Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Game Preview: Merritt @ Vernon:

Merritt (16-17-8-2) @ Vernon (22-13-4-3) 7pm

Tonight is the fifth of six regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Merritt Centennials. The Centennials lead the season series 2-1-0-1

Last Game:

Saturday, January 14th Merritt defeated Vernon 2-1 double overtime
Sunday, January 15th Alberni Valley defeated Merritt 5-4 overtime

Next Game:

Friday, January 20th Vernon @ West Kelowna
Saturday, January 21st Salmon Arm @ Merritt

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 63-22-9-4 vs Merritt

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon has outscored Merritt 369-251

Since the 2002-03 regular season Vernon is 31-8-1-5 at home vs Merritt

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

The Vipers are 5-3-1-1 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 7-2-1-0 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 2-1 double overtime victory Saturday, January 14th 2017

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: Centennials won 2-1 double overtime
January 18th Merritt @ Vernon:
February 7th Vernon @ Merritt:

Let's take a look at the Vernon Vipers:

The 22-13-4-3 Vernon Vipers are coming off a 2-1 double overtime loss to the visiting Merritt Centennials Saturday, face the Cents for a second straight game. With the loss Saturday the Vipers ten game unbeaten streak was snapped as well as their seven game home unbeaten streak. Tonight is the third and final game of a three game home stand where the Vipers have atleast a single point in eight straight home games (6 wins-1 tie-1 overtime loss). The Vipers come into tonight recording atleast a single point in their last eleven games (7 wins-3 ties-1 overtime loss). Vernon sits 2nd in the Division are nine points up on Merritt, six points up on 3rd place West Kelowna and twelve points back of Division leading Penticton.

Vernon Vipers Roster:

Steven Jandric (18-16-34) leads the team in goals with eighteen & in points with thirty four.

Vernon Vipers 2016-17 Regular Season Stats:

Games Played: 42
Wins: 22
Losses: 13
Ties: 3
Overtime Wins: 1
Overtime Losses: 4
Home Record: 11-3-2-1
Road Record: 11-10-2-2
Overtime Record: 1-4-3
Record vs Interior Division: 13-6-2-3
Record vs Island & Mainland Divisions: 9-7-2-0
When the Vipers score first: 18-5-2-2
When the opponents score first: 4-8-2-1
Leading after the 1st period: 15-2-1-0
Tied after the 1st period: 5-5-3-1
Trailing after the 1st period: 2-6-0-2
Leading after the 2nd period: 19-1-2-1
Tied after the 2nd period: 2-1-2-1
Trailing after the 2nd period: 1-10-0-1
Out shooting opponents: 16-5-3-2
Out shot by opponents: 6-6-1-0
One goal games: 8-1-4-2
Goals for: 133
Goals against: 120
Standings: 2nd Place
Win-loss streak: One game losing streak
Longest winning streak: Unbeaten in ten games (7 wins-3 ties)
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 (3-0-3)
Jagger Williamson (0-2-2)
Brett Stapley (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)
Ryan Brushett (0-1-1)
Auston Adamson (1-0-1)
Connor Clouston (0-1-1)
Steven Jandric (0-1-1)

Ty Taylor (1-0-1-1 Record)

Vernon has the leagues 4th best powerplay

The Vipers have the leagues 3rd best penalty kill

Let's take a look at the Merritt Centennials:

Merritt Centennials Roster:

Zach Risteau (22-16-38) leads the team lead in goals with twenty two & in points with thirty eight.

The 16-17-8-2 Merritt Centennials make their third and final regular season visit to Kal Tire Place are coming off a 5-4 overtime loss to the visiting Alberni Valley Bulldogs Sunday afternoon. The loss snapped the Centennials two game winning streak. The Cents make their second visit to Vernon within four days after a 2-1 double overtime victory at Kal Tire Place Saturday. The Centennials have lost three of their last five road games. The Centennials have won four of the six meetings vs Vernon (exhibition & regular season). The Cents have just one regulation loss against the Vipers this season (exhibition & regular season). Merritt comes into tonight's action having lost three of their last five and have just four wins in their last ten games. The Cents sit 5th in the Interior Division are six points up on last place Salmon Arm, two points back of 4th place Trail and three points back of 3rd place West Kelowna.

Merritt Centennials 2016-17 regular season stats:

Games Played: 43
Wins: 16
Losses: 17
Overtime Losses: 8
Ties: 2
Home Record: 8-8-4-1
Road Record: 8-9-4-1
Goals for: 130
Goals against: 138
Standings: 5th Place (Interior Division)
Streak: One game losing 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:

Cade Gleekel (3-1-4)
Zach Risteau (0-4-4)
Henry Cleghorn (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)
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)
Tyler Ward (1-0-1)

Jacob Berger (2-1-1-1 Record)

Merritt has the leagues best powerplay:

The Centennials have the leagues 10th best penalty kill

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