Saturday, January 14, 2017

Game Preview: Merritt @ Vernon:

Merritt (15-17-7-2) @ Vernon (22-13-3-2) 6pm

Tonight is the fourth of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Merritt Centennials. The season series is tied 1-1-0-1

Last Game:

Friday, January 13th Vernon tied Salmon Arm 3-3
Friday, January 13th Merritt defeated Penticton 3-2

Next Game:

Wednesday, January 18th Merritt @ Vernon

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 63-22-8-4 vs Merritt

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon has outscored Merritt 368-249

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 31-8-1-4 at home vs Merritt

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 26-11-5-3 in Merritt

The Vipers are 5-4-0-1 in their last ten games vs Merritt

The Vipers are 3-5-0-2 vs Merritt in their last ten games at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena

The Vipers are 8-2-0-0 vs Merritt in their last ten games at Kal Tire Place

Vernon's last win at home vs Merritt was a 3-1 victory Saturday, October 29th 2016

Merritt's last win at Kal Tire Place was a 3-2 victory on Friday, December 18th 2015

Vernon's last regular season win at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena was a 6-3 victory on Saturday, January 9th 2016

Merritt's last regular season win at home vs Vernon was a 4-1 victory on Wednesday, October 12th 2016

Here's a look at the season series vs Merritt

August 26th Merrit @ Vernon: Exhibition-Centennials won 3-0
August 27th Vernon @ Merritt: Exhibition-Centennials won 4-3
October 12th Vernon @ Merritt: Centennials won 4-1
October 29th Merritt @ Vernon: Vipers won 3-1
December 16th Vernon @ Merritt: Vipers tied 3-3
January 14th Merritt @ Vernon:
January 18th Merritt @ Vernon:
February 7th Vernon @ Merritt:

Let's take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The 22-13-3-3 Vernon Vipers are coming off a 3-3 tie vs the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks last night. Tonight is the second of a three game home stand where the Vipers have atleast a point in seven straight games at Kal Tire Place. This is the Vipers third game in four nights. This is the sixth meeting of the seasons vs Merritt (exhibition & regular season) where the Vipers are 1-3-0-1 vs Merritt this season (exhibition & regular season). The last time these two teams met, the Vipers tied 3-3 in Merritt December 16th. The Vipers come into tonight's game unbeaten in ten games (7 wins-3 ties) last regulation loss was a 3-1 loss in Penticton December 7th. Vernon sits 2nd in the Interior Division are eight points up on 4th place Trail, seven points up on 3rd place West Kelowna and eleven points back of Division leading Penticton.

Vernon Vipers Roster:

Steven Jandric (18-15-33) leads the team in goals with eighteen & in points with thirty three.

Vernon Vipers 2016-17 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 41
Wins: 22
Losses: 13
Ties: 3
Overtime Wins: 1
Overtime Losses: 3
Home Record: 11-3-1-1
Road Record: 11-10-2-2
Overtime Record: 1-3-3
Record vs Interior Division: 13-6-1-3
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 9-7-2-0
When the Vipers score first: 18-5-1-2
When the opponents score first: 4-8-2-1
Leading after the 1st period: 15-2-1-0
Tied after the 1st period: 5-5-2-1
Trailing after the 1st period: 2-6-0-2
Leading after the 2nd period: 19-1-2-1
Tied after the 2nd period: 2-1-1-1
Trailing after the 2nd period: 1-10-0-1
Out shooting opponents: 16-5-2-2
Out shot by opponents: 6-6-1-0
One goal games: 8-1-3-2
Goals for: 132
Goals against: 118
Standings: 2nd Place
Win-loss streak: Unbeaten in ten games
Longest winning streak: Five game winning streak
Longest losing streak: Three game losing streak (Twice)

Vernon Vipers Returning Players:

Brett Stapley (99)
Hunter Zandee (96)
Jagger Williamson (98)
Jimmy Lambert (97)
Riley Brandt (96)

Vernon Vipers departed & traded players from last years team:

Charley Michalowski (96)
Odeen Tufto (97)
Mitchell Oliver (97)
Colton McCarthy (96)
Callum Volpe (98)
Liam Finlay (97)
Darren Rizzolo (98)
Christian Cakebread (97)
Nicholas Rasovic (96)
Joe Sacco (96)
Ben Butcher (95)
Brendan Barry (97)
Latrell Charleson (95)
Bo Pellah (95)
Mac Ferner (95)
Andrew Shortridge (95)
Vernon's home record vs Merritt this year:


Vernon's road record vs Merritt this year:


Vernon's scoring leaders vs Merritt this year:

Michael Ufberg (2-0-2)
Niko Karamanis (2-0-2)
Jagger Williamson (0-2-2)
Riley Brandt (0-1-1)
Jimmy Lambert (0-1-1)
Hunter Zandee (0-1-1)
Chris Jandric (0-1-1)
Cooper Watson (0-1-1)
Shane Kelly (0-1-1)
Brett Stapley (0-1-1)
Ryan Brushett (0-1-1)
Auston Adamson (1-0-1)
Connor Clouston (0-1-1)

Ty Taylor (1-0-1 Record)

Vernon has the leagues 7th best powerplay

The Vipers have the leagues 5th best penalty kill

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Merritt Centennials Roster:

Zach Risteau (22-12-34) leads the team lead in goals with twenty two & in points with thirty four.

The 15-17-7-2 Merritt Centennials make their second of three regular season visits to Kal Tire Place are coming off a 3-2 victory over the visiting Penticton Vees Friday. The Cents are 1-1 in Vernon this season after a 3-0 pre-season victory August 26th and a 3-1 regular season loss October 29th. Tonight is the second of a three game weekend for the Cents who host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs tomorrow afternoon. The Centennials come into action tonight having won three of their last five games and having lost six of their last ten games. Merritt has one win in their last five games away from home, last won in Vernon December 18th 2015. Since the last time these two teams met, the Centennials have gone 3-3-1-0. Merritt sits 5th in the Division are three points up on last place Salmon Arm, three points back of 4th place Trail and eleven points back of 2nd place Vernon.

Merritt Centennials 2016-17 regular season stats:

Games Played: 41
Wins: 15
Losses: 17
Overtime Losses: 7
Ties: 2
Home Record: 8-8-3-1
Road Record: 7-9-4-1
Goals for: 124
Goals against: 132
Standings: 5th Place (Interior Division)
Streak: One game winning streak

Merritt Centennials Returning Players:

Henry Cleghorn (97)
Michael Regush (98)
Brett Jewell (96)
Tyler Ward (99)
Nick Fidanza (96)
Tyrell Buckley (97)
Zachary Zorn (97)
Chase Bell (97)
Zach Court (97)

Merritt Centennials departed and traded players from last years team:

Ryan Roseboom (96)
Colin Grannary (97)
Tyler Holz (96)
Mitch Lipon (96)
Michael Faulkner (96)
Zac Bowles (95)
Nick Jermain (96)
Nick Florentino (96)
Malik Kaila (96)
Mark O'Shaughnessy (97)
Tyler Wickman (98)
Cole Kehler (97)
Anthony Pupplo (95)

Merritt's home record vs Vernon this year:


Merritt's road record vs Vernon this year:


Merritt Centennials scoring leaders vs Vernon this year:

Henry Cleghorn (2-1-3)
Cade Gleekel (2-1-3)
Stephen Seeger (1-1-2)
Zachary Zorn (1-1-2)
Zach Court (0-2-2)
Tyrell Buckley (1-1-2)
Chase Bell (1-1-2)
Zach Risteau (0-2-2)
Mike Faulkner (0-1-1)
Rylan Van Unen (0-1-1)
Zach Metsa (0-1-1)
Nick Fidanza (0-1-1)
Zachary Bleuler (0-1-1)
Aaron Murray (0-1-1)

Jacob Berger (1-1-1 Record)

Merritt has the leagues best powerplay:

The Centennials have the leagues 10th best penalty kill

1 comment:

graham king said...

I was tonight's game. The committment level to winning wasn't as good tonight. In my opinion the Vernon Vipers were content to playing pond hockey in the first period. As a team you have be playing every team in this league as a seventh playoff game. Because guess what Vernon Vipers, if you don't start thinking that now you will, Trust me , be out of it in the first round of playoffs. Guess What? After watching how you played tonight, you really are just an average BCJHL team. Unless you wake up and realize that the parity in this league is very even and any team at anytime can take a win from you, THEN you are in dreamland. I would ask you to think about what has brought you success. Trying to be a team with style will lose you more games than winning games. I think you have to realize in this league what wins games is hard work,playing your systems, believing in what your coaches say as they have all been winners and been to the big party. Vernon Vipers , I think you are getting ahead of yourselves. As a player in other leagues you must earn your minutes on the ice. So as a team you must earn your wins and not take it for granted that you will win everytime. This is very evident in the last two games that you have played. As a team you have not shown that 60 minutes of effort that is required to have a chance of winning games. My final comment to you VERNON VIPERS, is wake up and play a full 60 minutes because it is evident to us as fans that your effort just isn't there. I find that very boring to watch and disapppointing. Please put in the effort that has made you successful. Because with these last two game, your not. And it is not acceptable. GO, Viper, Go.