Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Former Viper Collins Named Hockey East Co-Player Of The Week:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Mike Collins was named Hockey East Co-Player of the week Monday.  Collins is in his third year at Merrimack College.  In six games this season Collins has (4-3-7).  Collins played two years in Vernon.  In 199 regular season games with the Vipers Collins collected (55-71-126) while winning back to back National Championships.

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Mike Collins Named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week

October 29, 2012

NORTH ANDOVER, MA  –  Junior forward Mike Collins (Boston, MA) was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Week Monday.

Collins tallied two goals and five points as Merrimack earned three points in a weekend series with Vermont.

After tying a career-high with three assists in a 6-3 win Friday, Collins scored both goals in a 2-2 tie Saturday, tying the game on the power play in the third period.

The junior has seven points in his last four games and is tied for the team lead in scoring.

Merrimack (2-3-1, 1-1-1 HEA) will take on Northeastern this weekend, Friday at Matthews Arena and Saturday at Lawler Arena. A very limited amount of tickets remain for Saturday's game, which is part of Homecoming Weekend.

Vipers Uncover 60-Minute Groove:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers uncover 60-minute groove

By Kevin Mitchell - Vernon Morning Star

Published: October 31, 2012

All through the intermissions Saturday night at Wesbild Centre, fans were asking one another the same question: Who are these guys?

These guys were the Vernon Vipers, who in Game 16 of the B.C. Hockey League season, registered an extraordinary 5-1 victory over the Chilliwack Chiefs before 1,300 raucous fans.

The Vipers finished a rough October at 2-4-0-3 with their finest 60 minutes of the season, matching the gritty and rugged Chiefs in hits, trash talking and battles for 50-50 pucks to end a six-game losing skid.

Their woeful powerplay perked up with a 2-for-5 showing, their sorry penalty kill worked wonders all five times and go-to-guy Pearce Eviston busted out of the scoring yips with two beauties.

“I think it’s definitely the best we’ve played,” said Eviston, a talented 19-year-old who was stuck at one snipe. “We all felt good, we were clicking out there and it was a good game overall.

“We were a desperate team; we really wanted it. We’re on a bit of a slump right now but that was just a game we really needed to kick that slump a little bit there.”

Eviston, who the Vipers tried to obtain two years ago from the Victoria Grizzlies, scored 18 times in 38 games that season and had just one goal in 18 games with the Portland Winterhawks last year.

“That felt really good. I haven’t scored since the beginning of the season. I was getting opportunities, I just couldn’t bury ‘em and tonight, I was just clicking. Logan Mick, on my line tonight, he was passing the puck really well and we clicked for sure.”

Mick, a 16-year-old rookie, was promoted to the second line with Eviston and Adam Tambellini. He crashed into Chiefs’ goalie Mitch Gillam and was penalized for interference with eight minutes left.

The Chiefs, led by d-man Shay Laurent, tried to get payback for the next few shifts while Mick kept laying the body.

“He was for sure (Public Enemy No. 1).”

said Eviston. “That’s the way he plays. He’s kind of pesky, but he’s got lots of skill. He can pass the puck, he can shoot it too.”

To beat Gillam, the shots have to be good and the Vipers scored on some post-card attempts.

TJ Dumonceaux, blessed with hands built by Acme Pillows, centered the top line with Aaron Hadley and Mitch Van Teeling, and converted a pass from Eviston with a high wrister 38 seconds into an early powerplay.

The Chiefs equalized midway through the second period and Laurent netted his first of the season after Viper goalie Austin Smith stopped two whacks by Trevor Hills.

Eviston made it 2-1 Vipers with a low one-timer, on a feed by Mick, with 58 seconds left in the second period.

“I thought early, they seemed to be composed and after they scored the first goal, they got more energized,” said Chilliwack head coach Harvey Smyl. “One of our goals was to try to get the first goal of the night and see if we can get them back on their heels. They got the first and the crowd got into it. There was some hard-nosed stuff going on and sometimes that can go either way and I think tonight it worked in their favour where they got more into the game.”

Jedd Soleway ended up in the net on top of Gillam after tipping a hard pass by Tambellini seven minutes into the third. Tambellini wired a lazer with 21 seconds left in a 5-on-3 man advantage nine minutes later.

Eviston completed the offence by going top shelf with 77 seconds remaining. Mick and Tambellini drew assists.

With fans around the rink, and on the Network 54 website, calling for Jason Williamson to be fired, Eviston said the Vipers especially wanted to snap their winless streak for their head coach.

“He’s doing everything he can right now,” said the Vancouver product. “It’s just a matter of us all doing the right things out there and kind of clicking as a group and we did tonight. It was good to win that game for Willy. We’ve faced a lot of adversity so far and we have to keep rolling with this win.”

The gritty Chiefs, who missed three Grade A scoring chances in the second period, were first in the Mainland Division coming into the tilt and forced the Vipers to up their intensity and work rate for the entire 60 minutes. Vernon outshot Chilliwack 31-30.

Smith, who caddied for the WHL Swift Current Broncos’ Jon Groenhedye last year at 3-7-1, is maintaining a positive mind-set as he rates a star every night.

“There’s been lots of shots the last few games,” said Smith, a Calgary product. “It’s been frustrating but you keep pushing and you keep working and good things will come.

“We had to have that game. Everyone was going and everyone was doing what they could. When you’re losing, you’ve gotta find something. They’re the best team on the Coast so the guys have their confidence back now and we should be good to go.”

Smith has played all but two games and while the longest streak he faced last year was two or three starts, he trained extra hard this summer and relishes the action. He’s among the Viper leaders and wants to see consistency and accountability throughout the young roster.

“That’s the biggest thing. You’ve got to get the younger guys to realize what it takes. You come out of Midget Triple A and it’s ‘Whatever, we lost, I didn’t play tonight so why should I be upset?.’ But as soon as those guys realize, it doesn’t matter whether they got three or 10 shifts, you give it your all and if you start to lose, you’re going to be upset.

“You gotta push the guys and get ‘em going and make sure they’re always giving their best. We’ve got lots of guys who can push to do that.”

D-man Ryan Renz and Chiefs’ captain David Thompson went toe-to-toe in a spirited, even second-period scrap.

The Vipers (4-7-0-5) begin a 10-game Movember with a Friday night home date with Mike Vandekamp’s Nanaimo Clippers (8-6-0-1).

Vernon minor hockey graduates Ken Holland (GM of the Detroit Red Wings), Brent Gilchrist and Eddie Johnstone will handle the ceremonial faceoff. They and fellow Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame inductees Jackie Little, Brad Kuhn’s curling team and Keith Brewis will be honoured at centre ice. The hall of fame luncheon is Friday at the Schubert Centre.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Eagles Re-Sign Former Vipers Defenceman Smeltzer:

The ECHL Colorado Eagles have re-signed former Vernon Vipers defenceman Isaac Smeltzer. Smeltzer signed a amateur tryout contract with the Eagles last year (March.14th 2012) after completing his fourth season at Brock University. Smeltzer played his first three and a half seasons in the BCHL with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs before being traded to Vernon in his final season of Junior hockey (2007-2008). Alberni Valley traded Smeltzer to Vernon on November, 29th 2007 for forward, Evan Witt and defenceman, Eliot Raibl. Smeltzer collected (6-17-23) in 29 regular season games with the Vipers. 

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Colorado Eagles Re-Sign Pair of Amateur-Tryout Rookies


LOVELAND, Colo. - The Colorado Eagles of the ECHL, affiliate of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets & the AHL's St. John's IceCaps, announced today that they've re-signed two players who joined them late last season as amateur tryouts. Forwards Teegan Moore & defenseman Isaac Smeltzer will be attending the team's upcoming training camp, looking to make the roster as rookies in their first full professional seasons.

"Both of these young men showed flashes of their potential last season in limited ice time and we're excited to see what they can do in their first season as pros," said Eagles general manager & head coach Chris Stewart. "Teegan scored some timely goals and played with an edge up front, while Isaac showed an abrasive nature and good puck-movement on the back end."

Moore, a 5-foot-11-inch, 200-pound forward, played in a total of 10 games with the Eagles late last season (seven in the regular season), registering six points (2-4-6) and 10 penalty minutes. Prior to coming to Colorado, he recorded 54 points (26-28-54) and 173 PIMs in 118 games over a five year collegiate career at the University of Calgary. Before his time with the Dinos, Moore spent five seasons in Canada's Western Hockey League (the first four and a half with the Brandon Wheat Kings, the last half with the Portland Winterhawks), recording 111 points (43-68-111) and 363 PIMs in 330 total games.

Smeltzer, a 6-foot-3-inch, 215-pound blueliner, played in a total of 14 games with the Eagles late last season (11 in the regular season), registering an assist and 21 penalty minutes. Prior to coming to Colorado, he recorded 42 points (8-34-42) and 270 penalty minutes in 105 games with Brock University, setting collegiate career highs in goals (4), assists (10), points (14) and PIMs (138) in 2011-12. Before his four years with the Badgers, Smeltzer played four seasons in the British Columbia Hockey League, registering 69 points (19-50-69) and 327 PIMs in 158 games.

The 2012-13 season starts in October. Tickets for all Eagles home games will go on sale September 21 and can be purchased at, the Budweiser Events Center box office, or by calling 1-877-544-TIXX (8499) or 970-686-SHOT (7468).

Building A Champion Video: Episode 4 "North vs South"

For the first time ever, The Six Time National Vernon Vipers allowed cameras to go behind the scenes to capture the action on and off the ice as they prepare for the 2012-13 season.

This is a six part documentary following the six time National Champion Vernon Vipers as they prepare for the 2011-12 BCHL Season. follows the team thru training camp, the blue and white scrimmage game, exhibition season and finally the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack.

In Episode 4 the team finally gets to play an exhibition game after two days of training camp. The Vipers first test is the Wenatchee Wild of the NAHL. Things get a bit rough and fireworks take place following a major blow-out!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Austin Smith Receives Honourable Mention For Player Of The Week:

Langley Rivermen forward Mario Puskarich was named the Gongshow BCHL Player of the Week today.  Vernon Vipers goaltender Austin Smith was one of five players who received honourable mention. In his last two games Smith posted a .953 sv%, 1.39 GAA and was named 2nd and 3rd stars in both of his last two games.

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Former Vernon Viper McPhee Leaves Silvertips:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Zach McPhee has decided to leave the WHL Everett Silvertips to pursue opportunities outside the major junior level.  McPhee played parts of three seasons in Everett (2010-2012) played parts of one season in Vernon (2010-11) before leaving the Vipers for the Everett Silvertips.  In 24 games with the Vipers McPhee collected (3-1-4)  McPhee is now property of the Victoria Grizzlies after the Vipers traded McPhee and future considerations to the Grizzlies last year on December, 12th 2011 for defenceman Sean Robertson.

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Silvertips Part Ways with Holowenko, McPhee

Oct 26, 2012

EVERETT – The Everett Silvertips today announced that goaltender Cole Holowenko has gone home to await reassignment and forward Zach McPhee has decided to leave the team to pursue opportunities outside the major junior level.  The moves leave Everett’s active roster at 23 players, including 12 forwards, nine defensemen and two goaltenders.

Holowenko, 19, came to Everett from the Prince Albert Raiders in a preseason trade.  He appeared in four games with the Silvertips, posting a 0-2-0-1 record, 6.41 goals-against average and .808 saves percentage.  With the acquisition of 18-year-old netminder Daniel Cotton and the return of second-year Silvertip Austin Lotz from injury, reassigning Holowenko brings Everett back to two goaltenders on the active roster.  The Penticton, BC native is 13-28-1-2 in 53 career WHL appearances with a 4.15 career GAA and .884 SV%.

McPhee, 19, appeared in 49 games with the Silvertips since being acquired in a trade with Tri-City during the 2010-11 season.  He was scoreless with 12 penalty minutes and a -3 plus/minus rating in 11 games with Everett this season.  In 57 career WHL games, the Vernon, BC product posted six goals and five assists for 11 points, 42 penalty minutes and a +1 rating.

The ‘Tips return to their home ice for the first time in nearly three weeks Friday to face the Spokane Chiefs at 7:35 pm.  Everett will then take on the Seattle Thunderbirds Saturday at 7:05 pm in our fourth annual “Pink the Rink” game to raise money for the local fight against breast cancer.

Former Vernon Viper Brodie Scores First Goal In Two Years For Game Winner:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Cameron Brodie scored his first goal in two years breaking a 4-4 tie with just 15.4 seconds remaining as Brodie & the ECHL Stockton Thunder defeated the Las Vegas Wranglers 5-4. Brodie is in his third season with the Thunder. Brodie played in 52 games with the Thunder last year as well as three games with the AHL Texas Stars before returning to Stockton. In 52 regular season games with the Thunder Brodie collected 0-7-7 & collected just one assist in eight playoff games. Brodie played parts of one season in Vernon (2008-2009) after being aquired from the Coquitlam Express at the BCHL trade deadline.

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RECAP: We Can Be Heroes

Saturday, 10.20.12

By Stockton Thunder Staff

Brodie lifts Thunder to victory with 15.3 seconds left in regulation

Cam Brodie's first goal in two seasons snapped a tie game with 15.3 seconds left in regulation and lifted the Stockton Thunder (2-1-1, 5 points) to a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Las Vegas Wranglers before 4,584 fans at Orleans Arena on Saturday.

Brodie, who buried a wrist shot off the rush, capped another victory for Stockton that featured last minute heroics against the Wranglers in the last four seasons.

Brodie joined Matt Robinson (2009-10) and Bretton Cameron (2011-12) as Thunder players who scored a game winning goal against Las Vegas in the last minute of play for regulation.

“I’d like to think that because (Las Vegas head coach Ryan Mougenel) and I know each other so well that the games are going to be close,” said Thunder head coach Matt Thomas. “I’m happy we won. I’m not too happy how we kept giving them opportunities to get back in the game, but it’s just two good teams that are exciting and play hard against each other.”

“There’s a rivalry there,” said Thomas. “Both teams play to the final buzzer against each other.”

Goaltender Cody Reichard, making his first start in the pro ranks, earned the win with 26 stops.

The game, which featured three game tying goals in the last two periods, got off to a start with two Thunder goals on the first two shots. Toni Rajala’s first ECHL goal came just 90 seconds after the opening face-off when he converted a tape-to-tape, rinkwide pass by Philippe Cornet and blasted a slapshot from the left circle past Mitch O’Keefe’s glove.

Just 1:10 later, Harrison Reed’s first goal in a Thunder uniform extended the lead to 2-0 when he took Gabriel Levesque’s outlet pass and buried a snap shot from the right circle.

Josh Lunden cut the deficit to 2-1 with 2:19 left in the first period and Judd Blackwater followed up on a rebound at the 11:39 mark of the second period to level the score. But the Thunder quickly responded after the goal and Garet Hunt’s victory in a scrap against Adam Huxley with Phil Mangan’s first ECHL goal.

Mangan, scoring at 12:15 of the period, completed an outnumbered rush on a pass by Matt Bergland with a backhanded shot over O’Keefe’s glove from between the circles.

Rookie Adam Hughesman helped Las Vegas answer with 4:32 left in the period on a power play goal, tying the game at 3-3 when he stashed a rebound in the crease.

Bergland got on the scoresheet with 8:20 left in regulation, completing a three-on-one rush with a one timer from the right circle, set up by Matt Reber’s cross-ice pass.

The Wranglers were quick to respond again on the ensuing shift. With the Thunder failing to clear the zone, Charlie Cook’s wrister beat Reichard’s blocker from between the circles for a 4-4 tie just 26 seconds after Bergland’s goal.

Reichard made an impressive save in the final minutes when he got a blocker on Eric Lampe’s bid on a two-on-one break. Then in the final minute of play, Brodie broke up Lampe’s toe-drag attempt in the Thunder zone which quickly launched a counter-attack.

Reed skated with the puck up the right wing and whipped a pass into the slot, where Brodie quickly fired a bullet through O’Keefe’s five hole with 15.3 seconds to play.

“Great finish,” said Thomas. “You love seeing guys – who normally wouldn’t step up and score a lot of goals – to do something like that. (Brodie) made a great play defensively, joined the rush and finished it off. He’s got a great shot and it was nice to see one go in for him.”

It was Brodie’s first goal since Feb. 20, 2011 – during his rookie season – against the Victoria Salmon Kings.

The Thunder preserved the victory on the ensuing face-off and a two game trip at Las Vegas where they claimed three points in the standings.

O’Keefe took the loss with 20 saves in his season debut.

NOTES: The Thunder scratched Kevin Noble, Ryan Green, Evan Vossen, Justin Maylan, Jesse Fratkin and Shawn Boutin … Las Vegas led the game in shots at 30-25 … the Thunder is now unbeaten in regulation for five straight games against Las Vegas, dating back to last season … Bergland led all skaters with three points (1g-2a).

The Thunder returns to play on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Bakersfield, starting at 7:00 p.m. (1280 KWSX/

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Broncos Aquire Former Vipers Goaltender Lee-Knight:

The SJHL Humboldt Broncos have aquired former Vernon Vipers tryout goaltender Luke Lee-Knight.   There was no official press release but Lee-Knight is on the Broncos roster.  Lee-Knight was invited to the WHL Tri-City Americans Training camp this year before being reassigned. In two games with the Americans Lee-Knight went 0-1 with a 5.98 GAA. Lee-Knight attended the Vernon Vipers Training camp last year before being released-cut. Lee-Knight played last season with the WHL Spokane Chiefs and Prince Albert Raiders.

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Viper Special Teams Key To Viper Win:

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Viper Special Teams Key to Viper Win
Saturday, October 27, 2012 - Submitted by Don Klepp

Special team dominance helped the Vernon Vipers end a six-game winless streak with a 5-1 home win over the Chilliwack Chiefs.

Viper Coach Jason Williamson believes that the Viper kill of a 74-second five-on-three Chief power play midway through the first period was a key factor in the game: “You have to build off kills like that, and we did. Even though we let up a bit at the beginning of the second period, we stuck to the game plan. Pearce Eviston’s goal at the end of the second rewarded our effort.”

The Vipers opened the scoring just 2:32 into the game on the power play. Pearce Eviston found TJ Dumonceaux in the slot and Dumonceaux beat Mitch Gillam with a quick wrister.

Shots were even in the first period, but the Vipers looked more likely to score.

That momentum shifted in favour of the Chiefs early in the second period, however. The Chief forecheck hemmed in the Vipers. Austin Smith held the fort for Vernon with several fine saves, but after he twice robbed Trevor Hills, Shay Laurent lifted the puck over the sprawled Smith at 11:09.

In the midst of the Chief dominance, Vernon’s Ryan Renz went toe to toe with David Thompson at 2:59. Each heavyweight landed several blows in the entertaining tilt.

The Laurent goal woke up the Vipers who bounced back with a more determined effort. Leading the charge, 16-year-old Logan Mick stole the puck at the Chilliwack backboards and fed Pearce Eviston in the slot for a one-timer at 19:01.

Buoyed by that goal, the Vipers used an increasingly aggressive forecheck in the third period. That strategy paid off with a goal at 7:12, when hard work by Adam Tambellini and Craig Martin led to a Jedd Soleway tap in.

Tambellini, who had three points in the third period, then rifled in a one-timer during a Viper five-on-three power play and Eviston scored again late in the period after a strong forecheck by Logan Mick and Adam Tambellini.

That newly-formed line accounted for eight scoring points in the game, justifying Williamson’s decision to move young Mick from the fourth line to the first line. “He plays with a lot of energy and makes good plays,” says Williamson. 

The Vipers will conclude a three-game home stand next Friday against Nanaimo while the Chiefs, who had won six of eight road games before Saturday’s contest, will continue their Interior swing next weekend with stops in Trail and Penticton. 

SilverBacks Slip By Snakes:

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SilverBacks slip by Snakes

By Graeme Corbett - Vernon Morning Star

Published: October 28, 2012

On the bright side, the Vernon Vipers have points in each of their four encounters with the Salmon Arm SilverBacks.

The reality is the last three have been overtime losses, including Friday night’s 2-1 decision in double-OT at Wesbild Centre.

The 3-7-0-5 Snakes have dropped a league-high five games in extra time, which has them tied with the Gorillas (5-9-0-1) for last place in the B.C. Hockey League’s Interior Division.

They hosted the 10-3-1-1 Chilliwack Chiefs Saturday night.

“Right now, unfortunately, that’s how the ball is rolling for us,” said Vipers’ assistant coach Jason Read. “It’s hard to break that cycle, but you’ve just got to stick with it, and stick together.

“It’s bound to come out, it’s a question of when.”

SilverBacks’ forward Carter Lukenda, collecting his third goal of the season, provided winner in front of 1,800 fans at 4:23. With the play wide open at 3-on-3, Lukenda buried the rebound off a goal-mouth scramble in front of third star netminder Austin Smith (31 saves).

Shortly before, Salmon Arm tender Adam Clark (second star, 37 saves) made a pair of timely stops, denying Mitch Van Teeling on a backhand, and Pearce Eviston on a wraparound.

Clark also stuffed Viper rookie Logan Mick twice on backhand attempts in regulation, and Adam Tambellini on a breakaway feed from Mick.

For a change, it wasn’t the Vipers’ special teams that let them down Friday night. The powerplay accounted for their lone goal, and their penalty kill withstood four SilverBack man advantages.

Tambellini (7th goal) snapped a quick shot from the high slot after a quick pass from Eviston at the sidewall six minutes into the first period.

The man advantage was a major, the result of a dangerous hit from behind by Salmon Arm forward Alex Gillies on Viper d-man Michael Statchuk into the sidewall at 2:44. Gillies, a Vernon product not normally known for his aggressive play, earned a two-game suspension for the incident.

Statchuk needed help off the ice, but returned to action later.

Brandon Mistal (3rd) responded for the ‘Backs in the second frame, tucking the rebound off a Shane Hanna point blast under a sprawling Smith at the nine-minute mark.

Vernon’s Harlan Orr was a call-up from the Junior B North Okanagan Knights the last time Salmon Arm grounded Vernon in OT. He was all the more excited for a win in his hometown now that he is full-time with the ‘Backs.

“It’s pretty cool,” smiled Orr, who racked up 14 points in just six games with North Okanagan. “I had some people out watching me today and obviously our team needed the win because we were on a slide there for a bit. It feels really good for the whole team.”

SilverBack head coach Scott Robinson has Orr playing in a variety of roles, including some time on the man advantage.

“I’m happy to get getting lots of time on the powerplay, and in important situations,” said Orr. “It’s good to know they have faith in me and hopefully I can start bagging some more goals.”

Added Robinson: “Harlan, right from day one, has competed for us. He’s got an offensive flair that not all kids have, and that’s going to come out later on. He’s a top-six guy in the future for us.”

Regarding the win, Robinson added: “Anybody could have won that, but our goalie made some great saves, especially in overtime.

“We did a lot of good things systems-wise, and we were a lot more committed to playing our style.”

Vernon cranked up the intensity in the final 10 minutes, but couldn’t solve Clark. Defenceman Marc Hetnik said it was a missed opportunity against another struggling team.

“Our defence did a pretty good job of letting in only one goal, but we’ve got to score more than one goal a game, especially against a team like that who isn’t doing too well.”

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Vernon 5 Chilliwack 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 BCHL game as Vernon defeated Chilliwack 5-1 in front of 1,296 fans at the Wesbild Centre.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon:  Austin Smith
Chilliwack:  Mitch Gillam

1st Period:  Just a minute and a half into the opening period Kiefer McNaughton made a solid defensive play tying up Pearce Eviston at the side if the goal to stop Eviston from scoring.  On the same play Chilliwack would take a penalty giving Vernon an early powerplay.  The Vipers moved the puck around but didnt get away any shots before Pearce Eviston setup TJ Dumonceaux alone in the slot that beat Mitch Gillam high glove side giving the Vipers an early 1-0 lead at 2:32 Eviston and Brett Corkey with the helpers.  A very physical-chippy game as both teams laid out some big early bodychecks.  The Vipers who had some good jump, had their legs going and had a ton of energy were all over the Chiefs early and often.  Chilliwack who played last night in Coquitlam looked a little slow-sluggish in the first half as Vernon carried the better of the play but didnt get any real good scoring chances.  Seven and a half minutes in Garrett Forster and Trevor Hills on a two on one, Forster kept and wired a hard shot that was stopped by Austin Smith who made a quick glove hand save.  Just past the midway mark Mathieu Tibbet was hooked on a parcial breakaway still got off a low shot that was stopped by Smith.  The Chiefs were rewarded with their first powerplay of the night.  On the man advantage Austin Smith made a save in close before a mad scramble of players were in front of Smith digging for the loose puck, Smith was able to make atleast two saves from in close before the Vipers would go down two men giving Chilliwack a two man advantage but it was a very aggresive Viper penalty kill that worked and battled hard to kill off both penalties getting a huge ovation from the small crowd at the Wesbild Centre.  Chilliwack slowly got their legs going and picked up their game in the second half playing much better as both teams were fairly even in the second half.  With five minutes remaining Vernon would get a second shot with the powerplay, moving the puck around the Vipers were able to get just one shot as the Chiefs killed off the minor.  Both teams who wont face each other again unless they meat in the Playoffs showed alot of hate for one another with several pushing and shoving matches after the stopage in play.  A mini scrum took place at the buzzer while Chiefs head coach & GM Harvey Smyl was fired up about something taking several minutes to talk to the referee's at the end of the period.  The Vipers were up 1-0 after 20 minutes of play.  Vernon outshot Chilliwack 13-12,

2nd Period:  The Chiefs come out hard and really took it to the Vipers early and often.  Three minutes into the middle frame after a big hit deep in the Vernon zone Ryan Renz and David Thompson dropped the gloves.  Vernon who looked very disorgainzed couldnt get the puck out of their own end as the Chiefs were buzzing creating some good scoring opportunities and playing very physical laying out a handful of big checks in the first half.  Luke Esposito alone in the slot ripped a high and hard shot way over the net missing on a great chance.  Just a few minutes later David Thompson joined the rushing giving Chilliwack a three on two, Thomspon would be denied by Smith who come across the crease to make a big save.  Just a few minutes later Mathieu Tibbet would get his second parcial breakaway of the night but again get stopped by Austin Smith.  The Vipers with just two shots in the first ten minutes.  A few shifts later Smith would rob Trevor Hills in close.  With Smith down and out and a mad scramble in front somehow the puck come back out towards the slot where Shay Laurent hit the open cage with traffic in front tying the game 1-1 at 11:09 Trevor Hills with the only assist.  Vernon slowly started to come back and play much better in the second half.  The Vipers would get two or three decent scoring chances but again didnt generate alot of realg good quality scoring plays.  Both teams were fairly even in the second half going back and forth playing physical and chippy at the same time.  Chilliwack would get a late powerplay but again a strong penalty kill by Vernon would kill off the penalty.  In the final minute the hard work and hustle from Logan Mick paid off after winning the battle Mick found Pearce Eviston in front who beat Mitch Gillam giving Vernon a 2-1 lead at 19:01 Mick with the only assist.  The Vipers with a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes of play.  Chilliwack outshot Vernon 10-7.

3rd Period:  The Vipers come ready to play to start the third and put alot of pressure on the Chiefs, attacking them in the defensive zone as Chilliwack was having troubles breaking out of their own zone.  Vernon would get an early powerplay but it was Josh Hansen who would go one on one getting off a quick low shot that Austin Smith had to be alert with making wich looked to be a tough save shorthanded.  The Vipers with not alot of shots but had some good pressure on the man advantage couldnt capitalize.  Just after the powerplay the quick hustle from Adam Tambellini and Jedd Soleway forced a Viper two on one, Tambellini with a nice pass fed Soleway who was driving hard towards the net slid into Mitch Gillam as the puck also went in putting the Vipers ahead 3-1 Tambellini and Craig Martin with the helpers.  On the next shift Chilliwack would get a powerplay but it was again the Vipers penalty killers who went to work killing off the penalty.  Vernon would kill off the minor and then Mitch McAllister on an odd man rush beat Gillam but hit the post.  Chilliwack would get another shot with the man advantage but again couldnt capitalize.  The Chiefs would slowly start to get a little frustrated with Vernon's forecheck and get into some penalty trouble late as the Vipers would get a late two man advantage and make the Chiefs pay.  Josh Hansen was tossed from the game after a checking to the head penalty.  With the Vipers moving the puck around with no shots Brett Corkey found Adam Tambellini who gave Vernon a 4-1 lead at 16:25 Corkey with the lone assist.  In the dying seconds of the second powerplay Aaron Hadley would beat his man going in alone for the breakaway but shot and went high and over the net as the Chiefs would kill off the second penalty.  On the next shift a hard working line put the Vipers up 5-1 after Logan Mick setup Pearce Eviston for his second of the night at 18:43 Mick and Adam Tambellini with the assists.  The Vipers with a very hard working third period deserved the win while Chilliwack was unable to generate any real offence most of the final frame.  The Vipers would snap their six game losing streak with a 5-1 victory.  Vernon outshot Chilliwack 12-9.

Top Players:  (Vernon)

Brett Corkey (2 assists)  Played a very solid game on the Vipers blueline.  Corkey looked very smooth and confident with and without the puck all night.

Mitch McAllister who returned to the Vipers lineup last night was by far the Vipers best player tonight.  McAllister played with a ton of jump and energy was all over the rink chasing down players, making plays and trying to jumpstart his team. 

TJ Dumonceaux (1 goal)  Played a very strong game up front for Vernon.  Another player who always plays hard, has lots of energy and adds that spark to the Vipers lineup each game.

Logan Mick (2 assists)  For the second straight night the Vernon product battled and competed hard all night.  Played physical and got involved after the whistle, getting under the skin of several Chiefs.

Pearce Eviston (2 goals & 1 assist) I didnt think Eviston looked very sharp early, made a few turnovers or bad plays before slowly picking up his game.  Eviston played hard scoring twice.

Austin Smith (31 saves)  For the second straight night just like most nights Smith kept the Vipers in the game giving his team a chance to win.  Smith made some nice saves through out the conest especially in the first two periods when the score was close.

Game Thoughts:  (Vernon)

One of the better games I have seen the Vipers play all season as they pick up just their fourth win of the season with a huge 5-1 win over one of the leagues best.  The Vipers snapped a six game losing skid and had just one win in their last ten games before tonight.  Overall a great effort and game on the Vipers side.  I thought the Vipers matched Chilliwack's physical play, and what can you say about the specialty teams.  Vernon who has struggled with the powerplay and penalty kill was very good tonight.  Give full credit to the Vipers penalty killers who did an excellent job tonight killing penalties.  The Vipers powerplay with two goals also much improved.  This team is very uncosistant and it showed again tonight, why cant this team play like this every game?  I really like the looks and making of this team but for some reason they just arnt coming up with the wins.  Lets hope this is a huge confidence booster for the boys and they can hopefully get something rolling.

Top Players:  (Chilliwack)

David Thompson played very well on the Chiefs blueline.  Played very well at both ends of the rink.

Mitch Skapski wasnt involved in the game really but did a great job at getting under the skin of several Vernon Vipers.  Skapski was always giving a poke or a jab to a member of the Vipers any chance he could.

Spencer Graboski played well up front for the Chiefs.  This kid can skate, handle the puck and really reads the ice well.  Saw a ton of icetime for Chilliwack tonight.

Mathieu Tibbet had two parcial breakaways but was stopped both times by Austin Smith.  I thought Tibbet played well.

Trevor Hills (1 assist) who I remember from last season played very well tonight.  Didnt really notice him much in the third but stood out especially in the first two periods.

Garrett Forster also played very well for Chilliwack tonight.  A good skater and puck handler always seem to be alert and know where the play was at all times.  Created a few chances for the Chiefs.

Game Thoughts:  (Chilliwack)

Chilliwack has a very big, physical, chippy team just like they usally do.  I thought the Chiefs played very well at times but at other times didnt look so hot.  Tonight was a very good hockey game and with a bounce or powerplay goal this could have been a totally different outcome.  I didnt think the Chiefs looked all that great with the man advantage and gave up several odd man rushes.  Chilliwack's passing is very crisp as well as their breakout.  The Chiefs are also quick and move the puck quick.  This team is big and mean and isnt afriad to back down from anyone but I think the Vipers matched that pretty well tonight.  This had a bit of a playoff feel to the game, I guess with the long history and rivalry going way back it brings back some great memories.  It's too bad this was the only time we get to see Chilliwack unless something happens during the playoffs.



Braeden Russell (Injured)
Colton Sparrow (Injured)
Brendan Persley (Injured)


Tanner Cochrane
Ryan Donohoe
Alex Perron Fontaine

Vipers energy player of the game:

TJ Dumonceaux (1 goal)

3 Stars:

1st Star:  Pearce Eviston (2 goals & 1 assist)
2nd Star:  Austin Smith (31 saves)
3rd Star:  Brett Corkey (2 assists)

For more on tonight's game visit the BCHL boxscore,

For more on tonight's game and the Chiefs visit Marc Fitzgerald's Chilliwack Chiefs blog,

(Game Preview) Chilliwack @ Vernon:

Chilliwack (10-3-1-1) @ Vernon (3-7-0-5) 7pm start

Tonight is the second and final meeting of the regular season between the Vipers & Chiefs.  Chilliwack leads the season series 1-0  

Last Game:

Friday, October 26th Salmon Arm defeated Vernon 2-1 (Double Overtime)
Friday, October 26th Chilliwack defeated Coquitlam 4-1

Next Game:

Friday, November 2nd Nanaimo @ Vernon
Friday, November 2nd Chilliwack @ Trail

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 6-6-0-2 vs. Chilliwack

Since 2003-04 regular season Vernon has outscored Chilliwack 47-47

Since 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 5-1-0-0 at home vs. Chilliwack

Since 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 1-5-0-2 in Chilliwack

Since 2003-04 regular season the Vipers are 5-1-0-0 in their last ten games at home vs. the Chiefs

Since 2003-04 regular season the Vipers are 1-5-0-2 in their last ten games on the road vs. the Chiefs

The Vipers last win in Chilliwack was a 4-2 victory back on Friday, October 21st 2005

The Chiefs last win in Vernon was a 5-4 victory on Saturday, November 5th 2010

The Vipers went 2-5-0-0 last season vs Chilliwack

The Vernon Lakers changed their name to the Vernon Vipers to start the 1995-96 season. Here’s a look at the Vipers all-time regular season record

Games Played: 1021
Wins: 644
Losses: 274
Ties: 16
Overtime Losses: 91

For more stats & former Vernon Junior Hockey Team rosters & lineups please visit Paul’s Vernon Junior Hockey History website,

Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The Vipers come into tonight's game riding a six game losing streak and have just one win in their last ten games.  Tonight is the second game of a current three game home stand.  The Vipers are currently tied with Salmon Arm for last in the Interior Division sit two points back of the Trail Smoke Eaters.  Vernon has just three wins in fifteen games this season.

Adam Tambellini (7-6-13) leads the Vipers in points with thirteen & goals with seven

Games Played: 15
Wins: 3
Losses: 7
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 5
Home Record: 2-3-0-2
Road Record: 1-4-0-3
Goals For: 34
Goals Against: 45
Streak: Six game losing streak
Standings: Tied with Salmon Arm for 4th Place

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

Brett Corkey (92)
Marc Hetnik (92)
Geoff Crisfield (93)
Aaron Hadley (93)
Danny Todosychuk (94)
Colton Sparrow (93)
Jedd Soleway (94)
Ryan Renz (93)
Adam Tambellini (94)

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

Michael Zalewski (92)
Brendan Persley (93)
Darren Nowick (91)
Riley Hunt (95)
John Knisley (92)
Colton Cyr (91)
Patrick McGillis (91)
Sean Robertson (91)
Ben Gamache (91)
Max Mowat (93)
Turner Lawson (94)
Kirby Halcrow (91)

Vernon’s Home record vs. Chilliwack this season:


Vernon’s Road record vs. Chilliwack this season:


Vernon’s Powerplay vs. Chilliwack this season:


Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Chilliwack this season:

Brett Corkey (0-1-1)
Adam Tambellini (1-0-1)
Ryan Renz (0-1-1)

Austin Smith (0-1 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Vernon has the leagues 15th best powerplay

-The Vipers have the BCHL's 12th best penalty kill

Lets take a look at the Chilliwack Chiefs:

The Chilliwack Chiefs make their one and only visit of the regular season to the Wesbild Centre.  The Chiefs come into Vernon tonight riding a one game winning streak playing their fifth game of a current seven game road trip.  Chilliwack has won eight of their last ten games have just two losses away from home.  

Luke Esposito (4-17-21) leads the Chiefs with twenty one  points

Josh Hansen (12-7-19) leads the team in goals with twelve

For more on tonight's game and the Chilliwack Chiefs, please visit Marc Fitzgerald's Chilliwack Chiefs blog,

Games Played: 15
Wins: 10
Losses: 3
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 4-2-1-0
Road Record: 6-1-0-1
Goals For: 49
Goals Against: 37
Streak: One game winning streak
Standings: Tied with Prince George for 1st Place

Chilliwack Chiefs Returning Players:

Josh Hansen (92)
Spencer Graboksi (93)
David Thompson (92)
Alexandre Perron-Fontaine (92)
Shay Laurent (93)
Jaret Babych (94)
Kiefer McNaughton (93)
Mathieu Tibbet (93)
Trevor Hills (92)
Mitch Gillam (92)
Garrett Forster (95)

Chilliwack Chiefs Departing & traded players from last years team:

Malcolm Gould (92)
Derek Huisman (92)
David Bondra (92)
Kit Sitterly (91)
Michael Spring (91)
Tyler Miller (91)
Anderson White (91)
Jeremy Gossard (93)
Matthew Hutchinson (91)
Bryton Udy (93)

Chilliwack's Home record vs. Vernon this season:


Chilliwack's Road record vs. Vernon this season:


Chilliwack's Powerplay vs. Vernon this season:


Chilliwack's scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:

Austin Plevy (2-0-2)
Josh Hansen (1-1-2)
Luke Esposito (0-2-2)
Shay Laurent (0-1-1)
David Thompson (0-1-1)
Cooper Rush (0-1-1)
Brodyn Nielsen (0-1-1)
Ryan Donahoe (0-1-1)
Jaret Babych (1-0-1)

Mitch Gillam (1-0 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Chilliwack has the BCHL's 6th best powerplay

-The Chiefs have the league's 3rd best penalty kill

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

Chilliwack Chiefs:

Silverbacks Defeat Vipers In OT Again:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Silverbacks Defeat Vipers in OT Again
Friday, October 26, 2012 - Submitted by Don Klepp

For the third straight time that the Salmon Arm Silverbacks and the Vernon Vipers have met in this young season, Salmon Arm won in overtime on Friday, this time by a  2-1 score.

Carter Lukenda bundled in a backhand from a scramble at 4:23 of the second overtime period to put the cap on a solid road win by the Silverbacks.

Each team had plenty of chances in the three-on-three overtime, but Salmon Arm’s Adam Clark and Vernon’s Austin Smith were steady in their respective goals, as they had been all game.

Both teams have had difficulty scoring this year, which was demonstrated by a lack of finishing in this game. After a tight checking first period that saw a slight edge in play by the Vipers, the visitors were stronger in the second period. Then, the Vipers applied pressure in the third but could not apply the coup de grace.

Adam Tambellini opened the scoring at 6:00 of the first period, 3:16 into a major penalty that had been issued to Alex Gillies for slamming Michael Statchuk into the boards from behind. The Vipers patiently moved the puck around and Tambellini eventually beat Clark when he one-timed Brett Corkey’s pass from 25 feet.

Gillies was ejected from the contest, while Statchuk played only a few short shifts in the remainder of the game.

Another Viper D-man, Geoff Crisfield, missed significant minutes in the second and third periods after being hit in the head by Salmon Arm’s Ryan Simpson.

Silverback defenceman Shane Hanna maintained his nine-game point steak in the second period when his point shot bounced off Austin Smith straight to Brandon Mistal, who buried the rebound at the 9-minute mark.

The Vipers had the majority of scoring chances in the third period, but once again Adam Clark had the Vipers’ number. He especially frustrated Logan Mick, who had a golden opportunity on the backhand early in the period. It was the fourth time Clark had stopped Mick, the 16-year-old son of Salmon Arm’s GM, Troy Mick.

The Silverbacks dressed a whole line of 16-year-olds, Ryan Simpson, Connor Brown-Maloski, and Spencer Hewson.      

Mitch McAllister, who returned to the Viper lineup after missing 12 games with a shoulder injury, was named the Energy Player of the Game. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Salmon Arm 2 Vernon 1 (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 BCHL game as Salmon Arm defeated Vernon 2-1 in double overtime in front of 1,819 fans at the Wesbild Centre.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon:  Austin Smith
Salmon Arm:  Adam Clark

1st Period:  Just 2:44 into the contest the Silverbacks would lose Vernon product Alex Gillies after being tossed from the game after checking Michael Statchuk from behind.  The Vipers would get an early five minute powerplay.  Vernon would struggle with the man advantage as the Vipers couldnt setup or get any solid puck posession as the Silverbacks penalty kill looked very good early.  It took the Vipers two and a half minutes to record their first of two back to back shots on two real soft shots from in close before finally working the puck around Pearce Eviston found Adam Tambellini at the circle who ripped a hard shot past Adam Clark giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 6:00 Eviston & Brett Corkey collected the helpers.  Vernon would struggle the remainder of the five minute major come up with just five shots scoring once as Salmon Arm would kill off the remainder of the powerplay.  A fairly even played opening period with very little scoring chances through out the period.  Both teams looked a little scrambly at times.  Just before the halfway mark the Vipers were outshooting the Backs 6-2 but within a minute and a half Salmon Arm would get five quick shots to jump ahead 7-6 in that short span the Vipers got a little lucky after a weird bounce off the end boards the puck come right out front where Austin Smith had to be alert come up with a big pad save from in close on a scramble in front.  Just past the midway mark the Silverbacks would get their first powerplay of the night.  Moving the puck around with some good pressure Salmon Arm only recorded one shot on goal with no real scoring opportunity as Vernon would kill off the minor.  With five and a half minutes to go Jeff Kennedy with a quick shot from the slot forced Austin Smith to make a quick toe save keeping the game 1-0.  Both teams were fairly evenly matched.  The Vipers did control the play a little in the final three or four minutes but no real pressure or scoring opportunities.  Vernon was up 1-0 after 20 minutes of play.  The Vipers outshot the Silverbacks 10-8.

2nd Period:  The Backs come out hard to start the middle frame and carried the play early before the Vipers would get an early powerplay.  For the second straight powerplay Vernon struggled not recording a single shot with the man advantage.  The Silverbacks come up with atleast two or three big shot blocks killing off the man advantage.  Shortly after Jeff Kennedy with a great shot from the slot was stopped by Smith who made a big pad save off Kennedy from in close.  On the same play back come the Vipers on an odd man rush who fed Adam Tambellini who went in for the parcial breakaway but Adam Clark challenged Tambellini making the big save from in close.  The Backs quicly moved the puck up ice setting up Jeff Kennedy on the odd man rush but Bryce Eviston come up with a huge defensive play tying up Kennedy who would have had an open cage for the game tying goal.  Just minutes later former Vipers defenceman Bennett Hambrook with a quick shot from the point hit someone or something on its way towards the goal just missed the goal on a close call.  Logan Mick then with a great chance at the side of the goal couldnt beat Clark in front.  The play really started to open up around the midway mark as both teams were hustling going back and forth with chances at both ends.  Just past the midway mark Vernon couldnt clear the zone, the Backs kept the play alive after Shane Hanna setup Brandon Mistal who beat Smith tying the game 1-1 at 9:00 Hanna with the lone assist.  Just three minutes later Salmon Arm would get their second shot with the powerplay but it was the Vipers who played well with the penalty kill killing off the minor.  During the powerplay the Vipers would lose Kevin Guiltinan while the Backs would lose Troy Petrick as both players were given ten minute misconducts.  The Silverbacks slowly started to get going and once again carried the slight edge in play, Salmon Arm with a great job at making those quick breakouts out of their own end really moved the puck well up ice. With three minutes remaining Jeff Kennedy on an odd man rush couldnt beat Austin Smith who made a nice save.  Vernon would get a late powerplay after Ryan Simpson would get the two minute minor as well as a ten minute misconduct.  The Vipers powerplay looked a little better but again Vernon couldnt capitalize before the Vipers would take a penalty as both teams would play a little four on four to finish the period.  The Silverbacks were the better of the two teams tying the game 1-1 after 40 minutes of play.  Both teams with some good chances opened up the scoring chances in the second period.  Salmon Arm outshot Vernon 14-11.

3rd Period:  Just five minutes into the final frame Logan Mick with a great chance had Adam Clark down and out with a scramble in front of Clark the puck come out to the side of the crease where a wide open Mick couldnt get his backhand up and over a diving Clark who made a huge save with his goalstick to keep this game tied.  On the next shift Salmon Arm would get an early powerplay but no real chances as Vernon would kill off the penalty.  The Vipers really stepped up their game and come to play in the third getting some glorious chances early and often.  Vernon carrying the better of the play for most of the period started skating and creating some good chances.  Micth Van-Teeling on a two on one was stoned by Adam Clark.  The Vipers on another odd man rush setup Michael Roberts at the side of the net who couldnt connect on the pass.  Shortly after Clark made a big pad save from in close kicking out the rebound to a wide open Roberts who was stopped on the rebound.  Clark who has played very well against Vernon this year played very well tonight.  The Silverbacks with just one real good chance came in the first half of the period from in close but Austin Smith made the pad save.  Vernon who showed alot of hustle and played hard looked very hungry for the win but couldnt burry their chances.  Pearce Eviston late with a wrap around couldnt beat Clark who come across to make the save.  The Vipers with the better of the play and come up with the better of the scoring chances were heading to overtime after a 1-1 tie.  Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 11-7.

Overtime:  Both teams looked to be waiting for the other team to make the first mistake as no real scoring opportunity came around for either team,  In the dying seconds Mitch Van-Teeling & Aaron Hadley on a two on one but Hadley missed the goal.  It was still tied 1-1 after 65 minutes of play.  Salmon Arm outshot Vernon 4-2.

Double Overtime:  The Backs with the first good scoring threat collected a two on one.  Ryan Schwalbe and Troy Petrick went in on the odd man rush, Schwalbe kept and fired but Ryan Renz just got a peice of the puck to send it into the netting behind the goal.  Back come the Vipers with an odd man rush of their own, Mitch Van-Teeling got in close put a move in close but was robbed by Clark who made a huge pad save keeping this game tied.  The play really opened up as both teams went back and forth with some good chances in the second overtime.  Harlan Orr then coughed up the puck in his own end the Vipers on the turnover forced a scramble in front but couldnt get a shot off with two open players in the slot as the Vipers had the Backs on the ropes.  It looked like this game was going to end in a tie as both goaltenders played very well before Shane Hanna tried going around his d-man got off a shot, with a mad scramble in front and the puck loose Carter Lukenda collected the rebound in front and put the backhand into the open cage giving the Backs a huge 2-1 OT win as the Salmon Arm bench erupted snapping a four game losing streak.  Lukendas goal was unassisted. 

Top Players:  (Vernon)

Bryce Eviston played one of his better games of the young season.  I thought Eviston was very steady tonight and played very well defensively.  Made a huge defensive play to tie up Jeff Kennedy at the side of the net on a sure looking goal to keep the game tied 1-1. 

TJ Dumonceaux played with alot of hustle and energy.  I thought other then taking two penalties hustled and worked hard all night.

Michael Roberts played one of his better games of the season tonight.  Roberts who has slowly started to get better as the season goes along had atleast two good scoring chances tonight.

Logan Mick was another player who battled and competed hard tonight.  Also come up with two real good scoring opportunities.

Mitch Van-Teeling played his best game as a Viper and was the best Viper tonight by far.  Van-Teeling really stepped up his play tonight, was really skating, playing with alot of jump and played well at both ends of the rink.  Had a handfull of scoring chances tonight.  Was really going hard to the net.

Austin Smith (31 saves)  Austin Smith has kept the Vipers in alot of games this year and tonight he played very well making some big saves.  Played his position very well and didnt give up alot of rebounds.

Game Thoughts:  (Vernon)

Back to back overtime losses and the Vipers are now on a six game losing streak.  With just one win in their last ten games Vernon is struggling and cant seem to win.  Looking at the standings tonight was a must win!  Still out of a playoff spot the Vipers need to start beating teams below them in the standings.  If you cant beat the teams below you in the standings how are you going to beat the top teams?  I didnt think either team looked all that great in the 1st and the Vipers who had some good chances in the second had some troubles in their own end.  I thought the Vipers really come to play and stepped up their play in the third, playing their best hockey of the night.  Vernon with some glorious chances in the third and overtime couldnt capitalize.  Just like last season this team is very uncosistant and cant seem to play a full sixty minutes.  Once again the powerplay has killed the Vipers all season.  With an early five minute powerplay and then an early powerplay to start the 2nd period this is your chance to put away Salmon Arm.  This team has troubles scoring goals and it showed again tonight.  A very tough loss for sure.

Top Players:  (Salmon Arm)

Brandon Mistal (1 goal)  I didnt really notice Mistal at all until he scored the game tying goal.  From that point on I thought he played well and looked good for the remainder of the game.

Jeff Kennedy was by far the Silverbacks best forward tonight.  Kennedy with lots of several good scoring chances couldnt buy a goal.  Was really skating hard, played well at both ends of the ice and showed alot of hustle.

Sean Flanagan played a solid game on the Backs blueline.

Brayden Sherbinin also played very well on the Salmon Arm backend.

Bryden Marsh impressed me tonight, played physical and seemed to worked hard-battle all night.

Ryan Schwalbe also played a strong game up front for Salmon Arm.  A good skater who really moved the puck well, created a few chances for the Backs.

Adam Clark now 3-0 vs Vernon this season has played very well making some big saves.  Especially in the 3rd and overtime.  Clark a bigger goaltender covers alot of net and is very hard to beat from any angle.  Made atleast three game saving saves in the 3rd and OT to give his team a chance to win.

Game Thoughts:  (Salmon Arm)

Just like the Vipers I didnt think the Silverbacks looked or played all that great in the opening period.  Both teams looked a little scrambly in the first period before settling down as the game went on.  I thought Salmon Arm had the slight edge in play in the second period but was outplayed in the third period.  Tempers heated up through out the game as both teams got involved in some pushing and shoving after the whistle.  I thought the Backs really move the puck well and have a nice breakout coming out of their own end.  Salmon Arm also played very well shorthanded, give credit to the kids who come up with some huge blocked shots.  Giving up just one goal on the five minute major was huge, this kept them in the game and kept the close.  If Vernon had a strong powerplay, this game could have been over early.  With the win the Backs snapped their four game losing streak and improve to 3-1 vs Vernon this year.  Salmon Arm & Vernon are now both tied for last place in the Interior Division.



Braeden Russell (Injured)
Colton Sparrow (Injured)
Brendan Persley (Injured)

Salmon Arm:

Dylan Bowen
Josh Bowes
Riley Hunt (Injured)
Brock Balson
Anthony Croston

Vipers energy player of the game:

Mitch McAllister

3 Stars:

1st Star:  Carter Lukenda (Overtime winner)
2nd Star:  Adam Clark (37 saves)
3rd Star:  Austin Smith (31 saves)

For more on tonight's game visit the BCHL boxscore,

(Game Preview) Salmon Arm @ Vernon:

Salmon Arm (4-9-0-1) @ Vernon (3-7-0-4) 7pm start

Tonight is the fourth meeting of the regular season between the Vipers & Silverbacks.  Salmon Arm leads the season series 2-1. 

Last Game:

Saturday, October 20th Langley defeated Vernon 2-1 in Overtime
Sunday, October 21st Merritt defeated Salmon Arm 4-2

Next Game:

Saturday, October 27th Chilliwack @ Vernon
Saturday, October 27th Trail @ Salmon Arm

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 41-25-3-8 vs. Salmon Arm

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon has outscored Salmon Arm 276-255

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 16-12-0-4 at home vs. Salmon Arm

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 19-10-2-5 in Salmon Arm

Vernon is 4-4-0-2 in its last 10 regular season visits at the Shaw Centre

Vernon is 6-1-0-3 in its last 10 regular season games vs. Salmon Arm

The Vipers last regular season win vs Salmon Arm at the Wesbild Centre was a 4-3 overtime victory on Friday, March 9th 2012

The Silverbacks last regular season win at the Wesbild Centre was a 3-2 overtime victory back on Saturday, September 15th 2012

The Vipers last regular season win at the Shaw Centre was a 3-0 win on Friday, September 14th 2012

The Vipers went 5-1-0-2 vs Salmon Arm last season

The Vernon Lakers changed their name to the Vernon Vipers to start the 1995-96 season. Here’s a look at the Vipers all-time regular season record

Games Played: 1020
Wins: 644
Losses: 274
Ties: 16
Overtime Losses: 90

For more stats & former Vernon Junior Hockey Team rosters & lineups please visit Paul’s Vernon Junior Hockey History website,

Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The Vipers return home after a 0-2 road trip with losses in Surrey and Langley.  Vernon has played six of their last eight games away from home begin a three game home stand and play five of their next six at home.  The Vipers are currently just one point back of 3rd place Trail but have lost five straight.  Vernon has just one win in their last nine games. 

Adam Tambellini (6-6-12) leads the Vipers in points with twelve

Adam Tambellini (6-6-12) & Aaron Hadley (6-4-10) both lead the team in goals with six each

Games Played: 14
Wins: 3
Losses: 7
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 4
Home Record: 2-3-0-1
Road Record: 1-4-0-3
Goals For: 33
Goals Against: 43
Streak: Five game losing streak
Standings: 4th Place

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

Brett Corkey (92)
Marc Hetnik (92)
Geoff Crisfield (93)
Aaron Hadley (93)
Colton Sparrow (93)
Danny Todosychuk (94)
Jedd Soleway (94)
Ryan Renz (93)
Adam Tambellini (94)

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

Michael Zalewski (92)
Brendan Persley (93)
Darren Nowick (91)
Riley Hunt (95)
John Knisley (92)
Colton Cyr (91)
Patrick McGillis (91)
Sean Robertson (91)
Ben Gamache (91)
Max Mowat (93)
Turner Lawson (94)
Kirby Halcrow (91)

Vernon’s Home record vs. Salmon Arm this season:


Vernon’s Road record vs. Salmon Arm this season:


Vernon’s Powerplay vs. Salmon Arm this season:


Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Salmon Arm this season:

Adam Tambellini (0-3-3)
Aaron Hadley (3-0-3)
Pearce Eviston (1-2-3)
Brett Corkey (0-1-1)
Michael Roberts (1-0-1)
Colton Sparrow (0-1-1)
Geoff Crisfield (1-0-1)
Marc Hetnik (0-1-1)
TJ Dumonceaux (0-1-1)
Brendan Persley (0-1-1)

Austin Smith (1-2 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Vernon has the leagues 15th best powerplay

-The Vipers have the BCHL's 15th best penalty kill

Lets take a look at the Salmon Arm Silverbacks:

The Silverbacks make their second visit of the season to the Wesbild Centre are finishing a two game road trip.  Salmon Arm comes into tonight's game sitting just one point back of 4th place Vernon.  The Backs are currently riding a four game losing streak.  Their last victory was back on October, 12th in a 3-2 overtime win over the Vipers. 

Shane Hanna (4-8-12) leads the Backs with twelve points

Alex Gillies (5-4-9) lead the Silverbacks with five goals

For more on tonight's game and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, please visit Scott Campbells Salmon Arm Silverbacks blog,

Games Played: 14
Wins: 4
Losses: 9
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 1-6-0-1
Road Record: 3-3-0-0
Goals For: 27
Goals Against: 47
Streak: Four Game losing streak
Standings: 5th Place

Salmon Arm Silverbacks Returning Players:

Sean Flanagan (92)
Alex Gillies (95)
Shane Hanna (94)
Garrett Hendrickson (92)
Brendan Kennedy (94)
Jeff Kennedy (94)
Bennett Hambrook (92)
Michael Klonarakis (95)
Brandon Mistal (92)
Travis Stephens (93)
Adam Clark (93)
Brock Balson (93)

Former Vernon Lakers forward and Vernon Vipers Assistant Coach, head Coach & GM Troy Mick is the Silverbacks new GM & Part Owner.

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Bennett Hambrook is the Silverbacks captain

Salmon Arm Silverbacks Departing & traded players from last years team:

Morgan Zulinick (94)
Devin Muller (92)
Myles McCauley (91)
James Friedel (91)
Mak Barden (93)
Taylor Love (92)
Mike Berry (93)
Stefan Nicholishen (93)
Braden Pears (93)
Graham McBain (93)
Kurt Williams (91)

Salmon Arm’s Home record vs. Vernon this season:


Salmon Arm’s Road record vs. Vernon this season:


Salmon Arms Powerplay vs. Vernon this season:


Salmon Arm’s scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:

Shane Hanna (2-1-3)
Jason Trott (1-2-3)
Jeff Kennedy (1-0-1)
Josh Bowes (1-0-1)
Ryan Simpson (0-1-1)
Carter Lukenda (0-1-1)
Brayden Sherbinin (0-1-1)
Troy Petrick (1-0-1)
Blake Box (0-1-1)
Alex Gillies (0-1-1)
Brock Balson (0-1-1)
Ryan Schwalbe (0-1-1)

Adam Clark (2-0 Record)
Colin Dzijacky (0-1 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Salmon Arm has the BCHL's 6th best powerplay

-The Silverbacks have the league's 14th best penalty kill

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

Salmon Arm Silverbacks:

Vipers Shuffle Lines In Search Of Offensive Jumpstart:

This is posted in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers shuffle lines in search of offensive jumpstart

Published: October 26, 2012

In desperate need of an offensive spark, the Vernon Vipers have shuffled their forward lines for a pair of weekend B.C. Hockey League tilts at Wesbild Centre.

Up first, the Salmon Arm SilverBacks visit Vernon tonight (7 p.m.), followed by the Chilliwack Chiefs Saturday.

Head coach/GM Jason Williamson has placed rookie Logan Mick on a unit with Adam Tambellini and Pearce Eviston, leaving Aaron Hadley to play alongside Jedd Soleway and Mitch Van Teeling.

The only trio that will remain intact is the kid line of Craig Martin, Landon Robin and Michael Roberts.

With only 11 healthy forwards (Brendan Persley is out four to six weeks recovering from surgery on a broken leg, and both Colton Sparrow and Braedan Russell are day-to-day), Williamson has paired Mitch McAllister and TJ Dumonceaux, and will rotate another forward through the lineup.

He is also toying with the idea of unleashing defenceman Marc Hetnik to play up front.

Riding a five-game losing streak, Williamson says gaining confidence on a shift-by-shift basis will be key.

“We’ve got to start with the little details and little victories and build towards full games,” said Williamson. “Winning those puck battles will add up to winning games.”

The 3-7-0-4 Vipers are one point ahead of the 4-9-0-1 SilverBacks in the Interior Division, while the Chiefs are tops in the Mainland at 9-3-1-1.

Vernon has earned points in each of their three meetings against Salmon Arm, however two of them were overtime losses. Salmon Arm netminder Adam Clark, a 6-foot-5 Sherwood Park, Alta. native, played a major role in those outcomes.

“We need to focus on doing the things to make his life difficult and going to the net with a purpose,” said Williamson.

McAllister, an 18-year-old Medicine Hat product, played just three-and-half periods before going down with a shoulder injury. He recovered ahead of schedule and is stoked to be making his home debut tonight.

Win or lose, anything beats watching from the stands, said McAllister.

“It’s tough to watch when the team struggles; it’s tough to watch when the team’s successful. You’re excited for the guys, but you want to be part of it.

“I’m looking forward to being a difference maker and pushing towards a win.”

McAllister, captain of the UFA Major Midget Bisons of Strathmore last season, is no stranger to long-term injury. A few seasons ago, he missed nearly four months with compartment syndrome after taking a knee to the thigh.

“It felt like a bad charley horse, I had to leave the game,” said McAllister, who was rushed into surgery the day after it happened.

“I was a couple hours away from losing my leg.  My leg swelled up to double its size.

“It was tough to get your mind wrapped around you’d be out for so long.”

SNAKE BITES: Penticton Vees’ forward Wade Murphy leads the BCHL with 9-14-23 in 13 games, and is on an 11-game point streak. Former Viper Marcus Basara, now of the West Kelowna Warriors, is fifth with 11-7-18 in 14 games...Vernon’s Conor Barrie, a backup netminder with the Surrey Eagles last season, is 2-0 in a supporting role with the Yorkton Terriers of Saskatchewan’s Junior A circuit. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder boasts a 1.68 goals-against average and .952 save percentage.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Foxes Sign Former Vernon Viper Lanny Gare:

The GDR Lusatian foxes have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Lanny Gare.  The Foxes signed Gare on July, 4th 2012 to a four week contract.  Gare spent the past four seasons with RT Bad Nauheim of Germany.  Gare played two years with the Vipers (1997-1999).  In 117 games with the Vipers Gare collected (67-107-174) 

Lanny Gare's Player Profile:

This is posted on the Foxes website:

Lanny done remains a fox

Test contract with the German Canadian is extended

Lanny done will remain up to the end of the season in white water. The test contract running out this week was extended accordingly. Although the 34-year-old German Canadian could not graduate from the complete preparation because of an injury, he has persuaded the persons responsible. In particular the storm row with Lanny done, Richard Müller and Kevin avenue Lav provided in the last test plays for a lot of gate danger.

Lanny done came in summer of Oberligisten bath Home Nau in Lusatia.

Hadley, Tambellini & Guiltinan Going To Team Canada West Tryouts:

Three Vernon Vipers and one former Viper are invited to Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia from Nov. 5 - 11.  Aaron Hadley, Kevin Guiltinan, Adam Tambellini and Tyler Steel.

This is posted on the BCHL website:

BCHL sending 25 to Team Canada West tryouts
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - Submitted by BCHL Media

Hockey Canada and the Canadian Junior Hockey Leauge today announced the selection camp roster for Team Canada West in preparation for the 2012 World Junior A Challenge Nov. 5 to 11 in Yarmouth, N.S.

Of the 60 players named, 24 are from the BCHL.

Here is Canada West's roster,

Of the invitees from the BCHL, six played on the team last year. Penticton's Troy Stecher, Vernon's Aaron Hadley, Coquitlam's Alex Kerfoot and Brandon Morley, Surrey's Michael Stenerson and Powell River's Evan Richardson helped Team Canada West to gold last year in Langley.

One other, Penticton's James De Haas, tried out for Team Canada East last year while playing for the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

Players named to the Canada West selection camp roster were selected from the CJHL’s five western Junior A leagues: the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).

The selection camp roster was chosen by Canada West head coach Dean Brockman (St. Benedict, Sask./Humboldt, SJHL), along with assistant coaches Jason McKee (Irma, Alta./Spruce Grove, AJHL) and Ryan Smith (Headingley, Man./Selkirk, MJHL).

“With the talent on the ice in Canada’s five western Junior A leagues this season, it was no easy feat to get down to 60 players,” said Brockman. “We’re excited to get on the ice in Calgary to choose the 22 players who will wear the red and white and represent the west in Yarmouth.”

“These players represent some of the best prospects in the entire game, not just Junior A,” said CJHL president Kirk Lamb. “Canada West has enjoyed tremendous success at the World Junior A Challenge and we are very confident these selections will allow Canada West to be very competitive in Yarmouth.”

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Gladiators Re-Sign Former Vipers Defenceman Brookwell:

The ECHL Gwinnett Gladiators have re-signed former Vernon Vipers defenceman Cody Brookwell.  Brookwell is in his third season with the Gladiators.  In 63 regular season games last year with the Gladiators Brookwell collected (4-11-15). Brookwell went pointless in four playoff games.  Brookwell was recruited by the Vipers but only played in four regular season games during the 2004-05 season before being traded in early October of 2004 to the Williams Lake Timberwolves. Brookwell played two seasons in Williams Lake before playing the next four seasons at the University of Denver.

Cody Brookwell's Player Profile:

This is posted on the Gladiators website:

Brookwell Returns to Gwinnett

Saturday, September 01, 2012

The Gwinnett Gladiators have agreed to terms with defenseman Cody Brookwell for the 2012-13 season. Brookwell earned a career best 15 points (four goals, 11 assists) in 63 games last season with the Gladiators. His +13 plus/minus rating led Gladiators defensemen in that category. He also appeared in four Kelly Cup Playoff games last year with Gwinnett.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defenseman began his professional career with Gwinnett in the 2010-11 season. Brookwell earned seven points (two goals, five assists) in 48 games with the Gladiators.

Before he began his professional career, the Calgary, Alberta, native played four seasons at the University of Denver from 2006-2010. He earned 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 136 career collegiate games with the Pioneers. Brookwell was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team in his senior season as he led the University of Denver in blocked shots.

The Gladiators are the ECHL Affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League and are members of the ECHL, the Premier "AA" Hockey League. All home games are played at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth, GA.

Vipers Bitten By Bad Luck:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers bitten by bad luck

Published: October 24, 2012

Anything that could go wrong for the Vernon Vipers seems to be happening all at once.

Not only will the Snakes be without veteran forward Brendan Persley for at least the next six weeks (he went in for surgery Tuesday to repair a broken leg), they also lost the services of recently acquired winger Cody Fowlie.

Fowlie, an Airdrie, Alta. product who had a goal and assist in three B.C. Hockey League games since joining Vernon from the WHL Everett Silvertips, was plucked by the Kelowna Rockets Monday afternoon.

“He was going to be a huge part of this,” said Williamson.

“The chances of that happening were not good, but Kelowna had some injuries. I don’t blame him for going one bit, but it’s a tough pill to swallow on our part for sure.”

Fowlie, 20, is expected to join the Rockets on a four-game road trip to Alberta starting tonight against the Medicine Hat Tigers. He was playing on the Vipers’ top line with Adam Tambellini and Aaron Hadley.

Said Rockets’ head coach Ryan Huska: “Having just one 20-year-old in your lineup isn’t really enough. A lot of times, those older guys can come in and push the rest of your lineup, including the other overage players.

“We want to see Cody come in here and compete for a spot.”

If the loss of Fowlie wasn’t enough to test the downtrodden Vipers’ depth, they could soon be waving goodbye to their top two scorers – Adam Tambellini (6-6-12 in 14 games) and Aaron Hadley (6-3-9 in 14) – and hard-nosed rookie d-man Kevin Guiltinan for a while. The trio leaves Sunday to audition with Team Canada West for the World Junior A Challenge, which goes Nov. 5-11 in Yarmouth, N.S.

Should they make Canada West, they will miss the Vipers’ next four games.

Fortunately for Williamson, they will be in the lineup Friday night when Vernon entertains the Salmon Arm SilverBacks Friday night (7:00) at Wesbild Centre, and against the Chilliwack Chiefs Saturday.

The ‘Backs are last in the Interior at 4-9-0-1, while the Chiefs are first in the Mainland Division at 9-3-1-1.

The injuries/absences would be enough to test most Junior A teams, but for the Vipers, losers of five straight games, they are devastating. Following Saturday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the host Rivermen at the Langley Events Centre, the Vipers dipped to 3-7-0-4 and are second-last in the Interior Division.

Williamson liked his team’s effort against Langley (6-5-0-2), saying they controlled most of the action. He held a team meeting Monday, urging them to stick with it.

“Good things will come to teams that are persistent, and we’ve just got to be that way.

“You’ve just got to build off the positive things we’ve done. On the weekend we didn’t get any results, but there’s some good things we did and we just have to keep stressing on those. If we do a couple of those little things differently, one of those one-goal games will turn around in our favour.”

The Rivermen took a first-period lead on defenceman Aaron Dolby’s goal at 9:27, but with 2:17 to go, Vernon veteran blueliner Ryan Renz finally solved James Barr to force overtime.

Barr finished with 32 saves, while Austin Smith had 25 stops for Vernon.

“We just kept biding our time until we finally got one with not much time left,” said Williamson.

“Even in overtime, we held the bulk of the play.”

Matt Usaski buried a rebound backhander for the winner 4:29 into the first overtime period.

Langley head coach Bobby Henderson said his team is getting over a few late blown leads earlier this month.

“It is just finding that confidence to finish the game,” Henderson told Black Press.

“We made steps in putting that behind us. It was a great defensive effort (against Vernon).”

SNAKE BITES: Vernon’s Mat Lambert, a forward with the KIJHL North Okanagan Knights, is skating with the Vipers at practice this week...Viper forward Colton Sparrow missed Saturday’s game to injury...Forward Mitch McAllister is likely to return to the lineup Friday against Salmon Arm.