Friday, October 3, 2014

Game Preview: Vernon @ Merritt:

Vernon (2-2-0-1) @ Merritt (3-1-0-0) 7:30pm

Tonight is the first of six meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Merritt Centennials. The Vipers went 2-3-1-1 vs Merritt last season.  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:

Sunday, September 28th Langley defeated Vernon 7-4
Saturday, September 27th Merritt defeated Penticton 5-0

Next Game:

Saturday, October 4th Cowichan @ Vernon
Saturday, October 4th Merritt @ West Kelowna

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon is 53-16-3-8 vs. Merritt

Since the 2002-03 season Vernon has outscored Merritt 310-199

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 24-6-1-4 at home vs. Merritt

Since the 2003-04 season Vernon is 23-7-2-5 in Merritt

The Vipers are 4-4-1-1 in their last ten games at home vs. the Centennials

The Vipers are 2-5-2-1 in their last ten games on the road vs. the Centennials

The Vipers are 4-3-1-2 in their last ten games vs. Merritt

The Vipers last win at home vs Merritt was a 4-0 victory back on Friday, November 29th 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 4-3 overtime victory on Friday, November 15th 2013

The Centennials last win at home over Vernon was a 5-1 victory on Saturday, March 1st 2014

The Vipers went 2-3-1-1 vs the Merritt Centennials last season

Lets take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The defending Interior Division Conference Champion Vernon Vipers are making their first of three visits to the Nicola Valley Arena this season.  The Vipers are coming off a 7-4 loss Sunday afternoon to the visiting Langley Rivermen.  After winning two of their first three games Vernon has lost back to back games, were outscored 11-4 in those two losses.  The 5th place Vipers are just a single point up on last place Trail but are only one point back of Merritt and three back of 1st place West Kelowna.  The Vipers will play four of their first six games away from home will begin a four game home stand starting Saturday vs Cowichan.  The Vipers recently acquired defenceman Mark O'Shaughnessy and forward Mitch Friesen earlier this week.  Vernon has gone winless in their last three games in Merrit has just two wins in their last ten games at the Nicola Valley Arena.

Mackenzie Bauer (3-1-4) leads the Vipers in goals with three while Bauer & Anthony Latina (2-2-4) are tied for the team lead in points with four each

-Vipers goaltender Jarrod Schamerhorn played eight games with the Cents last season

Graham Turnbull's Vernon Vipers Venom Blog

Vernon Vipers 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 4
Wins: 2
Losses: 2
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 1
Home Record: 0-2-0-1
Road Record: 2-0-0-0
Goals For: 14
Goals Against: 17
Place: 5th Place
Streak: Two game losing streak

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

TJ Dumonceaux (94)
Danny Todosychuk (94)
Riley Guenther (94)
Kenny Citron (95)
Liam Coughlin (94)

Vernon Vipers Departing & traded players from last years team:

Dexter Dancs (95)
Michael McNicholas (94)
Brett Mulcahy (93)
Demico Hannoun (95)
Jared Wilson (94)
Colton Sparrow (93)
Mason Blacklock (94)
Josh Bryan (93)
Brendan Persley (93)
Logan Mick (96)
Ryan Renz (93)
Michael Statchuk (94)
Tyler Povelofskie (96)
Matty Saharchuk (95)
Austin Smith (93)
Dylan Chanter (95)

Vernon’s Home record vs. Merritt last season:


Vernon’s Road record vs. Merritt last season:


Vernon’s scoring leaders vs. Merritt last season:

Demico Hannoun (2-3-5)
Michael McNicholas (0-4-4)
Colton Sparrow (1-4-5)
Riley Guenther (2-2-4)
Brendan Persley (1-3-4)
Michael Statchuk (0-3-3)
Dexter Dancs (1-2-3)
Josh Bryan (0-3-3)
Liam Coughlin (1-1-2)
Ryan Renz (1-1-2)
Matty Saharchuk (1-1-2)
TJ Dumonceaux (1-1-2)
Mason Blacklock (1-0-1)
Logan Mick (1-0-1)
Brett Mulcahy (1-0-1)

Danny Todosychuk (0-1-1 Record)
Austin Smith (2-2 Record- 1 Shutout)

-Vernon has the leagues 16th best powerplay

-The Vipers have the leagues 13th best penalty kill

Lets take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

The Merritt Centennials are coming off a 5-0 victory over the visiting Penticton Vees Saturday sit in 2nd place tied with Penticton & Salmon Arm are only a single point up on 5th place Vernon and two points back of Division leading West Kelowna. Tonight is the second of a two game home stand for the Centennials before they hit the road for a three game road trip.  The Cents play in West Kelowna tomorrow night.  Merritt comes into tonight riding a two game winning streak has won three of their first four games this season.  The Cents have given up just seven goals this young season are tied with Chilliwack for the least amount of goals against.  The Vipers & Centennials will meet again in three weeks in Vernon.

John Schiavo (4-1-5) leads the Centennials in goals with four while Schiavo & Shane Poulsen (1-4-5) are tied for the team lead in points with five each

-Centennials Head Coach-GM Luke Pierce played his final year of Junior hockey with the Vipers (2003-04)

Merritt Centennials blog,

Merritt Centennials 2014-15 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 4
Wins: 3
Losses: 1
Ties: 0
Overtime Losses: 0
Home Record: 2-0-0-0
Road Record: 1-1-0-0
Goals For: 16
Goals Against: 7
Place: 2nd Place (Tied with Salmon Arm & Penticton)
Streak: Two game winning streak

Merritt Centennials Returning Players:

Shane Poulsen (94)
Diego Cuglietta (95)
Gavin Gould (96)
Sam Johnson (94)
James Neil (95)
Jake Clifford (94)
Daniel Nachbaur (95)
Adam Tracey (95)
Rhett Willcox (96)
Malik Kaila (96)
Devin Oakes (95)

Merritt Centennials Departing & traded players from last years team:

Scott Patterson (93)
Jeff Wight (95)
Sebastien Pare (93)
Jason Bird (93)
Payton Schaefer (93)
Tyler Martin (93)
Dane Birks (95)
Zach Hartley (95)
Wayland Williams (94)
Devin Kero (94)
Jarrod Schamerhorn (95)

Merritt's Home record vs. Vernon last season:


Merritt's Road record vs. Vernon last season:


Merritt's scoring leaders vs. Vernon last season:

Scott Paterson (4-3-7)
Jeff Wight (5-1-6)
Gavin Gould (3-2-5)
Sebastien Pare (0-5-5)
Diego Cuglietta (2-3-5)
Payton Schaefer (3-2-5)
Shane Poulsen (0-3-3)
Adam Tracey (1-2-3)
James Neil (0-3-3)
Jason Bird (0-3-3)
Dane Birks (2-1-3)
Daniel Nachbaur (1-1-2)
Jake Clifford (0-2-2)
Malik Kaila (0-1-1)
Dylan Bowen (0-1-1)
Zach Hartley (0-1-1)
Rhett Willcox (0-1-1)
Sam Johnson (1-0-1)

Devin Kero (2-2-1 Record)
Connor LaCouvee (1-0 Record)
Jarrod Schamerhorn (1-0 Record)

-The Centennials have the leagues 3rd best powerplay

-Merritt has the league's best penalty kill

Here's a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers:

Merritt Centennials:

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