Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Game Preview: Game 2: Quesnel @ Vernon:

Quesnel (4-3) @ Vernon (1-0)

Last Game Played:

Tuesday March 9th Game1 : Vernon defeated Quesnel 6-2

Tonight is Game 2 of the 2nd round of the BCHL Playoffs between the defending Royal Bank Cup Champion Vernon Vipers & the Quesnel Millionaires. The Vipers lead the best of seven series 1-0. The Vipers are on a eight game winning streak, while the Millionaires are on a single game losing streak. You can listen to tonights game live with Todd Miller on 107.5 Kiss FM starting with the pregame at 6:45pm

Let’s take a look at the Vernon Vipers: (1-0)

Home Record: 1-0
Away Record: 0-0

The Vipers come into Game 2 tonight up 1-0 in the series and don’t want to give Quesnel a sniff heading up North for Games 3 & 4 Friday & Saturday. Vernon wants to put Quesnel away early and often and head out on the road up 2-0 in the series. The Vipers who picked up the first round bye didn’t look out of place last night with a big 6-2 victory. Vernon once again needs to get lots of pucks and traffic towards and in front of Mills goaltender, Kirby Halcrow. Vernon needs to keep up the strong forecheck and cycle going down low, If they keep generating and creating chances like last night, pucks will eventually go in. If the Vipers stick to the same game plan as last night, they should be alright.

Key Players To Watch:

Braden Pimm (2-0-2)
Rob Short (2-0-2)
Curtis Gedig (1-1-2)
Cory Kane (1-1-2)
Kevin Kraus (0-2-2)
Mike Collins (0-1-1)
Sahir Gill (0-1-1)
Connor Jones (0-0-0)
Dan Nycholat (0-0-0)
Jonathan Milhouse (0-0-0)
Kellen Jones (0-0-0)
David Robinson (0-0-0)
Graeme Gordon (1-0 Record, 2.00 GAA)

Let’s take a look at the Quesnel Millionaires: (4-3)

Home Record: (3-0)
Away Record: (1-3)

The Millionaires come into tonights Game 2 needing a big road win. Quesnel dosnt want to head home down 2-0 to a Vipers team who was 2-0 in Quesnel during the regular season and to a Vernon club who lost just four games on the road all regular season. The Mills need a much stronger performance tonight, every player must put in a full 60 minute effort if they want to knock off the defending RBC Cup Champions. Generating and creating chances in the offensive zone, getting more pucks to the net and trying to slow down and shut down the speedy but highpowered offensive Vipers will be key tonight and in the entire series. If the Mills want to win they need more then just nine shots in the final two periods and cant rely on Kirby Halcrow to make 40 saves every night.

Key Players To Watch:

Darick Ste-Marie (8-5-13)
Taylor Holst (3-6-9)
Justin Hogan (3-5-8)
Joshua Desmarais (3-4-7)
Trever Hertz (3-4-7)
Jacob Verheyden (1-4-5)
Eliot Raibl (1-3-4)
Skyler Smutek (0-4-4)
Clayton Chessa (1-2-3)
Kirby Halcrow (4-3 Record, 3.14 GAA)

Here’s a look at both teams rosters:

Vernon Vipers Regular Season Scoring:

Connor Jones (36-45-81)
Mike Collins (30-46-76)
Braden Pimm (25-43-68)
Cory Kane (22-33-55)
Jonathan Milhouse (19-34-53)
Kellen Jones (12-41-53)
Rob Short (22-28-50)
Dylan Walchuk (19-28-47)
Cole Ikkala (22-23-45)
Dan Nycholat (7-38-45)
Bryce Kakoske (13-28-41)
Kevin Kraus (5-22-27)
David Robinson (15-10-25)
Adam Thompson (5-20-25)
Steven Weinstein (4-18-22)
Curtis Gedig (11-10-21)
Patrick McGillis (7-14-21)
Garrett Noonan (2-16-18)
Sahir Gill (3-9-12)
Darrin Robak (2-5-7)

Blake Voth (21-2 Record, 3 Shutouts- 1.79 GAA)
Graeme Gordon (30-7 Record, 1 Shutout- 2.06 GAA)

Quesnel Millionaires Regular Season Scoring:

Trevor Hertz (35-38-73)
Taylor Holst (27-30-57)
Darick Ste-Marie (17-35-52)
Eliot Raibl (7-39-46)
Justin Hogan (15-29-44)
Joshua Desmarais (20-22-42)
Jacob Verheyden (12-23-35)
Sam Higgins (7-28-35)
Skyler Smutek (7-27-34)
Tyler French (15-17-32)
Spencer Graboski (10-9-19)
Clayton Chessa (4-13-17)
Rylan Stanyer (3-7-10)
Mitch Galbraith (6-3-9)
Chris Kerr (4-4-8)
Tyler Billon (0-7-7)
Tyson Price (1-3-4)
Marley Keca (1-3-4)
Brandon Watson (1-2-3)
Anderson White (0-3-3)

Luke Siemens (9-12 Record, 1 Shutout- 3.70 GAA)
Kirby Halcrow (13-25 Record, 0 Shutouts- 4.23 GAA)

Let’s take a look back at last night’s Game 1:

Game 1: Tuesday, March 9th @ Vernon: Vernon wins 6-2

Taylor Holst opened the scoring at 8:42 giving the Mills the early 1-0 lead before Rob Short scored two to give Vernon a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes of play. Just one goal in the 2nd as Braden Pimm’s goal at 1:12 was the game winner. After a strong Vipers attack and no goals, Chris Kerr cut the lead to 4-2 before Braden Pimm, Cory Kane & Curtis Gedig would round out the scoring in the 3rd giving Vernon the 6-2 victory, taking Game 1. Graeme Gordon made just 12 saves for the win, while Kirby Halcrow made 40 saves taking the loss.

No comments: