Friday, November 15, 2013

Game Preview: Vernon @ Merritt:

Vernon (11-6-2-4) @ Merritt (14-9-1-0) 7:30pm start

Tonight is the third game of seven meetings between the Vipers & Centennials. Merritt leads the season series 2-0. You can listen to tonight's game live with Graham Turnbull on 107.5 Kiss FM starting with the pre-game show at 7:15pm

Last Game:

Saturday, November 9th Vernon tied Prince George 4-4
Saturday, November 9th Merritt defeated Langley 3-2 in overtime

Next Game:

Sunday, November 17th Cowichan Valley @ Vernon
Sunday, November 17th Nanaimo @ Merritt

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon is 51-14-2-8 vs. Merritt

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon has outscored Merritt 296-183

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

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 22-5-1-5 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 2-1 victory back on Wednesday, March 6th 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 make their first visit of the season to the Nicola Valley Arena are coming off a 4-4 tie with the visiting Prince George Spruce Kings Saturday night.  The 2nd place Vipers are just one point back of the Merritt Centennials who are tied with Penticton for top spot in the Interior Division.  The Vipers sit just a single point up on 3rd place Salmon Arm and two points up on 4th place West Kelowna.  Vernon is unbeaten in their last two games (A win and a tie) have just two wins in thier last six games.  The Vipers play three of their next four games on the road where they have won four of their last six games away from home.                

Mason Blacklock (15-9-24) leads the Vipers in goals with fifteen while Michael McNicholas (12-16-28) leads the Vipers in points with twenty eight

Vernon Vipers 2013-14 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 23
Wins:  11
Losses: 6
Ties: 2
Overtime Losses: 4
Home Record: 5-2-2-3
Road Record: 6-4-0-1
Overtime Record: 1-4-1
Goals For: 76
Goals Against: 73
Streak: Unbeaten in two games
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:

Liam Coughlin (0-1-1)
TJ Dumonceaux (0-1-1)
Mason Blacklock (1-0-1)

Austin Smith (0-1 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Vernon has the leagues 16th best powerplay

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

Lets take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

The Merritt Centennials begin a three game home stand starting tonight where they are 2-0 against the Vipers this season.  The Cents have been listed as an honourable mention in this week's CJHL Top 20 Weekly Rankings.  Merritt has won four straight and six of their last eight games.  The Centennials have won three of their last four home games will travel to Vernon in two weeks to face the Vipers for a fourth time this season.  The Cents traded defenceman Dylan Bowen to the Trail Smoke Eaters on Wednesday for veteran defenceman Curtis Toneff. 

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

Scott Paterson (14-10-24) leads the Centennials in goals with fourteen and in points with twenty four

Merritt Centennials 2013-14 Regular Season Stats::

Games Played: 24
Wins:  14
Losses: 9
Ties: 1
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 6-4-1-0
Road Record: 8-5-0-0
Overtime Record: 3-0
Goals For: 77
Goals Against: 64
Streak: Four game winning streak
Place:  Tied for 1st Place with Penticton

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:

Gavin Gould (3-0-3)
James Neil (0-2-2)
Payton Schaefer (1-1-2)
Shane Poulsen (0-1-1)
Adam Tracey (0-1-1)
Malik Kaila (0-1-1)
Scott Paterson (0-1-1)
Dylan Bowen (0-1-1)

Devin Kero (1-0 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 8th best penalty kill

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

Merritt Centennials:

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