Friday, August 31, 2018

Salmon Arm 3 Vernon 2 Shootout

I have had season tickets for 29 years and been following junior hockey in Vernon for over thirty five years. I haven't missed a Vipers home game in nine years and only missed three home games since the 1998-99 season. For anyone who could not attend or watch tonight's Vipers game here are my thought's and view's 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 thought's on how I saw tonight's game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare recap on both sides. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Silverbacks exhibition game as Salmon Arm defeated Vernon 3-2 in a shootout at the Shaw Centre. No attendance was announced for tonight's game.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Aidan Porter
Salmon Arm: Devin Chapman

1st Period: Just fifteen seconds off the opening puck drop, Trey Thomas & Noah Wakeford lead an odd man rush. Thomas decided to keep and shoot, was denied by Aidan Porter. Off the next faceoff the Vipers would get the puck in deep. Michael Young's point shot was stopped before Elan Bar-Lev-Wise couldn't bury the rebound on a quality chance in front. Two good chances at both ends of the rink inside the opening minute. Five minutes in, Nicholas Wildgoose lead the Snakes on a three on one attack, kept and fired but couldn't beat Devin Chapman. About a minute or so later Trey Thomas and Hudson Schandor broke in two on one, couldn't beat Aidan Porter before the Vipers stormed back the other way. On a flurry of chances in and around the net, Vernon couldn't capitalize before Elan Bar-Lev-Wise banked a shot in off the back of Silverbacks starting goaltender Devin Chapman giving Vernon a 1-0 lead. (I couldn't hear/understand the pa announcer, so I didn't hear the time of the goal or who recorded the assists). Minutes later the Vipers would get the games first powerplay but couldn't muster much offence. Vernon product Coleton Bilodeau with a quality chance in the dying the seconds of the man advantage couldn't give the Snakes a two goal lead. Salmon Arm would kill off the minor. With about six minutes left Cody Hough's point shot forced Aidan Porter into making a difficult save with bodies in front. Minutes later Alex Swetlikoff setup Teddy Woodling in front as the puck rolled through the crease. Shortly after Elan Bar-Lev-Wise with a good look-opportunity was denied in front. The Snakes with a few good looks late in the frame. It was 1-0 Vernon after 20 minutes of play. I thought the Silverbacks had the early edge in play, carried the better of the play in the first half but didn't get many pucks to the net-create chances. I thought the Vipers got better as the period went on, had the better of the scoring chances. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 13-7.

2nd Period: The Vipers got off to a quick start and capitalized early. Coleton Bilodeau setup Nicholas Wildgoose in front, giving Vernon an early 2-0 lead at 1:44 Bilodeau drew the lone assist. But just sixteen seconds later the Backs responded. Matthew Verboom with a quick backhand beat Vipers starting goaltender Aidan Porter high and over the shoulder getting Salmon Arm to within a goal at 2:00 Demetri Kambeitz with the only helper on the play. Minutes later the Snakes would get their second powerplay of the contest. Trey Taylor jumped in from the point, looked to give Vernon a two goal lead somehow was robbed by Devin Chapman who made a huge game saver, keeping this a one goal game. The Silverbacks would kill off the penalty. Just over a minute later SA would get their first PP of the night. But shorthanded the Vipers sprung Alex Swetlikoff in for the breakaway, would be denied by Ethan Langenegger. The S'Backs would get a few good looks couldn't capitalize with the man advantage. Just as the penalty expired both teams would switch goaltenders with about nine minutes left in the middle frame. Aidan Hosein replaced Aidan Porter. Porter stopped allowed one goal on thirteen Salmon Arm shots. Ethan Langenegger replaced Devin Chapman who allowed two goals on twenty Vernon shots. In the second half former Silverbacks forward Josh Latta raced down the right wing, ripped a quick shot couldn't solve Ethan Langenegger. Minutes later Akito Hirose with a good opportunity at the other end couldn't solve Aidan Hosein. Hosein had to be sharp was forced to make several stops in the second half with SA pressing. Late in the period the Snakes would get a late powerplay after Demetri Kambeitz was given two minutes and an automatic ten minute misconduct for a check to the head. The Vipers struggled with the powerplay as the Backs killed off the minor. The Silverbacks would finish the 2nd period on the man advantage. Aidan Hosein once again had to be alert, coming up with some big saves to finish the middle frame. It was 2-1 Vernon after 40 minutes of play. The Vipers jumped on the Apes early, had some good jump in the opening few minutes before the Silverbacks rallied and took over the edge in play for a lot of the second period. Salmon Arm was hitting and the more physical team in this period. Aidan Hosein was very sharp between the pipes for the Snakes. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 13-11.

3rd Period: Three minutes in, the S'Backs setup Trey Thomas going hard to the net, was stopped in close by Aidan Hosein. On the following play Hosein was forced to make a second big stop as the Silverbacks were pressing early. The Vipers couldn't clear the zone after Michael Young turned over the puck, it looked like SA was in on the odd man rush before the Vipers made a solid defensive play breaking up the odd man rush. But Vernon couldn't recover and clear the zone before Wyatt Marlow found the back of the net, tying the game 2-2 at 4:11 Cody Hough & Akito Hirose collected the helpers. About six minutes in the Vipers would lose newcomer Ben Helgeson, while the Silverbacks would lose Tyler Browning. Both players received ten minute misconducts for diving. About five minutes later Salmon Arm would get called for too many men but the Vipers would take a penalty of their own, evening up the play at four on four, before the Apes would get a late powerplay. The Vipers were able to kill it off. Vernon would go at least seven or eight minutes without a shot as it was all Backs. In the second half Cody Hough's shot got through traffic, before grazing the far post on a close call. Late in the period Logan Cash setup Teddy Woodling on a two on one, Woodling couldn't get the puck up and over Ethan Langenegger who sprawled out making a huge pad save, keeping this game tied with 1:31 remaining. In the dying the seconds Trevor Adams looked to end it for the Silverbacks wired a lazer of a shot from the circle forcing Aidan Hosein to just get a piece of it with his glove. It was tied 2-2 after 60 minutes. It was all Salmon Arm who had full control of the 3rd period. The S'Backs carried the majority of the play, had several good looks-opportunities. The Vipers struggled in their own end, had troubles clearing the zone, couldn't muster any kind of offence. The Snakes went at least seven or eight minutes without a shot. Salmon Arm outshot Vernon 10-5.

Overtime: This year the BCHL is going with a new overtime format. Both teams will play three on three for five minutes. If the game is still tied, teams will go to a shootout. The Vipers would get the better of the chances early. Josh Latta down the left wing, couldn't beat Ethan Langenegger, while Teddy Woodling on an odd man rush couldn't put home the OT winner and then with a second opportunity was denied again. The Snakes would get an early powerplay but struggled as SA killed off the penalty. A big kill from the Silverbacks. It was tied 2-2 after overtime. Vernon was the better team, had some grade a chances couldn't capitalize on their opportunities. Ethan Langenegger made some big stops. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 4-2.


Vernon Shooters:

Teddy Woodling (Was stopped)
Elan Bar-Lev-Wise (Was stopped)

Salmon Arm Shooters:

Justin Wilson (Scored)
Matthew Verboom (Scored)

Ethan Langenegger made two big stops off Teddy Woodling and Elan Bar-Lev-Wise.

Top Player's: (Vernon)

Nicolas Ardanaz I thought played very well on the Vipers blueline. Didn't look out of place tonight. I was a little surprised he was still in camp. I thought he wasn't playing with Vernon this year? Has committed to the Vipers for the 2019-20 season. Does this mean he has a chance at making the team this year?

Trey Taylor Was another defenceman I thought played well, made a few nice defensive plays.

Nick Cherowski Caught my attention a few times. I thought was one of the better forwards.

Josh Latta Facing his former team played well. Was involved in the play, had some looks-opportunities.

Elan Bar-Lev-Wise (1 goal) I thought was the Snakes best player tonight. Had a strong 1st period with some looks/chances. Looks to have put on some weight over the summer. Was in the face of a few Silverbacks through out the contest.

Aidan Porter (13 saves-1 goal) Started the game, Played well for a period and a half. Looked confident, didn't give up rebounds/second opportunities.

Aidan Hosein (16 saves-1 goal) Played the second half of tonight's game. Was the busier of the two Viper goaltenders, made some big stops in the second period. Played well.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

I thought the Vipers got off to a bit of a slow start but seemed to get better as the 1st period went along. Vernon got off to a quick start to start the middle frame but were outplayed often in the 2nd and 3rd periods. The Snakes had troubles clearing the zone, coughed up the puck in their own end. Vernon's powerplay struggled. The Vipers had some very good chances late in the 3rd and in overtime couldn't bury their opportunities. The Vipers going with seven returning players in the lineup, dressed two 20 yr olds. I counted ten players-scratches sitting in the stands. Kevin Kraus is getting married married this weekend so it was Mark Ferner and Kevin Pederson behind the bench. A pretty good turnout of Viper fans made the trip down for tonight's game. The Snakes were wearing their home white jerseys, while Salmon Arm was wearing their black away jerseys. The Vipers suffer their first exhibition loss fall to 2-1 will host Salmon Arm tomorrow in their final exhibition game. The Vipers will open the regular season September 7th vs the Wenatchee Wild.

Top Player's: (Salmon Arm)

Cody Hough (1 assist) I thought played very well on the backend. Was getting pucks to the net, isn't the biggest d-man on the ice but played well through out the game.

Akito Hirose (1 assist) Was another defenceman that had a solid game for the Backs. Was involved in the play, was getting pucks to the net, played well at both ends of the rink.

The line of Trey Thomas, Hudson Schandor and Noah Wakeford Was Salmon Arm's most potent unit. This line really showed off their speed, they were creating/generating chances all night. Were hard to defend against.

Matthew Verboom (1 goal) I thought played with a lot of hustle, was quick, moved the puck and never quit skating.

Ethan Langenegger (15 saves-0 goals) Didn't see much action at first but as the game went on, was forced into making some big stops for the S'Backs. Made a highlight reel save off Teddy Woodling on a two on one with 1:31 left in the third. Then made three or four big saves in overtime before stopping both Vernon shooters in the shootout.

Game Thought's: (Vernon)

I thought the Silverbacks come out with a lot of energy, jumped on Vernon early just had troubles getting pucks to the net-creating/generating chances. SA was down two goals early into the second period, started hitting, was the more physical team, took over the game in the middle frame and continued to do so for the remainder of the 2nd and 3rd periods. I thought the Backs were quicker to the puck, had a strong forecheck forced the Snakes into turning over the puck. Salmon Arm could have easily lost tonight if it wasn't for their goaltending late in the 3rd and into overtime. The Silverbacks dressed five 20 yr olds. I counted six scratches-players sitting in the stands for the Silverbacks. The Silverbacks pick up their first pre-season victory improve their exhibition record to 1-1-1 These two teams will meet seven more times this season. I would guess their was around 600 people at tonight's game.


No scratches were announced

Three Star's:

1st Star:
2nd Star:
3rd Star:

No three star's were announced

Here are both teams rosters-lineup's


Nicolas Ardanaz D 02
Kyler Shmigelsky D 00
Michael Young D 98
Trey Taylor D 02
Liam Noble F 01
Ben Helgeson F 00
Nicholas Wildgoose F 99
Connor Marritt F 99
Nick Cherowski F 00
Alex Swetlikoff F 01
Josh Latta F 98
Teddy Woodling F 99
Jack Judson D 00
Brendan Kim D 00
Logan Cash F 01
Jett Saharchuk F 00
Coleton Bilodeau F 00
Elan Bar-Lev-Wise F 01
Aidan Porter G 99
Aidan Hosein G 99

Salmon Arm:

Julian Timba D 98
Tyler Browning D 99
Cody Hough D 01
Sol Seibel D 98
Aiden Jenner F 00
Tyson Gayfer F 00
John Little F 02
Akito Hirose D 99
Nick Unruh F 00
Wyatt Marlow F 02
Trey Thomas F 99
Hudson Schandor F 00
Noah Wakeford F 00
Justin Wilson F 98
Matthew Verboom F 00
Trevor Adams F 99
Andy Stevens D 98
Demetri Kambeitz F 98
Ethan Langenegger G 00
Devin Chapman G 01

The BCHL doesn't keep track of statistics during exhibition games. There will be no boxscore during preseason games.

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