Thursday, May 15, 2014

Game Preview: Royal Bank Cup: Toronto Lakeshore Patriots vs Vernon:

Game Preview: Royal Bank Cup: Toronto Lakeshore vs Vernon:

Toronto Lakeshore (1-2) vs Vernon (1-2) 7pm start

Tonight is the ninth game at the RBC Cup tournament as the 1-2 Vernon Vipers host the 1-2 Toronto Lakeshore Patriots. Both teams will face each other for the first time in history.  You can listen to tonight's game live with Graham Turnbull starting with the pre-game show at 6:45pm on 107.5 Kiss FM

For more on the RBC Cup and all five teams visit the Hockey Canada website,

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:

Team Website

The Vernon Vipers are making their tenth appearance at the Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup as this years host team. This is the second time the City of Vernon has hosted the National Championship as the 1990 Vernon Lakers hosted and won the 1990 Centennial Cup. Vernon is going for their seventh National Championship.  The Vipers enter tonight's game with a 1-2 record are coming off a 5-2 loss to the MJHL Dauphin Kings Tuesday.  The Vipers have lost five of their last seven home games have just one win in their last seven games.

British Columbia Hockey League

Preliminary round: defeated West Kelowna 4-2 (1-5, 4-1, 6-4, 4-1, 1-4, 5-0)
Quarter-final: defeated Penticton 4-3 (4-3, 3-5, 3-4, 5-2, 3-2, 0-2, 4-3 OT)
Semifinal: 2-0 first place in round robin (defeated Victoria 5-4, defeated Coquitlam 6-1)
BCHL championship: lost to Coquitlam 4-0 (4-6, 3-4 OT, 2-3 OT, 3-4)


Record: 30-18-4-6 (7th in BCHL) (3rd Place Interior Division)
Home Record: 17-6-3-3
Road Record: 13-12-1-3
Overtime Record: 5-6-4
Record vs Interior Division: 16-12-1-4
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 12-6-2-2
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
Record in January: 4-5-1-1
Record in February: 6-2-0-1
Record in March: 0-1
When the Vipers score first: 23-7-3-3
When the opponents score first: 7-10-1-3
Leading after 1st Period: 17-4-2-3
Tied after 1st Period: 7-7-1-1
Trailing after 1st Period: 5-6-1-2
Leading after 2nd Period: 19-3-2-1
Tied after 2nd Period: 6-5-2-4
Trailing after 2nd Period: 5-9-0-1
Out shooting Opponents: 15-5-2-1
Out shot by Opponents: 15-10-2-3
One goal games: 12-2-2-6
Goals For: 187 (10th in BCHL)
Goals Against: 175 (9th in BCHL)
Power Play: 30 for 211 (14.2% - 16th in BCHL)
Penalty Killing: 207 of 254 (81.5% - 9th in BCHL)
Longest Winning Streak: 5 (Oct. 5-18; Feb. 12-22)
Streak: Finished regular season on two game losing streak

Top 3 Scorers:

Michael McNicholas – 23G 46A 69P (6th in BCHL)
Dexter Dancs – 26G 41A 67P (7th in BCHL)
Brett Mulcahy – 30G 15A 45P (48th in BCHL)


Record: 10-9
Home Record: 5-4
Road Record: 5-5
Overtime Record: 1-2
Goals For: 66
Goals Against: 58
When the Vipers score first: 6-5
When the opponents score first: 4-4
Leading after 1st Period: 5-5
Tied after 1st Period: 4-1
Trailing after 1st Period: 1-3
Leading after 2nd Period: 8-4
Tied after 2nd Period: 1-2
Trailing after 2nd Period: 1-3
Out shooting Opponents: 5-3
Out shot by Opponents: 4-5
One goal games: 4-4
Power Play: 10 for 57 (17.5%)
Penalty Killing: 61 of 77 (79.2%)
Streak: Four game losing streak

Top 3 Scorers:

Colton Sparrow – 8G 14A 22P
Brendan Persley – 11G 10A 21P
Brett Mulcahy – 14G 4A 18P


2011 – Vernon Vipers | 5-1 | 23GF 12GA | runners-up
2010 – Vernon Vipers | 5-1 | 28GF 14GA | national champions
2009 – Vernon Vipers | 6-0 | 32GF 15GA | national champions
1999 – Vernon Vipers | 3-3 | 22GF 20GA | national champions
1996 – Vernon Vipers | 4-2 | 26GF 20GA | national champions
1992 – Vernon Lakers | 3-2 | 25GF 22GA | third place
1991 – Vernon Lakers | 4-2 | 29GF 29GA | national champions
1990 – Vernon Lakers | 5-1 | 36GF 19GA | national champions
1989 – Vernon Lakers | 0-3 | 8GF 18GA | fourth place

Vernon's all-time Record at the Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup:

Games Played: 53
Wins: 36 (Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup Record)
Losses: 17
Goals For: 243 (Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup Record)
Goals Against: 181                         

Vernon's all-time Round Robin Record:


Vernon's all-time Semi-Final Record:


Vernon's all-time Championship Final Record:




shutdown defenceman … smart … quick to react in his own end … strong skater … moves the puck well … keeps things simple in defensive zone … can separate puck carrier from the puck


highly skilled … loves to have the puck on his stick … always a threat to score … can control the puck in tight spaces … uses open space to his advantage … makes quick, hard passes … good hockey IQ


athletic goaltender … plays with poise … confident … good vision …quick glove … moves well from side to side … uses his stick well … likes to challenge shooters … good second effort for rebounds


Mason Blacklock – Michigan Tech University (2014-15)
Dylan Chanter – University of New Hampshire (2014-15)
Ken Citron – Colgate University (2015-16)
Liam Coughlin – Boston University (2014-15)
Dexter Dancs – University of Michigan (2014-15)
Demico Hannoun – Michigan Tech University (2014-15)
Michael McNicholas – University of New Hampshire (2014-15)
Logan Mick – Quinnipiac University (2015-16)
Brett Mulcahy – Holy Cross University (2014-15)
Ryan Renz – Lake Superior State University (2014-15)
Colton Sparrow – University of Alaska Fairbanks (2014-15)
Jared Wilson – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2014-15)

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

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)
Jason Bird (93)
Andrew Tegeler (92)
Craig Martin (95)
Mitch McAllister (94)
Marc Hetnik (92)
Michael Roberts (95)
Braeden Russell (93)
Geoff Crisfield (93)

Lets take a look at the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots:

Team Website

The OJHL Champion & Dudley Hewitt Cup Champion Toronto Lakeshore Patriots are playing in their first Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup have only been in the OJHL since 2011.  Toronto Lakeshore will play their final game of the Preliminary round of the RBC Cup enter tonight's game with a 1-2 record.  The Patriots are coming off a 4-2 loss to the Carleton Place Canadians Tuesday picked up their only win of the tournament Sunday with a win over the SJHL Yorkton Terriers. 

The Toronto Lakeshore Patriots are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. They are a part of Central Division Hockey.

In 1996, the Quinte Hawks of Deseronto, Ontario were granted expansion into the Metro Junior A Hockey League. David Frost was brought in to coach the team. Frost faced criminal charges in 2008 for his conduct for his time with the team, but was acquitted. Frost brought with him Mike Jefferson and Sheldon Keefe. Although both would play in the National Hockey League, Jefferson (later changed to Danton) would become famous for a mysterious murder-for-hire plot that targeted Frost and landed him in prison.

In 1998, the Metro Junior A Hockey League folded and merged with the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. The Hawks moved into the OPJHL but were relocated to Bancroft, Ontario. In nine seasons, the Bancroft Hawks would never celebrate a winning season.

In 2007, due to mounting troubles with finding appropriate ownership and supporting the team financially, the Bancroft Hawks were granted a leave from the Ontario Hockey Association.

In the summer of 2008, a group of Toronto-based businessmen bought the rights to the Bancroft franchise and renamed the team the Upper Canada Hockey Club and moved the team to North York. The club has a working relationship with the Upper Canada College but is not directly affiliated. Despite owning the franchise that used to be the Hawks, no member of the UCHC was involved with the manifestations of the franchise in either Deseronto or Bancroft.

The Upper Canada Hockey Club's first game was an 8-5 loss to the Seguin Bruins on September 6, 2008. The team's first win was at home against the Villanova Knights, 5-4 on September 14, 2008. In 2009, the team changed their name to the Patriots and moved to Etobicoke. Two seasons later they became the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots. In 2011, the Patriots had their best season yet when they finished 3rd in the South Division and making it to the Conference Finals, eventually losing to the Whitby Fury.


Ontario Junior Hockey League

Preliminary round: defeated Toronto 4-0 (7-1, 4-3, 4-3, 4-3 OT)
Quarter-final: defeated North York 4-1 (4-2, 5-1, 3-0, 3-4 OT, 5-1)
Semifinal: defeated Georgetown 4-0 (4-1, 5-3, 4-3, 2-1)
OJHL championship: defeated Aurora 4-2 (3-2, 5-4, 3-4, 3-1, 0-1, 3-1)

Dudley Hewitt Cup

Preliminary round: 2-1, second place (defeated Fort Frances 4-1, defeated Kirkland Lake 4-1, lost to Wellington 5-3)
Semifinal: defeated Fort Frances 6-0
Championship game: defeated Wellington 2-1


Record: 35-12-6 (3rd in OJHL)
Goals For: 196 (T-8th in OJHL)
Goals Against: 145 (5th in OJHL)
Power Play: 51 for 198 (25.8% - 2nd in OJHL)
Penalty Killing: 179 of 213 (84.0% - 3rd in OJHL)
Longest Winning Streak: 6 (Sept. 28-Oct. 12)

Top 3 Scorers:

Andreas Tsogkas – 31G 26A 57P (27th in OJHL)
Michael Prapavessis – 5G 50A 55P (33rd in OJHL)
Kevin Shier – 21G 33A 54P (37th in OJHL)


Playoff Record: 20-4
Goals For: 90
Goals Against: 47
Power Play: 24 for 93 (25.8%)
Penalty Killing: 77 of 90 (85.6%)

Top 3 Scorers:

Kevin Shier – 11G 27A 38P
Nathan Feric – 17G 16A 33P
Doug Bonar – 10G 15A 25P


First appearance

Toronto Lakeshore's all-time Record at the Centennial Cup-Royal Bank Cup:

Games Played: 3
Wins: 1
Losses: 2
Goals For: 8
Goals Against: 7

Toronto Lakeshore's all-time Round Robin Record:


Toronto Lakeshore's all-time Semi-Final Record:


Toronto Lakeshore's all-time Championship Final Record:




a 200-foot player … powerful skater … excellent on face-offs … very responsible defensively … a playmaker … character player … plays in all situations … great vision … fantastic passer … smart


tremendous vision … excellent passer … makes the smart and simple play … excellent hockey sense … superb hockey IQ … thinks the game beyond his years … good skater … active and quick stick


dynamic offensive talent … elite stickhandling ability … strong on the puck … pure scorer … strong leadership skills … excellent vision … tremendous hockey sense … collects a lot of loose pucks

Tyler Enns – Mercyhurst College (2014-15)
Jacob Hayhurst – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2015-16)
Cory Lauer – SUNY Cortland (2014-15)
Robert Powers – Robert Morris University (2014-15)
Michael Prapavessis – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2014-15)
Kevin Shier – Union College (2014-15)
Brandon Willett – Hamilton College (2014-15)

Here's a look at both teams rosters-stats:

Vernon Vipers:

Toronto Lakeshore Patriots:

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