Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Mills Easy Two Points:

This is in todays Morning Star Newspaper:

Mills easy two points

By Nicole Berg - Vernon Morning Star

Published: December 09, 2008 7:00 PM

The Vernon Vipers really must have wanted to make it home in time to watch Desperate Housewives.
The Snakes took less than two hours to dismantle the Quesnel Millionaires 4-1 in a B.C. Hockey League matinee Sunday at Wesbild Centre, extending their winning streak to eight games.
The Vipers (23-7-1-2) dominated from the opening faceoff, building up a 3-0 lead before the Mills’ Thomas Kala (eighth goal) broke netminder Graeme Gordon’s shutout bid with five minutes left in the third period.
“We made sure we did a good job of not giving Quesnel (11-23-0-3) a chance to have much puck possession, and therefore, limit their chances to scoring,” said Vernon’s head coach Mark Ferner. “Graeme did not face many shots (12), but when he did, he played well and made saves when called upon.
“Going into the third period, our goal was to throw as many pucks on net as we could and we did that by having 20 shots in that period.
“But nearing the end of game, our shifts were a bit too long, and the boys got tired and made some mistakes which resulted in Quesnel’s only goal of the game.”
Third star Cory Kane (14th) put the Vipers on the scoreboard with 1:47 remaining in the first period on a quick wrist shot from the top circle.
Quesnel netminder Evan Karambelas faced a busy afternoon, making 41 saves. He denied Mike Collins on a 2-on-1, and again on a backhand shortly after.
“I faced a lot of shots for sure,” said Karambelas, who is friends with the Vipers’ Braden Pimm after growing up together in Fort St. John. “I was getting a bit fatigued in the third period with Vernon’s 20 shots.
“We’re in a bit of a slump right now by losing three straight games. We had some of our top guys out due to suspensions and injuries, but we can’t use that as an excuse, as we all have to do our job and give it our all 100 per cent of the time.”
Second star Kyle Bigos (sixth) wired a howitzer from the point that rung in off the crossbar.
“I gave it my all tonight and helped our organization get the big W,” said Bigos. “Our d-men played outstanding, especially Steven Weinstein who hit all the bodies he could. It’s good to see him step it up and we look forward to his play in the future as he’ll just keep getting better all the time. Our captain Chris Crowell played awesome too, laying out a huge hit off the opening faceoff.”
First star John Digness (seventh) and James Kerr (sixth) rounded out the the Vipers’ scoring.
Mills’ assistant coach Brian Kozak took over bench boss duties from Tom Bohmer, who earned a suspension after a line brawl erupted in Quesnel’s 10-0 loss to the Salmon Arm SilverBacks Saturday night.
The Mills were also without second leading scorer Mitchell Smith.
“Our game-plan was to play a contained style of hockey and force Vernon to make a lot of outside shots and not many close inside shots,” said Kozak. “We got a few opportunities to score when they made some mistakes in positioning and we’d get 3-on-2 breakaway chances.”

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