Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Salmon Arm 4 Vernon 3 Shooutout

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 Vipers home games since the 1998-99 season. For anyone who couldn't 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 opinion on the game. I try to be unbiased and give a fare game recap from both sides. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my blog.

I was at tonight's Vipers-Silverbacks game as Salmon Arm defeated Vernon 4-3 in a shootout in front of 1,605 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Aidan Porter
Salmon Arm: Matthew Armitage

1st Period: Just over two minutes in the Vipers would get caught with too many men on the ice, giving the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks an early powerplay. The Silverbacks couldn't get control of the puck long enough to get any sustained pressure on the man advantage. In the dying seconds of the minor Elan Bar-Lev-Wise lead a two on one attack, tried setting up Sebastain Stru who couldn't connect on the pass on a missed opportunity. The Apes would get their first shot of the PP in the final few seconds as Vernon with a strong PK killed off the penalty. SA gained a little momentum off the powerplay and come back with a strong push back. The Silverbacks with good pressure in the offensive zone after the powerplay, had the Snakes hemmed in their own end in spurts before Matthew Verboon from behind the net setup Trevor Adams in front who snuck the puck between Aidan Porter's glove and the post, giving Salmon Arm a 1-0 lead at 6:23 Porter looked a little confused on how the puck ended up in the back of the goal. Verboon & Hudson Schandor collected the assists. Twenty seconds later the Apes went back to the powerplay. Another strong penalty kill from the Vipers, who took a lot of time and space away from the Silverbacks as Vernon killed off the minor. Salmon Arm had an edge in play in the first half but didn't really create/or generate much for offence. Early into the second half the Snakes would get a few flurries in and around the Gorillas goal but couldn't beat Matthew Armitage. Armitage looked a little shaky early on, allowed some big rebounds, had troubles handling/controlling the puck managed to make the initial first stop. With about five and a half minutes remaining Viper captain Jagger Williamson skated into the offensive zone ripped a shot from just over the blueline almost fooled Matthew Armitage. Armitage come way out of his crease to clear the puck as the puck took a bounce over his stick was forced to stick out his leg to make a quick reaction save with his left pad on a strange play that just about cost the Silverbacks a goal. On the following play the Backs would get their third powerplay of the evening. Once again another solid penalty kill from Vernon. SA had a few looks but the Vipers would kill off the penalty. The Snakes seemed to gain a little momentum off the PK and would slowly take over the edge in play towards the end of the period. The Vipers with late pressure would jump on a late powerplay, their first of the night. Just fifteen seconds in Carver Watson's shot from the blueline beat Matthew Armitage five hole tying the game 1-1 at 19:27 Jack Judson and Jagger Williamson drew the helpers. It was 1-1 after 20 minutes of play. I thought the Silverbacks had a bit of an edge in the first half, while the Vipers seemed to generate a little more puck possession and edge in play in the second half. Both teams didn't create/or generate any real quality opportunities in a tight checking game. The Snakes had a few flurries in and around the goal, didn't have any puck luck. Salmon Arm went 0-3 with the PP struggled with the man advantage. The Vipers penalty kill was very sharp. Matthew Armitage who had no name bar on the back of his jersey, looked shaky early, was having troubles controlling his rebounds. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 15-7.

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Derrick Joins Vipers:

Goaltender Johnny Derrick has joined the Vernon Vipers.

Derrick attended the Vernon Vipers spring camp & training camp the past two years also played in some exhibition games before being cut/released.

Johnny Derrick's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Morning Star website:

Kevin Mitchell

Oct. 31, 2018 

Sports

The Vipers announced that 18-year-old Max Palaga has joined the Western League Everett Silvertips after his playing rights were moved from Kamloops to Everett in a trade. Palaga put up solid numbers in five starts with the Vipers, posting a 1.77 goals against average and a .943 save percentage with one shutout. He went 2-2-1.

Palaga, a Kamloops product, was 5-7-1 with the WHL Kamloops Blazers last year.

The Vipers have summoned Johnny Derrick, 16, from the West Vancouver Academy Prep team to back up starting goalie Aidan Porter.
Derrick, a 6-foot-2, 174-pounder, has a 2.58 GAA and .931 save percentage through seven games in the Canadian school academy league.




Midweek Matchup ‘Backs vs. Vipers:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

‘Backs vs. Vipers

October 31, 2018

Tonight – Salmon Arm Silverbacks (10-7-1-0) at Vernon Vipers (7-5-4-1)
7 p.m. at Kal Tire Place in Vernon
Presented by the BCIHL



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Game Preview: Salmon Arm @ Vernon:

Salmon Arm (10-7-1-0) @ Vernon (7-5-4-1) 7pm

Tonight is the second of six regular season meetings vs the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Silverbacks lead the season series 1-0

Last Game:

Saturday, October 27th Vernon defeated Alberni Valley 4-0
Sunday, October 28th Salmon Arm defeated Prince George 2-1

Next Game:

Friday, November 2nd Vernon @ Coquitlam
Saturday, November 3rd Salmon Arm @ Chilliwack

Vernon's record & stats vs the Silverbacks since 2002

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Vipers Scare Up Surging Silverbacks Tonight:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers scare up surging Silverbacks tonight

Kevin Mitchell

Oct. 31, 2018

Local Sports

The Vernon Vipers have pocketed points in their last five B.C. Hockey League games, setting up a key Hallowe’en spooktacular game with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks at Kal Tire Place.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Team WHL Names Vernon Vipers Alumni Kisio Assistant Coach:

The Western Hockey League, in collaboration with the Canadian Hockey League and Hockey Canada have named former Vernon Vipers forward Brent Kisio assistant coach with Team WHL.

Team WHL, which will compete against Team Russia at the 2018 CIBC Canada Russia Series in Kamloops and Vancouver. Team WHL will host Team Russia November 5 in Kamloops and November 6 in Vancouver.

In August Kisio was named an assistant coach of team Canada at the World Junior hockey Championships. Kisio is in his fourth season with the Western Hockey League Lethbridge Hurricanes, also coached at the 2016 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and the 2017 Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team that won the 2017 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in August 2017. 

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BCHL Report:

This is posted on the Juniorhockey.ca website:

DAILY DISH: BCHL REPORT Canadian Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 30 Oct 2018   

By: Stephen Heisler, JuniorHockey.com

The Chilliwack Chiefs’ grip on to the top spot of our British Columbia Hockey League rankings has lost a bit of strength. Regardless, the Chiefs are at #1 for the fourth straight week.
 
The BCHL Insider is exactly that...a coach, or employee, with incredible insight into the league.
 
Now for the disclosure… the following is my opinion and not written under the influence of anything or anybody.
 
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Vipers Lose Long Time Fan-Season Ticket Holder:

This was in the Morning Star Newspaper:

Lloyd Vernon Claffey

October 23, 2018

It is with heartfelt sadness we announce the passing of Lloyd Vernon Claffey on October 23rd, 2018 in Kelowna, BC. Lloyd had a passion for all sports but especially for Hockey and followed the Vernon Vipers closely attending several Royal Bank Cups. Lloyd enjoyed spending time with family, and enjoyed cruising. Prior to Edna’s passing they travelled extensively and were Elite club members with Princess Cruise lines.

He is survived by: Daughters Lavina (Erv) Daskis, Cherryl (Bjorn) Engum, Amber Grove, Patrice (Nathan) Davies. Grandchildren: Julie Smithers, Lisa McPhee, Geordy and Teila Smart, Justin and Jacobie Grove, Christopher, Megan and Adam Davies. Brothers Ken (Annette) Claffey and Orville Claffey and numerous great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years Edna M Claffey, his parents Vernon and Joyce Claffey, brothers Brian, Larry, Mervin and Virgil Claffey.

A joint celebration of Life for Lloyd and Edna will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so can make a donation to the Diabetes Association.

Arrangements entrusted to First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, BC 250-762-2299.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Lansdell Suspended:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

28-Oct-18 The Vernon Vipers Jesse Lansdell is suspended 8 games for a blow to the head as a result from a request for supplemental discipline

Jesse Lansdell's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/247463/jesse-lansdell

Blazers Trade Palaga To Everett:

The Western Hockey League Kamloops Blazers have traded Max Palaga to the Everett Silvertips.

The Blazers released Palaga September 25th 2018 joined/signed with the Vipers September 25th 2018.

Max Palaga's Player Profile:


This is posted on the Blazers website:

BLAZER ACQUIRE DRAFT PICK FOR G MAX PALAGA 

October 29, 2018 

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BCHL News & Trades:

I found these press releases off team websites, twitter accounts, blogs or online. All Vipers news-trades are posted on this blog as soon as released-announced.

BCHL News & Trades:

Nanaimo-Langley Trade:

The Nanaimo Clippers have picked up defenceman Carter Stephenson (’98) who was with the Langley Rivermen. “Carter is an experienced defenceman, who can play the power play and brings experience to the back end”, stated Coach Naylor. The 5’11”, 154-lb. Carter has played six games for the Rivermen in the 2018-2019 season, scoring one goal, having two assists and 10 minutes in penalties. The 2017-2018 season saw Stephenson playing for the Rivermen in 51 games. He scored six goals, had 17 assists and 23 minutes in penalties. 2016-2017 saw Carter playing for the Vernon Vipers and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. He played 23 games for the Vipers scoring five goals, had eight assists and 15 minutes in penalties. With the Silverbacks he played in 30 games with one goal, seven assists and 26 penalty minutes. In 2015-2016, Carter played with the BCMML Vancouver NW Giants, where he was awarded top D-Man in the BC Major Midget League.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Vipers Alumni Strachan Not Returning To Devils:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Tyson Strachan wont be returning to the British Elite Ice Hockey League (BEIHL) Cardiff Devils this season. 

The Devils are a Welsh ice hockey team that play in the BEIHL. The Devils have two former Vernon Lakers/Vernon Vipers alumni. Former Vernon Vipers forward Andrew lord (2002-2004) is in his sixth season with the Devils as player/coach, while former Vernon Lakers defenceman Todd Kelman (1992-93) is in his fifth season with the Devils as the teams franchise owner & general manager.

Strachan was invited to the Arizona Coyotes training camp last year was released from camp September 24th 2017 before signing with the American Hockey League Stockton Heat. Strachan never played a game in Stockton was eventually released October 2nd 2017 before signing with the Devils November 21st 2017. In 47 games with the Devils last season Strachan collected (4-goals-11-assists-15-points).

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 & Cardiff Devils).

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Storm Sign Ex Viper Forward Basara:

The British Elite Hockey League Manchester Storm have signed former Vernon Vipers forward Marcus Basara.

Basara attended the University of Alaska-Fairbanks before signing his first professional contract with the East Coast Hockey League Allen Americans August 24th 2017.

Basara started his first professional season last year with with the East Coast Hockey League Allen Americans. Basara never played a game, was invited to the American Hockey League San Jose Barracuda training camp in September 2017, was released during camp, before returning to the Americans. The Americans traded Basara to the East Coast Hockey League Jacksonville IceMen October 10th 2017 before the 2017-18 regular season started. Basara never played a game with the IceMen before being placed on waivers. 

Basara was claimed off waivers by the East Coast Hockey League Orlando Solar Bears November 20th 2017. Basara collected one assist in four games with the Solar Bears before being released November 30th 2017. Basara would return to Allen after signing with the Americans for a second time last season, December 10th 2017. In 18 games with the Americans Basara collected (3-goals-3-assists-6-points) was traded to the East Coast Hockey League Wheeling Nailers February 17th 2018. 

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Williamson Moves Into 3rd Place On Vipers Franchise All-Time Games Played List:

Vernon Vipers forward/captain Jagger Williamson played career
game #214 Saturday night in Alberni Valley in a 4-0 victory over the Bulldogs passing former Vernon Vipers forwards/captains Chris Crowell & Kori Davison for 3rd place on the franchise all-time games played list.

Crowell played in 213 career games with the Vernon Vipers from 2005-2009 was captain of the Vipers 2009 Royal Bank Cup championship team his final year of junior hockey. Crowell's jersey #18 was retired by the Vipers January 29th 2016 as only the second number/jersey to be retired by the Vipers. In 213 games with the Vipers Crowell collected (33-goals-57-assists-90-points).

Chris Crowell's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/38015/chris-crowell

Davison played in 213 career games with the Vernon Vipers from 1996-2000 was captain of the Vipers his final year of junior hockey. In 213 games with the Vipers Davison collected (72-goals-99-assists-171-points).

Kori Davison's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/160095/kori-davison

Williamson is only fifteen games behind former Vernon Vipers forward Rob Short (2005-2010) for 2nd on the franchise all-time games played list and nineteen games behind former Vernon Vipers forward Garth Gartner (1994-1998) for 1st on the franchise all-time games played list.

Jagger Williamson's Player Profile:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/247144/jagger-williamson

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Vernon 4 Alberni Valley 0

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

No Scoring

2nd Period:

2:42 VER Teddy Wooding (4) ASST: Connor Marritt (4), Ben Sanderson (1) 


3:57 VER Nicholas Cherkowski (1) ASST: Coleton Bilodeau (6) 

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Vipers-Kings Highlight's:

Here are the Vipers/Kings shootout highlight's from Friday night in Powell River. Vipers captain Jagger Williamson tied the game with the goaltender pulled at 19:38 after no scoring in overtime both teams went to the shootout for the first time this season. Jagger Williamson and Sebastian Streu were denied, while Mitchell Williams & Matt Fawcett both scored for the Kings who come away with the 4-3 shootout victory in front of 945 fans at the Hap Parker Arena.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=Z2Tzl7LAFG4

Powell River Kings postgame show

Alex Rawnsley interview's Powell River Kings forward Mitchell Williams & Powell River Kings assistant coach/assistant GM Brock Sawyer after the Kings 4-3 shootout victory Friday.

https://www.facebook.com/powellriverkings/videos/492583971256553/?t=0

Game Preview: Parents Weekend: Vernon @ Alberni Valley:

Alberni Valley (7-9-1-0) @  Vernon (6-5-4-1) 7pm

Tonight is the second and final regular season meetings between the Vernon Vipers & Alberni Valley Bulldogs. The Vipers lead the season series 1-0

Last Game:

Friday, October 26th Powell River defeated Vernon 3-2 shootout
Friday, October 26th Alberni Valley defeated Nanaimo 2-0

Next Game:

Wednesday, October 31st Salmon Arm @ Vernon
Friday, November 2nd Alberni Valley @ Prince George

Vernon's record & stats vs the Bulldogs since 2003

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Powell River 3 Vernon 2 Shootout

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:

7:27 PR Matt Fawcett (7) ASST: Ben Thomas (5), Ryan Brushett (13)

2nd Period:


15:59 VER Sebastian Streu (2) ASST: Jagger Williamson (6)

3rd Period:

3:47 PR Ryan Brushett (8) ASST: Levi Glasman (14), Perry Winfree (3)

19:38 VER Jagger Williamson (4) ASST: Alex Swetlikoff (5), Josh Latta (5)

1st OT

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Game Preview: Vernon @ Powell River:


Vernon (6-5-4-0) @ Powell River (9-6-0-0) 7pm

Tonight is the first of two regular season meetings vs the Powell River Kings. The Kings won last year's season series 2-1

Last Game:

Sunday, October 21st Salmon Arm defeated Vernon 4-3 Overtime
Sunday, October 21st Powell River defeated Nanaimo 2-1

Next Game:

Saturday, October 27th Vernon @ Alberni Valley
Saturday, October 27th Nanaimo @ Powell River

Vernon's record & stats vs the Kings since 2003

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Sanderson Brings Speed:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Sanderson brings speed

Kevin Mitchell

Oct. 25, 2018 

Local Sports

Last time Ben Sanderson was in Vernon, he helped the Springbank Whalers of Calgary win the 2013 Coca-Cola Classic International Pee Wee Hockey Tournament.

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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Former Vipers Tryout Gorges Still Without NHL Contract:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Josh Gorges is still without a NHL contract.

Gorges attended the Vernon Vipers training camp in August 2000 before leaving camp for a tryout with his hometown Western Hockey League Kelowna Rockets. Gorges would make the Rockets and play four years in Kelowna. Gorges was signed as a free agent by San Jose in 2002. Gorges played fourteen years in the NHL with three different teams (San Jose, Montreal & Buffalo).

Josh Gorges Player Profile:


This was posted on Hockeywriters.com

Josh Gorges Holding Out Hope For NHL Opportunity

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BCHL Report:

This is posted on Juniorhockey.ca

DAILY DISH: BCHL REPORT Canadian Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 24 Oct 2018   

By: Stephen Heisler, JuniorHockey.com

The Chilliwack Chiefs continue their hold on to the top spot in this week’s British Columbia Hockey League rankings. The Chiefs are at #1 for the third straight week. Now let’s get a good look how the rest of the teams shake out. 
The BCHL Insider is exactly that...a coach, or employee, with incredible insight into the league.

Now for the disclosure… the following is my opinion and not written under the influence of anything or anybody.

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