Friday, January 3, 2014

Game Preview: Vernon @ Trail:

Vernon (20-10-3-4) @ Trail (7-28-2-2) 7:30pm start

Tonight is the fifth game of eight meetings between the Vipers and Smoke Eaters. Vernon leads the season series 4-0.  The Vipers have outscored the Smoke Eaters 22-10.  You can listen to tonight's game live with Graham Turnbull starting with the pre-game show at 7:15pm on 107.5 Kiss FM 

Last Game:

Saturday, December 21st Powell River defeated Vernon 7-2
Monday, December 30th West Kelowna defeated Trail 4-3 in overtime

Next Game:

Saturday, January 4th Nanaimo @ Vernon
Saturday, January 4th Trail @ West Kelowna

Since the 2003-04 pre season Vernon is 3-0 vs Trail

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 56-14-1-3 vs. Trail

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon has outscored Trail 307-170

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 28-5-0-2 at home vs. Trail

Since the 2003-04 regular season Vernon is 21-7-1-1 in Trail

The Vipers are 7-1-2-0 in their last ten games at home vs. the Smoke Eaters

The Vipers are 8-1-0-1 in their last ten games In Trail

The Vipers are 6-2-2-0 in their last ten games vs. Trail

Vernon's last win in Trail was a 4-1 victory on Friday, November 22nd 2013

Trail's last win at home vs Vernon was a 3-0 win on Saturday, September 29th 2012

Trails last win in Vernon was a 5-4 win on Wednesday, January 9th 2013

Vernon's last win at home vs Trail was a 6-3 win on Friday, December 13th 2013

The Vipers went 3-2-0-2 vs Trail 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 return from the Christmas break will play their first game of 2014 make their second visit of the season to the Cominco Arena.  The Vipers won their last visit to Trail come away with a 4-1 victory on November 22nd 2013.  The Vipers have won four straight over Trail.  Vernon hasnt played since before the holidays are coming off a 7-2 loss to the visiting Powell River Kings on December 21st.  The Vipers have two wins in their last five games are 6-3-1-0 in their last ten games.   Vernon sits in 2nd place two points up on 3rd place West Kelowna and five points back of first place Penticton.  The Vipers went 5-3-0-0 in the month of December will play six of eleven games in January at home. 

Michael McNicholas (19-32-51) leads the Vipers in goals with nineteen and in points with fifty one

Vernon Vipers 2013-14 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 37
Wins: 20
Losses: 10
Ties: 3
Overtime Losses: 4
Home Record: 10-3-3-3
Road Record: 10-7-0-1
Overtime Record: 3-4-3
Record vs Interior Division: 9-5-0-3
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 9-5-2-1
Record in September: 3-3-1-2
Record in October: 6-3-0-1
Record in November: 6-1-2-1
Record in December: 5-3-0-0
Goals For: 125
Goals Against: 112
Streak: One game losing streak
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)
Craig Martin (95)
Andrew Tegeler (92)
Mitch McAllister (94)
Marc Hetnik (92)
Michael Roberts (95)
Braeden Russell (93)
Geoff Crisfield (93)

Vernon’s Home record vs. Trail this season:


Vernon’s Road record vs. Trail this season:


Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Trail this season:

Michael McNicholas (2-5-7)
Mason Blacklock (3-3-6)
Dexter Dancs (4-2-6)
Jason Bird (1-5-6)
Colton Sparrow (4-1-5)
Riley Guenther (1-4-5)
Jared Wilson (0-5-5)
Demico Hannoun (2-3-5)
TJ Dumonceaux (1-3-4)
Josh Bryan (1-2-3)
Brendan Persley (1-0-2)
Chase McMurphy (1-1-2)
Liam Coughlin (0-2-2)
Logan Mick (0-1-1)
Tyler Povolofskie (1-0-1)
Michael Statchuk (0-1-1)

Danny Todosychuk (2-0 Record)
Austin Smith (2-0 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Vernon has the leagues 14th best powerplay

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

Lets take a look at the Trail Smoke Eaters:

The Trail Smoke Eaters finished off 2013 with a 4-3 overtime loss to the visiting West Kelowna Warriors Monday wrap up a two game home stand vs Vernon tonight before heading to West Kelowna Saturday night.  The Smokies have lost thirteen in a row and have just one win in their last thirty games.  Trail has been outscored 35-16 in their last five games.  The Smoke Eaters have lost six straight at home and are 0-9-0-1 in their last ten games.  Trail sits in 6th place in the Interior Division and last overall in league standings with just seven wins.  The Smoke Eaters went 0-9-0-1 in the month of December will play seven of ten games on the road in the month of January.  Trails last win at home was a 3-2 overtime victory over the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks on November 16th 2013.  The Smoke Eaters have given up 173 goals wich is second lowest in the league behind the Chilliwack Chiefs.

For more on tonight's game and the Trail Smoke Eaters visit Josh Hoffman's Trail Smoke Eaters blog,

Travis Stephens (11-16-27) leads the team in goals with eleven and in points with twenty seven.

Trail Smoke Eaters 2013-14 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 39
Wins: 7
Losses: 28
Ties: 2
Overtime Losses: 2
Home Record: 4-14-2-1
Road Record: 3-14-0-1
Overtime Record: 1-2-2
Record in September: 4-4-1-0
Record in October: 0-10-1-0
Record in November: 2-6-1-0
Record in December: 0-9-0-1
Record vs Interior Division: 3-16-1-0
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 4-11-1-1
Goals For: 96
Goals Against: 173
Streak: Thirteen game losing streak
Standings: 6th Place

Trail Smoke Eaters Returning Players:

Scott Davidson (95)
Jesse Knowler (94)
Braden Pears (93)
Adam Wheeldon (94)
Jake Lucchini (95)
Adam Todd (94)

Trail Smoke Eaters Departing & traded players from last years team:

Brent Baltus (92)
Luke Sandler (93)
Valik Chichkin (94)
Braeden Jones (94)
Garrett McMullen (92)
Curtis Toneff (93)
Tyler Berkholtz (92)
Connor Collett (93)
Shane Poulsen (94)
Austin Adduono (93)
Marley Keca (93)
Djordje Leposavic (92)
Mitch Foyle (96)
Riley McDougall (93)
Bennett Hambrook (92)
Bryce Knapp (94)

Trail's Home record vs. Vernon this season:


Trail's Road record vs. Vernon this season:


Trail's scoring leaders vs. Vernon this season:

Jake Lucchini (1-2-3)
Joel Webb (0-2-2)
Greyson Reitmeier (1-1-2)
Travis Stephens (1-1-2)
Braden Pears (0-3-3)
Jake Kauppila (2-1-3)
Valik Chichkin (0-1-1)
Bryan Basilico (0-1-1)
Adam Wheeldon (1-0-1)
Dylan Bowen (0-1-1)
Colby Livingstone (1-0-1)
Riley Brandt (0-1-1)
Nathan Browne (0-1-1)
Sean Davies (0-1-1)
Jesse Knowler (0-1-1)
Scott Davidson (1-0-1)
Jeremy McNeil (0-1-1)

Dustin Nikkel (0-2 Record)
Adam Todd (0-1 Record)

Key’s and Notes to tonight’s game:

-Trail has the BCHL's 12th best powerplay

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

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

Trail Smoke Eaters:

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