Friday, October 20, 2017

Swetlikoff Earns Invite:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Swetlikoff earns invite

Vernon Vipers forward chosen for Team Canada for World U17 Championships in Dawson Creek

Roger Knox

Fri Oct 20th, 2017

Vernon Vipers rookie forward Alex Swetlikoff will get a taste of international hockey.

Swetlikoff, 16, has been selected to play for Team Canada at the World U17 Championships in Dawson Creek starting Nov. 5.

He is one of 66 players to be chosen and one of just five players from the B.C. Hockey League.

“This is an incredible honour for Alex and what promises to be a great experience,” said Vipers head coach Mark Ferner. “He is very deserving of this and will represent the team and our league very well.”

Swetlikoff. who joins six Yale Academy Prep (Abbotsford) teammates on the Team, has committed to the University of Denver Pioneers for the 2018-19 season. He pocketed 19 goals and 45 points with Yale last year and credits a serious summer training regiment for helping his cause.

“I sacrificed a lot in the summer,” said Swetlikoff. “I was in the gym almost every day and I was skating every second day on the Westside with pros. That really helps because they push the pace and you have to go hard to keep up. At the camp, I feel I competed hard and skated hard. I had good endurance.”

The 66 players will be divided into three teams representing Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White when they compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the U.S.

Swetlikoff, from Kelowna, has two goals and five points in 13 games with the Vipers.

Victoria Grizzlies forward Alex Newhook and Grizzlies d-man Jason Alexander, Penticton Vees F Massimo Rizzo and Vees D Luke Reid and Chilliwack Chiefs forward Harrison Blaisdell will also represent the BCHL.

The players chosen to compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge were selected by Brad McEwen, Hockey Canada’s head scout, in consultation with U17 POE management group lead Steve Staios, along with regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Barclay Parneta (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).

The tournament opens Nov. 5 at the Encana Events Centre in an all-Canadian affair as last year’s silver medallist, Team Canada Black, takes on Team Canada White.

Meanwhile, the Vipers entertain the Surrey Eagles Saturday, 6 p.m. before facing the Smoke Eaters in a Sunday matinee in Trail. The Vipers share the Interior Division penthouse with the West Kelowna Warriors, one point ahead of the Smokies.

The Langley Rivermen upset the Vees 3-2 before 2,820 fans Wednesday night at the South Okanagan Events Centre. It was the Vees’ first loss of the season. Chilliwack grounded the Merritt Centennials 4-2 in the other Wednesday game.

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks shaded the Wenatchee Wild 3-2, while West Kelowna upended the Rivermen 5-2 in Tuesday action.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Beast Re-Sign Ex Viper Marino:

The East Coast Hockey League Brampton Beast have re-signed former Vernon Vipers forward Brandon Marino.

Marino is in his second season with the Beast. In 72 games last year with Brampton Marino picked up (20-goals-52-assists-72-points). In 3 games this season Marion has (4-goals-1-assist-5-points).

After four years with Bemidji State University Marino has spent the past nine seasons playing in five different leagues (IHL, CHL, ECHL, AHL & EBEL) with six different teams (Quad City, Fort Wayne, Norfolk, Szekesfehervar, Utica & Brampton).

Marino played two games with the 2002-2003 Vernon Vipers.

Brandon Marino's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=39227

This was posted on the Beast website:

Beast Captain and All-Time Leading Scorer Marino Back in Brampton for 2017-18

08/03/2017

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO – The Brampton Beast, ECHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, are proud to announce that longtime captain and all-time franchise points leader Brandon Marino has signed a Standard Player Contract to return to the club for the 2017-18 ECHL season.

Marino, a Riverside, California native, is coming off another sensational year in the ECHL. In 72 games played with the Beast, Marino reached the 20-goal plateau for the third time in his ECHL career, netting 20 goals while adding a sizzling 52 helpers for 72 points in 72 games.

The 5’9” winger enters the new season as the club’s all-time points and assists leader and will be looking to pad those numbers when the season opens for Brampton on October 14 in Adirondack.

Marino became the club’s all-time points leader in a contest against the Orlando Solar Bears at the Powerade Centre on March 23, recording an assist on Connor Crisp’s goal for his 101st point in a Beast uniform, one more than reigning points leader Jason Pitton.

The Beast captain was instrumental in the club’s success in their inaugural run through the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Playoffs last season. In a decisive Game Six against the Reading Royals in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Marino let his leadership do the talking as he put the team on his back with two goals in the third period to lead Brampton to a 3-1 victory and their first ever playoff series victory.

Marino will once again bring immense leadership and pedigree to the Beast lineup. Prior to joining the Beast, Marino found himself atop the ECHL’s scoring race in 2013-14 as a member of the Fort Wayne Komets, putting up 30 goals and 58 assists for 88 points.
Coming off another, solid point-per-game season, Marino is excited to see the Beast take the next step next season and build off a successful 2016-17 ECHL campaign.

“I’m extremely excited to be back,” Marino said.

“We had a big turnaround last year from the previous seasons and I’m looking forward to building off of that. We have established a solid group and a good gameplan for where we want to be and how we want to play hockey. We have some key guys coming back that know the system and hopefully we will be bringing in some new guys that are going to adjust well. I’m just looking forward to getting going. You always think your team is going to be great at the start, so I’m excited to put it to the test and see how we do.

Beast Head Coach Colin Chaulk has relied upon the veteran Marino for leadership, poise and production and has no reason to believe things will be any different for his captain in 2017-18.

“Brandon Marino does it all,” Chaulk said.

“He’s the kind of guy who plays the right way, eats the right way and lives the right way. He is the model of a Brampton Beast player. He is our captain because he believes the team has to succeed before the individual player.”

Marino has been a point-per-game player in each of his four ECHL seasons spanning 255 regular season games with the Beast and the Fort Wayne Komets from the 2012-13 season to present day and Beast President and General Manager is thrilled to bring Marino’s stability and leadership back to Brampton’s locker room for another season.

"Brandon is simply the most consistent player that has ever played for the Beast,” Kaplan said. “He is an elite ECHL player and as we retool for the upcoming season, our goal remains for Brandon to captain the Beast to a Kelly Cup Championship"

Former Vernon Laker Poeschek On Crime Stoppers Most Wanted List:

Former Vernon Lakers forward Rudy Poeschek is on the Kamloops Crime Stoppers most-wanted list for breaching probation.

Poeschek was wanted on a warrant after missing a court date in June was facing a new charge. Poeschek has been on the lam since no-showing in Kamloops provincial court on June 2 for what would have been his trial on an allegation he breached his probation. A warrant for his arrest was issued and he has since been charged with one count of failing to appear in court.

Poeschek played one season in Vernon with the 1982-83 Vernon Lakers collecting (4-goals-10-assists-14-points) before leaving for the Western Hockey League.

Poeschek was drafted 238th overall by the New York Rangers in Round 12 of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. Poeschek played eleven seasons in the National Hockey League with four different teams (New York Rangers, Winnipeg, Tampa Bay & St. Louis).

Rudy Poeschek's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=70104

This was on Tim Petruk's twitter account:

Tim Petruk‏
@timpetruk

Aug 30, 2017

Former NHL enforcer Rudy Poeschek, who probably has CTE, is on this week's Kamloops Crime Stoppers most-wanted list for breaching probation

BCHL Report:

This is posted on the Junior hockey.ca website:

DAILY DISH: BCHL REPORT - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 17 Oct 2017

By: Stephen Heisler  |  Web site: JuniorHockey.com

The BCHL Report is a weekly look at Canada’s British Columbia Hockey League. The BCHL Insider is exactly that...a coach, or employee, with incredible insight into the league.

ISLAND

Powell River (8-3-1-0) – Head Coach Kent Lewis’ Kings pulled all the stops in Friday’s 5-1 win at Chilliwack. Unfortunately, the Kings only managed a single goal in two losses at Vernon and Trail. Prince George and Coquitlam visit this week. BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  Getting back home is just what the doctor ordered for the Kings. It'll be Sweep City at the Hap.

Victoria (7-6-0-0) – Craig Didmon’s Grizzlies dropped all three games of their road trip last week, something I’m sure the coach is not too happy about. The Bulldogs and Express visit Wednesday and Friday. BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  The Grizz fortunes are about to turn, home cookin' equals wins this week.

Alberni Valley (5-5-1-1) – Matt Hughes’ Bulldogs are back to .500 after a successful weekend sweep of Cowichan Valley. The Bulldogs tangle with Grizzlies on the road tomorrow night and at home Sunday. Prince George visits Saturday. BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  Beating Cowichan gave the Dogs a false sense of security. Victoria and PG will give them a quick wake up call.

Nanaimo (5-7-0-1) – Head Coach Mike Vandekamp’s team was clipped at Vernon, Salmon Arm, and West Kelowna over the weekend. Regardless of that outcome, Nanaimo has a good chance of getting back up and over the .500 mark this week with Coquitlam, Prince George, and Victoria all visiting Frank Crane Arena. BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  The Clippers may have gotten a spanking last weekend but they'll straighten up the ship and regroup soon.

Cowichan Valley (1-9-2-0) – Losing both ends of the weekend home-and-home set with Alberni Valley will always leave a bad taste in the mouths of any Capitals team, and this year’s edition is no exception. I’m afraid the Caps’ woes will continue this week with visits to Trail, West Kelowna, and
Langley. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: There's not a lot to look forward to this week for the Caps. Except lots of miles and no points.

INTERIOR

Vernon (9-3-0-2) – Vipers’ Head Coach Mark Ferner could be content with picking up two of a possible three wins on the weekend; that’s just not Ferner’s style. Expect Vernon to be rockin’ this week against Surrey and Trail. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The Vipers are playing well and if they stay focused, can add to their division lead.

Trail (9-3-1-0) – Head Coach Cam Keith’s Smoke Eaters continue to keep the local supporters engaged with an exciting brand of hockey. Weekend home wins over both Victoria and Powell River certainly enhanced that enthusiasm. Cowichan Valley and Vernon visit this week. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The challenge for Trail is they'll have opposite ends of the spectrum to deal with. They'll need to refocus between games.

West Kelowna (9-4-0-0) – Coach Rylan Ferster’s Warriors went 1-1 over the weekend. The Warriors host Langley tonight and visit Salmon Arm on Sunday. BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  The Warriors are shaping up to be a legitimate contender in a tough division. They have a good chance to win both games.

Penticton (8-0-0-1) – Head Coach Fred Harbinson’s Vees are unbeaten in a league-least nine games played. Weekend wins over both Merritt and Victoria were both solid. Langley visits tomorrow with Merritt in on Friday. The big challenge to the unbeaten start will come Saturday night at Wenatchee. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Merritt had the Vees on the ropes and let them off the hook. Three games this week will test Penticton.

Wenatchee (7-4-0-1) – Head Coach Bliss Littler and the Wild were set up last week. Home Wednesday (3-2 win over Vernon) and away Friday (4-2 win at West Kelowna) makes it difficult to be at 100% for a Saturday night game against any team in the league. That excuse gets tossed out the window considering Merritt played nearly the exact same schedule…and beat Wenatchee 3-2 despite getting outshot 47-20. The Wild are at Salmon Arm tonight and host both Surrey and Penticton this weekend. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: Wenatchee gets back to back home games for the first time this season. Saturday vs Penticton is must-see stuff.

Salmon Arm (6-6-0-0) – Head Coach Scott Atkinson’s Silverbacks are winning and now back to .500. That’s good news for Salmon Arm fans. Wenatchee visits tonight before a trio of games this weekend. The boys are in Chilliwack Friday before hosting Merritt and West Kelowna Saturday and Sunday. BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  The Silverbacks are determined to make a push this season. Tough schedule this week but they'll pull a couple of points out of it.

Merritt (4-7-2-0) – Head Coach Joe Martin’s Cents got something they can build off of; the win at Wenatchee was epic and unexpected. Chilliwack visits tomorrow night before Merritt goes to Penticton and Salmon Arm this weekend. Yep, that’s big boy hockey. BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  The Cents need to find some depth if they want to sustain any pressure in a tough division. They're good enough to win some games but are they content with that?

MAINLAND

Prince George (7-4-2-1)
– Head Coach Adam Maglio’s Spruce Kings dropped the first two of eight straight road games last week. The bus moves to Powell River, Alberni Valley, and Nanaimo this week. Do you think PG will still be sitting atop the division at the end of the month? BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  The road will take its toll on PG but they'll still be one of the top two teams in their division.

Langley (5-2-6-0) – Head Coach Bobby Henderson’s Rivermen are closing in on first place for the first time since…? Losing to Coquitlam was far from pretty but the overtime win over PG moved Langley within a weekend of the top spot in the division. That in itself IS noteworthy. Langley is in West Kelowna tonight, Penticton tomorrow, and Chilliwack on Saturday. BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  Langley will take a beating this week and may lose the precious ground they gained. They'll fall to third  before they ever see first.

Chilliwack (5-6-1-1) – Head Coach Jason Tatarnic’s Chiefs just got a glimpse of what happens after a 5-1 loss at home (3,188 in attendance). That loss was so frustrating that nearly 1,500 fans decided to do something else on Saturday night…a big 7-1 win over Coquitlam. Chilliwack is at Merritt tomorrow night before hosting Salmon Arm and Langley this weekend. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The Chiefs have the resources to fix what's broken. Plus they're in a division that offers them plenty of opportunity to rack up wins.

Surrey (5-7-1-1) – Brandon West’s Eagles nudged even closer to the elusive .500 mark after going 2-1 last week, Climbing up and over that mark will be a challenge with visits to Wenatchee and Vernon this week. BCHL INSIDER SAYS:  Surrey has some occasional lightning in a bottle at home but they're biting off a big chunk this week.  They'll be lucky to squeeze a point from this trip.

Coquitlam (3-9-1-1) – Barry Wolf’s Express are a better team than last season, despite how bad things looked Saturday night at Chilliwack. It won’t get any easier this week with visits to Victoria, Nanaimo, and Powell River on the schedule. BCHL INSIDER SAYS: The Express should focus on Nanaimo because that's their best chance at stealing a point this week.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ex Viper McNicholas Named Hockey East Player Of The Week:

Former Vernon Vipers forward Michael McNicholas was named the Hockey East Player of the Week.

McNicholas is in his fourth season at the University of New Hampshire. McNicholas played one season in Vernon (2013-14). The Vipers traded Aaron Hadley to Nanaimo for future considerations (Michael McNicholas & Jordan Klimek) on January 10th 2013. In 56 games with the Vipers McNicholas collected (23-goals-46-assists-69-points) scored one of the biggest goals in recent Vipers history, after scoring the overtime winner in Game 7 of the Interior Division Finals vs Penticton in 2014.

Michael McNicholas's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=109871

This is posted on the Hockey East website:

Hockey East Player of the Week Michael McNicholas of New Hampshire

Monday, October 16, 2017

Michael McNicholas (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) racked up five points (1g, 4a) on the weekend to help New Hampshire improved to 4-0-0 on the year as the Wildcats swept a two-game set with Colgate. He posted two assists on Friday in the 5-0 victory, while he had one goal and two assists on Saturday in the 5-3 win.

Swetlikoff Named To Team Canada World U-17:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Swetlikoff to Team Canada

October 18, 2017

by todd

Recent News

The Vernon Vipers are pleased to announce that Rookie Forward Alex Swetlikoff (Kelowna BC) has been selected to play for Team Canada at the World U-17 Championships in Dawson Creek starting November 5.

Swetlikoff is one of 66 players to be chosen and one of just 5 players from the BCHL.

Head Coach Mark Ferner is thrilled for his young rookie.  “This is an incredible honour for Alex and what promises to be a great experience.  He is very deserving of this and will represent the team and our league very well.”

The 66 players will be divided into three teams representing Team Canada Black, Team Canada Red, and Team Canada White when they compete against the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the United States in their quest for a gold medal.

In July, 111 players were invited to the week-long national under-17 development camp, marking the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. The players chosen to compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge were selected by Brad McEwen (Whitewood, Sask.),

Hockey Canada’s head scout, in consultation with U17 POE management group lead Steve Staios (Hamilton, Ont./Hamilton, OHL), along with regional scouts Carl Bouchard (Quebec), Barclay Branch (Ontario), Barclay Parneta (West), Kevin Mitchell (Atlantic), and Darrell Woodley (Ontario).

“There is a strong, talented, and skilled group of players to choose from and we feel the 66 we have selected are a great representation of the depth of Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence,” said McEwen. “These young men have demonstrated an ability to learn, grow, and develop while giving Canada the best chance at bringing home gold on Canadian ice.”

The tournament opens Nov. 5 at the Encana Events Centre in an all-Canadian affair as last year’s silver-medallist, Team Canada Black, takes on Team Canada White at 2:30 p.m. MT (4:30 p.m. ET). The opening day concludes with Sweden facing Russia at North Peace Arena in Fort St. John.

TSN and RDS, the official broadcasters for Hockey Canada, will air one semifinal and the bronze- and gold-medal games; please check local listings for details.

For more information you can visit the Hockey Canada website at https://www.hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/national-championships/men/world-u17/2017

Taylor Fuels Vipers Drive:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Taylor fuels Vipers drive

Vernon sits alone in first place

Kevin Mitchell 

Wed Oct 18th, 2017

Jimmy Lambert is checking out the Ohio State Buckeyes campus. Josh Prokop is touring the UConn campus Huskies today and the Quinnipiac Bobcats Wednesday before visiting three more NCAA schools next week.

Those two starry Vernon Viper forwards are expected to commit to Division 1 universities soon. You can count on goalie Ty Taylor to earn some flydowns pretty quick here.

Taylor, a towering 18-year-old out of Richmond, garnered first star with a stellar 35-save showing as the Vipers shut down the Powell River Kings 2-0 in B.C. Hockey League play before 1,714 fans Saturday night at Kal Tire Place.

Taylor, also named first star in a 4-1 win over the Nanaimo Clippers Friday night, is undefeated with six wins and two ties. He has a 1.80 GAA and a .935 save percentage.

“He’s coming now,” said Vernon captain Jagger Williamson, of the sophomore net detective who was rated by NHL Central Scouting Bureau a year ago. “That’s what we expect out of him; he’s a hell of a goalie. Those saves we need and to back us up in two wins like that and put up a zero, it’s confidence and that’s what he needs so it’s good.”

Taylor, who was wooed hard by the WHL Prince George Cougars last summer, says he feels in a zone while being well prepared for each outing.

“I feel good in there and I feel like I give our team a chance to win every game. This is a fun team to play on and they’ve really been helping me lots. I guess a year in the league helps me too.”

Rookie defenceman Jack Judson converted 18 seconds into a Kevin Obssuth minor penalty at 8:02 of the second period Saturday. Judson fired a wrister past net detective Mitch Adamyk from the right slot after a feed by Williamson. Tanner Wishnowski drew the secondary assist on Judson’s fifth.

Brett Stapley added security nine minutes later on a bizarre play where he and a few others ended up inside the Powell River net alongside Adamyk, with the puck over the line. Stapley was being held by Nathan Kelly and there was a delayed penalty call.

“I went down to kind of just block him (Stapley) from coming in,” said Adamyk, the No. 3 goalie in the league ahead of Taylor. “I felt like he ran into me and the puck went in and I felt it was goalie interference but I guess the ref saw it otherwise. I wasn’t too happy.”

Adamyk, who recorded 34 saves for third star, shot the puck into the crowd to show his disapproval of the call.

Williamson earned the Fortis Energy Player of the Game, while Stapley was second star.

The Kings pulled Adamyk for a sixth attacker in the final 90 seconds and Connor Marritt of Vernon in the penalty box. The Vipers played a four-man box beautifully, getting one huge shot block by d-man Sol Seibel on a howitzer from Carmine Buono at the left point.

The Vipers had the best chances in the opening 20 with Keyvan Mokhtari getting beat by Adamyk on a backhand and their fourth line of Coleton Bilodeau, Marritt and Adam Panacci applying solid pressure.

Lambert struck the crossbar from the deep slot on a powerplay midway through the third stanza, while Adamyk delivered a fabulous pad save off Stapley on a late powerplay.

Vernon was without F Jesse Lansdell (third game of four-game suspension), F Niko Karamanis (mild concussion) and F Finn Evans (left team for personal reasons). The Vipers lead the Interior Division at 9-3-0-2, one point in front of the Trail Smoke Eaters and two ahead of the West Kelowna Warriors.

“I thought the weekend was awesome,” said Williamson. “Obviously, Wednesday (loss in Wenatchee) wasn’t the effort we wanted and we responded really good against two tough teams. We played a full 60 minutes in both games and we’re gonna think of next weekend coming up.”

The fast, physical and hard forechecking-Kings shaded the Vipers 2-1 at the Bauer Showcase in Chilliwack last month.

Adamyk, a Corey Crawford fan out of Manitoba, felt the Kings lacked an offensive push and lost too many battles along the sidewalls on an off night.

“They’re (Vipers) very good defensively. They kind of clog up the middle and do a good job of pushing you to the outside. They have some firepower on the front end to put pucks in the net.”

Vernon hosts the Surrey Eagles Saturday (6:00) and visit the Smokies Sunday at 3 p.m.

Powell River, who occupy the Island Division penthouse at 8-3-1, lost 2-1 to the Trail Smoke Eaters in a Sunday matinee.

SNAKE BITES: The Smokies added 19-year-old D Trevor Zins to their roster Monday. Zins played the past two seasons with the USHL’s Cedar Rapids Roughriders. The six-footer is a commit of UMass-Lowell. The Smokies released D Karsten Jang and Olson Werenka and traded F Corbyn Chabot to the Drayton Valley Thunder of the AJHL for future considerations. Vernon’s Blaine Caton has 5-7-12 with Trail.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Flames Assign Former Viper Pelley To American Hockey League:

The Calgary Flames have assigned former Vernon Vipers forward
Rod Pelley to the American Hockey League Stockton Heat.

The Flames invited Pelley to training camp September 13th 2017.

Pelley has spent the past four seasons as captain with the American Hockey League (AHL) Albany Devils.

On January 23 2017 the first 1,500 fans at the Albany Devils home game received a Rod Pelley bobblehead before the game.

http://www.thealbanydevils.com/jan-23-rod-pelley-bobblehead-enter-to-win/

After four years at Ohio State University Pelley signed a two year entry-level contract with the New Jersey Devils. Pelley would spend five years (2006-2011) with the New Jersey Devils and Lowell Devils before being traded to the Anaheim Ducks in 2011. Pelley has played five seasons in the NHL with New Jersey & Anaheim. In 71 games last season with the Devils Pelley collected (6-goals-7-assists-13-points). Pelley will enter this season his fourth season as captain with Albany.

Pelley played parts of one season in Vernon (2001-2002) On January 10th 2001 the Vipers traded Mark Nelson & Tyler Scofield to Prince George for Josh Ciocco, Rod Pelley & Dan Rossi. Pelley played in 19 regular season games with the Vipers collecting (10-goals-8-assists-18-points).

Rod Pelley's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=11019

This was posted on the Flames website:

FLAMES REDUCE ROSTER BY 21

47 players remain at training camp

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

September 19th, 2017

The Calgary Flames announced today that they have assigned six players to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Stockton Heat: Kayle Doetzel (RD), Brett Findlay (C), Mason McDonald (G), Rod Pelley (C), Hunter Smith (RW) and Oleg Yevenko (LD).

The Flames also announced that they have assigned the following ten players to their respective junior clubs: Sam Dove-McFalls (Saint John/QMJHL), Zach Fischer (Medicine Hat/WHL), Glenn Gawdin (Swift Current/WHL), Ben Hawerchuk (Barrie/OHL), Tyson Helgesen (Spokane/WHL), Brad Morrison (Vancouver/WHL), Matthew Phillips (Victoria/WHL), Mark Rassell (Medicine Hat/WHL), Adam Ruzicka (Sarnia/OHL) and Nick Schneider (Calgary/WHL).

The Flames have released the following five players who have been invited to Stockton's training camp : Joel Lowry (LW), Daniel Maggio (RD), Dylan Olsen (LD), Sam Ruopp (LD) and Cliff Watson (LD).

Calgary has 47 players remaining at training camp (5x goalies, 14x defencemen, 28x forwards).

Arizona Coyotes Release Ex Vernon Viper Strachan:

The Arizona Coyotes have released former Vernon Vipers defenceman
Tyson Strachan.

The Coyotes invited Strachan to training camp September 7th 2017.

Strachan played last season with the American Hockey League Rochester Americans.

After four years at Ohio State University Strachan has played the past ten seasons with twelve teams in three leagues (Albany River Rats, Las Vegas Wranglers, Peoria Rivermen, St. Louis Blues, Florida Panthers, San Antonio Rampage, Washington Capitals, Hershey Bears, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, Iowa Wild & Rochester Americans).

Strachan played one season in Vernon (2002-03) collecting (6-goals-22-assists-28-points) in 56 regular season games with the Vipers.

Strachan was drafted by Carolina in the 5th Round (137th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Tyson Strachan's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=15420

This was posted on the Coyotes website:

Coyotes Reduce Training Camp Roster By 11 Players

by Arizona Coyotes @ArizonaCoyotes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Sunday, September 24, 2017

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have assigned the following nine players to the Tucson Roadrunners, the club's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate.

Player-Position-Team-League

Kyle Capobianco-Defense-Tucson-AHL
Dysin Mayo-Defense-Tucson-AHL
Jalen Smereck-Defense-Tucson-AHL
Joel Hanley-Defense-Tucson-AHL
Lane Pederson-Center-Tucson-AHL
Michael Sislo Right Wing-Tucson-AHL
Jens Looke Right Wing-Tucson-AHL
Conor Garland Right Wing-Tucson-AHL
Michael Bunting Left Wing-Tucson-AHL

In addition, the Coyotes assigned defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph to his junior club, Charlottetown (QMJHL).

The Coyotes have also released defenseman Tyson Strachan from his professional tryout agreement.

The Coyotes now have 37 players remaining in training camp.

BCHL Logos Ranked 1-17

This was posted on Hockeytube.net

BCHL Logos Ranked 1-17

August 6, 2017 HockeyTube

BCHL Logos Ranked 1-17 – Youtube Channel Post2Post runs down their favourite logos from the BCHL Junior A hockey league located in British Columbia. Interesting to get an out of market opinion on each team’s branding. From the Cowichan Valley Capitals take on the NHL logo to the Vernon Viper or should we say Cobra looking logo all the way to the fired up Surrey Eagle. Check out what they had to say about each team’s logos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yuw58otFjCY

Monday, October 16, 2017

All Junior League Rankings:

This was posted on Juniorhockey.ca

DAILY DISH: ALL JUNIOR LEAGUE RANKINGS - Junior Hockey News

Published: Friday, 16 Jun 2017

By: Stephen Heisler  |  Web site: JuniorHockey.com

What Leagues Offer the Best Developmental Opportunities?

A thought provoking Dish to send the masses into a frenzy while I’m motoring my way across the country to Las Vegas? What was I thinking?

There is much more to gauging a developmental opportunity than college commitments. Let’s face it, the year is 2017, colleges are very tuned into the junior level of play and WILL get their man. That player could be skating at Warroad High School, with the Flin Flon Bombers, or even the Boston Junior Bruins, it does not matter anymore. Besides, the advisors are the ones that are supposed to be in constant contact with the target schools for each player.

MAJOR JUNIOR


Obviously, the major junior level of play is at the top of the developmental food chain but not the best bet for college bound hockey players.

1- Western Hockey League
2- Ontario Hockey League
3- Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

FREE-2-PLAY / TIER I & II

I’ve never been too worried about what other folks think and please understand that this ranking is based purely on the developmental experiences the league has a history of delivering. Some of these leagues do have a minimal fee, but are still listed as Tier II as part of the Canadian Junior Hockey League system.

1- United States Hockey League: The USHL is dialed in and the undisputed king of pre-collegiate level of play.

2 (tie) - North American Hockey League: The NAHL has made tremendous progress as a developmental element. There are some great teachers of the game in this league while leadership continues to address competitive balance. I love where the league is going and full of confidence in their future.

2 (tie) - British Columbia Hockey League: There are two BCHL’s, one with the have’s and the other with the have-not’s. It’s sad really and I would not be surprised to see the league go through a period of contraction as a few weaker markets find their way to a level of competition that fits their economic realities.

4 – Alberta Junior Hockey League: Despite popular opinion, the Brooks Bandits do have competition within the league. The AJHL has proven to be an incredible producer of talent and we don’t see that changing anytime soon.

5 – Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League: I’m a believer. Like the BCHL and AJHL, the SJHL offers an incredible experience while delivering on the promise of development. It’s a more physical league with overall team speed to match.

6 – Central Canadian Hockey League: One of the first CJHL leagues to establish a low league fee for players and now we are beginning to see the effects. It’s still a great hockey league with excellent support in almost every market.

7 (tie) - Ontario Junior Hockey League: So a team from the OJ won the Royal Bank Cup, so why so far down the list? Loading up with 20 year-olds does not impress me.

7 (tie) – United States Premier Hockey League NCDC: When it’s all said and done, at the end of the season, we will know exactly what it costs to play for free in the NCDC. In my opinion, the NCDC is junior hockey’s version of a Ponzi scheme. “Join the USPHL and you too could make your way up to the top and free-2-play hockey!” The funny thing is, I’m still trying to wrap my head around how the Boston boys managed to talk the rest of the USPHL into paying for their tuition-free division. Ingenious! Why #7? The old USPHL Premier (EJHL?) was pretty good hockey. This NCDC now has unlimited imports and I’m certain the big boys won’t be able to resist giving away the farm to recruit top Euros to the league. So much for the rest of the USPHL players getting their chance to move up.

9 (tie) – Maritimes Hockey League: This is a solid league with a reputation for churning out skilled and hard-nosed prospects.

9 (tie) – Manitoba Junior Hockey League: Newsflash, the MJHL has plan in place that rolls back the number of 20 year-olds on each roster. I love it and can see the central prairie league working itself into a proving ground for high-end younger prospects.

11 – Quebec Junior Hockey League: Not a place for American players unless they are able to speak fluent French. We had a group of players at the Montreal Meltdown and won’t be sending them back again. Great for tourism, but don’t think about taking a spot from a local player.

12- Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League: I’m not a fan. League is managed out of the hip pocket of the well-connected commissioner. Player fees are all over the place while the teams have minimal control of their own environments. It’s cheaper than US Tier III, and that’s about the only advantage.

13- Superior International Junior Hockey League: They need more teams…and USA Hockey has no interest in helping them add more on this side of the border. Thief River Falls is very interesting and could be the next Minnesota Wilderness and jump to the NAHL.

PAY-2-PLAY / TIER III

1 – North American 3 Hockey League:
The biggest and most organized pay-to-play league on the continent. Now with three-less idiot operators (Think frozen fish tricks), the NA3HL is turning into a well-oiled machine. I don’t care about NAHL draft picks or call-ups, the NA3 is standing on their own as a developmental asset for NCAA Div IIII and ACHA Div I players.

2 – Eastern Hockey League: Former NAHL Commissioner Mike Santos has taken over the league and it looks like he’s driving it straight into the arms of the NAHL. Makes sense to me.

3 – Western States Hockey League: I thought it was pretty funny to see that other guy actually rank WSHL teams higher than BCHL clubs. I have only one thing to say about that. The Surrey Eagles could have spotted the Thorn Cup Champion ten goals and still come out a winner at any time last season. That was last year… for this season the WSHL is going to still be able to nab international talent, but it’s going to be a lower caliber player. The NCDC and USPHL are going to get a fair share of these players now and it’s going to have an effect on the overall level of play in the league.

4 – Canadian Junior B Leagues: I’m grouping all these leagues into one pool because frankly, I really don’t know that there is that much difference between them. I do know this; these leagues offer a good opportunity at a fraction of the costs for pay-2-play in the USA.

4- United States Premier Hockey League – Premier: I’m already feeling sorry for these kids and operators that have bought into the mess. Now that the USPHL is operating outside of USA Hockey, players no longer have the protection offered from the good folks in Colorado Springs. Yikes.

5- Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League: These guys have already come a long way. Another BCHL team is getting involved and the level of play is expected to rise even higher this year.

6- United States Premier Hockey League – Elite: OK, I’ll say it again… call it the Empire Junior Hockey League, USP3, or now the USPHL Elite; it’s all still lipstick on a pig and still simply Junior C. The only real purpose is to get more kids to pay for the NCDC.

97 – Canadian Premier Junior Hockey League: Can you imagine going to the fair and getting one of those chocolate bananas on a stick only to discover somebody has played an awful trick on ya…that’s the CPJHL.

98 – National College Prospects Hockey League: Ditto # 97

99 - Greater Metro Hockey League: Sending a player under age 18 to the GMHL should be considered child abuse. Do I need to say anything else? Bob Russell is the clown prince of junior hockey.

Islanders Place Vipers Alumni Jones On Waivers:

The New York Islanders have placed former Vernon Vipers forward Connor Jones on waivers.

Jones is in his third season with the American Hockey League (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers, signed a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract with the New York Islanders February 22, 2017 & again July 27th, 2017. Jones made his NHL debut, April 2nd 2017 with the New York Islanders after being called up from the American Hockey League (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers April 1st 2017. Jones played once with the Islanders before being sent back down to the American Hockey League April 4th 2017.

After four years at Quinnipiac University Jones signed his first pro contract with the American Hockey League (AHL) Oklahoma City Barons April 3rd 2014. Jones has spent the past two seasons playing with three teams in three different leagues. (ECHL-Bakersfield Condors, AHL-Oklahoma City Barons & the AHL-Bridgeport Sound Tigers).

Jones played In 163 regular season games with the Vipers collecting (80-goals-118-assists-198-points) Jones is the Vipers all-time points leader (regular season & playoffs) with 228 & all-time goals leader (regular season & playoffs) with 95.

Connor Jones Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=38011

This was posted on the Islanders website:

Islanders Trim Training Camp Roster To 31

18 Forwards, 9 Defensemen and 4 Goalies remain

by New York Islanders PR NYIslanders

September 23rd, 2017

The New York Islanders have reduced their training camp roster to 31 players.

The following players have been loaned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League: Sebastian Aho, Kyle Burroughs, Michael Dal Colle, Tanner Fritz, Ross Johnston, Kane LaFranchise, Eamon McAdam, Kyle Schempp, John Stevens, Devon Toews, Mitchell Vande Sompel and Parker Wotherspoon

Six other players were released from their professional tryout contracts: Casey Bailey, Scott Eansor, Jeff Kubiak, Ben Holmstrom, Travis St. Denis and Yannick Turcotte

The Islanders also placed the following players on waivers: Christopher Gibson, Kristers Gudlevskis, Seth Helgeson and Connor Jones.

UPDATE: Gibson, Gudlevskis, Helgeson and Jones cleared waivers and were assigned to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL).

Thirty one players remain on the New York Islanders training camp roster, including 18 forwards, 9 defensemen and 4 goalies.

** - denotes player on injured reserve

Forwards:

Josh Bailey
Mathew Barzal
Anthony Beauvillier
Steve Bernier
Jason Chimera
Casey Cizikas
Cal Clutterbuck
Jordan Eberle
Stephen Gionta
Joshua Ho-Sang
Connor Jones
Nikolay Kulemin
Andrew Ladd
Anders Lee
Brock Nelson
Shane Prince**
Alan Quine**
John Tavares

Defensemen:

Johnny Boychuk
Calvin de Haan
Seth Helgeson
Thomas Hickey
Nick Leddy
Scott Mayfield
Adam Pelech
Ryan Pulock
Dennis Seidenberg

Goaltenders:

Christopher Gibson
Thomas Greiss
Kristers Gudlevskis
Jaroslav Halak

Jets Acquire Former Viper Forward Sagissor:

The North American Hockey League Janesville Jets have acquired former Vernon Vipers forward Simon Sagissor.

No official press release from the Jets other then the transaction posted on the NAHL transactions page on their league website.

Sagissor played parts of last season with the Vipers playing in 18 games. The Vipers signed Sagissor at the BCHL trade deadline (January 10th 2017). Sagissor attened the Vipers training camp this season, played in two exhibition games before being released.

In 7 games with the Jets Sagissor has (1-goal-1assist-2-points).

Simon Sagissor's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=353796

This was posted on the North American Hockey League website:

2017-09-19 Janesville Jets Simon Sagissor (F) Added

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Evans Leaves Vipers:


Forward Finn Evans has left the Vernon Vipers for personal reasons.

Evans was acquired in a trade with the Ontario Junior Hockey League St. Michaels Buzzers for future considerations August 16th 2017. In 8 games with the Vipers Evans collected (0-3-assists-3-points).

Finn Evans Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=273619

This was in the Vipers article on the Morning Star website:

Kevin Mitchell

Sat Oct 14th, 2017

F Finn Evans (left team for personal reasons).


Vipers Blank Powell River 2-0

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers Blank Powell River 2-0

October 15, 2017

by Vernon Vipers

Recent News

The Vipers scored a powerplay goal from Jack Judson, an even strength marker from Brett Stapley and Ty Taylor turned away 35 saves for his 2nd shutout of the season as the Vernon Vipers defeated the Powell River Kings 2-0 at Kal Tire Place.

The first period was simply two good teams going head to head. There were plenty of hances at both ends as both goaltenders looked locked in. Ty Taylor and Mitch Adamyk thwarted the oppositions offense at every turn. The Viper powerplay went 0 for 1, but their PK stopped two Powell River chances, a narrative that would continue through the rest of the hockey game. The shots finished 12-11 in favour of the Snakes.

The Vipers penalty kill was a big reason the Vipers had success in the second period. That spurred the Snakes on as their powerplay connected for the second straight game as Jack Judson put home his 5th goal of the season after a nice pass from Tanner Wishnowski. Ty Taylor and the penalty kill were tested in sequence as the Kings had a handful of chances on the powerplay. Most notably, Carter Turnbull who had an empty net, but misfired. That kill was important as Brett Stapley was sprung on a breakaway out of the penalty box and as he was hauled down, the puck crossed the line as Stapley slid into the goalie. The officials would discuss the play, but in the end it was called a goal and the Vipers took a 2-0 lead into the dressing room after 2 periods.

In the third, the Kings, as expected came out motivated to equalize the game. The Vipers were able to minimize the grade A chances, despite their PK being tested. The Vipers controlled the puck when possible and squeezed up in the neutral zone to minimize the potent transition game of Powell River. The Vipers had a few chances of their own, but the goaltending at both ends was outstanding. Despite a late flurry from the Kings, the Vipers blocked some big shots and got some big saves from Ty Taylor who finished the night with 35 saves for his 6th win of the year. The final score was 2-0 as the Vipers took both games this weekend.

The Vipers will wrap up their 3 game homestand next Saturday against the Surrey Eagles.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUG18qz4sWY

Taylor Terrific As Vipers Brush Off Clippers:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Taylor terrific as Vipers brush off Clippers

Kevin Mitchell

Sun Oct 15th, 2017

Mike Vandekamp figured the Nanaimo Clippers were pretty much tourists on their first extended road trip of the B.C. Hockey League season.

The youthful Clippers were dispatched 4-1 by the Vernon Vipers as they opened a three-game trek through the Interior and Shuswap before 2,052 fans Friday night at Kal Tire Place. Nanaimo face the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday night and battle the West Kelowna Warriors Sunday afternoon.

“This was our first experience of this stuff, a road trip, staying in a hotel, and it’s just all new for our team and we looked like that,” said Vandekamp, who won a BCHL title with Vernon in 2003. “We weren’t overly prepared at the beginning. We awfully looked nervous and I’m really not sure why. Then we got skating pretty good in the second period and I thought we were a pretty good team for a period, but that third goal was a crushing blow.”

Rookie Connor Marritt, with his first BCHL snipe, defenceman Chris Jandric (second), d-man Chris Kelly (first) and Jordan Sandhu, with his second, supplied the Vernon offence.

Vincent Millette replied with his fourth of the year for the Clippers, who were starting their first road trip of the season.

The Vipers (8-3-0-2) are alone atop the Interior Division penthouse, one point ahead of the Trail Smoke Eaters and two ahead of West Kelowna. The Clippers are 5-50-1 and third in the Island Division, three points behind the Victoria Grizzlies.

“We didn’t win enough battles,” added Vandekamp, who coached the Vipers from 2000-2005. “ They did a good job in the faceoff circle. They had the puck more than we did and they sort of controlled the game. We’re disappointed in that, but we’re just learning lessons right now as a team. This is what this whole early part of the season has been. That’s the conversation we just had in the dressing room was what lessons do we take from today. There was a long list as the guys spoke and that’s good. We’ve got a good group here. The kids are working hard and we still have a lot to learn and that was evident tonight.”

Marritt deftly deflected Michael Young’s point shot past Nanaimo goalie Austin Roden at 3:08 of the opening period. Jandric upped the lead with a mid-air point shot with 2:44 left in the stanza. Captain Jagger Williamson and d-man Jack Judson drew assists. Jandric was named second star.

“It was so great, it was such a great feeling to get that first one off your back,” said Marritt, who was born in Vernon and played minor hockey here until age 11 when he moved to Kelowna. “It was a tip off a shot by the defenceman Mike Young and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

The roadrunner winger rang up 12 goals and 31 points with the Okanagan Academy in Penticton last year. He’s loving the Junior A level and feels more comfortable by the minute.

“It’s unbelievable. I love the team, I love the league, it’s a great league. The boys on this team are just amazing; they’re a pleasure to be around. Every practice, I get more and more confident, especially with our veterans leading the way. They make us feel right at home. Our leadership and our team atmosphere make us a winning group. Everyone’s included and it is truly is team.”

First star Ty Taylor, in his sophomore season with the Snakes, delivered a big stop off Clarkson commit Jamie Collins on a shorthnded 2-on-1 with Tristan Crozier midway through the second period.

Millette was on Taylor’s doorstep when he banged in a rebound of a Brad Belisle shot from in tight. Taylor was down and out in the fray at 8:27.

First star Ty Taylor, in his sophomore season with the Snakes, delivered a big stop off Clarkson commit Jamie Collins on a shorthnded 2-on-1 with Tristan Crozier midway through the second period.

Millette was on Taylor’s doorstep when he banged in a rebound of a Brad Belisle shot from in tight. Taylor was down and out in the fray at 8:27.

The highly physical Clippers kept going hard to the net in the middle frame and Taylor showed frustration when he wrapped his glove around David Silye after taking a slight bump in the crease. Taylor was assessed a roughing minor.

Kelly put the Vipers up a deuce 3:15 into the third with a seeing-eye wrister from the right sidewall. Brett Stapley and Jimmy Lambert garnered helpers.

Roden registered back-to-stop sweet saves off Coleton Bilodeau and Marritt with nine minutes left in the tilt.

Sandhu, who faced the Clippers a lot last year while with the Alberni Valley Bull Dogs, shot from a sharp angle from the left side and the puck just trickled through Roden’s pads. Sandhu was chosen Vernon’s Fortis Energy Player of the Game.

Nanaimo outshot Vernon 28-27. The Vipers improved to 7-3-0-2 atop the Interior Division, while the Clippers dipped to 5-5-0-1 for third in the Island Division.

Vernon hosts the Island-leading Powell River Kings Saturday (6:00).

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Vernon 2 Powell River 0

I have had season tickets for the past 28 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for close to thirty five years. I've missed only three home games since 1998-99 season. 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 Vipers-Kings game as Vernon defeated Powell River 2-0 in front of 1,714 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Ty Taylor
Powell River: Mitch Adamyk

1st Period: The Kings had early control of the puck-play off the opening faceoff but no real threat offensively before the Vipers would get control of the play-puck and get some real good sustained pressure in on the Kings defence inside the opening minutes. The Snakes moving the puck around well, didn't get any real great chances but had Powell River back on their heels for a good two minutes at least. Shortly after Carter Turnbull on a three on two attack, ripped a low shot from inside the circle was denied by Ty Taylor who was out to challenge, made a big stop on the Kings first shot of the evening. Vernon trying for the breakaway early, was going for the long stretch pass, missed two Vipers who were trying to get in behind the Powell River defence. Just before the seven minute mark Kings leading scorer Jonny Evans took a high stick to the mouth that went undetected, as the play carried up ice Evans was really giving a mouthful to the official who missed the call. Evans would be given an unsportsmanlike minor and a ten minute misconduct, giving Vernon the games first powerplay. The Vipers with a few good looks early struggled the remainder of the PP as Powell River killed off the minor. Evans was holding a cloth over his mouth the entire time while sitting in the sin bin, asked to leave the box for repairs. Evans went straight to the Kings dressing room with the team trainer. Evans was spotted near the Kings bench, down the tunnel before returning to the bench late in the period. I didn't see Evans on the ice but a #14 was now on the Kings bench with no name bar, wich I'm guessing was Evans. Just two minutes after killing off the penalty, Powell River would get their first look with the man advantage. The Kings moved the puck around, had several good looks as the Vipers killed off the minor. Just as the penalty expired, Adam Panacci with a good look-opportunity at the top of the crease couldn't solve Mitch Adamyk. Shortly after Powell River would get their second look with the powerplay, but again couldn't capitalize with the man advantage. The Snakes with another strong penalty kill. Inside the final three minutes Jimmy Lambert on an odd man rush, fired high and over the Kings goal. It was 0-0 after 20 minutes of play. This was a fairly evenly matched period with both teams going back and fourth. I thought the Kings had better puck possession and carried a little more of the play in the first half, but the Vipers responded and had their fare share of pressure and edge in play. I thought Vernon had a few more looks-scoring opportunities. Vernon outshot Powell River 12-11.

2nd Period: Just 1:26 into the middle frame Powell River would get an early powerplay after Keyvan Mokhtari was given a minor and ten minute misconduct for shooting the puck down the ice after the whistle was blown. Vernon with a strong penalty kill was able to excape and kill off the minor. Shortly after a harmless looking play-shot towards Vipers starting goaltender Ty Taylor, who gently kicked aside the puck after a shot from along the side wall, had to be sharp as Nick Abbott was at the side of the goal, couldn't get the puck up and over Taylor's pad on a huge save, keeping this game scoreless. Just before the eight minute mark the Snakes would jump on the powerplay and capitalize. Jagger Williamson spotted a pinching Jack Judson who jumped in from the point hit the open cage giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 8:00 Williamson & Tanner Wishnowski collected the assists. No chance for Kings starting goaltender Mitch Adamyk. The Kings would jump on the powerplay just over four minutes later. Ty Taylor made a huge pad save, couldn't control the rebound, Carter Turnbull pounced on the loose puck somehow missed the open cage, firing right into the pads of Taylor. The Kings come close but couldn't tie the game. Just as the penalty expired Powell River went back to the PP. The Kings struggling getting pucks to the net, as the Viper defence/PK was solid, keeping Powell River to the outside, limiting the Kings opportunities as Vernon would kill off another minor. Just as the penalty expired the Snakes sprung Brett Stapley out of the penalty box in for the parcial breakaway, before Nathan Kelly horse collared Stapley as the two went hard into Mitch Admyk and the Kings net, with a delayed penalty on the play, the puck ended up going in and under Adamyk into the back of the goal. The referee behind the Powell River goal was pointing goal towards the net, while the Vipers now realizing they have scored, Mitch Adamyk lost his cool, chased down the official, going after the referee. The officials gathered near the penalty box, talking about the play-goal and stayed with the call on the ice. Adamyk took the puck out of the net and fired it into the crowd as the fans reacted, booing the Kings netminder. I thought I heard a whistle first before the puck went into the net, when the referee was pointing at the goal, I thought he was making the motion for a penalty shot. At the end of the day, the goal stood. Stapley would be credited with the unassisted goal at 17:08 On the following play while the referee was talking with Mitch Adamyk Tanner Wishnowski was involved with two Powell River players lined up for the draw. Wishnowski and the Vipers upset, calling for a penalty on the play, ended up seeing Wishnowski given a ten minute misconduct. Mark Ferner and the Viper bench upset with the non call and then the ten minute misconduct call. Kal Tire Place erupted, booing the officials. It was 2-0 Vernon after 40 minutes of play. The Snakes played a lot of the 2nd period shorthanded, losing Keyvan Mokhtari & Tanner Wishnowski for ten minutes. Due to all the penalties, Powell River obviously carried a lot of the play, but it was the Vernon penalty kill lead by Ty Taylor who were solid. The Viper defence was very strong on the PK, held the Kings to the outside, really limiting their chances. Powell River with a few looks-opportunities but mostly kept to the outside, with no real good looks-lanes to shoot at. Powell River had the better of the scoring chances, but how big was Brett Stapley's goal late to end the period. Shots were 11-11.

3rd Period: Both teams went back and fourth with no real quality chances before the Kings would get an early powerplay just over four minutes in. Mitch Adamyk come out behind his goal to play the puck, rubbed Jordan Sandhu out along the end wall before a Kings defender stepped in after Sandhu tried pushing off the Powell River goaltender, before the whistle was blown and Sandhu was given the two minutes for goaltender interference. Once again the Vipers bench and everyone inside Kal Tire Place were upset as Adamyk should have been given a penalty for interference on Sandhu. The Viper bench and all the fans let the officials know what they thought of that call. On the play Tanner Wishnowski obviously didn't like the call, was banging his stick on the glass from inside the penalty box. Wishnowski was serving the remainder of his ten minute misconduct before being tossed from the game. Wishnowski was given another ten minute misconduct and game misconduct as fans were now upset and again yelling at the officials. Vernon able to kill off the minor before Brett Stapley broke up the middle, ripped a high shot that was stopped by Mitch Adamyk on a Viper odd man rush. The Snakes would get a powerplay just before the midway mark. Moving the puck around, the Vipers setup Jimmy Lambert for the one timer who beat Mitch Adamyk rang his shot off the crossbar as Vernon was within inches of grabbing a 3-0 lead. The Snakes with several good looks, couldn't capitalize. In the second half both teams with the man advantage couldn't find the back of the net. Powell River would call a late timeout. With just under two minutes remaining and Powell River in control of the puck-play, the Kings decided to keep Mitch Adamyk in goal. With 1:28 remaining the Kings would get a late powerplay and now get Mitch Adamyk to the bench for the extra attacker. Powell River with a ton of pressure couldn't get pucks through after Jagger Williamson, Sol Seibel and Jordan Sandhu blocked shots. Captain Jagger Williamson took a good look at the open cage, wired the puck down the length of the ice, hit the bottom of the post, missing the open net inside the final minute. The Kings would keep the pressure on, couldn't solve Ty Taylor who made a few big stops late before time ran out as Vernon hung on for the 2-0 victory. Another period with several penalties. I thought both teams carried the play at times but it was the Snakes who had a slight edge in play. The Viper penalty kill was very good again, coming up large in the final two periods. I thought Vernon had the better opportunities as both teams battled hard in the final twenty minutes. The Kings struggled getting pucks to the net-through traffic on the powerplay. When Powell River did get pucks to the net-through traffic, the Kings didn't have any puck luck in and around the net. The Vipers got lucky on several occasions. Shots were 13-13.

Top Player's: (Vernon)

Sol Seibel I thought played a strong game on the Viper defence. Blocked shots, did a good job at clearing the front of the net, was very strong clearing the zone. Played very well.

Brett Stapley (1 goal) Scored a big goal late in the 2nd period on a goal, I thought the play was blown dead before the puck crossed the line. Stapley played with a lot of jump/energy was very shifty tonight, fighting his way through traffic. Created/generated chances.

Josh Prokop I thought was another forward that looked-played strong. Didn't see as much ice come the 3rd period but was very good in the first two periods.

Tanner Wishnowski (1 assist) Played a hard-strong game Friday come back with another strong/hard fought game tonight. Wishnowski becoming a fan favorite in Vernon was limited to his ice time after picking up two ten minute misconducts-one game misconduct. I thought really battled hard, won battles-races for the puck, played with an edge, played physical, was laying the body, really opens up the ice. A real character-veteran player.

Jagger Williamson (1 assist) The captain played-battled hard, blocked a shot late in the game on the penalty kill, stayed with the play and stayed on the ice, until the puck cleared the zone. Was strong on the puck-on the forecheck-down low. Competed all game.

Jack Judson (1 goal) Looked very impressive in the win. The rookie blueliner played very well. Jumped up into the play, was good at both ends of the rink.

Jimmy Lambert Had several quality opportunities, couldn't find the back of the net. Showed a lot of hustle, played strong-hard all night. Really battled hard, fought his way through traffic, really opens up the ice when with the puck.

Adam Panacci I thought played his best game as a Viper. Hasn't played much this season, with the new 23 man roster but has looked good when given the opportunity. I thought looked very impressive in the opening frame, had some good looks-chances.

Ty Taylor (35 saves-shutout) Playing in back to back games for the first time this year, picks up his second shutout of the season. Taylor who played well in the win over Nanaimo last night, was very solid between the pipes Saturday. Looked confident, made some key saves at key parts of the game. Was good on the penalty kill. Very good positionally, didn't give up many rebounds-second opportunities. The Vipers have rotated goaltenders from day 1, will we see Taylor start next weekend vs Surrey? Have the Vipers found their #1 goaltender?

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

You knew tonight was going to be the Snakes toughest challenge-game of the weekend. After a 2-1 loss to Powell River in Chilliwack at the BCHL Showcase, the Vipers get some revenge and pick up their second straight win over a very good Powell River team. I thought the Vipers played well in the win over Nanaimo Friday, come ready to battle-play tonight and earned the victory-two points. After a scoreless 1st Vernon with two big goals in the middle frame, head to the 3rd with a two goal lead. I thought both teams were fairly even through out the opening period but other then being shorthanded I thought the Vipers had a slight edge in play over the Kings in the 2nd and 3rd periods. Overall I thought Vernon had the better of the scoring chances, had the puck go their way tonight, while also got lucky-had some puck luck on their side on a few times during the game. I thought the powerplay, looked a little better and very impressed with the penalty kill this season but especially over the weekend. The Viper PK was very good last night and come up large again tonight. The Snakes still need to stay out of the box, giving up nine powerplays in a game is crazy. Vernon played with a ton of jump-energy, had a lively bench, played hard, battled-competed come away with a character win. The veterans really showed their leadership in the 3rd late blocking shots, doing whatever it takes to win. Guys were talking on the bench, patting one another as they come off the ice. I was a little concerned before tonight as this was Vernon's third game in four nights, but the Snakes showed little to no fatigue and played very well in a pretty intense game. The Vipers played as a team. The Kings with just one loss prior to tonight, shows the rest of the league that the Vipers are for real this year and have put together a strong team. Tonight was the home debut of assistant coach Jerred Smithson who was behind the Viper bench for the first time this season. A much smaller crowd tonight after last night's crowd over 2000. Back to back home games are a hard sell, to try and get fans out for both nights. Whoever plays the music at the games, thank you for finally changing up the very old and tiresome play list you have been playing at Viper home games for at least the last two seasons. Most of the music played at Viper games the last few years, has been terrible. Not the kind of music you hear at most hockey games. Whats up with Finn Evans? Hes been a scratch for at least the last four/five games. Is he injured? He was a big off season acquisition. With the win the Vipers improve to 9-3-0-2 sit atop the Interior Division and tops in the league with twenty points.

Top Player's: (Powell River)

Carter Turnbul Isnt the biggest kid but has some wheels, can move in a hurry. Creates/generates opportunities, reads/sees the ice well. Was buzzing all over the ice tonight, sees a lot of ice time, was strong for the Kings.

Jonny Evans The Kings leading scorer took a stick to the mouth early in the 1st went to the dressing room to get looked at by the trainer before returning late in the opening period, with jersey #14 and no name bar. I'm guessing it was Evans as #13 never returned and this #14 was taking a lot of draws, was on the top line. Was very dangerous with the puck, very shifty, has some wheels and good on the faceoff. Was one of Powell River's better players.

Kevin Obssuth The Kings leading goal scorer was held off the score sheet tonight, was another forward who stood out. I thought played hard-strong through out the loss.

Andy Stevens Was very solid on the backend. Has a quick shot from the point, plays a lot on the powerplay, gets pucks to the net. Was good at both ends of the rink tonight.

Mitch Adamyk (34 saves) Played well between the pipes. Gave his team a chance to win, made several big stops in the loss. A bigger kid, that covers a lot of the net, likes to come out and play the puck, really likes making that long stretch pass up ice. Caught the Vipers a few times between line changes.

Game Thought's: (Powell River)

The Kings played very well tonight, had their fare share of chances couldn't muster any puck luck in and around the net. Powell River come into tonight with just one loss on the season, was shutout for the first time this season. The Kings are quick, can move the puck and strong on the forecheck. Powell River went 0-9 with the man advantage looked good on the powerplay early-1st period but had troubles getting pucks to the net in the 2nd and 3rd with the man advantage. Give the Vipers penalty kill some credit, who closed the shooting lanes, kept the Kings powerplay to the outside, limited their opportunities. If the Kings PP was clicking tonight, this could have easily been a different outcome. Overall both teams were fairly even other then specialy teams. Both teams carried the play at different times, had more puck possession then the other but it was Powell River who couldn't bury their chances, need some puck luck-a few bounces to go their way. The Kings four game winning streak is snapped. Nice to see a few Kings fans in attendance. The Kings have struggled in Vernon. Since the 2003-04 regular season, Powell River has just three wins in Vernon. With the loss the Kings fall to 8-2-1-0 and sit atop the Island Division.

Scratches:

Vernon:

Jesse Lansdell (Suspended)
Finn Evans
Niko Karamanis

Powell River:

Ian Ross
Joshua Bruce
Callum Volpe

Energy Player of the Game:

Jagger Williamson (1 assist)

Three Star's:

1st Star: Ty Taylor (35 saves-Shutout)
2nd Star: Brett Stapley (1 goal)
3rd Star: Mitch Adamyk (34 saves)

Boxscore-Game Summary,

http://bchl.ca/stats/game-summary/7950

Game Report,

https://lscluster.hockeytech.com/game_reports/official-game-report.php?lang_id=1&client_code=bchl&game_id=7950

Text Boxscore,

https://lscluster.hockeytech.com/game_reports/text-game-report.php?lang_id=1&client_code=bchl&game_id=7950

Duncan Wray Collects Win #900

Congratulations to Vernon Vipers owner Duncan Wray on picking up career win #900 as owner of the Vernon Lakers-Vipers hockey club with a 4-1 victory over the visiting Nanaimo Clippers Friday.

Wray took over new ownership of the Vernon Lakers in 1992-93 after purchasing the Vernon Lakers off former owner Mel Lis.  Wray changed the Vernon Lakers name to the Vernon Vipers to start the 1995-96 regular season. 

Since 1992 Duncan Wray has won six League Championships (1996,1999,2003,2009,2010 & 2011) as well as four National Championships-Royal Bank Cups (1996,1999,2009 & 2010). 

Wray has guided the Vernon Lakers-Vipers franchise to a regular season record of 900-464-54 missing the playoffs three times (2001, 2012 & 2013).  Wrays most wins in a regular season as owner of the Lakers-Vipers franchise is 52 regular season wins wich came during 1998-99 season as the 1999 Vipers recorded a franchise record 52-8-2 regular season record winning the 1999 RBC Cup. Wrays Lakers-Vipers won 30 or more regular season games in one season 18 times and won 40 or more regular season games in a season 7 times.

Lake City Casino Goal Of The Game – #19 Keyvan Mokhtari

This is posted on the Vipers website:

#19 Keyvan Mokhtari Goal Of The Game 10-7-17

October 13, 2017

by Vernon Vipers

Home Goal Of The Game

Vernon Viper forward Keyvan Mokhtari scores a big goal against the Vees on October 7th, 2017 to the the game at 2-all and force overtime. The game ended in a 2-all draw.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOGFWbC5DBY

Game Preview: Powell River @ Vernon:

Powell River (8-1-1-0) @ Vernon (8-3-0-2) 6pm

Tonight is the second of three regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Powell River Kings. The Kings lead the season series 1-0

Last Game:

Friday, October 13th Vernon defeated Nanamo 4-1
Friday, October 13th Powell River defeated Chilliwack 5-1

Next Game:

Saturday, October 21st Surrey @ Vernon
Sunday, October 15th Powell River @ Trail

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Vernon 4 Nanaimo 1

I have had season tickets for the past 28 years and been following Junior hockey in Vernon for close to thirty five years. I've missed only three home games since 1998-99 season. 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 Vipers-Clippers game as Vernon defeated Nanaimo 4-1 in front of 2,032 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Ty Taylor
Nanaimo: Austin Roden

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Game Preview: Nanaimo @ Vernon:


Nanaimo (5-4-0-1) @ Vernon (7-3-0-2) 7pm

Tonight is the second and final regular season meeting between the Vernon Vipers & Nanaimo Clippers. The Vipers lead the season series 1-0

Last Game:

Wednesday, October 11th Wenatchee defeated Vernon 3-2
Saturday, October 7th Victoria defeated Nanaimo 3-2

Next Game:

Saturday, October 14th Powell River @ Vernon
Saturday, October 14th Nanaimo @ Salmon Arm

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Wild Rally Past Vipers 3-2

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Wild rally past Vipers 3-2

Kevin Mitchell

Fri Oct 13th, 2017

One point in their last three games has pushed the Vernon Vipers to an honourable mention in the Canadian Junior A Hockey League top-20.

The Vipers, who were rated No. 12 in the 132-team circuit last week, lost 3-2 to the Wenatchee Wild before 2,234 B.C. Hockey League fans Wednesday night at the Town Toyota Centre.

Wenatchee gave up two early shorthanded goals before rallying for their sixth victory in 10 starts. The Snakes dipped to 7-3-0-2.

“We weren’t very good,” said Vernon head coach Mark Ferner. “I thought our start was good so you can’t blame the bus trip. We didn’t win many battles and we didn’t get pucks deep. They refused to get pucks past their dee. We turn it over and now we have to get back and play defence. It’s disappointing. We got exactly what we deserved and they heard about it.”

Captain Jagger Williamson blocked a shot and pushed in on a partial breakaway. He released a low hard shot that eluded Seth Eisele blocker side for his fourth goal of the season. D-man Michael Ufberg had 17 seconds left in a roughing minor.

Keyvan Mokhtari picked the pocket of Jasper Weatherby and deked Eisele to record his fourth of the year to make it 2-0 six minutes later. D-man Shane Kelly had 38 seconds remaining in an elbowing penalty.

The Wild funneled pucks at former Wenatchee goalie Anthony Yamnitsky all night and that strategy paid off at 12:16 of the opening 20 when Daniel Chladek deflected a Sam Morton shot for his second snipe of the year.

The Wild started the second period on the powerplay (Jack Judson off for high sticking) and it took just 41 seconds before Chad Sasaki’s wrister from the right circle found its way through a maze of bodies for the equalizer.

The Snakes earned few chances at the Wild goal with Mokhtari ripping one off the crossbar. Yamnitsky was on point stopping multiple great chances in the middle stanza.

Sam Hesler banged home a rebound in front of the net for the winner after a face-off win 2:17 into the third period. Cooper Zech and Jack Lippis drew helpers.

Despite a couple of powerplays and a definite sense of desperation, the Vipers couldn’t generate the Grade A chances they needed in the final frame.

Wenatchee had allowed just shorthanded goals against in their last 67 games. The Vipers have six shorties on the year. While the Viper broadcast crew counted 14 scoring chances for the Vipers, the official shots on goal were 27-13 Wenatchee.

Vernon hosts the Nanaimo Clippers (5-4-0-1) on $5 Friday tonight (children and teens) before entertaining the Powell River Kings (7-1-1-0) in a 6 p.m. start Saturday.

Wenatchee (6-3-0-1) heads to West Kelowna Friday night to meet the Warriors who share the Interior Division lead with the Vipers.

SNAKE BITES: F Finn Evans and D Mitch Andres were healthy Viper scratches. F Jesse Lansdell served the first of a four-game suspension for a hit on Penticton’s Joe Leahy Saturday night in Vernon Landsell only received a charging minor, but the Vees sent video of the hit to the league…Vernon did not send video of the high hit Luke Reid put on Tanner Wishnowski in the same game…Ty Taylor gets the start in net against Nanaimo…Vernon has gone 1-for-19 on the powerplay their last three tilts…Nolan Welsh and Layton Ahac supplied third-period goals as the Prince George Spruce Kings edged the Merritt Centennials 3-2 before 525 fans at the Rolling Mix Arena in PG…Will Calverley pocketed 1+2 as the Chilliwack Chiefs upended the host Coquitlam Express 4-1 before 325 supporters at the Poirier Sports and Leisure Centre…Vernon’s Cole Woodliffe had one assist as the Weyburn Red Wings dispatched the La Ronge Ice Wolves 3-2 in Saskatchewan Junior play Wednesday night. Woodliffe had 1+1 as Weyburn upset the Melfort Mustangs 3-2 Saturday. Weyburn is 5-2-0-1, Melfort 9-1-1-0.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Vipers Recieve Honourable Mention In CJHL Top 20 Weekly Rankings:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

CJHL Weekly Top-20

October 10, 2017

CALGARY, Alta. (Monday, Oct. 9, 2017) – The Canadian Junior Hockey League (CJHL) Top 20 regular season rankings, for the period ending Oct. 9, sees the surging Okotoks Oilers (AJHL)  moving into the No. 1 slot overall.

MHL: The first-year Edmundston Blizzard remains hot out of the gate starting 7-0 to lead the MHL standings and move into No. 2 in the rankings with the Yarmouth Jr. ‘A’ Mariners earning honourable mention status.

LHJAAAQ: Two LHJAAAQ clubs in les Cobras de Terrebonne and College Fran├žais de Longueuil hold their place in the Top 20.

CCHL: Powerful Carleton Place already boasts 12 wins in CCHL play this season and has jumped to No. 9 in the CJHL while the 2018 Fred Page Cup-host Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators moved to No. 12 nationally.

OJHL: Earning places in the rankings from the OJHL are the Toronto Patriots (17) and Georgetown Raiders (18) with the Oakville Blades and Wellington Dukes both picking up honourable mention nods.

NOJHL: The NOJHL winning percentage leaders has the Powassan Voodoos up to 15th and the newly-formed Hearst Lumberjacks getting a HM spot.

SIJHL: The 6-0 Thief River Falls Norskies are now No. 3 in the CJHL and the 2018 Dudley-Hewitt Cup-host Dryden GM Ice Dogs sit 7th.

MJHL: A trio of MJHL squads in the Steinbach Pistons, OCN Blizzard and Virden Oil Capitals are No. 11, 13 and 20 respectively in this edition of the rankings.
SJHL: Earning No. 5 in the listings is the Battlefords North Stars and Melfort Mustangs were tabbed eighth.

AJHL: With nine straight wins in as many games Okotoks is the new No. 1 in the CJHL and the Fort McMurray Oil Barons are 14th overall.

BCHL: The 6-0-1 Penticton Vees slipped to No. 4 in the rankings this week. The Powell River Kings moved to No. 10 and the Trail Smoke Eaters were tabbed at No. 19 with the Vernon Vipers picking up an honourable mention.

CJHL 2017-18 TOP 20 (As of Oct. 9/17)

RANK TEAM (LEAGUE) (LAST RANKING)

1. Okotoks Oilers (AJHL) (4)
2. Edmundston Blizzard (MHL) (6)
3. Thief River Falls Norskies (SIJHL) (5)
4. Penticton Vees (BCHL) (1)
5. Battlefords North Stars  (SJHL) (8)
6. Les Cobras de Terrebonne (LHJAAAQ) (4)
7. Dryden GM Ice Dogs (SIJHL) (9)
8. Melfort Mustangs (SJHL) (2)
9. Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL) (15)
10. Powell River Kings (BCHL) (HM)
11. Steinbach Pistons (MJHL) (20)
12. Ottawa Jr. ‘A’ Senators (CCHL) (HM)
13. OCN Blizzard (MJHL) (NR)
14. Fort McMurray Oil Barons (AJHL) (11)
15. Powassan Voodoos (NOJHL) (19)
16. College Fran├žais de Longueuil (LHJAAAQ) (17)
17. Toronto Patriots (OJHL) (HM)
18. Georgetown Raiders (OJHL) (10)
19. Trail Smoke Eaters (BCHL) (NR)
20. Virden Oil Capitals (MJHL) (14)

HONOURABLE MENTION: Vernon Vipers (BCHL); Hearst Lumberjacks (NOJHL); Oakville Blades (OJHL); Wellington Dukes (OJHL); Yarmouth Jr. A Mariners (MHL)

ABOUT THE CJHL RANKINGS: Picked by an independent scouting service, the rankings are based upon a variety of factors, including winning percentage; win-loss record; point totals; goals-for versus goals-against ratio, etc., and the league they compete in.

ABOUT THE CJHL

The Canadian Junior Hockey League is made up of the 10 Junior ‘A’ leagues across Canada.

Representing 132 teams and over 3,000 players, the CJHL also boast over 2,800 alumni furthering their hockey careers at the professional, major junior and college level across North America.