Friday, February 22, 2019

Vipers Clinch Home Ice Advantage-4th Place:

The Vernon Vipers have clinched 4th place in the Interior division & home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs after the Penticton Vees defeated the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 5-2 tonight in Salmon Arm.

With the Silverbacks loss Salmon Arm remains three points behind the Snakes for 4th place with only one game remaining. The Silverbacks remain in 5th place are only two points up on West Kelowna after the Warriors 4-3 overtime victory tonight over the visiting Trail Smoke Eaters. The Warriors are only two points back of Salmon Arm for 5th place.

Salmon Arm travels to Penticton Saturday, while West Kelowna is in Trail. A Silverbacks victory Saturday in Penticton and Vernon will host Salmon Arm in round 1 of the playoffs. A Silverbacks loss and a Warriors win in Trail and the Vipers will host West Kelowna in the opening round of the BCHL playoffs.

Vipers-Express Highlight's:

Here are the game highlight's from Wednesday's Vipers-Express
game In Vernon. The Vipers scored twice in both of the first two periods, jumped out to a 4-0 lead. The line of Coleton Bilodeau, Logan Cash and Tyler Ho collected four points while Aidan Porter made 25 saves in the victory. Clay Stevenson made 26 saves in the loss, while Drew Cooper scored the lone Express goal in the 3rd period as Vernon defeated Coquitlam 4-1 at Kal Tire Place.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxdX4uyeLog

Eddie Gregory's Coquitlam Express Blog,

http://expressvoice.blogspot.com/

Vipers Close Out Home Schedule With Win:

This is in todays Morning Star newspaper:

Vipers close out home schedule with win

Morning Star Staff

Feb. 22, 2019 

The Vernon Vipers closed out their B.C. Hockey League regular season home schedule Wednesday with a convincing 4-1 win over the Coquitlam Express at Kal Tire Place.

The game was highlighted by Viper defenceman Trey Taylor’s first BCHL goal at 8:43 of the second period, giving the Vipers a 4-0 lead.

Coleton Bilodeau, with his seventh, and Teddy Wooding with his 20th, gave Vernon a 2-0 first-period lead.

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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Vernon Vipers Chapel Program:

This was posted on youtube

Vernon Vipers Chapel Program

Hockeytube.net

Published on Feb 18, 2019

As part of the Vernon Vipers Junior A hockey program the team provides players the opportunity to participate voluntarily in a team chapel with pastor David Hockley.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmG2mbUkFGk

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Vernon 4 Coquitlam 1

I have had season tickets for 29 years and been following junior hockey in Vernon for over thirty ive years. I have missed four Vipers home games since 2009 and five Vipers home games since the 1999-2000 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-Express game as Vernon defeated Coquitlam 4-1 in front of 1,643 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Aidan Porter
Coquitlam: Clay Stevenson

1st Period: Just fourty seconds Clay Stevenson come up with a large save inside the opening minute to keep this a scoreless hockey game. Minutes later Jesse Lansdell in close would be denied by Clay Stevenson. The Vipers all over the visiting Express, who were hemmed in their own end early and often. Minutes later Nick Cherkowski with a quick shot from the slot couldn't beat Clay Stevenson as Vernon outshooting Coquitlam 5-0 early. Clay Stevenson would get caught outside of his goal, the puck come out front but Jordan Schulting made a strong defensive play, to take away a scoring chance. Jared Power would stoned in front after Aidan Porter come across the blue paint in a hurry to make a big pad save in close on the Express first shot of the game at the halfway mark. A minute later Cooper Connell looked to beat Aidan Porter but rang his shot off the post as Coquitlam come within inches of opening the scoring. Just past the halfway mark the Snakes would get the games first powerplay. Teddy Wooding would be denied in close on a quality chance as Coquitlam killed off the minor. Minutes later Coleton Bilodeau on a scramble in front beat Clay Stevenson low giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 17:14 Bilodeau's goal was unassisted. Just over two minutes later Teddy Wooding on a turnover at the Express blueline, went in for the breakaway, gave Vernon a 2-0 lead at 19:46 Wooding's goal was unassisted. It was 2-0 Vernon after 20 minutes of play. The Vipers jumped on the Express early and often, had several good looks-quality chances through out the first half, were by far the better of the two teams in the first half. The Snakes carried the play, saw a lot of the first ten minutes or so in the offensive zone. Vernon had a ton of puck possession, had the Express hemmed in their own end for a lot of the first half. Coquitlam battled back after getting their legs going in the second half as the Express with a good push back, had some pressure and zone time of their own evened the play up in the second half. Both goaltenders were wandering outside of their crease and both goaltenders almost come very close to coughing up the puck, leading to a goal. The Vipers had the better scoring chances outshot Coquitlam 13-5.

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Game Preview: Coquitlam @ Vernon:

Coquitlam (27-23-3-3) @ Vernon (25-20-7-3) 7pm

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

Last Game:

Sunday, February 17th Langley defeated Vernon 4-2
Sunday, February 17th Coquitlam defeated Cowichan 4-1

Next Game:

Saturday, February 23rd Vernon @ Merritt
Friday, February 22nd Coquitlam @ Surrey

Vernon's record & stats vs the Express since 2003

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Vipers Win Two, Lose One In Long Weekend Action:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Vipers win two, lose one in long weekend action

Parker Crook

Feb. 20, 2019 

Local Sports

After starting the long weekend with back to back wins, the Vernon Vipers lost their edge against the Langley Rivermen at home Sunday.

The Vipers’ two goals came from Matt Kowalski and Jagger Williamson but they fell short and left the Rivermen ahead 4-2 at the buzzer.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Ex Vipers Forward Brushett Named Player Of The Week:

Vernon Vipers forward Matt Kowalski has been named honourable mention for Player of the week, while former Vernon Vipers forward Ryan Brushett has been named the BCHL Player of the week.

Brushett is in his first season in Powell River after the Alberta Junior Hockey League Grande Prairie Storm traded Brushett to the Kings September 7th 2018. 

Brushett played last year with the Surrey Eagles before being traded to Vernon over the summer for future considerations. The Eagles announced the trade on June 14th 2018. In 58 games last season with Surrey Brushett picked up (21-goals-28-assists-49-points).  

The Vipers traded Brushett to the Alberta Junior Hockey League Bonnyville Pontiacs June 1st 2018. Brushett was the future considerations in the Derek Brown trade. The Pontiacs traded Derek Brown to Vernon January 9th 2018 for Sol Seibel & future considerations. Seibel never reported to Bonnyville was later traded to Salmon Arm January 10th 2018 for future considerations.

The Pontiacs traded Brushett to Grande Prairie July 16 2018. Brushett was previously committed to Providence College for this coming season before joining the Kings.

The Vipers signed Brushett September 22nd 2016 after playing in the United States Hockey League. After one season in Vernon the Vipers traded Brushett to Surrey September 6th 2017 for future considerations. In 50 games with the Vipers Brushett collected (10-goals-16-assists-26-points). 

Ryan Brushett's Player Profile:

http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=251475

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Vipers Drop Weekend Finale To Rivermen:

This is posted on the Vipers website:

Vipers Drop Weekend Finale to Rivermen

February 18, 2019 

Vernon, BC:  The Vernon Vipers had goals from Matt Kowalski and Jagger Williamson but it wasn't enough as the Langley Rivermen posted a 4-2 road win on Sunday afternoon.

The Vipers red hot powerplay struck early in the hockey game after the Vipers jumped out to a 5-0 shot advantage.  Matt Kowalski had a fortunate bounce come his way in the slot and he spun and fired a shot through the wickets of Shayne Battler to make it 1-0.  The Rivermen responded less than a minute later as a shot from far out from Riley Wallack fooled Bradley Cooper to tie the game at 1.  Less than two minutes later a centering pass from Brian Scoville found Trevor Ayre at the side of the net and he gave his team the lead.  Two goals on two shots spelled the end of the afternoon for Cooper who was replaced by Aidan Porter.  It was a frustrating period for the Vipers who felt they had earned a few chances on the powerplay didn't get the calls.  Chase Pletzke gave Langley a 3-1 lead as he kept on an odd man rush and ripped a shot home.  The Vipers killed off a crucial sequence that saw them shorthanded 5 on 3 for a full two minutes with Lansdell and Williamson in the box, with the latter assessed a 10 minute misconduct.  The Vipers also lost the services of Mark Ferner.  The Vipers killed off the powerplay and nearly made it 3-2 as Teddy Wooding had an opportunity on a penalty shot, but Shayne Battler made the save.

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Ex Vipers Defenceman Kirbyson Receives Conditional Discharge For Drug Possession:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Kevyan Kirbyson is homeless and battling addiction, now receives conditional discharge for drug possession.

This video was filmed in October,


Kirbyson played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2005-2006). Kirbyson played his first year with the 2005-06 Vernon Vipers before being traded halfway through the 2006-07 season. The Vipers traded Kirbyson to Powell River December 1st 2006 for future considerations. In 48 games Kirbyson collected three assists.

Kevyn Kirbyson's Player Profile:


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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Williamson Ties/Breaks Vernon Junior Hockey Records:

Vernon Vipers forward/captain Jagger Williamson scored his 11th goal of the season at 5:39 of the 3rd period this afternoon in a 4-2 loss to the visiting Langley Rivermen. Williamson recorded his 54th junior hockey career goal passes Vernon junior hockey greats Curtis Fraser-Vernon Vipers 2002-2003 & Brent Dodginghorse-Vernon Vipers 1995-1997 All three were tied in career goals prior to today's game. Williamson is now tied with former Vernon junior hockey greats, Chad Clower-Vernon Vipers 1999-2002 & Jason Williamson-Vernon Vipers 1999-2002 each having 54 junior hockey career goals sit 33rd on Vernon junior hockey's all-time career goals list.

Jagger Williamson's Player Profile:

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

Langley 4 Vernon 2

I have had season tickets for 29 years and been following junior hockey in Vernon for over thirty five years. I have missed four Vipers home games since 2009 and five Vipers home games since the 1999-2000 season. For anyone who couldn't attend or watch today's Vipers game, here are my thought's and view's from today'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 today's Vipers-Rivermen game as Langley defeated Vernon 4-2 in front of 2,315 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Bradley Cooper
Langley: Shayne Battler

1st Period: The Vipers jumped on the visiting Langley Rivermen off the opening puck drop. The Snakes with a few pucks to the net early, before Logan Cash beat Shayne Battler about 1:10 into the hockey game but rang his shot off the post as Vernon come very close to opening the scoring about a minute into the game. The Vipers would jump on an early powerplay just over two minutes in. Teddy Wooding with a hard shot, couldn't solve Shayne Battler who made a big stop on the PP. Matt Kowalski would open the scoring, beating Shayne Battler five hole, giving Vernon a 1-0 lead at 3:47 Brendan Kim & Connor Marritt collected the helpers. The Rivermen with a good push back shift after the goal, come back the other way on the following shift. Riley Wallack's shot from just across the blueline looked too fool Bradley Cooper, tying the game 1-1 on the Riv's first shot on goal, at 4:36 on a goal Cooper would like to have back. Matteo Pecchia drew the lone assist. Vernon outshooting Langley 7-1 at this point. Less then two minutes later Trevor Ayre beat Bradley Cooper on the Rivermen's second shot of the afternoon, giving Langley a 2-1 lead at 6:22 Brian Scoville picked up the helper. This was the end of the afternoon for Vipers starting goaltender Bradley Cooper. Cooper was replaced by Aidan Porter. Cooper gave up two goals on two Langley shots. The Snakes battled back, carried the better of the play for the next five-six minutes but didn't create/or generate much for offence. The Vipers tried sending Teddy Wooding in for the breakaway just before the halfway mark, couldn't connect on the pass before being tied up. Shortly after Chase Pietzke's shot from a sharp angle below the circle somehow beat Aidan Porter, giving Langley a 3-1 lead at 12:42 Pietzke's goal was unassisted. Im not sure if the puck beat Porter high over his shoulder or went through his arm, either way it was 3-1 for the visitors. Shortly after Teddy Wooding would go in for the parcial breakaway and be hooked/hauled down in close after getting a shot off, would be rewarded with a penalty shot. Complaints from the Langley d-man who hauled Wooding down. Wooding would come in slow failed to get a shot off, mishandled the puck in close, would hear about it from the Rivermen bench. It remained 3-1 Riv. Matt Kowalski on an odd man rush with about five minutes left in the opening frame, would be denied by Shayne Battler, who made a big save late in the period. On the following shift the Vipers would go down two men after Jesse Lansdell and Jagger Williamson would be called for tripping. Williamson went straight to the official to complain about the call, would then pick up a ten minute misconduct on top of the two minute tripping minor. The fans erupted, while Mark Ferner would get ejected from the contest after arguing with the officials. Langley would get good pressure, have some good looks but didn't really generate much for chances as Aidan Porter made one maybe two big stops as Vernon would kill off both minors. Just as the penalties expired, Devin Leduc would get in behind the Snakes defence couldn't beat Aidan Porter who come up with a large save towards the end of the period. It was 3-1 Langley after 20 minutes of play. I didn't think the Snakes played all that bad of a period, it was the goaltending that let Vernon down. For the second straight game Bradley Cooper didn't look sharp, gave up two goals on two shots was pulled from the hockey game early. The Vipers jumped on Langley off the start of the game, hit an early post, eventually opened the scoring on a powerplay, looked good before giving up two quick back to back goals. Vernon didn't panic, played well I thought, carried the better of the play, had more puck possession, didn't generate a lot of quality chances. It seemed like the Rivermen who didn't touch the puck often in the opening twenty minutes, capitalized on their chances. Whatever they fired towards the net, seemed to go in. I thought the Snakes were the better team, didn't get the puck luck-bounces go their way. The Vipers really needed a goal on Teddy Wooding's penalty shot, to try and get some momentum go their way and get back in the hockey game. The Rivermen also looked to have the officials on their side this period, had the calls go their way. Vernon outshot Langley 15-9.

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Game Preview: Langley @ Vernon:

Langley (25-26-2-1) @ Vernon (25-20-7-3) 2pm

Today is the second and final regular season meeting between the Vernon Vipers & Langley Rivermen. The Vipers lead the season series 1-0

Last Game:

Saturday, February 16th Vernon defeated West Kelowna 7-5
Saturday, February 16th Penticton defeated 3-1

Next Game:

Wednesday, February 20th Coquitlam @ Vernon
Friday, February 22nd Merritt @ Langley

Vernon's record & stats vs the Rivermen since 2003

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Fuller Dishes Big Hit – Penalized:

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Fuller Dishes Big Hit – Penalized

February 16, 2019 HockeyTube 

Fuller Dishes Big Hit – Penalized – Vernon Viper defenceman #2 Landon Fuller dished out a big hit during a BCHL game against the Nanaimo Clippers. The 6’5″ blueliner from Williams Lake caught forward Marcus Mitchell with his head down and lowered the boom. The ref’s called the hit a penalty and assessed Fuller with a 2-minute ‘Blow To The Head’ penalty and a 10-minute misconduct.


Williamson Ties/Breaks Vernon Junior Hockey Records:

Vernon Vipers captain/forward Jagger Williamson played in career game #230 tonight in the Vipers 7-5 victory in West Kelowna. Williamson past former Vernon Vipers forward Rob Short for second place on Vernon junior hockey's all-time games played list. Short a Vernon product played with the Vipers from 2005-2010 was the first Vernon junior hockey player to have his jersey retired. Short's jersey #20 was retired in September 2010. Williamson is only three games away from tying former Vernon Lakers/Vipers forward Garth Gartner (1994-1998) who is atop the list on Vernon junior hockey's all-time games played list with 233.

Williamson took a roughing minor at 5:53 of the 1st period tonight, passes former Vernon Vipers defenceman Adam Stewart (1995-1998) with 150 career penalty minutes, moving into 71st on Vernon junior hockey's all-time penalty minutes leader.

Williamson scored his 10th goal of the season at 15:26 on the powerplay in the 3rd period tonight, passes former Vernon junior hockey greats, Dustin Whitecotton-Vernon Lakers/Vipers 1993-96 & John Neeld-Vernon Vikings-1978-79 with his 53rd junior hockey career goal. All three players were tied with 52 career goals prior to tonight's game. Williamson with 53 junior hockey career goals is now tied with former Vernon Vipers forwards Curtis Fraser (2002-03) and Brent Dodginghorse (1995-97) is 36th on Vernon junior hockey's all-time goals list.

Vernon 7 West Kelowna 5

I have had season tickets for 29 years and been following junior hockey in Vernon for over thirty five years. I have missed four Vipers home games since 2009 and five Vipers home games since the 1999-2000 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-Warriors game as Vernon defeated West Kelowna 7-5 in front of 1,130 fans at Royal LePage Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Aidan Porter
West Kelowna: Brock Baier

1st Period: The Vipers jumped on the Warriors off the opening puck drop. Vernon with good pressure early, had some looks were quickly outshooting West Kelowna 3-0 just a minute into the contest. About two minutes in the Tribe sprung Cavin Tilsley in for the breakaway. Landon Fuller hustled back, got good body position on Tilsley who managed to get off a shot but I don't think a quality shot as Aidan Porter stayed with Tilsley the entire way, making the stop on the Warriors first shot of the night. The play then really started to open up as both teams went back and fourth before Tyler Ho ripped a shot about five minutes in would force Brock Baier to flash the leather, making a nice glove save. On the following shift the Vipers setup assistant captain Jesse Lansdell who got in behind the defence, couldn't solve Brock Baier in close. While Lansdell was getting up Baier looked to kick Lansdell before Lansdell quickly turned around, shoving/crosschecking Baier from behind. This drew a scrum as everyone on the ice got involved in the scrum in front of the West Kelowna Warriors goal. Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Austin Chorney was having words with Vipers captain Jagger Williamson as tempers heated up in a hurry. WK would come out of the scrum with the games first powerplay. The Warriors couldn't capitalize with the man advantage. Just as the minor expired Lucas Bahn's point shot would be redirected on it's way to the goal by Max Bulawka, giving West Kelowna a 1-0 lead at 7:54 Bahn & Anthony Bishop collected the assists. The Tribe with a good push back after the goal, come right back on offence. Somehow Aidan Porter fell, allowing Brandon Dent to hit the open cage, giving West Kelowna a 2-0 lead at 8:33 Quinton Waitzner drew the lone helper. Two quick back to back goals from West Kelowna. I didn't see what happened to Porter on the play/goal. Im not sure if he was upended or just lost an edge and fell, but either way the goal stood and WK was up 2-0. Teddy Wooding responded with a good push back shift after the goal, would be denied by Brock Baier. On the same shift Connor Marritt would beat Brock Baier alone in front, cutting West Kelowna's lead to 2-1 at 9:28 Matt Kowalski and Teddy Wooding picked up the helpers. Shortly after Jesse Lansdell who was in the face of the Tribe most of the period, was involved in the play once again, mixing things up after the whistle. Minutes later the Warriors would get their second powerplay of the game. Aidan Porter had to be sharp, made a big pad save off a shot from the point. WK with no real quality chances other then the one on the PP as Vernon killed off the minor. Shortly after the powerplay, Quinton Waitzner's shot just missed the far corner on a quality chance for the Tribe. Teddy Wooding come back the other way, couldn't beat Brock Baier. Inside the final minute Ben Sanderson tied the game 2-2 at 19:21 Jesse Lansdell with the assist. Fourteen seconds later the Warriors would get a late powerplay, before the end of the period. It was 2-2 after 20 minutes of play. This was a fairly evenly matched opening frame with both teams going back and fourth. It didn't look good for Vernon who gave up two quick back to back goals, were down 2-0 on the road, managed to battle back to tie the game. Both teams had some looks-chances through out the period. A very feisty period with several scrums-scrimmages between whistles. Jesse Lansdell was involved in several of those. Vernon outshot West Kelowna 18-12.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Game Preview: Vernon @ West Kelowna:

Vernon (24-20-7-3) @ West Kelowna (27-26-0-1) 7pm

Tonight is the sixth and final regular season meeting between the Vernon Vipers & West Kelowna Warriors. The Vipers lead the season series 4-1

Last Game:

Friday, February 15th Vernon defeated Nanaimo 5-4
Friday, February 14th Prince George defeated West Kelowna 5-2

Next Game:

Sunday, February 17th Langley @ Vernon
Tuesday, February 19th Merritt @ West Kelowna

Vernon's record & stats vs the Warriors since 2006

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Williamson Ties/Breaks Vernon Junior Hockey Records:

Vernon Vipers captain/forward Jagger Williamson played in career
game #229 tonight in the Vipers 5-4 victory over the visiting Nanaimo Clippers. Williamson ties former Vernon Vipers forward Rob Short for second on Vernon junior hockey's all-time games played list. Short a Vernon product played with the Vernon Vipers from 2005-2010 was the first Vernon junior hockey player to have his jersey retired. Short's jersey #20 was retired in September of 2010. Williamson is only four games behind former Vernon Lakers/Vipers forward Garth Gartner (1994-1998) for first on Vernon junior hockey's all-time games played list.

Williamson scored his 9th goal of the season at 6:47 of the 2nd period tonight, passing former Vernon junior hockey greats Dusty McLellan Vernon Lakers 1990-92, Andrew Coburn-Vernon Vipers 2005-07, Darcy George-Vernon Lakers 1993-95 & Bob Wensley-Vernon Lakers 1982-84 with his 52nd career junior hockey goal. All five players were tied in career goals with 51 career goals each prior to tonight's game. Williamson with his 52nd career junior hockey goal is now 38th on Vernon junior hockey's all-time goals list. Williamson is now tied in career goals (52) with former Vernon junior hockey greats Dustin Whitecotton-Vernon Lakers/Vipers 1993-96 & John Neeld-Vernon Vikings 1978-79.

Williamson recorded his 28th point of the season tonight, passes former Vernon Lakers forward Jason Elders 1989-91 Both players were tied in career junior hockey total points with 169 prior to tonight's game. Williamson with his 170th career junior hockey total point is now 16th on Vernon junior hockey's all-time total points list.

Vernon 5 Nanaimo 4

I have had season tickets for 29 years and been following junior hockey in Vernon for over thirty five years. I have missed four Vipers home games since 2009 and five Vipers home games since the 1999-2000 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-Clippers game as Vernon defeated Nanaimo 5-4 in front of 2,081 fans at Kal Tire Place.

Starting Goaltenders:

Vernon: Aidan Porter
Nanaimo: Jordan Naylor

During warmup the glass behind the Vipers net chattered and the rink crew needed some extra time to clean up the broken glass and replace the glass. Tonight's game was delayed by about five minutes.

1st Period: Off the opening faceoff the Clippers would jump on an early powerplay just seconds into the hockey game. With some pressure the Shipmen were held to the outside with no clear open lanes, unable to get pucks to the net. With only three seconds remaining on the powerplay, Joshua Bourne setup former Vernon Vipers defenceman Carter Stephenson who beat Aidan Porter on the Clippers first shot on the evening, giving Nanaimo a 1-0 lead at 2:46 Bourne and Tyler Williams collected the helpers. Just eighteen seconds later on a scramble in front of the Clippers net, Nick Cherkowski buried the rebound in front, tying the game 1-1 at 3:04 Elan Bar-Lev-Wise picked up the assist. The Vipers kept coming and poured on the pressure. Just over two minutes later former Salmon Arm Silverbacks forward Josh Latta with a rocket of a shot from the circle beat Jordan Naylor but not the crossbar as the Snakes come within inches of grabbing their first lead of the night. Shortly after the Vipers would get their first PP of the night, with good pressure, had some looks but couldn't capitalize with the man advantage. Just as the penalty expired, Matt Kowalski spotted Connor Marritt in front, giving Vernon a 2-1 lead at 7:55 Kowalski & Josh Latta drew the assists. The Snakes had the better of the play at this point, were outshooting the visiting Nanaimo Clippers 8-1. Just past the midway mark, Aidan Porter had to be sharp, made a quick pad save off a shot from the point, before Vernon quickly moved the puck back up ice setting up captain Jagger Williamson who would be denied in close on a nice save by Jordan Naylor. Shortly after the Shipmen tried sending Aiden Hansen Bukata in for the breakaway, but Brendan Kim hustled back making a nice defensive play, breaking up the breakaway. Shortly after Sammy Steele down the left wing with a lazer of a shot beat Aidan Porter top shelf, tying the game 2-2 at 14:06 Thomas Samuelsen & Ethan Scardina picked up the helpers. With three minutes remaining Vernon would get caught with too many men, sending Nanaimo to a late powerplay. On the man advantage, Tyler Williamson had Aidan Porter beat rang his shot off the post as the Clippers couldn't capitalize with the man advantage as the Snakes killed off the minor. Teddy Wooding with a nice individual effort went inside out on a Clippers defender, just fired wide of the goal, on a missed opportunity. In the dying seconds with the Vipers pressing, Logan Cashjust missed the far corner. It was 2-2 after 20 minutes of play. The Shipmen scored early on the games first powerplay but I thought the Vipers were the better of the two hockey clubs. Vernon carried the better of the play for most of the opening frame. The Snakes had a lot more puck possession and more scoring chances. Trey Taylor took a spill behind his own end was a little shaken and slow getting up, looked to be in some discomfort, remained in the game. Coleton Bilodeau was spotted leaving the Viper bench with the trainer, would return later and stay in the contest. The Clippers had troubles creating/generating offence, didn't have much time with the puck, were limited on their chances. Vernon outshot Nanaimo 10-7.

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Game Preview: Nanaimo @ Vernon:

Nanaimo (25-27-1-0) @ Vernon (23-20-7-3) 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:

Saturday, February 9th Penticton defeated Vernon 8-2
Saturday, February 9th Merritt defeated Nanaimo 5-3

Next Game:

Saturday, February 16th Vernon @ West Kelowna
Saturday, February 16th Nanaimo @ Chilliwack

Vernon's record & stats vs the Clippers since 2003

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Vernon Vipers Valentine’s Day Special Video:

This is posted on Hockeytube.net

Vipers Valentine’s Day Special

February 14, 2019 HockeyTube 

Vipers Valentine’s Day Special – It’s back for another year! Some of the BCHL’s Vernon Vipers talk about love and romance including what their perfect date would be and who on the team is most likely to get married first. It’s a tongue in cheek video that brings a little smile every Valentine’s Day. Big thank yo to all the players who put themselves out for this one!


2019 Postseason Plans:

This is posted on the BCHL website:

2019 Postseason Plans

February 14, 2019 

With all 16 playoff berths now claimed, the BCHL is reminding fans the Chevrolet BCHL Playoffs format will be the same as last season with a crossover team going to the Interior as the No. 8 seed.

In the Island and Mainland Divisions, the top-four teams have booked spots in the postseason though the exact seeding remains to be determined. When the playoffs begin, it will be the No. 1 seed against the No. 4 seed and No. 2 against No. 3 in Round 1.

In the Interior Division, all seven teams are playoff-bound as well with order of finish still being determined. Joining them in Round 1 however will be a crossover team from the Island Division – either the Alberni Valley Bulldogs or the Cowichan Valley Capitals.


If the playoffs started today, the Capitals would play the Penticton Vees in Round 1 but the remainder of the regular season will determine the other matchups.

The 2019 Chevrolet BCHL Playoffs will start on Friday, March 1. Each round will be a best-of-seven series with the higher-seeded team in each matchup determining the schedule (2-3-2 or 2-2-1-1-1, for example).

In Round 3, the winner of the Island Division will play the winner of the Mainland to determine who goes to the Fred Page Cup BCHL Finals while the Interior teams will play within their division until a winner emerges after Round 3. That team will then go to the Finals.

Vernon Vipers Alumni Kirbyson One Of Kelowna's Most Wanted:

Former Vernon Vipers defenceman Kevyan Kirbyson is homeless and battling addiction is one of Kelowna's most wanted.

This video on Kirbyson was filmed back in October,


Kirbyson played parts of two seasons in Vernon (2005-2006). Kirbyson played his first year with the 2005-06 Vernon Vipers before being traded halfway through the 2006-07 season. The Vipers traded Kirbyson to Powell River December 1st 2006 for future considerations. In 48 games Kirbyson collected three assists.

Kevyn Kirbyson's Player Profile:


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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Vees Punish Vipers At Home:

This is in todays Morning Star newspaper:

Vees punish Vipers at home

Morning Star Staff

Feb. 13, 2019 

Sports

One was an overtime thriller, one was a blowout.

And it was road victories for the Vernon Vipers and Penticton Vees in a B.C. Hockey League home-and-home series.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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 Clippers To Bid For National Championship Hockey Tournament:

The Nanaimo Clippers hope the Harbour City will be a gathering place for the best of the best in junior A hockey in 2021. The B.C. Hockey League club announced today an intention to bid for the Royal Bank Cup national junior A hockey tournament. The annual round-robin-style tourney brings together champions from leagues across the country. “This is a huge event that will bring millions of economic dollars into the city of Nanaimo not to mention plenty of publicity for the Harbour City,” said Wes Mussio, Clippers owner, in a press release. Clippers director of business operations Tali Campbell and Clippers coach and general manager Darren Naylor will spearhead the bid committee. Campbell told the News Bulletin he thinks Hockey Canada will be swayed by such factors as the love of hockey in Nanaimo, the ability to put together an organizing committee, and municipal support. He said the Beban Park venue will work well with the proximity of the practice ice at Cliff McNabb Arena and meeting rooms at the social centre. “I think Nanaimo’s got a great chance,” Campbell said. “One thing that Hockey Canada looks for is the community itself, can they host large-scale events? And Nanaimo’s been known to do that.” Nanaimo last hosted the Royal Bank Cup in 1998 and hosted the Western Canada Cup in 2013. The Chilliwack Chiefs hosted the RBC Cup last May and received provincial grants of $40,000 from the tourism events program and $7,500 from Hosting B.C. Anyone interested in being part of Nanaimo bid process is asked to e-mail tali@nanaimoclippers.com.

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