’t make too many mistakes.” Williamson and Fabbro are both Seattle Thunderbird drafts...G Danny Todosychuk (groin injury) practised this week and may be ready tonight...Vernon visits West Kelowna Warriors Saturday night...Viper grad Colton Sparrow plays for the Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks, not the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves, as reported Wednesday.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Player Intro Video:

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Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Player Intro

Posted by HockeyTube on Sep 30th, 2014 and Century 21 are proud to present the Vernon Vipers 2014-15 player introduction. is glad to be producing Vernon Vipers highlights and players profiles for another season. This time around we went a different direction and capitalized on the popularity of the TV show Suits using a song from the show called ‘I’m The King’ from Six Def.

Calgary Flames Assign Former Vernon Viper Gedig To American Hockey League:

The Calgary Flames have assigned former Vernon Vipers defenceman Curtis Gedig to the American Hockey League (AHL) Adirondack Flames, after being released from the Flames Training camp.

After four years at Ohio State University (2010-2014), Gedig signed an amateur tryout agreement with the American Hockey League (AHL) Albany Devils on April 4th 2014.  Gedig never played a game with the Devils was selected by the New Jersey Devils in round 7 #204 overall in the 2009 NHL draft. Gedig played parts of one season in Vernon (2009-10) after being aquired from the Cowichan Valley Capitals on November 25th 2009 for Nick Amies, Drew George & future considerations. In 30 games with the Vipers Gedig collected (5-goals-7-assists-12-points).

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Flames make training camp assignments

Saturday, 27.09.2014 staff

CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today the following training camp assignments:

Adirondack Flames (AHL)

Trevor Gillies (F)
Ben Hanowski (F)
Mathieu Tousignant (F)
Bryce Van Brabant (F)
Curtis Gedig (F)
Ken Agostino (F)
Garnet Hathaway (F)
David Wolf (F)
Dustin Stevenson (D)
Doug Carr (G)
Brad Thiessen (G)


Keegan Kanzig (D) (Victoria – WHL)

The Flames have 45 players remaining at camp (3x goalies, 17x defencemen, 25x forwards).

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Vipers Gear Up For First-Place Vees:

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Vipers gear up for first-place Vees

By Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Published: October 15, 2014

They’ve won three straight and sit fifth overall in the 16-team B.C. Hockey League.

The Vernon Vipers, however, are not getting any all-star votes from their coaching staff just yet.

Head coach Mark Ferner and his staff skated the Vipers like it was spring camp on Thanksgiving Monday. Ferner was headed to Excel Fitness Tuesday morning to ensure Rhonda Catt was pushing his players to the max.

“We’re still working on things and our conditioning is the biggest,” said Ferner. “We want to have a strong work ethic, we want to be aggressive on the puck, we want to win races to the puck and we want to be tough to play against. If you aren’t in great condition, you can’t do any of those things.”

The Vipers (5-3-0-1) host the league-leading Penticton Vees (8-1) Friday at 7 p.m. and then visit the West Kelowna Warriors (5-4) Saturday night. Vernon is alone in second place in the Interior Division.

Ferner watched Penticton pick apart West Kelowna online and says they are solid defensively and have some dynamic rookies.

“We’ll be making sure our compete level is there for the weekend. There’s too much swinging away from the puck for my liking. Guys are sniffing offensively and they think if they get a point, it makes them a good hockey player. I told them after Friday’s game that winning is like deodorant; it just covers up the stink.”

The Vipers are last in the BCHL in powerplays with one road snipe in 44 chances.

“We have a shooting mentality. They have three or four options and they can roll into any one of them,” said Ferner. “We may have to give some other kids a chance on the powerplay.”

Texan Thomas Aldworth converted a breakaway 48 seconds into overtime as the Vipers clipped the Chilliwack Chiefs 5-4 Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

Aldworth stripped defenceman Brandon Tkachuk of a bouncing puck at the Viper blueline and beat Chief net detective Aidan Pelino top shelf.

The Chiefs, who had won two straight, dipped to 6-2. The point moved them into a share of first place in the Mainland Division with the idle Prince George Spruce Kings.

Freshman Jagger Williamson, who just turned 16, recorded his first BCHL snipe for the Vipers, burying a rebound in tight after d-man Ryley Booth was denied by Pelino, with 1:56 gone in the second period.

The Chiefs led 2-0 after 20 minutes despite getting outshot 13-6.

Jake Larson, who pocketed 44 goals with the Minnesota Wilderness two seasons ago when the Wilderness qualified for the Royal Bank Cup in Summerside, P.E.I., opened the Chiefs’ offence at 6:38. Craig Puffer picked up an errant pass by Vernon d-man Brandon Egli and drew the assist.

Californian Luke McColgan, the younger brother of former Kelowna Rocket Shane McColgan, connected from Larson a dozen minutes later, on a two-on-one break after the Vipers were caught pinching on a powerplay.

McColgan finished with the hat trick, giving him six on the year, tying Puffer for the team lead. McColgan previously enjoyed eight- and 12-goal seasons with the Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior League.

The Chiefs went ahead 3-1 midway through the second when McColgan wired a wrister from the high slot past Jarrod Schamerhorn.

Vernon responded 68 seconds later when rookie Branden Wagner banged in an Aldworth rebound in tight. It was Wagner’s second goal of the year.

The Snakes equalized at 7:11 of the third before 1,550 fans when Trevor Fidler found an empty net right side after Luke Voltin’s shot bounced off Pelino’s chest.

Aldworth netted his fourth of the season with 11 minutes remaining. He turned and fired a high shot from just inside the blueline after Mackenzie Bauer did some nice work to keep the puck in the Chiefs’ zone with no support.

McColgan forced OT just seven seconds after Pelino was pulled for a sixth attacker, burying a slapper from the point two feet off the ice, with 53 seconds left in regulation. Vernon outshot Chilliwack 37-26.

SNAKE BITES: G Danny Todoyschuk practised Monday and may be ready for weekend duty...Viper grad Colton Sparrow scored the winner and earned one assist as the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves upended the visiting Maine Black Bears 5-2 in non-Conference NCAA play Saturday night before 2,441 fans at Sullivan Arena...Vernon’s Michael Hails earned his first college win with 31 saves as the Lindenwood Lions stunned host No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners 8-1 Saturday...One-time Viper all-stars Kellen and Connor Jones have been re-assigned by the AHL Oklahoma City Barons to the ECHL Bakersfield Condors in California. The Condors open the regular season Friday versus the Stockton Thunder.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Aldworth Receives Honorable Mention For Player Of The Week:

Vernon Vipers forward Thomas Aldworth receives honorable mention for BCHL Player of the Week.  Aldworth leads the Vipers in scoring with eight points (5-3-8).

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Smokies forward Lucchini a force on the road in POW performance

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - Submitted by BCHL Media

Trail Smoke Eaters forward Jake Lucchini has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 12, the league announced Tuesday.

Lucchini helped the Smokies to four of a possible six points on the road. He started the trip assisting on two goals, including the game-winner, and scoring two of his own in a 1st Star showing in a 5-2 win over the Powell River Kings. The Trail native finished the road swing scoring once and setting up another in a 7-4 win in Surrey. The 6-foot, 176-pound forward's six points tied all scorer for the week and he is currently tied for the team lead in scoring with 14 points.

Honorable mentions this week:

Chilliwack Chiefs F Luke McColgan: 5G, 1A, hat trick, GWG, 1st Star, 2nd Star

Vernon Vipers F Thomas Aldworth: 3G, 2A, OT GWG, 1st Star, 1st Star

Alberni Valley Bulldogs G Billy Christopoulos: 2W, 2nd Star, 2nd Star, 66 saves/71 shots, .930 sv%, 2.50 GAA

Trail Smoke Eaters F Charlie Zuccarini: 1G, 5A, 1st Star

Penticton Vees F Lewis Zerter-Gossage: 1G, 5A, 1st Star, GWG

Penticton Vees F Tyson Jost: 3G, 1A, 1st Star, 1st Star

Oilers Trade Former Vipers Goaltender Fordyce To MJHL:

The Alberta Junior Hockey Leagues Okotoks Oilers have traded former Vernon Vipers goaltender Devon Fordyce to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League OCN Blizzard.

No official press release from either team but the trade has been posted on both league's transaction page on the league website.

The Vipers acquired Fordyce in a trade with the Surrey Eagles.  On June 9th 2014 Fordyce was listed on the Vipers roster with no official press release from either team.  On June 12th 2014 the Eagles announced the official trade.  Vernon sent forward Demico Hannoun & defenceman Ben Butcher to the Eagles to complete the trade for forward Brett Mulcahy from last season.  On January 6th 2014 the Vipers acquired forward Brett Mulcahy & future considerations from Surrey for forward Chase McMurphy & future considerations.  Hannoun & Butcher are the future considerations going to Surrey while Fordyce was the future considerations coming back to Vernon. 

Fordyce never played a game with the Vipers would be traded to the Alberta Junior Hockey League Okotoks Oilers on June 25th 2014 for future considerations.

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02-Oct-14 Okotoks Oilers trade Devon Fordyce to OCN (MJHL) in exchange for future considerations.

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Sharks Assign Former Vipers Defenceman Bigos To AHL:

The San Jose Sharks have assigned former
Vernon Vipers defenceman Kyle Bigos to the American Hockey League (AHL) Worcester Sharks after being released from Training camp.

The Worcester Sharks recently signed Bigos on September, 8th 2014.  Bigos spent last season with three different teams (San Francisco, Ontario & Worcester). Bigos signed his first semi-pro contract with the Worcester Sharks on July, 16th 2013.

Bigos attended the San Jose Sharks Training Camp last season before being released back to Worcester where he was then assigned to the East Coast Hockey League San Francisco Bulls on October, 1st 2013. In 40 games with the Bulls Bigos collected (2-goals-4-assists-6-points) before the team ceased operations in late January. Bigos become an unrestricted free agent signed with East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Ontario Reign playing in 19 games collected (1-goal-4-assists-5-points). Bigos was called up to the AHL played in five games with the Worcester Sharks registered one assist before being sent back down to the ECHL.

Bigos played two seasons in Vernon (2007-2009) collecting (10-goals-40-assists-50-points) in 166 regular season games with the Vipers. Bigos an assistant captain in his second and final season with the Vipers was drafted 99th overall by the NHL Edmonton Oilers in the 4th round of the 2009 NHL Draft. Bigos attended the Oilers Developement Camp two out of the last three years. The Edmonton Oilers traded Bigos to San Jose for Lee Moffie on July 7th 2013.

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Sharks Reduce Training Camp Roster by 11

Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 1:43 PM / News

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-assigned 11 players from their 2014 NHL training camp.

The following players were re-assigned to their junior clubs:


Rourke Chartier F Kelwona (WHL) Selected in the 2014 NHL Draft (5th round, 149th overall)

Kevin Labanc F Barrie (OHL) Selected in the 2014 NHL Draft (6th round, 171 overall)

Dylan Sadowy F Saginaw (OHL) Selected in the 2014 NHL Draft (3rd round, 81st overall)

Alex Schoenborn F Portland (WHL) Selected in the 2014 NHL Draft (3rd round, 72nd overall)

Alexis Vanier D  Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) Selected in the 2014 NHL Draft (4th round, 102nd overall)

The following players were assigned to the Worcester Sharks camp:


Kyle Bigos D Worcester (AHL) Free Agent

Chris Crane F Worcester (AHL) Selected in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (7th round, 200th overall)

Brenden Ellis D Worcester (AHL) Free Agent

Jeremy Langlois F Worcester (AHL) Free Agent

Nick Jones D Worcester (AHL) Free Agent

John MacInnis F Worcester (AHL) Tryout Contract

The Sharks training camp now stands at 51 players. An updated roster can be found here,

Monday, October 13, 2014

Vernon Vipers National Anthem BLOWN!

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Vernon Vipers National Anthem BLOWN!

Posted by HockeyTube on Oct 10th, 2014

It happened a week ago in Penticton when a national anthem singer tripped over a carpet while singing…this time in Vernon the National Anthem singer did not just blow it once but twice and then needed the crowd to bail her out. It happens to the best of them…gove her credit she took it in stride and was a great sport and got a huge applause and horn!

Canadiens Release Former Viper Forward Gill:

The Montreal Canadiens have released former Vernon Vipers forward Sahir Gill from Training camp.

Gill played last year with the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) Wheeling Nailers.  Gill finished sixth in rookie scoring and lead the team in scoring collecting (13-goals-41-assists-54-points). Gill was suppose to enter his fourth and final season at Boston University last season but left school signing with the Nailers early in the season. Gill played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2008-2010). Gill left the Vipers in July of 2009 for the United States Hockey League (USHL) Chicago Steel but after just 26 games would return to Vernon in mid January of 2010. In 71 regular season games with the Vipers Gill recorded (21-goals-30-assists-42-points).

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Canadiens assign 17 players to Hamilton, release 8 players from training camp and assign Nikita Scherbak to his junior team

35 players still at camp

Sunday, 28.09.2014


MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Sunday that 17 players have been assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. Eight players have been released from the Canadiens training and forward Nikita Scherbak has been assigned to the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League.

The following players have been assigned to Hamilton (* indicates an injury):

Mac Bennett, Tim Bozon, Daniel Carr, Michael Condon, Connor Crisp *, Morgan Ellis, Joe Finley, Stefan Fournier *, T.J. Hensick, Charles Hudon, Patrick Holland, David Makowski, Jack Nevins *, Magnus Nygren, Bobby Shea, Nick Sorkin, Dalton Thrower *.

The following players have released from the Canadiens training camp:

Justin Baker, Riley Brace, Joël Chouinard, Tanner Eberle, Sahir Gill, Stefano Momesso, Evan Wardley, Zach Yuen.

There are still 35 players at camp (20 forwards, 11 defensemen, 4 goaltenders).

The Bulldogs will travel to St. John’s, Newfoundland on September 30 to continue their training camp. They will play three games vs the St. John’s Icecaps on October 2, 3 and 5.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Vipers Rally Past Silverbacks:

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Vipers rally past Silverbacks

Published: October 12, 2014

Liam Coughlin shoots like he’s a member of the North Okanagan Trap and Skeet Club. Problem is he’s been slightly off the mark in his past few B.C. Hockey League tilts.

The South Boston product hit the bull’s-eye Friday night at Kal Tire Place, squeaking a five-hole blast past Angus Redmond on a late third-period rush as the Vernon Vipers shaded the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 3-2 in front of 1,700 fans.

“You get nine shots a game, one of them has to go in, right?” grinned Coughlin, drafted this summer by the Edmonton Oilers (5th round, 130th overall).

“The last couple of games I’ve been snake-bitten. I’ve had a lot of chances and finally one trickled in for me.”

Vernon, now 4-3-0-1, entertained the 5-1 Chilliwack Chiefs Saturday at the Big Wheel. The Silverbacks, losers of four straight, dipped to 3-3-0-2, one point back of Vernon.

Anthony Latina, with his team-leading fourth goal, jumpstarted Vernon’s attack in the first period after some good hustle by linemate Luke Voltin, who drove to the net and was pokechecked by Angus Redmond (27 saves). The rebound went straight out to Latina, 20, who had no problem burying it in a wide open net at 8:24.

The ‘Backs equalized at 11:48 as Taro Hirose took feed from Taylor Maruya, drove up the middle and finished with a slick backhander, top shelf.

Salmon Arm failed to convert on an early 5-on-3 in the second period, but with 1:13 remaining in the second penalty, a cross-checking minor to Trevor Fidler, Chase Priskie threaded a point shot through traffic, going post-and-in behind a screened Jarrod Schamerhorn (21 saves).

Vernon got into penalty trouble again in the second period, sending Salmon Arm on another 5-on-3. Viper forward Thomas Aldworth, who took the original penalty, came out of the box, took a feed from Fidler and used his wheels to earn a shorthanded breakaway. He deftly beat Redmond with a forehand-backhand deke to make it 2-2 before the ice clean.

“I saw an opportunity when the puck got turned over and Fidler made a good play,” said Aldworth, a Texan who played prep school hockey in Massachusetts.

“We were just really focussed tonight and we had a lot of energy as well. Our team just wanted it more; we were working really hard all night.”

Aldworth, named first star, nearly had the go-ahead goal in the opening minute of period three, but he flicked his shot off the crossbar after taking a shovel pass from TJ Dumonceux.

The Vipers weathered an early penalty kill early in the third period, then used their speed to smother Salmon Arm. They held the visitors to just one shot before the ‘Backs finally started getting pucks on Schamerhorn in the final minutes.

“We didn’t have the third period we were looking for,” said Salmon Arm head coach Brandon West. “We broke down a couple times and we didn’t get the puck to the net, but we were never out of it.”

Logan Mick, a former Viper who is enjoying a larger role since landing in Salmon Arm this season, said it’s just a matter of time before the ‘Backs put it all together.

“We could have been a lot better tonight, but it’s just one of those things where pucks weren’t going our way,” said Mick, 18.

“Our work ethic is there, we’ve just got to work smarter and develop our systems a little more. Once we do that, we’ll be in good shape.”

Friday night was the Viper debut for a trio of defencemen – Luke Shiplo, returning from a broken hand, and Brandon Egli and Mitch Meek, both acquired this week in a trade with the Victoria Grizzlies.

At one point, Meek and Egli, perhaps a little too eager to put on a show, abandoned their defensive posts to join the forecheck.

Vernon head coach Mark Ferner chuckled about it after.

“Two defencemen with no name bars and they’re both forechecking? They wanted to come in and make an impression.

“I’m sure they’re a little bit nervous, regardless of their experience, of coming to a new team. Once they settle in, they’ll be fine.”

SNAKE BITES: The anthem singer needed a little vocal support from the crowd as she bungled O Canada twice during the pregame ceremony...Coughlin and Hirose were named second and third star, respectively.