Saturday, August 30, 2008

(Pre Season) Vernon 3 Salmon Arm 2

(Pre Season) Vernon 3 Salmon Arm 2

Was at tonights pre season game as Vernon defeated Salmon Arm 3-2 at the Sunwave Center. (They didnt announce tonights attendance)

1st Period: The Silverbacks got the early jump having the better of the play in the Vipers zone within the first few mins. Some good puck movement by the Backs but not many shots fired towards the net. Ryan Farghar made a real nice save in the early goings. Vernons best scoring chance came when John Digness got a good shot off coming off the wing, but Brian Gillis made the nice save. Vernon would open the scoring just under 6 mins into the opening period. Steve Tresierra with some good hard work to keep the puck in at the line, got the puck into the corners, Braden Pimm then got the puck back to the slot where Tresierra got off a backhand, beating Gillis putting the Vipers up 1-0. This goal seemed to give the Vipers some life as Vernon carried the better of the play over the next few mins. Just over 3 mins later Braden Pimm made a nice pass over to Captain Chris Crowell, Crowell stepped over the blueline and fired a shot wich beat Gillis blocker side as Vernon went up 2-0. This goal seemed to take the life out of the Silverbacks, Salmon Arm quit skating as Vernon now was in control having the better of the play for the final 10 mins of the 1st. Vernon put some good pressure on getting some shots towards Gillis but didnt get many great scoring chances. The Vipers looked very good up front putting some nice moves cutting through the neutral zone. Gillis looked a little shaky at times, having troubles handling the puck as well as holding onto rebounds. Vernon was up 2-0 after 20 mins of play. Vipers outshot the Silverbacks 10-7.

2nd Period: The Backs come out skating hard, looking much better in the early going. Once again the first few mins was played in the Vernon zone. Farghar made two nice saves early in the 2nd. A very entertaining 2nd period with some good flow and back & forth play at both ends of the rink. Colin Lidster played a physical game all night, laying out some solid checks. Vernons best scoring chance came when Cory Kane went in all alone on the breakaway but was stopped by the blocker of Gillis. Salmon Arm would get on the board midway through the period when Mike Puddifant beat a screened Ryan Farghar. The shot was taken from the point and then deflected on its way towards the net. Midway through the 2nd both teams switched goaltenders. Gillis allowed 2 Goals on 20 shots as Tony Ierfino come into the Backs net. & Ryan Farghar allowed 1 Goal on 16 shots, as Anthony Manfredi come into the Vipers net. Manfredi looked sharpe a few times, coming up with two big saves. Ierfino looked good at the other end of the rink looking very confident between the pipes. Late in the 2nd Greg Noyes left the game after taking a hit close to the Silverbacks bench. Noyes sat on the bench for a few mins before heading to the dressing room and not returning. Late in the period with just 39 seconds remaining, Chris Crowell took a check from Zac Rasmussen along the side boards, Crowell then hit Rasmussen in the back of the head. As Crowell was skating away, two Backs skated towards Crowell trying to drop the gloves. Then everyone on the ice got involved as almost everyone on the ice was fighting. A minor melay took place, Kevin Kraus & Brian Elser were both tossed from the game for the Vipers. Elser was given an extra game misconduct. Jason Beattie & Bobby Lipsett were both tossed for the Silverbacks, Lipsett was also given the extra game misconduct. The Vipers were up 2-1 after 40 mins of play. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 15-11.

3rd Period: Salmon Arm would start the 3rd on the PP, with some good puck movement the Backs couldnt get off any quality shots as Vernon would kill off the minor. The Silverbacks carried the better of the play early getting some chances but couldnt find the back of the net. Vipers looked a little sloppy at times in there own end having troubles clearing the puck. The Vipers seemed to get the offence going, as both teams had some nice rushes with some good flow at both ends of the rink. Salmon Arm would tie the game after Cody Ikkala tried getting a shot off at the blueline, the puck was blocked as the Silverbacks went in three on one, some nice tic tac toe passing, as Conor Morrison & Chris Hoe made a nice pass back & forth and then fed a wide open Mark Zengerle who beat Manfredi who was down and out. Salmon Arm had a great scoring chance to take the lead as Colin Lidster went in on the parcial breakaway but was stopped by Manfredi. In the 2nd half of the 3rd both teams got a little careless at times, but recovered without coughing up a goal. Braden Pimm gave the Vipers a 3-2 lead scoring on the PP, after some good hustle and hard work in the corner. Pimm beat Ierfino fivehole. The Backs would get a great chance with under 4 mins left in the game going on a powerplay but Vernons PK was solid doing a great job not giving the Silverbacks any room to move or get a quality shot off. The Vipers would kill off the minor and then with 1:47 remaining Salmon Arm was called for too many men as Vernon would finish the game on the PP. The Vipers didnt get too fancy as they kept the puck low and in the corners ragging off the final min & a half to get the win, defeating the Backs 3-2. Vernon is now 1-0 in pre season action, as Salmon Arm now falls to 1-2 in the pre season. Vernon outshot Salmon Arm 10-7.

Top Players: (Vernon)

Cory Kane looks very good up front for the Vipers. A big kid who can skate and stick handle. Had some great scoring chances, reads & see's the ice very well. Reminds me alot of former Viper Captain Mike Ullrich.

The line of Chris Crowell (1 Goal & 1 Assist) Braden Pimm (1 Goal & 2 Assists) & Brian Elser all played very well tonight.

Steve Tresierra (1 Goal) Looked very solid on the point.

John Digness played well all night.

Brett Switzer looked good on the PK, quick skater who has some skill up front.

Top Players: (Salmon Arm)

Mike Puddifant (1 Goal) Played very well on the backend for the Backs.

Keenan Desmet is quick and has some skill up front. Had some good chances.

Zac Rasmussen was the Silverbacks best player. Always involved in the play, skated well all night.

Colin Lidster played a physical game, laying out some big hits.

Game Thoughts: (Vernon)

I was impressed with the Vipers tonight. For this being there first game of the pre season and having 11 scratches not playing tonight, Im really looking forward to the season. Vernon had the shots on goal, but couldnt get the offence rolling. The 4th line saw very limited ice time late in the 2nd and for most of the 3rd. I think once you get some of the kids that didnt play tonight, into the mix the Vipers will be alright. Vipers looked good on the PK.

Game Thoughts: (Salmon Arm)

The Silverbacks played well, once falling behind 2-0 in the 1st they sat back and quit skating but seemed to turn things around the 2nd & 3rd. Really liked the PP, good puck movement, some good speed and skill up front. Looks like the Backs have there team picked, everyone had there names on there jerseys. Saw alot of veterans from last years team. Wasnt much of a crowd tonight, great to see a good 30-40 Vernon fans.

They didnt announce tonights scratches but did reconise most of Vernons other then two players.


Kyle Bigos
Kellen Jones
Connor Jones
Mike Collins
Andrew Hammond
Dallas Goodrunning
Ryan Santana
Richard Jodoin
Steven Weinstein

Vernons Roster:

Kevin Kraus
Cody Ikkala
Adam Thompson
Steve Tresierra
Mike Wieste
Layne Stopanski
Brett Switzer
Cory Kane
Cole Ikkala
Braden Pimm
Sawyer Mick
Chris Crowell
John Digness
Rob Short
Trent Dorais
Kory Roy
Brian Elser
Jeremy Wiebe
Anthony Manfredi
Ryan Farghar

Salmon Arms Roster:

Mike Puddifant
Matt Grassi
Levi Hantula
Matt Walters
Keenan Desmet
Greg Noyes
Jason Beattie
Mitch Chapman
Chris Hoe
Sam Micthell
Travis Briard
Bree Knowles
Colin Lidster
Bobby Lipsett
Zac Rasmussen
Mark Zengerle
Travis Statchuk
Conor Morrison
Tony Ierfino
Brian Gillis

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Jodoin Boosts Blues In Shootout:

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Jodoin boosts Blues in shootout

Published: August 26, 2008 7:00 PM

Vernon minor hockey product Richard Jodoin supplied the shootout winner as the Blues gonged the Whites 6-5 in the Vernon Vipers’ annual intra-squad game Saturday at Wesbild Centre. Overall, it was a highly entertaining, fast-paced match with plenty of physical play and intensity – the lead changed three or four times, which gave the 300 B.C. Hockey League fans plenty to cheer about. “For the Blues, my veteran defensive pairing of Kyle Bigos and Kevin Kraus was stellar,” said Morning Star sports editor Kevin Mitchell, who assumed bench boss duties for the Blues. “They clicked with my big line of (Braden) Pimm, (Chris) Crowell and (Mike) Collins on the powerplay. Pimm’s line scored two quick goals on one shift to give the Blues the lead at one point.” Mitchell flew solo behind the Blues’ bench, and at times, outcoached the KISS FM radio tandem of Rob Abramenko and Joel Knox big-time. “I’ve coached in seven or eight of these scrimmages, and I’m pretty sure this is the first one I’ve won,” said Mitchell. “My impact players did their thing and my third line of Jodoin, (Kory) Roy and (Sawyer) Mick showed a relentless forecheck, some impressive creativity on offence, and some consistent banging. “Jodoin fought rugged Dallas Goodrunning, and while he got jerseyed and lost the scrap, he traded punches well and got our bench pumped up.” A pair of Vernon products, Jeremy Wiebe of the Blues and Trent Dorais of the Whites, also went toe-to-toe in a spirited draw. It was the second time in as many nights the two locals tangled. Ryan Fargher and P.J. Musico played well in the Blues’ net, while the Whites went with three tenders – Anthony Manfredi, Jared Andersen and the Vipers’ projected No. 1 keeper, Andrew Hammond, who played in the third and shootout. With the camp over, the Vipers have trimmed their roster down from the 80 that started to 30 players. Enderby’s Nick Amies (Kelowna Rockets) and Sahir Gill (Vancouver Giants) are trying out with Western Hockey League teams, but could wind up back in Vernon. “We’re definitely in a better spot than we were this time last year,” said Vipers’ assistant coach Jason Williamson. “I think we’re even deeper than we were at the end of last season, so we’re coming together quite well. “We had our own expectations of the players we brought in, and I think they’ve met them. Just from talking to other scouts that were in the building, they said we’re going to be very competitve.” Regarding the Blue & White game, he added: “Sometimes the mental part of the game got away from them, but other than that, I think they were quite competitive.” The Vipers will look to trim their roster even more after the weekend, as players on the bubble will get one last chance to showcase themselves in a pair of exhibition games with the Salmon Arm SilverBacks. The first game goes Saturday at the Sunwave Centre, and the second Sunday at the Revelstoke Forum. The Vipers open the BCHL regular season with a home-and-home series against the gorillas, starting Friday, Sept. 5 at Wesbild, and Sunday, Sept. 6 at Sunwave.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Vipers Narrow Down Prospects:

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Vipers narrow down prospects

By Graeme Corbett - Vernon Morning StarPublished: August 24, 2008 10:00 AM

If paring an 80-man roster down to 40 players after three days of camp wasn’t difficult enough, the Vernon Vipers’ coaches and scouts will face an even more onerous task in selecting the final 23-man squad.“Camp has been very good, there have been some pleasant surprises,” said Vipers’ assistant coach Jason Williamson, after the first cuts were made. “We’re down to two teams, and we’re going to have some very tough decisions to make. The guys have really put the work in over the summer, and there are lots of guys pushing for spots on the team.”One of those pleasant surprises has been the play of Irvine, Calif. product Cory Kane, a big forward with impressive speed and playmaking ability.“Cory Kane has been very good,” said Williamson. “He’s a player that just kind of fell in our lap and we’ve been very impressed with him. The guys that we’ve signed already (Adam Thompson, Brett Switzer and Steven Weinstein) have been good for us, too.“We’re just going to put the best team on the ice. Whether it’s a returning player or a rookie, it’s whoever’s the best player.”With quite a few imports left in camp, Williamson admitted it’ll be a challenge to whittle the number down to the eight allowed.“That’s going to be a pretty tough decision because we’ve got some pretty good import players,” said Williamson. “We’re a little bit over, so we’re going to have to make some pretty tough calls for some pretty good players who are going to have to get released here.”The picture is a little bit clearer for the Vipers on the 20-year-old front. With Chris Crowell, netminder Andrew Hammond, Cody Ikkala and Ryan Santana likely to occupy ‘88 cards, the Vipers will have two more to play with.For Santana, he’s just happy to finally be battling for a roster spot on the Vipers. “Vernon has always been a great team for a lot of years, and getting out here and playing with the guys and seeing the talented group we have and the great coaches we have has just been awesome,” said Santana, who split last season between the U.S. Hockey League and North American Hockey League. “I just want to go out there and give it my all.“Talent-wise, the USHL, NAHL and BCHL seem to be very close. The grittiness and tough play seem to be very similar, but I think here there seems to be a little bit more of an offensive style, compared to back in the States where a lot of the coaches are more defensive.”Santana came close to trying out for the Vipers a few years ago while he was still playing Midget hockey in Chicago, but he got drafted by the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL, and decided to hold off for fear of problems arising around transfer rights.“But it’s good to finally get here,” added Santana.With Hammond’s strong showing at camp thus far, he has all but locked up the Vipers’ No. 1 starting role.“Hammond has been our definite No. 1,” said Williamson. “He’s been the best player in camp, and other than that, there’s been a few guys pushing for that backup spot.” After being picked up by the Tri-City Americans midway through last season, Kevin Kraus developed into a reliable d-man for the Vipers down the stretch. It’s a trend he hopes to continue this season.“I want to have a good year, and hopefully we can go all the way (to the RBC Cup) this year. Right now, I’m just trying to getting my legs going and my timing going for hitting and passing, and getting all the rust out.“We’re going to have a pretty solid dee this year with a couple big boys in me, (Kyle) Bigos and Ikkala, a couple shifty guys in (Steven) Weinstein and (Steve) Tresierra, and the new guy Thompson.”Vipers fans have had the opportunity to see the Vernon hopefuls in a series of three intra-squad games, the last of which goes tonight at Wesbild Centre (7 p.m.). The annual Blue & White Intra-squad game went last night.The Snakes will have two exhibition games, both against the Salmon Arm SilverBacks. The first goes Saturday at the Sunwave Centre, the second Sunday at the Revelstoke Forum. Vernon will open the regular season with a home-and-home series with the ‘Backs, starting Friday, Sept. 5 at Wesbild Centre before returning to Sunwave on Saturday, Sept. 6.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Team Blue 6 Team White 5 (Shoot-Out)

Team Blue defeated Team White 6-5 in a Shoot-Out. Much more intensity, & physical play in tonights game compared to Training Camp. Two fights between Trent Dorias & Jeremy Wiebe & then Dallas Goodrunning & Richard Jodoin.

Here are the team rosters,

Team White:

Cody Ikkala
Doug Orr
Steve Tresierra
Nick Aimes
Adam Thompson
Mike Wiest
Bryan Elser
Dallas Goodrunning
Connor Jones
John Digness
Cory Kane
Cole Gibson
Trent Dorias
Sahir Gill
Rob Short
Colton Donselaar
Layne Stopansky
Jesse Halikas
Anthony Manfredi
Jared Andersen
Andrew Hammond

Team Blue:

Kyle Bigos
Steven Weinstein
Kevin Kraus
Jared Hidber
Christian Foster
Darren Tarasoff
Jeremy Wiebe
Sawyer Mick
Mike Collins
Chris Crowell
Braden Pimm
Brett Switzer
Ryan Santana
Jared Sweet
Cole Ikkala
Brooks Christensen
Kory Roy
Curtis Summerfelt
Richard Jodoin
Ryan Farghar
PJ Musico

Here are the players who I thought stood out,

Doug Orr is a big D-man who plays his position well. Very smooth skater.

Trent Dorias (1 Goal) (1 fight) Looked very impressive. Played with alot of emotion, skated hard and was showing alot of hustle.

Anthony Manfredi played well, made two huge saves. Very quick on his feet.

Kevin Kraus looks like he has put on some size. Played very well on the blueline. Played with an edge, getting in guys faces. Tried dropping the gloves with a few players. Looked very good with the puck at both ends of the rink. Skated well all game.

Mike Collins (1 Goal & 2 Assists) Played very good. I have liked this kid all camp. Has some size, looks like he can put the puck in the net, always buzzing around the net. Good hands in close.

Braden Pimm (2 Goals) Looked very good tonight. Always around the goal.

Cole Ikkala has some size, and looks pretty good. The younger brother of Viper Cody.

Ryan Farghar allowed 3 Goals but played well. I have been very impressed all camp with this Goaltender. Looks very confident between the pipes. Handles the puck well, plays his position well.

PJ Musico This was the first time I have got to watch this kid. Very good down low, quick and looks confident. Looked very strong in the 3rd & during the Shhot-Out. Could challenge for the backup job.

Bryan Elser looked good at times. Got involved into the rush a few times. A bigger D-man who can skate and handle the puck well. Just hasnt played a full game, has showen signs of some talent.

Vipers Blue & White Game:

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Vipers Blue & White Game:

August 23 2008

The Vernon Vipers are please to announce that the annual Blue and White inter-squad games is set for Saturday, August 23rd at 7PM. The game will be held at the Wesbild Centre. The cost of admission to the game will be $2. This will be a great chance for Viper fans to see the 2008/2009 Viper hopefuls compete against each other for a spot on the team. The game will be of regular length and will be treated as any other exhibition game. Don’t miss your chance to come out and cheer on your future Vipers.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Talent On Tap At Camp:

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Talent on tap at camp

The mix of talent that showed up for this week’s Vernon Vipers training camp is rather eclectic. The dozen returning players were joined by a host of juniors, midgets, imports, locals, rookies and veterans to form a four-team, 80-man camp which began Tuesday at Wesbild Centre. Vipers’ head coach Mark Ferner appeared pleased that his off-season search for North American talent yielded an impressive bunch of prospects. “We know we brought some real good young talent in here and we’ve brought a few guys from junior leagues just to make the camp that much better,” said Ferner on Wednesday. “A lot of them are unknown to the media, fans and maybe some of the other teams, but we’ve traveled to a lot of different places to find these players and we have a lot of people out there helping us out. “There are some new players here that are making an instant impact with not only myself, but with Jason (Williamson, assistant coach) and our scouting staff. “It’s a little bit different team. We feel that we’re going to be a little bit quicker, but at the same time we’re going to have that grit that we know we need to have to play a certain way. You have to have a good mix of everything.” Perhaps the person with the best view of the prospects is Viper grad Ryan Kakoske, who has taken on referee duties at camp. After the early going, Kakoske said he was impressed by 20-year-old forward Ryan Santana and by speedy, puck-moving defenceman Steven Weinstein, both California products. Kakoske, who’ll leave at the end of August to attend UBC, sees a lot of advantage to holding a larger camp. “The guys are going to be a lot more rested throughout the week, which should make for better hockey down the stretch,” said Kakoske. This will be Chris Crowell’s last year as Viper, and the veteran leader worked hard in the off-season to make sure he makes the most of it. “It’s been my best summer so far,” said Crowell, 20. “I worked on my speed and agility, which was my main focus this summer. I feel like I’m in the best shape I’ve been in for a long time. I did the work over the summer, so now we’ll just see if it pays off. “It seems like there’s a lot of talent, a lot of speed and skill, so it’s going to be some tough decisions for the coaches. The talent pool seems to deeper than it was last year, and the camp seems to be pretty intense so far.” Brett Switzer, who helped the Calgary Buffaloes reach the national Midget AAA championships last year, may have the added assurance of a commitment from the Vipers, but the skilled pivot admitted that doesn’t stop the nerves from creeping in. “There’s all those nervous feelings coming into camp, and there’s a lot of good players here, so I’m just making sure I’m working hard and trying to contain those feelings,” said Switzer. “Seeing all those guys on the ice and seeing how good the calibre of players are makes me feel like I need to prove myself out there.” For Cory Kane, an invite to the Vipers’ camp was an opportunity to change his surroundings. The Irvine, Calif. product, who turns 18 in September, played with the Boston Junior Bruins of the Eastern Junior Hockey League last season. “I just wanted to come out to B.C. because it’s a good league, and I kind of got tired of being on the east coast,” said Kane. “I’m looking to be an impact player and put some points on the board, but whatever role they give me, that’s what I’ll take.” Netminder Anthony Manfredi has already had a taste of what being a Viper is all about – he played two games last season, and now he’s eyeing a full time roster spot. “I’m just hoping to push for a spot on the team,” said Manfredi, a Prince George product. “If I make that spot, then I’ll try to push for No. 1, but right now I’m just working on pushing for a spot on the team.” With only half a season of BCHL experience to his credit, Viper returnee Steve Tresierra has already showed he has the potential to become a steady presence on the blueline. “I remember from before trying out (with the Prince George Cougars last year), that I definitely wasn’t as confident as I am now,” said Tresierra, who spent the summer working in construction in his hometown of Golden. “It just feels good to be one of the veteran players coming back and being a leader out there.”

Thursday, August 21, 2008

More Thoughts From Vipers Camp:

Stopped by the Vipers Camp after work tonight, caught the final game of the evening. Team Red defeated Team Yellow 5-2. The biggest hit of the night was when teammates Connor Jones & Dallas Goodrunning ran into one another.

Here are some players who I thought stood out,

Kyle Bigos (89) looked very solid all night. Bigos made three end to end rushes, putting some nice moves around a few kids.

Ryan Sanatana (88) Looked very strong all game. Scored a highlite real goal at the buzzer, turning on the jets late and then putting a nice move on Brock Fraser sliding the puck past him. Santana showed alot of hustle tonight, looked very impressive.

Cole Ikkala (90) Played well, has some decent size.

Mike Collins (90) Looked good. Has some size and can handle the puck, good shot as well. Seemed to read the ice well.

Colin Fernandes (90) Looked much better tonight, over last night. Didnt stand on his head but played his position well. Looked more confident tonight between the pipes.

More Thoughts From Training Camp:

Stopped by the Vipers Camp after work, caught the final game of the evening. Team Blue & Team Red played, lost track of the score as nobody was keeping score. Team Blue started out strong, really attacking Team Red. As the game went on, Team Red turned it around and really took it to Team Blue. In the later stages of the game, both teams went back & forth with some good goals & scoring chances. Some big hits in the 1st Period, but very few afterwards. Both teams Defence were caught out of positions, and getting caught pinching, costing them a few Goals. Both Goaltenders had not much help in front of them.

Here are some Players who I thought stood out in my minds or atleast played well

Ex USHLer Ryan Santana (88) started out a little slow, looked a little sluggish but really started skating in the 2nd half. Looked good around the net, made a few nice passes down low, as well as set up two nice Goals. This kid looks like he could work his way onto the Vipers, if he plays like this all game.

Sahir Gill (92) Scored two real nice Goals in the 3rd period. Nice hands down low.Ryan Farghar (90) Played very well between the pipes. Likes to handle the puck alot, very quick, made some nice saves. Looks very impressive so far.

Rob Short (89) Looked good in the 3rd Period, was skating hard.

Cole Gibson (90) Played very well in the 2nd & 3rd Periods. Skates well, always buzzing around the net. Made some nice setup plays down low.

Sawyer Mick (91) Didnt show much in the 1st & first half of the 2nd but really stepped up his play in the 3rd. Skated well, always buzzing around the net, made a few nice passes in close, wich resulted in Goals. Very impressed.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My Thoughts From Training Camp:

Stopped by the Vipers Camp after work tonight. Wasnt much going on other then some skating & shooting drills.

Heres the team rosters:

Team Yellow:

Cody Ikkala (88) (Returning From Last Year)
Steven Weinstein (90) (Recruited-Committed)
Chrsitian Foster (90)
Mike Wieste (90)
David Ahl (91)
Connor Jones (90) (Returning From Last Year)
Mike Collins (90)
Dallas Goodrunning (89) (Returning From Last Year)
Cole Ikkala (90)
Curtis Summerfelt (90)
Karson Holt (91)
Colton Donselaar (90)
Brad Friedrich (90)
Kyle Austin (90)
Luke Hannas (91)
Anthony Finney (89)
Layne Stopanski (89)


Andrew Hammond (88) (Returning From Last Year)
Brock Fraser (90)

Team Red:

Kyle Bigos (89) (Returning From Last Year)
Adam Thompson (90) (Recruited-Committed)
Tyler Gavin (92)
Jared Hidber (90)
Darren Tarasoff (90)
Reid Blinkhorn (91)
Ryan Santana (88)
Bryan Elser (89)
Kory Roy (90)
Trent Dorias (91) (Returning From Last Year)
Brooks Christensen (90)
Luke Blinkhorn (89)
Braden Pimm (89) (Returning From Last Year)
Tyler Marek (90)
Brendan Fagan (91)
David Sabey (90)
Trevor Fitzgerald (92)
Sahir Gill (90)


Ryan Farghar (90)
Colin Fernandes (90)

Team White:

Kevin Kraus (89) (Returning From Last Year)
Nick Amies (92)
Tanner Hlookoff (88) (Played With Quesnel Last Year)
Evan Ripley (92)
Doug Orr (90)
Brett Switzer (90) (Recruited-Committed)
Chris Crowell (88) (Returning From Last Year)
John Digness (89) (Returning From Last Year)
Jared Sweet (91)
Jesse Halikas (91)
Kris Glinsbockel (90) (Played With Merritt Last Year)
Daniel Donnachie (91)
Mishca Chang (90)
Chris Bannister (90)
Bill Garnett (90)
Ben Bitz (90)
Brantley Shapansky (91)


Braden Redman (90)
PJ Musico (90)

Team Blue:

Steve Tresierra (90) (Returning From Last Year)
Jeremy Wiebe (91)
Brad Irving (89)
Wade Bennett (90)
Josh McKinney (91)
Richard Jodoin (88) (Played With Vernon-Powell River Two Years Ago)
Rob Short (89) (Returning From Last Year)
Sean Menton (89)
Cory Kane (90)
Cole Gibson (90)
Sawyer Mick (91)
David Gore (88)
Logan Rounds (90)
Kyle Buckley (90)
Darren Schmautz (90)
Nick Terhaar (89)


Jared Andersen (90)
Anthony Manfredi (89) (Played As An AP With Vernon Last Year)

Vipers Training Camp Schedule:

Vipers Training Camp Schedule:

August 19 2008 at 7:43 AM

August 19th

3PM Registration
4-8 Practice Times

August 20th

Game 1 1045-1215
Game 2 3-430
Game 3 445-615
Game 4

August 21st

Game 1 1045-1215
Game 2 3-430
Game 3 445-615
Game 4 August 22,23 24 9-1145
Morning Practice 7-930 Game

Monday, August 18, 2008

Whats In Store For The Vipers This Season?

Whats In Store For The Vipers This Season?

By the looks of things, it dosnt look like the Vipers did much recruiting, other then the three recruits who have commited back in the spring. The Vipers had troubles in the scoring department last year and knew they were lossing Hunter Bishop, Travis Brisebois & Scott Zurevinski, you think they would have been on the lookout for some scoring this year? With 15 possible returning players coming back from last years team, The Vipers are going to have to rely heavy on the Jones Twins for most of the teams scoring. I think the Vipers can expect some good numbers from Braden Pimm, & may get some decent numbers from Rob Short & John Digness who all showed much improvement as the year went on last season. But the remainder of the group are your average 3rd & 4th line checkers. Goaltending will be interesting, is Andrew Hammond capable of being the teams #1? Hammond was (15-14-1) with Surrey last season before being traded to Vernon, & went (6-3) looking average at best in his 9 games with the Vipers. Hammond stepped up his play during the Playoffs but can he play like this all season? With only three 20 yr olds, Vernon still has some room to add that veteran experience that is needed come Playoff time. With seeing most of the other BCHL teams making some key trades over the off season and then bringing in some young recruits to the mix, you have to wonder why Vernon has sat back & hasnt tried to upgrade there team? It will be interesting to see what kind of talent will be at the Vipers training camp this week.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

All Quiet On The Viper Front:

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August 17 2008

All Quiet On The Viper Front:

As far as off seasons go, life in Viperland has been about as quiet as it gets. While other B.C. Hockey League teams have been wheeling and dealing, the Vernon Vipers have flown below the radar. Their three commitments-to Midget defenceman Adam Thompson & forward Barry Switzer of the Calgary Buffaloes, and to Steven Weinstein of the Los Angeles Selects were announced in the spring, and since then, not a peep. While this lack of news might be driving the Viper faithful crazy with anxiety, there is a sound theory behind head coach Mark Ferner's approach. While some teams have made the majority of their commitments, and all but inked in their starting rosters, Ferner is intent on watching the 75 invites (including 15 returning players and eight goalies) battle for spots at the Viper's main camp, wich starts Tuesday at Wesbild Centre. "We've convinced players to come out and make our hockey team," said Ferner. "I have to be loyal to those players that were here last year, but if we have a player that comes in and does better, we have to do the right thing. We're going to put the best team on the ice, regardless of where they came from, or where they played last year. "There are going to be some veterans on our team that'll get pushed really hard, wich is what camps should be about. We want it to be a very competetive training camp." Fans will get the chance to see the Viper hopefuls at the annual Blue and White intra-squad game Saturday night (7pm) at the Wesbild Centre. Admission is $2. The Snakes will then play a pair of exibition games against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The first one goes Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Sunwave Centre, and the other goes Sunday, Aug. 31 at the Revekstoke Forum.Ferner learned a lesson from last years camp when the Vipers invited just 40 players. "We didnt have enough players to fill a 23-man roster," said Ferner, adding some of those 40 players wern't even eligible to play in the BCHL. "We took a different approach this year because we don't want to get caught in the same situation." With netminder Lucas Gore expected to make another bid to play with the Chilliwack Bruins, Andrew Hammond, 20, who was picked up from the Surrey Eagles at last season's trade deadline, will look to cement his starter status. He went 21-17-1 with a 3.19 GAA and .899 save percentage. Hammond could be pressed by Anthony Manfredi (14-4-1) of the Kamlopps Storm, whose 2.28 GAA led the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League. Ryan Faragher (13-17-2), who posted a 3.71 GAA. and .896 save percentage with the Fort Frances Junior Sabres of the Superior International Junior Hockey League, will also be in the hunt for a roster spot.With the loss of Viper grad Hunter Bishop (scholarship with the Ohio State Buckeyes), who led the Snakes with 57 goals and 40 assists in 60 games, his former linemates, twins Connor and Kellen Jones, who turned 18 on Saturday, will be looked to fill the offensive void. However, Kellen broke his collar bone when he took a foul tip while catching for the Trail Jays of the American Legion Baseball League. According to Ferner, Kellen will likely take it easy at training camp (if he skates at all), but anticipates him being ready for the regular season.Other notable returning forwards include Braden Pimm, Rob Short, Chris Crowell, John Digness and Dallas Goodrunning. Forward Ryan Santana, who split last season between the Des Moines Buccaneers of the U.S. Hockey League and Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the North American Hockey League, will look to lock up one of the Viper's 20-year old cards. Kyle Bigos, who devoted his summer to an off-season training program (he's walking into camp 20 pounds lighter than last year), Kevin Kraus, Cody Ikkala, Justin Palazzo and Steve Tresierra will look to retain their positions on the blueline.