Monday, November 24, 2014

Bulldogs Sign Former Vernon Viper Gill:

The American Hockey League (AHL) Hamilton Bulldogs have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Sahir Gill. Gill attended the Montreal Canadians Training camp this season was released before signing with the Bulldogs.

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).

Sahir Gill's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38017

This is posted on the Bulldogs website:

BULLDOGS SIGN SAHIR GILL, FRANKY PALAZZESE

By: Hamilton Bulldogs

10/07/2014

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Bulldogs have signed forward Sahir Gill to a professional try out contract and goaltender Franky Palazzese to a one-year, two-way American Hockey League / ECHL contract.

Gill spent the 2013-14 season – his first as a professional – with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. In 67 regular season games with Wheeling, the 22-year-old recorded 54 points (13 goals, 41 assists) and 26 penalty minutes. Before turning pro, the 5-10, 178-pound forward spent three seasons (2010 to 2013) with the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Boston University Terriers. In 117 career games with Boston University, the Terrace, B.C. native recorded 78 points (28 goals, 50 assists) and 55 penalty minutes.

Palazzese spent the 2013-14 season with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves. In 60 regular season games with Sudbury, the 21-year-old posted a record of 27-23-9 with a 2.97 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and five shutouts. In 175 career OHL regular season games with the Wolves, Kitchener Rangers and Kingston Frontenacs from 2009 to 2014, the 6-1, 160-pound goaltender had a record of 71-69-26 with a 3.13 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and seven shutouts.

The Bulldogs open the 2014-15 regular season on Saturday, Oct. 11 when they will visit the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial at 7:05 p.m. The puck drops for Hamilton’s home-opening weekend on Friday, Oct. 17, when the ‘Dogs host the Toronto Marlies at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.

Hamilton Bulldogs 2014-15 season tickets, flex tickets, group tickets and single-game tickets are on sale now. For more information, call 1-866-DOGS-TIX or visit hamiltonbulldogs.com.

Oakville, Ont. To Host CJHL Prospects Game:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Oakville, Ont. to host CJHL Prospects Game

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - Submitted by CJHL Media

CALGARY, Alberta (October 20, 2014) – The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL), in partnership with Hockey Canada, NHL Central Scouting and the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL), have announced that the 2015 CJHL Prospects Game will be hosted at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex in Oakville, Ont., on Jan. 20, 2015.

The CJHL Prospects Game is one of the premier Junior A hockey events in the country and provides tremendous exposure for the top CJHL prospects to play in front of scouts from all over the hockey world – including the NHL, NCAA, CHL and Canadian universities and colleges.

“We are extremely thrilled to be hosting this event in partnership with the Ontario Junior Hockey League and the Oakville Blades and with the continued support of the NHL and NHL Central Scouting,” said Kirk Lamb, president of the CJHL. “This year’s event will have the very best CJHL prospects from across the country competing in front of numerous scouts from the NHL, NCAA, CIS and CHL with the goal of making the step to the next level of hockey.”

The NHL and NHL Central Scouting are very supportive of the CJHL development programs, including the CJHL Prospects Game. The rosters for the CJHL Prospects Game are chosen in partnership with NHL Central Scouting and are made up of players recommended by NHL Central Scouting. 

Team East includes prospects from the NOJHL, OJHL, CCHL, LHJQ and MHL, while Team West consists of prospects from the BCHL, AJHL, SJHL, MJHL and SIJHL, with the President's Cup awarded to the winning team. Since its inception in 2005, Team West has slight edge with five wins while Team East has won four times, including last year in Digby and Yarmouth, N.S.

Ticket information for the 2015 CJHL Prospects Game will be announced in the coming days.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Condors Put Spin On Seinfield:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Condors put spin on Seinfield
       
by  Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

posted Nov 23, 2014

Forget Connor and Kellen Jones. Meet Dr. Tim Whatley and Uncle Leo. At least those were their pro hockey names last Saturday night at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, Calif. when the ECHL Condors held a wild Seinfeld Night.

The Condors wore puffy pirate shirt tribute jerseys as part of ‘Puffy Shirt Jersey Night,’ in honour of the 25th anniversary of the show’s first airing on television.

The jerseys were inspired by a gaudy pirate shirt Jerry Seinfeld once accidentally agreed to wear for a TV appearance in an episode of the hit ‘90s sitcom. The Idaho Steelheads won the game 2-1.

The backs of the jerseys were designed to bear the names of actual Seinfeld characters as opposed to Condors players. A Kramer impersonator named “Ozmo Kramer” was on hand to drop the puck and take photos with fans, while the show’s original “low-talker,” actress Wendel Meldrum was there to interview players after the game.
“Seinfeld night was great besides the OT loss,” said Kellen, in a Facebook message to me. “My whole family is big Seinfeld fans so it was tough to pick a name. Unfortunately we didn’t get to meet Kramer.”

The broadcast play-by-play team used those names to call the game. Seinfeld, Keith Hernandez, David Puddy, Newman, Kramer, Elaine and The Wiz were all represented.
The Condors also hosted a “shoot the marble rye” contest during one intermission, replacing the puck in a game of “shoot the puck” with — you guessed it — rye bread. There was even an Elaine dance-off.

This promotion was nothing new for the Condors. In March, 2011, the Condors held “Charlie Sheen Night” which garnered national media attention as one of the best promotions in minor league sports history.

The night, based on the antics of the Two and A Half Men star, offered fans free admission with proof of a clean drug test, Tiger Blood Margaritas, Charlie Sheen heads on sticks, and if anyone had the money, they could buy the team for $2 million outright. That was Sheen’s annual salary for the show he was eventually fired from.

The Condors held Field Trip Day Thursday morning and drew 8,209 fans, mostly rowdy students, in a 3-2 los to the Stockton Thunder.

Kellen scored his third of the season, from Connor (named second star). The 24-year-old twins have a dozen points apiece, one back of team-leader Josh Winquist, a former Everett Silvertip.

“We’ve had a few linemates but recently we were put with Brendan Brooks who we signed a few days ago,” said Connor. “Hockey is going well; a lot of good players. Me and Kel are living together so yes, it’s been a good time. We have lots of time on our hands compared to being at school.”

Brooks is a 35-year-old veteran who spent the last five years playing in Europe.

Said Kellen, an Edmonton Oiler draft: “We’’re living in a really nice place, just the two of us so it gets pretty quiet. Con likes to keep the place clean (he may have OCD). Hope all is well. Tell everyone around there we say hi.”

Connor’s Whatley dentist jersey is available for bidding on EBay.

The Condors were third in the Western Conference heading into weekend play. Bakersfield is a city of 350,000, two hours north of Los Angeles.

Ty Rimmer, 22, who played 159 WHL games with Tri-City, Prince George and Lethbridge, is the Condors’ No. 1 goaltender.

The Jones boosted Vernon to the 2010 Royal Bank title in Dauphin, Man. A few other Vipers from that team are in the ECHL.

Braden Pimm is with the South Carolina Stingrays and has two assists in eight games, while Cory Kane has played six games with the Stingrays and another six with the AHL Providence Bruins.

Sahir Gill is skating with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers, where he had 2-7-9.

D-man Garrett Noonan is in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals (2-4-6 through 11 games).

Blueliner Steve Weinstein rang up 39 points with the NCAA Bentley Falcons last year and has nine points this year, while Dylan Walchuk is on the University of Calgary Dinos’ roster, and has 3-5-8.

The Vipers are selling their Honour The Troops camouflage jerseys on their website. Deadline is Dec. 1.

Turnovers Costly As Vipers Bow To Warriors In OT:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Turnovers costly as Vipers bow to Warriors in OT

Published: November 23, 2014

Head coach Mark Ferner was glad the Vernon Vipers salvaged a point against the West Kelowna Warriors.

However, he was far from thrilled with his team’s play early on that resulted in Friday’s 6-5 B.C. Hockey League overtime loss to the Warriors at Royal LePage Place.

“We were too easy to play against,” said Ferner. “We were turning pucks over and trying to do too much with it.

“They (goals against) were just giveaways. We just weren’t strong enough on pucks and they were taking them away from us.”

Vernon, fourth in the Interior Division at 12-7-1-2, did well to get it to OT as they were down 4-1 midway through the second period.

West Kelowna’s top-four pointgetters were in on all but one of their goals, led by a two-goal effort from Jason Cotton, who is third in team scoring with 13-15-28 in 24 games. The second-place Warriors (13-6-0-5) got singles from Josh Bly (3rd), Brayden Gelsigner (10th), Jonathan Desbiens (16th) and Liam Blackburn (11th), with the 3-on-3 winner.

“It’s not a surprise they were in on it,” said Ferner. “They’re good players, and they were playing every other shift too.”

With the Vipers trailing by a pair heading into the second period, TJ Dumonceaux (6th goal) got his team on the board on a goalmouth scramble in front of netminder Andy Desautels during a Vernon man advantage at 2:42.

Goals less than a minute apart by Cotton (powerplay) and Desbiens put West Kelowna up by three, but Vernon responded shortly after on Trevor Fidler’s sixth goal, from the slot, assisted by Luke Shiplo and Anthony Latina.

“We finally started to work a little harder and we were rewarded for it,” said Ferner. “They were more physical than us early, but when we started finishing some checks we had some success.”

The Vipers converted again on the powerplay early in the third period when Luke Voltin (4th goal) drove to the net from the sidewall and banged home his own rebound.

Shiplo and second star Liam Finlay, who finished with a goal and three assists, chipped in with helpers.

Cotton’s second snipe, also on the powerplay, restored the hosts’ two-goal lead before Thomas Aldworth (11th) connected on a 5-on-3. Finlay forced OT with is seventh goal just over two minutes later. Captain Riley Guenther earned an assist.

“It was a good hardworking shift,” said Ferner. “He found one in the circle, turned and fired.”

Vernon netminder Jarrod Schamerhorn didn’t get much help in his end, and was pulled after allowing four goals on 15 shots. Danny Todosychuk recorded 12 stops in relief, allowing a pair.

“It’s not his fault our dee were coughing up pucks all night,” said Ferner, of Schamerhorn. “He’s played a lot of hockey and we needed to get Danny in there and change the momentum a little bit.”

Desautels allowed two goals on 21 shots, and gave way to Scott Patton (16 saves) to start the third period.

The Vipers visited the Langley Rivermen (12-8-1-3) Saturday at the Events Centre. They host the Merritt Centennials (14-9-0-1) Wednesday at Kal Tire Place.

The Cents fell 3-2 in OT to the league-leading Penticton Vees Friday at the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Trailing 2-1 heading into period three, the Vees (21-3-0-1) got a powerplay goal from Patrick Newell to force OT, where Tyson Jost netted the winner, assisted by ex-Viper Demico Hannoun.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Vernon 4 Langley 0

SCORING SUMMARY

PERIOD 1

Vernon Vipers at 1:15 - Jagger Williamson from Luke Voltin 
Vernon Vipers at 4:07 (PP) - Liam Coughlin from Liam Finlay and Thomas Aldworth

PERIOD 2

No Scoring 

PERIOD 3

Vernon Vipers at 0:35 (PP) - Liam Coughlin from TJ Dumonceaux and Thomas Aldworth 
Vernon Vipers at 7:07 - Thomas Aldworth from Brandon Egli and Luke Shiplo

Vernon outshot Langley 46-24 Danny Todosychuk made 24 saves for the win-shutout, while Darren Martin made 11 saves in the loss.

BCHL Boxscore,

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1358268&link=bchl

Langley Rivermen Blog,

http://langleyrivermen.wordpress.com/ 

Vipers-Warriors Highlight's:

Here are the game highlight's from the West Kelowna Warriors-Vernon Vipers game on Friday, November 21st 2014. The Warriors won 6-5 in double overtime.  The season series is tied 2-2.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_d-zcOqdR0

Game Preview: Vernon @ Langley:

Vernon (12-7-1-2) @ Langley (12-8-1-3) 7pm

Tonight is the second and final meeting of the regular season between the Vernon Vipers & Langley Rivermen. The Rivermen lead the season series 1-0.  You can listen to the game live with Graham Turnbull starting with the pre-game show at 6:45pm on 107.5 Kiss FM

Last Game:

Friday, November 21st West Kelowna defeated Vernon 6-5 (Double Overtime)
Friday, November 21st Langley defeated Surrey 5-2

Next Game:

Wednesday, November 26th Merritt @ Vernon
Wednesday, November 26th Langley @ Surrey

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 410-226-20-19

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 225-93-11-10 at home

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 186-123-9-9 on the road

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 10-7-1-4 vs. Langley

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon has outscored Langley 73-67

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 5-4-0-1 at home vs. Langley

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 4-3-1-3 in Langley

Langley has won eight straight games over Vernon

Vernon's last win in Langley was a 6-2 victory back on Saturday, November 21st 2009

Langley's last win at home over Vernon was a 2-1 overtime win on Friday, February 7th 2014

Vernon's last win at home vs Langley was a 5-1 victory on Saturday, January 30th 2010

Langleys last win in Vernon was a 7-4 victory on Sunday, September 28th 2014

The Vipers went 0-1-0-1 vs Langley last season


Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The defending Interior Division Conference Champion Vernon Vipers make their first and only visit of the regular season to the Langley Events Centre tonight are coming off a 6-5 double overtime loss in West Kelowna Friday.  Tonight is the end of a two game road trip for the Vipers.  The Vipers have lost eight straight to Langley.  Vernon's last win in Langley was a 6-2 victory back on Saturday, November 21st 2009.  Vernon has won three of their last five and are 5-3-1-1 in their last ten games.  The Vipers have lost three of their last five games away from home.  Vernon sits 4th place in the Interior Division four points up on Salmon Arm are two points back of Merritt and four points back of 2nd place West Kelowna. 

Thomas Aldworth (11-3-14) shares the team in goals with eleven while Anthony Latina (10-10-20) leads the team in points with twenty.

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog

http://vipersvenom1.blogspot.ca/

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 22
Wins: 12
Losses: 7
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 7-4-1-1
Road Record: 5-3-0-1
Overtime Record: 1-2-1
Record vs Interior Division: 7-6-1-1
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 5-1-0-1
Record in September: 2-2-0-1
Record in October: 5-3-0-0
Record in November 5-2-1-1
When the Vipers score first: 9-1-1-1
When the opponents score first: 3-6-0-1
Leading after 1st Period: 5-1-1-1
Tied after 1st Period: 4-1-0-0
Trailing after 1st Period: 3-5-0-1
Leading after 2nd Period: 8-1-0-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 3-0-0-0
Trailing after 2nd Period: 1-6-1-1
Out shooting Opponents: 11-4-0-1
Out shot by Opponents: 1-3-1-1
One goal games: 3-2-0-2
Goals For: 67
Goals Against: 58
Place: 4th Place
Streak: One game losing streak

Vernon has the leagues 15th best powerplay

The Vipers have the leagues 9th 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. Langley this season:

0-1-0-0

Vernon’s Road record vs. Langley this season:

0-0-0-0

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Langley this season:

Thomas Aldworth (1-1-2)
Mitchell Oliver (0-1-1)
Liam Coughlin (1-0-1)
Jagger Williamson (0-1-1)
Trevor Fidler (0-1-1)
Mackenzie Bauer (1-0-1)
Riley Brandt (1-0-1)
Branden Wagner (0-1-1)

Jarrod Schamerhorn (0-1 Record)


Lets take a look at the Langley Rivermen:

The Langley Rivermen are coming off a 5-2 win over the visiting Surrey Eagles Friday night wrap up a two game home stand vs the Vernon Vipers.  The Rivermen are playing their fourth game in five nights.  The Rivermen picked up their first win of the season 7-4 in Vernon on September 28th.  Langley has won four of their last five games are 6-4-0-0 in their last ten games.  The Rivermen are 7-2-1-1 on home ice have won four straight at the Langley Events Centre and five of their last six at home.  The Rivermen have won eight straight games over Vernon.  The Rivermen sit 2nd in the Mainland Division are two points back of Prince George and one point up on Chilliwack and five up on Coquitlam.

Kevan Kilistoff (12-12-24) leads the Rivermen in goals with twelve and in points with twenty four.

Langley Rivermen blog,

http://langleyrivermen.wordpress.com/

Langley Rivermen 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 24
Wins: 12
Losses: 8
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 3
Home Record: 7-2-1-1
Road Record: 5-6-0-2
Goals For: 78
Goals Against: 72
Place: 2nd Place (Mainland Division)
Streak: One game winning streak

-The Rivermen have the leagues 15th best powerplay

-Langley has the league's 2nd best penalty kill

Langley Rivermen Returning Players:

Evan Anderson (95)
Kevan Kilistoff (95)
Gage Torrel (95)
Marcus Vela (97)

Langley Rivermen Departing & traded players from last years team:

Mitch McLain (93)
Matt Ustaski (94)
Jakob Reichert (93)
Brendan Gulka (94)
Austin Azurdia (93)
Darien Craighead (97)
Will Cook (94)
James Robinson (94)
Chris Forney (94)
Tony Bretzman (94)
Zach Urban (93)
Viktor Dombrovskiy (96)
Tanner Johnson (95)
Jackson Waniek (96)
Charlie Pelnik (95)
Austen Bietenbeck (95)
Brock Crossthwaite (94)
Lyndon Stanwood (93)

Langley's Home record vs. Vernon this season:

0-0-0-0

Langley's Road record vs. Vernon this season:

1-0-0-0

Langley's scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:

Jacob Zeleznikar (1-3-4)
Brendan Gulka (2-0-2)
Marcus Vela (1-1-2)
Jordan Schneider (0-2-2)
Gage Torrel (1-1-2)
Jacob Kearley (0-1-1)
William Campion (0-1-1)
Evan Anderson (0-1-1)
Kevan Kilistoff (1-0-1)
Will Cook (1-0-1)
Hunter Anderson (0-1-1)
Zac Masson (0-1-1)

Darrin Martin (1-0 Record)


Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=224096

Langley Rivermen:

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=305110

West Kelowna 6 Vernon 5 (Double Overtime)

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 West Kelowna defeated Vernon 6-5 in double overtime in front of 862 fans at Royal Le Page Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Jarrod Schamerhorn
West Kelowna: Andy Desautels

1st Period: The Warriors jumped on the Vipers early and often as West Kelowna playing with alot of jump got off to a quick start.  The Warriors carried the play early were really skating, moving the puck well were in the offensive zone often.  Four minutes into the game Warriors captain Andrew Johnson and Michael Buonincontri lead a two on one rush, Johnson kept and fired but went high over the Viper goal on a missed opportunity.  Vernon looked flat didnt have much jump or energy had trouble getting pucks on net and getting into the offensive zone.  West Kelowna carried the better of the play in the first half were outshooting Vernon 6-2 at this point, the Vipers had atleast three shots on goal that wernt counted but at this point the Warriors were the better of the two teams didnt get alot of quality chances.  Just past the halfway mark the Warriors would get the games first powerplay but a good penalty kill by the Vipers were able to kill off the minor.  Josh Bly would open the scoring after going inside-out on a Vernon defender before ripping a wicked shot past Jarrod Schamerhorn giving WK at 1-0 lead at 16:37 Bly's goal was unassisted.  The Vipers seemed to wake up and finally get some play in the Warriors end, Trevor Fidler with a great look at the net with 1:21 to go would get the Vipers first and only good scoring opportunity of the period couldnt beat Andy Desautels who made a good save from Fidler in the slot.  Off the next draw Luke Shiplo made a poor defensive play gave up a two on one allowing Brett Mennear to setup Brayden Gelsinger at 18:57 giving West Kelowna a 2-0 lead.  Mennear with the lone assist.  The Warriors were up 2-0 after 20 minutes of play.  West Kelowna got off to a good start, had lots of jump and energy were really skating, moving the puck carried the better of the play for most of the period.  The Warriors didnt generate alot of scoring chances managed to score two goals less then two minutes apart late to finish the period.  The Vipers looked flat off the opening puck drop as the Vipers didnt show much emotion, didnt have alot of energy in their game played most of the period in their own end.  The Vipers struggled defensively coughing up the puck in their own end, gave the Warriors too much time and space.  Vernon couldnt get through the neutral zone had very little pressure in the Warriors zone had just one quality scoring chance were outplayed most of the 1st period.  West Kelowna outshot Vernon 11-8.

2nd Period: The Vipers with a much better start come out strong, in the opening few seconds the Vipers tried banging away a loose puck at the side of the net couldnt beat Andy Desautels who stood his post well keeping the puck out,  Anthony Latina walked in from the slot in the opening minute couldnt beat Warriors starting goaltender Andy Desautels.  Vernon playing with lots of jump and energy in their game early would get an early powerplay to start the 2nd period.  TJ Dumonceaux waisted little time getting the Vipers on the board at 2:42 cutting the WK lead to a goal.  Luke Voltin & Liam Finlay collected the assists.  Off the following faceoff the Vipers come right back, had a great opportunity to tie the game missed the net after a quick shot from the hashmarks.  Andy Desautels would go down and stay down for several minutes before being attended to by the team trainer.  I didnt see what happened but the Warriors veteran goaltender stayed in the game after looking dazed while hunched over talking with the trainer.  The Warriors needed almost six minutes to record their first shot on goal.  Within minutes Vernon would get into penalty trouble taking back to back minors.  On the first man advantage it was Thomas Aldworth who would get a great chance shorthanded on a parcial breakaway ripped a high hard shot up and over the net on a missed opportunity.  The Vipers with a good penalty kill would kill off the first penalty before heading right back to the box.  Riley Brandt with a burst of speed got in for a parcial breakaway ripped a shot that missed the net on another missed opportunity shorthanded.  West Kelowna would make Vernon pay after Jason Cotton's powerplay goal at 8:04 put the Warriors up 3-1 giving West Kelowna the two goal lead.  Jordan Masters and Liam Blackburn picked up the helpers.  But just fourty four seconds later Johnny Coughlin coughed up the puck allowing Jonathan Desbiens to walk in alone went high glove on Vipers starting goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn gave West Kelowna a 4-1 lead at 8:53 Desbiens goal was unassisted.  This was the end of the night for Schamerhorn who was replaced with backup goaltender Danny Todosychuk who returned to the Viper lineup tonight.  Schamerhorn gave up four goals on fifteen West Kelowna shots.  Off the following draw Jason Cotton come down the right wing, was able to snap a quick high shot off from the circle forced Todosychuk to make his first save of the night, made a tough upper body save.  After giving up two quick back to back goals, Vernon responded well come right back with a few hard working shifts would get back to within two goals after Trevor Fidler found the back of the net at 11:52 Luke Shiplo and Anthony Latina picked up the helpers.  This goal gave Vernon life and momentum as the Vipers kept coming in waves getting several great opportunities.  Luke Voltin setup Liam Finlay on a two on one who couldnt hit the net.  The Vipers with several opportunities missed the net on most of them.  Vernon would get a late PP but couldnt convert had a few good looks at the net.  The Vipers didnt quit, kept coming before Colton McCarthy setup Luke Voltin in front who couldnt hit the net.  The Vipers buzzing in and around the West Kelowna goal had good pressure were carrying the better of the play.  The Warriors were up 4-2 after 40 minutes of play.  The Vipers with a strong start had a few good chances off the opening puck drop before got back into the game on TJ Dumonceaux's powerplay goal.  After getting into penalty trouble Vernon would give up two goals in fourty four seconds fell behind 4-1.  Other then the back to back penalties and the two goals in fourty four seconds I thought the Vipers owned the second period, outplayed West Kelowna for most of the play.  The Warriors with very little puck possesion scored twice didnt get many chances.  Vernon on the other hand had lots of great scoring chances, either missed the net or couldnt finish missing on some great opportunities.  Vernon outshot West Kelowna 13-7.

3rd Period: Scott Patton started the 3rd period between the pipes for WK as Andy Desautels didnt come out for the third.  Vernon would get an early powerplay in the opening minute and capitalize.  Luke Voltin's quick shot beat Patton at 2:13 making this a one goal game.  Luke Shiplo and Liam Finlay with the assists.  Just like the 2nd period Vernon showing lots of jump and pressure early as the Vipers were all over West Kelowna to start the period.  Scott Patton made a huge pad-toe save on a shot from the corner, with taffic in front I dont think Patton saw this shot but somehow made the difficult save with bodies in front.  Vernon throwing everything towards the net come close on a few shots before the Warriors would get an early PP.  Jason Cotton with a wicked shot from the circle beat Danny Todosychuk for the Warriors second powerplay goal of the night gave West Kelowna a 5-3 lead at 8:17 Rylan Yaremko with the assist.  Less then four minutes later the Warriors got into penalty trouble giving Vernon four straight powerplays to finish the game.  One of those powerplays was a five on three.  The Vipers with lots of puck movement didnt get alot of shots on goal as the WK defence did a good job at keeping Vernon's shooters to the outside.  West Kelowna's penalty kill come up huge blocking several shots.  The Warriors were able to kill off the first penalty before Vernon would get a five on three.  Thomas Aldworth beat Scott Patton who didnt even move on this goal getting the Vipers to within a goal.  With traffic in front Patton didnt have time to react to Aldworth's quick release from the slot.  Aldworth's goal come at 15:01 TJ Dumonceaux and Liam Finlay picked up the helpers.  With Vernon still on the man advantage the Warriors once again come up with some huge blocked shots were able to kill off the second of the five on three minor.  But less then a minute later Brett Meanner coughed up the puck to a wide open Liam Finlay who spun, shot and fired beat Patton tied the game 5-5 at 17:05 as the Vipers who were down 4-1 at one point rallied to tie the game late.  Riley Guenther with the lone assist.  In the final minute Vernon would get their fifth powerplay of the frame but couldnt connect before the final buzzer.  It was tied 5-5 after 60 minutes of play.  The Vipers dominated the third scored three times to earase a 4-1 Warriors lead to send the game into overtime.  The Vipers outplayed most of the period had West Kelowna back on their heels.  Scott Patton looked shaky through out the period.  Vernon outplayed West Kelowna for most of the entire period, with five powerplays the Vipers were able to strike twice.  For the second straight period the Vipers with several good opportunities.  West Kelowna with very little pressure-puck possesion played most of the period in their own end.  The Vipers outshot the Warriors 14-7.

Overtime: Vernon started the extra frame with the man advantage that was carried over from the 3rd.  Luke Voltin with the Vipers best opportunity was alone in front couldnt beat Scott Patton at the top of the crease ran out of room before Patton sprawled out to make the big glove save.  West Kelowna with a good penalty kill was able to excape and kill off the minor.  Vernon all over the Warriors carried the better of the play, had some very good chances to end it.  TJ Dumonceaux skated down the right wing cut hard to the net was able to get in behind the West Kelowna defence lost the handle in front on a missed opportunity.  Johnny Coughlin alone at the top of the circle jumped into the play shot but missed the top corner hitting the outside of the netting on another missed opportunity.  In the final minute Liam Finlay wound up skated through the neutral zone was able to get free before ripping a hard low shot that forced Patton into making a big blocker save keeping this game tied.  It was tied 5-5 after 65 minutes of play.  Vernon with a great chance missed an opportunity to end the game with the man advantage as the Vipers were once again all over WK for all of overtime. Vernon outshot West Kelowna 5-0.

Double Overtime: Thomas Aldworth with a great look fell as he was able to get a shot off couldnt get a strong enough shot off while going down on an odd man rush.  The Warriors would get their first best chance of the overtime periods.  Brayden Gelsinger on a two on one rush couldnt beat Danny Todosychuk who closed the fivehole keeping this game tied.  The play really opened up at both ends of the rink as both teams started to create and generate chances.  Anthony Latina with the best chance to end it but beat Scott Patton hit the post on a close call.  The Vipers started getting a little too fancy in the offensive zone turned over the puck one too many times and on the third time it cost them as Liam Blackburn burst out on a two on one before ripping a hard shot that beat Todosychuk at 3:19 giving the West Kelowna Warriors a 6-5 double overtime victory.  Both teams with chances at both ends of the rink as the play opened up, Vernon couldnt get pucks to the net while the Warriors had the better of the chances in this overtime period pulled out the win.  West Kelowna outshot the Vipers 3-0.

Top Players: (Vernon)

Anthony Latina (1 assist) I thought played hard all night, was really skating hard, played with lots of jump, seemed to have the puck on his stick alot tonight looked good for Vernon.

Trevor Fidler (1 goal) Played very well for the Vipers.  Another kid who worked and played hard most of the game.  Had a few chances was going to the net, battled and competed hard.

Liam Finlay (1 goal & 2 assists) Forced overtime with his game tying goal with just less then three minutes to go in the 3rd.  Finlay who was all over the ice tonight, generated and created alot of chances for Vernon.  Really used his speed and smaller statue to get through the West Kelowna defence.  Was hard to contain most of the night.

Luke Voltin (1 goal & 1 assist) Played a strong game up front.  Voltin who has been playing very well the last week or two carried the play-puck alot tonight.  Really used his tough physical play to get in and around the net, battled and competed hard.  Created and generated some good chances could have easily had more then the one goal.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

The Vipers didnt get off to the start they wanted, they were outplayed, outskated and outscored in the opening period.  Vernon looked flat in the opening period, didnt have alot of jump-energy generated very little scoring chances, had very little pressure-puck possesion in the Warriors zone.  Giving up back to back goals late to finish the 1st period is tough to come back from, espeically playing on the road.  Give Vernon credit they come back with a much better start in the 2nd got on the board early outplayed West Kelowna for most of periods two, three and overtime one.  The Vipers played with alot more jump and energy, used their speed to their advantage.  Vernon with good pressure generated and created lots of quality scoring chances in the 2nd and 3rd periods had troubles hitting the net, missing on lots of missed opportunities.  Vernon had the Warriors on their heels for most of the 3rd.  The Vipers with a great chance to end it in overtime on the powerplay, needs to capitalize on these opportunities.  We have seen this all season, the Vipers get lots of good scoring chances but either miss the net or get robbed by the goaltender.  Vernon dosnt seem to have that finish in and around the net to capitalize on these chances.  Other then the 1st period and a few penalties-poor defensive plays I thought Vernon was the better of the two teams for most of the night.  I thought the Vipers turned over the puck way too many times tonight, as well as gave up several odd man rushes.  Vernon's defence didnt look that great tonight.   Give the Vipers credit, they played a poor opening period fell behind 4-1 but battled back to force overtime and gain a point.  The Vipers need to be more prepared and ready to start games and need to play a full sixty minutes.  Tonight was a huge game vs a West Kelowna team that has been one of the hottest teams in the league as of late.  Vernon needed-wanted the two points to stay within reach of the 2nd place Warriors.  The Vipers have struggled in West Kelowna over the years have just three wins in their last eleven visits to Royal Le Page Place.  The Vipers will finish the road trip tomorrow in Langley.

Top Players: (West Kelowna)

Rylan Yaremko (1 assist) Is a bigger body on the blueline that is steady all game.  Hard to beat one on one down low, plays his position well.

Andrew Johnson I thought was one of the better West Kelowna Warriors this evening.  The Warriors captain showed alot of quickness on his feet, good with the puck, dangerous at times, has a nose for the net.

Kristian Blumenschein played very well on the backend.  Come up with several big block shots on the penalty kill in the 3rd.

Jason Cotton (2 goals) Played well for West Kelowna.  Always dangerous, has a wicked shot, a good skater, can move the puck up ice in a hurry, is hard to contain and defend against.

Brayden Gelsinger (1 goal) Was another Warriors player that stood out at times for me.  Scored once had a few opportunities.

Kyle Marino was another defenceman that played very well on the point. 

Game Thought's: (West Kelowna)

The Warriors have been one of the hottest teams as of late had atleast a point in eleven of their last twelve games heading into tonight's game.  West Kelowna with just one regulation loss in their last twelve games before tonight have been playing very well latley.  The Warriors with a great-quick start jumped on Vernon early, really skating hard, moving the puck didnt generate alot of scoring chances did carry the better of the play for most of the 1st period.  Two quick back to back goals to finish the opening period put the Vipers in a hole.  What happened to the Warriors after the first period?  They were outplayed for most of the 2nd and 3rd periods.  Other then two quick back to back goals in the 2nd it was all Vernon as the Warriors didnt generate much offence in the 2nd and 3rd having all kinds of trouble in their own end.  West Kelowna couldnt contain the Vipers attack-speed for most of the night.  WK with very little puck possesion in the 2nd and 3rd couldnt get much of anything going.  The Warriors played most of the 3rd back on their heels.  Scott Patton looked shaky at times in the 3rd.  West Kelowna took way too many penalties in the 3rd.  Up by two goals theres no need to take these penalties.  After jumping out to a 4-1 lead the Warriors were lucky to hang on for the win tonight.  If Vernon scores on some of their chances this game is over before overtime.  Overall this was a very entertaining and exciting game to watch.  Former Vernon Lakers forward Rylan Ferster picked up his 100th win tonight as Head Coach of the Warriors.

Scratches:

Vernon:

Mitch Meek
Liam Coughlin
Mackenzie Bauer (Injured)

West Kelowna:

None

Energy player of the game:

Jordan Masters (1 assist)

Three Stars:

1st Star: Jason Cotton (2 goals)
2nd Star: Liam Finlay (1 goal & 2 assists)
3rd Star: Liam Blackburn (Overtime winner)

BCHL Boxscore,

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1358265&link=bchl

Kyle Anderson's West Kelowna Warriors Blog,

http://wkwarriors.blogspot.ca/

Friday, November 21, 2014

Game Preview: Vernon @ West Kelowna:

Vernon (12-7-1-1) @ West Kelowna (12-6-0-5) 7pm

Tonight is the fourth of seven meetings between the Vernon Vipers & West Kelowna Warriors. The Vipers lead the season series 2-1. 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:

Sunday, November 16th Vernon defeated Victoria 5-1
Tuesday, November 18th Langley defeated West Kelowna 4-3

Next Game:

Saturday, November 22nd Vernon @ Langley
Tuesday, November 25th West Kelowna @ Prince George

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 410-226-20-18

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 225-93-11-10 at home

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 186-123-9-8 on the road

Since the 2006-07 regular season Vernon is 28-22-3-3 vs. West Kelowna

Since the 2006-07 regular season Vernon has outscored West Kelowna 160-155

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 12-14-1-1 in West Kelowna

The Vipers are 6-3-1-0 in their last ten games vs West Kelowna

The Vipers are 3-7-0-0 vs West Kelowna in their last ten games at Royal Le Page Place

The Vipers have three 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 7-4 win on Saturday, October 18th 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 make their third visit of the season to Royal Le Page Place where they are 2-0 this season.  The Vipers have won three straight in West Kelowna only have three wins in their last ten games at Royal Le Page Place.  Tonight is the first meeting between these two teams, since a 7-4 Viper win in West Kelowna on October 18th that ended in a mini line brawl.  The Vipers begin a two game road trip starting tonight, in West Kelowna are coming off a 5-1 win over the visiting Victoria Grizzlies Sunday afternoon.  Vernon has won three of their last five games away from home have wins three of their last five games and are 6-3-1-0 in their last ten.  The Vipers sit 4th in the Division are four points up on Salmon Arm, two points back of Merritt and three pts back of West Kelowna. 

Thomas Aldworth (10-3-13) shares the team in goals with Anthony Latina (10-8-18) while Latina leads the team in points with eighteen.

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog

http://vipersvenom1.blogspot.ca/

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 21
Wins: 12
Losses: 7
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 7-4-1-1
Road Record: 5-3-0-0
Overtime Record: 1-1-2
Record vs Interior Division: 7-6-1-0
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 5-1-0-1
Record in September: 2-2-0-1
Record in October: 5-3-0-0
Record in November 5-2-1-0
When the Vipers score first: 9-1-1-1
When the opponents score first: 3-6-0-0
Leading after 1st Period: 5-1-1-1
Tied after 1st Period: 4-1-0-0
Trailing after 1st Period: 3-5-0-0
Leading after 2nd Period: 8-1-0-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 3-0-0-0
Trailing after 2nd Period: 1-6-1-0
Out shooting Opponents: 11-4-0-0
Out shot by Opponents: 1-3-1-1
One goal games: 3-2-0-1
Goals For: 62
Goals Against: 52
Place: 4th Place
Streak: One game winning streak

Vernon has the leagues 15th best powerplay

The Vipers have the leagues 9th 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:

0-1-0-0

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

2-0-0-0

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

Makenzie Bauer (3-1-4)
Anthony Latina (2-2-4)
Trevor Fidler (1-2-3)
Luke Voltin (1-2-3)
Mitch Meek (0-2-2)
Liam Coughlin (1-1-2)
Mitchell Oliver (1-0-1)
Jake Emilio (0-1-1)
Riley Guenther (0-1-1)
Johnny Coughlin (0-1-1)
TJ Dumonceaux (1-0-1)
Jagger Williamson (0-1-1)
Luke Shiplo (0-1-1)
Branden Egli (0-1-1)

Danny Todosychuk (2-1 Record)


Lets take a look at the West Kelowna Warriors:

The West Kelowna Warriors are coming off a 4-3 loss to the visiting Langley Rivermen Tuesday evening will finish the month of November with a three game road trip after tonight's matchup with Vernon.  After a 7-4 loss to the Vipers on October 18th West Kelowna has gone 7-1-0-4 sit in 2nd place in the Interior Division twelve points back of 1st place Penticton.  The Warriors are a point up on Merritt and three pts up on 4th place Vernon.  The Warriors have won three of their last five home games are 6-1-0-3 in their last ten games.  The Warriors are one of the hottest teams as of late picking up atleast a point in eleven of their last twelve games.  West Kelowna is 1-2 vs the Vipers this season will travel to Vernon on December 10th.

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

http://wkwarriors.blogspot.ca/

West Kelowna Warriors 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 23
Wins: 12
Losses: 6
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 5
Home Record: 5-5-0-1
Road Record: 7-1-0-4
Goals For: 86
Goals Against: 81
Place: 2nd Place
Streak: One game losing streak

West Kelowna has the leagues 11th best powerplay

The Warriors has the league's 6th 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)
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)
Adam Osczevski (95)
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:

0-2-0-0

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

1-0-0-0

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

Jason Cotton (1-5-6)
Michael Buonincontri (1-3-4)
Liam Blackburn (2-2-4)
Kristian Blumenschein (0-3-3)
Jordan Masters (3-0-3)
Rylan Yaremko (0-1-1)
Brett Mennear (1-0-1)
Kylar Hope (1-0-1)
Jonathan Desbiens (0-1-1)
Mac Ferner (0-1-1)
Kyle Marino (0-1-1)

Andy Desautels (1-2 Record)

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=224096

West Kelowna:

http://www.vipers.bc.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=224092

Vipers Set For Warriors:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Snakes set for Warriors

Published: November 21, 2014

The last time the Vernon Vipers met the West Kelowna Warriors, it didn’t end well.

A last-second line brawl resulted in hefty suspensions to both clubs when they met a little over a month ago (Vernon won 7-4). However, Vipers’ assistant coach Kevin Kraus doubts the hostilities will be reignited when the teams tangle again tonight in B.C. Hockey League play at Royal LePage Place.

“I don’t think there’s any hard feelings that need to be taken care of,” said Kraus. “It’s just something that happened at the end of the game.

“We’ll be more worried about getting the two points. Our division’s too tight to be worried about anything other than that.”

Vernon, fourth in the Interior Division at 12-7-1-1, trails the second-place Warriors (12-6-0-5) by three points, with two games in hand. The Snakes visit the Langley Rivermen (11-8-1-3) Saturday night at the Events Centre.

The Rivermen fell 4-1 to the BCHL-leading Penticton Vees (20-3-0-1) Wednesday night. They shaded host West Kelowna 4-3 Tuesday.

“We just have to play good defence against them,” said Kraus, of West Kelowna. “They’ve added a couple of Western (Hockey League) guys in the last month that should balance their offence.

“They just seem to be able to get a point in every game. They’re good at getting games to overtime if they’re down a goal.”

The Warriors have gotten solid offence from Western League forward Andrew Johnson, formerly of the Swift Current Broncos. He’s been a point-a-game player for Rylan Ferster’s club, racking up 7-8-15 in 14 games.

West Kelowna had also acquired forward Michal Holub from the Lethbridge Hurricanes, but he left after three games to play Junior B with his hometown Mission City Outlaws.

The Vipers are coming off a 5-1 win over the Victoria Grizzlies, in which they saw a solid debut from their latest Dub acquisition, Colton McCarthy. Formerly of the Prince Albert Raiders, the Salmon Arm product netted a goal and an assist.

“It’s a good pickup. He’s a young kid, big body and plays the game hard,” said Kraus. “He’s just trying to get some confidence back in his game.”

Kraus, who joined the Viper den from the WHL Tri-City Americans back when he was still playing, understands McCarthy’s decision to join the BCHL.

“That’s why I came back down here, to enjoy the game again.”

SNAKE BITES: The flu bug has hit the Vipers this week as d-men Brandon Egli and Mitch Meek missed practice Wednesday. They are both questionable for weekend action...Netminder Danny Todosychuk resumed skating Tuesday after missing three games to injury, and could possibly start a game this weekend...The Vees have added two 20-year-old WHL forwards in the past week, acquiring Dakota Conroy from the Raiders and Connor Chartier from the Spokane Chiefs...Conroy rang up 30 goals and 61 points on a line with Oiler first-round Leon Draisaitl. Chartier collected 14-18-32 with the Chiefs last year.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Vernon Vipers Player Profile With #19 Thomas Aldworth:

This is posted on the Hockeytube website:

Vipers Profile – #19 Thomas Aldworth

Posted by HockeyTube on Oct 17th, 2014

Hockeytube.net sat down with the Keller, Texas native to talk about how he got involved in the sport, why he decided to play for the BCHL Vernon Vipers and why he selected Providence as his NCAA school. Aldworth in just a few games has quickly become a fan favourite with his dynamic play and his highlight reel goals.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB-DWCeg8js


Former Vipers Defenceman Lyles Returns For Second Season With Ice Flyers:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Maolcolm Lyles is returning
for a second season with the defending President Cup Champion Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) Pensacola Ice Flyers.

Lyles started last season with the Federal Hockey League (FHL) Danville Dashers before joining the Ice Flyers on December 27th 2014. In 16 games with the Dashers Lyles picked up (3-goals-13-assists-16-points). In 31 games last season with Pensacola Lyles collected (7-goals-7-assists-14-points). Lyles and the Ice Flyers won the 2014 SPHL Presidents Cup Championship in April.

Lyles left Boston College after two seasons played one season in Vernon (2010-2011) playing in 54 games with the Vipers collecting (8-goals-22-assists-30-points) before finishing his schooling (2011-2013) at UMass-Lowell University.

Malcolm Lyles Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38119

This was posted on the SPHL website:

Malcolm Lyles Back with Ice Flyers

Sep 26, 2014

PENSACOLA, FL - Former Ice Flyer Malcolm Lyles is set to return to Pensacola for the 2014-15 season.
 
"It's going to be great returning to Pensacola for another season," Lyles commented. "The fans and the organization make it such a great place to be and the atmosphere there is so fun to play in."
 
A native to the sunshine state, the 5'10, 181 lbs defenseman spent the end of last season on the injured reserve list with a wrist injury. This included sitting out for the team's championship run. During his 31 regular season games he tallied 7 goals and 7 assists for 14 points and had an impressive +11 plus/minus rating. He is now fully recovered and ready to hit the ice.
 
"Malcolm is a tremendous person and an exciting player. He came in last season and earned a spot on our team," Head Coach Rod Aldoff stated. "With his work ethic and attitude toward the game of hockey, he was a delight to have wearing an Ice Flyers jersey."
 
Lyles is no stranger to being a part of a championship organization. His resume includes a variety of seven different titles ranging from the NCAA, BCHL, CJHL and of course his most recent SPHL title with the Ice Flyers. He is hoping to push for the team's third consecutive title and be healthy come playoff time.
 
"It was very tough not being on the ice during last year's playoff run. I'm very eager to work towards another playoff appearance and get another chance to play for the cup," Lyles added.
 
Start making plans to be a part of our Championship Celebration night on October 25th. Prior to the Ice Flyers' matchup with the Columbus Cottonmouths at 7:05pm, we'll be hosting pre-game events to commemorate the team's 2013-14 President's Cup championship including the raising of the banner ceremony. Don't miss out on this very special occasion as we celebrate our second consecutive SPHL title!
 
For season ticket information, group ticket information and any other information pertaining to the Pensacola Ice Flyers, visit www.PensacolaIceFlyers.com or call (850) 466-3111. You can also stay informed on Ice Flyers' news through www.Facebook.com/PcolaIceFlyers or @PcolaIceFlyers.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Saint Michaels College Names Former Viper Fratkin New Assistant Coach:

The Saint Michaels College Mens hockey team has named former Vernon Vipers forward Casey Fratkin new Assistant Coach.

Fratkin debuted with the Merritt Centennials as a rookie at the start of the 2006-07 season playing in 47 games, posting five goals and five assists.  On September 10th 2007 the Centennials traded Fratkin to Vernon for future considerations.  After playing in just six games with the Vipers (1-goal-2-assists-3-points) Fratkin was traded to the NOJHL North Bay Skyhawks on October 25th 2007 for future considerations.  During the 2007-2008 season Fratkin played with six different teams (Merritt, Vernon, North Bay, Lloydminster, Kamloops & Chase).

Casey Fratkin's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=46734

This is posted on the USCHO website:

Fratkin hired as top assistant coach for St. Michael’s men’s squad

USCHO Staff Report • Sept. 26, 2014

Wesleyan spring graduate Casey Fratkin has been named the top assistant coach of the Saint Michael’s College men’s team.

Fratkin comes to Saint Michael’s after a four-year collegiate playing career split between Wesleyan and Elmira College. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history with a concentration in European history.

“I would like to thank Coach [Damian] DiGiulian and the Saint Michael’s College athletic department for the opportunity to work for the men’s ice hockey program,” said Fratkin in a news release. “This is a hockey program that is headed in the right direction under Damian’s guidance, and I am excited to work and learn from him during this upcoming season. Furthermore, Saint Michael’s is an outstanding academic institution, and I could not think of a better place to begin my collegiate coaching career.”

“We are thrilled to have Casey join the Saint Michael’s hockey family,” added DiGiulian. “Casey stood out in the interview process as an intelligent, thoughtful and dedicated young coach who will bring good energy to our program. His desire to be a coach and his work ethic sets him apart from many young coaches out there. Along with our two other coaches, Brent Truchon and Ryan Garrow, I am confident that we will have a coaching staff that is committed to helping our student-athletes reach their highest potential.”

Fratkin began volunteering in 2006 as an on-ice instructor and mentor for the Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS), a Vancouver-based program dedicated to teaching basic hockey skills to economically-challenged youths. He also worked with the Two-Way Hockey School since 2008 and coached the Vancouver Ravens Hockey Club Pee Wee team in the spring of 2010.
 

McCarthy Fires Winner As Vipers Ground Grizzlies:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

McCarthy fires winner as Vipers ground Grizzlies

By Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Published: November 19, 2014

Head coach Mark Ferner ordered his players back out for another hour skate Sunday afternoon at Kal Tire Place.

It certainly wasn’t punishment as the Vipers joined fans for a casual post-game skate after dispatching the Victoria Grizzlies 5-1 before 1,650 B.C. Hockey League fans.

Newbie Colton McCarthy, being interviewed by the visitors’ bench, took several jabs from teammates skating by with fans.

“Don’t forget to mention your linemates,” shouted Trevor Fidler.

“I did,” replied McCarthy, who scored the winner as the Vipers improved to 12-7-1-1.

Vernon is fourth in the crazy tight Interior Division, two points back of the Merritt Centennials and three behind the West Kelowna Warriors. The Penticton Vees are runaway leaders at 19-3-0-1.

McCarthy, who has been practising with the Vipers for two weeks since leaving the WHL Prince Albert Raiders, banged in a rebound from in tight after Victoria goalie Michael Stiliadis stopped Anthony Latina’s shot with 5:40 left in the second period.

“I don’t know about hands, but it was a wide open net,” said McCarthy. “Fids did all the work down there and Anthony tipped it and it deflected right to my stick. Nice tap in goal for my first one.”

McCarthy, an 18-year-old centre from Salmon Arm, compiled six goals and 11 points in 102 games with the WHL Moose Jaw Warriors before being traded to Prince Albert. The 6-foot, 190-pounder quit the Raiders after eight games this season.

“They were the first team to contact me actually and it’s close to home,” said the 6-foot, 190-pound run-and-gun centre who loves Jonathan Toews of the Hawks and cheers for the Montreal Canadiens.

“I knew six of the guys before I came here so I talked to them and found out how they like it and if it’s worth coming. It was exciting; it’s a great team, great organization. I loved it out there today.”

Captain Riley Guenther, a former Raider who didn’t know McCarthy, says the quiet forward makes the Vipers a tougher team to play.

“He’s a big body; he’s a power forward who’s going to get to the net and give us a little bit more toughness and hopefully bang in a few more greasy ones with him in front of the net there.”

T.J. Dumonceaux put the Vipers up 1-0 with 4:28 left in the opening period, going bar down on a rebound off a Luke Shiplo shot, with 54 seconds remaining in Cole Pickup’s minor penalty. Dumonceaux has five goals on the season.

The Vipers rang up three snipes in 2:04 in the third with Fidler deflecting Latina’s shot past Stiliadis early in the frame. Shiplo took a feed from Liam Finlay and one-handed a rebound off his own shot past the Grizz goalie in close, while Finlay connected on a bang-bang play with linemate Jagger Williamson for the 5-0 goal.

Victoria, with several top-six forwards playing hurt and leading scorer Dane Gibson suspended, were playing their third road game in a row after falling 3-2 in overtime Saturday night to the West Kelowna Warriors. Wisconsin product Brett Gruber netted his team-high 10th goal of the year, on a Victoria powerplay midway through the third.

The Grizzlies dipped to 8-8-0-4, fourth in the Island Division.

“When three of your top-six forwards aren’t playing, on the road three-in-three, you’re not gonna win those,” said Victoria head coach Brad Knight.

“I thought we quit there a little bit in the third which seems to be our thing, but hopefully we’ll try and figure that out. It’ll be OK.”

Knight, in his first year with the Grizz, who have a dozen rookies, gave Vernon props for the win.

“They move the puck. They got a couple of rebound goals. We gave them the first one. We took a dumb penalty in the neutral ice away from the play. We’ve been taking dumb penalties for a while. A couple of goals driving to the net and on rebounds so a little better man on man down low for us, all of a sudden, it’s a different game.”

The Vipers were coming off a disheartening 4-2 loss Friday night to the Vees.

“That’s a lesson we learned,” said Guenther. “We can’t let a team outwork us in the third period in our own barn like they did that game. Tonight was a good bounce back for us; I think we scored three goals in the third.”

The Snakes wore their Sunday-best yellow third jerseys – close in colour to the Quinnipiac Bobcats’ sweaters – and enjoyed several scoring chances. Forward Liam Coughlin had two sure goals somehow go awry.

“They (yellow duds) were a little much for me when I first saw them, but I’m starting to like them, laughed Guenther. “Maybe one too many stripes on the arms.”

SNAKE BITES: Before he was called up to Moose Jaw two years ago, McCarthy was ranked second in the KIJHL in goals with 20 in 25 games with the Nelson Leafs despite being a 16-year-old rookie. McCarthy, who played Midget for Prince Albert Mintos, was born in Moose Jaw and moved to Salmon Arm in Grade 4. He chills at the family’s Shuswap Lake cabin and trains in the summers. He checked with Linden Hora and other young Vipers before signing here...Former NHL d-man Jack McIlhargey, who scouts for the Philly Flyers, took in both Viper weekend games...Mitch Profeit (North Ok Knights) backed up Jarrod Schamerhorn with Danny Todosyschuk injured...F Brenden Wagner and D Mitch Oliver were healthy scratches...Finlay showed loads of jump and had two assists...The Vipers visit West Kelowna Friday night and head to Langley Saturday.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Schamerhorn Receives Honorable Mention For Player Of The Week:

Vernon Vipers goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn receives honorable mention for BCHL Player of the Week.  Schamerhorn has a 8-7-1 record with one shutout and a 2.49 GAA

Jarrod Schamerhorn's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=102229

This is posted on the BCHL website:

Cents forward Schiavo comes up clutch and takes POW honours

Monday, November 17, 2014 - Submitted by BCHL Media

Merritt Centennials forward John Schiavo has been named the BCHL Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 16, the league announced Monday.

Schiavo helped the Cents to a four-win week and notched five points in the process. The native of East Patchogue, N.Y. scored the game-winner on the power play in a 2-1 road win over Trail and followed up next game with 1st Star honours for a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win in West Kelowna. He concluded his week with another power-play game-winner and another 1st Star in a 6-4 win over Cowichan Valley.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound 20-year-old continues to lead the Cents in scoring with 15 goals and 10 assists on the campaign.

Honorable mentions this week:

Nanaimo Clippers D Yanni Kaldis: 5A, 3rd Star, 3rd Star

Trail Smoke Eaters F Charlie Zuccarini: 3G, 2A, 1st Star, 2nd Star, GWG, OT GWG

Vernon Vipers G Jarrod Schamerhorn: 2W, SO, 2nd Star, 3rd Star, 3rd Star, 96 saves/100 shots, 960 sv%, 1.34 GAA

Penticton Vees D Gabe Bast: 3A, Fortis BC Energy Player of the Game, two game-winning assists

Langley Rivermen G Bo Didur: 2W, 1st Star, 2nd Star, 58 saves/60 shots, .967 sv%, 0.95 GAA

Powell River Kings F Jacob Pritchard: 3G, 3A, hat trick, 1st Star, 3rd Star

Former Vipers Prospect Conroy Joins Vees:

Former Vernon Vipers prospect 20 year old forward Dakota Conroy has joined-signed with the Penticton Vees.

No official press release from the Vees but the former Prince Albert Raider was listed on the Penticton Vees roster Monday.

Conroy left the Raiders on October 19th 2014 returning home to Edmonton, Alberta awaiting a trade.  Conroy has been suspended by the Raiders for leaving the team. On October 28th 2014 the Vernon Vipers traded the CJHL playing rights of Conroy along with future considerations to the Penticton Vees for forward Liam Finlay. 

This was posted on Brian Wiebe's Blog:

November 14th 2014

Word is F Dakota Conroy (94) has decided to join the Penticton Vees, but is waiting on his release from the WHL Prince Albert Raiders.

Dakota Conroy's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=51703

Monday, November 17, 2014

HDD Olimpija Sign Vipers Alumni Bishop:

The Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL) Hokejsko Drsalno Društvo
Olimpija Ljubljana have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Hunter Bishop.  Hokejsko Drsalno Društvo Olimpija Ljubljana, commonly referred to as HDD Olimpija or simply Olimpija, is a Slovenian professional ice hockey team that plays in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga hockey league.  HDD Olimpija play in the city of Ljubljana wich is the capital and largest city of Slovenia.

Bishop played the last two seasons with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Manchester Monarchs.  In 57 games last year Bishop collected (6-goals-9-assists-15-points). Bishop missed the entire 2011-12 season with the American Hockey League Hamilton Bulldogs with an undisclosed injury. Bishop spent the 2012-13 season between four teams (South Carolina Stingrays, Lake Erie Monsters, Rochester Americans and the Manchester Monarchs).

Bishop played parts of three seasons in Vernon (2005-2008). Bishop left Vernon after two seasons and played in just four games at the University of North Dakota during the 2006-07 season before returning to Vernon during the Christmas break playing the remainder of the 2006-07 season playing his final season with the Vipers (2007-2008) before playing the next two years at Ohio State University. In 140 regular season games with the Vipers Bishop collected (93-goals-84-assists-177-points). On March 18th 2010 the Montreal Canadiens signed Bishop as a free agent to a two year contract. Bishop attended the Habs training camp for three straight seasons before being sent down to the American Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs.

Hunter Bishop's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=18249

This is posted on the HDD Olimpija website:

It also has a green heart

Saturday, 09 August 2014

By Matt Whiteu, who arrived in Ljubljana, tonight is our team today as one of the stronger attacker.

a one-year contract he signed the 26-year-old Hunter Bishop, which comes from the American Fairbanksa. In the last season is 183 cm tall left-winger played in the League for Manchester Monarchs AHL team, where he scored 6 goals in 61 games and made 9 assists. Before that, he played in the EAST COAST HOCKEY LEAGUE for the South Carolina Stingrays, where he scored 24 goals in 48 matches and 25 assists.

in Ljubljana was supposed to arrive in the middle of next week.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

McCarthy Joins Vipers:

18 year old forward Colton McCarthy has joined the Vernon Vipers.  As of this morning McCarthy was added to the Vipers roster, made his Vipers debut this afternoon scoring once in a 5-1 win over Victoria.

McCarthy recently quit the Western Hockey League's Prince Albert Raiders after going pointless in eight games.  The Raiders acquired McCarthy in September in a trade with the Moose Jaw Warriors.  McCarthy played the last two seasons in Moose Jaw playing in 102 games with the Warriors collecting (8-goals-9-assists-17-points).

Here is the press release from the Raiders on acquiring McCarthy from Moose Jaw

http://www.raiderhockey.com/article/raiders-acquire-forward-colton-mccarthy

The Vipers talked with the Raiders in October about acquiring McCarthy.  Former Prince Albert Head Coach Cory Clouston at the time of the situation accused the Vipers of tampering, Here is that story

http://vipersdiehardfan.blogspot.ca/2014/10/raiders-accuse-vipers-of-tampering.html  

Colton McCarthy's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=164249



Vernon 5 Victoria 1

For anyone who could not attend or watch today’s Vipers game here are my thoughts and views from today’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 today’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 today's Vipers-Grizzlies game as Vernon defeated Victoria 5-1 in front of 1,636 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Jarrod Schamerhorn
Victoria: Michael Stiliadis

1st Period: The Grizzlies got off to a quick start, had some early jump and energy were buzzing with some good pressure off the opening faceoff.  Just twenty six seconds into the hockey game Garrett Forster with a great opportunity couldnt beat Jarrod Schamerhorn in close.  Victoria had the better of the play early was outshooting Vernon 3-0 in the opening minutes.  The Vipers got off to a bit of a slow start slowly come on as the period went on as both teams didnt generate alot of scoring chances.  The Grizzlies would get the games first powerplay couldnt convert after a good penalty kill by Vernon.  Victoria was the better of the two teams in the first half.  The Vipers would get back to back powerplays.  Vernon struggled with the first man advantage didnt record a single shot as the Grizz were able to kill off the first minor.  On the second PP TJ Dumonceaux with a quick low shot from the slot forced former Vipers goaltender Michael Stiliadis to make a quick ride toe save keeping this game scoreless.  Dumonceaux would eventually open the scoring on the same shift on the man advantage giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 15:32 Luke Shiplo & Liam Finlay picked up the helpers.  This goal seemed to spark the Viper bench as Vernon seemed to turn up the pace come back and finished the remainder of the frame with some good opportunities.  Anthony Latina and Luke Voltin with two good chances in front couldnt give the Vipers a two goal lead.  Victoria was outshooting the Vipers 7-6 at one point before Vernon rallied back were now outshooting the Grizzlies 14-8 to finish the period.  The Vipers with their best opportunity of the opening period come late with 22.2 seconds to go, Stiliadis made a big pad save before robbing Liam Coughlin on the rebound from the slot keeping this a one goal game.  Vernon was up 1-0 after 20 minutes of play.  Victoria with a strong start jumped on the Vipers early, had some good pressure early carried the better of the play early.  The Vipers looked a little sluggish at the start before getting their legs going in the second half.  Not alot of scoring chances at both ends of the rink.  TJ Dumonceaux's powerplay goal seemed to give Vernon some life as the Vipers played-looked a little better in the second half.  Vernon outshot Victoria 14-8.

2nd Period: This period was very scrambed at times with not alot of flow at either ends of the rink.  The Grizzlies would get back to back powerplays early to start the 2nd period, Vipers starting goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn was good between the pipes made several key stops and the Vernon Viper penalty kill was also good as the Vipers excaped killing off both penalties.  The Vipers were the more physical of the two teams as Vernon laid out some good hits through out the game this afternoon.  Just before the midway mark Viper captain Riley Guenther was stopped by Justin Sadler who made a nice defensive play breaking up a three on two Viper attack.  A few shifts later Liam Coughlin with a great opportunity was alone at the side of the net went high on Grizzlies starting goaltender Michael Stiliadis, Stiliadis made the first save before Coughlin got the rebound as the puck went up and over Stiliadis but stayed out of the net.  The Vipers kept up the pressure kept coming with some hard working shifts Anthony Latina setup Colton McCarthy in front who beat Stiliadis in his Vipers debut put the Vipers up 2-0 at 14:20 Latina and former Victoria Grizzlies defenceman Mitch Meek with the assists.  On the following shift Vernon would get their first shot with the man advantage this period.  The Vipers struggled couldnt control the play or get any offence going as Victoria with a fairly easy penalty kill would kill off the minor.  For the second straight period not alot of scoring chances for both teams in a more defensive game.  Neither team could get much of anything going in a pretty dull non exciting period.  Vernon was up 2-0 after 40 minutes of play.  The Grizz had a few good chances in the first half couldnt beat Jarrod Schamerhorn while the Vipers got the all important two goal lead heading into the 3rd period.  The Grizzlies outshot the Vipers 12-9.

3rd Period: The Vipers jumped all over the Grizz in the opening few minutes scoring three goals in just over two minutes.  Kenny Citron setup Trevor Fidler in front gave Vernon a 3-0 lead at 2:20 Citron with the assist.  Off the following draw Linden Hora and Riley Brandt come close to putting the Vipers up by four couldnt beat Michael Stiliadis on a two on one.  Victoria looked very flat, were almost standing around watching the Vipers move the puck.  The Vipers with all kinds of pressure were attacking the Grizzlies in waves.  The Grizzlies come very close to putting the puck in their own net after Michael Stiliadis come out to play the puck, got the puck caught up in his skates fell over kicking the puck loose into the crease before the puck was cleared.  Shortly after Luke Shiplo was able to walk in and score putting the Vipers up 4-0 at 4:10 Liam Finlay collected the helper.  Just fourteen seconds later Finlay would find the back of the net gave the Vipers a 5-0 lead at 4:24 Jagger Williamson picked up the assist.  Michael Stiliadis was choked, fired the puck down the rink in discust and looked to say something towards the Grizzlies bench as he went for a skate into the corner boards.  Victoria's defence basically went to sleep left their goaltender hung out to dry on the last three Viper goals were now down by five.  Up by five goals Vernon seemed to sag as Victoria would come right back and take the edge in play to the Vipers.  Jarrod Schamerhorn again was forced into making some key saves even though this was a 5-0 game.  Schamerhorn made a huge save at the side of the net off Matt Kennedy before the Grizz would ruin Schamerhorn's shutout bid with a powerplay marker.  Brett Gruber got the Grizzlies on the scoreboard at 10:06 capitalizing with the man advantage.  Meiers Moore and Zach Dixon collected the helpers.  Victoria seemed to lose control and show their frustration taking several undisaplined penalties.  Up by four goals Vernon got a little too fancy on the man advantage were trying to make the goals look pretty couldnt capitalize as the Grizzlies penalty kill was pretty good this afternoon.  Lots of extra pushing and shoving after the whistle coming from the Grizzlies who showed lots of frustration.  The Grizz would get a late powerplay to finish the game, Jarrod Schamerhorn made two big saves in the final minute keeping this a four goal game.  The Vipers would kill off the remainder of the period come away with the 5-1 victory evening the season series at 1-1.  The Vipers got off to a strong start, jumped on Victoria early scoring three times to put this game away with three goals in just over two minutes.  The Grizzlies looked flat, were basically standing around watching the Vipers.  Michael Stiliadis got no help from his defence was hung out to dry on all three goals.  With the game out of reach Victoria showed lots of frustration taking several undisaplined penalties in the period.  Shots were even 11-11.

Top Players: (Victoria)

TJ Dumonceaux (1 goal) I thought was the hardest working Viper this afternoon, played with alot of jump and energy was really buzzing all game.

Luke Shiplo (1 goal & 1 assist) Played well on the Vernon blueline, joined the play through out the game, was good at both ends of the rink.

Johnny Coughlin I thought played well on defence, jumped into the play at times was steady through out the game.   

Jarrod Schamerhorn (30 saves) Wasnt forced into making alot of really big saves did make some key saves through out the game.  Was especially good when the Grizz carried the play at times, made those first saves with no rebounds allowed for s stopage in play, the Vipers were able to change lines and try and change the momentum in play.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

Colton McCarthy made his Vipers debut today, scored the game winner.  I thought the Vipers got off to a slow start, they looked sluggish at times.  Didnt have their legs going, didnt show alot of jump-energy early to start the game were outplayed early.  I thought Vernon responded well and played better in the second half, got the games first goal and then had some good looks at the net-quality chances to finish the 1st period.  The Vipers didnt get a ton of great chances tonight, I dont think played one of their "A" games today.  The play was very scrambled at times through out the game, was fairly even and could have been anyones game until Vernon blew the game open in the 3rd with three goals in just over two minutes.  There wasnt really alot of emotion in the game until midway through the third when Victoria started showing signs of frustration.  With only facing the Grizz once prior to today's game there isnt really going to be that emotion as in when playing a team from your own division.  This wasnt a very exciting game, with not alot of flow.  I liked the physical side of Vernon's game as I thought the Vipers were the more physical team laying out some good checks.  The Vipers powerplay really struggled today, didnt look very good at all.

Top Players: (Victoria)

Zach Dixon (1 assist) I thought was one of if not the better d-man for Victoria this afternoon.  Has some size, can skate, move the puck and hard to beat one on one.

Garrett Forster really impressed me early and through out the first two periods.  I didnt notice him as much in the 3rd but thought he brought alot of jump and skill-offence to the Grizzlies lineup.  Quick on his feet, good puck handler, was buzzing in and around the Vernon goal.

Game Thought's: (Victoria)

Playing their third game in as many days I thought the Victoria Grizzlies got off to a good start.  The Grizz jumped on Vernon early, had some good pressure were really skating-attacking the zone early.  As the period went on I thought Victoria sagged a little, wich allowed the Vipers to slowly get back into the contest.  The Grizz were good in the first half but the Vipers carried a slight edge in play late in the opening period.  Not much of a 2nd period as both teams couldnt get much of anything going in a game where neither team generated a whole lot of chances.  Both clubs looked scrambled in the middle frame.  Both teams took some undisaplined penalties.  Only down by two to start the 3rd Victoria basically fell apart in the opening five minutes.  The Vipers with three goals in just over two minutes put this game away as the Grizzlies defence went to sleep, left their goaltender hung out dry.  Give Victoria credit they did come back after the Vipers sat back a bit with a five goal lead, had some looks before taking some undisaplined penalties.  The Grizzlies showed frustration got a little chippy in the final frame lost their composure at times.  The Grizz lost all three games this weekend wrap up the four game road trip in Nanaimo Wednesday.

Scratches:

Vernon:

Danny Todosychuk (Injured)
Mackenzie Bauer (Injured)
Branden Wagner

Victoria:

Dane Gibson
Storm Wahlrab

Energy player of the game:

Jagger Williamson (1 assist)

Three Stars:

1st Star: Liam Finlay (1 goal & 1 assist)
2nd Star: Luke Shiplo (1 goal & 1 assist)
3rd Star: Jarrod Schamerhorn (30 saves)

BCHL Boxscore,

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/hockey_boxscores.cfm?clientID=1413&leagueID=2393&gameID=1358253&link=bchl

Clay & Tyler's Victoria Grizzlies Blog,

http://grizzliesgazette.blogspot.ca/
 

Game Preview: Victoria @ Vernon:

Victoria (8-7-0-4) @ Vernon (11-7-1-1) 2pm

Today is the second of three meetings between the Victoria Grizzlies & Vernon Vipers.  The Grizzlies lead the season series 1-0.

Last Game:

Friday, November 14th Penticton defeated Vernon 4-2
Saturday, November 15th West Kelowna defeated Victoria 3-2 in overtime

Next Game:

Friday, November 21st Vernon @ West Kelowna
Wednesday, November 19th Victoria @ Nanaimo

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 409-226-20-18

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 224-93-11-10 at home

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 186-123-9-8 on the road

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 7-5-1-6 vs. Victoria

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon has outscored Victoria 65-58

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 5-2-0-3 at home vs. Victoria

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 2-3-1-2 in Victoria

Vernon's last win at home vs Victoria was a 3-2 win on Sunday, February 10th 2013

Victoria's last win in Vernon was a 4-3 overtime win on Sunday, November 3rd 2013

Victoria's last win at home vs Vernon was a 1-0 victory on Sunday, January 20th 2013

Vernon's last win in Victoria was a 4-3 overtime victory on Friday, December 6th 2013

The Vipers went 1-0-0-1 vs Victoria last season






Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The defending Interior Division Champion Vernon Vipers are coming off a 4-2 loss to the visiting Penticton Vees Friday night snapping Vernon's two game winning streak.  This afternoon is the Vipers second game of a two game homestand before the team hits the road next weekend for a two game road trip.  The Vipers have lost three of their last five games and are 6-3-1-0 in their last ten.  Vernon sits 4th in the Interior Division three points up on Salmon Arm are also three points back of Merritt and five points back of West Kelowna.  These two teams will meet for a third and final time this season in Victoria on February 6th.

Thomas Aldworth (10-3-13) shares the team in goals with Anthony Latina (10-8-18) while Latina leads the team in points with eighteen.

Mitch Meek played parts of three seasons in Victoria (2012-2014) playing in 92 games with the Grizzlies before being traded to Vernon on October 8th.

Brandon Egli played parts of two seasons in Victoria before being traded to Vernon along with Mitch Meek on October 8th.

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog,

http://vipersvenom1.blogspot.ca/

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 20
Wins: 11
Losses: 7
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 6-4-1-1
Road Record: 5-3-0-0
Overtime Record: 1-1-2
Record vs Interior Division: 7-6-1-0
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 4-1-0-1
Record in September: 2-2-0-1
Record in October: 5-3-0-0
Record in November 4-2-1-0
When the Vipers score first: 8-1-1-1
When the opponents score first: 3-6-0-0
Leading after 1st Period: 4-1-1-1
Tied after 1st Period: 4-1-0-0
Trailing after 1st Period: 3-5-0-0
Leading after 2nd Period: 7-1-0-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 3-0-0-0
Trailing after 2nd Period: 1-6-1-0
Out shooting Opponents: 10-4-0-0
Out shot by Opponents: 1-3-1-1
One goal games: 3-2-0-1
Goals For: 57
Goals Against: 51
Place: 4th Place
Streak: One game losing streak

Vernon has the leagues 15th best powerplay

The Vipers have the leagues 11th 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. Victoria this season:

0-0-0-1 (Played in Chilliwack at BCHL Showcase)

Vernon’s Road record vs. Victoria this season:

0-0-0-0

Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Victoria this season:

Anthony Latina (2-1-3)
Trevor Fidler (1-1-2)
Kenny Citron (0-1-1)
Liam Coughlin (1-0-1)

Jarrod Schamerhorn (0-1 Record)



Lets take a look at the Victoria Grizzlies:

The defending Island Division Pennent winning Victoria Grizzlies fell 3-2 in overtime in West Kelowna last night have dropped the first two games of this four game road trip.  Victoria lost 10-4 Friday in Trail blew a 2-0 lead late in the 3rd last night in West Kelowna.  The Grizzlies make their first and only visit of the regular season this afternoon in Vernon knocked off the Vipers 5-4 in overtime at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack on September 20th.  The Grizzlies have won just twice in their last five games and are 4-4-0-2 in their last ten.  The Grizz sit in 4th place in the Island Division are four points back of Alberni Valley and five pts back of Powell River.

Matthew Kennedy (9-9-18) & Brett Gruber (9-8-17) share the team lead in goals with nine each while Dane Gibson (7-17-24) leads Victoria in points with twenty four.

Michael Stiliadis played in three games last season with the Vipers before being traded to the MJHL Dauphin Kings.

Jake Emilio & Ayden MacDonald started the season in Vernon were both traded to Victoria in October for Mitch Meek & Brandon Egli.

Clay & Tyler's Victoria Grizzlies Blog,

http://grizzliesgazette.blogspot.ca/

Victoria Grizzlies 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 19
Wins: 8
Losses: 7
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 4
Home Record: 4-3-0-2
Road Record: 4-4-0-2
Goals For: 66
Goals Against: 72
Place: 4th Place (Island Division)
Streak: Two game losing streak

Victoria has the leagues best powerplay

The Grizzlies have the leagues 12th best penalty kill

Victoria Grizzlies Returning Players:

Garrett Forster (95)
Jay Mackie (95)
Kevin Massy (95)
Shawn McBride (95)
Cole Pickup (96)
Storm Wahlrab (94)

Victoria Grizzlies Departing & traded players from last years team:

Myles Fitzgerald (93)
Gerry Fitzgerald (93)
Jesse Schwartz (94)
Mitch Meek (96)
Travis Stephens (93)
Brandon Egli (94)
Jaden Schmeisser (93)
Mark McLellan (94)
Jacob Kearley (95)
Rory McGuire (95)
Dante Hahn (95)
Leo Fitzgerald (93)
Chris Albertini (93)
David Walchuk (94)
Nic Renyard (94)
Alec Dillon (96)

Victoria’s Home record vs. Vernon this season:

0-0-0-0

Victoria’s Road record vs. Vernon this season:

1-0-0-0 (Played in Chilliwack at BCHL Showcase)

Victoria’s scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:

Brett Gruber (1-1-2)
Garrett Forster (2-0-2)
Kevin Massy (1-1-2)
Jay Mackie (0-2-2)
Cole Pickup (0-2-2)
Mitchell Barker (0-1-1)
Dane Gibson (0-1-1)
Matthew Kennedy (0-1-1)

Michael Stiliadis (1-0 Record)

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=224096

Victoria Grizzlies:

http://www.bchl.ca/leagues/stats_1team.cfm?leagueID=2393&clientID=1413&teamid=224090