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 pre-season game between the Vipers & Vees as Vernon defeated Penticton 5-3 at Kal Tire Place.
Vernon: Gunner Neilson
Penticton: Shane Farkas
1st Period: The Vipers got off to a quick start and had the early jump between the two teams scoring early to open the scoring. Logan Geefs from behind the net setup Mathew Jallabert at the side of the net who beat Vees starting goaltender Shane Farkas in front giving Vernon an earl 1-0 lead at 2:50 Geefs & Branden Saretsky collected the assists. The Vipers were really buzzing early and often carrying the better of the play for most of the period. Vernon with some good passing made cycled the puck well down low didnt get alot of great opportunities but created several chances in and around the net. Vernon would get the games first powerplay, the Vipers with a strong man advantage would get five shots on the PP couldnt capitalize as Penticton would kill off the minor. Shane Farkas had to be sharp as the Vipers peppered the rookie goaltender with several shots in the opening period. Jeff Bouchon had an opportunity to go in alone for a breakaway, didnt have the wheels to catch up to the loose puck before being stopped after a strong defensive play by d-man Austin Cho. The Vees who dressed all prospects for tonight's game couldnt get much going offensively needed fifteen minutes to record their first shot of the game. The Vees would have a few hard working shifts in the final minutes showed their best effort of the period late in the 1st. The Vipers would get their second powerplay of the night late, Mackenzie Bauer with a good opportunity down low couldnt get the puck up and over the Vees goaltender as well as several bodies in front of the Penticton goal. The Vipers would run out of time as the period ended wich the remainder of the PP would carry into the 2nd period. The Vipers were up 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. Vernon outplayed Penticton most of the period carried the better of the play. The Vipers speed and skill really showed in the period as the younger Vees squad had troubles offensively and defensively. Farkas was very good between the pipes kept Penticton in the game. The Vees couldnt generate any offence, had all kinds of troubles with their breakout. Penticton had troubles getting pucks and bodies to the net all period. Vernon outshot Penticton 22-3.
2nd Period: The Vipers started the period with the man advantage that was carried over from the opening period. The Vees for a second straight penalty kill were able to kill off the Viper attack. Five minutes into the middle frame Max Newton would go in alone on the breakaway but would be stopped by a huge pad save from Shane Farkas keeping this a one goal game. Vernon didnt seem to have the jump or speed they showed in the 1st period as the Vees slowly come on in the period showing a little more intensity. Penticton who didnt use the body much in the 1st come out checking often in this period. Penticton needed just over six minutes to get their first shot of the period before their hard work would eventually pay off as the Vees would tie the game on a nice three way passing play. Chase Stevenson setup Tak Anholt who fed Jesse Lansdell who found the open net in front tied the game 1-1 at 7:36 Stevenson & Lansdell picked up the helpers. On the next play Vernon would get their third man advantage of the game but again couldnt convert. During a stopage in play the Vipers would switch goaltenders just seconds before the halfway mark of the period. Daniel Toews would replace Vipers starting goaltender Gunner Neilson who gave up one goal on five Penticton shots. With the Vipers still on the powerplay Vernon would move the puck around well had some good looks couldnt capitalize. Just as the powerplay expired Cameron Trott's screened point shot found the back of the net giving Vernon a 2-1 lead at 10:03 Branden Saretsky with the lone assist. Farkas had no chance on the goal would get pulled from the game after giving up Vernon's second goal. Backup Joseph McCleod would finish the game for the Penticton Vees. Farkas gave up two goals on thirty one Viper shots. Just over two minutes later Kaden Black with a wrap around couldnt beat McLeod down low who played the shot well kept this a one goal game. Just a few minutes later Kurt Sonne on an odd man rush come down the right wing through the puck towards the net almost catching Joseph McCleod off guard but the Vees goaltender made a very difficult looking save. McLeod with two big back to back saves kept Penticton in the game. Penticton would get their first man advantage of the evening had some good pressure but couldnt capitalize. The Vees looked to bounce back late in the second half created some chances and played a much better period. Daniel Toews looked very shaky early missing on several Vees shots as the Vipers were lucky those shots missed the net. Penticton would get several shots on Toews from in close but couldnt hit the net. Penticton would tie the game late after Adam Sinclair beat Toews from the slot at 17:16 Nicholas Wilson and Blake Holowaty picked up the assists. It was tied 2-2 after 40 minutes of play. The Vees responded with wich I thought was a much better played period compared to the 1st. I didnt think the Vees looked that great but played much better. The Vipers didnt seem to have the same jump or intensity as they played with in the opening frame. Vernon did have the better of the scoring chances but were also outplayed in their own zone at times through out the second period. Penticton stepped up the physical play laying out several checks. The Vipers outshot the Vees 14-6.
3rd Period: Like the opening period Vernon responded early finding the back of the net. Max Newton setup Branden Saretsky at 1:16 for his third point of the game, gave the Vipers a 3-2 lead. Newton with the lone helper. Chase Moog was slow to get up after taking a hit-coliding with a Vernon player in the Vees end. Moog went back to the Penticton bench and was looked after by the team trainer. Shortly after the Vipers with their fourth powerplay would get their first goal on the man advantage after Jackson Nauss on a nice three way passing play found the back of the net at 2:58 giving Vernon a two goal lead. Logan Geefs and Spencer Stark with the assists. Just over four minutes later Adam Sinclair with his second of the night got the Vees back to within one at 7:20 Blake Holowaty and Nicholas Wilson with the assists. But just over two minutes later the Vipers would regain their two goal lead. Kurt Sonne setup Mackenzie Bauer who from the far corner slid the puck along the ice that looked to just trickle under the pads-body of Joseph McCleod giving Vernon a 5-3 lead at 9:30 Sonne & Alex McGoverin picked up the assists. Both teams defensive play wasnt that strong as both hockey teams looked a little loose in their own end at times. Adam Sinclair who had lots of jump, really showed his speed tonight had two good chances in the final frame for Penticton but couldnt beat Daniel Toews who seemed to calm down and play much better in the third. Toews made atleast two quick glove hand saves in the final frame when the Vees had a little pressure. Not much happened in the final six-seven minutes as it looked like a pond hockey game with not alot of flow. Penticton would get a late powerplay and pull McLeod for the extra attacker. With some pressure late the Vipers were able to hold on for the 5-3 victory. A 2-2 tie heading into the period saw both teams score four goals all within the first ten minutes. The Vipers with two big back to back goals to start the period only allowed one to come away with the win. This was a pretty evenly matched period with both teams getting a few opportunities. Both teams had troubles defensively. Shots were even 10-10.
Top Players: (Vernon)
Chris Harper I thought looked good and played very well on the Vipers backend. Looked more relaxed and confident through out the game. Played well with and without the puck.
Trever Pereverzoff also looked good and played well through out tonight's game. Another d-man that stood out in his own end and on the powerplay.
Jeff Bouchon played with alot of jump and intensity most of the night. Showed his speed and determination through out the contest was really hustling.
Branden Saretsky (1 goal & 2 assists) Also looked good up front for the Vernon Vipers. Showed alot of skill in and around the Vees net.
Mackenzie Bauer (1 goal) Was another Vipers forward that stood out for me this evening. Played with alot of hustle and showed hard work through out the game. Was always buzzing in and around the net.
Max Newton (1 assist) Was stopped on a 2nd period breakaway also looked good up front for the Vipers.
Game Thought's: (Vernon)
The Vipers with sixy five players at Training Camp this weekend went with all prospects tonight as no new recruits or players returning from last year's team were in the lineup. Vernon looked to dress several Junior B type calibre players as the Vipers looked to show alot more skill on the ice tonight. I thought the Vipers looked at their best in the opening period, only scored once but took it too the Vees getting 22 shots on rookie goaltender Shane Farkas. The Vipers showed alot of skill, speed and puck handling-passing plays in the 1st. I liked Vernon's passing tonight and thought the powerplay looked good. Vernon didnt seem to have the jump or intensity they played with in the first twenty minutes but played well for a group who are all playing together in a competitive game for the first time. I thought the Vipers looked and played pretty good for the teams first pre-season game of the year. But remember the Vipers look to have their team already picked with 21 new recruits-players returning from last season. These kids you saw play tonight I dont think will be here next weekend.
Top Players: (Penticton)
Shane Farkas (29 saves) Gave up two goals on thirty one shots played very well between the pipes for the Penticton Vees tonight. Farkas was very good in a period and a half before giving up his duties to backup Joseph McCleod.
Austin Cho I thought was Penticton's best defenceman. Made a strong defensive play in the 1st period to breakup a breakaway on Vipers forward Jeff Bouchon. Cho played very well through out the game.
Adam Sinclair (2 goals) Showed off his speed, this kid was really flying tonight. Had a few good opportunities in the third played well.
Raphael Bassot looked good and played well in the first and parts of the 2nd period but I didnt notice the rookie forward much at all in the third period.
Game Thought's: (Penticton)
The Penticton Vees went with all young prospects for tonight's matchup as no new recruits or veteran players from last years team were in the lineup and it showed. The Vees were outplayed pretty good in the 1st period outshot 22-3 but on the good side only gave up a single goal. Penticton who played most of the first period in their own end had all kinds of troubles getting through the neutral zone and getting any kind of offence in the Vipers zone. The Vees needed fifteen minutes to record their first shot of the game and in all three periods went several minutes off the start of the period to get a shot on goal. As the game went on I thought the Vees improved a little but you could see the Vipers had more skill, speed and older players in the lineup. I liked Penticton's goaltending. I dont know how many kids the Vees have in Camp but you can bet the Vees roster is getting close to the final 22 players and you wont see any of these kids from tonight's game next weekend.
1st Star: Branden Saretsky (1 goal & 2 assists)
2nd Star: Adam Sinclair (2 goals)
3rd Star: Logan Geefs (2 assists)
Here is a look at both teams rosters-lineups from tonight
For more on tonight's game visit Fraser Rodgers Penticton Vees blog,