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 as Salmon Arm defeated Vernon 3-2 at the Shaw Centre.
Vernon: Jarrod Schamerhorn
Salmon Arm: Zach Dyment
1st Period: Both teams seemed to take the first few minutes to feel one another out before the Silverbacks got the early jump on the visiting Vernon Vipers. Salmon Arm with some good early pressure had the early jump on the Vipers outshooting Vernon 5-1 at one point. Jarrod Schamerhorn made a nice save off Thomas Plese. Vernon needed almost four minutes to get their first shot of the night. Cam Coutre had a great opportunity was alone at the side of the net looked to have Schamerhorn beat but fired high and over the goal. The Backs carried the edge in play early couldnt capitalize on two good chances. Vernon with several turnovers in their own end had all kinds of trouble getting the puck out of their own zone. Both teams with a few good hits in the opening period. It took the Vipers about seven minutes to get going and then Vernon seemed to slowly take over the play. Chris Harpur's point shot was redirected in front by Matthew Jallabert that just went wide of the goal. The Vipers now with some good pressure were buzzing in the Silverbacks zone seemed to get their game going. The shots were now 9-5 at this point favoring the Vipers. Vernon would get the games first powerplay but unable to capitalize. Karl El-Mir would get a parcial breakaway but miss the net. The Vipers would open the scoring after Thomas Aldworth setup Kenny Citron pinching in from the point, Citron's low shot beat Zach Dyment fivehole giving Vernon the 1-0 lead at 14:13 Aldworth with the lone assist. The Vipers had a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play. The Backs carried the edge in play early, had two good scoring chances before the Vipers battled back and carried the better of the play in the second half. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 12-6.
2nd Period: The Silverbacks got off to a good start before getting their first powerplay of the night. Moving the puck around Salmon Arm had lots of pressure with the man advantage as Vipers starting goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn had to be sharp making some key saves as the Vernon penalty kill was caught on the ice for the first minute and a half of the PP. The Backs couldnt capitalize with the man advantage but gained alot of momentum from the powerplay. Salmon Arm kept coming in waves as it was all Silverbacks for most of the period. Schamerhorn was keeping the Vipers in the hockey game at this point as Vernon couldnt get much of anything going. The Vipers with just one shot in the first sixteen minutes. Cam Coutre was robbed by Jarrod Scamerhorn who come across the crease to make a big save keeping this a 1-0 Vernon lead. Chris Harpur lost an edge allowing Steven Jandric to go in alone for the breakaway before missing the net. Liam Feeney with a rocket of a shot from just over the blueline beat Dyment but hit the crossbar. Tempers heated up in the middle frame as several scrums formed after a stopage in play as several pushing and shoving went on. The Vipers couldnt get anything through the neutral zone and were being outhit most of the period. Salmon Arm generated several good opportunities couldnt finish. The Silverbacks missed two glorious chances in close couldnt hit the net as the Backs didnt get any bounces this period. The Vipers would finally mount some pressure late in the final minute and a half. Ayden MacDonald with a wrap around with twelve seconds remaining couldnt get the puck through Zach Dyment was was an "AP" with the Vipers last season. Vernon was hanging on and managed to excape the 2nd period with a 1-0 lead after 40 minutes of play. The Vipers didnt look good were outplayed most of the period. Vernon with just one shot in the first few minutes recorded their final three shots of the period in the final two minutes. Salmon Arm with several opportunities dominated the play but couldnt capitalize. Jarrod Scahmerhorn was solid giving his team a chance to win. The Silverbacks outshot the Vipers 15-4.
3rd Period: The Silverbacks started the 3rd period with Kyle Michalovsky between the pipes after Zach Dyment allowed one goal on sixteen Viper shots through two periods of play. Just a minute into the final frame the Silverbacks would tie the game at one. Nick Josephs who attended the Vipers training camp last year beat Jarrod Scahmerhorn from the circle with a quick low shot along the ice. Schamerhorn looked puzzled to see the goal light come on as the Backs tied the game at 1:00 Karl El-Mir collected the helper. Once again the Silverbacks with another strong start to the period took it to Vernon early and often. The Vipers would get their second shot with the man advantage early after David Storey was being called for a delayed penalty. On the play Riley Brandt went after Storey as the two dropped the mits in the lone fight of the game. Both Brandt and Storey were tossed from the game. Vernon couldnt get much going with the PP would finish 0-2 with the man advantage. Anthony Siderio would get a great chance after going in for the breakaway but couldnt beat Schamerhorn who made a nice save down low keeping this a tied game. Salmon Arm would get their second powerplay of the evening but like Vernon couldnt capitalize. Vernon's only real great opportunity came after Thomas Aldworth setup a wide open Branden Wagner who was alone in the slot, Wagner didnt look to get off a great shot but still couldnt beat Kyle Michalovsky who just got a peice of it with his glove making a tough save. The Backs would get two pretty quick back to back goals to jump out to a 3-1 lead. Nick Josephs went through three Vernon players before feeding Anthony Siderio on a nice tic tac toe passing play giving Salmon Arm a 2-1 lead at 13:04 Josephs with the lone assist. Off the next rush Siderio would come right back with a great chance in front couldnt beat Schamerhorn for his second of the night. Just under two minutes later defenceman Phil Middleton beat Jarrod Schamerhorn at 14:53 giving the Backs a two goal lead. Bryden Marsh with the assist. For the second straight period the Vipers with not alot of shots or offence didnt generate much in the third. Just over a minute later the Vipers on a three on one would get to within a goal after Thomas Aldworth found the back of the cage cutting the Backs lead to 3-2 at 16:19 Liam Coughlin & Luke Voltin picked up the assists. With time running down the Vipers couldnt get out of their own end, the Silverbacks with a strong forecheck were ontop of Vernon's defenders most of the night. The Vipers finally were able to get Jarrod Schamerhorn to the bench with only seventeen seconds to go. Vernon with one last crack would get a late faceoff deep in the Silverbacks zone with eight seconds remaining. The Vipers won the draw were able to get the puck back to the point for two final shots at the net but the puck didnt get through before the final buzzer as Salmon Arm come away with a hard fought 3-2 victory. A huge scrum formed inbehind the Backs net at the buzzer as both teams started exchanging words-pushing and shoving before it was quickly broken up. Just like the 2nd period it was all Backs. The Silverbacks carried most of the play and dominated the boards and forecheck. The Vipers quit hitting in the final two periods and were outplayed the final fourty minutes. Salmon Arm with three goals in the third outshot Vernon 19-7.
Top Players: (Vernon)
Riley Booth I thought played well on the Vipers backend. Made atleast two big defensive plays to break up a Silverbacks rush. Booth looked confident and steady most of the game.
Jagger Williamson was really skating and working hard all night, not the biggest kid but I thought really battled and competed hard all game.
Thomas Aldworth (1 goal & 1 assist) Was by far Vernon's top player. Very effective all night, plays up the middle but likes to go to the net. A bigger kid sees and reads the ice well. Good skater, makes that first nice pass.
Luke Voltin (1 assist) I thought looked good tonight. Again not the biggest kid but faired well.
Riley Brandt really impressed me tonight, one of the smaller kids that plays big, battles and competes hard all night. Isnt afraid of going up against someone much bigger. Very fiesty, dosnt backdown.
Liam Feeney was another defenceman that I thought held his own tonight, was very good on the blueline. Looked and played with alot of confidence.
Jarrod Schamerhorn (37 saves) Kept the Vipers in the game, especially in the opening few minutes and then during the 2nd and 3rd periods. This game could have been over in the 2nd period after Schamerhorn made some key saves keeping his team in the game. Schamerhorn was acquired from the Merritt Centennials over the summer is big, covers alot of the net, very solid down low, quick and plays his position well. Could give Danny Todosychuk a good run for the #1 job.
Game Thought's: (Vernon)
I thought the Vipers got off to a bit of a slow start but rebounded well as the 1st period went on. Vernon slowly got their game going just before the halfway mark of the opening period carried the play and outplayed the Silverbacks in the second half of the 1st. Outshot 5-1 early the Vipers rallied back outshooting Salmon Arm 12-6 after twenty minutes of play. What happened to that group after the 1st period? The Vipers were outplayed most of the final two periods. Vernon quit hitting, was dominated along the boards, had all kinds of troubles clearing the zone, getting through the neutral zone and containing the Backs forecheck. The Vipers with very little pucks to the net had all kinds of trouble generating offence. Just four shots on goal in the second and only seven in the third. There were a few players I thought looked pretty good during the Vipers Training camp that didnt look that great tonight. A few kids that I didnt really notice during camp stood out tonight. Vernon looks to have gone with a much smaller team compared to last season, It looks like the Vipers have alot of smaller forwards this season. Liam Coughlin who arrived in town this week saw his first action tonight was target #1 for the Silverbacks. It seemed like everytime Coughlin was on the ice the Silverbacks were giving him a slash, a glove to the face, holding his stick, doing just about anything to get the Edmonton Oilers draft pick off his game. I know its only the second game of the pre-season but the Vipers need to improve in alot of areas. With the loss the Vipers fall to 1-1 as the rematch goes tomorrow night in Vernon.
Top Players: (Salmon Arm)
Phil Middleton (1 goal) really caught my eye tonight. The smooth skating defenceman played very well on the Silverbacks backend. Really moved the puck well, saw alot of ice and was very steady on the blueline.
Clive Rozdeba another d-man that looked good and played very well for Salmon Arm.
Karl El-Mir (1 assist) I thought had a good game up front for the Backs. Had atleast two good opportunities was always in and around the net.
Thomas Plese with a few good chances played well in the win.
Nick Josephs (1 goal & 1 assist) also looked up front for the Silverbacks. Played hard most of the night.
Cam Coutre was another kid who caught my eye, seemed to be in and around the net through out the contest.
Anthony Siderio (1 goal) I thought was the Backs best player this evening. A very quick, smooth skater that can really fly. Very hard to check-contain. Really reads and sees the ice well. Could be a very exciting player to watch this season.
Game Thought's: (Salmon Arm)
The Silverbacks improve to 2-0 this pre-season have outscored their opponents 12-4 in both games. Other then a little bit of a let down in the second half of the opening period I thought Salmon Arm looked very good. This is a very big team, that is also a very hard working team. The Backs can move the puck out of their own end in a hurry, have a great breakout. The Silverbacks with a strong forecheck gave the Vipers defence all kinds of troubles in their own end. The Silverbacks carried most of the play through out the game and were very hard and strong on the boards. A strong forecheck forced the Vipers into several turnovers in their own end. The Backs didnt get many bounces tonight missed atleast three open nets could have really put this game away if it wasnt for the play of Jarrod Schamerhorn. Both teams played fairly physical in the first twenty minutes but it was the Silverbacks who were by far the more physical team in the 2nd and 3rd periods. Several scrums in the 2nd and 3rd periods as tempers heated up in the final two periods. After seeing some small crowds in Salmon Arm the last few seasons, I was pretty impressed with the turnout tonight for an Exhibition game. Good on you Salmon Arm!
No scratches or three stars were announced
Here is a look at both team's lineups-rosters from tonight's game
For more on tonight's game visit Ian Douglas's Salmon Arm Silverbacks blog.