Friday, November 29, 2013

Game Preview: Merritt @ Vernon:

Merritt (16-10-1-1) @ Vernon (14-7-3-4) 7pm start

Tonight is the fourth game of seven meetings between the Vipers & Centennials. Merritt leads the season series 2-1.   

Last Game:

Saturday, November 23rd Vernon tied West Kelowna 2-2
Saturday, November 23rd Surrey defeated Merritt 2-1

Next Game:

Sunday, December 1st Trail @ Vernon
Saturday, November 30th Powell River @ Merritt

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon is 52-14-2-8 vs. Merritt

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon has outscored Merritt  300-186

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 23-6-1-4 at home vs. Merritt

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 23-5-1-5 in Merritt

The Vipers are 3-4-1-2 in their last ten games at home vs. the Centennials

The Vipers are 3-4-1-2 in their last ten games on the road vs. the Centennials

The Vipers are 3-4-1-2 in their last ten games vs. Merritt

The Vipers last win at home vs Merritt was a 3-2 double overtime victory back on Saturday, March 9th 2013

The Centennials last win in Vernon was a 1-0 victory back on Saturday, October 26th 2013

The Vipers last win in Merritt was a 4-3 overtime victory on Friday, November 15th 2013

The Centennials last win at home over Vernon was a 4-3 double overtime victory on Friday, February 15th 2013

The Vipers went 2-3-1-1 vs the Merritt Centennials last season

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 Vernon Vipers are coming off a 2-2 tie vs the West Kelowna Warriors Saturday will be looking for their second straight win over the Merritt Centennials in the teams second game of a three game home stand.  The Vipers with two home games this weekend are looking at getting back into first place.  Vernon sits in 2nd place one point up on 3rd place Merritt and one point back of 1st place Penticton.  The Vipers are unbeaten in their last two games (a win and a tie) have atleast a point in four of their last five games and are 5-2-2-1 in their last ten games.  Vernon is 5-1-2-1 in the month of November.  The Vipers have two ties in their last three home games have just two regulation losses at home this season.        

Mason Blacklock (15-9-24) leads the Vipers in goals with fifteen while Michael McNicholas (12-22-34) leads the Vipers in points with thirty four

Vernon Vipers 2013-14 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 28
Wins: 14
Losses: 7
Ties: 3
Overtime Losses: 4
Home Record: 6-2-3-3
Road Record: 8-5-0-1
Overtime Record: 2-4-3
Goals For: 93
Goals Against: 85
Streak: Unbeaten in two games (win and a tie)
Standings: 2nd Place

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

Jason Bird (93)
Mason Blacklock (94)
Dexter Dancs (95)
TJ Dumonceaux (94)
Logan Mick (96)
Brendan Persley (93)
Ryan Renz (93)
Colton Sparrow (93)
Michael Statchuk (94)
Austin Smith (93)
Danny Todosychuk (94)

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

Liam Board (93)
Brett Corkey (92)
Bryce Eviston (94)
Andrew Tegeler (92)
Craig Martin (95)
Mitch McAllister (94)
Marc Hetnik (92)
Michael Roberts (95)
Braeden Russell (93)
Geoff Crisfield (93)

Vernon’s Home record vs. Merritt this season:


Vernon’s Road record vs. Merritt this season:


Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Merritt this season:
Dexter Dancs (0-2-2)
Liam Coughlin (1-1-2)
Michael Statchuk (0-2-2)
Michael McNicholas (0-2-2)
TJ Dumonceaux (0-1-1)
Mason Blacklock (1-0-1)
Josh Bryan (0-1-1)
Riley Guenther (1-0-1)
Matty Saharchuk (1-0-1)
Brendan Persley (1-0-1)
Ryan Renz (0-1-1)

Austin Smith (1-1 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Vernon has the leagues 16th best powerplay

-The Vipers have the BCHL's 5th best penalty kill

Lets take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

The Merritt Centennials are coming off a 2-1 loss in Surrey Saturday night make their third and final visit of the regular season to Kal Tire Place where they are 2-0 this season.  The Vipers won the last meeting between these two teams back on November 15th come away with a 4-3 overtime win in Merritt.  Tonight is the second game of a two game road trip for Merritt where the Cents have won three of their last five and are 7-2-0-1 in their last ten games.  Merritt is 6-1-0-1 in the month of November.  The Centennials are three points up on West Kelowna & Salmon Arm who are tied for 4th place sit one point back of 2nd place Vernon. 

For more on the Centennials please visit Dustin Scafe's Merritt Centennials blog,

Scott Paterson (16-13-29) leads the Centennials in goals with sixteen and in points with twenty nine

Merritt Centennials 2013-14 Regular Season Stats::

Games Played: 28
Wins: 16
Losses: 10
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses:  1
Home Record: 8-4-1-1
Road Record: 8-6-0-0
Overtime Record: 3-1-0
Goals For: 89
Goals Against: 75
Streak: One game losing streak
Place:  3rd Place

Merritt Centennials Returning Players:

Jeff Wight (95)
Scott Patterson (93)
Payton Schaefer (93)
Sam Johnson (94)
Tyler Martin (93)
Dane Birks (95)
Sebastien Pare (93)
Diego Cuglietta (95)
Bennett Huber (94)
Russell Sanderson (94)

Merritt Centennials Departing & traded players from last years team:

Regan Soquila (93)
Derek Husiman (92)
Silvan Harper (92)
Sean Maktaak (92)
Kevin Lohan (93)
Brendan Lamont (94)
Dylan Chanter (95)
Richard Sabourin (92)
Brent Fletcher (92)
Charlie Donlin (93)
John Saunders (94)
Tyler Steel (93)

Merritt's Home record vs. Vernon this season:


Merritt's Road record vs. Vernon this season:


Merritt's scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:
Sebastien Pare (0-3-3)
Gavin Gould (3-0-3)
Scott Paterson (1-2-3)
James Neil (0-2-2)
Jeff Wight (2-0-2)
Payton Schaefer (1-1-2)
Shane Poulsen (0-2-2)
Adam Tracey (0-1-1)
Malik Kaila (0-1-1)
Dylan Bowen (0-1-1)
Jake Clifford (0-1-1)

Devin Kero (1-1 Record)
Connor LaCouvee (1-0 Record)

-Centennials Head Coach-GM Luke Pierce played his final year of Junior hockey with the Vipers (2003-04)

-Merritt has the leagues 4th best powerplay

-The Centennials have the BCHL's 7th best penalty kill

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

Merritt Centennials:

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